July 7, 2013 |
LONDON - A producer on Friday won a British court victory over Monty Python for a bigger share of royalties from the stage musical Spamalot and said that despite the dispute he still found the comedy troupe funny. Mark Forstater brought a High Court lawsuit against the anarchic comedians over the show, which is based on the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Forstater produced the film, and his lawyers claimed it was agreed that he would be "treated as the seventh Python" financially, entitled to the same share of Holy Grail merchandising and spin-off income as the other members.
June 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Two 11-year-old actresses who have played orphans and been understudies in the Broadway revival of Annie have been picked to permanently take over from Lilla Crawford in the title role, a step up that has left them beaming. Taylor Richardson and Sadie Sink, both natural redheads, will share the role of the stage's most famous redhead beginning July 30. Crawford's last performance will be July 28. "It's very exciting," said Sadie, who has played Annie before but not on Broadway.
June 19, 2013 |
Like many with theatrical aspirations, Matthew Wolf started as a waiter in the Big Apple - an ambitious twentysomething aiming for a shot at the big stage. Eventually faced with the choice of leaving Manhattan for grad school or starting a career on Broadway's management side, Wolf decided to go for the office chair. Today, at 39, he's the guy who decides what touring shows will come to Philadelphia each year as part of the Kimmel Center's Broadway Series. For 2013-14, that means still-running best-musical Tony winners The Book of Mormon and Once ; classics Evita, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess , and Flashdance the Musical ; Queen's epic We Will Rock You ; and a new Phantom of the Opera . When he made the leap from onstage to off, Wolf - who had studied music and theater in college - was waiting tables at Cafe Time along with a flock of other talented hopefuls.
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.