Broadway

Constantine Maroulis Leads Music, Broadway Star Salute to the ’80s

Constantine Maroulis, “American Idol” finalist and Broadway rocker joined the band Jessie’s Girl for a “Back to the Eighties” Show to celebrate the tenth anniversary of New York City’s Canal Room. Hair was high, attire was fluorescent and nostalgia was in the air. Music icons from the ’80s and Broadway stars put on a performance that embodied the heart and imagination of the decade.... Read More...

Nicholas Lampiasi Burns Up Boards in Newsies, Now Hollywood Calls

Nicholas Lampiasi, currently on Broadway in the hit musical Newsies is a certified stage veteran, and he’s only 10. The show follows his turn in the national tour of Billy Elliot, which he joined at age seven. Now Hollywood is calling. His first movie, “Molly’s Theory Of Relativity,” from acclaimed director Jeff Lipsky, comes out March 1. How did he get to be this big, this fast?... Read More...

Broadway Lights Still Bright, Despite Pounding by Nemo

The Great White Way really is white, for the moment, but the lights are still bright on Broadway, despite the arrival of a classic “nor’easter” that dumped almost a foot of snow on New York City. Most Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are keeping regular schedules, even though transportation is still difficult around the city and surrounding suburbs, which were hit even harder.... Read More...

Scarlett Johansson Feels the Heat in Broadway’s ‘Cat on Hot Tin Roof’

Scarlett Johansson puts her sizzling sexuality to the test against some of the titans of stage and film in her debut as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Would you believe Elizabeth Taylor, Jessica Lange, Kathleen Turner, Ashley Judd and Anika Noni Rose? Johansson seemed to have all of the requisite moves as she stripped to her negligee in front of an audience for the first time Thursday night in her official debut. The show also stars Benjamin Walker, Ciarán Hinds and Debra Monk.... Read More...

Broadway Makes Post-Sandy Bounce Over Thanksgiving Holidays

Broadway is back again after taking a beating from Hurricane Sandy. The Great White Way’s 31 shows, including standards like Wicked, The Lion King and Spider-Man, grossed $27 million over the Thanksgiving holidays, according to the Broadway League. Usually one of the theater district’s biggest weekends, this year’s holiday topped the previous week’s gross of $20.88 million from 33 shows by more than 30 percent. But it didn’t take home the turkey. But it came close.... 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...

Julie Taymor, Producers Settle Bitter Spider-Man Lawsuit

Julie Taymor, the director who was ousted from the troubled Broadway production, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, has reached an out-of-court settlement with the producers after a protracted legal battle. “The parties in this action have reached an agreement in principle,” U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan declared in a brief order. She was seeking at least $1 million in damages. Details of the settlement were not immediately available, but the order gives each party 60 days to restart the case, if necessary.... 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...