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Monday, June 17, 2024

Tony awards 2024: Stereophonic, Merrily We Roll Along and The Outsiders win big by Benjamin Lee

At the annual celebration of Broadway, major acting winners included Jeremy Strong, Daniel Radcliffe and Sarah Paulson The full list of winners The 77th annual Tony awards were dominated by …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12AM
Sunday, June 16, 2024

Tony awards 2024: full list of winners by Benjamin Lee

This year’s big Broadway winners so far include Jeremy Strong, Daniel Radcliffe and 70s-set play Stereophonic Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play Betsy Aidem, Praye…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:49PM
Friday, May 31, 2024

The Great Lillian Hall review – Jessica Lange captivates in Broadway-set drama by Benjamin Lee

The actor gives an astonishing, awards-worthy performance as a stage star with dementia in a slight yet powerful TV movie There’s an almighty performance super-powering HBO’s mysteriousl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12PM
Monday, May 13, 2024

George Clooney to make Broadway debut in Good Night, and Good Luck by Benjamin Lee

The actor will play the lead in a stage adaptation of his Oscar-nominated journalism drama from 2005 George Clooney is set to make his Broadway debut in a stage adaptation of his 2005 journa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:01PM
Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Robert Downey Jr to make Broadway debut this year by Benjamin Lee

The Oscar-winning actor will lead Ayad Akhtar’s McNeal, playing a writer with ‘an unhealthy fascination with artificial intelligence’ Robert Downey Jr is set to make his Broadway debut…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Hell’s Kitchen and Stereophonic lead 2024 Tony nominations by Benjamin Lee

Alicia Keys musical and play both score 13 nominations as Jeremy Strong and Rachel McAdams also recognized This year’s Tony nominations are led by Alicia Keys musical Hell’s Kitchen and …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:32AM
Thursday, April 25, 2024

Mother Play review – Jessica Lange anchors often aimless Broadway drama by Benjamin Lee

Hayes Theater, New York The Tony winner is as captivating as ever as a troubled matriarch but Paula Vogel’s emotionally underpowered play often struggles to meet her level At a performance…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:50PM
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Kit Connor and Rachel Zegler to lead ‘brutal’ Romeo + Juliet on Broadway by Benjamin Lee

Acclaimed director Sam Gold will adapt the Shakespeare tragedy with new music from hitmaker and Taylor Swift collaborator Jack Antonoff West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler and Heartstopper bre…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:41AM
Friday, March 15, 2024

‘No theatre on a dead planet’: climate activists disrupt Jeremy Strong Broadway show by Benjamin Lee

Production of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People halted when protesters warned the audience about environmental damage Climate change protesters disrupted a preview showing of Jeremy St…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:02PM
Thursday, March 7, 2024

Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal to lead Othello on Broadway by Benjamin Lee

Stage and screen actors will take on the roles of Othello and Iago in Shakespeare’s tragedy, first Broadway staging since 1982 Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal are set to star in a ne…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32AM
Monday, January 8, 2024

Prince’s Purple Rain to become a Broadway musical by Benjamin Lee

The hit 1984 film is set to become a stage show with a book from Pulitzer prize finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Prince’s hit film Purple Rain is set to become a Broadway musical. The 1984 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:46AM
Monday, June 12, 2023

Tony awards 2023: Leopoldstadt and Kimberly Akimbo win big in historic night for non-binary actors by Benjamin Lee

Jodie Comer and Tom Stoppard led a big night for Brits, while J Harrison Ghee and Alex Newell triumphed in a ceremony affected by the writers’ strike Full list of winners Tony awards 2023…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18AM
Sunday, June 11, 2023

Tony awards 2023: full list of winners by Benjamin Lee

This year’s big winners including who picked up best actor in a play, best actress in a musical and best revival Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musicalKevin Cahoon, S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:59PM
Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Cynthia Erivo to star in movie adaptation of hit play Prima Facie by Benjamin Lee

Oscar-nominated actor will take on role that Jodie Comer played and won an Olivier award for her performance as a lawyer grappling with sexual assault Cynthia Erivo is set to star in a big-s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:54AM
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

La La Land musical set to open on Broadway by Benjamin Lee

Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning film will be transformed into a stage show featuring music from the same team The Oscar-winning musical La La Land is to be transformed into a stage show. …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:49PM
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Carry On star Leslie Phillips dies at 98 by Benjamin Lee

Veteran actor, known for his catchphrases such as ‘ding dong’, spent 80 years in the spotlight • Peter Bradshaw on Leslie Phillips: master of raffish comedy and immortal catchphrases L…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:48AM
Friday, November 4, 2022

Oscar and Tony nominated writer-director Douglas McGrath dies aged 64 by Benjamin Lee

The multi-hyphenate was known for directing 1996’s Emma, co-writing Bullets Over Broadway and writing the book for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Writer, director and actor Douglas McG…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:19PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

James Rado, co-creator of Broadway hit Hair, dies at 90 by Benjamin Lee

The award-winning writer, whose hit musical originally opened on Broadway in the late 60s, died in New York City of cardiorespiratory arrest James Rado, the award-winning co-creator of Hair,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:50AM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Gilbert Gottfried, comedian and actor, dies aged 67 by Benjamin Lee

The standup comic, also known for voicing Iago in Disney’s animated Aladdin, has died after a long illness Comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried has died at the age of 67. His family announ…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54PM
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Oscar-tipped family drama Coda to be adapted into stage musical by Benjamin Lee

The award-winning film, with a predominantly deaf cast, will be turned into a ‘signed and sung live adaptation’ Award-winning drama Coda is set to become a stage musical. The $10m-budget…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36PM
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga to star in Macbeth on Broadway by Benjamin Lee

The latest take on the Shakespearean tragedy will reunite the actor with his 007 producer Barbara Broccoli Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga are set to star in a new adaptation of Macbeth on Broad…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Game of Thrones stage show coming to Broadway and West End by Benjamin Lee

George RR Martin working on production apparently revolving around the Great Tourney at Harrenhal that will also hit Australia George RR Martin is developing a stage version of Game of Thron…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM
Monday, October 19, 2020

Tony awards 2020: unusual Broadway year leads to restricted nominations by Benjamin Lee

A year on stage cut short by Covid has resulted in delayed nominations with Moulin Rouge, Jagged Little Pill and Slave Play out in front Jagged Little Pill, Slave Play and Moulin Rouge! The …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03PM
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Princess Diana musical to premiere on Netflix before Broadway debut by Benjamin Lee

In an unprecedented move, postponed musical Diana will be filmed without an audience and shown on Netflix before its new official opening in 2021 A musical based on the life of Diana, Prince…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:54PM
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

'This ends today': over 300 stage figures call out 'anti-blackness' of US theatre by Benjamin Lee

A statement, from names including Viola Davis and Lynn Nottage, decries the ‘white fragility’ of American theatre A roster of more than 300 leading stage artists have signed a letter dec…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:36AM
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Brian Dennehy, veteran stage and screen actor, dies aged 81 by Benjamin Lee

The Tony-award winning actor, who also starred in First Blood and Cocoon, has died of natural causes ‘A titan of an actor’: Brian Dennehy remembered by Clare Higgins Veteran actor Brian …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:06PM
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Playwright Terrence McNally dies aged 81 of coronavirus complications by Benjamin Lee

The four-time Tony award winning writer of Kiss of the Spider Woman and Frankie and Johnny was a survivor of lung cancer Coronavirus – latest US updates Coronavirus – latest global upda…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:54PM
Monday, March 9, 2020

Mart Crowley, Boys in the Band playwright, dies at 84 by Benjamin Lee

The writer’s 1968 play was seen as groundbreaking for prioritising gay characters and their stories Mart Crowley, whose play The Boys in the Band was a hit in the late sixties, has died a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42PM
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Faye Dunaway fired from Broadway-bound play Tea at Five by Benjamin Lee

Oscar winner has been removed from a production of a one-woman show where she played Katharine Hepburn Faye Dunaway has been fired from a Broadway-bound production of the one-woman play Tea …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48PM
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Happy Talk review – Susan Sarandon can't save Jesse Eisenberg's trite play by Benjamin Lee

The Pershing Square Signature Center, New York A reliably accomplished performance from the Oscar winner isn’t enough to add weight to an uneven tale with a thudding twist There are a numb…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18PM
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow to play the Clintons on Broadway by Benjamin Lee

Pair will play the couple during the 2008 primaries in Hillary and Clinton with the character of Obama referred to as ‘The Other Guy’Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow are set to play Hilla…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:33PM

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