Broadway News

Emma Stone Brings Intensity, Sexual Energy to Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret’

Emma Stone radiates on-screen chemistry in the movies; so it’s hard to expect anything less on Broadway, where she’s currently playing Sally Bowles, the decadent, yet vulnerable singer in the hit musical Cabaret. No surprise, she largely delivers. Sally is a complex role that has been essayed by some of the most renown actresses over its many revivals, including the incomparable Liza Minnelli. Jill Haworth played Sally when Cabaret debuted on Broadway in 1966, kicking off more than 1,100 performances that saw Anita Gillette and Melissa Hart also play the part. But Minnelli defined the role in the 1972 movie version directed by Bob Fosse. She was joined by Michael York and Joel Grey, who reprised his role from Broadway. ... Read More...

Alexa Green, a Broadway Darling, Opens Solo Show at 54 Below

lexa Green, best known for two West Coast productions of Wicked (she played Glinda) and a veteran of several Broadway productions here in New York City, will launch her new solo show “A Shining Hour” at 54 Below in Manhattan. She’s worked with Stephen Sondheim and Director Mitchell Walker, who helped put together the new show. It includes her renditions of songs by Mariah Carey, Harold Arlen and Carole King among others.... Read More...

Bryan Cranson Breaks Bad as 2014 Tony Nominees Announced (video)

Lucy Liu and Jonathan Groff unveiled the 2014 Tony Award nominations today. As expected, the list includes lots of well-known Hollywood names, but a darkhorse, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, led the field with ten nominations. Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris followed with eight nominations. “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston was one of the big Hollywood names in the running for best performance by an actor in a play. But conspicuously absent from any list was “Harry Potter’s” Daniel Radcliffe.... Read More...

Donnie Kehr Gets Up Close, Personal on His Music, Theater Careers

One look at Donnie Kehr’s Broadway resume and you’ll see he’s been in some of the Great White Way’s most significant productions over the years, including Pete Townsend’s Tommy, Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In 2004, he created the role of Gyp De Carlo in the groundbreaking La Jolla Playhouse production of Jersey Boys and was the first to play Norm Waxman in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production. He'll also appear in Clint Eastwood's big-screen adaptation of Jersey Boys. ... Read More...

Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams Add ‘Trip to Bountiful’ Starpower

Cuba Gooding Jr. and former Miss America Vanessa Williams will add more starpower to the 14-week run of Horton Foote classic The Trip to Bountiful. Grand Dame Cicley Tyson is already on board for the play. Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad rounds out the new additions. She’s appeared in Lifetime’s “Steel Magnolias” and Broadway’s Stick Fly. The play revolves around Carrie Watts (Tyson), an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her small hometown... Read More...

Cicley Tyson, a Film, Stage Icon, Back on Broadway in Foote Classic

After a 30-year absence, Cicley Tyson is returning to Broadway for a limited engagement in a new production of Horton Foote’s classic, The Trip to Bountiful, directed by Michael Wilson and produced by Nelle Nugent. Foote, who died in 2009, was a playwright and screenwriter. He’s best known for writing the 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird” with Gregory Peck and the 1983 film “Tender Mercies,” with Robert Duvall. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play The Young Man From Atlanta.... Read More...

R. Kelly Ready to Take His Hip-Hop Opera to Broadway

Rapper and R&B singer R. Kelly is getting hot again at 45 with “Trapped in the Closet,” which he calls a hip-hop opera. The show has been appearing on cable television an Kelly says he’s geared up to do a Broadway production in the near future. The International Film Channel (IFC) has been airing the opera, which Kelly has written in chapters. It’s been described as bizarre and a guilty pleasure with distinctive characters like Twan, Sylvester, Pimp Lucius and “the package.” In other words, it may be just the right formula for a rollicking Broadway musical. Kelly hinted he might star in the production himself.... Read More...

Broadway Going Dark During Super Storm Sunday, Monday

Sandy the superstorm and a subway shutdown have delivered a one-two punch to shows on Broadway. Starting Sunday evening (Oct. 28) through at least Monday (Oct. 29) all Broadway performances are being cancelled, the Broadway League announced. “The safety and security of theatregoers and employees is everyone’s primary concern,” said Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “As a result of the suspension of public transportation by government authorities in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, evening performances will be cancelled tonight, Sunday, Oct 28, and Monday evening, Oct 29,” she added.... Read More...

Latin Sensation Ricky Martin Returns to Broadway in ‘Evita’

Ricky Martin, who debuted on Broadway nearly two decades ago, will be back in the spotlight in a starring role as “Che” in the musical production of “Evita.” Co-star Elena Roger will debut as Eva Peron. Martin said he was drawn to the role of Che, short for Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, because he “can be so many people at the same time. He’s a chameleon.”... Read More...