• What the Constitution Means to Me's Heidi Schreck on Getting Notes from Her Mother, Thinking of Who Else Can Play Her & More
    por Eric King el día mayo 18, 2019 a las 2:00 PM

    Heidi Schreck nabbed Tony nominations for Best Play and Best Leading Actress, and was also named a Pulitzer finalist, for her autobiographical play What the Constitution Means to Me. The wave of acclaim has come as a surprise to the Washington native, who ran a theater company in Seattle before moving to New York at the age of 32, because she says Broadway was never an end goal for her. “At that time, my interests were very much in downtown and experimental theater. I didn't think the kind of theater I liked or performed in or the kind of plays I wrote would be suitable for commercial theater,” she says. “But I feel really lucky to be here. It's definitely like a little girl dream come true.” Constitution follows Schreck from a 15-year-old student giving starry-eyed speeches on the United States Constitution to a 47-year-old woman analyzing a more complicated relationship with the document. spoke with the newly minted Tony nominee about the future of Broadway, filming the play, and why audiences have been voting to abolish the Constitution a lot more lately. This show is going to L.A.! Is it fair to assume that ... […]

  • Patti LuPone Joins the Broadway Inspirational Voices to Sing from Les Misérables & More at New York Philharmonic
    por Staff el día mayo 17, 2019 a las 9:20 PM

    Broadway icon Patti LuPone thrilled audiences at the New York Philharmonic on May 16 with a special gala concert in celebration of her 70th birthday. The two-time Tony-winning superstar was joined by Michael McElroy and the Broadway Inspirational Voices, recipients of a special 2019 Tony Award, to perform highlights from LuPone's illustrious career. The Philharmonic has just released a video from the evening, featuring LuPone singing "Sleepy Man" from The Robber Bridegroom, "I Am Easily Assimilated" from Candide and "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables. Check out the samples from the concert, led by Patrick Vaccariello, and cross your fingers that LuPone brings her mega talent back to Broadway soon. […]

  • Tootsie's Andy Grotelueschen on Having a Blast as a Tony Nominee & His Early Gig Playing Dead on a Steamboat
    por Caitlin Moynihan el día mayo 17, 2019 a las 8:50 PM

    Andy Grotelueschen in Tootsie (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Andy Grotelueschen is currently giving a Tony-nominated performance as Jeff Slater in Tootsie, based on the 1982 film of the same name. Growing up in Iowa, Grotelueschen began his musical theater journey in middle school, a choice that would eventually lead him to the 2019 Tony Awards. Tootsie marks Grotelueschen's second Broadway bow (he first appeared in Cyrano de Bergerac), but it is his first musical on the Great White Way and only his second on a New York stage. sat down with the recent Tony nominee to talk about his first theatrical experience, working on a steamboat, feeling like "a fish out of water" and more. Over the Rainbow Grotelueschen grew up in Clinton, Iowa, a city that has a population of about 25,000 people. "It's small, a little suburban spot," he said. "I would literally go and play in a cow pasture. There was cornfields that I could walk through on my way home from school. All those very ideal Iowa things." With not a lot to do in the town, Grotelueschen turned to the stage. "My first proper stage time was in seventh grade when I decided ... […]

  • Tony Nominee André De Shields on Doing What He Was Meant to Do & 'Making a Contract' with the Audience in Hadestown
    por Caitlin Moynihan el día mayo 17, 2019 a las 8:45 PM

    André De Shields has over a dozen Broadway credits to his name and is currently giving a Tony-nominated performance of Hermes in Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown. De Shields' recent nomination is his third, having previously received nods in 1997 for Play On! and in 2001 for The Full Monty. "I'm proud of the sustainability in the longevity I've been able to achieve," De Shields said to Beth Stevens in a recent interview on's #LiveAtFive. "So, in experiences such as Hadestown, I'm working with my grandchildren. I'm being received as an emerging talent. I have a future in this industry." André De Shields in Hadestown (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Playing Hermes, the messenger god, means that De Shields commands the stage and addresses the audience in a way unlike the others in Hadestown; it's a job that he takes very seriously. "I'm making a contract with the audience who we hope come with no expectations," De Shields said. "We begin with a mysterious handsome black man in a silver sharkskin suit and you might be thinking, 'Is this the man my mother warned me about?' There's a moment when I gesture to the audience to say, 'Welcome ... […]

  • André De Shields, Amber Gray & Patrick Page Go 'Way Down Hadestown' on Live with Kelly & Ryan
    por Staff el día mayo 17, 2019 a las 7:10 PM

    Broadway Week wrapped up on ABC's Live with Kelly & Ryan this morning with a performance from the 14-time Tony-nominated musical Hadestown. Tony-nominated featured players André De Shields, Amber Gray and Patrick Page joined the company for a lively performance of Tony nominee Anaïs Mitchell's stirring number "Way Down Hadestown" for TV viewers to enjoy. Give a watch below and make plans now to experience the thrill of Hadestown in person at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway. […]

  • Kate Hamill & Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm to Adapt Dracula & Frankenstein for Classic Stage
    por Andy Lefkowitz el día mayo 17, 2019 a las 6:47 PM

    Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company has announced that acclaimed playwrights Kate Hamill and Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm will pen new adaptations of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, respectively, for the award-winning nonprofit theater. The previously announced productions will be performed in repertory from January through March 2020, with exact dates to be announced. Hamill is known for her adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility. Her new theatricalization of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is currently in performance with Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Chisholm's works take on convention-breaking structures while examining themes of race and representation in America. His plays include Br’er Cotton; P.Y.G., or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle; and Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies. With its new repertory series, Classic Stage continues to expand its panoramic view of what constitutes a classic. The program launched earlier this season with a pair of productions in which emerging directors offered fresh perspectives on socially searing works by August Strindberg. Shariffa Ali directed Yaël Farber’s Mies Julie, adapted from Miss Julie, and Victoria Clark helmed The Dance of Death, in a new version by Conor McPherson. […]

  • Bryan Cranston Wins Drama League Distinguished Performance Award; Hadestown, Ferryman Also Triumph
    por Andy Lefkowitz el día mayo 17, 2019 a las 6:37 PM

    Bryan Cranston, Tony-nominated star of Network, was named the winner of the Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award at the 85th annual Drama League Awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on May 17. Cranston's win was announced along with winners in the Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical and Outstanding Revival of a Musical categories—which went to The Ferryman, The Waverly Gallery, Hadestown and Kiss Me, Kate!, respectively. The event was hosted by Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus stars Kristine Nielsen and Julie White. Cranston triumphed in a category that included 53 Distinguished Performance nominees. His acclaimed turn as Howard Beale in the Broadway premiere of Network marks his return to the Great White Way following a 2014 Tony-winning Broadway-debut turn as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way. On-screen, Cranston earned six Emmys and a Golden Globe Award for Breaking Bad and an Academy Award nomination for Trumbo. As previously announced, the Drama League's 2019 Special Recognition Awards went to Tony-winning actress Kelli O'Hara (Kiss Me, Kate!) who received the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award; Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers (Beetlejuice, Moulin Rouge!), who was honored with the Founders Award ... […]

  • Stephen Christopher Anthony Will Lead the North American Tour of Dear Evan Hansen
    por Ryan Gilbert el día mayo 17, 2019 a las 6:15 PM

    Today is a good day! Stephen Christopher Anthony will assume the title role in the North American tour of Dear Evan Hansen, beginning September 17 in Columbus, OH. Anthony has covered the role of Evan Hansen on Broadway and currently performs the role several times a week as the Evan Hansen Alternate on tour. Additional casting for the second year of the tour will be announced at a later date. The Dear Evan Hansen tour was recently voted Favorite Tour in the 2019 Audience Choice Awards. “I am thrilled that Stephen Christopher Anthony will be taking over the role of Evan as our national tour continues into its second year,” said director Michael Greif, in a statement. “Stephen brings incredible humor, wit, musical virtuosity, and extraordinary emotional depth to the role of Evan. We were supremely fortunate that Stephen was our Evan alternate our first season, and even more fortunate that he will now be playing the role.” A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted ... […]

  • Transport Group's Sweet Charity Concert Casts Rachel Bay Jones, Bonnie Milligan, Alysha Umphress & Santino Fontana
    por Andy Lefkowitz el día mayo 17, 2019 a las 6:07 PM

    A starry lineup of talent has been announced to appear in Transport Group's upcoming first-class concert presentation of the 1966 musical Sweet Charity. The previously announced one-night event will be held in the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center on June 17 at 8:30pm. The evening will be hosted by Dana Moore (Dancin'). The cast will include Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen), Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels), Alysha Umphress (Smokey Joe's Cafe), 2019 Tony nominee Santino Fontana (Tootsie), Tony nominee John Cariani (The Band's Visit), Tony nominee Beth Malone (Fun Home), Kate Wetherhead (The Other Josh Cohen), Julie Klausner (Difficult People), Lauren Blackman (Anastasia), Matt Castle (Camelot), Jessica Lee Goldyn (A Chorus Line), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Paolo Montalban (Benny and Joon), Anne L. Nathan (Broadway Bounty Hunter), Scarlett Strallen (Travesties), Natalie Toro (A Tale of Two Cities) and Jacob Keith Watson (Hello, Dolly!). Additional casting will be released soon. Featuring a book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, Sweet Charity centers on down-on-her-luck dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine; when she meets mild-mannered tax accountant Oscar, Charity once again puts her faith in ... […]

  • Tootsie Star Santino Fontana Performs an 'Unstoppable' Showstopper on Good Morning America
    por Staff el día mayo 17, 2019 a las 3:21 PM

    The acclaimed, newly Tony-nominated musical Tootsie is showing off its musical comedy magic to the nation. Santino Fontana, the new tuner's Tony-nominated star, stopped by Good Morning America today to sing a number from David Yazbek's Tony-nominated score. Joined by fellow Tony nominee Andy Grotelueschen and the musical's company of players, Fontana sang the thrilling comic tune "Unstoppable" for delighted TV audiences. Sample Fontana's performance from the fan-favorite musical below, and make plans to experience Tootsie for yourself. […]

  • Back to the Future Musical Sets 2020 World Premiere in the U.K.; Olly Dobson Will Star
    por Andy Lefkowitz el día mayo 17, 2019 a las 2:59 PM

    The long-awaited Back to the Future musical is at last headed to the stage. The previously postponed tuner, based on Robert Zemeckis' hit 1985 movie, has set a 2020 world premiere production at the Manchester Opera House in the United Kingdom. The new musical will run from February 20 through May 17, in advance of a West End run, with dates and venue to come. Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown) is at the helm, with Olly Dobson (Bat Out Of Hell) starring as Marty McFly, the role originated on-screen by Michael J. Fox. The musical will have a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Emmy and Grammy winner Alan Silvestri (who scored many of Zemeckis' films) and Grammy winner Glen Ballard (Ghost the Musical), with additional songs from the film including "The Power of Love" and "Johnny B. Goode." Back to the Future follows Marty McFly (Dobson), a rock 'n' roll teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown. But before he can return to 1985, Marty must make sure his high school-aged parents fall in love in order to save his own existence. A planned ... […]

  • David Byrne's Theatrical Concert American Utopia to Play Broadway Run
    por Andy Lefkowitz el día mayo 17, 2019 a las 2:30 PM

    After a year-long, acclaimed international tour, Scottish-American singer-songwriter David Byrne's acclaimed theatrical concert American Utopia will arrive on Broadway this fall. The production will play the Hudson Theatre beginning on October 4, 2019 and officially opening on October 20 for a limited run through January 19, 2020. In advance of Broadway, the show will play Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre from September 11-28, 2019. In American Utopia, Byrne shares the spotlight with a diverse ensemble of 11 musical artists from around the globe. The show was created with choreographer Annie-B Parson and production consultant Alex Timbers: his collaborators on the off-Broadway hit Here Lies Love. American Utopia began as an album that Byrne released on Nonesuch Records in March 2018. The recording was his first to reach #1 on the album chart and was also his first to reach the top five on the Billboard 200 chart. The concert, which includes songs from American Utopia, along with songs from Talking Heads and his solo career, played more than 150 dates in 27 countries over nine months in 2018. […]

  • Unstoppable! Tony-Nominated Musical Tootsie Will Launch a National Tour in 2020; West End Production Announced
    por Ryan Gilbert el día mayo 16, 2019 a las 10:00 PM

    Dorothy Michaels won't let you down! The new 11-time Tony-nominated musical Tootsie, currently playing at Broadway's Marquis Theatre, will launch a North American tour at Shea’s Buffalo Theater in Buffalo, NY, in fall 2020. Casting, exact dates and additional cities will be announced at a later date. The show's producers, Scott Sanders and Carol Fineman, also announced they'll bring the musical to the West End in 2021. “We are thrilled that audiences and critics alike have fallen in love with Tootsie—from our world premiere engagement in Chicago to Broadway—and we are very excited to share the laughs with audiences across the country and globe,” said Sanders and Fineman, in a statement. In addition, an Australian production of Tootsie, which will also play in New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan, has been confirmed. A Japanese-language production of the musical will premiere in Tokyo and will travel to several other major cities across Japan. Exact timing will be announced in the coming months. Tootsie tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime—as the star of a new Broadway musical ... […]

  • #LiveAtFive with André De Shields from Hadestown
    por Staff el día mayo 16, 2019 a las 9:55 PM

    Tony nominee André De Shields stops by HQ to chat about Hadestown and more with Beth Stevens. […]

  • Odds & Ends: Patti LuPone to Appear at 2019 Obie Awards & More
    por Staff el día mayo 16, 2019 a las 8:10 PM

    Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Patti LuPone & More to Appear at 2019 Obie Awards A starry lineup of talent has been announced to take part in the 64th Annual Obie Awards ceremony. The previously announced event, hosted by Rachel Bloom, will take place on May 20 at New York City's at Terminal 5. This year's performers and presenters will include Patti LuPone, Eric Bogosian, Beowulf Boritt, Rachel Chavkin, Luke Cresswell, Billy Crudup, Damon Daunno, Riccardo Hernandez, David Henry Hwang, Marc Kudisch, Michael John LaChiusa, Mimi Lien, Hamish Linklater, William Ivey Long, Kristine Nielsen, Lily Rabe, Margo Seibert, Rebecca Taichman, Liesl Tommy and Julie White. Presented by The American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice, the Obie Awards honor achievement in off-Broadway theater. Hamilton Sets Closing Date in Chicago The hit Chicago sit-down production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical Hamilton has scheduled a closing date of January 5, 2020 at the CIBC Theatre. "More people have seen Hamilton in Chicago than any other city, including New York," said producer Jeffrey Seller. "Chicago has been a cornerstone of our mission to make Hamilton as accessible to as many people as possible. We've loved our ... […]

  • Tony Nominee Bob Martin on Cutting Confetti Canons from The Prom & Bringing Back The Drowsy Chaperone
    por Caitlin Moynihan el día mayo 16, 2019 a las 7:40 PM

    Scribe Bob Martin made his Broadway debut in 2006 starring, and writing the Tony-winning book, for The Drowsy Chaperone. The Tony winner is once again a nominee, this time for co-writing (with Chad Beguelin) the book of The Prom, which earned seven Tony nominations including Best Musical. "Of course, we're thrilled," Martin said to Beth Stevens in a recent interview on's #LiveAtFive. "It feels so great to see that the last three people at the curtain call have all been nominated. I don’t believe in competition within the arts and comparing two shows that have nothing in common, but we love the fact that The Prom has connected with people in such a big way. Standing at the stage door restores your faith in humanity." Beth Leavel and Brooks Ashmanskas in The Prom (Photo: Deen van Meer) The new musical boasts an A-list Broadway cast including Tony nominees Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Leavel and Caitlin Kinnunen. To Martin, one of the best parts about the creative process was collaborating with the show's stars. "We got to work with the greatest comedians on Broadway and tailor the roles to them. From the very beginning they were at the ... […]

  • Learn About the Tender Two-Hander Frankie and Johnny, Starring Audra McDonald & Michael Shannon
    por Staff el día mayo 16, 2019 a las 7:36 PM

    Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon star in the Broadway revival of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. […]

  • The Ferryman's Jez Butterworth and Laura Donnelly on Turning a Family Secret into a Tony-Nominated Drama
    por Beth Stevens el día mayo 16, 2019 a las 7:17 PM

    As awards season barrels toward its culmination at the 73rd Annual Tonys on June 9, Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman is picking up speed and tchotchkes along the way. The family and political drama opened on Broadway in October on a wave of acclaim and buzz, but then it had a massive cast change in February—an unusual move for a new Broadway production. “We have two small children,” star Laura Donnelly explains as the reason for the exodus. (Donnelly and Butterworth, who are life partners that met while doing the world premiere of his play The River, have two young daughters together: two-year-old Radha and Ailbhe, who is a year old.) Nevertheless, the show nabbed nine Tony nominations, including one for Best Play and a Best Actress nod for its now absent leading lady, whose family story inspired the piece. Laura Donnelly (Photo by Caitlin McNaney for Set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, the British Butterworth looked to his Belfast-born partner as he excavated the story of her uncle’s murder by the IRA. Donnelly’s mother’s brother, Eugene, disappeared from his home in 1981 and was found three years later buried in a bog. Taking a deeply personal ... […]

  • Backstage at Hadestown with Eva Noblezada, Episode 2: Words of Wisdom
    por Staff el día mayo 16, 2019 a las 7:07 PM

    Hadestown star Eva Noblezada checks in with her castmates backstage at the hit Broadway musical! […]

  • Helen Hunt, Christopher Jackson, Javier Muñoz & More Set for Working at Encores! Off-Center
    por Andy Lefkowitz el día mayo 16, 2019 a las 6:23 PM

    Casting is here for the upcoming Encores! Off-Center production of Nina Faso and Stephen Schwartz's 1978 musical Working. The previously announced newly updated version of the musical—which includes contributions from Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, James Taylor, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead—will play New York City Center from June 26-29. The cast will include Emmy and Oscar winner Helen Hunt (Our Town), as well as Tony nominee Christopher Jackson, Javier Muñoz and Andréa Burns—all Broadway veterans of Miranda's In the Heights—along with Tony nominee David Garrison (The Visit), Mateo Ferro (Kennedy Center's In the Heights) and Tracie Thoms (Falsettos). Based on the book by Studs Terkel, Working explores the lives of working-class men and women who are so often taken for granted. The Encores! Off-Center staging will be directed by Anne Kauffman, music-directed by Alvin Hough Jr. and choreographed by Avihai Haham. The 2019 Encores! Off-Center season will also include Al Carmines and Maria Irene Fornés' 1969 tuner Promenade (July 10 and 11) and Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's 2008 musical Road Show (July 24-27). […]

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