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View All (4) Liev Schreiber Bryan Cranston Beginning with the Kennedy assassination, All the Way details the first year of Johnson’s presidency, focusing on his involvement with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The drama begins on Air Force One on November 23, 1963, as the plane transports the body of President Kennedy back to Washington, D.C., and Johnson summons his courage to take on the role of commander-in-chief. All The Way starts performances on February 10 at the Neil Simon Theatre. View Comments Related Shows Star Files It’s been months since Breaking Bad went off the air and we know everyone is missing Bryan Cranston something bad (especially these guys). Happily, it’s only weeks until Broadway gets the Emmy and recent Golden Globe winner right here live and in person, as the star of the new Lyndon B. Johnson play All the Way. Tickets are on sale now, so click here to book your seats! In addition to Cranston as the gruff 6’4″ Texan politician, the show features Michael McKean as J. Edgar Hoover, Brandon J. Dirden as Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Petkoff as Hubert Humphrey, Rob Campbell as Governor George Wallace, Tony nominee John McMartin as Richard Russell and Roslyn Ruff as Coretta Scott King and Fannie Lou Hamer. All the Way Roslyn Ruff Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Michael McKean
The Classic Stage Company’s off-Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man has canceled its performance January 17 due to an injury sustained during last night’s show. Bill Buell, who plays Jeraiah Jip and has no understudy, fractured his ankle while off-stage due to a set malfunction. The remainder of the show was canceled on January 16. A Man’s A Man started preview performances on January 10, with opening night set for January 30. A replacement actor is currently being found. View Comments A Man’s A Man tells the story of Galy Gay, a simple man out shopping who, by the trickery of some soldiers, is turned into a soldier, enlisted into Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and, eventually, reassembled into a killing machine. The play is Brecht’s ode to the inhumanity of man. Directed by Brian Kulick, A Man’s A Man’s cast also includes Justin Vivian Bond, Gibson Frazier, Martin Moran, Jason Babinsky, Steven Skybell, Stephen Spinella, Ching Valdes-Aran and Allan K. Washington. The production features new music by Grammy and Tony-winning singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik.
JAMES SNYDER “A Road Most Traveled” – 8/4 at 7PM The If/Then star makes his 54 Below debut with a show that explores his own “what if?” moments, from starring in shows such as Cry-Baby, Rock of Ages and Carousel to getting married, finding out you’re going to be a dad and (of course), killing it on your very own Broadway.com video blog. Tag along on Snyder’s fun journey! GET TICKETS Dozens of stars flock to the 54 Below stage every week to show us what they got. Here are just some of the nightclub’s recently announced, sure-to-be amazing sets. Mark your calendars for these Broadway faves at the intimate supper club! 54 SINGS THE WIZ 8/10 at 7PM & 9:30PM We are so ready to ease on down the road (stairs?) to check out the latest installment of the nightclub’s “54 Sings” series. Tony nominees Vivian Reed and Adriane Lenox and Broadway alums Ken Page, Kingsley Leggs and Beautiful’s Rashidra Scott are just some of the names set to feel a brand new day. Belt it out with Dorothy and company for one night only! GET TICKETS HELENE YORKE “My Blossom Dearie” – 9/29 at 7PM The Bullets babe is trading in Olive’s hot dog-crazed shtick for something chic and subtle. Yorke’s 54 Below debut will celebrate a supper club star in her own time: jazz and blues singer Margrethe Blossom Dearie. Yorke will recreate the singer’s jazz sound with her own whimsical style and teases that there may be a few sweet surprises (bananas?). GET TICKETS CHRIS MILLER & NATHAN TYSEN “Tuck Everlasting & More” – 9/15 at 7PM & 9:30PM They’ve been heard at rock clubs, off-Broadway theaters and Sesame Street. The song-writing duo will welcome a host of Broadway talent to perform numbers from their shows, including The Burnt Part Boys and Fugitive Songs, plus a taste of their upcoming Tuck Everlasting. GET TICKETS THIS AMBITIOUS ORCHESTRA: CABARET 7/23 at 9:30PM Don’t tell mama, but while Alan Cumming and co. perform at Studio 54, another group of fishnet-clad entertainers are ready to bid you “Willkommen” downstairs. These symphonic rebels, along with some of New York’s finest nightclub singers, will present the Kander and Ebb tuner with arrangements infused with a glam rock sound. GET TICKETS PATRICK PAGE “Good to be Bad” – 8/27 at 7PM Our favorite Broadway bully is back! After a dastardly performance at the nightclub in January, Page returns to explore some of musical theater’s greatest villains and antiheroes we love to loathe—from Captain Hook to Sweeney Todd. What better man to take us on a diabolical journey than the Green Goblin/Scar/the Grinch/Henry VIII himself?! GET TICKETS LOUIS ST. LOUIS “Still Comin’ In Through the Kitchen” – 9/9 & 10 at 7PM He’s a man of many talents: composer, arranger, singer and then some. But before making a name for himself on shows like Smokey Joe’s Café, St. Louis started out in the cabaret scene. He returns to his roots to present a night of original songs that can be heard in Grease (and its infamous sequel), Disco People and more. GET TICKETS View Comments SAYCON SENGBLOH “Vintage Pop Soul” – 8/13 at 7PM & 8/29 at 11PM While her time in the electrifying Holler If Ya Hear Me may be cut short, this Broadway star, whose past credits include Motown, Fela! and Wicked, makes her debut at the supper club this summer. Expect popular tunes of past and present, hits from the Broadway stage and some originals from her EP: Southern Pin-Up. GET TICKETS
We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 10 out of 10 sets of the good china. LOOK OUT FOR… 1:54. News flash—in order to keep a man truly happy, a woman must be a princess in the parlor, a magician in the kitchen and a temptress in the bedroom…and then start rearranging the order. (Huh?!) WHY WE LOVE IT This musical ode to relationships has it all: Sexual innuendos that make no sense, archaic ideas of what a woman should do to make a man happy, and of course, Jerry Orbach. The 1976 salute to Company on Mitzi: A Tribute to the American Housewife features a star-studded cast (yes, that’s Ted Knight from The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and some seriously weird ‘70s fashion. We’re still not sure which is worse—Jerry Orbach’s pointy orange collar or the party guest with the red evening gown and giant glasses. View Comments MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Side Show Wasn’t Live in Times Square Turns out that the live broadcast in Times Square of Side Show ‘s Act One finale on the revival’s opening night wasn’t so live after all. The New York Times reports that the “Who Will Love Me as I Am?,” number had been recorded at a previous performance. Whatever the case, Erin Davie and Emily Padgett are the real deal who sing the tuner live eight shows a week at the St. James Theatre, and we love them as they are. View Comments Andy Mientus is Back in Les Miz Our hearts are full of love at this news. Andy Mientus returns to his starring role of Marius in Les Miz on November 19. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner had been on hiatus while he filmed his two-episode arc on The Flash. Understudies Chris McCarrell and Matt Rosell had been stepping in, in his absence. Welcome back, Andy! Own a Piece of Hairy Hedwig History Hedwig fan? You can own Neil Patrick Harris’ original Miss Beehive 1963 wig that was used in the first portion of his Tony-winning run as the internationally ignored song stylist. Designed by Mike Potter and styled by legendary N.Y. drag queen Perfidia, the wig is being auctioned off to benefit New York Stage and Film.
We didn’t forget them! The Bombshell benefit concert that we’ve been lifting our skirts for since last month will welcome some familiar faces. Katharine McPhee has confirmed to Zap2it that she, along with her Smash co-star and on-screen rival Megan Hilty and other alums of the ill-fated NBC series, will take the stage for one night only to benefit the Actors Fund. As previously reported, the fictional Marilyn Monroe musical will come to life on June 8—one week prior to the initially announced June 15 date—at a venue to be announced. But Hilty’s not the only one joining McPhee. “It’s so cool,” said McPhee. “Me and Megan—everyone—Debra [Messing], Anjelica [Huston]. It’s going to be so fun. That was such a great, really fun—another really special job.” Additional cast members throughout Smash’s two seasons included Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus, Leslie Odom Jr., Bernadette Peters, Brian d’Arcy James and Will Chase. In the series, McPhee played Karen Cartwright, a fresh-faced struggling actress from Iowa who gets her big break in the Marilyn Monroe bio-musical. Among her competitors for the role included Broadway vet Ivy Lynn, played by Hilty. Messing played Julia Houston, the musical’s lyricist, and Huston took on the role of Eileen Rand, the steadfast, martini-throwing producer. We’ll have to wait to see if the two who played behind-the-scenes roles will finally have their chance in the Bombshell spotlight. View Comments
What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write? Find something else to do. I do 500 things before I sit down and write. When I actually have to try and write, I’ll pray. I’ll say a prayer, you know, after I smoke 500 cigarettes and check my email and whatever. Prayer helps. What essential items do you like to have on hand when you write? Unfortunately, cigarettes. I like a candle. And lately I’ve been wearing sweatpants—basketball sweatpants. I spend a lot of time at my desk when I’m not writing, and when I put the sweatpants on, that’s a reminder it’s time to go to work. Like a uniform. What’s something you think all aspiring playwrights should know, do and/or see? All aspiring playwrights should see theater and also act and direct. I’ve done backstage, front stage, small parts, big parts, direct. It all helps. Get your hands dirty in the theater. Even if you’re sweeping up, you’re going to learn. You’ll learn more than you can read in a book or just focusing on your story. I try to write my plays in such a way that someone’s going to want to play every part. Between Riverside and Crazy What play that changed your life? View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Was there a specific event that sparked the idea behind Between Riverside and Crazy? Yes, there were two events. The first was I moved in [to his sprawling Riverside Drive apartment] the night my mother died. I moved in to take care of my dad. The idea of him being alone just seemed impossible to me. The other event was the color of the day shooting: A white police officer shot a black undercover transit officer. It was a really sad case, and I knew I wanted to try and write about it. Though Stephen Adly Guirgis is the ultimate multi-hyphenate—he’s a writer, director, actor, educator and former co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company—he is best known for his visceral and engaging plays. These include the Tony-nominated The Motherf*cker with the Hat (his only Broadway credit), Our Lady of 121st Street, In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train and many more. His latest work, Between Riverside and Crazy, is a semi-autobiographical piece that centers on a retired cop and the inhabitants of his Upper West Side apartment. Guirgis graciously invited Broadway.com into his writing space, answered a few questions about his process and even picked up a pen for us. Related Shows How do you stay motivated to finish a piece? Deadlines! That’s the only real motivation. It’s a motivator even to start a piece. If I had an idea that I want to try to write something, I might call you guys and be like, “Hey, I’m doing a reading in a week, can you be in it?” I haven’t written anything, but now I’m like, “All right, I have to write something!” That will get me started. I keep creating those artificial deadlines, and then the real deadlines eventually kick in. Name a playwright that influenced you. What’s your favorite line in Between Riverside and Crazy? What’s the best piece of advice you ever received about writing? Writing is rewriting. I agonize over the first draft. Somehow I feel it needs to be birthed perfectly, but really the trick is just get that first draft out. You can revise and rewrite, and hopefully you’re going to make it better and better. What time of day do you get your best work done? Middle of the night. Definitely. When everyone else is asleep. When there’s nothing else to do and no one else to call. What’s the nitty gritty hard work of being a playwright that nobody ever told you? It’s hard. The hardest thing is doing it. It sounds like a simple answer: sit down and stay down. But if you sit down and stay down, something will happen. And you just repeat, repeat, repeat.
Experience the City of Light in the Big Apple this spring! An American in Paris officially bows at the Palace Theatre on March 13, and the Gershwin-flavored production, based on the beloved 1951 movie musical starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, seems like a natural fit for Broadway. So what took so long for it to get here? Let’s embark on a s’wonderful musical journey. View Comments …But it got complicatedSong-and-dance star Gene Kelly joined Minnelli’s cause, but MGM executives didn’t understand the ambitious undertaking the duo had in mind, so the pair arranged screenings of The Red Shoes and a 1934 cartoon, La joie de vivre. Freed got the film rights to An American in Paris from George’s brother, Ira, during another friendly pool game; Ira also agreed to consult on new lyrics, according to George Lucas’s Blockbusting. Freed also convinced a super-busy Alan Jay Lerner (Royal Wedding, Brigadoon) to write the script. Lerner did so in three months, finishing the final draft the night before his wedding. Who’s ready for a challenge?Fast forward to the ’90s, when the success of another Gershwin Broadway musical, Crazy for You, prompted the estates of Ira and George Gershwin to approach producers Stuart Oken and Van Kaplan with a question: what about staging An American in Paris? The answer: grand skepticism. “We couldn’t get our heads around how to take this iconic film to the stage,” Oken told The New York Times. “The one thing we agreed on was that for this piece you needed a unified vision, not a choreographer doing one thing and a director another. The list of people who had those tools was very short.” Bonjour, Broadway!The new and nuanced musical opens at Broadway’s Palace Theatre, with Cope, Fairchild and more of the Paris production’s original stars reprising their roles. “It plays on two fronts,” Wheeldon told Broadway.com. “It’s the friendship and the bonding and the love story, and also the creation of art and the struggle to create art.” And of course, there’s the music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. “You hear the music and you hear that orchestra swelling, and you can’t help but have chills,” Fairchild added. Sounds like it’s definitely worth the wait! The movie started simply…In 1949, MGM set their sights on a Gershwin musical. According to film critic Emanuel Levy, producer Arthur Freed, representing the studio, envisioned the movie revolving around “an expatriate Yank living in Paris” with a finale that featured a full-length ballet set to Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Musical director master/Liza’s dad Vincente Minnellii (Meet Me in St. Louis), a friend of the Gershwins and a Francophile, jumped on board. All they needed was a script, actors, and studio support for An American in Paris. No problem! The legend continued…Gershwin’s An American in Paris, performed by the New York Philharmonic, premiered December 13, 1928 at Carnegie Hall. The Brooklyn Eagle observed that the crowd responded “with a demonstration of enthusiasm impressively genuine in contrast to the conventional applause which new music, good and bad, ordinarily arouses.” Afterward, Gershwin was presented with a silver humidor inscribed by his friends. Among those who signed? Oh, some dudes named Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin. Despite MGM’s reluctance, it’s a hitAmazingly, most of An American in Paris was filmed on MGM soundstages. The studio actually prepared audiences that the movie—which includes the now-famous 17-minute, $450,000 ballet sequence—might not be the typical fare they adore. Caron’s performance, at least according to her, consists of “a shy girl trying to get off that silly smile that was sort of pinned on her face.” It worked! The movie was a box-office and critical smash. It won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture—Kelly also took home an honorary trophy for his choreography. Paris began as a travel guideBefore it hit the big screen and Broadway, An American in Paris was George Gershwin’s self-described “rhapsodic ballet.” The great composer wanted “to portray the impressions of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city, listens to the various street noises, and absorbs the French atmosphere.” Gershwin worked on the piece in Paris (naturally), but also wrote portions of the new work in New York, Connecticut, and Vienna. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 The dancing came laterGershwin always considered An American in Paris a ballet, and dancers eventually pirouetted into the picture. It began with a “considerably abridged setting” in Gershwin’s musical Show Girl. In 1936, Chicago choreographer and dancer Ruth Page created a two-person ballet, Americans in Paris. Fourteen years later, she revised it into Les Américains à Paris. Sadly, Gershwin did not live to see the show’s full impact. He died in 1937 at age 38. Kelly was a triple threatGene Kelly not only played the lead role of Jerry, the soldier-turned-painter who calls Paris home after World War II—he also choreographed the film and helped with casting. He had a French dancer in mind to play Lise, his elusive love interest: Leslie Caron of Les Ballets de Paris de Roland Peti. In Paris, Kelly asked 17-year-old Caron to do a screen test with him. She got the part, and three days later, she moved to America with her mom…into a Culver City motel located behind an electrical plant. Back to the Eiffel TowerMore than eight decades after Gershwin traveled to France for inspiration, the new musical adaptation of An American in Paris premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on November 22, 2014, starring Royal Ballet veteran Leanne Cope, New York City Ballet principal dancer Robert Fairchild, and Broadway mainstays Max Von Essen, Veanne Cox and Jill Paice. “Parisians are going gaga over An American in Paris,” reported NPR. “It’s not hard to see why…It’s filled with fabulous dancing and all those great Gershwin tunes.” Hey, you know where else they love great dancing and tunes? New York City! A Brit in New YorkOne guy definitely had the tools: Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. In 2002, he participated in a reading for a potential musical version with playwright Wendy Wasserstein. Three years later, he choreographed an An American in Paris ballet to Gershwin’s score for the New York City Ballet. In fall 2010, Oken asked Wheedon to direct the musical. Wheeldon declined, citing his lack of directing experience. Months later, he reconsidered. Wheeldon officially committed after passing muster with the Gershwin estate—he presented a 60-page treatment of the show developed with author Craig Lucas. Gershwin took l’ambiance seriouslyParis stoked Gershwin’s creativity. Composer and pianist Mario Braggiotti was studying there when he visited Gershwin at the Hotel Majestic. “Beside his Steinway was a group of bridge tables covered with all sizes and makes of French taxi horns,” Braggiotti recalled. Gershwin explained the scene: “I’m looking for the right horn pitch for the street scene of a ballet I’m writing. Calling it An American in Paris. Lots of fun.” Would audiences agree? Related Shows An American in Paris
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Idina Menzel & Frozen Make Billboard Awards ShortlistFinalists for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards have been announced and unsurprisingly those frozen fractals are still spiraling all around! “Let It Go,” sung by Broadway superstar Idina Menzel, made the shortlist for Top Streaming Song (Video) and Frozen received a Top Soundtrack nod. The ceremony airs live on ABC on May 17 from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, so there’s conceivably enough time for the Tony winner to stop by before she kicks off her world tour in South Korea on May 30…Roger Rees Needs to Call GhostbustersThe Lyceum Theatre, currently playing host to the Chita Rivera-led The Visit, apparently has a ghost—and co-star Roger Rees is convinced that it’s none other than the legendary Bob Fosse. The Tony winner exclusively told Broadway.com: “At the Wednesday night show, I heard a faint voice in the air say, ‘The greatest women on stage are differently beautiful—they’re completely truthful and at the same time, not quite real. They’re better than real. That’s Chita. Better than real.’ I recognized the voice. Fosse!” Rees should know—he was cast by Fosse in the cult film Star ’80. Time to call the Ghostbusters in?Cherry Jones & More Channel Stephen KingTwo-time Tony winner Cherry Jones and Broadway alum Chris Cooper will star alongside the previously announced stage and screen star James Franco in 11/22/63. According to Variety, the Hulu original nine-episode event series, from JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot and Stephen King’s novel about J.F.K.’s assassination, will be helmed by Kevin Macdonald. Franco will take on the role of Jake Epping, a teacher who travels back in time to try and stop the tragedy; Jones will play Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother and Cooper a pal and mentor to Epping.B’way Vet Bob Gaynor ‘Fighting For his Life’Bob Gaynor, who made his Broadway debut in Aida and has since been seen on the Main Stem in Taboo, Sweet Charity, Catch Me If You Can and Leap of Faith, is currently in ICU at a hospital in N.J., “fighting for his life.” Catherine Porter, who co-starred with Gaynor in a 2012 Alliance Theatre staging of Next to Normal, has established a fundraising page to help his fight here. We at Broadway.com wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.Brynn O’Malley & More Win Big at Helen Hayes AwardsShifting gears, the Helen Hayes Awards, which recognize excellence in theater in the Washington, D.C. area, took place on April 6 and we love the below picture posted by Brynn O’Malley of all the Lead Actress in a Musical nominees. Honeymoon in Vegas alum O’Malley ended up winning for Sunday in the Park with George but they are all winners to us! In total, the revival garnered four trophies including Outstanding Musical, a category it shared with Side Show, which picked up three. In the non-musical categories, the world premiere of Colossal dominated, winning four, including the prestigious Outstanding New Play or Musical Award. Star Files Idina Menzel