I recently heard that one of my favorite shows, Wicked, was poised to take over the 11th spot on the list of longest-running Broadway shows (overtaking Miss Saigon). I'm excited that it's so close to cracking the coveted top ten, but this also got me thinking about how shows manage to attract audiences for so long.
After thousands of performances, there must be something really special about a show that can continue to hook new generations of theatregoers. After all, there are a lot of good show... [Read more]
He's still rocking Broadway
There is quite the Shakespeare surge this season on the Great White Way. After last season's acclaimed nearly-one-man Macbeth starring Alan Cumming (Cabaret), a more traditional production starring Ethan Hawke (Gattaca) and directed by Jack O'Brien (Hamlet, Hairspray) is slated to begin performances in October. And one of this season's big celebrity vehicles is a new revival of Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom (not exactly a teenager anymore, but Legolas can pr... [Read more]
There have been many rumors about the master magician and illusionist David Copperfield in recent years. He’s been sued for breach of contract for cancelling shows in Jakarta while his Indonesian promoter held onto hundreds of thousands of dollars of his equipment in return. He sued an insurance company for reimbursement of a ransom paid to Russian mafia who had taken his equipment. He fought rumors that he was gay despite his six-year engagement to supermodel Claudia Schiffer. He later was acc... [Read more]
Broadway is the undisputed hub of theatre in the United States, and, many would argue, the world. But just beyond the Great White Way, there are a ton of smaller theatres with a trove of riches to discover. Off-Broadway shows can be just as entertaining, thought-provoking, and innovative as Broadway ones, and many times more so due to reduced commercial pressure, more intimate settings suited to experimentation, and the flexibility that comes with lower running costs. Some of the greatest Broadw... [Read more]
Colin Crowley, one of TL’s own—a customer service team member—will be bringing Harriman-Baines, his unnerving, psychological play, to the Dream Up Festival 2013, an innovative lineup of original drama, music, dance and poetry presented by The Theater for the New City from Aug. 18 to Sept. 18.
The story follows a recluse composer who has a supernatural relationship with the woman who writes the lyrics for his music. An opportunistic reporter corners and blackmails him... [Read more]
(1) Dress the part: This doesn't mean that you need to dress up. At most theatres, there is no real dress code aside from being expected to look like a normal, decent human being (keep it a step above "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service," please). But make sure to dress comfortably. Many theatre seats are packed in quite close together, and if you can't easily cross and uncross your legs, for example, you might be in for a couple of hours of distracting discomfort. And many theatres are also highly ... [Read more]
I love Disney. I know that by your mid-twenties, a lot of people expect you to grow out of it, but I can't help it. There's something about Disney films that takes me back to a simpler place and time, and those guys sure know how to tell a story that tugs at your heart strings.
Having grown up on the films, I was thrilled to find out in my teens that some of my favorites had been adapted as stage musicals. Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King had been huge successes on Broadway, and since the... [Read more]
Orlando, Florida is one of the hottest vacation spots in the country. Having just gotten back from a week-and-a-half-long trip there, I am happy to have been able to see and do so much in the major theme parks that attract so many visitors there each year. But now that I am home, I find myself reflecting and looking back at experiences that have become memories.
As a theatre fan, I was excited to see what live shows I could take in while making my way through the parks, especially since many of... [Read more]
See below for a full list of winners.
This year's Tony Awards proved that if anyone knows how to put on a show, it's Broadway. Neil Patrick Harris returned for his fourth time hosting the ceremony, and he was as charming and witty as ever. He brought us some of his famous mashup concepts for play/musical crossovers, had an intimate moment with Sandy the dog from Annie and, in his musical moments, reminded us that he is a Broadway vet himself, with the chops to prove it. And his closing number ... [Read more]
Look below for full lists of nominees by category and by show.
The nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced today by Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, TV's Bunheads) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (...Spelling Bee, TV's Modern Family). Leading the pack with an amazing 13 nominations is Kinky Boots, the musical written by pop star Cyndi Lauper ("Girls Just Want to Have Fun") and Broadway regular Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray). Following closely are Matilda (12), which was a smash hit in London las... [Read more]