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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 11pm (Broadway Time)

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"The historian, essentially, wants more documents than he can really use; the dramatist only wants more liberties than he can...

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Due to the crush of Broadway openings this week and next, I'm filing several extra drama columns for The Wall...

Oil and Water a poetically stirring tale of salvation

by Richard Ouzounian

Robert Chafe’s play is given a production by Newfoundland’s Artistic Fraud Theatre Company that reminds us once again how resourceful this company is.

Theater review for LA Weekly – “Dames at Sea” at the Colony

by Pauline Adamek

Gentle readers, this week’s theater review for the LA Weekly is of the fun and frothy tap-musical parody Dames at Sea, currently running at the Colony Theater in Burbank. Click here to go to the LA Weekly…

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 10pm (Broadway Time)

Review: One Man, Two Guvnors

by David Finkle

James Corden gives a hilarious performance in Nicholas Hytner's must-see production of Richard Bean's funny-as-can-be farce.

Review: Ninth and Joanie

by Andy Buck

Brett C. Leonard's play about an unhappy Philadelphia family benefits from strong performances, but still remains something of an endurance test.

SMASH's Megan Hilty Sings Studio Cover of BREAKAWAY

by BroadwayWorld

Megan Hilty, who plays Ivy on NBC's SMASH, where her character was recently cast in the leading role of Marilyn Monroe, has released a studio recorded cover of Breakaway. The song aired during a recent episode,…

IDOL WATCH: The Top 7 Tackle Songs from 'Now & Then!'

by Kelsey Denette

American Idol kicks things off this week with an overly dramatic movie-esque recap of last week's events. For those of you who are suffering from Idol amnesia Jessica Sanchez got the judges' save. Tonight will …

FOLLOW UP: YOUR "SMASH" RESTAURANT GUIDE (VOL. 2)

by Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (composer-Lyricist)

By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman Last week I brought back my Smash restaurant guide after I had received many emails asking me about a scene in a certain dining room with some fabulous wallpaper. Unfortunately I could…

THEATRE & WINE

by Gregory Jacobs-Roseman

Using The Theatrical Process Outside The Theatre By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman As you may or may not know, I’ve spent the past few years in sommelier training. I should probably stop here and tell those readers w…

FAR FROM CHEKHOV (PART 5 OF 11)

by Pam Quinn

How a play goes from someone’s brain to a stage in New York City. Part 5: The Space. By Pam Quinn (Writer) Hunting for a theatre space in NYC is murder. Finding the right size, for the right price is like hav…

STOCK WATER TEA

by Matthew Murphy

By Matthew Murphy (Photographer) This week I was lucky enough to see the EVITA revival currently taking Broadway by storm. And it got me thinking about this particularly zany performance of the original Broadwa…

MURPHY MADE: AVI SCHER & DANCERS

by Matthew Murphy

By Matthew Murphy (Photographer) Choreographer Avi Scher just finished his third New York Season at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater and I was on hand to capture all of the world class dancers in action. Check…

Review: The March (Steppenwolf Theatre)

by Scotty Zacher

At nearly 3 hours, Frank Galiti's civil war drama *The March* is a long haul. Epic in scope and cast size, we never learn about separate human dramas and their shared histories. There's lot of potential here,…

A crown lies uneasily in Round House's ‘Shadows’

by Peter Marks

What a piece of work is this Telemachus, the Hamlet-like brooder of playwright Jason Gray Platt’s modern family tragedy, “Crown of Shadows: The Wake of Odysseus.” Spoiled and sullen, he buries his head in…

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS - Talkin' Broadway's Review

by Matthew Murray

"... this comedy is as intense — and funny — as it gets."

Broadway review: 'One Man, Two Guvnors'

The new Broadway show “One Man, Two Guvnors” is the hoot of the season. On one level, it’s a story about a dum-dum who becomes the full-time lackey for two different shady employers and who ha…

Theater Review: ‘Ninth and Joanie,’ by Brett C. Leonard, at Bank Street Theater

by Charles Isherwood

The Labyrinth Theater Company’s production of Brett C. Leonard’s kitchen-sink drama, “Ninth and Joanie,” is at the Bank Street Theater.

Theater Review: James Corden in ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ at the Music Box

by Ben Brantley

“One Man, Two Guvnors,” a splendidly silly import from London, is an adaptation of Goldoni’s 18th-century “Servant of Two Masters.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 9pm (Broadway Time)

‘The Music of Bill Monroe with Rowan, Rice, McCourys’ at The Music Center at Strathmore by Mike Spain

by Mike Spain

Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, and The Travelin’ McCourys, who are some of the biggest names in Bluegrass came together to honor Bill Monroe at The Music Center at Strathmore in a program called The Music of Bill Mo…

UK's Headlong Theatre to Produce AMERICAN PSYCHO in 2013?

by BroadwayWorld

According to UK theater company Headlong's 2012-2013 season announcement, the group will be producing playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Grammy and Tony-winning songwriter Duncan Sheik's musical American Psy…

'One Man, Two Guvnors' is pure slapstick

There are two directors -- one just for physical comedy -- in "One Man, Two Guvnors," the farce that arrived from London's irreproachable National Theatre with virtuosic clowning by James Corden and another les…

Ninth and Joanie

Legit Reviews||Off Broadway: The Labyrinth's take-no-prisoners performance style is made to order for the seething hostilities in "Ninth and Joanie," Brett C. Leonard's bleak drama about the disint…

Guthrie's 2012 lineup starts diversity debate

Joe Dowling says the announcement isn't complete and that focusing on one season is a narrow view.

Broadway sales increase overall during spring break

The Great White Way had another successful week with an overall increase of about $2 million (six percent) in gross ticket sales through the week ending April 15. According to figures provided by The Broadway L…

GP at the Met: Faust: About the Opera

by Fultonk

Three of the opera world’s leading stars—Jonas Kaufmann, Marina Poplavskaya, and René Pape—sing the principal roles in a new production of Gounod’s Faust, directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff in h…

GP at the Met: The Enchanted Island: About the Opera

by Fultonk

The Enchanted Island, a world premiere work that combines Baroque music with a new, English-language libretto featuring characters from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a starry …

Usher Heads Off-Broadway in Fuerza Bruta

For reasons unknown, R&B superstar and mentor to the Biebs, Usher, will be joining the cast of the Argentine-multi-sensory-anti-theater production, Fuerza Bruta, for two performances on April 28th. The sing…

City Opera Returning To Midtown Roots Next Season

New York City Opera announced Wednesday it will be holding half of its upcoming season in its original home at City Center in Midtown.

KC Rep director drawn to 'Little Shop of Horrors'

The first thing you need to understand about Kyle Hatley is that he isn't well. No, Kansas City Repertory Theatre's associate artistic director is an obsessive young theater artist, given to expending untold ho…

Richard III – review

by Michael Billington

Swan, Stratford-upon-AvonYou can present Richard III either as the climax of a Shakespeare history cycle or as a star vehicle. But Roxana Silbert's new RSC production, while perfectly creditable, is neither one…

Hugh Dancy busy on Broadway in 'Venus', on TV in 'Big C' [Video]

by Gold Derby

"The play is fast. It's very verbal. It takes very sharp turns very quickly," said Hugh Dancy about the original play "Venus in Fur" currently on Broadway. "I love that kind of expe…

25th Anniversary of the Longest-Running Play in NYC History Tonight

by Suzanna Bowling

25th Anniversary of the Longest-Running Play in NYC History Tonight: Tonight Wednesday, April 18th at The Snapple Theater Center 210 West 50th Street at Broadway at 7pm Perfect Crime, Warren Manzi’s long-runn…

Women in Theatre 2012 Is Their Year

by Suzanna Bowling

Women in Theatre 2012 Is Their Year: This is the 30th anniversary of The League of Professional Theatre Women, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote visibility and increase opportunities for women…

'Smash' star Christian Borle plays a loopy pirate

by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- To properly play a pirate, Christian Borle has appropriately been stealing....

Kevin Kline and Lawrence Kasdan Go to the Dogs in 'Darling Companion'

by Jenelle Riley

Kevin Kline and Lawrence Kasdan reteam for their sixth collaboration, "Darling Companion."

An early look at Sutton Foster in ABC Family's 'Bunheads'

by David Ng

Sutton Foster appears to be putting her Broadway experience to good, or at least remunerative, use in "Bunheads," the new series on ABC Family that is set to premiere June 11. The network has released a first c…

'Chariots of Fire' is West End-bound, coinciding with Olympics

by David Ng

With its iconic scene of Olympic athletes running on the beach to a pulsating Vangelis score, "Chariots of Fire" is making a well-timed comeback, only this time as a play.

'The Last 5 Years' shows marriage and its end through eyes of husband and wife

by Peter Filichia

Peter Filichia gives us the scoop on the new production

For ‘Godspell’ on Broadway, Crowd-Sourced Producers

by Patrick Healy

The Broadway revival of “Godspell” has attracted attention by recruiting a team of about 700 investors, with some putting up as little as $1,000 each.

NJ Stage: George Street gala and the Bickford's new season

by Peter Filichia

Also: Surflight Theatre's new battle

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8pm (Broadway Time)

NINTH AND JOANIE - Talkin' Broadway's Review

by Matthew Murray

Ninth and Joanie is — in this staging, at any rate — the rare play that gets everything wrong.

"Carry It On" Maureen McGovern Autobiographical Show

by Bob Rendell

Sadly, Carry It On is a disappointment.

Review Roundup: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS on Broadway - Updating LIVE!

by BroadwayWorld

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, by Richard Bean, based on Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters, with songs by Grant Olding, directed by Nicolas Hynter, began preview performances on Broadway at the Music Box Theatr…

Marcia Milgrom Dodge to Direct World Premiere of Sense & Sensibility The Musical

by Brian Scott Lipton

Denver Center Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Sense & Sensibility The Musical, April 5 - May 26 in The Stage Theatre. The production will be directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom …

Felicity Huffman, Jane Lynch, William H. Macy, Lindsay Pearce Set for Third Street Theatre's Last Five Year Benefit Shows

by Brian Scott Lipton

Felicity Huffman, Jane Lynch, and William H, Macy will host Third Street Theatre's benefit performances of Jason Robert Brown's two-character musical The Last Five Years, May 4-6. Every performance…

Wendy Johnson’s Not Concealing Judy Holliday or Herself

by Deborah Behrens

After a critic called Wendy Johnson "a Judy Holliday clone," she began investigating her inner Holliday. The result is Johnson's Concealing Judy Holliday, a multi-actor play about the original Born Yesterday st…

One Man, Two Guvnors

Legit Reviews||Abroad: Hold the front page: Vaudeville Discovered Alive and Well... and living uproariously in Nicholas Hytner's joyous production.

Andrew Alexander on Mascara-ing His Mustache as the Suave Star of London’s The 39 Steps

by Matt Wolf

Andrew Alexander is the eighth actor to play the debonair, tweed-suited Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, London’s longest running comedy, at the Criterion Theatre. A graduate of King’s College (where…

Ninth and Joanie

by Suzy Evans

Brett C. Leonard’s “Ninth and Joanie,” directed by Mark Wing-Davey at Labyrinth Theater Company, struggles to establish compelling action.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7pm (Broadway Time)

Oh Meryl, did my heart love till now?

If you've always thought that Romeo and Juliet was a flaky conceit with callow youths at its heart, now's your chance to see it reimagined. The mighty Meryl Streep and distinguished Kevin Kline will play the st…

STAGE TUBE: Blast from the Past- The Original ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY TV Commercial!

by Stage Tube

Take a trip back to the 1970's with a vintage commerical from musical theatre favorite ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Check out the original TV spot below

Jane Lynch, William H. Macy et al. to Host THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Hollywood's Third Street Theatre, 5/4-6

by BroadwayWorld

Third Street Theatre, the West Hollywood 99-seat Equity Waiver theatre that brought LA the critically-acclaimed smash hit Falsettos, is pleased to announce three limited engagement fundraising gala performances…

Photo Coverage: Melissa Errico Back at Joe's Pub!

by Jennifer Broski

Last night, Melissa Errico blew the roof off of JOE'S PUB with another knock-out performance to a sold-out crowd, besting her impressive November show. With plenty of Broadway pals and other luminaries in the…

Dick Clark Productions' Dan Snyder and Mark Shapiro Release Statement on Dick Clark

by BroadwayWorld

Daniel M. Snyder, Chairman, and Mark Shapiro, Chief Executive Officer today issued the following statements about Dick Clark, who died today, April 18, after suffering a heart attack.

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, NTW

by Dylan Moore

Looking at CCTV footage of a school hall in Cardiff through Adobe Flash Player in the corner of a webpage and listening to the attendant interference, bells, buzzes and bleeps might not sound like the cutting e…

Exclusive! Watch Corbin Bleu Show Off His 'Good Gifts' in Rehearsal for Godspell

by Broadway.com

Before High School Musical star Corbin Bleu made his official debut as Jesus in Godspell, Broadway.com was on the scene to get a first look at the star in rehearsals on April 17. A Broadway vet of In the H…

Downtown Troupe The Amoralists to Bring Noirish The Bad and the Better to Midtown

by Adam Hetrick

4000 Miles director Daniel Aukin will stage the world premiere of Derek Ahonen's The Bad and the Better, a new dark detective tale from The Amoralists, which will debut Off-Broadway June 14 at the Peter Jay…

NY Review: 'One Man, Two Guvnors'

by David Sheward

“One Man, Two Guvnors,” an import from the National Theatre, is a rollicking roller coaster of hilarity. James Corden will have you rolling in the aisles.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 6pm (Broadway Time)

"Boy's Life: Backstage at 'Peter and the Starcatcher with Adam Chanler-Berat': Episode One!

by Broadway.com

It's opening night at Peter and the Starcatcher, and Adam Chanler-Berat is backstage at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre filming all the last minute preparations for the first episode of his Broadway.com video blog,…

Corbin Bleu ("High School Musical") in "Godspell" on Broadway - Clips of the Show!

by Broadway.com

Before High School Musical star Corbin Bleu made his official debut as Jesus in Godspell, Broadway.com was on the scene to get a first look at the star in rehearsals on April 17. Though Bleu made his Broadway d…

Character Study: Paul Nolan of "Jesus Christ Superstar"

by Broadway.com

When Paul Nolan is making his powerful transition into the title character in Jesus Christ Superstar eight times as week, it's as much an emotional transformation as a physical one. "Some nights I come in to pl…

My Space: Michael Cumpsty of "End of the Rainbow" - Judy Garland Play on Broadway

by Broadway.com

My Space: Michael Cumpsty of "End of the Rainbow" - Judy Garland Play on Broadway Buy Tickets to "End of the Rainbow": http://www.broadway.com/shows/end-rainbow/ Michael Cumpsty has appear…

Word of Mouth Review: "One Man, Two Guvnors" on Broadway Starring James Corden

by Broadway.com

Word of Mouth Review: "One Man, Two Guvnors" on Broadway Starring James Corden Buy Tickets to "One Man, Two Guvnors": http://www.broadway.com/shows/one-man-two-guvnors/ Slapstick smash On…

A CONVENTIONAL CONVENTION

by Jessica Branch

The politricking of 1960 looks strikingly similar to that of today.

Ben Fankhauser, Christiane Noll, et al. Set for Scott Alan Concert, 4/30

by BroadwayWorld

Additional artists have been announced for composer-lyricist Scott Alan's fourth recording, Live, which follows his critically acclaimed What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up, Dreaming Wide Awake and Keys. Newly annou…

STAGE TUBE: Chatting with the Creative Team of HANDS ON A HARDBODY

by Stage Tube

La Jolla Playhouse's Hands on a Hardbody will run April 27 - June 17, 2012 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. The world-premiere, commissioned musical has a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright I Am My Own Wife…

InDepth InterView: Brooke Shields On THE SOUND OF MUSIC At Carnegie Hall; Broadway, Hollywood & More

by Pat Cerasaro

Making a name for herself as a model at a very early age set the stage for a career on screens large and small - as well as the Broadway stage itself many, many times over - for iconic beauty Brooke Shields. On…

The Recording Academy's CEO Neil Portnow Remembers Dick Clark

by BroadwayWorld

The Recording Academy's PresidentCEO Neil Portnow released a statement on entertainment legend Dick Clark, who died today, April 18, after suffering a heart attack.

STAGE TUBE: SMASH's Movie Star Gets Told Off Next Week!

by Stage Tube

Next week on SMASH, Karen Katharine McPhee finds herself seduced by the glamorous life of new BFF Rebecca Duvall special guest star Uma Thurman- but can Rebecca be trusted What will Karen's ascent mean to her r…

Works by Greg Kotis, Theresa Rebeck to Be Developed at 2012 National Playwrights Conference

by Dan Bacalzo

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center has announced the plays to be developed at the 2012 National Playwrights Conference. Each will undergo the O'Neill's signature development process, employing a…

The ‘Zamerican’ Danai Gurira Examines The Convert

by Darlene Donloe

In The Convert, Danai Gurira looks at the cultural conflicts facing a young woman who's fleeing a forced marriage in 1895 Zimbabwe.  Gurira knows the turf -- born in Iowa, raised in Zimbabwe, now an Angeleno w…

Boehm creates fine adaptation of 'Conversation'

Play based on memoir of man who fought the Nazis with the Polish resistance, only to be imprisoned by the Stalinist regime.

In Second City's 100th revue, money talks and hilarity rules

by Chris Jones

THEATER REVIEW: "Who Do We Think We Are?" at Second City ★★★½ Of the previous 99 mainstage revues at the Second City, almost all have offered the audience a chance to shout out suggestions f…

Dance Moms Miami - Season 1 Episode 3 - Don't Judge Me - Todrick Hall Full Episode Recap

by DanceOn

Dance Moms Miami - Season 1 Episode 3 - Don't Judge Me - Todrick Hall Full Episode Recap Dance Moms: Miami season 1 episode 3, "Don't Judge Me." In this FYI recap, Todrick Hall and Scott Hoy…

Heading East: Artists in Flux

by Tim

Heading East: Artists in Flux From an article in the SF Bay Guardian: San Francisco isn’t an easy place to live for artists and others who choose to fill their souls at the expense of their bank accounts,…

Clarence Coo Wins Yale Drama Series Award – Playbill.com

by Tim

Clarence Coo Wins Yale Drama Series Award I’m so excited for my friend Clarence! We first met when we were roommates at the Great Plains Theater Conference, and we caught up again when he was in town for …

And the Winner of the Pulitzer Isn’t – NYTimes.com

by Tim

And the Winner of the Pulitzer Isn’t Ann Patchett’s article on the lack of a Pulitzer fiction winner includes this nice quote: Reading fiction is important. It is a vital means of imagining a life o…

Misterman, National Theatre

by Aleks Sierz

Religious mania is bad for your love life. In Enda Walsh’s revamped 1999 play — which has already been seen in Galway and New York, and opened in London last night — a 33-year-old man (played with immense…

Gavin Creel on Seeking Book of Mormon Advice From Pal Andrew Rannells and Promising to 'Put Out' on Tour

by Danica Daniel

Gavin Creel is readying to don a white shirt and black tie as Elder Price in the upcoming national tour of The Book of Mormon, but the two-time Tony nominee almost turned down the offer to play the br…

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