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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Dominic Fumusa Takes the Stage In a Play That Scares Him With ‘Jasper’ by Harry Haun

The actor — known for his role on 'Nurse Jackie' — talks about the challenges of playing a father with an ill son — and a fantasy life — in 'Jasper.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:25PM
Friday, September 16, 2022

Samuel L. Jackson Was Once an Understudy in “The Piano Lesson.” Now He’s A Star. by Harry Haun

Jackson gets the chance to revisit the August Wilson play that almost — but not quite — afforded him his Broadway debut.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:25PM
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Daniel K. Isaac Brings A Korean Epic, Full of Fairy Tales and History, To The La MaMa Stage by Harry Haun

Best known for his role on 'Billions,' Isaac has written 'Once Upon a (korean) Time,' which traces the journey of a family from the wars in Korea to the riots in Los Angeles.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:24PM
Monday, August 22, 2022

Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton Talk About Taking Their Children’s Book Empire to the Stage by Harry Haun

After a mouse popped up in a Broadway theater, Julie Andrews and her daughter turned into a children's book. Now 'The Great American Mousical' is headed toward a run in Los Angeles.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:21AM
Monday, August 8, 2022

Mary Rodgers, Jesse Green and the Making of a No-Holds-Barred Memoir by Harry Haun

“I spent hundreds of hours with her, laughing, and I wanted to duplicate that,” Jesse Green says of the no-holds-barred Mary Rodgers memoir 'Shy.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:16PM
Monday, July 25, 2022

Alison Fraser Is a Different Kind of Big Mama In An Innovative ‘Cat On a Hot Tin Roof’ by Harry Haun

Alison Fraser — who plays Big Mama in the new Off Broadway production of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' — calls the production "renegade theater."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:11PM
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

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