All stories by Jessica Gelt on BroadwayStars

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Jeff Daniels to star in Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' on Broadway by Jessica Gelt

Jeff Daniels will play the inimitable lawyer Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s forthcoming Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a spokesman for th…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 07:53PM
Monday, February 12, 2018

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson will perform 'Henry IV' at the VA campus by Jessica Gelt

Falstaff will get the Tom Hanks treatment when the actor stars in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of “Henry IV,” the center is expected to announce Monday. The cast a…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 09:19PM
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Playwrights get a new stage: Audible announces 15 writers for audio theater project by Jessica Gelt

Put the theater in your pocket. Or your purse. Or wherever you keep your phone or tablet. That is the goal behind the latest move from audio book and podcast company Audible, which this week…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 06:27PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

'Hello, Dolly!' sets a date for L.A. and leads Hollywood Pantages' 2018-19 season by Jessica Gelt

“Hello, Dolly!” which won four Tony Awards last year including best musical revival, is coming to Los Angeles as part of the Hollywood Pantages’ 2018-19 season, the theater announced T…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 03:45PM
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Temptations jukebox musical 'Ain't Too Proud' is coming to L.A. by Jessica Gelt

“Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations” has been added to Center Theatre Group’s 2018-19 season, Artistic Director Michael Ritchie announced Wednesday. The musica…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 09:00AM
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

'The Cake' and the gay wedding cake debate head to La Jolla Playhouse by Jessica Gelt

Playwright and “This Is Us” writer Bekah Brunstetter’s “The Cake,” a comedy about a Christian-conservative baker who balks at making a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, will follo…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 03:35PM
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Michael Luwoye: Once a theater outsider, now he's Alexander Hamilton — in L.A., and soon on Broadway by Jessica Gelt

Click. Click. Click. The sound comes from deep inside Michael Luwoye’s mouth, near the back of his tongue. It’s not intentional. The “Hamilton” star clicks when he’s trying to orde…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 10:00AM

Rory O'Malley's comic road to King George in 'Hamilton' started in Burbank by Jessica Gelt

Rory O’Malley’s husband says O’Malley’s head has gotten bigger since it’s been wearing a crown. O’Malley doesn’t argue. Playing King George III in the national tour of “Hamil…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 09:55AM
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

'Come From Away,' 'Falsettos' added to Center Theatre Group's next season by Jessica Gelt

Center Theatre Group will announce Wednesday the addition of three productions to its 2018-19 season, including the 9/11 musical “Come From Away.” Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s show, …

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 08:00AM
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

'War of the Worlds' to invade Disney Hall and the streets of downtown L.A. by Jessica Gelt

A wiry orange alien scuttles across a cracked parking lot near the corner of 4th and Main streets downtown. The creature towers over the acting secretary of the Interior, who stands before a…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 06:00AM
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fan snapshots make 'Smithsonian Rock and Roll' a candid compendium of musical history by Jessica Gelt

In 2015, the Smithsonian asked music lovers to submit photos they'd taken of their favorite rock 'n' rollers. Four-thousand pictures later, the book "Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unse…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 09:00AM
Friday, September 15, 2017

'From the man who gave you "Hamlet" and "Lear"': Why live theater needs movie-style trailers by Jessica Gelt

It has all the hallmarks of a movie trailer — the fast pace, the quick cuts, the relentless beat. “Something primal,” a deep voice intones. “Something raw. Something otherworldly. So…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 06:00AM
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Whistle a happy tune at the Masters of Musical Whistling competition by Jessica Gelt

When Geert Chatrou whistles, it’s easy to picture the birds trilling and flitting around Snow White in the classic 1937 film. The two-time world champion from the Netherlands stands onstag…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 04:20PM

'Dear Evan Hansen' national tour will come to L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre in fall 2018 by Jessica Gelt

“Dear Evan Hansen,” the heart-wrenching Broadway hit that dominated this year’s Tony Awards with six wins including best musical, will come to Los Angeles as part of Center Theatre Gro…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 11:00AM
Friday, August 25, 2017

Jane Kaczmarek to star in Pasadena Playhouse-Deaf West production of 'Our Town' by Jessica Gelt

Jane Kaczmarek will star as the Stage Manager in an upcoming production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” a co-production of Pasadena Playhouse and Deaf West Theatre. The play, directed…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 02:50PM
Monday, August 14, 2017

#Ham4All contestants sing their favorite 'Hamilton' songs in hopes of meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda by Jessica Gelt

Contestants in “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s #Ham4All campaign were vying for a rare prize: tickets to opening night of the musical in Los Angeles, plus airfare, hotel accomm…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 02:55PM
Thursday, August 10, 2017

He's your Aaron Burr, sir: 'Hamilton' star Joshua Henry on why kids in the audience bring him to tears by Jessica Gelt

Joshua Henry is at a loss for words. It doesn’t happen often. The gregarious, golden-voiced actor who stars as Aaron Burr in the national tour of “Hamilton” opening Aug. 16 at the Holl…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 08:00AM

From chorus girl to leading lady: Emmy Raver-Lampman, the Cinderella of 'Hamilton' by Jessica Gelt

“Have you heard of a show called ‘Hamilton’?” Emmy Raver-Lampman’s agent asked her in spring 2015. The actress had just concluded the national tour of “Wicked” in Los Angeles. …

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 08:00AM
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Center Theatre Group's premiere of Paul Rudnick's 'Big Night' to star Wendie Malick by Jessica Gelt

Wendie Malick is set to star alongside a cast with notable television résumés for the world premiere of playwright Paul Rudnick’s “Big Night,” Center Theatre Group announced Tuesday.…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 09:50PM
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Mandy Patinkin steps down from Broadway's 'Great Comet' amid diversity firestorm by Jessica Gelt

Tony-winning actor Mandy Patinkin dropped out of the Broadway show “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” on Friday, after an announcement that he would be replacing African America…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 06:00AM
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Joe Mantegna on directing theater and the importance of Lenny Bruce by Jessica Gelt

Joe Mantegna may be best known as an actor, most recently starring as FBI special agent David Rossi on the CBS crime drama “Criminal Minds.” But he’s no stranger to the stage, having w…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 12:10PM
Thursday, June 22, 2017

An assassination 2,061 years in the making: Trump, 'Julius Caesar' and the politics of theater by Jessica Gelt

For 11 nights in late May and early June, Julius Caesar was brutally stabbed to death without much fuss as part of the Public Theater’s annual Shakespeare production in Central Park. On Ju…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 09:00AM
Monday, June 12, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. asked, the NEA answered: No funds went to Public Theater's 'Julius Caesar' by Jessica Gelt

In the midst of the social media-firestorm surrounding the Public Theater’s staging of “Julius Caesar” featuring the brutal stabbing of an orange-haired dictator, Donald Trump Jr. aske…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 05:00PM
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Backstage with Broderick, Olmos, Gossett Jr. and more at Center Theatre Group's 50th anniversary by Jessica Gelt

You could barely move backstage at the Ahmanson Theatre on Saturday night. Turn right and you’d bang into Matthew Broderick, turn left and you’d slam into Edward James Olmos, and Louis G…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 10:40PM
Thursday, May 4, 2017

CAP UCLA teams up with Theatre at Ace Hotel: Why shows are moving from the Westside to downtown by Jessica Gelt

In Los Angeles, the pursuit of art and the quest for love share a common denominator: If you find yourself regularly braving the 405 or 10 freeways in search of fulfillment, it must be serio…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 01:00PM
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tony nominations: Laurie Metcalf saw 'the humor that was on the page' in a 'A Doll's House, Part 2' by Jessica Gelt

Laurie Metcalf got a call from producer Scott Rudin on Tuesday morning. It was great news: The actress had been nominated for a Tony Award for her lauded performance as Nora Helmer in playwr…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 12:20PM
Monday, May 1, 2017

NEA budget poised to get a $2 million boost, leaving arts organizations hopeful by Jessica Gelt

After a month worrying about the fate of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the hundreds of community organizations that the agency supports nationwide, the arts world found…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 07:00PM
Sunday, April 30, 2017

These teachers waited in line nearly 24 hours to be first for 'Hamilton' L.A. tickets by Jessica Gelt

Teachers from a Pacoima middle school camp overnight and are first to score seats for the musical's national tour, but only after a little drama in the ticket line.

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 05:05PM
Thursday, April 20, 2017

The George Takei musical 'Allegiance' is coming to L.A. by Jessica Gelt

The musical “Allegiance,” inspired by the early life of actor George Takei in World War II internment camps, will come to L.A. in 2018, co-producers East West Players and the Japanese Am…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 04:00PM
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The duel is on: 'Spamilton,' the hit 'Hamilton' parody, to launch national tour in Culver City by Jessica Gelt

Center Theatre Group artistic director Michael Ritchie has only one thing to say about the fact that “Spamilton,” a popular “Hamilton” spoof, will launch its national tour at the Kir…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 03:50PM
Thursday, March 30, 2017

NEA helps Independent Shakespeare make poetry in the park by Jessica Gelt

To borrow a line from Sonnet 18, summer’s lease hath all too short a date when the Independent Shakespeare Co. wraps up its annual free performances in Griffith Park each September. The no…

Linked From Los Angeles Times at 07:35AM

All that Chat