Star Files Mandy Patinkin Matthew Morrison This November, O.P.C., a new play by Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) will begin performances. O.P.C. stands for obsessive political correctness and follows the story of a liberal mom running for office and her daughter, a left-wing radical. View Comments Tony winner Patinkin and Mac will bring The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, which was seen off-Broadway last year, to the venue in May 2015. Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, this abstract two-man show follows the story of a flood of biblical proportions that leaves us with only two people on Earth (Patinkin and Mac). Peter’s back! According to The New York Times, a revamped version of Finding Neverland will kick off the 2014-15 season at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge this July, with its sights set on Broadway and the West End. The season will also feature Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac in The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, a new play by Eve Ensler, a new opera and an encore of The Light Princess. Laura Michelle Kelly Other shows on the season’s slate include an encore of The Light Princess over the holidays, a new play in February 2015, details of which will be announced in due course, and a new Civil War based opera, helmed by Paulus, beginning in May 2015, inspired by a diary kept by Walt Whitman. As previously reported, an industry-only workshop of Finding Neverland took place this month with a cast that included Main Stem vets Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly. A spokesman for A.R.T. said that Morrison will not take part in the Cambridge production because of his Glee commitments and that no other casting news was available. Finding Neverland has had a troubled history. The Harvey Weinstein produced tuner overhauled its entire creative team in 2013, bringing on board A.R.T artistic director Diane Paulus, composer Gary Barlow and playwright James Graham. It made its world premiere at Leicester’s Curve Theatre in September 2012 after canceling its fall 2011 debut at La Jolla Playhouse.
View Comments Rocky Related Shows Rocky stars Andy Karl and Margo Seibert stopped by The Today Show April 2 to talk about living the “Rocky spirit.” Seibert, who is making her Broadway debut in the tuner, revealed to host Matt Lauer that she had nine callbacks before she landed the role of Adrian and was babysitting when she heard she’d won the part. It also turns out Karl and Today co-host Savannah Guthrie have somebody quite unusual in common…Check out the Rocky stars below and then at the Winter Garden Theatre. And if you should ever see Siebert in the street make sure you yell out “Yo Adrian!” She can’t wait to hear it “all the time!” Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 Andy Karl
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Kinky Boots Billy Porter Star Files View Comments The sex is in the Insta filter. Kinky Boots will celebrate its first anniversary on Broadway on April 4 and to commemorate the milestone the cast took to YouTube, lip synching (for their lives) to the number one song we love to hate: The Chainsmokers’ “#Selfie.” Take a look as Tony winner Billy Porter and company throw shade at some ratchets, debate filters and captions along with giving some serious face. Congratulations on one year and #KeepItKinky, girls!
Paul Chahidi, Anna Carteret and More to Appear in West End’s Shakespeare in Love 450 years to the day since Shakespeare was born and the world is still in love with the bard. Broadway alums Paul Chahidi (Richard III/Twelfth Night) and Anna Carteret (An Ideal Husband) will join the previously announced Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen in Lee Hall’s stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love, based on the Oscar-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. Chahidi will play Henslowe, Carteret will appear as Queen Elizabeth and the cast will also feature Ian Bartholomew as Tilney, Tony Bell as Ralph, David Ganley as Burbage, Richard Howard as Sir Robert De Lesseps, Harry Jardine as Sam, Abigail McKern as Nurse, David Oakes as Marlowe, Patrick Osborne as Mr Wabash, Alistair Petrie as Wessex, Doug Rao as Ned Alleyn, Ferdy Roberts as Fennyman and Colin Ryan as John Webster. The show will begin previews in the West End at the Noël Coward Theatre on July 2. How Could We Resist Them? New Cast Members for West End’s Mamma Mia! Here Mamma Mia! goes again! There will be a number of changes to the London production’s cast from June 9. Rebecca Lock will be joining the cast as Rosie, Alasdair Harvey as Harry, Charles Daish as Bill, Alice Stokoe as Sophie Sheridan, Lloyd Green as Sky, Rosanna Bates as Ali, Brodie McBride as Lisa, James Alexander Gibbs as Pepper and James Alan-Evans as Eddie. Dianne Pilkington will continue to star as Donna Sheridan, with Kim Ismay as Tanya and Richard Trinder as Sam. At certain performances, the role of Donna Sheridan will be played by Shona White. View Comments Forbidden Broadway Heads to London Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway will play the Menier Chocolate Factory June 19 through August 16. Directed by Phillip George, New York’s longest running comedy revue will return to the London venue with brand new material. Broadway Inspirational Voices to Team Up With The New York Pops Broadway Inspirational Voices, under the direction of Tony nominee Michael McElroy, will join The New York Pops as it marks its 31st birthday at Carnegie Hall. The gala evening, celebrating Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, will take place on April 28. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Will Ryan Silverman Love Erin Davie & Emily Padgett For Who They Are? Ryan Silverman and Charity Dawson will replace the previously announced Tony nominees Manoel Felciano and Keala Settle (who’s currently in Les Miz) as Terry Connor and Fortune Teller respectively, in the upcoming production of Side Show at the Kennedy Center. The will join Erin Davie, Emily Padgett. Matthew Hydzik and David St. Louis, who all appeared in the production last year at La Jolla Playhouse. Henry Krieger and Bill Russell’s classic show will officially open on June 19.
Best Featured Actress in a Musical Linda Emond, Cabaret Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Anika Larsen, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Adriane Lenox, After Midnight Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Best Musical After Midnight Aladdin Beautiful: The Carole King Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder View Comments Best Director of a Play Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night Michael Grandage, The Cripple of Inishmaan Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie Best Scenic Design of a Play Beowulf Boritt, Act One Bob Crowley, The Glass Menagerie Es Devlin, Machinal Christopher Oram, The Cripple of Inishmaan Best Featured Actress in a Play Sarah Greene, The Cripple of Inishmaan Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina Best Director of a Musical Warren Carlyle, After Midnight Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Leigh Silverman, Violet Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Best Featured Actor in a Play Reed Birney, Casa Valentina Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night Stephen Fry, Twelfth Night Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie Best Leading Actress in a Play Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn Best Leading Actor in a Musical Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Ramin Karimloo, Les Miserables Andy Karl, Rocky Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Best Sound Design of a Musical Peter Hylenski, After Midnight Tim O’Heir, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Mick Potter, Les Miserables Brian Ronan, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Best Leading Actor in a Play Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night Bryan Cranston, All the Way Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice and Men Mark Rylance, Richard III Tony Shalhoub, Act One Best Lighting Design of a Musical Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Christopher Akerlind, Rocky Howell Binkley, After Midnight Donald Holder, The Bridges of Madison County Best Lighting Design of a Play Paule Constable, The Cripple of Inishmaan Jane Cox, Machinal Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie Japhy Weideman, Of Mice and Men Best Costume Design of a Play Jane Greenwood, Act One Michael Krass, Machinal Rita Ryack, Casa Valentina Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night Best Leading Actress in a Musical Mary Bridget Davies, A Night With Janis Joplin Sutton Foster, Violet Idina Menzel, If/Then Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Kelli O’Hara, The Bridges of Madison County Best Revival of a Play The Cripple of Inishmaan The Glass Menagerie A Raisin in the Sun Twelfth Night Best Revival of a Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch Les Miserables Violet Best Costume Design of a Musical Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway Arianne Phillips, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Isabel Toledo, After Midnight Nominations by Production A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder – 10 Hedwig and the Angry Inch – 8 After Midnight – 7 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – 7 The Glass Menagerie – 7 Twelfth Night – 7 Bullets Over Broadway – 6 The Cripple of Inishmaan – 6 Act One – 5 Aladdin – 5 A Raisin in the Sun – 5 The Bridges of Madison County – 4 Casa Valentina – 4 Machinal – 4 Rocky – 4 Violet – 4 Les Miserables – 3 All The Way – 2 Cabaret – 2 If/Then – 2 Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – 2 Mothers and Sons – 2 Of Mice and Men – 2 A Night with Janis Joplin – 1 Outside Mullingar – 1 Richard III – 1 The Velocity of Autumn – 1 Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu announced the nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards at the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe April 29, with Tony host Hugh Jackman also popping up to remind theater fans to watch the telecast live on CBS on June 8. The new musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder led the pack with ten nominations, with the revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch trailing closely behind with eight nominations. The new musicals After Midnight and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical each received seven nominations, as did the revivals of The Glass Menagerie and Twelfth Night. As for new plays this season, Act One garnered the most nominations, with five. A complete list of this year’s nominees follows. Best Choreography Warren Carlyle, After Midnight Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine, Rocky Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway Best Book Woody Allen, Bullets Over Broadway Chad Beguelin, Aladdin Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Douglas McGrath, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Best Score Jason Robert Brown (music & lyrics), The Bridges of Madison County Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics), If/Then Steven Lutvak (music & lyrics) and Robert L. Freedman (lyrics), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman, Chad Beguelin & Tim Rice (lyrics), Aladdin Best Orchestrations Doug Besterman, Bullets Over Broadway Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County Steve Sidwell, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Jonathan Tunick, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Best Scenic Design of a Musical Christopher Barreca, Rocky Julian Crouch, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Alexander Dodge, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Santo Loquasto, Bullets Over Broadway Best Sound Design of a Play Alex Baranowski, The Cripple of Inishmaan Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Dan Moses Schreier, Act One Matt Tierney, Machinal Best Featured Actor in a Musical Danny Burstein, Cabaret Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway Joshua Henry, Violet James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin Jarrod Spector, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical As previously reported, the 2014 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater will be presented to costume designer Jane Greenwood. Receiving Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater are photographer Joan Marcus, general manager Charlotte Wilcox and President and CEO of The Actors Fund Joe Benincasa. New York’s Signature Theatre will receive this year’s Regional Theater Tony Award. Best Play Act One by James Lapine All the Way by Robert Schenkkan Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley
In addition to O’Connor and Canning, the cast of The Diorama will include Alberto Bonilla, Bob Greenberg and Victoria Mack. The play will feature choreography by Wendy Seyb, set design by Jen Varbalow, costumes by Sidney Shannon, lighting design by Joe Doran and sound design by Nick Simone. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2014 The Diorama When her artist sister Cecily invades her NYC apartment, Wall Street lawyer Janey gets more than she bargained for when Cecily begins constructing a life size igloo. While the two sisters seek a sense of belonging—either in a relationship or a safe place to call home—they are haunted by the tragedies of the past. Along the way they teach each other about life, love and happiness. Susan Louise O’Connor (Blithe Spirit) and Hunter Canning (War Horse) will star in The Diorama, a new play by Jennifer Brown Stone and David S. Stone. Directed by David S. Stone, the romantic comedy will run from May 28 through June 14 at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Opening night is set for May 30.
Featuring a book by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, music by Kinosian and lyrics by Blair, Murder For Two combines classic musical comedy with a dash of Agatha Christie. Everyone is a suspect in this house of eccentric characters (all played by Blumenkrantz), and a rookie cop posing as a detective (Blumenkrantz) must get down to the bottom of the crime. Murder For Two Murder For Two was originally presented by the Second Stage Uptown Series at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre last July to critical acclaim. The production transferred to New World Stages in November, where it was initially slated to run through January 5 only. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 View Comments The off-Broadway musical murder mystery Murder For Two will play its final performance at New World Stages on June 29. The tuner, starring Brett Ryback and Jeff Blumenkrantz, had previously been scheduled to run through July 6. Related Shows
“I started gymnastics when I was three, and I was constantly upside down as a kid, teaching myself cartwheels and standing on my hands. I’ve always been competitive. I loved getting stronger and being able to outrun the boys.” “In seventh grade, I set a push-up record that still stands. We had a fitness test to see how many push-ups we could do in a minute, and I cranked out 81. I weighed about 90 pounds, but I was all muscle. I couldn’t do that anymore—I have a couple of things in my way now!” “I love the idea of a showmance. My Sky [co-star Jon Jorgenson] has a girlfriend, so we can be friends with no pressure, but I look forward to finding my own Broadway man who will pick me up at the stage door, and we can go home and talk about our crazy schedules.” “My parents were Fosse dancers [Michael Ricardo and Katherine Meloche]. They met doing Dancin’ at the Broadhurst, the same theater I’m performing in now. What are the chances of that? I was a mess when they came to see me [play Sophie] because they were incredible performers and I want to make them proud.” “Bring It On was the most challenging thing I’ve done. We were tumbling on a hard surface, and my body felt like it was 70 years old. The show did some recasting before the tour and I didn’t get to do it. That was my first big loss, but I booked the Mamma Mia! tour, which led me to where I am today.” Current Role: Lovely bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan in the long-running musical hit Mamma Mia!, after stints in the ensemble on Broadway and in the show’s national tour. Mamma Mia! Stage & Screen Cred: A former competitive gymnast, Ricardo left Emerson College to appear in the original Atlanta staging of Bring It On and starred in regional productions of Spring Awakening and Next to Normal. Related Shows “The Winter Garden Theatre is this castle on 50th Street, so when we heard we were moving to the Broadhurst, we were reluctant at first. But the show works so well in a more intimate space. I enjoy seeing the audience, especially at the end when they’re on their feet clapping and singing.” Hometown: Atlanta, GA View Comments Age: 24 Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 12, 2015
Star Files View Comments Sutton Foster What does Sutton Foster do when she’s not getting Younger? She goes meta and plays a screen star in an online short film. The Tony winner appears in The Nobodies, a Funny Or Die mini-movie written by, directed by and starring Greg Bratman and Dusty Brown. Foster plays Amy, a sitcom star who lets art imitate life a little too much, bringing very obvious elements from her relationship into her show. It’s just like that time in real life when she kept turning into an ogre at night and tap danced on a boat. Take a look at The Nobodies below, which also features Bridesmaids’ Ellie Kemper, 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer, Veep’s Tony Hale and stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan.
Star Files In addition to Jones, Byrne and Ashford, the portrait features Elizabeth Ashley, Johanna Day, Julie Halston, Byron Jennings, Fran Kranz, Mark Linn-Baker, Kristine Nielsen, Reg Rogers, Will Brill, Crystal Dickinson, Marc Damon Johnson, Karl Kenzler and Patrick Kerr, along with a surreptitious Nick Corley, Joe Tapper and Austin Durant. Annaleigh Ashford Happy opening to the (huge) cast of You Can’t Take It With You! Enjoy the pickled pigs’ feet! James Earl Jones Welcome back to Broadway, Sycamores! You Can’t Take It With You has returned to the Great White Way and celebrates its official opening night at the Longacre Theatre on September 28. The Scott Ellis-helmed production features an all-star cast that includes James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne and Annaleigh Ashford. To commemorate the latest Broadway mounting of the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart comedy, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the Sycamore clan and company in action. You Can’t Take It With You Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. View Comments Kristine Nielsen Related Shows