From West Side Story to Cirque du Soleil, Our 5 Must-Do Events for the Week of December 9 to 15 Offer Excitement for Everyone
by Kathy Henderson on December 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Two world premiere plays, a reinvented classic musical and a high-flying holiday special are among the treats on tap at NYC theater this week. Read on for all the details on our five must-do events for December 9 through 15. MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 STAIRWAY TO HEAVENStephen Adly Guirgis chronicles the lives of down-on-their-luck New Yorkers in vividly titled plays such as The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Our Lady of 121st Street and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside and Crazy. His first new play in five years, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, takes audiences inside a women’s halfway house filled with the kinds of colorful characters that Guirgis (a former violence prevention specialist) knows and loves. A co-production of Atlantic Theater Company and LAByrinth Theater Company, this world premiere opens on December 9 with an 18-person cast that includes the playwright’s frequent collaborators Elizabeth Rodriguez, Liza Colon-Zayas and Elizabeth Canavan, directed by his friend and colleague of more than 30 years, John Ortiz. INFO: Limited run through December 29 at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street). Tickets start at $81.50. For more details, click here. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 IT ALL BEGINS ...
Celebrate Idina Menzel's New Christmas Album and More on This Week's Episode of Elaine Paige on Sunday
by Broadway.com Staff on December 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Olivier-winning actress Elaine Paige is giving Broadway.com listeners a chance to hear her BBC Radio 2 show, Elaine Paige on Sunday, and this week has plenty of holiday fun! Not only does Paige celebrate Tony winner Idina Menzel's new Christmas album Christmas: A Season of Love by playing her favorite tunes, but she also gives a shoutout to new West End musical & Juliet. Don't miss out on listening to this week's episode, and be sure to click the play button below.
Jodie Prenger on Starring in London's A Taste of Honey and Naming Her Pet After a Fabulous Diva
by Matt Wolf on December 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Jodie Prenger came to attention as the winner of the BBC reality TV competition series I’d Do Anything in 2008, as a result of which she got to play Nancy in Oliver! in the West End for the producer Cameron Mackintosh. Since that time, she’s played Mme. Thenardier in Les Miz in Dubai, as well as starred in such iconic titles as One Man, Two Guvnors, Tell Me on a Sunday and Shirley Valentine and, now appearing at the Trafalgar Studios in the West End revival of Shelagh Delaney’s landmark 1958 play A Taste of Honey. Broadway.com caught the ever-ebullient Prenger as she was settling into her new West End home to talk about timeless plays, career aspirations and one Broadway legend whom the 40-year-old Englishwoman especially admires. How do you feel about bringing this time-honored play into the West End, following a U.K. tour? It's just so exciting to be playing Helen, given the history of who she is and where she comes from and the piece itself. I remember seeing the film [made in 1961, with Dora Bryan as Helen] many moons ago, and I saw the National Theatre revival on video [with Lesley Sharp in ...
Harry Connick Jr. Returns to Broadway with A Celebration of Cole Porter
by Andy Lefkowitz on December 7, 2019 at 5:00 AM
Two-time Tony nominee Harry Connick Jr.'s new Broadway solo show A Celebration of Cole Porter begins performances on December 7 at the Nederlander Theatre. The three-week limited engagement will officially open on December 12 and continue through December 29. Though he's best known as a jazzy crooner, Connick earned Tony nominations as both a composer and performer: for the score of the 2001 musical Thou Shalt Not and for his leading performance in The Pajama Game in 2006. He's also played sold-out concert runs on the Great White Way in 1990 and 2010. He was last seen on Broadway in 2011 as Dr. Mark Bruckner in a reimagined Broadway revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Featuring a vibrant, 25-piece orchestra and a modern multimedia presentation, Harry Connick Jr.—A Celebration of Cole Porter features Connick offering up his signature style combined with Porter's peerless contribution to the Great American Songbook. The new production is conceived and directed by Connick, with scenic design by Beowulf Boritt and Alexis Distler, projection design by Beowulf Boritt and Caite Hevner and lighting design by Ken Billington. Prior to Broadway, Harry Connick Jr.—A Celebration of Cole Porter had its world premiere at the Durham Performing ...
Ron Leibman, Tony-Winning Original Roy Cohn of Angels in America, Dies at 82
by Andy Lefkowitz on December 7, 2019 at 2:24 AM
Ron Leibman, a veteran actor of stage and screen who left a mark on Broadway originating the role of Roy Cohn in Angels in America, died on December 6, according to Variety. The cause of death is currently unknown. Leibman was 82. Leibman made his Broadway debut in Dear Me, The Sky Is Falling (1963), following up that turn with roles in Bicycle Ride to Nevada (1963) and The Deputy (1964). He turned heads with his turn as Sergeant Henderson in Joseph Heller's We Bombed in New Haven (1968), earning a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award for his performance. It wasn't until later in his Broadway career that Leibman found the role of a lifetime, portraying the real-life Roy Cohn—known as Senator Joseph McCarthy's attorney during the suspected-communist investigations of 1954—in Tony Kushner's two-part play Angels in America (1993-1994). Leibman took home the 1993 Tony Award as Best Leading Actor for his turn in the play's first part, Millennium Approaches. Leibman's stage résumé also includes Broadway roles in Cop-Out (1969), I Ought to Be in Pictures (1980), Doubles (1985) and Rumors (1988). Off-Broadway, he was seen in The Poker Session (1967), Room Service (1970), Rich and Famous (1976 ...
See Alanis Morissette & the Cast of Jagged Little Pill Get Reflective in These Exclusive Portraits
by Lindsey Sullivan on December 6, 2019 at 8:51 PM
The Alanis Morissette-scored musical Jagged Little Pill opened on December 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre. This isn't a biomusical about the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter but an evocative look at a seemingly perfect family set to the backdrop of Morissette's music. The production stars Elizabeth Stanley, Celia Rose Gooding, Lauren Patten, Sean Allan Krill, Derek Klena and Broadway.com vlogger Kathryn Gallagher. The cast posed for Broadway.com portraits during the opening-night party at Edison Rooftop in New York City, and you oughta take a look at the magical shots. Enjoy them, and then experience Jagged Little Pill on Broadway. Jagged Little Pill songwriter Alanis Morissette takes it all in.Derek Klena plays Nick Healy in Jagged Little Pill on Broadway.Lauren Patten plays Jo in Jagged Little Pill on Broadway.Jagged Little Pill’s Celia Rose Gooding plays Frankie Healy.Kathryn Gallagher plays Bella in Jagged Little Pill.View the Full Gallery Here
Odds & Ends: Josh Gad in Talks to Lead New Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Sequel & More
by Broadway.com Staff on December 6, 2019 at 8:27 PM
Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Josh Gad in Talks to Lead New Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Sequel Josh Gad could be headed back to the big screen in the sequel to a classic comedy franchise. The Tony-nominated original Book of Mormon star is in negotiations to star in Shrunk, a fourth edition to the 1989 original film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, according to Variety. The sequel would see Gad as the grown-up son to the original film's Wayne (which was played by Rick Moranis), a scientist and dad who accidentally shrinks his two kids along with their next-door neighbors' kids. In the reboot, Gad's character follows in his dad's footsteps and accidentally shrinks his kids. The new film would follow the second and third films in the series, which were 1992's Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and 1997's Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! Casting Complete for Medea Starring Bobby Cannavale & Rose Byrne Brooklyn Academy of Music has finalized casting for its upcoming starry staging of Euripides' tragedy Medea. The previously announced production, starring real-life couple Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale as Medea and Jason, with Dylan Baker as Christopher, will begin previews on January 12, 2020 ...
Is This a Room to Play Winter Encore Engagement at Vineyard Theatre
by Andy Lefkowitz on December 6, 2019 at 8:12 PM
Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre has announced a return run of Is This a Room, a new drama written and directed by Tina Satter. The remount will run from December 20, 2019 through January 19, 2020; the Vineyard's recent staging of the play concluded its extended run on November 24. The return engagement will feature original Vineyard cast members Emily C. Davis as Reality Winner, Becca Blackwell as Unknown Male and TL Thompson as Agent Taylor. They'll be joined by Frank Boyd as Agent Garrick. Set on June 3, 2017, the play follows a 25-year-old former Air Force linguist named Reality Winner, who is surprised at her home by the FBI, interrogated and then charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in U.S elections. She remains in jail with a record-breaking sentence. Is This a Room features scenic design by Parker Lutz, costume design by Enver Chakartash, lighting design by Thomas Dunn, music/sound design by Sanae Yamada and puppetry design by Amanda Villalobos.
Kyle Harris on His Whirlwind Introduction to The Inheritance and His Spring Awakening Dream Role
by Caitlin Moynihan on December 6, 2019 at 7:54 PM
Jordan Barbour, Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr., Kyle Soller, Arturo Luís Soria and Kyle Harris in "The Inheritance" (Photo: Matthew Murphy)Known for his screen roles on Freeform's Stitchers and God Friended Me, Kyle Harris is back on the Broadway stage in The Inheritance, nine years after making his debut as an understudy in Sondheim on Sondheim. In Matthew Lopez's two-parter, Harris plays serval characters but most notably Jasper, a social justice warrior. "He basically is the one who will say what everyone else is thinking," Harris said to Paul Wontorek in a recent episode of Broadway.com's #LiveatFive. "He likes to make everything about him." Harris joined the Broadway production after the show's Olivier-winning run transferred from the West End, although he hadn't heard of the play until he saw a friend reading it. "I was on the plane going to do Marie, Dancing Still, and I saw a cast member reading something I thought was a Gap ad," he said. "It came back on my radar when I was on my mini-moon after my wedding. I put myself on tape and ended up flying back early because they wanted to see me. I'm reading for ...
Baby Songwriters David Shire & Richard Maltby Jr. Visit Alice Ripley & Cast of New Production
by Lindsey Sullivan on December 6, 2019 at 7:52 PM
Tony winner Alice Ripley and the cast of Out of the Box Theatrics' production of Baby were in for a treat on December 5. The charming musical officially begins performances on December 6, and Baby's Tony-nominated composer David Shire and lyricist Richard Maltby Jr. enjoyed the final dress rehearsal. The duo posed for photos with Ripley, Liz Flemming, director and choreographer Ethan Paulini and the entire company. Baby takes place at a loft in Manhattan through December 14. Tony winner and Baby star Alice Ripley with Baby songwriters David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr.The company of Baby smiles for David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr.'s dress rehearsal visit.
Lauren Patten on the 'Odd and Beautiful' Process of Originating Her Role in Jagged Little Pill
by Caitlin Moynihan on December 6, 2019 at 7:22 PM
Growing up in suburban Chicago, Jagged Little Pill standout Lauren Patten was never far away from the theater scene. Patten showed interest in acting at a young age by putting on concerts in the living room for her family—even making them purchase tickets. Patten got an early start to her career with commercials and plays and made her Broadway debut filling in for four months as Medium Alison in Fun Home in 2016. Now, she is playing Jo in the Alanis Morissette musical, which features her belting out the showstopping "You Oughta Know." Grandma Knows Best Although no one else in her family is in the arts, Patten was always interested by the idea of acting and would often see both local and professional producions thanks to their proximity to the booming theater scene in Chicago. After seeing that Patten was fascinated by both the screen and stage, her family took action. "My grandma saw a television commercial for an agent looking for kid actors and told my mom about it," she said. "That's how I got my start. A lot of commericials are shot in Chicago, and I actually did a Kraft mac and cheese commercial when I was five ...
Barry Manilow's Harmony Pushed Back to 2021 at Museum of Jewish Heritage
by Andy Lefkowitz on December 6, 2019 at 6:50 PM
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene has announced a one-year postponement to the previously announced New York-premiere staging of Barry Manilow's musical Harmony. Originally scheduled to begin its run at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on February 11, 2020, the production will now start up on February 9, 2021. Warren Carlyle (Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) A press representative for the production attributed the delay to a recent bout of appendicitis that affected director/choreographer Warren Carlyle; the Tony winner and upcoming Music Man choreographer has since been successfully treated but his illness delayed the production process, resulting in Harmony being moved back. "Barry and Bruce have created an extraordinary show and I am so thankful that the team has been able to adjust their schedules for the new dates," said Carlyle. "I wish it could be sooner, but this is a timeless and remarkable story that I promise will be worth the wait." With music by Manilow and a book and lyrics by Bruce Sussman, Harmony tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six talented young men in 1920s Germany who took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and ...
Go Head Over Feet Celebrating the Opening Night of Jagged Little Pill on Broadway
by Caitlin Moynihan on December 6, 2019 at 6:34 PM
There's one hand in our pocket and one hand applauding the cast and creative team of Jagged Little Pill! The new musical featuring the hit songs of Alanis Morissette officially opened at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre on December 5. Featuring Elizabeth Stanley, Sean Allan Krill, Celia Rose Gooding, Lauren Patten, Kathryn Gallagher and Derek Klena, Jagged Little Pill was brought to life by book writer Diablo Cody and director Diane Paulus with the blessing of Morissette. Go inside the rockin' opening night by checking out these photos and be sure to see it for yourself.
Adam Kantor, Emily Walton, Jay Armstrong Johnson & More to Lead Darling Grenadine Musical at Roundabout Underground
by Andy Lefkowitz on December 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM
A talented group of stage stars have signed on to headline the new musical Darling Grenadine. The previously announced New York premiere, directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Michael Berresse, will begin previews on January 16, 2020 and officially open on February 10 at Roundabout Underground's Black Box Theatre. Jay Armstrong Johnson (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Heading the cast will be Adam Kantor (The Band's Visit) as Harry and Emily Walton (Come From Away) as Louise, with Jay Armstrong Johnson (Scotland, PA) as Paul, Aury Krebs (A Letter to Harvey Milk) as Woman, Matt Dallal (Measure for Measure) as Man and Mike Nappi (The Orion Experience) as The Street Musician. Featuring a book and score by Daniel Zaitchik, Darling Grenadine unfolds as charismatic songwriter Harry (Kantor) falls for clever chorus girl Louise (Walton). But what happens when the sparkling fantasy begins to dissolve? Darling Grenadine navigates the tension between romance and reality, light and dark, bitter and sweet. The production's creative team will include Tim Mackabee (sets), Emily Rebholz (costumes), Lap Chi Chu (lighting), Brian Ronan (sound), Edward T Morris (projections), David Gardos (music direction), Matthew Moisey (orchestrations) and William Berloni (animal training). Darling Grenadine will play a ...
Broadway.com #LiveatFive with Kyle Harris of The Inheritance
by Broadway.com Staff on December 6, 2019 at 5:38 PM
Kyle Harris stops by Broadway.com HQ to chat about The Inheritance and more with Paul Wontorek.
Backstage at the Mean Girls Tour with Mariah Rose Faith, Episode 5: #Thankful
by Broadway.com Staff on December 6, 2019 at 4:16 PM
Mean Girls' Mariah Rose Faith shares a Thanksgiving feast with the whole touring fam, answers fan questions and more.
The Lightning Thief Cast Recording Receives Deluxe Edition & Karaoke Album
by Andy Lefkowitz on December 6, 2019 at 4:08 PM
Get ready to rock out to your favorite songs from The Lightning Thief. Broadway Records has announced the release of a karaoke album from the fan-favorite Broadway musical, currently available digitally, as well as a deluxe edition of the original cast recording. Physical copies of the deluxe album are available exclusively via Broadway Records. The album's deluxe edition includes five additional songs sung by the musical's original Broadway company, led by Chris McCarrell as Percy Jackson, Kristin Stokes as Annabeth and Jorrel Javier as Grover/Mr. D. The Lightning Thief features a score by Rob Rokicki, musical direction by Wiley DeWeese and orchestrations by Rokicki and DeWeese. With a book by Joe Tracz and direction by Stephen Brackett, The Lightning Thief follows Percy Jackson on a fantastical journey across the United States in search of Zeus' lightning bolt. Rounding out the company are Ryan Knowles as Chiron, James Hayden Rodriguez as Luke, Jalynn Steele as Sally and Sarah Beth Pfeifer as Clarisse, with T. Shyvonne Stewart, Izzy Figueroa and Sam Leicht. The Lightning Thief began Broadway previews on September 20 and officially opened on October 16. The musical will conclude its limited engagement at the Longacre Theatre on January 5, 2020.
Kelvin Moon Loh on Having a Ball in Beetlejuice, Panicking About the SpongeBob Film & More
by Caitlin Moynihan on December 6, 2019 at 3:18 PM
Kelvin Moon Loh can currently be seen as Otho in Beetlejuice on Broadway. Previously appearing in SpongeBob SquarePants, Loh recently returned to Bikini Bottom to film the musical for its upcoming premiere on Nickelodeon. Loh stopped by Broadway.com's #LiveatFive to talk with Beth Stevens about going from Bikini Bottom to the Netherworld, his love for Sutton Foster and more. Kelvin Moon Loh in Beetlejuice (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)Growing up in Long Island, Loh was always fascinated with musical theater, especially a certain two-time Tony winner. "I knew I loved musicals but I didn't know I wanted to do them," he said. "Sutton Foster's performance of 'Forget About the Boy' at the Tony Awards for Thoroughly Modern Millie did it for me. I just looped it over and over again. When I moved to NYU, I saw her walking her dog once, but I didn't scream after her. We eventually met at the Side Show opening night party, and it was everything. I could talk about Sutton Foster for the rest of the night." Now, Loh is on stage playing a life guru, opposite Leslie Kritzer's Delia, to a packed house nightly. "Leslie ...
See Tom Hiddleston Celebrate a Successful Run in Betrayal with a Sardi's Caricature
by Lindsey Sullivan on December 6, 2019 at 3:12 PM
Betrayal is scheduled to end its run at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on December 8, but the cast had a reason to celebrate on December 5. Tom Hiddleston joined the ranks of Broadway luminaries who adorn the walls at Sardi's in New York City. His co-stars Zawe Ashton and Eddie Arnold stepped out to support his honor. Take a look at the photos from the occasion, and try to catch their moving performances in Betrayal during its final weekend on the boards. Betrayal star Tom Hiddleston is all smiles with his Sardi's portrait.Tom Hiddleston poses proudly with Sardi's owner Max Klimavicius.
Samantha Barks to Let It Go as Elsa in West End Premiere of Frozen
by Broadway.com Staff on December 6, 2019 at 1:59 AM
Samantha Barks will play Elsa in the West End premiere of Disney’s Frozen when it premieres in October 2020, according to The Daily Mail. The previously announced production will reopen the refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and will feature the new song “I Can’t Lose You,” which is premiering in the musical’s new national tour. In 2018, Barks made her Broadway debut with a year-long run as Vivian Ward in the Broadway musical Pretty Woman. Previously, she was best known for playing Eponine in the 2012 big screen adaptation of Les Miserables, a role she first played in the West End as well as in the 25th Anniversary Concert of the well-loved musical at The O2. She first made a name for herself as a contestant on the U.K. reality show I’d Do Anything, competing to play Nancy in Oliver!, a part she wound up playing on a tour with the show. She played Velma Kelly in Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl in 2014, the leading role in Amélie at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cathy in The Last Five Years at the St. James Theatre in London and Betsy in the U.K. premiere of Honeymoon in Vegas at ...