Tickets on Sale Now for The Belle of Amherst Off-Broadway

first_img In The Belle of Amherst, Emily Dickinson’s poems, diaries and letters are woven into an illuminating portrait of the prolific wordsmith. Dickinson’s encounters with close friends and family and her often-amusing observations come to life on stage. The play originally premiered on Broadway in 1976. Tickets are now on sale for the off-Broadway revival of The Belle of Amherst, William Luce’s one-woman-play that captures the revered career and private life of poet Emily Dickinson. The production, starring stage and screen star Joely Richardson and directed by Steve Cosson, will begin on October 7 at the Westside Theatre. View Commentscenter_img The limited engagement will open officially on October 19 and run through January 25, 2015.last_img read more

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John Hawkes & Tracie Thoms Start Previews in Lost Lake Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Lost Lake Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 21, 2014 Oscar nominee John Hawkes and Broadway vet Tracie Thoms will begin previews in the world premiere of Lost Lake by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn on October 21. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the show will officially open at Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York City Center—Stage 1 on November 11 and play a limited engagement through December 21. View Comments The production features scenic design by J. Michael Griggs, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by Robert Perry and original music and sound design by Fitz Patton. In Lost Lake, the lakeside rental Veronica (Thoms) has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her children so desperately need. And the disheveled property owner, Hogan (Hawkes), has problems of his own—problems that Veronica is inevitably and irrevocably—pulled into. A portrait of two strangers bound together by circumstance, Lost Lake is about the struggle for connection in an imperfect world.last_img read more

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Lessons of the Week! Jake Gyllenhaal, Allison Williams & More

first_img View Comments We know you’re busy putting the finishing touches on your Flamin’ Hot Cheeto costume, but it’s time to take a break and read the Lessons of the Week! Broadway.com is catching up on all of the weird stuff that happened over the last seven days—and man, things sure were crazy around here. Tony Danza, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, and more stars taught us some really important things. Check out what we learned!Tony Danza Makes a Mean Pot of SoupIs there anything Honeymoon in Vegas star Tony Danza can’t do? He can play the ukulele, tap dance, and apparently would juggle chainsaws if you asked him to. When Danza and his co-star Rob McClure were roomies at Paper Mill, he’d even cook them both a big pot of delicious soup for dinner. Alan Cumming, you better step up your game—Club Danza sounds awesome!Maggie Gyllenhaal Can Smell Her BrotherThe Real Thing star forbade her brother Jake Gyllenhaal from coming to see her first Broadway show before it opened—so he did like any annoying younger brother would do and went anyway. He tried to go incognito, but Maggie could smell that he was there. Thanks for the heads up! When we see Jake in Constellations, we’ll bring clothespins.Broadway Villains Hate Candy CornIn our super-spooky Halloween photo shoot, we asked Broadway’s scariest villains to name the grossest candy of all time. The results are in, folks: 2 out of 4 of Broadway villains hate candy corn. Both Christopher Sieber from Matilda and Keala Settle from Les Miz can’t stand the stuff. Please redirect their candy corn shipments to Broadway.com, 729 7th Avenue, New York, NY, 10019.NPH & David Burtka Are Super FreaksTony winner Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, It Shoulda Been You star David Burtka, are becoming a double act! After working together on a 54 Below concert this fall, the twosome will hit the small screen in American Horror Story: Freak Show. (Hopefully wearing their matching Met Gala tuxes—those are really freaky.)Allison Williams Is a Pirate ThiefRehearsals are underway for NBC’s Peter Pan Live!, but they’re not exactly smooth sailing. While running through a scene she wasn’t even in, Allison Williams hijacked the stage, stole Christopher Walken’s hook and commandeered the ship! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Do NOT mess with Allison Williams.Clowns, Stoplights & Santas Get CandyWHAT?! You still don’t have an idea for a Halloween costume? We’ll cut you some slack, because we have three great ideas for you that have been tested by our favorite Broadway stars: Going as a clown, a stoplight (ask your dad for help) or Santa is a sure-bet. Now go get those peanut butter cups!Hey Kid Is the Vlog That Never EndsThis is the vlog that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend, James Snyder started vlogging it because we asked him to, and he’ll continue vlogging it forever just for you, this is the vlog that doesn’t end, yes it goes on and on my friend, James Snyder started vlogging it because we asked him to, and he’ll continue vlogging it forever just for you, this is the vlog that never ends…Alysha Umphress Got a $72 TipOn the Town star Alysha Umphress was a very lucky lady this week! She hit the jackpot in the musical’s Dollar Friday drawing and took home 72 bucks. Wow, Alysha, that kind of cash could buy you 72 slices of pizza at 2 Bros, 19 cookies at Schmackary’s, nine burritos at Chipotle or one drink at a Broadway show!The Newsies Aren’t Done SingingWe loved our adorable newsboys on Broadway, but there was always something missing—a song that Crutchie could call his very own! Never fear, fansies, Alan Menken and Jack Feldman have come to the rescue with the new song “Letter From the Refuge,” which has been added to the national touring production. Side note—when is the tour hitting Santa Fe?There’s Always a Part For Idina MenzelAfter their mega-hit Frozen, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are hard at work on a new musical, Up There? When we asked if there was a part for Idina Menzel, they assured us there “always” would be a part for her in their musicals. Great, we can’t wait to see Elder Idina in The Book of Mormon, followed by Idina as Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q.last_img read more

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Blank! The Musical Begins Performances Off-Broadway

first_img At each performance Katie Dufrense, TJ Mannix, Nicole C. Hastings, Andrew Knox, Tessa Hersh, Matthew Van Colton and Douglas Widick will hit the stage without scripts or rehearsals to perform a brand new musical that audiences help create. Those in attendance will use their smartphones to choose a title, write lyrics and compose a score. Related Shows Blank! is co-created by Michael Girts, Mike Descoteaux and T.J. Shanoff. The production is a collaboration between Uprights Citizens Brigade and Livecube, a mobile technology app that will be utilized by theatergoers during the show. The show can’t go on without you! Blank! The Musical begins performances off-Broadway at New World Stages on November 1. Opening night is set for November 17. View Comments Blank! The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 30, 2014last_img read more

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Beautiful’s Katie Brayben on Emailing Jessie Mueller & Being Surprised by Carole King

first_img View Comments Star Files The West End has a, well, beautiful new star in Katie Brayben, the English actress who won an Olivier Award in April for her performance as Carole King in the London production of Beautiful at the Aldwych Theatre. Having gone to this show directly from appearing as Princess Diana in Mike Bartlett’s Olivier Award-winning (and Broadway-bound) King Charles III, the immediately charming Brayben chatted with Broadway.com about her “whirlwind” year, getting flowers from Jessie Mueller and which legend she might find herself playing on stage next.You’ve had an amazing life of late, landing this sought-after role, meeting Carole King on opening night and winning the Olivier!It’s been such a series of massive events and things that have happened that I almost can’t have a view on it all; it feels so sort of alien for all this to have happened. What’s great now is that we’re running the show eight times a week, which is wonderful. The show feels like it’s really in our hands.What was it like seeing Carole take to the Aldwych stage on opening night?Yes, and I didn’t know she was there! I said very early on that I didn’t want to know when anyone is in, especially Carole, because that would just blow my mind. I thought it would be great if Barry [Mann] and Cynthia [Weil] were there because that wouldn’t be as much stress but with Carole, I couldn’t imagine having to do the show knowing she was in the audience.You had no clue beforehand?My friend Lorna [Want, who plays Cynthia Weil] asked me if I was going to look at Twitter before the show and I said no and she said, “That’s good, don’t do that.” And at the time, I didn’t think anything of it, when in fact Twitter was going off like mad.What did you think when Carole walked onstage?I had the shock of my life! We all know she’s a genius but she’s also an incredible woman.Did she give you any pointers?She did come up with a couple of things and give me some tips but I don’t want to give them away because I use them in the show! [Laughs.] What’s interesting is that there was so much research we were all able to do beforehand just from reading her book and other people’s books, and I found that there was a lot to mine from researching the internet. But it was so great to be able to chat with her about the show. She really loved it, which was wonderful.What was the Olivier ceremony like?Again, a whirlwind. Last year, I was watching it on the telly thinking, “I know that person sitting in the audience,” so to be there the next year having been nominated and then to win was just so far from my compass. And to be in that category with those people being honored in that way was extraordinary.Did you catch the Broadway production before starting work on the show here?In fact, I didn’t. I was doing a show [King Charles III] at the time and it overlapped with our rehearsals so there was no way I could have gone to see it. I did listen to the cast recording while I was doing the auditions but then put it to one side. I thought it was important with a show like this to work from the script on the page and think, “What are we going to do with this? How are we going to own it?” Otherwise, you just end up copying something.Was it tempting to reach out to your Tony-winning predecessor, Jessie Mueller?I had a lovely bunch of flowers from Jessie and we emailed a couple of times. She was very, very sweet. I know that if I had emailed her and said, “I’m having trouble with this,” that she would have emailed me back and given me some great advice. We did have Rebecca [LaChance, Mueller’s former understudy who is now in the UK to do Mack and Mabel] in on Monday of this week and she was so lovely: it really is like a Beautiful family.You have the challenge not just of Jessie’s imprint on the role but of being a Brit playing an American.Well, yes, but you know we’re so influenced by American culture over here and probably vice-versa that I actually don’t think we’re worlds apart. I grew up with the Tapestry album and Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and I still listen to those artists: they’ve informed the make-up of who I am as a musician as well, because I write my own music.The casting people must have had a jolt when they saw you as Princess Diana in King Charles III: she couldn’t be further removed from Carole King.[Laughs.] Thank heavens they saw me after they’d cast me in Beautiful because I think they were a little confused. But that’s the great thing about what I hope for and I think most actors hope for which is variety in their work. It’s great to be able to say, “I do this but I also do that.”After those two women, who could possibly be next?Hmm, I wonder. [Imitating Margaret Thatcher]: “Well, the pearls are non-negotiable.”You’ve got her down pat, as well!I just love working on voices and physicality. It’s great when you have a real person and can get into the nitty-gritty of who they are. I hope I’ll get to play some other interesting characters from the wonderful world we live in.What about your own career as a singer-songwriter at present?I’d absolutely love to do another album, and at this point I probably haven’t done a live gig in a year or so. But at the moment, everything really is for the show. I’m singing 17 songs a night—twice that on matinee days—so I don’t have the time it takes to sit down and write. My days just now are all about gearing me up for the evening.Maybe at some point you could send some of your original work to Carole?I think I might be a little embarrassed to do that given that she is a genius and I just do my own thing. But you never know, if the opportunity comes up, maybe I will.center_img Jessie Muellerlast_img read more

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Frances Ruffelle Celebrates #LesMiz30 With New ‘On My Own’

first_imgThree decades ago Les Miserables dreamed a dream and on October 8 the long-running tuner turns 30 in London! Frances Ruffelle, who originated the role of Éponine both in the U.K. and on Broadway (where she took home the Tony), has re-recorded her classic number from the show, “On My Own,” in celebration of the milestone. “The song was worked on and rewritten many times especially for my voice,” says Ruffelle, who feels that “this new version is a lovely fun way to celebrate the 30th anniversary.” Check out the video below, and to all those involved with Les Miz, we here at Broadway.com wish you many happy returns! View Commentslast_img read more

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Sergio Trujillo & More on Board for ART’s 2016-17 Season

first_img View Comments The American Repertory Theater has announced its 2016-17 season. The roster for the Cambridge, Massachusetts company includes Tony-nominated Anna Deavere Smith and Sergio Trujillo, plus a Tennessee Williams revival.The season kicks off in August with Smith’s Notes from The Field: Doing Time in Education. Smith, who was nominated for Tonys in 1994 for writing and starring in Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, will again write and perform in her own work. The new show explores America’s school-to-prison pipeline and incorporates a call and response discussion to challenge audiences to evaluate their own position on the issue.Next, the ART will present the Abbey Theatre’s production of Seán O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. The show tracks the year leading up to Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916. Olivier winner Sean Holmes directs the production, which begins performances in September.Bill Rauch will direct Alexa Junge’s Fingersmith, based on the novel by Sarah Walters. The Victorian England-set mystery follows pickpocket Sue Trinder and her relationship with a con man and a young heiress. The production, which starts performances in December, first played the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last year.Jo Bonney, who directed the ART’s Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) returns to helm Paul Lucas’ Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women in January 2017. The script draws from real interviews and conversations conducted with transgender women to shed light on their experiences.In February 2017, Michael Wilson will direct a new production of Williams’ The Night of the Iguana. The play, based on his 1948 short story and following a group of travelers in a Mexican Jungle, first premiered on Broadway in 1961.The season concludes with Arrabal, a dance theater piece set to kick off in May 2016. Featuring music by Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla and a book by Tony nominee John Weidman, the tango-infused piece follows a woman in Buenos Aires as she tries to understand and cope with the violent death of her father. Trujillo, an Olivier winner and Tony nominee who choreographed Invisble Thread last year, will direct and co-choreograph.Several of the ART’s recent productions have made their way to New York, including the currently-running Broadway musicals Waitress and Finding Neverland, the upcoming Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and the recent off-Broadway run of Nice Fish, starring Tony and Oscar winner Mark Rylance. Sergio Trujillo(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

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Tix Now Available to See August Wilson’s Jitney

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 12, 2017 Jitney Related Showscenter_img Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway premiere of Jitney, the only work from August Wilson’s American Century Cycle yet to play the Main Stem. Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the Manhattan Theatre Club production will begin performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on December 28, with opening night scheduled for January 19, 2017.The play follows a group of unlicensed cab drivers as the city’s efforts to shut down the business threaten to drive them apart. Santiago-Hudson won a Tony for his performance in Wilson’s Seven Guitars; he also appeared in Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean on Broadway and directed his The Piano Lesson off-Broadway.The cast and creative team will be announced at a later date. August Wilsonlast_img read more

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Stephen Trask & Rick Elice Workshop This Ain’t No Disco!

first_img Hedwig and the Angry Inch composer Stephen Trask is at work on a new musical titled This Ain’t No Disco!, set during the heyday of Studio 54. According to the New York Post, a workshop helmed by Trip Cullman recently took place at the Atlantic Theater Company.The show, featuring a book by Rick Elice (who is also working on the Cher musical), follows a couple from Queens who enter the celebrity and drug-filled world of Studio 54. As they become lost in the new environment, they encounter several familiar faces, including the nightclub’s co-owner Steve Rubell and an Andy Warhol-esque artist.The cast of the workshop included Lindsay Mendez and Gideon Glick, who starred together in the Broadway-bound Significant Other, as well as Michael Esper. No word yet on any future stagings of the new musical.As reported previously, another disco musical is currently in the works: a Donna Summer bio-musical with Jersey Boys team Des McAnuff and Sergio Trujillo directing and choreographing, respectively. View Comments Stephen Trask(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

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Baghdaddy Musical Will Return Off-Broadway

first_img‘Baghdaddy’ Baghdaddy is set to make an off-Broadway return. Based on a screenplay by J.T. Allen, Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penedo’s musical comedy begins performances on April 6 at St. Luke’s Theatre. Directed by Pailet, Baghdaddy’s opening night is set for May 1.Originally titled Who’s Your Baghdaddy? Or How I Started the Iraq War, the show played a limited engagement at the Actors Temple Theater in October 2015. Most of the original cast will be returning, including Brennan Caldwell (Urinetown), Jason Collins (Annie), Bob D’Haene (The Three Times She Knocked), Brandon Espinoza (Gypsy), Joe Joseph (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Olli Haaskivi (Orange is the New Black), Claire Neumann (Triassic Parq) and Larisa Oleynik (Mad Men).The show begins in a church basement, where disgraced spies, along with the unwitting audience, gather for a support group meeting. The action soon shifts to Frankfurt Airport, where a mysterious Iraqi defector claims he built secret Iraqi bio-weapons labs. At CIA headquarters, other characters are contending with their own ambitions, rash decisions, inflexible bosses, unrequited affections and unremitting boredom, when a fax arrives from Germany and with it, a golden opportunity. If the defector’s story holds up, it will be the ticket out of the basement and into a corner office. It’s all fun and games until the looming cataclysm changes everything.Baghdaddy features musical direction by Rona Siddiqui, orchestrations by Charlie Rosen and choreography by Misha Shields. The creative team also includes set designer Kaite Heavner, lighting designer Jennifer Schriever and costume designer Summer Lee Jack. Baghdaddy is produced by Charlie Fink and co-produced by Jan Brandt, Abigail E. Disney and Tim Disney.The limited engagement is scheduled to play through June 25. Related Shows Baghdaddycenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on July 2, 2017last_img read more

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