Additional subway service is operating on several additional lines today, and Monday morning service on both the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad will offer close to regularly scheduled service as possible as the MTA rail and subway network continues to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. (more...)
The new Broadway production of the Tony Award winning play The Heiress defied Hurricane Sandy and opened on Thursday night, November 1. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there to chat with the whole team on the big night. Check out what they had to say by clicking below! (more...)
Hurricane Sandy has caused the cancellation of much of New York's theatre over the past few days. All Broadway shows are back up and running as of today, Sunday, November 4th, with many offering post-hurricane discounts and special offers. Many of the city's off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theatres are still struggling. BroadwayWorld has compiled a list of what's on and what's not, plus the latest subway recovery map from the MTA. (more...)
Gavin Creel and and Jared Gertner of THE BOOK OF MORMON First National Tour are offering a backstage experience to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Hurricane Sandy relief. Watch their announcement below! (more...)
According to The Telegraph, Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael took the stage to some harsh words from the audience in her debut in Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre on November 2nd. What's even more surprising is that the critical exclamation came from former director of the National Theatre Sir Peter Hall. (more...)
Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center Carl Siciliano has announced that the organization's Drop-In Center on West 22nd Street in charge of medical care, HIV testing, mental health services, housing referrals, employment assistance and more, has been destroyed. (more...)
The new musical Kinky Boots, from four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (book) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Music & Lyrics), ends its pre-Broadway run at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre today, November 4, 2012. Kinky Boots will begin preview performances on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, with an official opening night set for Thursday, April 4, 2013. (more...)
On November 3rd, the cast of BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL performed and signed copies of their cast album, which was released in stores last month, at Barnes & Noble. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you photos of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Amanda Green, Ariana DeBose, Gregory Haney, Adrienne Warren, Taylor Louderman, Nicolas Womack, Ryann Redmond, Dominique Johnson and more below! (more...)
Artistic Directors Bick Goss and Frank Evans and Board President Stephen Hanks announce the first presentation of their series of new musicals for 2012-2013: NEUROSIS: THE MUSICAL, with Book by Allan Rice (“New Adventures of Old Christine” CBS), Music by Ben Green, Lyrics by Greg Edwards (“White House Christmas” music by Marvin Hamlisch.) Director is Andy Sandberg (LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA; on Broadway and London’s West End as a producer of HAIR (2009 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Awards) and the recent revival of Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN (2012 Tony Award Nomination). (more...)
Rentrak's President of Theatrical Worldwide, Ron Giambra commented, "Skyfall continues at No. 1 worldwide, with a huge weekend gross of $156 million from 81 international markets. The 10-day cume now stands at $287 million. Madagascar 3 crossed the $500 million mark internationally last week and Hotel Transylvania reached $100 million overseas this weekend."
Today, November 4, 2012, a troupe of Broadway's most promising young performers will stage an evening of song and dance at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, New York City. Lee Godburn, an artist and a producer, and Mamma Mia! cast member Sharone Sayegh are producing the event. (more...)
According to a release by the MTA, MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota announced that service on NYC Transit subways will be curtailed beginning at 7 p.m. today, Sunday, October 28, and the bus network within the following two hours. As of right now, all Broadway shows are on as schdeduled for today. Stay tuned to BWW for any future updates. (more...)
As a result of the suspension of public transportation by government authorities in preparation for the incoming storm, all Broadway performances on Sunday evening, October 28th and Monday evening, October 29th will be cancelled.
Several weeks ago, ROCKY's leading actor Drew Sarich and fellow star Wietske van Tongeren, who plays Adrian, met with filmmakers to bring new life to the 1976 film, shooting some of its most well-known scenes for the musical's trailer. Go behind the scenes at the shoot below! (more...)
It's time for episode fifteen of BWW's exclusive TV series - CHEWING THE SCENERY WITH Randy Rainbow! In this week's episode, Randy goes ona date with BakersWife76 only to find that they have more in common than he thought...or do they?. Click below to watch episode 16! (more...)
In the second of two sold-out shows at Joe's Pub in New York City last night, October 27, 2012, Kris Allen sang "Falling Slowly" from the movie and Broadway musical ONCE, written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Watch his performance below! (more...)
In response to the announced closing of the New York City mass transit system, and in the interest of guest, cast and company safety, the following performances have been cancelled: Mary Poppins Sunday, October 28th 6:30 New Amsterdam Theatre, The Lion King Sunday, October 28th 6:30 Minskoff Theatre, Newsies Monday, October 29th 7:30 Nederlander Theatre. (more...)
According to Idina Menzel's website, her Carnegie Hall concert set for tomorrow night, October 29, 2012, has been rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy. The new date is November 4, 2012 at 8 p.m. (more...)
Broadway Impact knows how much you care about equal rights, but with a hurricane about to hit New York City, the organization thought it might be best to cancel the marriage equality phone bank planned for tomorrow night, October 29th. (more...)
Tonight, October 28th at 8pm, BroadwayUnderstudies.com has once again invited some of Broadway's most talented understudies to the stage of the Laurie Beechman Theatre to share their rare talent—the ability to perform at a second's notice. They'll be thrown into the fire in "Half Hour 2: A Last Minute Concert," a show where even they don't know what they'll be singing before they step up to the microphone. The audience will get to vote on what song each performer will sing. (more...)
The Broadway at Birdland concert series has announced that Rachel Potter, one of the stars of the Broadway production of Evita, will make her Birdland debut tonight, October 28 at 6pm. Her special guests will be singers Tituss Burgess, Orfeh and The Vanity Belles. (more...)
Theatre C has announced the cast for '54' - the Musical in concert at The Cutting Room on Sunday, November 11th from 6 to 8:30pm. The Cutting Room is located at 44 East 32nd Street, New York, NY. (more...)
Due to unsafe weather, that Broadway Sings for Pride's Broadway After Dark scheduled for Monday, October 29, 2012 is CANCELLED. It will be rescheduled for next MONDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2012 at SPLASH. (more...)
Lincoln Center Theater has announced that is has been forced to cancel tonight’s (Sunday, October 28) 7pm performance of the LCT3 production of DISGRACED at the Claire Tow Theater due to the incoming storm and the shutdown of the New York City transit system tonight at 7pm. Today’s 2pm matinee of DISGRACED will be performed as scheduled. (more...)
To mark the start of previews for the Biblically-themed SCANDALOUS, subtitled “The Life And Trials Of Aimee Semple McPherson” and based on her impossible-to-believe, yet real-life story, today we are taking a look back at the recent religious fervor on the Great White Way, particularly given the faith-centered original musicals THE BOOK OF MORMON, SISTER ACT and LEAP OF FAITH, to say nothing of the recent revivals of the seminal 70s rock musicals JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and GODSPELL. Hell - ahem, heck - we even just got an Off-Broadway revival of CARRIE (and a new cast album, too)! (more...)
CAROLS FOR A CURE is the annual two-disc holiday CD compilation of original songs and holiday classics which benefits BC/EFA. These CDs boast the best voices from the worlds of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours. The cast of Broadway's ONCE was recently hard a work recording their track for the album. Check out our exclusive photos from their recording session below! (more...)
BroadwayWorld collected all of yesterday's evening Saturday Intermission Pics to bring you Part 2 of our October 20th SIP round-up! Yesterday's evening photos featured the cast of EVITA's "SkeleTONES" workshopping for "Broadway Scares", a couple of strange "playdates" with the touring cast of THE BOOK OF MORMON, and photos from KINKY BOOTS, NEWSIES, BRING IT ON, ROCK OF AGES, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, JERSEY BOYS, MARY POPPINS, WICKED, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and a bunch of regional productions from across the US, plus one from New Zealand! (more...)
Amas Musical Theatre, in association with Scandobean Productions, LLC, presents a new musical with book, music and lyrics by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen entitled The Other Josh Cohen. It is directed by Tony Award-winning Ted Sperling, with choreography by Andrew Palermo and musical direction by Vadim Feichtner. The Other Josh Cohen opened last night, October 20, 2012. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you opening night coverage below! (more...)
JD Productions presents a reading of new musical FRIENEMIES, guest staring Broadway veteran Annie Golden, on Saturday, October 27th at the Underground Lounge. Doors open at 8pm, show at 8:30pm. (more...)
Shoshana Bean's Friday Night Soul Shakedown kicked off on October 19th as part of Rockwell Table & Stage's official grand opening and will continue every Friday night until further notice. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from opening night below! (more...)
Musicals Tonight! continues its ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys and Understudies with its next edition of At This Performance…™ to be held tonight, October 21st at The Lion Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street at 7 PM. (more...)
Jeff Leibow of JERSEY BOYS announced the 2nd Annual NF Hope Concert set to take place today, October 21 at 1 p.m. at Harrah's Las Vegas. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to NF Network, a non-profit organization that serves families and individuals with neurofibromatosis, more commonly known as NF. The second rendition of the NF Hope Concert will include performances by some of the biggest names in Las Vegas as well as an impressive live and silent auction. (more...)
Today, Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director announced that the Honorary Chairs, Sheldon Harnick and Maury Yeston join Encompass New Opera Theatre in celebrating Alan Menken’s life in the American theatre, film and recording world tonight, October 21, 2012 at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York City. (more...)
Tonya Pinkins (Tony nominee for Caroline or Change), Max Crumm (Grease revival), Lindsay Mendez (Godspell), and Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet, Company revival), join the cast of Broadway Originals! today, October 21 at 3 p.m. at Town Hall. (more...)
Christina Applegate, who hosted last night's Saturday Night Live on NBC, took on the role of Jillian Chizz, Bob Fosse expert and dance teacher, in the final sketch of the October 13th episode. No stranger to Broadway, Applegate shows off her moves in the clip below! (more...)
Earlier this week, the cast of AMERICAN IDIOT set out for Southhampton, where they will launch the UK tour of Green Day’s explosive, award-winning Broadway rock musical, which will culminate in a London season at the legendary HMV Hammersmith Apollo from December 4 - 16. Before the company left for he UK, they invited BroadwayWorld's Randy Rainbow to a New Jersey salon, where they gathered to get haircuts, dye jobs and receive overall touch-ups on their punk rock looks. Check out exclusive interviews with the cast below! (more...)
Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened Saturday evening, October 13, 2012, at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street), exactly 50 years to the day of the play’s original Broadway opening on Saturday, October 13, 1962. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)
Deadline.com reports that a deal is now in place for Belle Pictures and the Mark Gordon Company to head a film adaption of Memphis at Warner Brother's Aclon Entertainment.
The film will be produced by Mark Gordon, Molly Smith and Alcon's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson with a new script by Tony-winner Joe DiPietro.
Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened last night, Saturday, October 13, 2012, at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street), exactly 50 years to the day of the play’s original Broadway opening on Saturday, October 13, 1962. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you images from the opening night curtain calls, featuring Carrie Coon, Tracy Letts, Amy Morton, Madison Dirks, director Pam MacKinnon and the legendary playwright himself, Edward Albee! (more...)
Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened last night, Saturday, October 13, 2012, at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street), exactly 50 years to the day of the play’s original Broadway opening on Saturday, October 13, 1962. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you coverage of the show's starry opening night arrivals, including director Pam MacKinnon, plus James Earl Jones, Andre De Shields, Jenna Fischer, Laura Osnes, Alan Alda, Tommy Tune, David Henry Hwang, T.R. Knight, John Leguizamo and more! (more...)
BroadwayWorld collected all of yesterday's evening Saturday Intermission Pics to bring you Part 2 of our October 13th SIP round-up! Yesterday's evening photos featured a SIP from ANNIE's Lilla Crawford, the cast of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA going full-out Halloween, EVITA's George Lee Andrews celebrating his 70th birthday, and more from NEWSIES, KINKY BOOTS, MARY POPPINS, THE BOOK OF MORMON, JERSEY BOYS, CHICAGO, BRING IT ON, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, WICKED, ROCK OF AGES and tons of regional shows! (more...)
Troika Entertainment, LLC kicked off the CATCH ME IF YOU CAN national tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI October 7, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production photos below. (more...)
The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street) kicked off the Eighth Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival last night, October 13, with Linda Eder's concert "A New Life". For the performnace, Eder was joined by special guests Robert Cuccioli and Christiane Noll to share selections from Jekyll & Hyde, the musical that will forever link her to Broadway’s leading ladies. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a glimpse of Eder, Cuccioli and Noll performing onstage! (more...)
Fresh from a whirlwind tour of the US, Tony Award-winning star of Wicked and Glee Idina Menzel performed "Both Sides, Now" on the UK television program, "This Morning" on October 4, 2012. Check out photos of Menzel on the show below! (more...)
The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street) kicked off the Eighth Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival last night, October 13, with Linda Eder's concert "A New Life". For the performnace, Eder was joined by special guests Robert Cuccioli and Christiane Noll to share selections from Jekyll & Hyde, the musical that will forever link her to Broadway’s leading ladies. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a few photos of Eder with Cuccioli and Noll as they reunited backstage! Check back soon for more coverage. (more...)
Broadway for Obama founders and Broadway siblings Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher) and Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies) presented one-night-only event for Obama supporters, “Broadway Gets Out the Vote,” this evening, October 14th. Members of the broadway community and their friends and fans joined together to show their support, phone bank and fight the good fight. Watch their pledge to President Obama below! (more...)
On October 28th at 8pm, BroadwayUnderstudies.com has once again invited some of Broadway's most talented understudies to the stage of the Laurie Beechman Theatre to share their rare talent—the ability to perform at a second's notice. They'll be thrown into the fire in "Half Hour 2: A Last Minute Concert," a show where even they don't know what they'll be singing before they step up to the microphone. The audience will get to vote on what song each performer will sing. (more...)
Broadway for Obama founders and Broadway siblings Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher) and Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies) previously announced a one-night-only event for Obama supporters, “Broadway Gets Out the Vote,” to be held tonight, October 14th from 7 to 10 p.m. at 405 West 55th Street. (more...)
Today’s 28th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles saw a massive turnout, with 30,000 participants filling the streets of West Hollywood and Los Angeles. Celebrity supporters, elected officials, and notable AIDS activists addressed the crowd assembled in and around West Hollywood Park before the walkers set out on the route. The event also achieved strong fundraising results, which benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and 29 other important L.A. County AIDS service organizations. (more...)
For generations, musical theatre writers have come to New York City to change the world. "Once Upon A Time In New York City" is about the people who have changed THEM. This concert will feature musical theatre writers—ages 19 to 90—who were born everywhere from Kansas City to San Francisco to Montreal, established and emerging, each writing a song about someone who has changed their idea of New York City. The concert will benefit The Actors Fund. (more...)
Westchester Broadway Theatre presents Fiddler On The Roof, with Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics Sheldon Harnick and Book by Joseph Stein. This production is directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford with musical direction by Leo P. Carusone. The show runs now through November 25, 2012, and returns January 3 – February 3, 2013, starring Bill Nolte as Tevye. Get a first look at the cast onstage in the photos below! (more...)
According to the New York Post, Ronald Russo , lawyer for producer Ben Sprecher has now said that "Sprecher had been led to “Abrams” by shadowy Long Island businessman, Mark Hotton, who told him Abrams died before he could hand over the dough, sources have said. There also were three other investors Hotton told Sprecher about who supposedly promised another combined $2 million for the show, the sources have said. But “following an extensive search over the last week, I can now confirm that there is no evidence whatever that “Paul Abrams” or any of the other three investors brought to this production by Mr. Hotton, ever existed,” said Sprecher’s lawyer, Ronald Russo. The lawyer said they conducted an investigation in both the US and England."
BroadwayWorld collected all of yesterday's evening Saturday Intermission Pics to bring you Part 2 of our October 6th SIP round-up! Yesterday's evening photos featured the cast of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA supporting PBS, the NEWSIES' new fashion sense, Paper Mill Playhouse's A CHORUS LINE's first intermission pic, and EVITA's Max von Essen prepping for Halloween, plus pictures from ALLEGIANCE, KINKY BOOTS, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour, MARY POPPINS National Tour, BRING IT ON, WICKED and THE ADDAMS FAMILY National Tour and a slew of regional productions! (more...)
Happy Birthday, Alfred Drake! He is best known for his leading roles in the original Broadway productions of Oklahoma!; Kiss Me, Kate; Kismet; and for playing Marshall Blackstone in the original production of Babes in Arms, (in which he sang the title song) and Hajj in Kismet, for which he received the Tony Award. His 1964 stage performance as Claudius in the Richard Burton Hamlet was filmed live on the stage of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. His final stage appearance in a musical was in 1973 as Honore LaChaisse in Lerner and Loewe's Gigi. Two years later he starred in a revival of The Skin of Our Teeth. (more...)
CAROLS FOR A CURE is the annual two-disc holiday CD compilation of original songs and holiday classics which benefits BC/EFA. These CDs boast the best voices from the worlds of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours. A full track list for this year's 14th edition has not yet been announced, but the cast of Broadway's SPIDER-MAN was already hard a work this week recording their track for the album. Check out our exclusive photos from their recording session below! (more...)
This week on Week Four of THE X FACTOR, the first round of contestants to make it into the competition for the $5 million recording contract were let go at boot camp - and, on GLEE, romantic walking papers were issued willy-nilly as four long-standing relationships between central characters came to a conclusion (at least for now). (more...)
Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee- Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) has announced that the New Jersey Theater will tribute A Chorus Line composer Marvin Hamlisch at the official opening of the show tonight, October 7th at 7:00pm. (more...)
Today, with musicals such as The Book of Mormon enjoying phenomenal box office success, revivals like The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess delighting new generations, and musical stage versions of popular films such as Once and Newsies dominating the Tony Awards, Broadway is proving yet again that its vitality and magic endure. Nominated for five 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards and winner of two, including Outstanding Nonfiction Series, THIRTEEN's landmark Broadway: The American Musical returns tonight, October 7 at 10 p.m., and continues on six consecutive Sundays through November 11 (check local listings). (more...)
"Sing Along," the short film musical starring an all-Broadway cast began production yesterday, October 6th, for a six-day shoot. The film will be shot entirely in Midtown Manhattan except for its first two days, which will be filmed at a high school in Summit, New Jersey. (more...)
Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (BID) hosts the 13th annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square, New York City's largest outdoor holiday festival on Monday, November 26th from 5:00PM - 9:00PM. (more...)
Attending the 13th Annual Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) Awards presented by Delta Air Lines tonight, October 8, 2012 will be SAG-AFTRA elected leadership reps that include national SAG-AFTRA Co- President, Roberta Reardon and national SAG-AFTRA Co-Treasurer and Co-Secretary, Amy Aquino. Also joining the celebration will be Tony Plana, Tony Shalhoub, Brooke Adams and CNN's Jane Vélez-Mitchell. A special tribute to the late Lupe Ontiveros will be given by Latin Heat Editor and co-host of "HOLA L.A." Bel Hernández. Odalys Molina and Jorge Ramos will serve as the Masters of Ceremonies of this year’s HOLA Awards. (more...)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, American Idol's Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young have set their wedding date for June 1st in Los Angeles. The couple has also revealed that Young's proposal, which took place during the season 11 finale, was a complete surprise to DeGarmo. (more...)
Prospect Theater Company, one of America’s leading producers of new musical theater, will kick off its 2012-2013 season with a one-night-only concert presentation of The Rockae, a hard rock musical based on Euripides’ The Bacchae featuring music and lyrics by Kleban and Fred Ebb, Award-winning writer Peter Mills, and a book by Mills and Cara Reichel (Illyria, Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge, upcoming Death For Five Voices). The performance will take place at New York's Le Poisson Rouge tonight, October 7th. (more...)
American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), in association with the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, announced today the casting for the one-night-only staged reading of “8” taking place tonight, October 7, 2012, at 7 p.m., at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco). The landmark marriage equality play, written by Academy Award–winning screenwriter (Milk) and AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black, chronicles the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8. Proceeds from the reading benefit AFER and LGBTQ youth participating in A.C.T.’s ACTsmart (formerly known as ArtReach) program, which offers free student matinee tickets and theater-based pre- and postshow workshops at no cost to 23 public high schools in the Bay Area (including all 18 San Francisco public high schools) with large populations of underserved, low-income students who otherwise would have little exposure to the arts. Tickets range in price from $50 to $100. A limited number of $250 seats are available and include premium seating and access to a postperformance reception with the cast. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at act-sf.org or by calling 415.749.2228. (more...)
Tonight, October 7 at 6 pm at Middle Collegiate Church, Broadway and television actor Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, and NBC’s 30 Rock) will perform the songs from the new gospel album Welcome with the Middle Community Chorus. Burgess composed the music and lyrics as a gift to Middle Church. (more...)
What does equality sound like to you? Come support the 2012 Broadway Impact ING NYC Marathon team’s fundraiser WHEN LOVE TAKES OVER to find out. Hosted by Sara Haines from NBC’s The Today Show, the party starts at 10pm ET/PT tonight, October 7th, 2012 at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge. (more...)
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Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza, producers for Rebecca, the Musical, announced this afternoon that they were left with no option but to postpone the show. A new timeline has not been announced.
The offstage saga of REBECCA the musical continues to twist and turn with drama of its own. Today, Michael Riedel reports exclusively in the New York Post that, according to his sources, the show "has been cancelled due to a lack of financing."
As BWW previously reported, David Mirvish and Frank Gehry are planning a "culture and condo" complex in Toronto's Entertainment District that would involve demolishing The Princess of Wales theatre. Mirvish wrote the following letter to the media in response to this news, addressing his and Gehry's new project, their decision to tear down the Princess of Wales Theatre, and their plans to continue Ed Mirvish's legacy. Read below! (more...)
MATILDA THE MUSICAL will be holding an open call for the role of Matilda in New York City today, September 30th at Pearl Studios (519 Eighth Avenue, 12th Floor, between 35th and 36th streets). Check-in begins at 10:00 AM in Studio C on a first come / first serve basis. Auditions will begin at 11:00 AM. (more...)
The Broadway at Birdland concert series debuted a new concept called “Portrait of an Artist,” featuring actor/director/painter Steve Bakunas. The multi-talented artist conducted an intimate interview with actress Linda Lavin, while painting her portrait on the historic Birdland stage.
BroadwayWorld was on hand to film the event, and you can watch the full event exclusively below! (more...)
The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 2012 NYFF featured as part of its Masterworks program the Director’s Cut of Frank Oz’s LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986). At the presentation were the director, Ellen Greene, Alan Menken and more. Below, watch Menken perform "Suddenly Seymour" and Greene sing "Somewhere That's Green" from the show! (more...)
Bullet for Adolf, the outrageous new comedy by Woody Harrelson and Frankie Hyman, will play its final performance this evening, September 30, 2012 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). Previews began on July 19, 2012 with Opening Night on August 8, 2012. The production was originally scheduled to end its limited engagement on Sunday, September 9, but announced an extension shortly following opening night. (more...)
TDF’s Autism Theater Initiative will present an autism-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King today, September 30, at 1pm, at the Minskoff Theatre (1515 Broadway, NYC). This performances illustrates TDF’s commitment to continuing to present autism-friendly performances in New York City. TDF is also available to consult with other theatre organizations across the United States who would like to present their own autism-friendly performances. (more...)
A Bucks County farmhouse is the setting for Christopher Durang’s new comedy,VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, starring Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, and Kristine Nielsen. NJTV's STATE OF THE ARTS visits the playwright in his own Bucks County farmhouse, and talks to Hyde Pierce and Nielsen about working with Durang, who is also their longtime friend and colleague. (more...)
Today, September 30, 2012, fourteen actors, actresses, critics, playwrights – and even an astronaut – will be inducted into the newest class of THE PLAYERS Hall of Fame, John Martello, Executive Director of THE PLAYERS, has announced. For the 5th time in its history, The PLAYERS will commemorate each of the new, 14 inductees with a fine-art portrait that will become part of THE PLAYERS’ permanent collection. The unveiling is at a special fundraising dinner at the landmarked Booth mansion at 16 Gramercy Park South, (East 20th off Park Ave.) New York City. (more...)
THE DOOMSDAY DIARIES, a hilarious vBlog that vows to make a daily video entry until the Mayan Apocalypse at www.youtube.com/THEDOOMSDAYDIARIES, has just posted its homage to one of its favorite Broadway divas, Lea Salonga, who is currently playing a Japanese American internee in the world premiere of ALLEGIANCE: A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL at the Old Globe in San Diego, California until Sunday, October 28. (more...)
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards aired live coast to coast on Sunday, September 23 (8:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC and originated from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The telecast was produced by Don Mischer Productions and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. This was Kimmel’s first time hosting the Primetime Emmy telecast. And the winners are... (more...)
Sometimes once is just not enough, so, today, we have a super-special encore conversation with a recent InDepth InterView participant who shares even more candid tales from her impossibly colorful, genre-spanning career on Broadway and in Hollywood - star of properties as diverse as the Broadway musicals MR. PRESIDENT, KELLY and THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, to movies like MOONSTRUCK and SHALL WE DANCE to her numerous TV appearances on everything from MATCH GAME to QUINCY to 30 ROCK - chameleon-like comedienne and actress Anita Gillette. Discussing some of the more ribald and hilarious stories from her idiosyncratic showbiz career - such as the riotous backstage goings-on out of town at the tryout of one of Broadway biggest bombs, KELLY - as well as spine-tingling “you had to be there”-type memories of the Golden Age - like Irving Berlin stopping by the Winter Garden every Wednesday just to see her Act One showstopper in ALL AMERICAN - Gillette paints a vivid picture of an era gone by, and, also, looks ahead to exciting future endeavors - especially the upcoming Ed Burns-directed feature film, THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS, opening wide later this year. Of course, Gillette returns to the NYC stage the next two Mondays - September 24 and October 1 - with her new Birdland show, AFTER ALL, so in this all-encompassing conversation we also discuss the themes, style, songs and stories we can anticipate from that intimate solo piece, as well, and she generously shares her recollections of working with some of the men who penned many of the sensational songs she will be performing and figure in to some of the tales she will tell - Charles Strouse, Marvin Hamlisch, Jule Styne, Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and the aforementioned Irving Berlin included. All of that and much, much more! (more...)
I go to the Bway Flea every year; I love the piles of t-shirts and tote bags, the stacks of cast albums on both CD and LP, the buttons and keychains and stickers and promotional items. My favorite sources of treasure are the overflowing dollar boxes, ripe for rummaging through, which are full of countless fun little tchochkes and the occasional something-amazing that has slipped in either by accident or by someone who didn’t know the difference. I'll keep a few things from today. But the vast majority of it, I'm sending away. I'm sending it, in fact, to YOU. (more...)
The 2012 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS will conclude its limited engagement at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street) today, September 23, 2012. The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS began previews on Saturday, December 17, 2012, and officially opened on January 12, 2012. Upon closing, it will have played 322 performances. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you on a multimedia journey through the life of the longest-running production of Porgy and Bess to ever play on Broadway. (more...)
According to the Houston Chronicle, nine-time Tony Award winner, Broadway performer, choreographer and director Tommy Tune is set to play "Cap'n Andy Hawks" in the Houston Grand Opera production of Show Boat, opening January 18, 2013. (more...)
Tonight, September 23rd, there will be an invitation only industry reading of Susan Ferrara’s new play BUZZ at The Atlantic Theater Stage 2. The cast will include Sam McMurray (A Soldier’s Play, Raising Arizona), Anatol Yusef (Richard III, Boardwalk Empire), Marcia DeBonis (Fran’s Bed, 13 Going on 30), Vince Gatton (Drama Desk Nominee-Candy & Dorothy), Tom Riis Farrell (Coram Boy), Julie Ann Emery (Hitch), John Preston (As You Like It), Zack Calhoon (Hamlet), and Lori Prince (Lyric is Waiting) as Buzz. (more...)
Primetime Emmy Award nominees Giancarlo Esposito, Michael J. Fox, Jon Hamm, Julianna Margulies and Julianne Moore, along with Andre Braugher, Connie Britton, Ron Howard, Lucy Liu and Keifer Sutherland, have been announced as additional presenters for "The 64th Primetime Emmy(R) Awards." (more...)
Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Liza Minnelli, Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Michael Feinstein, Chris Botti, Maria Friedman, Brian d'Arcy James, Rob Fisher, Essential Voices USA, former cast members of A Chorus Line and cast members of The Nutty Professor came together in top form for an invitation only event on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 to pay tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at the beautiful Peter J. Sharp Theatre at Juilliard.
The place was packed and 'Broadway heavy', with just about every star you could think of present for an emotional and thrilling evening devoted to the beloved Marvin Hamlisch.
A child prodigy, he was accepted into Juilliard before he was seven...yes, seven. We were reminded at the start of the evening by his wife Terre about just how early his talent shined through and about how he spent the rest of his life giving back to others with his friendship, time and musical genius. He never said "no" to a request to help out for a worthy cause, and tonight kicked off a very worthy cause in his name, of a new scholarship fund at the school. For information about giving online, visit www.juilliard.edu/giving. Let's help support the next generation of Marvin Hamlisch's.
From the 'Essential Voices USA' choir that started the show, to the skill of musicians like Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang and Chris Botti to the emotion of best friend Liza Minnelli, the acting of Maria Friedman and Brian d'Arcy James to the soaring vocal talents of Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand (yes, she's still got it, and then some - and also earned the only standing ovation of the night!), it was an unforgettable night. We also got a tease of THE NUTTY PROFESSOR which hopefully will make its way into town sooner rather than later.
Here's who sang what:
ESSTENTIAL VOICES USA - 'Anatomy of Peace'
CHRIS BOTTI - 'What I Did for Love' from A Chorus Line
LIZA MINNELLI - 'If You Really Knew Me' from They're Playing My Song
DENA DIGIACINTO, EMILY FLETCHER, HOLLIE HOWARD - 'At the Ballet' from A Chorus Line
ARETHA FRANKLIN - 'Nobody Does It Better' from The Spy Who Loved Me into 'Deep River'
ROB FISHER - 'Theme' from Sophie's Choice
BRIAN D'ARCY JAMES - 'At the Fountain' from Sweet Smell of Success
ENSEMBLE - 'While I Still Have the Time' from The Nutty Professor
MARIA FRIEDMAN - 'Nothing' from A Chorus Line
ITZHAK PERLMAN - 'I Cannot Hear the City' from Sweet Smell of Success
LANG LANG - 'Overture' from A Chorus Line
BARBRA STREISAND - 'The Way We Were' from The Way We Were and 'Through the Eyes of Love' from Ice Castles.
There will never be another talent like his, and tonight was most certainly a worthy celebration and reminder of that. Once again, for more information on the scholarship and how to donate, www.juilliard.edu/giving
Amongst the highlights for theatre fans, the 65th Annual Tony Awards picked up three Emmys - for Outstanding Special Class Program, Art Direction and Outstanding Song (It's Not Just for Gays Anymore' - written by Adam Schlesinger & David Javerbaum and performed by Neil Patrick Harris).
Smash choreographer Josua Bergasse picked up an award for Outstanding Choreography and the Kennedy Center Honors was named Outstanding Variety Special.
Kinky Boots, the highly anticipated new musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Music & Lyrics), will begin preview performances on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, with an official opening night set for Thursday, April 4, 2013.
The cast and creative team met the press yesterday, and you can check out full photo coverage below! (more...)
When AMERICAN IDOL’s 12th season debuts in January 2013, superstar judge Mariah Carey – the best-selling female recording artist of all time – and returning judge Randy Jackson, a Grammy Award-winning producer whose expertise and beloved persona have been instrumental in discovering IDOL talent from the beginning, will be joined by two new judges: quadruple-platinum singer, songwriter, rapper and fashion icon Nicki Minaj; and Keith Urban, a four-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 15 million albums.
In an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed he is planning to take his arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar to the US and Australia following its UK tour. Watch his appearance on the show below! (more...)
KINKY BOOTS, the highly anticipated new musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Music & Lyrics), will begin preview performances on Broadway at the Al HirschfeldTheatre (302 West 45th Street) on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, with an official opening night set for Thursday, April 4, 2013. Fierstein and Lauper were at KINKY BOOTS' press preview yesterday, September 13th, along with the rest of the cast. BroadwayWorld was also there for the special event, and we bring you an inside look at the performance in the photos below! (more...)
There is a rare kind of production where each element is so in synch, so finely tuned that this particular production eclipses other casts, other interpretations, and goes on to be considered a defining moment in the history of that show, and indeed of musical theatre itself. The current Australian production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic SOUTH PACIFIC is that rare and beautiful kind. (more...)
THE ANARCHIST, a new play written and directed by David Mamet starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger, will be presented on Broadway at the newly refurbished Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the show's marquee and theater renovation in progress below! (more...)
CAROLS FOR A CURE is the annual two-disc holiday CD compilation of original songs and holiday classics which benefits BC/EFA. These CDs boast the best voices from the worlds of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours. A full track list for this year's 14th edition has not yet been announced, but the cast of Broadway's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA was already hard a work this week recording their track for the album. Check out our exclusive photos from their recording session below! (more...)
Today, we're featuring Peter Firth circa 1981. Following the National Theatre's production of Peter Shaffer's Equus at the Old Vic in 1973, Firth appeared on Broadway as Alan Strang in 1974. The performance earned him a Tony nomination. Firth also starred in the 1977 film adaptation of Equus, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He then went on to play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the original Broadway production of another Shaffer play, Amadeus, in 1980, all before this photo was taken. A successful film and television actor, Firth is now best known for his role as Sir Harry Pearce in the BBC One show "Spooks"; he is the only actor to have starred in every episode of the show's 10 seasons. (more...)
Daniel Radcliffe participated in a live online discussion to raise awareness about preventing suicide through The Trevor Project’s “Talk to Me” campaign today, September 16th, beginning at 2 p.m. EST. This live conversation on Google+ Hangout featured questions submitted by young people online and posed by members of The Trevor Project’s Youth Advisory Council. The event was moderated by Shira Lazar of the Emmy-nominated live, online interactive show, "What's Trending with Shira Lazar," and was broadcast through TrevorTalkToMe.org and on The Trevor Project’s YouTube and Google+ pages. Watch the chat below! (more...)
Alistair Smith over at THE STAGE has revealed details on a new controversy over in the UK that's worth reading... Time Out, the print publication that features listings and reviews launched a new production arm, appropriately titled as Time Out Live, "the events-producing arm and successful brand extension to the Time Out Group."
So far sounds OK, right? It does to me, who's always been a firm believer in expansion.
Now, here's the problem... The publication is now recommending its own shows as part of it's critic's choice 'top five best shows this week' and 'top five best outings this week' columns. If you read the fine print, it notes that the show is presented by Time Out, but Smith feels that "this is hardly clear to readers: Time Out is certainly not saying ‘we have a vested financial interest in you buying tickets to this show, for which we are a producer’." He ntoes that the shows have gotten a lot of coverage in the mag as well.
Conflict of interest - absolutely! I've been asked multiple times personally to take investor meetings for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, but have always begged off citing a conflict of interest myself. I most certainly would not be able to fully direct unbiased coverage of something that I had a financial stake in. In this case, I'd most certainly advocate separating any sort of promos for Time Out Live events from their editorial coverage.
Click here for the full blog, and it's your move Time Out...
The preview engagement of JEKYLL & HYDE celebrated its opening night performance on September 8, 2012, at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, Calif. The limited pre-tour engagement will play through September 30, 2012. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the opening night curtain call and photos of the cast—including Constantine Maroulis, Deborah Cox and more—at the after party! (more...)
Multi-talented actress, singer, television host, playwright, songwriter and author, Kathie Lee Gifford, will host this year’s Broadway on Broadway this morning, presented by United Airlines and The New York Times.
Multi-talented actress, singer, television host, playwright, songwriter and author Kathie Lee Gifford hosted this year’s Broadway on Broadway this morning, Sunday, September 9th, presented by United Airlines and The New York Times. The event kicked off the 2012-2013 Broadway season with star performances from new shows and long-running favorites, accompanied by a live 30-piece live orchestra directed by Alex Lacamoire. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the casts that participated in the event! (more...)
PBS is bound for Broadway this fall with a three-hour primetime documentary series that tracks the real life stories of America's top high school musical performers vying in the ultimate competition to find the nation's best young theater stars. (more...)
Tickets will go on public sale for the West End production of The Book of Mormon on 23 September 2012. The London production will begin preview performances at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 25 February 2013. (more...)
The off-Broadway production of Rent will close after the performance today, September 9, at New World Stages. The production will have played 32 previews and 450 performances. Rent, which is written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, opened at the theater on August 11, 2011. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you on a multimedia flashback through the show's return to New York!
Happy Birthday Tom Wopat! Wopat first appeared on the Broadway stage as a replacement in the 1977 musical I Love My Wife, as "Wally". He then appeared as a replacement in the stage musicals City of Angels, and Guys and Dolls. He finally appeared in the opening cast of the 1999 revival of Annie Get Your Gun opposite Bernadette Peters, Susan Lucci and Crystal Bernard, who played Annie Oakley. In 2008, Wopat starred on Broadway as the father in the musical A Catered Affair, and received his second Tony nomination for that performance. Wopat recently originated the role of Frank Abignale, Sr. in the musical Catch Me if You Can. (more...)
Today, September 9th, 2012, David Youse, FOUR THINGS PRODUCTIONS in association with L.A. WORKS will present an unprecedented staged reading of the critically-acclaimed play, “Steel Magnolias” at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. In partnership with playwright Robert Harling, FOUR THINGS PRODUCTIONS is honored to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this remarkable story written for Harling’s sister whom he lost through complications of diabetes. This very special performance will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey and will feature multiple Emmy nominee and Golden Globe-winning actress Frances Conroy, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominee Elizabeth Perkins, Jennifer Coolidge and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Annie Potts, along with additional cast members to be announced shortly. Conroy is replacing the previously-announced Kathy Bates in the role of Ouiser due to a scheduling conflict. (more...)
According to the Guardian, British producer David Cecil has been arrested in Uganda after mounting a stage production of The River and the Mountain, a play that explores gay issues. The show was staged despite a previous ban by regulators; Cecil could receive a two-year sentence maximum in jail for bypassing the ban. (more...)
The limited engagement of the Tony-nominated revival of Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN gave its final performance today, Sunday, September 9, 2012 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN began previews on Broadway on March 6, 2012, and opened on April 1, 2012. Upon closing, the show will have played 209 performances. The critically-acclaimed revival about dirty tricks and double-dealing at a political convention recouped its investment just as the 2012 Republican National Convention began. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a flashback of images, video and important moments from THE BEST MAN's run on Broadway! (more...)
The first Broadway’s “ROAR” Rockers Obliterating Ailing Renal will take place at the Laurie Beechman Theater on Monday, September 17th at 9:30 P.M. This is a benefit for actress, Kellie Lynne Leach who is in end-stage renal failure and needs a kidney transplant. (more...)
PBS is bound for Broadway this fall with a three-hour primetime documentary series that tracks the real life stories of America’s top high school musical performers vying in the ultimate competition to find the nation’s best young theater stars. It’s non-stop drama when 60 talented teens — chosen from a nationwide casting call of over 50,000 students — descend on New York for an intensive week of “theatrical boot camp” and a shot at stage stardom and scholarships. The annual event, held each summer, is filmed for the first time ever inBROADWAY OR BUST, airing on consecutive Sunday nights, tonight, September 9-23, 2012 at 8:00-9:00 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).
The Coterie presents an all-star lineup of some of the fiercest vocal talent that Broadway, Film & Television has to offer with DIVAS UNITE for GCP 2012, a benefit concert for the Girls Camaraderie Project (GCP). Founded by Broadway’s Arielle Jacobs (In the Heights) and Lexi Lawson (Rent, In the Heights, “American Idol”), GCP is a philanthropic organization dedicated to encouraging self-esteem and empowerment amongst middle school girls. (more...)
Mine Entertainment Group has announced a one-night only benefit performance of the one-act play, “Katrina Who?!” taking place on Wednesday, September 19 (8PM) at The Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood. Written and directed by Melanie Maria Goodreaux, “Katrina Who?!” honors the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina through the personal stories of five NOLA residents who recount the destruction, devastation, survival and triumph in the aftermath of the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of 2005. (more...)
Yellow Sound Label presents the joint album release concert of Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen’s Fugitive Songs and Joshua Salzman & Ryan Cunningham’s Next Thing You Know at Le Poisson Rouge, tonight, September 9th. The concert will feature some of Broadway’s best young talent including Lauren Blackman, Andrew Durand, Christopher Jackson, Adam Kantor, Andrew Kober, Kyle Dean Massey, Andy Mientus, Karen Olivo, Kate Rockwell, Alysha Umphress and Barrett Wilbert Weed. (more...)
For Fall Movie Preview week, MTV News interviewed Les Miserables film director Tom Hooper about his upcoming big-screen adaptation of the musical, starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Anne Hathaway as Fantine and a slew of other big-name stars. In the interview, Hooper described Hathaway's performance of "I Dreamed A Dream" as "quite breathtaking." Alongside the chat with Hooper, MTV also released a new still of the Jackman and Hathaway in the film. Check it out below! (more...)
There are a ton of new shows on their way to the Great White Way in the upcoming Fall 2012 season and beyond! If you want to stay on top of all the latest news from all of the Broadway-Bound productions, get informed directly from the source by following them on Twitter!
We've made a mega-list of Broadway-Bound Twitter feeds below, so that you can stay in the know! (more...)
Happy Birthday, Chad Kimball! After moving to New York, he was hired for the Broadway musical, The Civil War, joining the show 3 weeks before it closed. He was in the Off-Broadway revival of Godspell (2000) and the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods (2002) as Milky-White the cow. He appeared in the Broadway musicals Lennon and Good Vibrations in 2005. Kimball originated 'Huey' in the musical Memphis at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2008, starred in the Broadway production, and earned a Tony nomination for his performance. (more...)
Clybourne Park, the 2012 Tony Award-winning "Best Play", ends its Broadway run—extended twice already—today, September 2nd, at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Also the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award, Clybourne Park is the wickedly funny and fiercely provocative new play about race, real estate and the volatile values of each. By its final performance today, the play will have played 27 previews and 157 regular performances. (more...)
Goodspeed Musicals celebrates summer fun in the groovy production The Bikinis a new musical beach party. This hip musical will end its run today, September 2 at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn., Goodspeed’s home for developing new works. (more...)
Marty Thomas (Xanadu, Wicked, The Secret Garden) and Aubrey Mae Davis (Catch Me If You Can: National Tour) celebrated their birthday together—and a genuine love of glitter—in style on August 24th at New World Stages. Check out photos from the party below! (more...)
Funny thing about LA: celebrities live here and we are surrounded by them. They are just like you and me, normal people doing what they love to do, but they are thrusted into the public eye and we recognize them, ask for photos and autographs and then we feel content that we met that person and got a memento. (more...)
The Recording Academy released a statement on the passing of Hal David yesterday, September 1st, at the age of 91. "Grammy winner Hal David was an exquisite lyricist who penned timeless songs that have become classics in the American songbook..." President/CEO Neil Portnow began. (more...)
A Labor Day weekend celebration of extraordinary new songs, Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn (Falsettos, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) narrated this fresh, fun introduction to new voices in musical theatre and shared with the audience what makes a good lyric, why some work and others don’t in "Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should…" at Barrington Stage Co. (more...)
After more than six years and nearly 2,700 performances, Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular ends its historic run at The Venetian today, September 2, 2012. This stunning theatrical spectacle will never be seen again once the final curtain closes in Las Vegas.
'Good times never seemed so good' on Saturday night as Neil Diamond performed to a sold out crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. I've long maintained that Diamond's (sadly no relation) catalog of hits is ideally suited to the Broadway stage and I will continue waiting for someone to tap his goldmine of theatrical tunes.
New York City born and raised, at 71, he continues to perform high octane, intermission free two hour plus concerts (we share a last name, but sadly not an energy level) backed by a great band that's toured with him for 35+ years and truly rocked.
Four decades after his 'Hot August Night' at the Greek Theatre in LA became the quintessential live concert album, Saturday's concert paid tribute to that amazing success and the culmination of a 55 city tour. Filled with top notch lighting, sound, production and of course music, the Vegas crowd was up on its feet for much of the night.
The hit-filled set list Diamond performed included Soolaimon, Beautiful Noise, Forever in Blue Jeans, Love on the Rocks, Hello Again, Play Me, Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon, Red Red Wine, Solitary Man, Glory Road, I'm a Believer, Cracklin' Rosie, You Don't Bring Me Flowers, Crunchy Granola Suite, Mornigside, Holly Holy, Sweet Caroline, I Am I Said, America and Brother Love's Travelin' Salvation Show.
Those 20 tunes are just the tip of the iceberg of a long list of song-writing credits that's helped him sell 115 million records since the 1960s and have made him one of my personal favorites along with tens of thousands of others who fill his always sold-out arena tours across the country and around the world.
Diamond's combination of songwriting talent, musicianship and a live stage presence make his concert performances soul-lifting experiences that are simply not to be missed. In the film WHAT ABOUT BOB? Bill Murray noted that "there are two kinds of people in this world, those that like Neil Diamond and those who don't." Well, I've never met anyone who's seen him live that falls in the latter category, and for good reason.
Here's hoping for a 50th Anniversary of Hot August Night, because as age shows no signs of slowing him down - if there's anyone that can do it, it's Neil Diamond. I'll be there. And, if you're listening Broadway producers - I'll be there as well.
A little bit country, a little bit rock n' roll and A LOT of Broadway is currently on display in the hit DONNY & MARIE show currently playing the showroom at The Flamingo in Las Vegas.
The show, recently voted #1 in 'The Best of Vegas', and directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, makes several stops on a trip down the memory lane of their almost 50 year careers. It was my first time seeing the duo live, and while familiar with both's theatrical appearances over the years (and loved Donny's performance as 'Gaston' in the closing of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and on record as JOSEPH), I only had a passing knowledge of some of their pop hits.
I of course was familiar with 'Puppy Love' and 'A Little Bit Country/Little Bit Rock and Roll' and the 90 minute show is filled with their highlights (including those two) and a ton of great footage which both reference throughout the show. The video clips work well to catch you up to speed if you're a newbie, or a great trip down your own memory lane if you grew up watching them on TV, as clearly much of the audience did. From their show to both's appearances on DANCING WITH THE STARS - it's all there.
Aside from their MANY pop hits, both paid significant tribute to the Great White Way, including songs from shows they each did - JOSEPH, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, THE KING & I and shows that they didn't, like CHICAGO, CABARET and WICKED (yes, WICKED - they close with 'For Good'). The show is briskly paced, and the backup includes a great dancing ensemble and an onstage band that are adept at all of their many styles of music. Definitely put this on your must see list if you're passing through Las Vegas.
Also, if anyone out there is taking requests - let's find another Broadway show for Donny please. Thank you.
We were a little late to the party when it came to catching Cirque's brilliant Viva ELVIS show at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. We saw the spectacular production last night, which sadly closes tonight, to be replaced in November by an updated and modified version of Zarakana (which had its premiere at Radio City in New York). To say that I'm shocked the show is closing would be an understatement.
There's NOTHING like a great Cirque experience that makes us all look upon the stage with childlike wonder at the feats of the human body, the artistry and the magic. What made Viva ELVIS special, and akin to their BEATLES LOVE show is that it also layered in the music and the great story of the one-of-a-kind American icon.
There never will be another like Elvis Presley, and there likely will never be a Cirque experience quite like Viva ELVIS either, so here's hoping that the show winds up touring or landing elsewhere.