Friday, October 22, 2021

Grammy Awards: Stage and Streamers Meet as Concept Albums Look to Dominate Musical Theater Album Race by Jazz Tangcay

While Broadway lights remained dimmed for much of 2020 and 2021, they flipped back on in September and delayed cast albums finally were released — unleashing potential contenders for the m…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:15PM

Bollywood Hit ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ Goes to Broadway With Top Talent Attached (EXCLUSIVE) by Naman Ramachandran

Indian filmmaker Aditya Chopra’s immensely popular 1995 Bollywood film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” commonly abbreviated to DDLJ, is being adapted as a Broadway stage musical titled …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM

‘The Shark Is Broken’ Review: The ‘Jaws’ Backstory, Watered Down by Gordon Cox

From “42nd Street” onwards, backstage stories were once a staple in the theater, and while there was often a shark or two, they were usually only of the loan variety. But in the West End…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:09PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber Talks Transgender Performers, Theater Advocacy and ‘Starlight Express’ by Gordon Cox

Andrew Lloyd Webber would welcome a transgender performer in the cast of one of his shows, the composer and producer said in an interview recorded live at the Variety Legit: Return to Broad…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:32PM
Monday, October 18, 2021

Producers Isaac Robert Hurwitz, Seth A. Goldstein Form Broadway Transmedia Company Hugo Six (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Producers Isaac Robert Hurwitz and Seth A. Goldstein are teaming up to launch Hugo Six, a transmedia production company that will focus on Broadway content and talent. Co-founded by Hurwitz …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:46AM

David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ Returns, Like Many of Us, Tempered by the Pandemic: Theater Review by Jem Aswad

While it’s a pretty small problem in the context of the larger challenges presented by the return of live music, how a performer addresses the pandemic during a performance is no small mat…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:57AM
Sunday, October 17, 2021

‘Dana H’ Review: A Riveting Act of Theatrical Shamanism by Gordon Cox

“I’m in this world but I’m not,” the middle-aged woman confesses to an unseen interviewer in Lucas Hnath’s “Dana H.,” a mesmerizing solo show of theatrical shamanism that is re…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Friday, October 15, 2021

‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star Noah Reid Replacing Armie Hammer in Broadway’s ‘The Minutes’ by Brent Lang

Noah Reid, best known for causing David Rose to fall madly in love on “Schitt’s Creek,” has joined the cast of “The Minutes,” a new play by Tracy Letts that was in previews in Marc…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:26AM

‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Review: A Dazzling Chronicle of the Rise and Fall of American Capitalism by Gordon Cox

Welcome to America, all ye wretched immigrants from impoverished foreign lands. Watch closely and learn as the three Lehman brothers from Bavaria — Henry the brainy head, Emanuel the power…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:07AM
Thursday, October 14, 2021

‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ Review: James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan in an Over-Directed and Under-Dramatized Production by Gordon Cox

The title character of “The Tragedy of Macbeth” is unequivocal: “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it was done quickly.” Director Yaël Farber begs to differ. She …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:01PM

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo’s Musical ‘Invincible’ Gets L.A. Industry Presentation (EXCLUSIVE) by Selome Hailu

“Invincible: The Musical,” a Broadway-targeted show from rockers Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo based on “Romeo and Juliet,” will have an invite-only industry presentation at the Bour…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:54PM

Tennessee Williams and New Orleans Literary Festival Names Taylor Bradley Publicist by Terry Flores

Taylor Bradley has been named publicist for the Tennessee Williams and New Orleans Literary Festival, Louisiana’s largest literary and theatrical festival. The fest, now in its 36th year, …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:19PM

Playwright Keenan Scott II’s ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ Makes Broadway History by Marc Malkin

On Wednesday evening in New York City, Anna Wintour, Huma Abiden, Joel Gray, Don Lemon, Phylicia Rashad, Kenny Leon and a host of New York theater luminaries filed into the Golden Theatre on…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:25AM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ Review: A Welcome if Uneven Excavation of Black Masculinity on Broadway by Gordon Cox

A hope for the future arrives in the final moments of “Thoughts of a Colored Man,” a dutiful and expansive cataloguing of its title subject by Keenan Scott II. “I can’t wait for the …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber Says Writing a Song With Taylor Swift Was the Only Enjoyable Part of ‘Cats’ Movie by Rebecca Rubin

Andrew Lloyd Webber has made no secret of his distain for Hollywood’s movie adaptation of his long-running musical “Cats.” Though the cinematic version offered up the rarity of A-list …

SOURCE: Variety at 04:35PM

‘Chicken & Biscuits’ Playwright Douglas Lyons Says Black ‘Audiences Are Changing What Broadway Is’ by Shalini Dore

The Circle in the Square Theatre — a Broadway house that last opened a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” — transformed on Sunday in the ebullient and nourishing sett…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:28PM

Beanie Feldstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sharon D. Clarke and Other Broadway Artists on Theater’s Comeback by Rebecca Rubin

After a devastating industry-wide shutdown, Broadway has finally reopened with performances of beloved shows like “Hamilton,” “Wicked” and new plays and musicals such as “Six,” …

SOURCE: Variety at 04:26PM

How Norm Lewis Found New Rhythms in ‘Chicken & Biscuits’ by Gordon Cox

The fan-favorite Broadway veteran Norm Lewis is doing something he’s never done before: starring on Broadway in a play. After a career marked by many of the great roles in musical theater …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:09PM
Monday, October 11, 2021

‘Is This a Room’ Review: Formally Daring Docudrama Comes to Broadway by Gordon Cox

Everyone knows more than they let on at the top of “Is This a Room,” a taut and pulse-prickling docudrama conceived and directed by Tina Satter. That includes audiences who are likely fa…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:30PM
Sunday, October 10, 2021

‘Chicken & Biscuits’ Review: A Feast of Black Joy on Broadway  by Gordon Cox

“Chicken & Biscuits” is a feast of a production, and there is enough sustenance and libation for the entire family. Zhailon Levingston, who at 27-years-old becomes the youngest Black…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Friday, October 8, 2021

‘Lackawana Blues’ Review: Ruben Santiago-Hudson Brings His Play to Broadway by Gordon Cox

Here’s a treat: a restorative evening of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s loving recollections of growing up in an upstate New York boarding house run by a life force known as Nanny. When Nanny m…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:35PM

Ralph Fiennes to Lead Cast of David Hare’s ‘Straight Line Crazy’ by Naman Ramachandran

Ralph Fiennes will lead the cast in the world premiere of David Hare’s “Straight Line Crazy,” to be directed by Nicholas Hytner at London’s The Bridge theater. Fiennes stars as Rober…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:57PM
Thursday, October 7, 2021

‘The Mirror and the Light’ Review: The Climax of Hilary Mantel’s Historical Trilogy by Gordon Cox

The all-powerful family firm has assets aplenty, but its troubled future is being massively fought over with everyone plotting over the next generation. No, not the upcoming third season of …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:42PM

Director Jerry Zaks Is Bringing Laughs Back to Broadway After 18-Month Shutdown Due to the Pandemic by Gordon Cox

Eighteen months after theaters around the country shut down, Jerry Zaks is back doing exactly what he was the moment things went dark: rehearsing his next big Broadway comedy. One of the ind…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:45PM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Beanie Feldstein on ‘Funny Girl’ and Putting Her Own Spin on a Role Barbra Streisand Made Famous by Rebecca Rubin

It’s not an exaggeration to say Beanie Feldstein has been preparing her entire life to play Fanny Brice. For her third birthday, she requested a “Funny Girl”-themed party and seized th…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:15PM

Tony Winner LaChanze on Building a More Inclusive Broadway and Her ‘Hamilton’ Ambitions by Rebecca Rubin

It’s been nearly two years since the lights went out on Broadway, and now that musicals and plays have begun to reopen, actor LaChanze is itching to return to the thing she loves the most.…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:45AM

How Black Creatives Are Working to Shake Up Broadway and Implement Lasting Change by Gordon Cox

When Stephen C. Byrd began producing on Broadway 16 years ago, he and his partner Alia Jones-Harvey were usually the only Black faces they saw in the business. “We would walk into marketin…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM

Andrew Lloyd Webber on Broadway’s Reopening, ‘Cinderella’ and Why the ‘Cats’ Movie Caused Him to Buy a Dog by Brent Lang

Ever since the chandelier first crashed in thunderous fashion, “The Phantom of the Opera” has been a fixture of Broadway, becoming as iconic a symbol of theatergoing as the celebrity car…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Jeremy O. Harris Pulls ‘Slave Play’ From L.A. Run Over Center Theatre Group’s Lack of Women Playwrights by William Earl

Jeremy O. Harris is in the process of removing “Slave Play” from its upcoming Los Angeles run at the Center Theatre Group due to the organization’s lack of female playwrights showcased…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:50PM

How Director Michael Longhurst Is Resuscitating Theater on Both Sides of the Atlantic by Gordon Cox

Like everyone on Broadway at that moment, British director Michael Longhurst remembers exactly where he was when the COVID-19 shutdown came. “We had just done our dress rehearsal of ‘Car…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:18PM

‘Hamlet’ Review: Cush Jumbo Ignites London Production by Gordon Cox

There are two reasons that, among recent Hamlets, Cush Jumbo (“The Good Fight”) is right up there alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Ian McKellen. Like those two actors, Jumbo has dazzli…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:35PM

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Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre