THEATER

Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet Brilliantly Produced by Keen Company (Video)

Steven Dietz’s play, Lonely Planet, has been brilliantly produced by the Keen Company. It’s an emotional touchstone harkening back to a time when America was caught in the deadly grip of the AIDS epidemic. Written in 1993, Lonely Planet is a two-character study that follows Jody (Arnie Burton) and Carl (Matt McGrath) through a world consumed by darkness, doubt and death.... Read More...

Rolling Stones Taking the Stage… As Subjects of New West End Musical?

The Rolling Stones have played their music on stages all over the world. So is it time for the stage to return the favor with a musical based on the rock group? Actors are reportedly auditioning in London’s West End… with one caveat. Mick Jagger and crew–Keith Richards, 73, Charlie Watts, 76, and Ronnie Wood, 70, have yet to sign off on the production. ... Read More...

Neil Patrick Harris Sends ‘Glorious’ Birthday Note to Hubbie David Burtka

Neil Patrick Harris let his fans know just how much husband David Burtka means to him. He paid tribute to his “glorious husband” on his birthday, sharing a photo with fans of his six-year-old twins Harper and Gideon. “Happy Birthday, David,” he captioned the photo. “You’re the most glorious husband/father/person I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. ... Read More...

Drama Desk Theater Nominees Celebrate the 2016-2017 Season

The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Award nominees met with members of the organization on May 10th at the New York Marriott Marquis Manhattan Ballroom. The Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Michael Urie, will be presented on June 4th at the Town Hall in Manhattan. The organization, comprised of theater critics, journalists, editors, broadcasters and publishers covering theater, honors outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway.... Read More...

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...

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...

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...

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...