Broadway

Vanessa Hudgens Exuberant in Gigi Sneak Peek on ABC’s GMA (watch!)

Vanessa Hudgens previewed her upcoming role in the Broadway revival of iconic musical Gigi in a role once played by acting legend Audrey Hepburn. The performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” sparkled, boding well for the show. Hudgens, who broke out as an actress in Disney movie “High School Musical,” and its sequels has solid skills that should translate well to the stage. The new musical, adapted by Heidi Thomas and directed by Eric D. Schaeffer, played the Kennedy Center for a month in January and February with Hudgens in the lead role. ... Read More...

Larry David’s New Comedy Curbs the Enthusiasm of Broadway Critics

Larry David’s new play Fish in the Dark has gone from the hottest ticket on Broadway to cold fish in the eyes of Broadway critics. Reviews have been less than enthusiastic for the Seinfeld creator’s first theater venture. The play was greeted enthusiastically; advance tickets went through the roof, largely on David’s reputation for comedy. And that may be enough to save the show. As for the critics... not so much. ... Read More...

Bruce Willis, an Oldie But a Newbie to Broadway, To Debut in New Play

Bruce Willis is an oldie, but a newbie when it comes to Broadway. At 59, he’s making his stage debut in an new adaptation of Stephen King’s 1987 book “Misery,” which was also made into an Oscar-winning, 1990 film. He’ll be joined on stage by “House of Cards” actress Elizabeth Marvel, 45, for an all Hollywood production. William Goldman, a two-time Oscar winner, is crafting the script. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1990 psychological thriller, starring James Caan and Kathy Bates.... Read More...

Larry David Comedy Buoys Broadway With Record Ticket Pre-Sales (video)

Larry David is giving Broadway a shot in the arm after his new play Fish in the Dark–sight unseen–racked up $13.5 million in ticket pre-sales ahead of previews, which begin Monday (Feb. 2). David, 67, is best known for his work as a writer on the hit CBS sitcom “Seinfeld,” and for “Curb Your Entusiasm,” his own hilarious show on HBO. David will star in the play as a character much like himself with Rita Wilson, Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Jonny Orsini, Jerry Adler and Jake Cannavale. It also stars Ben Shenkman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Marylouise Burke, Jenn Lyon and Molly Ranson.... Read More...

Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper Battle for Broadway Holiday Supremacy

Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper, who are starring in The River and The Elephant Man, respectively, helped power Broadway to record ticket sales over the Thanksgiving Holiday along with big name Broadway productions like The Lion King and Aladdin. In all, plays and musicials on the Great White Way grossed $34,121,642 for the holiday weekend a $2.6 million increase over last year’s record take, according to The Broadway League, the industry’s trade group. Among other big winners were The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($952,107); Cinderella ($1.1 million) with Real Atlanta Housewife NeNe Leakes and The Illusionists ($1 million).... Read More...

Bradley Cooper Livens the Party at Elephant Man Cast Call (Photos!)

Bradley Cooper kept things hopping at a photo call for the cast of Broadway’s The Elephant Man Tuesday (Oct. 21) at the famed Sardi’s in New York City. The 1977 play by Bernard Pomerance is based on Joseph Merrick, a 19th century “human curiosity” who suffered from neurofibromatosis, a disfiguring disease that produces large external growths on the face and body. The play’s revival, stars Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola.... Read More...

Vanessa Hudgens Returns to the Stage in Revival of ‘Gigi’ Musical

Vanessa Hudgens is stepping into Audrey Hepburn’s shoes in a revival of the musical Gigi. The show is slated to open at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in January and could transition to Broadway if it’s a hit. In 1958, the story was turned into a musical film starring Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan. The famous musical duo, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe wrote the lyrics and music. ... 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...

Robin Williams To Be Honored as Broadway Dims Its Lights Tonight

Robin Williams, who took his own life Monday (Aug. 11), will be honored tonight (Aug. 13) when Broadway theaters dim their marquees in his memory. Although best known for his film roles, Williams appeared in several stage productions. The 63-year-old actor was found dead in his Marin County, Calif. home. The medical examiner ruled that his death was by asphyxiation. Scores of tributes have poured in since his death from family, friends and acquaintances. ... Read More...

Tony Winner Kristen Chenoweth Reveals Debilitating Mystery Illness

Kristen Chenoweth, the Tony-winning actress known for her roles in the hit Broadway musical Wicked and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, revealed that she is suffering from a dibiitating illness that has left her virtually paralyzed. Known for her energetic musical performances, Chenoweth, 46, revealed her condition yesterday (Aug. 4) on Twitter. She wrote that she has been been stricken by what, so far, is a mystery illness. ... Read More...

As Tupac Shakur Musical Ends on Broadway, Blame Game Begins

If the music of Tupac Shakur couldn’t make it on Broadway, then the blame game over why Holler If Ya Hear Me flopped may yet give the rap and hip-hop pioneer a second act on the Great White Way. The musical, based on the late rapper’s songs premiered on June 19, and will go dark at the Palace Theatre this Sunday (July 20). It’s the first certified flop of the new season, which may be contributing to the finger-pointing during what is shaping up to be a banner season for New York City theater. ... Read More...

Broadway Big-Wig Lawsuit Against Valerie Harper on Flimsy Ground

Broadway big-wig Matthew Lombardo claims in a Manhattan Federal District Court lawsuit that Valerie Harper and husband Tony Cacciotti never told him she was ill with cancer before he signed her to perform in his play “Looper.” Harper, 74, appeared in the play on Broadway, and earned a Tony Nomination, but had to drop out of the national tour last year after the cancer spread to her brain. ... Read More...

James Franco, Leighton Meester Take Bows at Mice, Men Opening

James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and “Gossip Girl’s” Leighton Meester all made their Broadway debut last night (Apr. 16) in an adaption of John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men and put together a nuanced performance that drew mostly critical raves. The story has oft been told on stage and the big screen since Steinbeck published the short novel in 1937, providing plenty of material for comparison.... 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...

Les Miserables Opens on Broadway to a Celebrity Crowd (photos!)

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka added some glitz last night (Mar. 23) to the opening of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables on Broadway. The revival at the Imperial Theatre is a re-imagined telling of the classic tale, with Ramin Karimloo in his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean. He’s best known for his work on London’s West End. Tony Award nominee Will Swenson plays his determined pursuer Inspector Javert.... Read More...

Rocky on Broadway Connects For a Blockbuster Opening (15 photos!)

Sylvester Stallone’s famous movie line, “I ain’t no bum,” could apply to his rockin’ new musical Rocky on Broadway. It’s no tanker either. Opening night drew a celebrity crowded that flocked to an after-party to celebrate what looks like a sure crowd pleaser. Actress Katrina Bowden, actress Margo Seibert, actors Terence Archie and Andy Karl, Director James Cameron, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Whoopi Goldberg, Wesley Snipes and designer Ralph Lauren were all spotted in the crowd. ... Read More...