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The “West Side Story” Story — Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #114 Did it make sense for Steven Spielberg to remake one of our nation’s most beloved musicals (with music by Bernstein and Sondheim!), attempting to fix the parts that did not age well politically? Is the new version a modern classic or a doomed Frankenstein? Your host Mark Linsenmayer is joined by Broadway scholar, theater critic, and actor Ron Fassler; Remakes, Reboots, and Revivals co-ho...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Podcasts, Film, College, Theatre, Broadway, Steven Spielberg, Bernstein, Sondheim, Frankenstein, Leonard Bernstein, Tony Kushner, Ron Fassler, Jon Burlingame, Ed Morales

Jeanine Tesori And The Art Of Musical Storytelling

Tony Kushner: “She either comprehends or intuits, not what necessarily is the most obvious choice for dramatic action, but what’s under the surface, where the real meaning of a piece lies. … She has this absolutely uncanny ability to translate that into music.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Jeanine Tesori, Tony Kushner

Why Did The New “West Side Story” Movie Make The Tomboy Character Trans? Because Maybe Ze Was The Whole Time

“In this milieu, a Cold War culture dedicated to conformity and shot through with Freudian panic about emasculation, audiences could glimpse Anybodys, a character who refuses to conform, refuses the ironclad terms of gender, in bold ways.” So Tony Kushner and Stephen Sondheim went for it. – Slate
Tags: Art, Media, Stephen Sondheim, Tony Kushner, Anybodys

Tony Kushner, Architect Of A New Great Historical Mistake

Among my favorite Kushner quotes: “Dare to participate in the great historical mistake of your time.” The particular mistake he has in mind is “West Side Story,” a new movie, directed by Steven Spielberg. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner, Kushner

'Howling anger': How Angels in America and The Normal Heart confronted the Aids crisis

The pandemic inspired many works of art but two furious, turbulent plays written at its onset still tower over the rest. As both return, we explore their enduring powerOn 3 July 1981, a single-column item appeared on page 20 of the New York Times under the headline: “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals.” In the four decades since, the cultural response to Aids has spanned every art form. It’s a Sin, Russell T Davies’s Channel 4 series, is only the most recent entry on a very long list. But even n...
Tags: Health, Activism, Aids, Theatre, America, Society, Culture, Sexuality, New York Times, Stage, LGBT rights, Broadway, Aids and HIV, Russell T Davies, Kramer, Larry Kramer

VIDEO: On This Day, July 16- Happy Birthday, Tony Kushner!

On this day, we celebrate the birthday of Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tony Kushner [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Tony, Tony Kushner, BWW News Desk

New Dramatists Cancels 71st Annual Spring Luncheon Honoring Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori Due to the Health Crisis

New Dramatists has cancelled its previously announced 71st Annual Spring Luncheon due to the COVID-19 emergency. The event, to have taken place on Thursday, May 21st at the New York Marriott Marquis, was to honor Tony Award winners Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori with its 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Jeanine Tesori, New York Marriott Marquis, Tony Kushner, BWW News Desk, New Dramatists

Breaking: Roundabout Pushes CAROLINE, OR CHANGE and BIRTHDAY CANDLES to Fall 2020

Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced that it will produce all previously scheduled SpringSummer 2020 productions as part of the 2020-2021 season, including Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner's CAROLINE, OR CHANGE starring Sharon D Clarke at Studio 54, and Noah Haidle's BIRTHDAY CANDLES starring Debra Messing at the American Airlines Theatre. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Debra Messing, Jeanine Tesori, Caroline, Sharon D Clarke, Roundabout Theatre Company, Tony Kushner, BWW News Desk, Noah Haidle

How Coronavirus Might Change The Arts

As was the case during the AIDS crisis and in the months following the Sept. 11 atrocities, “regicide, civil strife and anarchy” tend to be replaced with great writers musing on the existence of God or the utility of religion, as Tony Kushner did in “Angels in America,” and they start to see that there are forces in the world that level us all. And the marketplace tends to reward those writers. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, America, Issues, Tony Kushner, 03.12.20

Mart Crowley, Who Wrote ‘The Boys In The Band’, Dead At 84

“For much of his career, Mr. Crowley was overshadowed by gay playwrights such as Larry Kramer … and Tony Kushner. … But his 1968 examination of gay identity, repression and self-loathing was a milestone for artists and other theatergoers who recognized themselves as one of The Boys in the Band, even if some of the play’s acid-tongued dialogue would come to seem dated.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Crowley, Larry Kramer, Tony Kushner, Mart Crowley, 03.09.20

New Dramatists Will Honor Tony Kushner And Jeanine Tesori At Spring Luncheon

New Dramatists will honor Tony Award winners, Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori with its 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award at its 71st Annual Spring Luncheon Tribute on Thursday, May 21st at the New York Marriott Marquis. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Jeanine Tesori, New York Marriott Marquis, Tony Kushner, BWW News Desk, Spring Luncheon

Review Roundup: Tony Kushner Adapts THE VISIT at The National Theatre

The Visit plays on the Olivier Stage at The National Theatre. Based on the play by Friedrich Drrenmatt adapted by Tony Kushner, original English version by Maurice Valency. Read the reviews [Author: Review Roundups]
Tags: Theatre, Tony Kushner, Review Roundups, Maurice Valency, Friedrich Drrenmatt

Review Roundup: Tony Kushner Adapts THE VISIT at The National Theatre

The Visit plays on the Olivier Stage at The National Theatre. Based on the play by Friedrich Drrenmatt adapted by Tony Kushner, original English version by Maurice Valency. Read the reviews [Author: Review Roundups]
Tags: Theatre, Tony Kushner, Review Roundups, Maurice Valency, Friedrich Drrenmatt

Arnaud Desplechin: 'Theatre is for the bourgeois. Film is the art of rascals!'

The revered film director vowed never to touch theatre. So why is he staging the great Aids epic Angels in America? Apparently, it’s all a misunderstandingArnaud Desplechin looks surprisingly calm as he excuses himself to listen to a voicemail from the Comédie-Française’s technical team. France is one week into a general strike over pension reform and the country’s premier theatre company has followed suit, resulting in cancelled performances and rehearsals. “We take it day by day,” says Desplec...
Tags: Europe, Film, France, Angels, Theatre, America, World news, Culture, Paris, Stage, Arnaud Desplechin, Tony Kushner, Strindberg, Desplechin

BWW Review: Donja R. Love's Absurdist Drama one in two Demands Attention For Black Gay Male HIV+ Realities

When you consider that the two best-known plays by American authors dealing with the AIDS epidemic, Larry Kramer's THE NORMAL HEART and Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA, are both decades old and set in the 1980s, it's no wonder if playgoers tend to think of the crisis as something of the past which is now primarily under control. Even Matthew Lopez's current, THE INHERITANCE, though set in the 21st Century, focuses on the loss of gay men of that preceding generation. [Author: Michael Dale]
Tags: Theatre, America, Matthew Lopez, Larry Kramer, Tony Kushner, Michael Dale

Exit Lines: Broadway Has Issues

From the blockbuster album by Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill is bookended by scenes at Christmas, but you’re unlikely to be of good cheer as the story unfolds. Hyper-controlling Mary Jane Healy (Elizabeth Stanley) is writing her annual year-end newsletter from her Connecticut abode, willfully oblivious that her nuclear family is set to explode. Despondent over their sexless marriage husband Steve (Sean Allan Krill) busies himself with work and online porn. Son Nick (Derek Klena) is going t...
Tags: Music, London, Angels, Theatre, America, Harvard, Connecticut, Broadway, Stephen Daldry, Vanessa Redgrave, Young Adult, Inheritance, NICK, Patten, Popdose, Exit Lines

How Three Great Actresses In Their 90s Keep Their New York Stage Careers Going

Okay, Lois Smith is only 89 — and she’s currently on Broadway in The Inheritance. Estelle Parsons, 92, is at the Public in Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day. Vinie Burrows is 95 and begins an Off-Broadway play next month — and, as a Black actor, has spent much of her long career creating her own opportunities. Laura Collins-Hughes meets the three of them for tea and talk about staying in regular work at their ages. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Tony Kushner, Lois Smith, Laura Collins Hughes, 12.18.19, Inheritance Estelle Parsons

Review Roundup: A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY at the Public - What Did the Critics Think?

A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and directed by Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, is now playing at the Public. Let's see what the critics are saying... [Author: Review Roundups]
Tags: Theatre, Tony Kushner, Oskar Eustis, Review Roundups, Public Theater Artistic

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY

Get a peek inside rehearsal for A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and directed by Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. Performances begin on Tuesday, October 29 and run through Sunday, December 15, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 19. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Tony Kushner, Oskar Eustis, BWW News Desk, Public Theater Artistic

‘Angels’ In East Texas: How Tony Kushner’s Play Tore Apart, And Then Changed, A Small Southern Town

In 1999, a small college in Kilgore, TX — in an area where, at the time, gay men were routinely beaten and sometimes murdered — staged Angels in America, angry protests from local fundamentalists led to a showdown that attracted national media attention. Wes Ferguson, who edited the college paper at the time and whose sensationalist headline on a preview story ignited the fury, recounts how it went down and talks to some of the key participants about how they, and the town, were changed by the ...
Tags: Art, Texas, Angels, Theatre, America, Tony Kushner, Kilgore TX, 10.14.19, Small Southern Town, Wes Ferguson

Tony Kushner And Heidi Schreck Talk About ‘What The Constitution Means To Me’

TK: “I’ve always been a little skeptical of the notion that there’s something sort of shamanistic or medicinal or restorative about theater in a kind of mysterious way, but I really felt that [the play] was that. And every time I went back, I left feeling more hope about the survival of our democracy.” New York magazine theater critic Sara Holdren does a Q&A with the two playwrights about Schreck’s hit, which Kushner has seen three times (so far). – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Tony Kushner, Kushner, Schreck, Heidi Schreck, Sara Holdren, 03.05.19

Tony Kushner: 'Trump has a sinkhole instead of a soul'

He has spent his life dramatising America’s angels and demons. As his civil rights musical returns to Britain, the playwright reveals all about revamping West Side Story for Spielberg – and writing a play about Trump‘I hate watching my plays,” Tony Kushner says. “They’re all so long and they take for ever and the only one that’s not true of is Caroline. It’s two hours with intermission and I could listen to that music for ever.”Caroline is Caroline, Or Change, Kushner’s only musical. Written wit...
Tags: Politics, London, Musicals, Film, Race, Theatre, America, World news, US news, Culture, Britain, US politics, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, Manhattan, West End

Andrew Garfield And Stephen Spinella Trade Emails On Playing Prior Walter In 'Angels In America'

"Andrew Garfield, a Tony Award nominee for playing the defiant Prior Walter in the Broadway revival of Angels in America, was 9 years old in 1993, when Stephen Spinella won the first of his two Tonys in the role. As it happens, Mr. Spinella is again tackling the furious, fantastical poetry of Tony Kushner's two-part, […]
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, Broadway, Andrew Garfield, Walter, Tony Kushner, Spinella, Stephen Spinella, 05.31.18, Playing Prior Walter In Angels

Theater News: Tony Kushner to Be Honored at TDF 50th Anniversary Gala

In addition, James Lapine will be presented with the inaugural TDF Founders Award.
Tags: Theatre, James Lapine, TDF, Tony Kushner

Top AJBlogs From The Weekend Of 04.01.18

Sultanof Arrangements, Part 2 Today, Rifftides offers the second installment of scholar, teacher and historian Jeff Sultanof’s essay on pleasures and challenges in the craft of correcting arrangements.  Exploring Buried Treasure in Plain Sight, Part 2 ...  read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2018-03-31 Jeff Sultanof On The Archeology Of Arrangements Rifftides is delighted that Jeff Sultanof has agreed to contribute another piece. A distinguished expert on arrangers and arranging, Mr. Sult...
Tags: Art, Angels, America, Broadway, Ajblogs, Louis, Tony Kushner, Steve Gadd, Jeff Sultanof, 04.01.18, Ron Leibman, Roy Cohn Joe Mantello

A Conversation With Playwright Tony Kushner About 'Angels In America' - And Surviving Trump

As "Angels" gets major revivals on both coasts (and "Caroline, or Change" transfers to the West End in London), Kushner says he's tried to get his most famous work out of his head - but he just keeps taking notes on productions, and then revising, or maybe creating a new project ... about Angels. "I'm […]
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, America, West End, Trump, Caroline, Tony Kushner, Kushner, 03.30.18

Video Flash: For Angels in America Playwright Tony Kushner, Fourth Time's a Charm (Maybe)

Why the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright decided to rewrite part of his masterpiece again.
Tags: Angels, Theatre, America, Tony Kushner

Photo Flash: The Great Work Arrives as Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield Open Angels in America

Tony Kushner's drama returns to Broadway.
Tags: Theatre, America, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Tony Kushner, Open Angels

Photo Flash: Lupita Nyong'o, Billy Eichner, and More Attend Angels in America Opening

Tony Kushner's drama returns to Broadway.
Tags: Theatre, America, Billy Eichner, Lupita Nyong, Tony Kushner, More Attend Angels

Opening Night: The Great Work Begins as Angels in America Opens on Broadway

Tony Kushner's seminal drama stars Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield.
Tags: Theatre, America, Broadway, Nathan Lane, Tony Kushner, Great Work Begins as Angels

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