Climate Change Threatens Summer Stages and Outdoor Performances

In the West, wildfires are stopping shows. Extreme heat has led to cancellations in the South. And changing weather patterns are hobbling performances in the Northeast.

#ashland-ore, #classical-music, #colorado, #culture-arts, #floods, #global-warming, #heat-and-heat-waves, #oregon-shakespeare-festival, #oregon-shakespeare-festival-theater-co, #outdoor-performance, #santa-fe-opera, #shakespeare-in-the-park, #summer-season, #tanglewood-music-festival-lenox-mass, #theater, #weather, #wildfires, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Julia Lester on Her ‘More Knowing’ Little Red Riding Hood

Her bold choices for “Into the Woods” have garnered the 22-year-old actress critical acclaim and a Broadway debut.

#actors-and-actresses, #content-type-personal-profile, #encores-great-american-musicals-in-concert-series, #into-the-woods-play, #lester-julia-2000, #new-york-city-center-theater, #st-james-theater, #theater

‘Shy’ Excerpt: Mary Rodgers on Creating ’Once Upon a Mattress’

In this excerpt from “Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers,” a Broadway musical is born at a summer camp.

#barer-marshall, #books-and-literature, #green-jesse, #music, #once-upon-a-mattress-play, #poconos-pa, #rodgers-mary-1931-2014, #sondheim-stephen, #theater, #thompson-jay, #writing-and-writers

‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Review: An Adaptation That Needs Tailoring

The new Elton John-Shaina Taub musical, based on the popular film about a fashion-world ingénue and her demanding boss, isn’t yet ready-to-wear.

#john-elton, #jones-taylor-iman, #leavel-beth, #shapiro-anna-d, #taub-shaina-1988, #the-devil-wears-prada-play, #theater, #wetherhead-kate

Why ‘Diana’ Is the Show We Didn’t Deserve

On the eve of a concert with three of the flop musical’s talented stars, time to celebrate a production that thrilled loyal fans — and at least one critic.

#de-waal-jeanna, #diana-play, #erin-davie, #roe-hartrampf, #theater

Review: ‘Shy,’ by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green

The daughter of Richard Rodgers, confidante of Stephen Sondheim and composer of “Once Upon a Mattress” holds nothing back in “Shy.”

#books-and-literature, #green-jesse, #once-upon-a-mattress-play, #rodgers-mary-1931-2014, #rodgers-richard, #shy-the-alarmingly-outspoken-memoirs-of-mary-rodgers-book, #sondheim-stephen, #theater

In the Theater, Workers Are Demanding Better Conditions

The requirements of the theater, and the constant physical and emotional risks facing performers, have many demanding their basic needs as humans.

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #benanti-laura, #child-care, #culture-arts, #dancing, #elevator-repair-service, #gray-amber, #mcdonald-audra, #nwandu-antoinette, #oregon-shakespeare-festival, #oregon-shakespeare-festival-theater-co, #organized-labor, #playwrights-realm, #shindle-kate, #theater, #warden-claire, #working-hours

Medieval Times Employees Vote to Unionize in New Jersey

The horsemen, courtiers, stablehands and other performers at ye olde New Jersey tourist attraction formed a new kind of medieval guild when they voted to unionize.

#actors-and-actresses, #american-guild-of-variety-artists, #horses, #medieval-times, #middle-ages-historical-period, #new-jersey, #organized-labor, #theater, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

What to See, Eat and Do in Toronto

It’s the city’s traditional high season and it is celebrating with newly opened hotels and restaurants and a revived live-performance scene.

#culture-arts, #food, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #museums, #music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #summer-season, #theater, #toronto-ontario, #travel-and-vacations

Is the Future of American Opera Unfolding in Detroit?

Yuval Sharon’s wildly innovative stagings, already celebrated in Berlin and Los Angeles, reach new heights in Michigan.

#berlin-germany, #detroit-mich, #hopscotch-opera, #la-boheme-opera, #opera, #sharon-yuval-1979, #the-magic-flute-opera, #theater

When Paying Dues Doesn’t Pay the Rent, How Does the Theater Survive?

Frank talk about salaries and the end of unpaid internships are positive steps, but the cost may be fewer opportunities to learn the ropes.

#embrey-jenna-clark, #gersten-jenny, #halvorsen-lauren, #hiltner-elsa, #labor-and-jobs, #loewald-kate, #oneill-eugene-theater-center, #playco-theater-co, #soho-rep, #theater, #wages-and-salaries, #williamstown-theater-festival

A Chameleon Flies From ‘The Blacklist’ to ‘The Kite Runner’

After nine seasons on the NBC series, Amir Arison is making his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s popular 2003 novel.

#actors-and-actresses, #afghanistan, #arison-amir, #content-type-personal-profile, #croft-giles, #hayes-helen-theater, #hosseini-khaled, #spangler-matthew, #the-kite-runner-play, #theater

At Comedy Shows in Lviv, Crowds Look for Humor Amid a Deadly War

At the Cultural Defense shows in Lviv, comedians and audiences look for humor amid a deadly conflict. Don’t mind the air raid alarms.

#comedy-and-humor, #cult-comedy-hall, #european-union, #lviv-ukraine, #maksym-kravets, #oleksandr-dmytrovych, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #theater, #vadym-dziunko, #youtube-com

‘Long Live the Theater’: Mariupol’s Drama Company to Perform Again

Thirteen members of the Mariupol Drama Theater have reconvened in western Ukraine where they are rehearsing a new play about a Ukrainian dissident who died in a Russian prison camp in the 1980s.

#donetsk-ukraine, #mariupol-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #theater, #ukraine

She’ll Have You at Moo: Milky White and the Power of Puppetry

She breathes, coughs and mourns, and now the cow puppet that captured hearts in the Encores! “Into the Woods” revival is on Broadway.

#debessonet-lear, #encores-great-american-musicals-in-concert-series, #into-the-woods-play, #kanagawa-kennedy, #ortiz-james, #puppets, #sondheim-stephen, #st-james-theater, #theater

The ‘Most Real Richard III There’s Ever Been’

The Royal Shakespeare Company has cast a disabled actor to play the “deformed, unfinish’d” king for the first time. The choice has been hailed as a landmark moment.

#actors-and-actresses, #content-type-personal-profile, #disabilities, #doran-gregory, #hughes-arthur-1992, #richard-iii-play, #richard-iii-king-of-england, #royal-shakespeare-co, #shakespeare-william, #stratford-upon-avon-england, #theater

You Don’t Want to Wear a Mask? Do It for Hugh Jackman

Beginning in July, Broadway will no longer require audiences to mask up. Actors and theater workers aren’t loving the idea.

#actors-and-actresses, #broadway-league, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #jackman-hugh, #lupone-patti, #masks, #sam-rockwell, #st-martin-charlotte, #theater

Velcro or Snaps? The ABC’s of Stripping for a Cause

Broadway Bares began as a response to the AIDS crisis. Thirty years later, the one-night-only burlesque spectacle remains a potent, frisky fund-raiser.

#broadway-cares-equity-fights-aids, #dancing, #mitchell-jerry-1960, #theater

Libyans Try to Move On From Conflict With Comedy and Burgers

After more than a decade of chaos and war, fed-up Libyans are clamoring for peace — and making clear they’ve had enough violence: “We want to taste life, not death.”

#libya, #men-and-boys, #misurata-libya, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #restaurants, #the-government-inspector-play, #theater, #tripoli-libya, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Broadway Will Drop Mask Mandate Beginning July 1

Most theaters stopped requiring proof of vaccination this spring. Now they are going “mask optional.”

#broadway-league, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #theater, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

A Book Has Women in Africa Talking About Sex

“The Sex Lives of African Women” explores women’s experiences, in their own words, helping foster “a sexual revolution that’s happening across our continent.”

#africa, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #kenya, #nairobi-kenya, #sekyiamah-nana-darkoa, #sex, #the-sex-lives-of-african-women-self-discovery-freedom-and-healing-book, #theater, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

They Know Every Page of ‘The Book of Mormon’

Three original cast members, who are still with the audacious musical as it celebrates its 4,000th performance, discussed its history, reception and staying power.

#comedy-and-humor, #eugene-oneill-theater, #graham-bowen, #john-eric-parker, #lewis-cleale, #lopez-robert-1975, #parker-trey, #stone-matt, #the-book-of-mormon-play, #theater

Best and Worst Moments of the Tony Awards

With Joaquina Kalukango’s high notes and Billy Crystal’s lowbrow jokes, the Tonys celebrated Broadway’s return after a tumultuous season.

#2022tonyawards, #actors-and-actresses, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #cbs-corporation, #music, #radio-city-music-hall, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards, #writing-and-writers

‘A Strange Loop’ Wins Best Musical as Tonys Celebrate Broadway’s Return

“The Lehman Trilogy” won best play, “Company” won best musical revival and “Take Me Out” won best revival of a play at the 75th Tony Awards.

#2022tonyawards, #a-strange-loop-play, #company-play, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criss-darren, #debose-ariana, #hough-julianne, #jackman-hugh, #jackson-michael-r, #lansbury-angela, #new-york-city, #sondheim-stephen, #the-lehman-trilogy-play, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

Jennifer Hudson Becomes an EGOT as Co-Producer of ‘A Strange Loop’

The singer and actress was added as a producer of the show as it transitioned to Broadway.

#a-strange-loop-play, #hudson-jennifer, #theater

Tony Award Winners 2022: Updating List

The Tony Awards are being held Sunday at Radio City Music Hall.

#2022tonyawards, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

Ariana DeBose on Hosting the Tonys: ‘Whatever We Do Is Going to Be Fun’

The Broadway ensemble member turned Oscar winner vows that the ceremony will celebrate the often unsung actors who have stepped in so often during the pandemic.

#2022tonyawards, #actors-and-actresses, #debose-ariana, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

Things to Do in Chicago: Food, Museums and More

Theater, art and music are flourishing, and on the culinary scene, a 13-course Filipino tasting menu and a sleek Black-owned winery in Bronzeville are just a few of the city’s new offerings.

#chicago-ill, #culture-arts, #restaurants, #theater, #travel-and-vacations

Is It Finally Twilight for the Theater’s Sacred Monsters?

Many of the “great men” who helped America create its classics, its institutions and its own acting style were tyrants. We need to cut them loose.

#metoo-movement, #actors-and-actresses, #bullies, #edelstein-gordon, #fosse-bob, #horovitz-israel, #kazan-elia, #labor-and-jobs, #robbins-jerome, #rudin-scott, #theater, #wages-and-salaries

Ruth Negga Thinks Lady Macbeth Is Misunderstood

The actress, nominated for a Tony Award for her magnetic performance in “Macbeth,” is drawn to female characters who challenge the status quo.

#actors-and-actresses, #longacre-theater-manhattan-ny, #macbeth-play, #negga-ruth-1982, #passing-movie, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

Portraits of the 2022 Tony Nominees

As Broadway embarked on its road to recovery, these 45 theater artists helped pave the way.

#photography, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

Mark Rylance on ‘Jerusalem’ and the Golf Comedy ‘Phantom of the Open’

The acclaimed British actor explains the links between his tour de force stage turn and a recent string of subdued screen roles.

#actors-and-actresses, #content-type-personal-profile, #jerusalem-play, #movies, #rylance-mark, #the-phantom-of-the-open-movie, #theater

With Cameras on Every Phone, Will Broadway’s Nude Scenes Survive?

Audiences are increasingly asked to lock their phones in pouches at comedy shows, concerts and some plays. But what happens onstage doesn’t always stay onstage.

#nudism-and-nudity, #smartphones, #social-media, #theater, #williams-jesse-1981

Strike First, Strike Hard: How ‘The Karate Kid’ Became a Musical

The new production, an adaptation of the classic 1984 martial arts film, is onstage now just outside St. Louis and aiming for a Broadway run.

#baldwin-kate, #cardoza-john-actor, #kamen-robert-mark, #madrid-keone, #madrid-mari, #miyamoto-amon, #st-louis-mo, #sy-jovanni, #the-karate-kid-movie, #the-karate-kid-play, #theater

This ‘Cats’ Adaptation Has the Kids Singing

J.J. Pearce High School in Texas staged one of the country’s first school productions of “Cats: Young Actors Edition,” a new one-hour version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

#cats-play, #cats-young-actors-edition-play, #concord-theatricals, #education-k-12, #jj-pearce-high-school-richardson-tex, #lloyd-webber-andrew, #texas, #theater

Kevin Spacey Facing Sexual Assault Charges in Britain

British prosecutors said that they had authorized criminal charges against Mr. Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault. He cannot be formally charged unless he enters England or Wales.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #england, #great-britain, #movies, #sex-crimes, #spacey-kevin, #television, #theater

He’s Playing Elvis Presley. But Who Is Austin Butler?

Hollywood thinks he might be the next big star. But with the risky “Elvis” riding on his performance, the magnetic actor is feeling the pressure.

#actors-and-actresses, #butler-austin-1991, #content-type-personal-profile, #elvis-movie, #luhrmann-baz, #movies, #presley-elvis, #theater

Hugh Jackman Is Having Fun Playing as ‘Arrogant as You Possibly Can’

“There’s something about this show that buoys me up with an energy that I didn’t think I had,” the Tony nominee said of “The Music Man.”

#jackman-hugh, #the-music-man-play, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

Myles Frost Stars as Michael Jackson in ‘MJ’ on Broadway

Just five years after he performed as Michael Jackson at a high school talent show, Myles Frost is making his debut in a Broadway musical about the King of Pop.

#actors-and-actresses, #content-type-personal-profile, #frost-myles, #jackson-michael, #mj-play, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards, #wheeldon-christopher

Rosmarie Trapp of the ‘Sound of Music’ Family Dies at 93

She was the last surviving daughter of the baron and the would-be nun depicted in the stage musical and 1965 film.

#austria, #deaths-obituaries, #hammerstein-oscar-ii, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #movies, #music, #rodgers-richard, #stowe-vt, #the-sound-of-music-movie, #the-sound-of-music-play, #theater, #trapp-family-singers-music-group, #trapp-rosmarie-1929-2022

The Twisting Trail to the Tonys: ‘Can You Believe That We’re Here?’

At times it felt like a game of survival. But during a Broadway season unlike any other, productions showed their resourcefulness while learning how to live with Covid.

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #broadway-league, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards, #writing-and-writers

LaChanze, a Tony Nominee, Is Casting Herself in New Roles

The veteran actress, nominated for her work in “Trouble in Mind,” is championing Black artists, producing on Broadway and relishing being cast as the love interest.

#actors-and-actresses, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #lachanze, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards, #trouble-in-mind-play

Let Actors Act

Good performers are able to find a way to portray people who are not like themselves.

#actors-and-actresses, #beale-simon-russell, #black-people, #deafness, #disabilities, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #jews-and-judaism, #lester-adrian, #movies, #race-and-ethnicity, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

After Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle Attacks, Comedy Venues Increase Security

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars. Dave Chappelle was tackled at the Hollywood Bowl. Now some venues are increasing security to protect comedians.

#assaults, #bars-and-nightclubs, #chappelle-dave, #comedy-and-humor, #movies, #rock-chris, #smith-will, #theater

Billy Crystal, “A Strange Loop” and More to Perform in a Broadway Event

Billy Crystal, Shoshana Bean and performers from “Company,” “MJ,” “A Strange Loop,” “Six” and other Tony-nominated shows will share songs and stories.

#a-strange-loop-play, #actors-and-actresses, #bean-shoshana, #broadway-manhattan-ny, #company-play, #crystal-billy, #doyle-matt, #frost-myles, #girl-from-the-north-country-play, #internal-open-access, #kalukango-joaquina, #lee-l-morgan, #mj-play, #mr-saturday-night-play, #paradise-square-play, #six-play, #spivey-jaquel, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

James Ijames on Winning a Pulitzer and Making ‘Hamlet’ a Comedy

The 41-year-old playwright’s show “Fat Ham,” set at a Southern barbecue, hasn’t even had an in-person production yet because of the pandemic.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #ijames-james, #public-theater, #pulitzer-prizes, #theater, #wilma-theater, #writing-and-writers

Tony Awards Nominees 2022: Full List

On Monday, the nominees for the 75th Tony Awards were announced. The ceremony will take place on June 12 on CBS and Paramount+.

#2022tonyawards, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

Most of Broadway Ends Vaccine Checks as Cases Rise in New York

While for-profit theater owners and operators agreed to stop checking proof of vaccination this week, several nonprofit Broadway theaters continue to require it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lincoln-center-theater, #masks, #roundabout-theater-co, #shubert-organization, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

What to Eat, See and Do in Manhattan 

Broadway enthusiasts, art aficionados and food lovers will find new offerings in and around Times Square and in neighborhoods below 42nd Street, heralding the promise of a vibrant recovery.

#art, #basquiat-jean-michel, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hells-kitchen-manhattan-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #meatpacking-district-manhattan-ny, #shutdowns-institutional, #theater, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #travel-and-vacations, #tribeca-manhattan-ny, #whitney-museum-of-american-art

Michael R. Jackson’s Big Broadway Thriller

With his bravura meta-musical, “A Strange Loop,” the playwright is showing Broadway audiences something they have never seen before.

#a-strange-loop-play, #black-people, #detroit-mich, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #jackson-michael, #jackson-michael-r, #theater