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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The best of American theatre tends to come from rare and kinetic collaborations. This season, two such pairs have joined forces for a breathtaking revival of The King and I, which opened on Broadway last night in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The plot of Finding Neverland, a new musical that opened on Broadway last night at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, doesn’t promise many surprises. Google can tell you that (spoiler alert!) J.M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan, and that by... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR There is an airy and dizzying quality to Christopher Wheeldon’s wonderfully imaginative production of An American in Paris, a new musical that opened last night at the Palace Theatre. It feels something like a first gasp of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Hillary may have just set up campaign digs in Brooklyn, but Bill’s two terms are getting a bawdy send-up across the river in Clinton the Musical, which opened Off Broadway at New World Stages last night. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The titular appendage in Hand to God, playwright Robert Askins’ wickedly hysterical play that opened on Broadway last night at the Booth Theatre, goes by the name of Tyrone. He delivers some of the most apt criticism... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Towleroad
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> NBC announced last week that The Wiz will be its next live broadcast musical, with an air date set for December 3. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, newly freed from their two-year stint producing the Oscar telecast, have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR In one remarkable scene of director Stephen Daldry’s arresting and vivid production of Skylight, which opened on Broadway last night at the Golden Theatre, Kyra and Tom, the two main characters in David Hare’s 1995 drama, recall... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Towleroad
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> Brandy Norwood (otherwise known as Brandy) will make her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the long-running production of Chicago, producers Barry and Fran Weissler announced this week. The revival, which opened on Broadway in 1996, has welcomed many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Towleroad
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> As reported earlier, producers have announced that Glee star Darren Criss will take over as Broadway’s next Hedwig on April 29, after the musical’s creator and original star, John Cameron Mitchell, ends his run in the acclaimed revival at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Towleroad
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> Anne Hathaway and director Julie Taymor are teaming up Off-Broadway at the Public Theater this spring for Grounded, a new play by George Brant. The solo show, which was previously produced in New York by Page 73 Productions and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Towleroad
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> Emma Stone will extend her stint as Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Studio 54 for two additional weeks through February 15, and Sienna Miller will take over the role for the musical’s final six weeks of performances through March... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR > Andrew Lloyd Webber announced his new project, a musical adaptation of Richard Linklater and Mike White’s 2003 film School of Rock starring Jack Black, will come to Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre in November 2015. Featuring songs... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Make no mistake: The main attraction at the Booth Theatre, where a prosaic revival of Bernard Pomerance’s 1977 drama The Elephant Man opened last night, isn’t the freak-show headliner in the title, but the A-list name emblazoned... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Towleroad
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> Producers announced that Sting will step into a role in The Last Ship, the new musical for which he wrote music and lyrics, beginning next week on December 9 through January 10. The move is an effort to boost... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Towleroad
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As we revealed earlier today, John Cameron Mitchell will debut in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on January 21, returning to the role he created Off-Broadway 15 years ago and immortalized in the cult-hit 2001 film.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Towleroad
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John Cameron Mitchell will take over as Hedwig in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch beginning January 21 at the Belasco Theatre, Towleroad can reveal. Mitchell, who wrote the musical with Stephen Trask, created the role of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Watching a fisherman means a lot of waiting around for something to happen. If that fisherman happened to be a strapping, Tony Award-winning movie star like Hugh Jackman, you may be very pleased to do just that.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Towleroad
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This month in theatre news, Emma Stone steps in as Sally Bowles, Keira Knightley will make Broadway debut, Pippin to depart and The Heidi Chronicles to move in at the Music Box, Martin Short will join It's Only a Play.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Equal parts cerebral and sexy, Tom Stoppard’s 1982 play about love, deception and the limits of fiction gets a chic, starry revival from Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines theatre, where it opened on Broadway last... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Fire Island lovers already nostalgic for summer will find themselves immediately transported upon entering Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre, where a revival of Terrence McNally’s 1991 play set in the idyllic Pines opened last night. The oceanfront... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR There is a chilling, heart-stopping moment at the height of Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar’s sharp and engrossing Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which opened on Broadway last night at the Lyceum Theatre. Once you recover from the shock of it,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR Anyone who thinks theatre people are a bunch of eccentric, egotistical, navel-gazing kooks will find little to prove them wrong in the starry Broadway premiere of Terrence McNally’s 1982 comedy It’s Only a Play, which opened last... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR The best plays, like the best fiction, force us to see the world in a new way. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a breathtaking new play by Simon Stephens adapted from Mark Haddon’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Towleroad
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This month in theatre news, Lindsay Lohan debuts on the West End, and the KGB, Henry VIII and a deaf leading lady will all play Broadway in 2015. > Lindsay Lohan opened at London’s Playhouse Theatre in David Mamet’s Speed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY NAVEEN KUMAR If you have any doubts that a play with two actors sitting behind a table, scripts-in-hand, can capture the imagination, you can check them at the door of Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where a charming revival of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Towleroad