Monday, October 3, 2022

‘Cost of Living’ Review: Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer-Winning Drama Makes Sensational Broadway Debut by Gordon Cox

What gives life value and makes it worth our daily toil? What does it mean to need another person, and what do we owe each other? It is a testament to the brilliant craft of Martyna Majok’…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Sunday, October 2, 2022

‘Leopoldstadt’ Review: A Moving Broadway Production of Tom Stoppard’s Intensely Personal Drama by Gordon Cox

In a radical departure from his usual intellectually esoteric style, Tom Stoppard’s new play is an intensely personal family drama. “Leopoldstadt,” which takes its name from the Jewish…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Thursday, September 29, 2022

‘The Crucible’ Review: A Soggy London Revival of Miller’s Masterpiece by Gordon Cox

There is an opera of “The Crucible.” Written by Robert Ward, it won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize. But this is not the opera… or is it? Lyndsey Turner’s grandiloquent National Theatre prod…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:54PM

Danny Boyle to Direct Dance Adaptation of ‘The Matrix’ by K.j. Yossman

Danny Boyle is set to direct a dance adaptation of 1999 sci-fi blockbuster “The Matrix.” Titled “Free Your Mind,” the Warner Bros. Theater Ventures-licensed project is set to debut n…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:15PM
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Madison Wells Live Unveils Slate With New Projects From Trio of Buzzy Theater Directors (EXCLUSIVE) by Gordon Cox

Madison Wells Live, the stage entertainment division of Gigi Pritzker’s Madison Wells Media (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”), has emerged from theater’s lockdown phase with a lineup of bre…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Broadway Kicks Off Fall Season With High Hopes and Lingering Uncertainty by Gordon Cox

Broadway hasn’t been the same since the pandemic. Just consider “The Phantom of the Opera.” The recent closing announcement of the landmark long-runner underscored just how unpredictab…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:44PM

‘The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation’ Review: New Musical Struggles to Strike Balance Between Slapstick and Sentiment by Gordon Cox

After a bunch of peppy up-tempo numbers, you just know there is going to be at least one ballad somewhere in “The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation,” the new musical with Broadway aspiratio…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:07PM

Why ‘Cost of Living’ Is on the Broadway Forefront by Gordon Cox

For the actor Gregg Mozgala, his Broadway debut in “Cost of Living” isn’t just a step forward for him — it’s a step forward for all of Broadway. Listen to this week’s “Stagecr…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:30PM

‘Come Fall In Love – The DDLJ Musical’ Extends San Diego Run, Cast Celebrates Representation (EXCLUSIVE) by Naman Ramachandran

San Diego’s The Old Globe has announced an extension of Aditya Chopra’s “Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical” due to popular demand. The Broadway-bound production has been extende…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:30AM
Monday, September 26, 2022

‘Eureka Day’ Review: Timing Is Almost Everything for This Vaccine Comedy Starring Helen Hunt in London by Gordon Cox

Jonathan Spector’s 2018 comedy “Eureka Day” first attracted attention in productions in Berkeley and Brooklyn. But in its sharp U.K. premiere starring Helen Hunt, this often very funny…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:39AM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

‘Funny Boy’ Star Nimmi Harasgama Returns to U.K. Stage With ‘Silence,’ Reveals Future Projects by Naman Ramachandran

British-Sri Lankan actor Nimmi Harasgama has returned to the U.K. stage after nearly a decade with “Silence,” a co-production between Donmar Warehouse and Tara Theatre. Harasgama, who wa…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:19AM
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Beverly Hills Bar Assn. Honors Two Legal Eagles: Mathew Rosengart and David Cowan by Malinasaval

It’s midnight on a hot July Thursday at the David Kempinski hotel in Tel Aviv and Mathew Rosengart is in the lobby poring over a legal brief. A litigator-cum-shareholder at Greenberg Traur…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Royal Shakespeare Company Sets Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey as Co-Artistic Directors by Naman Ramachandran

Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey will be the co-artistic directors of the U.K.’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), the Bard-centric troupe based in Stratford-Upon-Avon, from June 2023. Gregor…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:01PM

‘Beetlejuice’ Closing on Broadway in January by Rebecca Rubin

“Beetlejuice” is closing on Broadway in January, ending its unconventional, fan-fueled run on the Great White Way. It will play its final show at the Marquis Theater on Jan. 8, 2023. But…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:05PM
Friday, September 16, 2022

‘Come Fall in Love’ Review: Stage Adaptation of Bollywood Hit ‘DDLJ’ Doesn’t Yet Measure Up to the Movie by Shalini Dore

As with so many western films, Bollywood has taken a beloved smash and turned it into a stage musical. Aditya Chopra’s “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge” opened in 1995 and is still playin…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:26PM
Thursday, September 15, 2022

‘Come Fall In Love – The DDLJ Musical’ Lead Shoba Narayan Talks South Asian Representation on Broadway (EXCLUSIVE) by Naman Ramachandran

For Shoba Narayan, the Indian American lead of Aditya Chopra’s “Come Fall In Love – The DDLJ Musical,” the Broadway-bound production is a dream come true. Chopra’s U.S. stage music…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:30AM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

How Patina Miller Made ‘Into the Woods’ Her Own by Gordon Cox

Few theater performances are as indelible as the original Broadway production of “Into the Woods,” which raised a generation of theater fans through a legendary American Playhouse record…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:24PM

Broadway’s Cort Theatre Renamed in Honor of James Earl Jones by Jordan Moreau

In 1958, an unknown actor spoke just one line from the stage of the Cort Theatre on Broadway: “Mrs. Roosevelt, supper is served.” Then, a 27-year old James Earl Jones could barely make…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:35AM

‘The Music Man’ to End Broadway Run in January as Hugh Jackman Departs by Brent Lang

It turns out Hugh Jackman is irreplaceable. “The Music Man” will end its run on Jan. 1, 2023 as the Tony-winning star of stage and screen finishes his lengthy commitment to the hot-selli…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:13AM
Saturday, September 10, 2022

Lea Michele Drops Out of Saturday’s ‘Funny Girl’ Performances Due to ‘Early Signs and Symptoms’ of COVID by Rebecca Rubin

Lea Michele won’t be taking the stage in “Funny Girl” on Saturday due to “early signs and symptoms of COVID.” Even though the results of her COVID test were “inconclusive,” she…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:17PM
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Six Standing Ovations Later, Lea Michele Triumphantly Returns to Broadway in ‘Funny Girl’ by Rebecca Rubin

It appears the weather gods didn’t heed Fanny Brice’s humble request. But not even a dreary, drizzly Tuesday in Manhattan could rain on Lea Michele’s parade as the former “Glee” st…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:15AM
Thursday, September 1, 2022

Will Eisner’s Graphic Novel ‘A Contract With God’ Being Adapted Into Broadway Musical (EXCLUSIVE) by Carson Burton

TEG+ has acquired the stage rights to Will Eisner’s graphic novel “A Contract With God” and is adapting it into a Broadway musical, with new and original songs written by Sam Holland…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:45AM
Tuesday, August 30, 2022

‘As You Like It’ Review: A Joyful Musical Closes Out the Summer in Central Park  by Gordon Cox

Get thee to Arden — or at least to the Arden depicted in the glorious, delightful and big-hearted musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” created as part of the Public …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM

Why Mary Rodgers Pushed to Make Her Memoir Meaner, Funnier and More Revealing About Her Life Among Broadway Greats by Gordon Cox

The composer (“Once Upon a Mattress”), young adult author (“Freaky Friday”) and philanthropist Mary Rodgers wanted to write a memoir that was candid, cutting, dishy and vanity-free …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:08PM

‘A Little Life,’ ‘Bloody Difficult Women’ Light Up Edinburgh, While ‘Not For Everyone’ Lives Up to Its Name: The Hits — and Misses — o by Naman Ramachandran

Two years ago, the Edinburgh Festival — comprised of film and TV events but dominated by the much larger Fringe festival — was entirely canceled by COVID. In 2021, it returned in a much …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:12AM
Sunday, August 28, 2022

Bob LuPone, Leader of MCC Theater, Dies at 76 by J. Kim Murphy

Bob LuPone, a leader of the off-Broadway company MCC Theater and brother to actress Patti LuPone, died Saturday following a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 76 years old.

SOURCE: Variety at 03:13PM
Friday, August 26, 2022

Aditya Chopra Reveals Vision for ‘DDLJ’ Stage Adaptation: ‘Diverse Cultures Coming Together in a Story That Celebrates Love (EXCLUSIVE) by Naman Ramachandran

Director Aditya Chopra has revealed a grand vision for “Come Fall in Love,” the stage adaptation of his immensely popular 1995 film Bollywood film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” comm…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:30PM
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Hilary Linstead, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Casting Director, and Producer, Dies at 83 by Naman Ramachandran

Hilary Linstead, casting director, agent and film and stage producer died on Aug. 6 after contracting a form of leukaemia. She was 83. Described as a “force of nature” by her friends and…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:17AM
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Cornelius Smith Jr. on His Hopes to Bring ‘American Prophet’ to Broadway by Gordon Cox

The new musical “American Prophet” is now in the midst of its world premiere run at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Next stop: Broadway? Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcas…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:29PM
Monday, August 15, 2022

‘The Crown’ Actor Sam Crane to Play Lead in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ by Naman Ramachandran

Sam Crane will play Harry Potter in the new company that commences performances on “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at London’s Palace Theatre from Oct. 13. Crane’s credits includ…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:55AM
Saturday, August 13, 2022

‘Shantaram,’ Gandhi’s Assassin, Ophelia: The Many Faces of Shubham Saraf by Naman Ramachandran

During his eclectic career so far British actor Shubham Saraf has played a variety of roles. Saraf, who studied at the U.K.’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and France’s École Phil…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:58AM

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