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Friday, October 27, 2017

Marilyn Maye Shares Her Secret to a Happy Life at Jazz at Lincoln Center by Harry Haun

Marilyn Maye will be singing her way through classic American tunes this weekend—October 27 and 28—in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s gorgeous Appel Room.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:50AM
Friday, October 20, 2017

‘Lonely Planet’ Revival Sparks Stars’ Recollections of Life During AIDS Crisis by Harry Haun

Actors Arnie Burton and Matt McGrath recall New York of the 1980s during the AIDS crisis, which they return to nightly in the Broadway revival of 'Lonely Planet'.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:00AM
Monday, October 9, 2017

Downton Ditto: Elizabeth McGovern Plays an Affluent Matriarch Across the Pond by Harry Haun

After 25 years, Elizabeth McGovern crosses the pond to star on Broadway as a Downton-esque affluent British matriarch.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:15AM
Friday, September 29, 2017

Deanna Dunagan on Playing Yet Another Unlovable Mother by Harry Haun

Deanna Dunagan makes a specialty—and a rather good living—out of playing the hard-to-love matriarch.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:20AM
Monday, September 25, 2017

Carrie Coon on Why the Stage Is More Empowering Than Film or TV by Harry Haun

“After doing TV and film, the thing you really start to appreciate about being on stage is you get to tell a story in order from beginning to end."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:00PM
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Driving Robert De Niro: Rising Star C.J. Wilson on Getting His Start by Harry Haun

Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan was the first to spot the white-knight potential of the talented and handsome C.J. Wilson.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:00PM
Friday, September 8, 2017

Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s New Work Is a Birthday Present to Her Mom by Harry Haun

Sarah Ruhl's new play opens in a hospital room where five quibbling siblings are doing a deathbed vigil for their dad.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:00AM
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Actress Julie White on Reinventing Nora in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ by Harry Haun

Knock knock. You’ll never guess who’s there. Then, again—given it’s 'A Doll’s House, Part 2'—you will.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:30AM
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

No ‘Sweat’: Lynn Nottage’s Long-Overdue Broadway Debut, With Help From Johanna Day by Harry Haun

They aren’t. Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson play best friends and line workers on the floor since high school, caught up in an old socioeconomic squeeze play brought on by hard-nosed, cos…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 06:30AM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

‘Come From Away’: New Musical About 9/11 Reminds Us About the Kindness of Strangers by Harry Haun

When someone asks you where you were the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, not only do you know precisely where you were, you also know what you were doing and how you somehow made it through the r…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:59AM
Monday, March 6, 2017

In ‘Significant Other,’ Twentysomethings In Love and War by Harry Haun

The Franco-Prussian War almost started this week. That was the original title of the Joshua Harmon play that just bowed at the Booth, but the author chickened out. “I love that title,” h…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:59AM
Friday, March 3, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Taking His Musical Shot in ‘Sunday in the Park With George’ by Harry Haun

t’s good to report that Jake Gyllenhaal, who just made his Broadway musical debut in Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, was spared this special terror even hardcore career singer…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:56PM
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Playwright Steven Levenson’s Split-Level Family Life by Harry Haun

Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theater, former home of The Humans and Bad Jews, is now housing a potent blend of both in Steven Levenson’s play, If I Forget, bowing February 22.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:44PM
Friday, February 17, 2017

Santino Fontana: The Happy Hyphenate by Harry Haun

Terrence McNally recently stumbled into the perfect compliment for Santino Fontana. “I don’t think of you as a singer,” he told him. “Are you singing a lot now?”

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:11AM
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for My Glenn Close-Up: ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Opens on Broadway by Harry Haun

“Glenn,” Lloyd Webber still insists, “is the best Norma Desmond that I’ve ever seen.”

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:20AM
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

‘Everybody’ Wants Some! Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Is a Young Playwright on the Rise by Harry Haun

“I notice this eagerness to attach the word provocateur to me," says Jacob-Jenkins. "My feeling is: you can really only provoke once. After that, you’re attracting people who want to be …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:29PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Rose By Any Other Name: Ed Dixon’s ‘Georgie’ Showcases the Scheherazade of Showbiz by Harry Haun

One doesn’t, of course, set out to become a character actor. That’s just something that happens over the long haul of an evolving career—through age or theatrical seasoning or maybe ev…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:42PM
Thursday, January 19, 2017

At Long Last, August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ Pulls Into Broadway by Harry Haun

The first attempts at playwriting of two of the greats are currently nestled together in neighboring theaters on West 47th Street: At the Barrymore at present is The Present, the latest latt…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:30PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mary Mullen Returns to Martin McDonagh’s ‘Beauty Queen of Leenane’ by Harry Haun

 Marie Mullen has made only one stop on Broadway, but it won her the Tony for Best Actress in a Play. She played Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old plain Jane resigned to a life of terminal spins…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:35PM
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

‘The Present’: Director John Crowley Delivers a Birthday Cate (Blanchett) to Broadway by Harry Haun

During the past decade, Cate Blanchett from faraway Down Under has dazzlingly paraded some world-famed females before New York audiences—Hedda Gabler, one of The Maids, Blanche DuBois, Van…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:49PM
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

David Oyelowo v. 007: A New Color of Money by Harry Haun

David Oyelowo (pronounced “oh-yellow-oh”) is a super-serious Shakespearean actor, Oxford-born to Nigerian parents of Yoruba ethnicity, raised a Baptist and schooled in the classics at LA…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:25PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Live on Fifth Avenue: Dining With ‘The Dead’ by Harry Haun

After “amazing,” “awesome” and “iconic”—on the short list of the Most Overworked and Banishable Words in the English Language—is “immersive,” but the Irish Rep’s rich, …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:44AM
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tony Shalhoub: Leader of the Band by Harry Haun

“Not another Tony Shalhoub musical, surely!” The line cracks up Shalhoub, who tomorrow night tentatively sticks his big toe in the strange, shifting, uncertain sand of musical comedy …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:12AM
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

21st Century Woman: Annnette Bening Honored at New York Stage & Film Winter Gala by Harry Haun

Annette Bening, one of the frontrunners for the 2016 Best Actress Oscar for her performance of an unconventional, hippie-out-of-her-time-zone mom in 20th Century Women, received a noncompeti…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:14PM
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Millennial Musical Theater Composers Go From Great White Way to ‘La La Land’ by Harry Haun

December is a red-letter month for Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a pair of musical millennials who are so new to the game that they are still checking off firsts. Their first film musical, …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:00AM
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cheech & Sonny & All That Chazz by Harry Haun

Chazz Palminteri’s budding career as a nightclub doorman slammed swiftly shut the night he refused admission to super-agent Swifty Lazar, but another door sprang open, and it’s still ope…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:48PM
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Richard Greenberg Reveals Nada by Harry Haun

The fellow in the upper-lobby lounge of the of the Vivian Beaumont Theater fielding press questions is sitting very pretty indeed. These days, he's being quizzed on two literary fronts.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:47AM
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Personal Politics: Playwright Richard Nelson on Comparing Apples to Gabriels by Harry Haun

“I don’t know about you, but I spent  election night with my family,” wrote Ben Brantley in The New York Times two days after Barack Obama was re-elected president.   “The Apples…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:28PM
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tic, Tic…Borle! by Harry Haun

Borle at his bravest and best is Borle at his broadest—a daring high-wire act of comedy. He’d give Wile E. Coyote cause to pause. Just look at the two cartoony Tony win in a row he is co…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:09AM
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Not-So-Little ‘Life’ for David Hyde Pierce by Harry Haun

 When you leave A Life at Playwrights Horizons, you’ll be—if you aren’t already—thanking your lucky stars for David Hyde Pierce. It is not overstating the case too much to say that …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:30AM