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Vagaries of Power Define This Year’s ‘Author Directing Author’ Theme

Playwright Neil LaBute (reasons to be pretty, Fat Pig), Italian playwright Marco Calvani (Strong Hands) and Spanish playwright Marta Buchaca (Emergencia) explore power struggles in three one-act plays as part of the this year’s “Author directing Author” project. Though the roles of playwright and director often overlap in rehearsals, their work is usually distinguished by their jobs; this is what makes “Author directing Author’ so special.... Read More...

James Monroe Iglehart Warms Hearts With Lots of Soul at 54 Below

James Monroe Iglehart has punch and pizzazz. Both were on display at Feinstein’s/54 Below in his solo cabaret show, “How the Heck Did I Get Here?” This Genie holds more magic in his big heart than he’s ever displayed in Broadway’s Aladdin. Iglehart won a Tony award in 2015 for his show-stopping performance in Aladdin’s “A Friend Like Me.” What might be surprising is the number of layers beneath his comical veneer.... Read More...

Mike Pence Undercuts Trump Hamilton Feud; He Wasn’t Offended!

Donald Trump’s Twitter feud with the cast of Hamilton just lost a key ally–Mike Pence. At the risk of being next in Trump’s dog house, the Vice President-elect said today (Nov. 20) he wasn’t offended when actor Brandon Dixon addressed him from the stage. Pence, who appeared on “Fox News Sunday” was expected to advance Trump’s argument that the show owed him an apology. But he did just the opposite. ... Read More...

Jude Law Honored at Only Make Believe 17th Annual Gala (Photos!)

Jude Law was the marquee guest at Only Make Believe’s 17th Gala, an event that brings together Broadway stars to help raise funds for the non-profit organization’s interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the principle that freeing a child’s imagination is a valuable part of the healing process.... Read More...

Holiday Inn Musical Not Equal to the Sum of Its Parts on Broadway

Holiday Inn has all of the ingredients for a sparkling Broadway musical–glitzy costumes, actors with the vocal chops, twenty Irving Berlin classics and dance numbers so energetic, performers almost fly from the stage. The story is another matter. Director Gordon Greenberg and co-writer Chad Hodge turned the film, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, into a feel-good piece of eye candy.... Read More...

Kathleen Marshall Revels in Tales About Most Popular Broadway Songs

Kathleen Marshall, a three-time Tony Award winner, revealed how some of Broadway’s most popular songs “saved the day” or launched careers in A Funny Thing Happened: Songs from the Road to Broadway, a captivating concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Four of Broadway’s most talented performers helped tell the tales with renditions of songs like Burt Bacharach’s “I’ll Never Fall in Love, Again.”... Read More...

Jonathan Tolins Hits a High Note With Opera Spoof, The Forgotten Woman

Jonathan Tolins uses one of the characters in his cleverly insightful and brilliantly funny new play, The Forgotten Woman, to prove a point–lovers of opera face life head on. Tolins is clearly passionate about the art, which is obvious in the fact that Forgotten takes on the story of a gifted soprano on the verge of a major operatic career. Ashley Atkinson, Darren Goldstein, Mark Junek, Robert Stanton and Justin Mark star in the play. ... Read More...

Jennifer Hudson Bittersweet Finale in Color Purple on Broadway (Pics!)

Jennifer Hudson ended her six-month run as lead actress in Broadway’s ever popular The Color Purple with a bittersweet fan sendoff last night outside the stage door of the Bernard Jacobs Theater in New York City. Fans were on hand to greet the actors as they exited. Heather Headley, who won a 2000 Tony Award for “Aida,” will take over in the lead role.... Read More...

August Darnell’s Cherchez La Femme an Explosion of Disco, Calypso

August Darnell personified ’80s pop culture, as larger-than-life Calypso bon vivant “Kid Creole,” leader of the band Kid Creole & The Coconuts. The 1980’s were so grand, colorful, and over-the-top they were dubbed “The Big ’80s.” Now that era is set to return in the musical Cherchez La Femme at the iconic La Mama Theater in East Greenwich Village. August, brother Stony Browder, brassy lead singer Cory Daye, percussionist Andy Hernandez, and Micky Sevilla were nominated for a Grammy Award as Best New Artist. ... Read More...

Cirque du Soleil to Challenge Biggest Shows for Broadway Supremacy

Cirque du Soleil, the famed Canadian avante garde circus, is about to set up its tent poles for the first time on Broadway. The spectacular show will challenge the supremacy of some of the street’s biggest and most popular shows. The only question is, what took so long? For it’s Broadway production, Cirque du Soleil is pulling out all the stops. It will be staging Paramour, a show set during Hollywood’s Golden Age.... Read More...

Aaron Sorkin Putting His Spin on ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ for Broadway

Aaron Sorkin, a writer and producer whose works include “A Few Good Men” and hit TV show “West Wing,” is putting his own spin on “To Kill a Mockingbird” for a play that will bring the book that rocked America to Broadway for the first time. Author Harper Lee won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for penning the novel about racial injustice in the deep South.... Read More...

Van Dean Keeps Artistry of Musicals Alive at Label, Broadway Records

Van Dean of Broadway Records has made an indelible mark on Broadway over the past four years by steadily releasing some of the best cast albums. He’s also released soundtracks from such hit productions as NBC’s ‘The Wiz.’ But he has some new surprises in store for 2016. Among his recent initiatives is a diversification of the brand to include a debut album, Stopping Time from Nickelodeon pop princess Isabel Moner. ... Read More...

Beth Malone Takes the Lead in First Broadway Musical About a Lesbian

Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs and Sydney Lucas will make history when they debut in a new Broadway musical featuring the first openly lesbian woman as the lead actress in Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Will conservative theatergoers buy into it? The show is based on the best-selling, graphic memoir by writer/cartoonist Alison Bechdel. It’s a coming-of-age musical that examines Bechdel’s life as a lesbian growing up in a dysfunctional family. ... Read More...