Tickets Now Available for Belfast Blues Off-Broadway

first_imgTickets are now on sale for the off-Broadway return engagement of Belfast Blues, written and performed by Great White Way alum Geraldine Hughes. The limited engagement will play from September 20 through October 5 at the Barrow Street Theater. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 View Comments The production will be directed by Emmy winner Carol Kane. Belfast Blues Set in Belfast in the 1970s and 1980s, Belfast Blues is one wee girl’s story of family, war, Jesus and Hollywood. In the show, Hughes portrays 24 different characters, ranging from her parents and neighbors to most importantly her younger self. Related Showslast_img read more


Bryce Pinkham Talks Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles & More

first_img View Comments “I do get to sing a little bit in the show, actually,” Pinkham told of the Tony and Pulitzer-winning Wendy Wasserstein play. “There’s a tiny bit of singing, but I’m very excited to do a drama and flex those muscles. It’s a different type of challenge.” Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 In addition to Pinkham, Moss and Biggs, The Heidi Chronicles, directed by Pam MacKinnon, will feature Tracee Chimo. Set to open in early March 2015, additional casting and theater will be announced later. So, will Pinkham be plotting dastardly deeds in Gentleman’s Guide again following The Heidi Chronicles? “My hope is that my time with [the play] will be a hiatus, and that I’ll be able to return…whether that means the Walter Kerr or elsewhere. I’d be surprised if there was not more Monty Navarro in my future.” The Heidi Chronicles Rehearsals won’t begin until January, but Pinkham is already psyched to team up with his new co-stars. “They’re some of my favorite actors. Elisabeth came to see Gentleman’s Guide and couldn’t have been sweeter. I’m a big OITNB fan so I’ve been watching [Biggs’] show for two seasons now.”center_img Bryce Pinkham Star Files Bryce Pinkham may be one-upping Viola Davis by getting away with eight murders in the Tony-winning tuner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, but soon he’ll light up the Great White Way in a play. The Tony nominee will join Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Orange is the New Black’s Jason Biggs in the upcoming Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles, but that doesn’t mean he’s giving up singing entirely. Related Shows The Yale School of Drama grad will play Peter Patone, Heidi’s gay best friend, his first non-musical role on Broadway and he couldn’t be more thrilled to be involved. “I think this is a really important time to revisit this play, with all that’s going on in our country right now: women’s rights and even things that are coming up in the last few months like domestic violence in the NFL—our sort of masculine-driven culture.”last_img read more


Tony-Winning Stage Great, World Record Holder and Beloved Educator Marian Seldes Dies at 86

first_imgTony winner, world record holder and beloved Juilliard educator Marian Seldes died on October 6. Her brother, Timothy Seldes, said in a statement, “It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died. She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theater, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family.” The stage great was 86. In 2010, before appearing in front of the Radio City Music Hall audience to accept her Lifetime Achievemt Tony Award, Seldes graciously invited to her home, where she shared glimpses of the various memorabilia she has collected over her remarkable 60-year career. “My love of the theater is what keeps me alive,” she said. Seldes was born on August 23, 1928 in New York City. She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner and dance with Martha Graham and her mentor, Katharine Cornell. Seldes made her Broadway debut in 1948 in Medea. She went on to appear in numerous Broadway productions, including Crime and Punishment, That Lady, Ondine, The Chalk Garden, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore and Tiny Alice, before stepping into the role of Julia in the original production of A Delicate Balance in 1966. She earned a Tony Award for her performance. In addition to her brother Timothy, Seldes is survived by her daughter Katharine Claman Andres, grandsons Timo, Guthrie and Wells Andres. Her husband, Garson Kanin, whom Seldes married in 1990, passed away in 1999. Her first marriage, to Julian Claman, ended in divorce in 1961. View Comments A notable screen actress as well, Seldes appeared in such films as Truman, Leatherheads, The Greatest Story Ever Told and Mona Lisa Smile. Her TV credits included Our Sister Emily, Murphy Brown and Sex and the City. Seldes was Tony-nominated for four other productions: Father’s Day, Deathtrap, Ring Round the Moon and Dinner at Eight. She entered the Guinness Book of World Records for Deathtrap, having not missed a single performance for the play’s 1,809 performances. Her additional Broadway credits included Before You Go, Equus, The Merchant, Ivanov and most recently, Deuce in 2007.  Seldes’ prolific career as an artist extended well past the stage and screen. She taught for many years at The Juilliard School and as an adjunct professor at Fordham University. Among her students were Kevin Kline, Laura Linney, Kelsey Grammar, Patti LuPone, Christine Baranski, Viola Davis and the late Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams. Seldes again accepted a Tony Award in 2010, this time as an honoree for Lifetime Achievement. Without uttering a single word, she held her hand to her heart and looked upon the Radio City Music Hall crowd before exiting the stage silently. Later, she said, “They said to keep it short, so I decided I would just say nothing.”last_img read more


Broadway at Your Fingertips! Get’s Brand New iPhone App

first_img The new app makes it possible to purchase tickets, read up on all the Broadway buzz and tune in to your favorite videos from anywhere. Check in on your favorite stars of the Great White Way, share content with friends, tweet about your obsession with Tony winner/Zumba-head/Fly-fishing fanatic Hugh Jackman and did we mention you can buy tickets? (We know we did. But how cool is that?) Keep Broadway at your fingertips and download the app for the iPhone or iPad here. Have an insatiable thirst for all things Broadway, no matter how many times you watch this video and stare at this GIF? Need to know who’s starring in Wicked, what her relationship with her childhood dentist is like and how to buy tickets this very second? Well, as they say, there’s an app for that. The free app is now available for the iPhone!center_img View Commentslast_img read more


See Bradley Cooper Discuss Channeling Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man

first_img The Elephant Man The Elephant Man headliner Bradley Cooper recently sat down with Charlie Rose on CBS News to discuss his return to Broadway and the profound influence the Bernard Pomerance drama has had on him. While much of his physical transformation into John Merrick is left to the audience’s imagination, Cooper does have his own personal process to channel the real Joseph Merrick. “I have a picture of Joseph in my room,” the Audience Choice Award winner explains. “I just look at his eyes and I just sit with him in the room for about ten minutes…I might give him a little kiss.” Check out the interview below to learn about Robert De Niro’s four-word review of Cooper’s performance, his extreme transformation for the upcoming film American Sniper and more. Then, catch Cooper in person in The Elephant Man at the Booth Theatre. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015last_img read more


Goal! Natalie Dew & Lauren Samuels Will Star in Bend It Like Beckham

first_imgShe shoots, she scores! Casting is now set for the previously announced world premiere of the Bend It Like Beckham musical. The West End production will star Natalie Dew as Jess, Lauren Samuels as Jules and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach, Joe. Performances will begin on May 15 at the Phoenix Theatre, where it will open officially on June 24. Gurinder Chadha will direct the tuner, which features music by Howard Goodall, lyrics by Phantom’s Charles Hart and a book by Paul Mayeda Berges and Chadha.Dew has appeared on stage in The Internet is a Serious Business and Rough Cut for the Royal Court, as well as Romeo and Juliet for the National Theatre and Twelfth Night at Regents Park. Samuels, a finalist on BBC’s Over the Rainbow, starred in Grease and We Will Rock You in the West End. Bower, who will make his West End debut in Beckham, played Anthony Hope in the film adaptation of Sweeney Todd; his additional screen credits include the Harry Potter and Twilight series.In addition to Dew, Samuels and Bower, the cast includes Ronni Ancona as Paula, Preeya Kalidas (who played Monica in the original movie) as Pinky, Jamal Andréas as Tony and Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke as Mr. and Mrs. Bhamra.The musical comedy is based on Chadha’s 2002 film, starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The movie follows Jess as she faces the most important decision of her life; live up to family expectations of university, career and marriage, or follow in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham. When the talented teenage footballer is spotted playing football in Southall, a world of opportunities opens up before her. But as the day of her sister’s traditional Indian wedding approaches, she needs to pick sides. View Commentslast_img read more


Mamma Mia Pushes Back Closing Date on Broadway

first_img Mamma Mia! Related Shows Mamma Mia! will reach its Waterloo a little later. The production will now close on Broadway on September 12; it had previously been set to shutter on September 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre. The ABBA-tastic musical currently stars Judy McLane as Donna and Elena Ricardo as Sophie.The long-running tuner tells the story of Sophie Sheridan (Ricardo), a young bride who invites three possible dads to walk her down the aisle at her wedding—unbeknownst to her mother, Donna (McLane). Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the show features music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and a book by Catherine Johnson.In addition to McLane and Ricardo, the cast of Mamma Mia! includes Mary Callanan, Alison Ewing, Jon Jorgenson, Paul DeBoy and John Hemphill. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 12, 2015last_img read more


Hamilton Honored by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards

first_img View Comments The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Best Musical and Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside And Crazy as Best Play for 2015.Special citations were voted for the theater company Ars Nova and for designer Bob Crowley who is represented this season by the Broadway productions of An American in Paris, The Audience and Skylight.The New York Drama Critics’ Circle is comprised of 23 drama critics from daily newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites based in the New York metropolitan area. The award for Best Play, which has been presented since 1936, is the nation’s second oldest theater award, after the Pulitzer Prize for drama.The Awards will be presented at a private cocktail reception on May 19.The Award for Best Play carries a cash prize of $2,500. The prize is made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation.last_img read more


Miss Saigon Revival Will Bow on Broadway in 2017

first_imgAfter much speculation, it has been confirmed that the London revival of Miss Saigon will land on Broadway in spring 2017. Directed by School of Rock and Les Miz’s Laurence Connor, the West End’s leads, Eva Noblezada and Jon Jon Briones, are set to cross the pond with the Boublil and Schönberg tuner. The production will play a limited engagement at a Shubert theater to be announced through January 15, 2018, before going on a U.S. national tour. First performance and opening night dates will be released later.As previously reported, the West End production of Miss Saigon is scheduled to close at the Prince Edward Theatre to make way for Aladdin on February 27, 2016. This latest incarnation of Miss Saigon will also helicopter into Japan in 2016, before heading to Germany, Australia, Asia and on tour around the U.K., Europe and the Middle East.Cameron Mackintosh, the production’s producer, additionally told the The New York Times that he is still hoping to bring Hamilton to London in 2017 and that the Broadway revival of Cats remains in the works.Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub, owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as “The Engineer.” John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night—a night that will change their lives forever.The West End company currently includes Noblezada as Kim, Briones as The Engineer, Chris Peluso as Chris, Siobhan Dillon as Ellen, Hugh Maynard as John, Sangwoong Jo as Thuy and Natalie Mendoza as Gigi.The original production of Miss Saigon opened at the Great White Way’s Broadway Theatre on April 11, 1991 and shuttered on January 28, 2001. At time of closing it had played 19 previews and 4092 regular performances. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 14, 2018 Miss Saigonlast_img read more


Mary-Louise Parker & Denis Arndt Get Ready for Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg

first_imgMary-Louise Parker & Denis Arndt Heisenberg View Comments Related Showscenter_img After being extended twice off-Broadway, Heisenberg will bow on the Great White Way this fall. Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker and Broadway newcomer Denis Arndt take on the roles of Georgie and Alex, two strangers who meet in a crowded London train station. Their encounter thrusts these two very different individuals into a fascinating and life-changing game. Directed by Mark Brokaw and written by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’s Tony-winning scribe Simon Stephens (see below), Heisenberg brings to life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection. The drama begins performances on September 20 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre with opening night scheduled for October 13. Catch the play and take a look at the pics! Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 11, 2016last_img read more