Looking for a New Life at a Funeral Home
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Wednesday, February 06, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 6, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How City of No Illusions explores the connection between death and immigration --- In City of No Illusions, a young Syrian refugee named Saad takes a job in a Buffalo, NY funeral parlor run by two elderly sisters. As he makes his way around the coffins, he's shocked to come face-to-face with Agent Ramirez from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Saad...
Victoria Clark on Her Latest Role: Director
By SANDY MACDONALD
Monday, February 04, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 4, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony-winning actress helms Strindberg's The Dance of Death for Classic Stage Company --- Victoria Clark has been job hunting lately, but not in a desperate way. A celebrated Broadway performer since the '80s (Tony nominations for Sister Act, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and Gigi; a win for The Light in the Piazza), she's rarely idle. Yet,...
Your Broadway Spring Preview! 2019 Edition
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, February 01, 2019  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
Fri Feb 1, 2019  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
A guide to 16 upcoming productions The Broadway season is about to kick into high gear with 14 new shows opening between now and the end of April, plus two big summer entries. Highlights include buzzed-about musicalizations of the movies Beetlejuice, Tootsie and Moulin Rouge; revivals of Oklahoma! and Kiss Me Kate; stars getting steamy in Burn This...
Giving the Black Man in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' a Stronger Voice
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Thursday, January 31, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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Why TV star Gbenga Akinnagbe's Broadway debut feels so personal and important --- Most wouldn't see a link between stone-cold killer Chris Partlow from HBO's The Wire, flashy pimp-turned-porn-star Larry Brown on HBO's The Deuce and Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird. But Gbenga Akinnagbe,...
What Does Gen Z Look for In a Musical?
By MATTHEW WEXLER
Wednesday, January 30, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jan 30, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How Be More Chill, The Prom and Dear Evan Hansen are attracting teens and young adults --- "A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have." That mysterious message, used in the promotional materials for Dear Evan Hansen since its 2015 D.C. tryout, immediately captivated teenager...
When's the Last Time You Saw Asian-American Southerners On Stage?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Tuesday, January 29, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 29, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Leah Nanako Winkler on her new play God Said This --- Leah Nanako Winkler started writing God Said This while keeping her cancer-stricken mother company during chemotherapy sessions in Kentucky. "It just came out," the playwright recalls -- though not all at once. Each week Winkler traveled between the Bluegrass State where she grew up and her current...
WATCH: Our Favorite Clips from 'Rent' on Fox
Sunday, January 27, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Sun Jan 27, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Well, Rent on Fox wasn't exactly live, but the show still went on, mostly using prerecorded footage from its dress rehearsal, which is when star Brennin Hunt broke his foot preventing him from participating in a live performance. During the first commercial break the entire cast, including Vanessa Hudgens, Brandon Victor Dixon, Jordan Fisher, Tinashe...
How Do You Go From 40 to 60 to 10 in 100 Minutes?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, January 25, 2019  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jan 25, 2019  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Two-time Tony nominee Johanna Day talks about starring in the nonlinear play Joan --- Last fall when Johanna Day's agent called her about doing Stephen Belber's new play Joan, she immediately shut him down. "I said, 'No, I'm not doing it, and don't send it to me because I know I'll like it because it's Stephen Belber,'" she recalls. A lauded stage...
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