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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Shipwrecks, Cannibalism and the Avett Brothers: Why ‘Swept Away’s’ Next Stop Could Be Broadway by Brent Lang

Four whalers are set adrift after a violent storm sinks their ship. Lost at sea, exposed to the elements and on the brink of starvation, the men must make horrifying decisions in their strug…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:55PM
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Amy Ryan Replacing Tyne Daly in Broadway Revival of ‘Doubt’ by Brent Lang

Tyne Daly will leave the upcoming revival of John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” after she was “unexpectedly hospitalized” on Friday. She will be replaced by Amy Ryan, the Oscar-nominat…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:10PM

‘Purple Rain’ Stage Musical to Debut in Prince’s Hometown of Minneapolis by Brent Lang

A stage adaptation of “Purple Rain” will have its world premiere in Minneapolis. The location makes sense because Prince, the musical superstar behind the cult classic film and mega-sell…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:30PM

Tom Holland Starring in London West End Revival of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Brent Lang

Tom Holland is hanging up the spandex and taking on Shakespeare’s most famous doomed lover. That’s right, the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” star will play Romeo this summer in London’s…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:37AM
Thursday, February 1, 2024

Kelli O’Hara, Brian d’Arcy James on Bringing ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ to Broadway: ‘There Deserves to Be More Things That Are Challenging’ by Brent Lang

It happens after almost every show.  As “Days of Wine and Roses” stars Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James are leaving the theater they will invariably run into an audience member w…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:36AM
Monday, January 22, 2024

Michael Stuhlbarg Starring in Broadway’s ‘Patriots,’ a Look at Vladimir Putin From ‘The Crown’ Creator Peter Morgan by Brent Lang

Michael Stuhlbarg will play billionaire Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch who bolstered and then broke with Vladimir Putin, in a new Broadway production of “Patriots.” The show, wh…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:22AM
Tuesday, January 16, 2024

‘Big River’ Movie Adaptation in the Works From ‘Chicken and Biscuits’ Writer Douglas Lyons (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Douglas Lyons, the writer of “Chicken and Biscuits,” is adapting “Big River” as a film. The show, which features music influenced by country and gospel, is based on Mark Twain’…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:11AM
Thursday, January 11, 2024

‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,’ Off-Broadway Play Starring Aubrey Plaza and Christopher Abbott, Recoups Investment (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

“Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,” a buzzy revival of one of John Patrick Shanley’s early plays, has recouped its initial investment. The show features Aubrey Plaza of “White Lotus” an…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:45AM
Monday, January 8, 2024

Prince Movie Classic ‘Purple Rain’ Becoming a Stage Musical by Brent Lang

Forty years after “Purple Rain” topped the box office, winning an Oscar for its iconic soundtrack and solidifying Prince’s status as the high priest of pop, a new stage adaptation of t…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Thursday, January 4, 2024

Trey Curtis Taking on Role of Alexander Hamilton in Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Trey Curtis will take on the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.” The actor, musician and rapper has been connected with th…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:30AM

Nicole Scherzinger Bringing Her Norma Desmond to Broadway in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Revival by Brent Lang

Nicole Scherzinger is ready for her close-up. The “X-Factor” judge and Pussycat Dolls singer is bringing her acclaimed interpretation of legendary diva Norma Desmond to Broadway with a n…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2023

‘The Lost Boys’ Being Made Into Musical With ‘Parade’ Director Michael Arden, The Rescues by Brent Lang

These bloodsuckers can hit some high notes. “The Lost Boys,” the cult vampire film from the 1980s, is being turned into a musical. The show will feature music from The Rescues and will b…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

How ‘Lempicka’ Producers Are Using Art Deco Masterpieces to Sell a Broadway Musical by Brent Lang

It’s a dramatic way to sell a new Broadway show. The Longacre Theatre is getting a high art overhaul as the home of “Lempicka,” a new musical about Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka. T…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:01AM
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Steve Carell Making Broadway Debut in ‘Uncle Vanya’ Opposite Alfred Molina, William Jackson Harper and More by Brent Lang

Steve Carell will make his Broadway debut playing the title character in a revival of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya.” The production, which will be performed at Lincoln Center’s Vivia…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:42AM
Tuesday, September 19, 2023

New Works Provincetown Commissions Slate of Projects Including Musical of ‘Love Is Strange’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

New Works Provincetown, a developmental theatre lab founded by producer Mark Cortale with Jonathan Murray and Harvey Reese to create and develop new theatrical works, has commissioned its ne…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:52AM
Thursday, September 14, 2023

‘Back to the Future: The Musical’ Star Casey Likes Reveals Michael J. Fox’s Amazing Opening Night Advice by Brent Lang

Casey Likes fully expected to be performing on Broadway this year, but the plan was for him to be riding shotgun with Stillwater instead of sitting behind the wheel of a DeLorean. He’d app…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:38AM
Tuesday, August 29, 2023

The Drama League Significantly Expands Directors Program to Help Emerging Artists (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

The Drama League is expanding its artist development programs, which are collectively called The Directors Project, and include support for people working in film, television and on stage. A…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Friday, August 18, 2023

Shia LaBeouf Making Stage Debut in David Mamet’s ‘Henry Johnson’ by Brent Lang

Shia LaBeouf will make his stage debut in the world premiere of “Henry Johnson,” a new play from David Mamet. The production will be mounted at the Electric Lodge venue in Venice, Cali…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM
Monday, August 7, 2023

‘Funny Girl’ With Lea Michele Recoups $16.5 Million Capitalization by Brent Lang

After one major cast change and a lot of off-stage drama, “Funny Girl” has recouped its $16.5 million capitalization, the producers of the Broadway revival announced on Monday. At one po…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Juliet Stevenson Brings ‘The Doctor’ With Its Look at Faith, Racism and Abortion to New York: ‘I Can’t Think of a Play Where the Conversation by Brent Lang

Juliet Stevenson seems almost ashamed. There was a moment a few weeks ago when the boundaries between Ruth Wolff, the gifted but abrasive physician whose downfall drives the action of “The…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:43PM
Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Obie Awards Announce 2023 Judges and Eligibility Details (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

The American Theatre Wing has unveiled the panel of judges and eligibility details for the 2023 edition of the Obie Awards. The annual celebration of the best of Off and Off Off Broadway is…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:40PM
Friday, June 9, 2023

How 13 Tony Nominations Ignited Struggling ‘Some Like It Hot’ at the Box Office by Brent Lang

“Some Like It Hot,” a musical adaptation of the classic film, arrived on Broadway in December with sizzling reviews and backed by some of the most prominent names in comedy and theater. …

SOURCE: Variety at 04:25PM
Thursday, June 8, 2023

Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker Bringing ‘Plaza Suite’ to London’s West End (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker are checking in across the pond. The two actors (a real-life married couple) are bringing their relationship comedy “Plaza Suite” to London fol…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:00AM
Monday, June 5, 2023

Matthew López on ‘Some Like It Hot,’ Remaking ‘The Bodyguard’ and Directing the Gay Rom-Com ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ by Brent Lang

As Matthew López prepared for the London debut of “The Inheritance,” his epic drama about the AIDS epidemic and its painful aftershocks, he was simultaneously outlining a first draft of…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:39AM
Sunday, June 4, 2023

How a Text Exchange Between Jeremy O. Harris and Rachel Brosnahan Led to the Broadway Transfer of ‘The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window’ by Brent Lang

When I reach Jeremy O. Harris, he’s about to be whisked upstate to celebrate his birthday. And this one is hitting a little harder than others, and not just because, like all birthdays, it…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:07AM
Thursday, June 1, 2023

Liev Schreiber, Tyne Daly Starring in Broadway Revival of ‘Doubt: A Parable’ by Brent Lang

No-holds-barred psychological warfare is about to break out as “Doubt: A Parable” returns to Broadway. Two theatrical heavyweights, Tyne Daly and Liev Schreiber, will try to put their o…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM
Friday, May 12, 2023

Jeremy Strong Returning to Broadway in ‘An Enemy of the People’ by Brent Lang

Having explored the darker side of corporate amorality and greed in “Succession,” Jeremy Strong will delve into a more small town version of corruption. The Emmy winner is set to star in…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Sunday, April 30, 2023

The Costumes of ‘Bob Fosse’s Dancin”: How Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Evoked the Choreographer’s Legacy With a Modern Touch by Brent Lang

When it came time to create the more than 200 mini-skirts, sequined dresses, elegant suits and other outfits that the cast of “Bob Fosse’s Dancin'” hoofs it in, costume designers Reid …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:58PM
Wednesday, April 5, 2023

‘A Little Life’ Review: Ivo Van Hove’s Production of Hanya Yanagihara’s Novel Is More Admirable Than Moving by Brent Lang

The alacrity with which the entire audience leapt to its collective feet the second that Ivo van Hove’s production of the trauma-filled “A Little Life” ended tells us two things. First…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:59PM

Carmelo Anthony, Asani Swann Join Musical ‘The Harder They Come’ as Executive Producers (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Carmelo Anthony has come on as an executive producer of “The Harder They Come,” a new stage musical that is about to finish a sold-out run at New York’s Public Theater. In addition, An…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:21PM

‘Shucked’ Review: Cornpone Musical is the Surprise Delight of the Broadway Season by Brent Lang

Some Broadway wags might have scoffed at the idea of a cornpone musical comedy and its punny promotions. But with its exuberance, heart and non-stop yucks, “Shucked” is the surprise deli…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:06AM

All that Chat

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