Thursday, May 26, 2022

Bill Engvall Reflects on Stand-Up Career and Being ‘Given A Gift’ Amid Farewell Tour by Jenelle Riley

When someone who has made a four-decade career out of being funny decides to take a step back from what made them famous, there’s always that potentially nagging sense of self-doubt that c…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:05PM

‘Into the Woods,’ Featuring Sara Bareilles, Heading to Broadway by Rebecca Rubin

A star-studded production of “Into the Woods” is heading to Broadway. Following its buzzy, sold-out run at New York City Center, Encore’s rendition of “Into the Woods” is transferr…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:27AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Douglas Carter Beane, Tony-Nominated Writer of ‘The Little Dog Laughed,’ Signs With Verve (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Douglas Carter Beane, the Tony Award-nominated playwright behind “The Nance” and “The Little Dog Laughed,” has signed with Verve for representation in all areas. Beane is one of the …

SOURCE: Variety at 04:41PM

Liev Schreiber Says He Owes His Career to New York’s Public Theater by Wilson Chapman

Gala on the Green, the Public Theater’s annual benefit held Tuesday night steps from the Delacorte Theater in New York’s Central Park, is the best spot in town for a breezy evening spent…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:58PM
Monday, May 23, 2022

‘The Father and the Assassin’ Review: A Star-Making Performance in a Dynamic Play About the Murder of Gandhi by Gordon Cox

“What are you staring at? Have you never seen a murderer up close before?” Ever since her startlingly assured 2007 debut “Free Outgoing,” shrewd playwright Anupama Chandrasekhar has …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:25PM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

PhilmCo Media Backs ‘1660 Vine’ Movie Musical About Social Media Influencers by Wilson Chapman

Sixth months after Peter Samuelson and Jonathan Prince launched PhilmCo Media, the production banner is gearing up its first project “1660 Vine,” a musical film that producers hope to ad…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:15PM

Pasadena Playhouse’s New Season Includes Six-Month Sondheim Celebration by Jenelle Riley

The Pasadena Playhouse has announced its lineup for the 2022-23 season, including a six-month Sondheim Celebration that will kick off in January 2023. The celebration is dubbed to be the mos…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

‘A Strange Loop’ Cast Members Hope Their Tony Nominations Will Make Space for Everyone by Gordon Cox

Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical “A Strange Loop” scored 11 Tony nominations last week — and the ensemble cast of “A Strange Loop” is inviting everyon…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:46PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Patti LuPone Shuts Down Anti-Mask Audience Member: ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ by Wilson Chapman

Broadway legend Patti LuPone is famous for her long history of calling out theatergoers who fail to follow proper theater etiquette, and that continued Tuesday when she exchanged harsh words…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:49PM

BMG Launches ‘Punk Rock Girl,’ Its First Musical in the U.S. (EXCLUSIVE) by Jem Aswad

BMG is ramping up its development of new stage musicals in both the U.S., with its first production “Punk Rock Girl!,” and in Germany, following the successful run of its first musical, …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:25AM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Pulitzer Prizes Include James Ijames for ‘Fat Ham,’ Raven Chacon for ‘Voiceless Mass’ by Wilson Chapman

James Ijames and Raven Chacon are among the recipients of the 2022 Pulitzer Prizes. The prestigious Pulitzer Prizes honor achievements across journalism, literature, theater and music. This …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:56PM

Tony Nominations 2022: The 7 Biggest Takeaways by Gordon Cox

On your mark, get set, go. The race for the Tony Awards has officially begun with the announcement of the 2022 nominations on Monday. In honoring and highlighting the work in a crowded, COVI…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:34AM
Sunday, May 8, 2022

Neil Patrick Harris, Heather Headley and Sara Bareilles Star in ‘Into the Woods’ at New York City Center by Marc Malkin

Three or four times a year, something special happens in New York City: A rare opportunity—and precious luxury in theater these days—to pay $35 for the hottest ticket in town (if you can…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00PM
Friday, May 6, 2022

Lorna Courtney, Paulo Szot, Betsy Wolfe, Stark Sands Cast in New Musical ‘& Juliet’ by Wilson Chapman

Lorna Courtney, Paulo Szot, Betsy Wolfe and Stark Sands will headline the North American premiere cast of the Max Martin jukebox musical “& Juliet,” the production announced on Frida…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:25PM

Tony Winner Levi Kreis on Taking on Hermes and Greek Mythology in ‘Hadestown’ by Jenelle Riley

Levi Kreis was a born performer, a singer-songwriter touring for audiences from the age of 12 and landing a full scholarship to study piano at Vanderbilt University when he was only a sophom…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:28PM

‘Cock’ Star Joel Harper-Jackson on Dramatically Replacing Taron Egerton: ‘A Real Baptism of Fire’ by Naman Ramachandran

Joel Harper-Jackson made his debut as a leading man in London’s West End in dramatic circumstances when Taron Egerton fainted on stage during the first preview of stage play “Cock.” Ha…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:06AM

Tony Nominations 2022 Predictions: Here Are The Biggest Questions Facing Voters by Gordon Cox

Broadway just wrapped up its first season after the pandemic lockdown, and boy, was it a doozy: After all the delays, COVID surges and cast replacements, a whopping 35 new productions opened…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:43AM
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Timothée Chalamet Play ‘4000 Miles’ Canceled at London’s Old Vic by Manori Ravindran

We’ll have to wait a while longer for Timothée Chalamet’s West End debut. “4000 Miles,” the play that was to be headlined by the “Dune” star, has been canceled at the Old Vic tw…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:55AM
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Ariana DeBose to Host 2022 Tony Awards by Jordan Moreau

“West Side Story” star and Oscar winner Ariana DeBose will host this year’s Tony Awards, the organization announced Wednesday. The actor, singer and dancer played Anita in Steven Spiel…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

‘Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ Review: A Fearless Calista Flockhart Tears Into Zachary Quinto in 60th Anniversary Revival by Peter Debruge

The trick of stage acting comes in playing the same thing every night as if it were happening for the first time, right there in front of the audience’s eyes. But once-controversial Americ…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00PM

Why Debra Messing Finds Her New Broadway Role ‘Far More Satisfying’ Than Grace by Gordon Cox

Debra Messing has only been in the Broadway play “Birthday Candles” since March, but in some ways, she feels more deeply connected to her character Ernestine than she felt to the leading…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:00PM

‘Cock’: Title of West End Play Censored by London Underground, Producer ‘Absolutely Astounded’ by Rules (EXCLUSIVE) by Manori Ravindran

Patrons of London’s renowned subway system, the Underground, are used to seeing ubiquitous posters for the West End as they travel, but few can make heads or tails of an untitled poster fe…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:34PM

Union Demands Compensation After Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cinderella’ Abruptly Terminates London Run by Naman Ramachandran

Several actors were in shock after the abrupt termination of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical “Cinderella” at London’s West End and performing arts workers’ union Equity is seek…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:30AM
Friday, April 29, 2022

‘Macbeth’ Review: Daniel Craig, Ruth Negga Star in a Broadway Production That’s All Smoke by Gordon Cox

A bare set. Actors making stew on stage. An abundance of hand-held fog machines. Vague contemporary setting and costumes. A generally spooky atmosphere. Put all the ingredients together and …

SOURCE: Variety at 04:00PM
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Harry Lennix Set to Establish Black Cultural Center in Chicago by Wilson Chapman

For more than 20 years, Harry Lennix — an actor best known for his roles in TV shows and film such as “The Blacklist,” “Dollhouse” and “Justice League” — has been an advisor …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:51PM

‘POTUS’ Review: A Rollicking New Broadway Farce About the Women Behind the Idiot in the White House by Gordon Cox

I am woman, hear me roar — with laughter, at “POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive,” playwright Selina Fillinger’s delicious feminist farce …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:43PM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

‘Mr. Saturday Night’ Review: Billy Crystal Brings the Laughs in His New Broadway Musical by Gordon Cox

Sometimes being nice has its rewards. Take Buddy Young Jr., the bitter, self-centered, self-destructive comedian from the 1992 flop film “Mr. Saturday Night,” which Billy Crystal starred…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM

Openly Gay ‘Bridgerton’ Star Golda Rosheuvel Was Told by a Lesbian Director to Stay in the Closet by Marc Malkin

When openly gay “Bridgerton” star Golda Rosheuvel —who plays the wigtastic gossip-loving Queen Charlotte on the Netflix series — was starting her acting career, she was told by a les…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:18PM

Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Gets Stage Adaptation by Royal Shakespeare Company by Naman Ramachandran

Executive producer and composer Joe Hisaishi and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) are readying a stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved 1988 Studio Ghibli film “My Neighbor Toto…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:36AM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

‘A Strange Loop’ Review: Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer-Winning Broadway Musical Is an Unflinching Riot by Gordon Cox

Subjectivity is conditional. We can only understand our own points of view in relation to the differences that separate us. If art often intends to complete the circle (“look at how these …

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Monday, April 25, 2022

‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ Review: Thornton Wilder’s Beautifully Decorated Disaster on Broadway by Gordon Cox

Thornton Wilder’s allegorical play “The Skin of Our Teeth” is bizarre, abstract and convoluted; it’s not to be taken seriously. Or so Sabina (Gabby Beans) tells the audience at Linco…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM