June 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK - There was plenty of applause during the Tony Awards - and perhaps nowhere louder than in Pittsburgh. Seven alumni from Carnegie Mellon University took home Tonys, a glittery haul that was both a school record and a huge source of pride for a theater department that turns 100 next year. Billy Porter, Patina Miller, and Judith Light each took home acting Tonys, while Ann Roth got one for best costume design, and partners Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer won for best lighting design of a play.
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.
May 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Broadway got two pieces of bad news Tuesday: The total box-office take dipped ever so slightly this past season, and the number of ticket buyers dipped 6 percent. Both were blamed in part on Superstorm Sandy. According to figures released by the Broadway League, Broadway shows yielded $1,138,734,331 - or about $577,000 less than last season. Attendance fell from 12.33 million in the 2011-2012 season to 11.57 million this season. The league linked the twin decreases to Hurricane Sandy, which darkened Broadway for four days in November and cost shows more than $8.5 million in lost revenue.
April 30, 2013 |
THE GREAT WHITE WAY is about to get a little more Philly. Producers of a musical version of "Rocky" have announced that they are bringing the story of the Italian Stallion to Broadway after a run in Hamburg, Germany, where it was called "Rocky: Das Musical. " They expect it to be at the Winter Garden theater by February. Produced by Sylvester Stallone and Stage Entertainment USA, "Rocky" was written by Thomas Meehan ("The Producers," "Hairspray"), with music by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens ("Ragtime")
March 30, 2013 |
Through all the set and scene changes, not once will the curtain fall during the North Penn High School production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. To make that work will require sophisticated staging, a choreographed performance from a costumed stage crew, and 50 hours of rehearsal. In fact, this year's musical production at the Montgomery County school is so elaborate that it's costing about 20 percent more than those of recent years, said Andrea Roney, North Penn's theater director-producer.
February 23, 2013 |
Transformers star Shia LaBeouf was all psyched to make his Broadway stage debut in Orphans , Philadelphia playwright Lyle Kessler 's famed '83 play set in North Philly. It costars Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge . Well, he'll have to wait for another show: Shia has dropped out. Producers say it's due to "creative differences. " Sources tell People mag the actor clashed constantly with director Daniel Sullivan , while the New York Daily News suggests Shia also had problems with Baldwin.
February 13, 2013 |
The Great White Way is still white. Although minimally less white. The Asian American Performers Action Coalition this week released its second annual look at ethnic representation on New York stages. The study found that minority actors overall saw a 2 percent increase from the previous season and now stand at 23 percent. The report found that African-American actors were cast in 16 percent of all roles, Hispanics in 3 percent and Asian-Americans in 3 percent. Caucasians filled 77 percent of all roles, far outweighing their respective population size in the metro and tristate areas.
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.
February 6, 2013
* SMASH. 9 p.m. Tuesday, NBC10. LIKE A Broadway-bound show that opens out of town - or has a rocky time in previews - NBC's "Smash" returns for its second season Tuesday still a work in progress. But at least there is progress. Maybe no one ever envisioned that a show about the making of a Broadway musical would become a metaphor for the process itself, but with creator Theresa Rebeck having exited at the end of a first season that attracted nearly as many hate-watchers as it did fans, "Smash" is working to clean up the nonmusical parts of its act. Which is also what's happening on "Bombshell," the show's Marilyn Monroe musical.
February 4, 2013 |
It's virtually impossible to watch Smash star Katharine McPhee on screen and not be smitten. The American Idol alumna has a way to go before she masters the intricacies of acting, but it was thrilling to see her sing and dance - and above all be sweet, heartbroken, and sweetly heartbroken - on the first season of NBC's disarming, surprisingly enjoyable, if sometimes mediocre, musical drama, which returns for its sophomore year Tuesday night...