The wind-chill factor may have been zero degrees outside on Monday night, but numerous dyed-in-the-wool Broadway musical theater fans, who may that morning have complained, “Oh, How I Hate to Get up in the Morning,” nonetheless thought it worth their while to “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag” and “Charleston” over to the Town Hall to hear two dozen singers “Say It with Music” in the latest edition of the popular Broadway by the Year series.
Glee’s resident heartthrob, Darren Criss, will return to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival, for a limited 12-week engagement starting Wednesday, April 29 at the Belasco Theatre. Composer and lyricist Stephen Trask said: “The first time I saw Darren I knew he was a game changer. He’s that good. Then, when we hung out it was like we were old friends. I’m excited to spend the next few months making the show and getting to know each other better. I’m happy that Hedwig can be Darren’s next stop on his way to world domination.” John Cameron Mitchell, who is currently starring as Hedwig and is the book writer said: “I’ve got a grin plastered on my face that Darren is joining the brotherhood of Hedwigs. I LOVED him in How to Succeed. His stage presence is electrifying, his rock and roll credentials and comic timing impeccable and I’m thrilled to be working with him to create a brand-new Hedwig!”
Talk about a pick-me-up video to get you through the end of the week. A theater teacher from Dallas, Scot Pankey, created a delightful video of him and his students dancing to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk.”
Watch after the jump as they dance their way through A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School…
Kermit the Frog used to sing, “It’s not that easy being green.” He must have lived in New York City, where it can be a challenge to responsibly dispose of electronics. Fortunately, the Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is sponsoring an E-waste drive for the theater industry and fans on Wednesday, February 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gershwin Theatre Breezeway at 222 West 51st Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). The recycling event is open to all shows, theaters, industry members and fans.
True, the dead of winter is not New York City’s most shining moment, but if you’re a die-hard theater fan there’s no better time to head to the city and snag discount tickets to some of your favorite shows. Broadway Week returns January 20 through February 5 (yes, that’s actually two weeks) and practically everything on the boards is available, but tickets are going fast.
Some of our top picks include:
The cast of ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)
Honeymoon in Vegas
This new musical, based on the beloved 1992 Nicolas Cage comedy of the same name, stars Tony Danza as Tommy Korman, an aging gangster looking for one last chance at love (no matter the cost), and Rob McClure as Jack, the conflicted young man who must fight Tommy for the love of his fiancée—set against the splashy, campy backdrop of contemporary Las Vegas.
Name: Charlie Williams
Hometown: Cary, North Carolina
The best & worst parts of doing Peter Pan Live on television were: The worst part was the commute. We filmed in a sound stage out in Bethpage, Long Island. It’s a little over an hour commute each way on the Long Island Railroad. That means a lot of early mornings in Penn Station and a lot of late nights on the train. I live in Hell’s Kitchen so I’m not used to such a long commute! The best part was definitely the people. We had such a special cast and I really feel like we all became true friends through the entire process. I miss them all!
When I was a performer at the Kennedy Center Honors (airing Tuesday, December 30th on CBS), I was most starstruck meeting: Pentatonix. I’m a huge Pentatonix fan and we were dancing backup for them on the honors this year! It was great meeting them and finding out that they’re just as cool and down to earth as they seem to be.
Andy Mientus, known primarily for his work touring for Spring Awakening and his roles Off-Broadway, is set to play the openly gay supervillain Pied Piper on CW’s The Flash. The openly gay actor, who is set to marry his partner Michael Arden, tells Variety. that he is proud to play the gay character. “I feel like I’m representing a whole community. People are excited to see this character, so it is a lot of pressure. But I’m glad they are introducing the character to the show. It’s a huge step forward, and I’m thrilled to help make that happen. It’s awesome.” But he is also nervous that he will let down die-hard fans. “The universe of The Flash has such an intense, passionate fanbase, which has existed since the ’60s… so I hope I pulled it off.”
Catch Mientus begining in January.
Broadway Blog editor Matthew Wexler takes a look at some of Broadway’s biggest hits, which are bidding adieu this January.
As 2014 comes to an end, so do the runs of many of our favorite Broadway shows. The current crop of new productions hasn’t been revelatory (perhaps with the exception of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), so it will be especially sad to bid adieu to some of our favorite standbys. But with a slew of vacant theaters comes January, perhaps some new blood will transfuse the Great White Way and get our hearts beating again. In the meantime, let’s take a last look at three of our favorites (plus a couple of bonuses) before they take their final bows…
The original television musical, which aired in 1957, was magically reinvented for the Broadway stage. Originally starring Laura Osnes, the show has seen a several star turns since, including Carly Rae Jepsen and now Keke Palmer. Beyond the gorgeous tunes and innovative design, Douglas Carter Beane retooled the book to make it appealing for a new generation.
Closes January 3, 2015
“My parents are pretty much the opposite of Mama Rose,” jokes Broadway veteran Telly Leung—who plays Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco this weekend—“They have no relationship to showbiz whatsoever. It was harder for me to come out to them as an actor than as a gay man.”
But, the Brooklyn-born Leung, whose irresistibly sweet, clarion singing voice has graced New York productions Pacific Overtures, Wicked, Godspell, and Rent, may crack wise a bit too quickly.
It’s a busy, long weekend ahead for Betty Buckley. From Wednesday through Sunday (November 13-16), the Texas-based Tony-winner brings her latest program of intimate interpretations to Feinstein’s at the Nikko, bringing distinctive idiosyncratic spins to standards and showtunes.
Sunday night also brings the premiere of Buckley’s vanity-eschewing guest gig on the acclaimed HBO series, Getting On, in which she plays a lonely alcoholic patient in the show’s geriatric ward (Her character shares an impromptu same-sex kiss with Laurie Metcalf’s Doctor Jenna James).
And then, after a cross-continental flight, Buckley will take to the stage of the Al Hirschfield Theater in Manhattan as part of Everybody, Rise!, a one-time memorial tribute to the late Broadway doyenne, Elaine Stritch.