January 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Maggie Grace had a scary moment during a recent matinee of Picnic , which is in previews and opens Sunday on Broadway. William Inge's script calls for a struggle at the end of the play between Grace's character, the beautiful young Madge, and her onstage mother, played by Mare Winningham. As they grappled, Grace heard a crack. After the curtain call, she couldn't contain her worry; she put her arm around Winningham and was seen urgently whispering with her costar as the two disappeared into the wings.
February 6, 2014 |
IT'S EASY to imagine celluloid boxer and Philly alpha icon Rocky Balboa on Broad Street. But Broadway? We'll know whether or not the ham-and-egger turned heavyweight champeen from under the El tracks can make it there when the musical version of "Rocky" has its Broadway debut at the Winter Garden Theatre. The show arrives after a 2012-13 tryout run in Germany. Previews begin Tuesday; the official opening is March 13. The theatrical iteration of the first "Rocky" movie began, of course, with Sylvester Stallone who, Hollywood lore has it, conjured the 1976 flick's Oscar-winning script in three days.
September 13, 2012
Albert Marre, 87, the Tony Award-winning director of the original Broadway production of Man of La Mancha - and three of its four Broadway revivals - died Sept. 4 in Manhattan, said his wife, Mimi Turque Marre. Mr. Marre directed or staged more than two dozen Broadway shows during his more than 50 years in theater, among them the musicals Kismet and Milk and Honey. But it was Man of La Mancha , the musical adaptation of Don Quixote (written by Dale Wasserman, with lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh)
June 3, 2013
By Steve Young A story that has sailed under the "who is the latest professional outing himself" radar is perhaps the biggest-ever coming-out buzz on Broadway. Barry Goldberg, a backup dancer and singer on the Great White Way, has revealed that he is heterosexual, shattering one of the last great barriers in professional musical theater. "I'm a 29-year-old Broadway dancer. I'm Jewish and I'm straight," said Goldberg, who recently completed previews with The Electric Ms. El , the upcoming disco musical based on the life of the late first lady and U.N. ambassador Eleanor Roosevelt.
February 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The folks who brought magic to the new Pippin in Massachusetts are coming south to Broadway. Producers on Monday said Matthew James Thomas would star this spring as Pippin; Patina Miller would be the Leading Player; Terrence Mann would be Charles; Charlotte d'Amboise would play Fastrada; Rachel Bay Jones would be Catherine, and Andrea Martin would play Berthe. All starred in the show that ended its run last month at the American Repertory Theater outside Boston.
March 13, 2015 |
TATTLE rarely leads with Broadway news, but six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald is returning to Broadway a year from now and the Great White Way will be a little less white. Producer Scott Rudin said yesterday that Audra will star next March in a show that looks at the making of the 1921 hit "Shuffle Along," one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African-Americans. The show - to be called "Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed" - will have a story by George C. Wolfe and be choreographed by Savion Glover . The duo last worked together on the 1996 hit "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk.
March 22, 2012 |
What a divine season it is for Jesus on Broadway. On one stage, nuns make a joyful noise in Sister Act. On another, he figures highly in The Book of Mormon . Yet another has him as the central figure in Godspell . And he is now in revival - here, we're talking Broadway more than theology - in an effusive Jesus Christ Superstar , the Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that opened Thursday. It's full of powerful, melodic '70s-tinged music - the show premiered in 1971 and "I Don't Know How to Love Him" broke out to become a hit. The score, with Rice's clever lyrics and Lloyd Webbers many fanfare songs, is great fun to hear again, or probably also for the first time.
July 19, 2016 |
By Hugh Hunter FOR THE INQUIRER Using their veteran stars, Eileen Cella and Sonny Leo, Act II Playhouse is serving up a delicious midsummer treat, Broadway on Butler . Created by Leo, this fast-paced 90-minute musical revue offers a full slate of 27 Broadway songs...
May 21, 2012 |
It was Peter Pan who long ago captured a little guy in Overbrook named Stephen C. Byrd and goaded him, during the next several decades, to Neverland. His grandma was an accessory to this - she took him to see the play at a theater in Philadelphia. Byrd thought about it a lot over the years: Not just the sprite who wouldn't grow up but all the rest, the plays he saw with his grandmother after Peter Pan , the theater he later saw on his own. And eventually it struck him that Neverland - hereinafter called Broadway - was not so great at attracting people like him, black people.
October 30, 2015 |
Is there some unwritten rule that if a Broadway musical has enough clever choreography, snappy tunes, and human traffic onstage you can get away with confoundedly stupid writing? Or "stooo-ped" in the gangster parlance of Bullets Over Broadway , the touring musical that arrived Tuesday for a run through Sunday at the Academy of Music. Though Woody Allen is the show's credited writer, I refuse to believe that he authored the many lame fat jokes or that the original director/choreographer, Susan Stroman (whose work is recreated here by Jeff Whiting)