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  • Tickets Now On Sale for Public’s 2014-15 Season, Including Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton

    first_img View Comments Tickets are now on sale for The Public Theater’s 2014-15 season. The lineup includes new works from Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pulitzer winner Young Jean Lee and Michael Friedman.Miranda will present the world premiere of Hamilton, in which he tells the story of the life, death and rhymes of a scrappy young immigrant who forever changes America: Alexander Hamilton. Thomas Kail directs the heart-filled new musical that combines hip-hop and a classic Broadway sound. Hamilton will run from January 20, 2015 through February 22 at the Newman Theater and officially open on February 17.Straight White Men, written and directed by Lee, will receive its New York Premiere from November 7 through December 7, and officially open on November 17, at the Martinson Theater. With a cast featuring Austin Pendleton, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson and James Stanley, the play explores the value of being a straight white man when identity is the cornerstone of ones worth and privilege is increasingly problematic.The world premiere of Michael Friedman and Daniel Aukin’s musical The Fortress of Solitude will run from September 30 through November 2 at the Newman Theater. Opening night is set for October 22. Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin and based on the Jonathan Lethem novel, the tuner tells the coming-of-age story of two superhero-obsessed teenagers who believe that maybe, just maybe, they could fly.Rock Bottom, a new show created by Bridget Everett, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray, will play Joe’s Pub from September 9 through October 11. Opening night is set for September 17. The production follows Everett as she barrels through life, leaving behind her chardonnay-induced stupor for a path toward redemption. The show was originally commissioned as part of The Joe’s Pub 2013 New York Voices series.The Anspacher Theater will host the world premiere of Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks from October 14 through November 16. Jo Bonney directs the drama comprised of three plays presented in a single performance, which follow a slave who must decide whether to join his master on the Confederate battlefield in exchange for a promise of freedom. The series is presented in association with American Repertory Theater and will officially open on October 28.The Total Bent will begin on March 3, 2015 at the Anspacher Theater and officially open on March 19. Passing Strange creators Stew and Heidi Rodewald reunite to present the world premiere of their new musical to the Public stage. Directed by Joanna Settle, the tuner explores the passions that divide a gospel star and his songwriting son as they make their music and make their choice between salvation and selling out. The Total Bent will run through April 5.Finally, spoken word artist and Tony winner Lemon Anderson’s ToasT will return to the Public after previously being presented at The Public’s Under the Radar Festival. Directed by Elise Thoron, the play weaves characters from black oral narratives into a story about men trying to live free in a system—and a world—designed to keep them chained. ToasT will run from April 2, 2015 through April 19 at the Martinson Theater. Star Files Related Shows Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton (Off-Broadway) Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015last_img read more

  • Kelli O’Hara & Matthew Morrison Talk Carnegie Hall, Cheese Grits & More

    first_img O’HARA: You’ve had cheese grits at least three or four times from me. Q: What can we look forward to hearing you sing, Matt? MORRISON: I think I’ve had them. Is that your family recipe cheese grits? Q: What is your favorite family Christmas tradition? O’HARA: My mom does themed Christmases. So every year, the dinner is themed. It’s actually really fun because it makes every Christmas the same but different. She gets pretty creative. Q: Matt, what are you looking forward to most about bringing Finding Neverland to Broadway this spring? MORRISON: We were. It kicked our asses, though. Q: And Kelli, you just wrapped up your own Peter Pan experience. How does it feel now that it’s all over? O’HARA: My memory is [Matt’s] audition. I saw so many guys come through. I had never seen you before; I didn’t know who you were. I’ll never forget when you came in the room and it was just absolutely, unmistakably clear that you were going to be it. MORRISON: I’m going to add a little Hawaiian flair to the evening. I’m singing “Mele Kalikimaka,” which is the traditional Hawaiian Christmas song, and I’m going to bust out my ukulele. Q: What’s the craziest memory you two have of working on Piazza? MORRISON: Yeah, we’re basically learning this show on our own and then we’ll come together. Which I’m not worried about, because we already have this built-in chemistry. O’HARA: Yeah. It’s fantastic. There’s a great history to it. There’s a vast expanse that makes you feel pretty powerful. Well, you feel like a tiny little ant, but powerful at the same time. And that huge orchestra and ensemble—The Essential Voices—what it is is empowering. O’HARA: We look so happy! O’HARA: I’m southern! We always have cheese grits. Nearly 10 years after playing lovebirds in The Light in the Piazza, Tony nominees Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison are reuniting on stage. The pair will bring yuletide cheer to Carnegie Hall on December 19 and 20 in Kelli and Matthew: Home for the Holidays, backed by the incomparable New York Pops and the Essential Voices choir. Morrison, who’s busy shooting Glee in Los Angeles, and O’Hara, in the midst of rehearsals for The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera, hopped on a conference call with us to recount their busy 2014, share cheesy Christmas traditions and plan an imaginary Hawaiian dream vacation. MORRISON: I think we’ve all grown up with Peter Pan in our lives. What I love about Finding Neverland is the story behind the story. It has great themes of using your imagination and never growing up and keeping that child inside of you always. It’s such a great message. MORRISON: I’ve only performed there once in a benefit concert, so I’m really excited to take more ownership of the evening with one of my dear friends. Q: What’s the must-have dish on your Christmas dinner table? O’HARA: I’ve done [long runs of shows], and there is something beautiful about that, because it gets richer and you can deepen your performance. But I’m also a person who loves to do lots of things and move on. So I was OK to do it and then step away and go back to something else. MORRISON: Kelli, you’ve performed there before, right? Q: What’s your all-time favorite Christmas song?center_img Q: With the two of you currently on opposite coasts, what’s the preparation process been like for this concert? O’HARA: [Laughs.] That’s mine too! MORRISON: Good! There was a debate of who was going to sing that song at the concert, and all I want to do is hear Kelli sing it. O’HARA: Matt sends me recordings of him running through something so I can hear his part and I’m trying to learn my part. We haven’t even seen each other. The day before, we’re going to see each other for the first time to run through things. MORRISON: Oh, you’re so freakin’ country. I love you. MORRISON: Let’s do it in Hawaii! O’HARA: Yes! MORRISON: [Christmas] has been my one break from Glee, so my wife and I always get on a plane on Christmas Day. We pick a place to go and head to the airport. I’m sure when we have kids that’ll change, and we’ll have some new family traditions. O’HARA: No, that’s perfect! You can wake up, do your Santa Claus, and then go right to the airport and go to a brilliant island and swim in the ocean. And I’m going to come along as your nanny. With my kids! MORRISON: For me, it was jumping on board when a lot of people had done it before. I was lost in this world of Italy and crazy operatic voices and I was like, “What am I doing here?!” I felt out of my comfort zone, but it was so rewarding. MORRISON: Aww, we were babies. O’HARA: No, it’s always a surprise. Q: Maybe you could do Hawaiian this year and have Matt play the ukulele. MORRISON: I have to say, every time I hear “O Holy Night”… Q: Kelli and Matt, you’re both on the line. MORRISON: Oh, those are so good. That’s my answer, too. Kelli’s family recipe cheese grits. For Kelli’s wedding, one of the coolest things was this recipe booklet as a gift from her family, which I still use to this day. Q: Do you know what this year’s theme is? O’HARA: CHEESE GRITS. Q: What makes performing an iconic space like Carnegie Hall so special? O’HARA: Matty, guess where I am! I’m in the breezeway at Lincoln Center, standing right in front of our The Light in the Piazza poster, looking at how young we were. Catch Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison at Carnegie Hall on December 19 and 20. View Commentslast_img read more

  • Broadway Grosses: The Lion King is Still Roaring at the Box Office

    first_imgJanuary is always a challenging time for the Broadway box office, so unsurprisingly this week perennial favorite The Lion King reigned supreme followed by usual suspects The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Aladdin and Beautiful. Elsewhere, Hollywood hunks Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman were bringing in the crowds to The Elephant Man and The River, respectively, with both productions making the top five frontrunners by capacity. Despite good reviews, Honeymoon in Vegas saw no uptick at the box office—we’ll continue to carefully monitor the tuner’s fortunes. And wondering why It’s Only a Play is suddenly in the underdogs category? The show only played five performances as it moved from the Schoenfeld to next door’s the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre—they had to make way for the Queen. Source: The Broadway League FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,641,207) 2. The Book of Mormon ($1,575,262) 3. Wicked ($1,500,725) 4. Aladdin ($1,347,820) 5. Beautiful ($1,047,501) UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. It’s Only a Play ($462,008)* 4. You Can’t Take It With You ($441,995) 3. Chicago ($427,273) 2. Honeymoon in Vegas ($425,029) 1. Disgraced ($360,932) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Mamma Mia (70.36%) 4. Disgraced (67.10%) 3. Chicago (66.98%) 2. You Can’t Take It With You (65.39%) 1. On the Town (60.27%) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.60%) 2. The Elephant Man (101.81%) 3. Aladdin (99.73%) 4. The River (99.34%) 5. Constellations (99.13%) *Number based on five regular performances Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending January 25: View Commentslast_img read more

  • Hot Shot! Bruce Willis Sees Benjamin Scheuer Roar in The Lion

    first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Bruce Willis spent February 13 in the company of a lion! The Lion, to be exact—the legendary star of Die Hard, The Sixth Sense, Twelve Monkeys and many more headed to the Lynn Redgrave Theatre to catch Benjamin Scheuer’s gripping one-man musical about love, loss, family loyalty and the redemptive power of music. Check out this Hot Shot of Willis and Scheuer backstage after the show, then see The Lion off-Broadway. The Lion View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

  • Picks of the Week! Inch Uptown for Lena Hall, Fly Away with Anne Hathaway & Go Medieval at Wolf Hall

    first_imgHey, you, stuffing yourself with Peeps—it’s time for an intervention, Broadway-style! The city is busting with fun things to do this week, including the New York premiere of Wolf Hall Parts One and Two, Anne Hathaway’s return to the NYC stage, and a former Phantom’s TV special. Here come this week’s picks!Follow Lena Hall UptownBegins April 7 at Café CarlyleWhen you leave your job, the days after are spent either agonizing over your decision while in the fetal position or learning how to tolerate a new batch of annoying coworkers. Lena Hall doesn’t have that problem. After a mega-successful stint on Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the talented Tony winner makes her debut at Café Carlyle. She’ll be there through April 18. Will she be joined by The Deafening? Gotta go to find out. Click for tickets!See What Broadway Friends Are ForApril 7 at 54 BelowFor most of us, friends are reliable in a pinch. If you’re singer-songwriter Michael Mott, your friends are Broadway superstars whom join you onstage in high-profile shows. Mott tells stories and performs songs in That Was Then, This Is How, and gets an assist from the likes of Jeremy Jordan, Adrienne Warren, and Marissa McGowan. That’s great, but let’s see Jordan help Mott move a couch into a fourth-floor walk-up. Click for tickets!Get Grounded with Anne HathawayBegins April 7 at Anspacher TheatreThrough May 17, Anne Hathaway stars in Grounded, George Brant’s drama about a fighter pilot whose days are now split between working a drone in an Air Force trailer and living in the suburbs with her family. No, this isn’t a musical, but before Hathaway dreamed a dream in the Les Miserables movie, she delivered a string of stirring dramatic performances (Remember Rachel Getting Married?). Plus, Julie Taymor is directing…so get moving! Click for tickets!Join the King’s Court at Wolf HallOpens April 9 at the Winter Garden Theatre“A night at the theater” is an expression. That’s actually the case with Wolf Hall Parts One & Two, and, oh boy, is it worth your time. Based on Hilary Mantel’s beloved novels and presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the show(s)—which played to raves in England—explores the stormy times of King Henry VIII (Nathaniel Parker) and his right-hand man Thomas Cromwell (Ben Miles). Bring on the noirish goodness! Click for tickets!Get to Know Norm LewisApril 10 on PBSIf you’ve done everything on this list, you deserve a night in. Make it tonight, when PBS presents Norm Lewis: Who Am I?, an airing of the erstwhile Phantom’s recent concert from Lincoln Center. The show, according to PBS, lays out Lewis’ “musical course from gospel to Marvin Gaye.” We hope that journey doesn’t include interminable pledge breaks from folks who resemble our eighth grade algebra teacher. But, hey, it’s Norm! He’s worth it. View Commentslast_img read more

  • Sound of Music & Legendary Fiddler Star Theodore Bikel Dead at 91

    first_imgOscar and two-time Tony nominee Theodore Bikel, who created the role of Captain Georg Von Trapp in the original production of The Sound of Music on Broadway and played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof more than 2,000 times, died aged 91 on July 21. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bikel passed away of natural causes at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.Bikel was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Miriam (née Riegler) and Josef Bikel, on May 2, 1924. After the Nazis took power in Austria in 1938, the family escaped to Mandatory Palestine. Bikel began acting as a teenager and in 1946 moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He later emigrated to the United States, where he became a citizen in 1961.Bikel began his professional acting career in 1948 as understudy for the parts of both Stanley Kowalski and Mitch in the West End premiere of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. By 1955 he made his Broadway debut in Tonight in Samarkand and in 1958 he received his first Tony nod for his performance in The Rope Dancers. His second Tony nomination came for The Sound of Music for the original 1959 production. Bikel first played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof in 1967, and subsequently appeared in the role more than any other actor, even stepping into the North American tour in 2010 at the age of 86. He additionally wrote and starred in Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, which had its world premiere in Washington in 2008.Oscar nominated for 1958’s The Defiant Ones, his numerous film credits included the Hungarian phonetics expert in My Fair Lady, The Little Kidnappers, The Enemy Below, The Pride and the Passion, The Russians Are Coming, The African Queen, I Want to Live!, See You in the Morning, Crisis in the Kremlin, Shadow Conspiracy, Dark Tower, Second Chances and Crime and Punishment. Notable television appearances included The Final Days, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Law & Order, JAG, Colombo, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dynasty and Falcon Crest.Author of Folksongs and Footnotes, his autobiography Theo was published in 1994. Bikel founded the Newport Folk Festival in 1961; as well as being a renowned folk singer, he also appeared in opera productions including La Gazza Ladra at the Philadelphia Opera Company in 1989 and Ariadne auf Naxos at the Los Angeles Opera Company in 1992.A civil rights activist and board member for Amnesty International, Bikel served as president of Actors Equity from 1973-82. In 1977 President Carter appointed him to serve a five-year term on the National Council for the Arts.Bikel married four times. First to Ofra Ichilov in 1942; they divorced in 1943. In 1967 he wed Rita Weinberg Call with whom he had two sons, Robert and Daniel. They divorced in 2008 and in 2009 he married conductor Tamara Brooks, who passed away in 2012. He wed Aimee Ginsburg on December 29, 2013, who survives him, along with his children. View Commentslast_img read more

  • The King and I’s Kelli O’Hara & Hoon Lee Are Taking Your Questions

    first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 Related Shows View Comments The King and I Tony winner Kelli O’Hara and her newest leading man, Hoon Lee, are ready for you to get to know all about them. The pair star in the lush revival of The King and I at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theate, but they are taking time out of their busy schedules to come to to answer your questions. So what do you want to know about the worm, Splinter, quick changes…et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Ask away!<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>last_img read more

  • Frozen Will Storm Broadway in Spring 2018

    first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 Related Shows ‘Frozen’ (Photo: Disney) View Commentscenter_img For the first time in forever (OK, in about a year), we have an update on the highly-anticipated Frozen musical! The Broadway adaptation of the Oscar-winning blockbuster will hit the Great White Way in Spring 2018. As previously speculated, Alex Timbers will direct. Tony winner Peter Darling will choreograph.The Disney musical, featuring the beloved tunes (and some new ones) by married songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and a book by screenwriter Jennifer Lee, will first play an out-of-town tryout in summer 2017. A location will be announced at a later date.Timbers received a Tony nomination for directing Peter and the Starcatcher, as well as for the book of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (which he also directed). His additional directing credits include Rocky and Here Lies Love. He is also the co-creator and co-writer of the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. Darling won a Tony Award in 2009 for choreographing Billy Elliot; he also earned a nomination for Matilda—and won Oliviers for both.The production has an all-star design team lined up: set and costume designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz and sound designer Peter Hylenski. Stephen Oremus will serve as music supervisor. Frozen follows two royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, whose relationship is put to the test when Elsa’s magical ice powers are unleashed during a power anthem that you’re still singing under your breath. Also in the mix are a strapping iceman, his reindeer, a fast-talking snowman and a too-good-to-be-true prince. We probably didn’t need to explain that to you.The film won Oscars in 2013 for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for “Let It Go”) and featured the vocal talents of several Broadway favorites, including Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Kristen Bell.No word yet on casting for the musical, so start lining up, belters. Frozenlast_img read more

  • Nicole Kidman Will Return to Broadway in Photograph 51

    first_imgNicole Kidman in ‘Photograph 51′(Photo: Johan Persson) We have been telling you for quite some time that this had Broadway transfer written all over it! Nicole Kidman, who headlined Anna Ziegler’s new play Photograph 51 in the West End last year, will reprise her performance on the Great White Way. According to the New York Post, the production is set to open at either the Lyceum or the Broadhurst theaters this fall, where Fully Committed and Tuck Everlasting, respectively, are about to open. Fully has a limited engagement (ending July 24); Tuck’s is open-ended…Kidman was labeled theatrical Viagra for her last foray on the boards, The Blue Room. Her performance in the show at London’s Donmar Warehouse earned her an Olivier nod in 1999, and she went on to reprise the role on Broadway. Kidman’s extensive film credits include her Oscar-winning performance in The Hours; she additionally received Academy Award nods for Moulin Rouge! and Rabbit Hole. The actress has also been seen on screen in To Die For, The Others, Cold Mountain, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, Stoker, The Paperboy and Paddington. Kidman would also reportedly like to headline a film adaptation of Photograph 51.Photograph 51 follows Rosalind Franklin (Kidman). Does she know how precious her photograph is? In the race to unlock the secret of life it could be the one to hold the key. With rival scientists looking everywhere for the answer, who will be first to see it and more importantly, understand it? Ziegler’s play looks at the woman who cracked DNA and asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.Directed by Michael Grandage, Photograph 51 played a limited engagement at the Noel Coward Theatre and co-starred Will Attenborough, Edward Bennett, Stephen Campbell Moore, Patrick Kennedy and Joshua Silver. View Commentslast_img read more

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Aaron Tveit & Grease: Live’s Dream Team Hold Panel Discussion

    first_imgThomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aaron Tveit(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Lin-Manuel Miranda Grease is still the word! After winning over 17 million viewers worldwide, Grease: Live received an unprecedented 10 Emmy nominations on July 14. Of course, fans were able to see Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit make greased lightning strike again on the small screen—but what of the magic going on behind the scenes? On August 15, Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda hosted a panel discussion on Grease: Live’s success and creative process; in attendance were Hamilton’s Tony-winning director Thomas Kail, Tony winner William Ivey Long, Tveit, Hairspray Live! director Alex Rudzinski and casting director extraordinaire Bernard Telsey (see below). Both Kail and Rudzinski received nominations for helming the broadcast, and Long nabbed a nod for costume design. (We’re still not over Keke Palmer’s “Freddy My Love” costume change.) Telsey was also recognized for his superb casting. Take a look at the photos, and give ’em hell, Rydell! Star Files View Commentslast_img read more