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La Bête Music Box Theatre Synopsis: A fast-paced contemporary comedy in the classic style of Moliere, satirizing the modern stage and the state of the arts. Show Advisory: None Genre: Comedy Cast List: David Hyde Pierce Mark Rylance Joanna Lumley Stephen Ouimette Lisa Joyce Greta Lee Robert Lonsdale Michael Milligan Liza Sadovy Sally Wingert Deanne Lorette Steve Routman Production Credits: Matthew Warchus (Direction) Mark Thompson (Set and Costume Design) Hugh Vanstone (Lighting Design) Simon Baker (Sound Design) Claire van Kampen (Music) Other Credits: Written by: David Hirson

Last Chance for Broadway Gems, ‘La Bête’ ‘Pitmen Painters’

In a season filled with big holiday musicals and star-studded fare, some of Broadway’s most interesting plays end up on the back burner when it comes to theatergoers opening their wallets. Before the year’s end, spend some time with the quality plays sure to leave their mark on your social consciousness. Be sure to catch The Pitmen Painters, which is only playing through December 12th. The absorbing play is based on the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations. After the Painters’ inspiring story, head over to La Bete, which comes to a close on January 9th. La Bete focuses on a high-minded classical dramatist who loves only the theater, and a low-brow street clown who loves only himself. When a fickle princess decides she's grown weary of the royal theater troupe, a battle ensues between the two men. David Hyde Pierce and Mark Rylance make La Bete a must-see. ... Read More...

Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight on ‘A Night in the Theatre’

In the Broadway premiere of David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre, Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight play two thespians at different stages in their careers. The play describes life in the footlights from an actor’s point of view, and focuses on the relationship between the two gentlemen. Robert (Stewart) is an older, experienced performer who has no trouble dispensing advice at every twist and turn. John (Knight), is a relative newcomer to the stage. At first John soaks up Robert’s advice, but as the play progresses it is clear that Robert’s mentoring is not so much wanted or needed. Mamet, who has worked closely with director Neil Pepe for many years, was inspired to write A Life in the Theatre by what he observed backstage, as well as by his own experiences in his early career. Although Mamet’s material is famous for brass, quick language, A Life in the Theatre is more humorous than any of the plays that New Yorkers have seen in recent years (Race, Speed-the-Plow, Oleanna). Pepe, Stewart and Knight recently joined The Improper as they interviewed one another about A Life in the Theatre.... Read More...

Shaun Taylor-Corbett Climbs New ‘Heights’ on Broadway

It has been over a year since Shaun Taylor-Corbett spoke with The Improper, and the Broadway actor has seen a lot change in that time. A member of the swing in In the Heights since its start Off-Broadway in 2007, Taylor-Corbett had set off to star as comic relief Sonny, one of the principle roles in the national tour of the hit musical earlier this year. In July he returned to Broadway as Sonny, a coveted role made famous by Tony nominee Robin De Jesus. Taylor-Corbett recently caught up with us about his new star status in the award-wining musical.... Read More...

Judah Friedlander Shows ‘How to Beat Up Anybody’

Millions of fans know him for his celebrated roles as Frank Rossitano (or the guy with the hats) in 30 Rock and Toby Radloff in American Splendor. Though much of his persona is similar to that of Frank’s, in real life Judah Friedlander is one of the top stand-up comedians in the country, and more proud of that aspect of his career than any other. He goes by the title of The World Champion, the greatest martial artist on the planet. He proudly tells the world that with this title comes lots of chicks, and his job as a role model to children. Now on sale is Friedlander’s first book, “How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book”. Step-by-step, kick-by-kick, grunt-by-grunt, Friedlander teaches his techniques for crushing all kinds of assailants. The book contains more than 500-color photos along with original drawings and a flipbook. The World Champion joked around with The Improper before stopping in at Huntington’s Book Revue on October 25th at 7pm.... Read More...