Turns Out It’s Not So Tough To Go From Tragedy To Comedy

Jane Alexander, the 80-year-old actress who has starred in Ibsen, Shakespeare, and Chekhov, and, not incidentally, who was head of the NEA during the (first) culture wars, is onstage again, “eliciting raucous laughter” this time. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Nea, Chekhov, Jane Alexander, 02.22.20, Ibsen Shakespeare

It’s Time To Retire ‘West Side Story’ And Its Stereotypes, Argues Puerto Rican Critic

Carina del Valle Schorske: “If this musical is still our narrative ghetto, then the least we can do is make noise about what it feels like to live in it. In 2020, it feels exhausting.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Carina del Valle Schorske, 02.24.20

Why Still The Idea That Theatre Is Best In New York?

” It’s time to get our heads out of our collective asses and wake up to the fact that having a New York zip code does not make you a better actor by default.  Nor does wanting a better quality of life mean you’re less ambitious.  The industry has changed, and it’s time to put those outdated stereotypes to rest.” – Onstage Blog
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, 02.18.20

Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice - Trying Too Hard To Be What One Is Not

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. Such is the message of the new musical Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice. Presented by The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center, this earnest take on the 1969 film of the same name has much to say about four thirtysomethings who try to become part of something which they have no real understanding of. Sadly, the show ultimately fails in its execution. Documentary filmmaker Bob (Joél Pére...
Tags: California, Theatre, Ted, Las Vegas, Bob, Carol, Alice, Vega, Duncan, Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik, Columbia Pictures, New Group, Jason Hart, Pershing Square Signature Center, Amanda Green

David Mamet Tries Out A Play As Quietly As Possible In L.A. The L.A. Times’s Critic Found Out About It Anyway

Charles McNulty: “I’m going to respect the tacit wishes of Mamet and not review the play as I would if it had had an official press opening. A work that’s still being tinkered with before it’s shipped to New York deserves the chance to evolve in peace even if it’s charging $50 a ticket to L.A. theatergoers. But the experience reminded me of what I admire about Mamet’s talent — the vigor and cunning of voices in all-out attack — and what I have found so off-putting since Oleanna — the stacking o...
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Los Angeles, Times, David Mamet, Mamet, Charles McNulty, 02.24.20, Oleanna

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Thirty-Nine

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Thirty NineThere’s never a shortage of anything for Jon and Rob to talk about and for you to sink your teeth into when you listen.  And as usual, the boys set about trying (key word) to understand to understand a world going insane while discussing things rationally…  On this show,  they dissect the football playoffs; the nasty stanch of politics and of Gwyneth Paltrow’s candle (!); the passings of Neil Peart and Buck Henry; the u...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, Theatre, Sports, Cnn, Current Events, Rob, Gwyneth Paltrow, Houston Astros, Popdose

So Far California’s New Gig Economy Law Is A Disaster For Theatres And Actors

No one is arguing that theatre artists don’t deserve to be paid or shouldn’t be treated well. As Susie Medak, managing director at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, pointed out, there’s simply a fundamental disconnect between the law and the creative process of theatre. “What concerns me the most is that this law doesn’t take into consideration at all the way creative artists work. It has a desire to codify everyone’s work. The impulse behind AB 5, in making everyone an employee, is that everyone ...
Tags: Art, California, Theatre, AB, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 02.21.20, Susie Medak

Cassie Beck Will Lead WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME on Tour; New Stops Announced!

Broadway actress Cassie Beck The Rose Tattoo, The Humans will star in the next segment of the national tour of Heidi Schreck's Tony Award nominated play and Pulitzer Prize finalist What the Constitution Means to Me, directed by Oliver Butler. Beck will begin performances in Charlotte, NC in June 2020, followed by performances in Boston at Huntington Avenue Theatre, Nashville at TPAC and La Jolla, CA at La Jolla Playhouse. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Boston, Theatre, Broadway, Charlotte NC, TPAC, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla CA, Heidi Schreck, BWW News Desk, Cassie Beck, Oliver Butler Beck, Huntington Avenue Theatre Nashville

Liz Callaway Announces Concerts In NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Philly And More

Broadway's Liz Callaway has announced a new concert tour with dates in New York, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania and more [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Liz Callaway, BWW News Desk, NYC San Francisco Chicago Philly, New York California Illinois Pennsylvania

Introducing Online Theater Classes for Acting

BroadwayWorld and The Institute for American Musical Theatre are joining forces to bring an exclusive series of online classes in Acting, Singing, and Dance to students around the world With each class, you will have access to some of the most sought-after teachers in New York City, and with their personalized feedback, they will help guide YOU towards a career in the arts. This series is as close as you can get to training in New York City without actually being there [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: New York City, Theatre, BroadwayWorld, BWW News Desk, Institute for American Musical Theatre


The fourth episode of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist will air on Sunday, March 1. The episode features the character Mo, played by Alex Newell [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Alex Newell, Stage Tube

Review Roundup: Lucas Hnath's DANA H. at Vineyard Theatre - Critics Weigh In

Vineyard Theatre presents Dana H., by Lucas Hnath, adapted from interviews with Dana Higginbotham conducted by Steve Cosson, and directed by Les Waters, began previews on February 11 with Deirdre O'Connell reprising the title role for the New York premiere direct from engagements at Center Theatre Group and The Goodman Theatre. [Author: Review Roundups]
Tags: New York, Theatre, Lucas Hnath, Review Roundups, Center Theatre Group, Deirdre O Connell, Steve Cosson, Dana H, Dana Higginbotham

VIDEO: Jacqueline Novak and Seth Meyers Talk His Favorite Line from Her Show GET ON YOUR KNEES

Jacqueline Novak stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday, February 24 to talk about her one-woman show, Get On Your Knees. [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Seth Meyers, Stage Tube, Jacqueline Novak

Jelani Remy and Natalie Weiss to Take Part in Opening of Paper Mill Playhouse's New Paper Mill Studios

Paper Mill Playhouse Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stotts- Managing Director has announced an expansion of the theater's award-winning Theater School with the lease of a storefront building in Downtown Millburn. The new space, totaling 2,500 square feet, is at 20 Main Street. This is the first property extension of the theater since 1996 and the first expansion of the theater's footprint into Downtown Millburn. This expansion is a result of a board-approved strategic plan t...
Tags: Theatre, America, Millburn, BWW News Desk, Natalie Weiss, Mark S Hoebee, Jelani Remy, Michael Stotts, Theater School, Downtown Millburn

Breaking: Steve Buscemi, Chris Messina & More Join Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac in NYTW's THREE SISTERS

Complete casting, creatives, and more have been announced for New York Theatre Workshop's adaptation of Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, for the previously announced production helmed by Sam Gold. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: New York, Theatre, Greta Gerwig, Oscar Isaac, Anton Chekhov, Sam Gold, BWW News Desk, Steve Buscemi Chris Messina

Meet the Cast of THE MINUTES - Now in Previews on Broadway!

The Minutes is officially in previews on Broadway The cast of The Minutes includes Ian Barford, Blair Brown, Cliff Chamberlain, K. Todd Freeman, Armie Hammer, Tracy Letts, Danny McCarthy, Jessie Mueller, Sally Murphy, Austin Pendleton, Jeff Still. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, BWW News Desk

Guthrie Theater and A.R.T. Will Co-Commission New Work By Mark Rylance and Peter Reder

The Guthrie Theater Joseph Haj, artistic director announced today its partnership with American Repertory Theater at Harvard University Diane Paulus, Terrie and Bradley Bloom artistic director Diane Borger, executive producer to co-commission and co-develop a new play cycle by Mark Rylance and Peter Reder. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Harvard University, Mark Rylance, American Repertory Theater, Joseph Haj, BWW News Desk, Guthrie Theater and A R T Will Co Commission, Peter Reder, Diane Paulus Terrie, Bradley Bloom, Diane Borger

Repertorio Español and the Miranda Family Will Present VOCES LATINX National Playwriting Competition

Repertorio Espaol, the 2019 Drama Desk Award-winning theater company, in partnership with the Miranda Family, will present the Miranda Family 'Voces Latinx' National Playwriting Competition, a new initiative that aims to develop and promote Latinx plays and playwrights. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, BWW News Desk, Repertorio Espaol, Repertorio Español, Miranda Family

Photo Flash: Michael Urie, Kathleen Chalfant, Lilli Cooper and More at Keen Company's ARSENIC & OLD LACE Benefit

Keen Company presented a benefit reading ofArsenic Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, directed by Mr. Silverstein.The one night only event in celebration of Keen's 20th anniversary took place last night, Monday, February 24th at Theatre Row. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Silverstein, BWW News Desk, Keen Company, Joseph Kesselring, Michael Urie Kathleen Chalfant Lilli Cooper

Calista Flockhart to Star in AN IDEAL HUSBAND at Huntington; Full 2020-2021 Season Announced

Huntington Theatre Company has announced the lineup of their 2020-2021 season of destination theatre that features an incredible range of compelling stories -culturally and artistically diverse - unified by the Huntington's commitment to vital, fresh and inclusive entertainment. From stories deeply rooted in Boston's history to star-studded classics, the next chapter in Huntington history is perhaps, the most exciting yet. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Boston, Theatre, HUNTINGTON, Huntington Theatre Company, Calista Flockhart, BWW News Desk

Wake Up With BWW 2/24: 10th Annual BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! and More!

Good morning, BroadwayWorld Today's top stories Bernadette Peters, Sierra Boggess, Orfeh, and more will perform at Broadway Belts for PFF tonight, and more [Author: Stephi Wild]
Tags: Theatre, PFF, Broadway Belts, Stephi Wild, Bernadette Peters Sierra Boggess Orfeh

Photo Flash: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Close Visit UNMASKED at Paper Mill Playhouse

On Saturday, February 22, legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber brought his good friend Glenn Close to see his new show at Paper Mill Playhouse,Unmasked The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Glenn Close, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn, BWW News Desk

Broadway Theatres To Dim Lights in Memory of Zoe Caldwell

The Broadway community mourns the loss of beloved actress, director, and multiple Tony Award winner Zoe Caldwell, who passed away on February 16, 2020 at age 86. To commemorate her life and work, the lights of all Broadway theatres in New York will dim for one minute on Friday, February 28th at exactly 745pm. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: New York, Theatre, Broadway, Tony, BWW News Desk, Zoe Caldwell

Review Roundup: CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at the Pershing Square Signature Center - What Did the Critics Think?

Cambodian Rock Band officially opened Monday, February 24 on the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street. The production is an limited engagement through March 15, 2019. [Author: Review Roundups]
Tags: Theatre, Pershing Square Signature Center, Review Roundups, Irene Diamond Stage

Jason Robert Brown Announces Solo Show at The Bourbon Room Hollywood

For one night only, Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown will be performing live at The Bourbon Room Hollywood. The musical evening with this inspiring artist will be held on Monday, March 9th at 730 PM. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Hollywood, Theatre, Jason Robert Brown, BWW News Desk

BWW Review: Eva Noblezada is a Seasoned Pro in WITH LOVE at The Green Room 42

During Eva Noblezada's introduction to the stage of The Green Room 42 last night, the audience was informed of this eye-popping fact Eva Noblezada's show has been heralded as the most successful run of any cabaret show since Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, and has sold out more than twenty times at The Green Room 42. [Author: Chloe Rabinowitz]
Tags: Theatre, Patti LuPone, Eva Noblezada, Chloe Rabinowitz, Les Mouches

Darko Tresnjak Will Direct Premiere of Duncan Sheik & Kyle Jarrow's NOIR at Houston's Alley Theatre

The Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre and Artistic Director Rob Melrose has just announcedfive productions as a part of the 74th season. Subscription renewals for the 2020-21 Alley Theatre season are on sale now. New subscriptions will be on sale May 18, 2020 at [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Houston, Duncan Sheik, Darko Tresnjak, BWW News Desk, Kyle Jarrow, Alley Theatre, Rob Melrose

BWW Contest: Win Two Tickets To See COME FROM AWAY on Broadway!

Get ready because we're giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Come From Away The winner will receive two tickets to the musical valid to any midweek performance from 33-409. The contest will run now through March 2nd at 1159PM EST, so make sure to enter for your chance to win TODAY [Author: BWW Contests]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, BWW Contests

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Second Stage's WE'RE GONNA DIE

WE'RE GONNA DIEofficially opens tonight, February 25 at the Tony Kiser Theater 305 W 43rdStreet. Check out highlights below [Author: BroadwayWorld TV]
Tags: Theatre, BroadwayWorld TV

Calista Flockhart to Star in AN IDEAL HUSBAND at Huntington As Part of 2020-21 Season

Huntington Theatre Company has announced the lineup of their 2020-2021 season of destination theatre that features an incredible range of compelling stories -culturally and artistically diverse - unified by the Huntington's commitment to vital, fresh and inclusive entertainment. From stories deeply rooted in Boston's history to star-studded classics, the next chapter in Huntington history is perhaps, the most exciting yet. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Boston, Theatre, HUNTINGTON, Huntington Theatre Company, Calista Flockhart, BWW News Desk

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