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Thursday, June 16, 2022

In ‘The Orchard’ Jessica Hecht Shares the Stage With Mikhail Baryshnikov And a Robot by Harry Haun

In 'The Orchard' Jessica Hecht performs Chekhov alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov—and a 12-foot-tall robotic arm.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:35PM
Friday, June 10, 2022

Julie White Gets Loud—and Tony Nominated—in the Broadway Farce ‘POTUS’ by Harry Haun

Julie White says the new Broadway farce 'Potus' breaks the rules of playwriting: "Suzy Nakamura and I are getting to play the Nathan Lane/Matthew Broderick roles. It’s really fun to do the…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:10PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Jennifer Simard: From ‘Forbidden Broadway’ to Tony Contender by Harry Haun

Jennifer Simard talked to us about her Tony nomination for 'Company,' making Stephen Sondheim laugh, and stepping in for a Covid-stricken Patti LuPone.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:24PM
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

David Threlfall Brings Super High-Definition Accuracy to His Tony Nominated Performance in ‘Hangmen’ by Harry Haun

David Threlfall shines as “the second most famous hangman in England” in the five-times Tony nominated Martin McDonagh play "Hangmen."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:21PM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

In ‘POTUS’ Lilli Cooper Is a Working Mom Onstage and Off by Harry Haun

“I walk off stage for intermission with a breast pump on, and I go straight to my dressing room where I pump underneath my fake breast pump.”

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:34PM
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Tracy Letts Wrote ‘The Minutes’ As a Political Parable Only to See It Become a Prophecy by Harry Haun

“I’m sad to see how much of it has come true,” says actor and playwright Tracy Letts of his Broadway one-act about a small town city council.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:43PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Patrick J. Adams Overcame Stage Fright to Bare It All On Broadway in ‘Take Me Out’ by Harry Haun

The former 'Suits' star put his fear (and his clothes) aside to make his Broadway debut.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:32PM
Friday, April 29, 2022

Deirdre O’Connell On the Rewards of the Off-Broadway Life by Harry Haun

As she's honored with the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award, Deirdre O'Connell talks about the joys developing new theater pieces Off-Broadway.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:49PM
Friday, April 15, 2022

Jamie Lloyd On Directing James McAvoy at BAM and Why We All Have Cyrano’s Nose by Harry Haun

The director's modern 'Cyrano de Bergerac' trades the prosthetic for a metaphor. "If the nose is in the imagination, then everything else is in the imagination. It really puts the emphasis o…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:27PM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Bryan Batt Returns to New York Theater Leading the All-Gay Cast of ‘To My Girls’ by Harry Haun

It's 'The Boys in the Band' with pool toys, as a group of gay friends converge on Palm Springs equipped with wigs, gossamer frocks, and freshly honed zingers.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:59PM
Monday, April 11, 2022

David Loud Remembers Some of Broadway’s Best Musicals in ‘Facing the Music’ by Harry Haun

The conductor and music director looks back in a new memoir.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:21PM
Friday, April 1, 2022

After 25 Years, Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman Bring ‘Harmony’ to New York by Harry Haun

Their musical biography of the Comedian Harmonists is now at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:28PM
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Matt Doyle and the Gender Flipped Tongue Twister That’s Lighting Up Broadway by Harry Haun

In the revival of Sonheim's 'Company,' Doyle shines with his rendition of the complicated 'Getting Married Today.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:00PM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Jeremy McCarter: From Drama Critic to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Co-Author by Harry Haun

After working on a best-selling at the behind-the-scenes stories of "Hamilton," the multi-hyphenate McCarter is back with a look at "In the Heights."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:36PM
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Star-Studded Cast Explains How ‘Frozen’ Broke the Broadway Mold by Harry Haun

'Frozen' star Caissie Levy puts it succinctly: 'It’s a dream role, an amazing show and a love story centered around my sister and not a man.' It's also breaking Broadway records.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:00AM
Friday, March 23, 2018

TACT Bows Out: Why a Legendary NYC Theatre Company Is Closing by Harry Haun

After a quarter-century of commendable entertainment, The Actors Company Theatre will call it a run on April 14. But before they go, the company presents a rousing rendition of Damon Runyon'…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:30PM
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

What the Legendary Cast of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Taught a Broadway Rising Star by Harry Haun

'When somebody says Broadway, you just say yes,’ says Charlie Stemp, who has found himself in that very place, starring alongside Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber in 'Hello Dolly!'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:30AM
Thursday, February 22, 2018

‘Springer’: How TV’s Trashiest Talk Show Became…an Off-Broadway Opera! by Harry Haun

'A particularly violent episode—and a particularly profane one,' inspired the musical.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:00PM
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Paul Sparks on Why Directors Love Him for Seedy, Sinister Roles by Harry Haun

'There’s a seediness that hangs on a lot of the roles I’ve played,' admits Paul Sparks. His character in Edward Albee's 'At Home at the Zoo' is no exception.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 06:00AM
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Bob Martin Reprises His Award-Winning ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ Character at City Center by Harry Haun

He is the Tony-winning creation of Bob Martin, who also earned a Tony nomination for playing the character on Broadway in 2006 and 2007, and he's eager to tell you his opinions on musical th…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:00PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Martin McDonagh’s ‘Hangmen’ Might Be the Writer/Director’s Darkest Yet by Harry Haun

McDonagh reports that his comedy about death by hanging is coming across 'much darker than in London' for it's New York debut.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:15PM
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Becky Ann Baker on Playing the Mom Role and Why She Never Watched Herself on ‘Girls’ by Harry Haun

'I kinda find it horrifying to watch myself [on TV], especially since the invention of high-definition,' says actor Becky Ann Baker, who opens up Second Stage's 'Cardinal' on Broadway this m…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:15AM
Monday, January 15, 2018

Former Child Star Hayley Mills on How Fans and Hollywood Tried to Make Her Stay Young by Harry Haun

'Parent Trap' actress Hayley Mills talks about why fans seem disappointed to see she's aged, the movies that got away and tackling the stage in 'Party Face.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:30AM
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

André De Shields Talks Turning 72, Taking on Two Full-Time Jobs by Harry Haun

Though already signed up to star in 'Mankind,' De Shields couldn't turn down the director gig for a new 'Ain't Misbehavin'' revival. He tells Observer, 'this has my name on it.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:50PM
Monday, December 25, 2017

Ethan Slater on How He Prepares Each Night to Be ‘SpongeBob’ on Broadway by Harry Haun

“I still watch the TV show periodically, but I no longer study it," said Slater of his research process.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:00AM
Thursday, December 21, 2017

John Lithgow’s One-Man Tribute to His Father Is Broadway Bound by Harry Haun

John Lithgow's 'Stories by Heart' has three stories to tell: P.G. Wodehouse’s 'Uncle Fred Flits By,' Ring Lardner’s 'The Haircut' and a son's tribute to his father.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:00AM
Monday, December 18, 2017

Dancer Robert Fairchild Tests His Chops by Becoming ‘Frankenstein’ by Harry Haun

'I’ve been trying to cultivate work for myself that stretches my abilities,' said Fairchild on taking on the role of Frankenstein.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:30AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Actress Francesca Annis on Feeling More Energized With Age by Harry Haun

'This play is about confronting the older generation and saying, ‘Don’t give up,'' said Annis of Lucy Kirkwood's New Play, 'The Children,' in which she stars.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:40PM
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Billy Crudup Plays a Man, His Alter Ego, and All His Friends in ‘Harry Clarke’ by Harry Haun

Crudup says that preparing to play an entire cast of characters, not to mention the titular alter ego of the mid-western protagonist, was "intimidating"

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:00AM
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Chloë Sevigny Revisits Washington Square Park in ‘Downtown Race Riot’ by Harry Haun

The New Group's 'Downtown Race Riot' returns actor-turned-it-girl Chloë Sevigny to the location that made her a star: Washington Square Park.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:15PM
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Female Friendship Takes Center Stage in Emily Mann’s ’20th Century Blues’ by Harry Haun

Emily Mann's new Broadway show, '20th Century Blues,' tells the story of four friends whose lives have been captured in a series of yearly photographs.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:00PM

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