Watch Audra McDonald Discuss Channeling Billie Holiday

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 View Comments Related Shows What a little studio light can do! Tony winner Audra McDonald stopped by NewsNation to discuss with Tamron Hall her latest Broadway role: Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. McDonald shared what it’s like to portray such a legendary performer who “regardless of all the knocks, still rose to the top.” “In the end,” McDonald explains, “it was her music that survived…she would tell anybody who got close to her, ‘don’t do what I did. You stay away from these drugs.’” What guidance would McDonald herself give to her own fans and supporters? “Be you. That’s what’s most special…always say yes to yourself.” Take a look at the interview below and catch Lady Day, which recently announced an extension through August 10, at the Circle in the Square Theatre! Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Star Files Audra McDonaldlast_img read more

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Opens Off-Broadway

first_imgCome together! Lennon: Through a Glass Onion officially opens off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre on October 15. The production, created and performed by John R. Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta, has previously played at the Sydney Opera House and in the West End. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 11, 2015 Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Part concert and part biography, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion explores the life and talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century. The show weaves together Lennon’s story with 31 songs, including “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Revolution,” “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds,” “All You Need is Love,” “Come Together,” “Help,” “Working Class Hero,” “Mother” and “Jealous Guy.” Related Shows The limited engagement will run through February 22, 2015. View Commentslast_img read more

The Belle of Amherst, Starring Joely Richardson, Sets Early Closing Date

first_imgThe revival of William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst, starring stage and screen star Joely Richardson, will end its off-Broadway run early on November 23. Originally set to shutter on January 25, 2015, at time of closing the production, which opened on October 19, will have played 14 previews and 41 regular performances. 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. View Commentscenter_img The one-woman-play is directed by Steve Cosson and is running at the Westside Theatre.last_img read more

Amelie Musical to Receive World Premiere in California

first_img Paris has taken the musical theater scene by storm in the United States recently, with Gigi and An American in Paris starting soon on Broadway, Can-Can recently finishing a run in New Jersey, the world premeire of Jason Robert Brown’s My Paris and the reportedly Broadway-bound N – The Queen of Paris.  Additional information, including casting, will be announced at a later date. No plans have yet been confirmed regarding the musical’s Broadway bow. The Berkeley Rep season will also include The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance, Macbeth, Treasure Island adapted and directed by Tony winner Mary Zimmerman, the world premiere of Julia Cho’s Aubergine and the West Coast premiere of the Pulitzer-winning play Disgraced, which recently concluded its Broadway run. An addition to the lineup will be announced later. Amélie tells the story of a young girl who was home-schooled by her mother and cultivated a very active imagination. The show details her life in Paris as she helps those around her try to find love, and ultimately falls in love herself.center_img Amélie Poulain is heading to the stage! The musical adaptation of the 2001 French film Amélie will receive its world premiere at California’s Berkeley Repertory Theatre this August. As reported in 2013, the tuner will feature a score by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Messé and Nathan Tysen and a book by Craig Lucas. Tony winner Pam MacKinnon will direct. View Commentslast_img read more

Groundhog Day Stage Adaptation Sets B’way Opening Date

first_img Groundhog Day Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 17, 2017 Groundhog Day is coming to Broadway! Groundhog Day is coming to Broadway! Groundhog Day is coming to Broadway! The previously reported stage adaptation of the 1993 film by the creative team behind Matilda will begin performances on January 23, 2017 and officially open on March 9 at a theater to be confirmed. No word yet on casting. It has been speculated that the musical will make its world premiere at London’s Old Vic next year.Directed by Matthew Warchus, the tuner will have a book by Danny Rubin, who wrote the screenplay with Harold Ramis. The production will feature music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, choreography by Peter Darling, and set and costume design by Rob Howell.Groundhog Day follows TV weather man Phil (played by Bill Murray in the film), who reluctantly goes to cover the story of Punxsutawney Phil for the third year in a row. Making no effort to hide his frustration, he covers the story and moves on, expecting his job to be finished. However, he awakes the “following” day and discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and the fun happens again and again and again. He soon realizes he must take advantage of it in order to secure the love of a coworker. View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Sequence 8 Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Sequence 8 View Comments Tickets are now available for the New York premiere of internationally acclaimed nouveau cirque spectacular Séquence 8. The show will begin performances at New York City Center on April 16 and play through April 26.From the inventive circus company behind Broadway’s Pippin comes Séquence 8, a nouveau cirque show that explores human emotions so intense that they explode into highflying acrobatics. Starring eight performers from the Montreal-based Les 7 Doigts de la Main (The 7 Fingers), the emotionally intimate Séquence 8 redefines the meaning of the word “circus” through a unique fusion of acrobatics, hip-hop, humor and propulsive music.Directed by two of the company’s seven artistic directors, Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila, Séquence 8 premiered in Lyon, France in 2012, and has been produced in 15 countries worldwide. The production marks the company’s first full-length work for New York audiences since 2011’s Traces. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 26, 2015last_img read more

Boston’s Colonial Theatre to Shut Down; Five Broadway Shows That Started There

first_imgBoston’s historic Colonial Theatre, a staple of the city’s theater district since 1900, will shut down for at least one year, the Boston Globe reports. Following an engagement by the national tour of The Book of Mormon this October, the theater, owned by Emerson College, will remain empty as the school weighs its options for the space. Though a spokesperson for the college has insisted that the stage will be preserved, whether it will continue to operate as a theater after the year is up is unclear.The Colonial Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in the city, and while it has primarily been used in recent years to house touring productions, the venue was once a prime house for Broadway-bound shows to test the waters before transferring to New York. Here are just a few musicals that got their start at the Colonial Theatre. A Little Night Music (1973)Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s romantic tuner played 23 performances at the Colonial before waltzing over to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre. Moments that didn’t make it to New York include “Silly People” for Frid and Carl-Magnus’ “Bang!,” which was later replaced with “In Praise of Women.” Petra’s big song, “The Miller’s Son,” was added midway through the Boston run, which caused the creative team to replace Garn Stephens with D. Jamin Bartlett, who they believed was better suited for the number. Carousel (1945)It’s only fitting that Carousel would play New England before Broadway. Where else would you have a really nice clambake? The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical first played New Haven, Connecticut before a three-week stint in Beantown in 1945. Out-of-town audiences were treated to an even lengthier Act II ballet (which had to be condensed to 40 minutes before being cut further). Before the celestial figure known as the Starkeeper was created, Hammerstein had a “Mr. and Mrs. God,” depicted as a New England minister and his wife, greet Billy Bigelow in the afterlife. They didn’t last for long. Seussical (2000)One of the more recent shows to work out its kinks at the Colonial Theatre was Seussical, the imaginative musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The tuner did not receive the glowing reviews it expected in Beantown, resulting in a series of tweaks and revisions (including a new director and costume designer) before transferring to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on the Great White Way. Despite lasting only six months on Broadway after its tumultuous journey, the musical has gone on to find success in local markets through national tours, regional and community stagings. View Comments Anything Goes (1935)Despite becoming the exemplary golden age Broadway musical, Anything Goes was a rush job. The original book by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton was scrapped, and Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse were brought on. They rewrote the show as the cast rehearsed it, and according to Brian Kellow in his Ethel Merman biography Ethel Merman: A Life, they had the scenic designer create ambiguous sets because they had no idea where their script would take them. Legend has it that Crouse stood in front of the Colonial on opening night, begging patrons not to go in to witness what had been hastily thrown together. Crowds went in anyway and loved it, and though times have changed, it’s still a hit. La Cage Aux Folles (1983)More than 20 years before Massachuetts became the first state to recognize same-sex marriages, Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s musical about acceptance and being what you are premiered in Boston. Though the creators and producers initially feared that the city may have been to conservative to be receptive to a show about a gay couple—one a drag performer—that qualm was quickly subdued. Herman has stated that he realized the universality of the show in Boston, when he noticed a man and woman joining hands and comforting each other during the number “Song in the Sand.”last_img read more

Laurie Metcalf & Aaron Tveit Were Dirty T-Birdies on Watch What Happens Live

first_imgA duo of stage and screen favorites stopped by the Watch What Happens Live clubhouse for a night of gossip, games and pondering the prospect of dating Taylor Swift. Grease: Live star Aaron Tveit and Misery headliner Laurie Metcalf were two peas in a pod on January 21 as they chatted with Andy Cohen. Take a look below and on to get the buzz on Metcalf’s time with Lindsay Lohan and Madonna, discover Tveit’s takes on James Franco and Blake Lively’s scents and then some. Tell us more, tell us more! Laurie Metcalf View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

James Corden Made a One-Night Only Cameo in Aladdin

first_img Well, Ali Baba had them forty thieves, but the Great White Way’s got James Corden! The Tony winner, 2016 Tony host, Broadway fave assembler and recent Emmy winner has returned to the stage. The sold out house at Disney’s Aladdin on September 9 had a fourth wish granted when the Late Late Show host made a surprise one-night-only appearance during the show-stopping number “Friend Like Me.” The Broadway alum appeared alongside fellow funny man and Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart as a game show host presenting Aladdin with “punny” prize suggestions (“Behind curtain number three: a brand new pyramid! Now you and King Tut will finally have something in Tutankhamen!”). Puns aside, we’ve got a wish: to see Corden back on the Great White Way. Genie, make it happen, and theater fans, be sure to catch Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre! View Comments from $57.50 Aladdincenter_img Related Shows James Monroe Igelhart, James Corden & Kathryn Terza(Photo: Jenny Anderson)last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for Miles Malleson’s Yours Unfaithfully

first_img‘Yours Unfaithfully’ Yours Unfaithfully Tickets are now available for the world premiere of Miles Malleson’s Yours Unfaithfully, an “un-Romantic Comedy” about the price of free love. Directed by Jonathan Bank, the production will play a limited engagement from December 27 through February 18, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for January 26 at the Beckett Theater at Theatre Row.The cast will include Max von Essen, who recently finished up a Tony-nominated run in An American in Paris, along with Todd Cerveris, Mikaela Izquierdo, Elisabeth Gray and John Hutton.Yours Unfaithfully was published in 1933 but never produced, making this Mint Theater production a very belated world premiere. The play is an intimate peek behind the closed doors of an open marriage. Stephen and Anne, blissfully happy for eight years, are committed to living up to their ideals. When Stephen, a writer who isn’t writing, begins to sink into a funk of unproductive moodiness, Anne encourages him to seek out a fresh spark. Can their marriage survive uncompromising generosity, sacrifice and love? Related Showscenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 18, 2017last_img read more