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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
Friday, December 8, 2017

Dustin Hoffman accused of 'abusive' sexual harassment on Broadway by Benjamin Lee

Actor Kathryn Rossetter claims that the actor repeatedly groped her while the pair worked on a 1983 production of Death of a SalesmanAnother claim of sexual harassment has been aimed at Dust…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Monday, July 31, 2017

Playwright and actor Sam Shepard dies at 73 by Benjamin Lee

The Pulitzer prize winning writer and star of stage and screen, known for performances in The Right Stuff and Bloodline, died at his home in KentuckyPlaywright, director and actor Sam Shepar…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:33PM
Friday, January 8, 2016

The Guardian film show: The Hateful Eight, A War and Bolshoi Babylon – Audio reviews by Presented By Xan Brookswith Peter Bradshaw and Benjamin Lee Produced By Rowan Slaney

Peter Bradshaw and Benjamin Lee join Xan Brooks for our regular weekly look at the big film releases. Peter Bradshaw and Benjamin Lee join Xan Brooks for our regular weekly look at the big f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:16PM
Friday, June 26, 2015

Tom Holland: from Billy Elliot's buddy to the latest Brit cast as a US superhero by Benjamin Lee

This week saw the 19-year-old Londoner become the third cinematic incarnation of Spider-Man, but what is it about British actors that says hero to Hollywood?The search for a new Spider-Man h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:13PM
Friday, May 1, 2015

Fitness clubs, parkour and virtual reality: the trend movies that time forgot by Benjamin Lee

Will social media horror film Unfriended capture a new fad or end up on the scrapheap with other movies that missed the zeitgeist? Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:15AM
Friday, March 13, 2015

Crazy, stupid, love: we review Ryan Gosling's 12-year-old dance moves by Benjamin Lee

A new set of videos show the pre-teen alternately impressing and alarming in MC Hammer pants. But which is the best performance from the Oscar-nominee-to-be? Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:47AM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards