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Double Take! Side Show Returns to Broadway

August 8th, 2014 Comments off
Side Show begins performances at the St. James Theatre Oct. 28. (photo: Cade Martin)

Side Show begins performances at the St. James Theatre Oct. 28. (photo: Cade Martin)

Are you seeing double? Nope – that’s just the return of the cult favorite musical, Side Show, which opens this fall on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Directed by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, Gods and Monsters) making his Broadway directorial debut, this exciting new staging of Side Show has “the flash and velocity of a Hollywood motion picture”and “puts gripping emotion in the main tent” (Los Angeles Times).

Side Show will begin Previews on Tuesday, October 28 with an official Opening Night on Monday, November 17.  On sale beginning August 13 at www.SideShowBroadway.com.

Featuring a score of “supercharged songs” (Charles Isherwood, New York Times), Side Show includes new music by multiple Grammy Award winner, Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Tony Award nominee Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), with book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Bill Russell, additional book material by Bill Condon.

Keep reading over at our sister site, The Broadway Blog…

Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

July 17th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Featureflash

Broadway icon Elaine Stritch has passed away at the age of 89 at her home in Birmingham, Mi. The legendary performer began her illustrious career in 1944 and has been nominated for four Tonys including her performance in William Inge’s 1955 play Bus Stop,  Noël Coward’s 1961 musical Sail Away, Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical Company. Her most iconic theater moment is often cited as her performance of “The Ladies Who Lunch.”

Stritch will be remembered for her vivacious, indefatigable attitude and her love of performing that’s captured best in a recent documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. Watch the trailer after the jump…

Find out more about the legend’s life over at the New York Times. 

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‘On the Town’ Returns to Broadway with Special TV Twist

July 7th, 2014 Comments off
Image via 'On the Town'

Image via ‘On the Town’

Broadway’s On The Town and FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance are teaming up to offer the winner of Season 11 a role in this fall’s highly anticipated Broadway revival, marking an exciting new addition to the TV series’ prize. The show’s winner, crowned “America’s Favorite Dancer,” will be offered the opportunity to join the On The Town cast in Spring 2015.

On Wednesday, July 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, On The Town choreographer Joshua Bergasse (Emmy Award winner for Smash) will choreograph a performance of the show’s iconic opening number, “New York, New York,” featuring the Top 20 finalists.

On The Town, the classic musical comedy love letter to New York City, will return to Broadway this fall in a critically acclaimed production directed by John Rando (Tony Award® for Urinetown) and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse. Bergasse makes his Broadway debut as a choreographer with the production. On The Town will begin previews on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and officially open on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets for the new Broadway revival of On The Town are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

Keep reading over The Broadway Blog… 

A Night on The Town in New York City

July 1st, 2014 Comments off
Jersey Boys at Inside Broadway’s Broadway Beacon Awards (photo: Elena Olivo) via The Broadway Blog.

Jersey Boys at Inside Broadway’s Broadway Beacon Awards (photo: Elena Olivo) via The Broadway Blog.

Writer Lindsay B. Davis hit the streets of NYC to catch the best of Broadway at Inside Broadway’s Beacon Awards and the final concert of Broadway by the Year at Town Hall.

Sometimes I take for granted that on any given night in New York City, I can see some of the best theatrical talent in the world. Other nights, I pause to imagine all the curtains going up in unison and know I could never live anywhere else. My night on the town courtesy of The Broadway Blog provided another perspective, with Inside Broadway’s Beacon Awards at Essex House followed by an impressive Broadway by the Year: The Broadway Musicals of 1990-2014 concert at Town Hall. Nostalgia was definitely the main course on a delicious menu.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog

Broadway Dims Lights for Ruby Dee

June 13th, 2014 Comments off
Ruby Dee (photo: Playbill Vault/Joseph Marzullo/WENN via The Broadway Blog.)

Ruby Dee (photo: Playbill Vault/Joseph Marzullo/WENN via The Broadway Blog.)

The Broadway community mourns the loss of celebrated stage and screen actress Ruby Dee, who passed away on Wednesday at age 91. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tonight, Friday, June 13, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

Ruby Dee was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist whose seven-decade career spanned stage, radio, television and film. Broadway credits include:Checkmates, Purlie Victorious, A Raisin in the Sun, The Smile of the World, A Long Way From Home, Jeb, Anna Lucasta, and South Pacific.

“Ruby Dee inspired so many people both on stage and off. At the Tony Awards last Sunday, both Audra McDonald and Kenny Leon paid tribute to Ruby Dee during their acceptance speeches,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. “I’ve long admired Ruby Dee’s talent as a performer and her tireless activism for civil rights. Our thoughts are with her family and she will be deeply missed.”

Keep reading over at our sister site The Broadway Blog… 

Review: ‘Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding’ Renews its Vows

May 27th, 2014 Comments off
Marilia Angeline and Joe Ferraro in "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" (photo: Michel Delsol) via The Broadway Blog.

Marilia Angeline and Joe Ferraro in “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” (photo: Michel Delsol) via The Broadway Blog.

Summer is nearly here and it’s that time of the year when more couples take their vows and enter into marital bliss. So what better time to revisit the icon of interactive theater, the revival of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding?

Inspired by the creative musings of Mark Nassar and Nancy Cassaro while they were undergraduates at Hofstra University in the late 1970s, the show eventually evolved into a commercial production that opened in February 1988 and ran for 11 years.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Fox and ‘Grease’ Go Together like ‘Ramma Lamma Lamma ka Dinga da Dinga Dong’

April 30th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Paramont via E!

After the wild success of NBC’s live staging of Sound of Music Live!, Fox is hoping to get a piece of the live musical pie by announcing a three-hour broadcast of Grease. As Fox revisits the songs and characters from Rydell High School, the network also hopes to “reimagine some of the most memorable T-Bird and Pink Lady characters.” according to E! Online. It will be some long summer nights before we get to see the special, Fox President Kevin Reilly said that it won’t air until 2015.

“From Broadway to film, and across generations, Grease is one of the most beloved musical stories ever told – and we can’t wait to bring it to our air in a spectacular live event,” Fox’s senior vice president of event series Shana C. Waterman said in a statement. “Its iconic characters and addictive songs make it the perfect fit for Fox, and we’re going to give it the kind of star power and production quality to make every Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and Kenickie out there want to get up and sing along.”

We’re just hoping that John Travolta makes a live TV appearance again, hopefully he’ll remember Sandy’s name.

Review: ‘Casa Valentina,’ Harvey Fierstein’s Heartbreaking House of Cards

April 24th, 2014 Comments off

Broadway Blog editor Matthew Wexler reviews the latest work by Harvey Fierstein.

Patrick Page in Casa Valentina (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.

Patrick Page in Casa Valentina (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.

“When you make the two one… and when you make the MALE AND THE
FEMALE INTO A SINGLE ONE—then shall you enter the Kingdom.”
- The gospel of Thomas, Transvestia Magazine

Casa Valentina, a new play by Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein that opened tonight on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, is not perfect. But as the audience learns by going down the rabbit hole with a little-known group of men ensconced in a bungalow colony in the Catskills circa 1962, life is not perfect. It does not always look the way we want it to. And those who have the fortitude (some may call it courage while others may view it as cowardly) can discover an alternate life… a cryptic duality that exists in fantasy but is realized through a crinoline skirt or a padded bra. This is the world of The Chevalier d’Eon—a secluded enclave operated by husband and wife proprietors George, otherwise known as Valentina (Patrick Page), and Rita (Mare Winningham).

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Three to See in April: Broadway’s Must-See Spring Plays

April 8th, 2014 Comments off
The cast of “Casa Valentina,” a new play by Harvey Fierstein (photo: Henry Leutwyler) via The Broadway Blog.

The cast of “Casa Valentina,” a new play by Harvey Fierstein
(photo: Henry Leutwyler) via The Broadway Blog.

From The Broadway Blog’s editor Matthew WexlerApril showers bring a super storm of Broadway heavyweights hitting the boards this month. From a hilarious musical romp to the latest play from heart-tugger Harvey Fierstein, the season is in full swing as Tony-eligible productions must open before the April 24 cut-off date. Head below 14th Street for an immersive theatrical experience following the trials and tribulations of Imelda Marcos. Shoes not included.

Find out what three plays Wexler included in his round up over at The Broadway Blog.

 

Cocktail Music: Billy Porter

April 4th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via FlyLife.

It’s been almost a decade since the Pittsburgh-born Billy Porter released a solo album, and since then much has changed for the award-winning artist, who grew up singing in the Pentecostal church. Perhaps best known for his Tony Award–winning role as ‘Lola’ in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, Porter’s musical background is based in gospel, soul, and R&B. He released his first solo album, Untitled, on A&M Records, and a second album, At The Corner of Broadway + Soul, on Sh-K-Boom Records. On April 15, 2014, Porter releases his debut on Concord Records, Billy’s Back on Broadway. The album’s title is a nod to Sammy Davis, Jr.’s recording Sammy’s Back on Broadway. “The canon of great Broadway songs is so vast and I have so many favorites that the only way I could narrow them down was to choose a theme,” Porter says. “Once I settled on what I wanted to say and the journey I wanted the listener to take, the songs made their presence known rather quickly.”

Check some of them out after the jump…

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