I must have been about eight-years-old when I jumped off the couch in our family room and fractured my wrist. I was trying to fly and had gallantly tied a bed sheet around my neck in an attempt to soar through the air. Grounded for the season (not by my parents, but by the injury), I set up shop at the kitchen table with my dad’s old dopp kit filled with markers and crayons and a stack of poster board, provided by my mother who I’m sure hoped that a more sedentary expression of my creativity would be the safer route.
Before there was Candace Bushnell or Lena Dunham, there was Wendy Wasserstein. The Brooklyn-born, Ivy League graduate carved a niche in contemporary theater with her uncompromising explorations of women, beginning with her Yale graduate thesis, Uncommon Women and Others. She revisited those themes in a more expansive capacity in The Heidi Chronicles, now receiving a respectable Broadway revival starring Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, Jason Biggs (American Pie), and Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder).
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Gigi takes place in the world of La Belle Epoque Paris—what is your most romantic destination?
Nowhere specific comes to mind, but picture a cabin somewhere surrounded by woods and nature, on top of a mountain and overlooking a beautiful body of water in the warmth of summer. That would be the perfect romantic atmosphere for me.
Favorite French pastry?
I haven’t been fortunate enough to try many authentically French pastries, but I do love an éclair (especially topped with chocolate icing)!
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An all-male version of Chicago‘s famous “Cell Block Tango” shows Joshua Buscher-West, Marty Lawson, Alfie Parker Jr., Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, Alex Ringler, and Ryan Steele take on the famously female-driven song. The performance, part of Broadway Backwards, took place earlier this month, helps raise funds for Broadway Cares.
Check out the fantastic performance after the jump…
I was in the sixth grade in 1952 when Elizabeth II became Queen of England, a year before her internationally televised coronation. Her almost always unruffled, dignified, royal presence for over 60 years, despite various scandals, tragedies, and contretemps within the British monarchy, has been one of the few signs of stability in the postwar world. However, given the controlled nature of such things, her private persona is something of a mystery to the general public. The opportunity to get to know her better, even if only through her representation by a superb actress, is at least partly responsible for the success of the 2006 movie, The Queen, written by Peter Morgan and starring Dame Helen Mirren in an Academy Award-winning performance; it’s also a likely driving force behind yet another Morgan-Mirren Queen Elizabeth production, The Audience, now on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, following its West End success in 2013 for which Mirren won an Olivier Award.
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.