During a performance last week, Spacey, the would-be Duke of Gloucester, singled out the phone owner and bellowed "Tell them we're busy!". The audience erupted in support.
The following night, he shone a laser light at some theatregoers who were heard to rustle and whisper within earshot of the king.
"Quick as you like [he] dipped into his tunic and withdrew a green laser light, pointing it at the offending audience members who, we are told, were suitably chastised," reported the Sydney Morning Herald.
Spacey has long been hostile towards misbehaving theatre audiences. As artistic director of the Old Vic, which produced the current production, he denounced noisy sweet wrappers and declared the theatre a "phone-free zone".
In Sydney for a 10-day run of the Sam Mendes-directed play, Spacey has attracted mixed reviews for his performances but consistently high praise for his rebukes.
In honor of last week's opening of SEMINAR on Broadway starring Alan Rickman, in which students are parting with big $ to study with a top writing instructor, the Wall Street Journal takes a look today at some real-life instructors around the city, who are at the top of their games...
Among them are Julliard's Drama Professor - Rebecca Guy, Columbia Journalism Professor - Samuel Freedman, and top Broadway vocal coach (and BroadwayWorld fave) Liz Caplan.
Yesterday, BroadwayWorld.com launched its new High School Student Center that contains listings for High Schools shows across the country. With that online, our regional show listings now contain 20,000+ upcoming productions, including high schools, colleges, regional theatres, professional theatres and more.
That got me thinking - what ARE the most popular shows being done around the country? (at least per our ever-expanding database).
Voting is now open for 5 of BroadwayWorld.com's 2011 Regional Awards with another 20 on the way over the next 2 weeks... First open are: Nashville, Philippines, Spain, Tennessee and of course the West End which closes later this month!
Ok, so it's possible that our "Pick a Show" features got a little complicated as we kept adding functionality to them (sometimes we can't help ourselves) so I'm happy to announce that we've now greatly simplified the layout.
We now have three handy buttons when you visit our Help, Pick Me a Show page - one of which lets you 'Ask Our Experts' by providing a little information about what sort of show you're looking for and when, and we help with the rest. Next, if you want to do it yourself, 'Find a Broadway Show' lets you browse through a handy series of questions to find the perfect show for you. And finally, want to 'Find A Show Near You' - lets you browse our regional show listings by zip code, or by clicking on a snazzy new map.
"HOCKADOO!" Last night, October 19th, the 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical MEMPHIS, celebrated its Second Anniversary on Broadway, in style, and it was a night to remember!
We started the evening off, appropriately enough, at the recently-opened (and Justin Timberlake owned) Southern Hospitality restaurant. It came as a suggestion from one of BroadwayWorld's secret weapons, our 'concierge' who definitely knows the way around town - 'restaurantally' speaking. The midtown theatre district is littered with barbecue joints, but this one is a welcome addition, in Hell's Kitchen, at the corner of 9th Avenue and 45th street.
One of the key decisions when making theatre plans, is to dine in close proximity to where your show is. Since MEMPHIS, at the Shubert Theater, was only a couple of blocks away, our 'concierge' scored an A+ last night.
Now, about the food - 'OMG!' doesn't even begin to cover it. Every single entree and side were ridiculously good and I imagine that part of that has to do with the authenticity of Timberlake's Memphis roots. (The frozen lime margaritas weren't bad either) and the portions are huge, so the value is good if you're travelling in a pack.
As a sidebar, Justin Timberlake, who is rapidly becoming a mogul in all media and can seem to do no wrong, saw the hit musical back in 2010 with another BroadwayWorld favorite, girlfriend Jessica Biel, spurring rumors of possibly being interested in starring in a film version of the musical. Another name being bandied about as attached to the project, has been film legend Oliver Stone at the helm.
So, with stomachs happily full, we headed over to the Shubert Theater on a rainy night. The mood in the lobby and the audience was fantastically upbeat for this beloved show. I'm happy to report that MEMPHIS, which I originally saw in previews, is in great shape, with performances, choreography, scenic elements, lighting and costumes in as sharp of shape as any show on Broadway could ever hope to be. Also, it's always nice to be in a theatre when a standing ovation happens spontaneously.
From the theater we headed over to a Second Anniversary celebration for cast, family, friends and everyone associated with the production, which was held a few blocks away, at another great space that you may or may not know about called Glass House Tavern. The party was multi-tiered, very classy, with plenty of food and drink and 'celebration' in the air. It was a party full of smiles and pride at an achievement that seems to have no end in sight. The other thing that I must say, that I observed, is that this entire cast genuinely seems to love and adore each other and get along really well both onstage and off. So, I'm going to coin a phrase here, and say that's 'very MEMPHIS'.
Interestingly enough, the U.S. National Touring Production of MEMPHIS opened just days before at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, TN. (Click hereto check out BWW TV coverage of the cast visiting Elvis Presley's legendary home, Graceland). For more information on the Broadway and Tour productions, visit www.MemphisTheMusical.com.
And, what's up next up for the Broadway show? Adam Pascal(RENT, AIDA, CABARET) officially starts performances on Tuesday night, October 25th taking over the role of Huey Calhoun, originated by Chad Kimball. Kimball will be missed by fans of the show, but Pascal is a really smart and perfect fit in the casting department. And, of course, BroadwayWorld will be there to report on Pascal and the show.
MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.
MEMPHIS features a Tony-winning score with music by Bon Jovi's founding member/keyboardistDavid Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Tony-winner Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), who also pens the musical's book. MEMPHIS is based on a concept by the late George W. George (producer of the Tony nominated Bedroom Farce and the film My Dinner With Andre), with direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).
Tickets range from $41.50 to $131.50 (including a $1.50 facility fee). The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday - Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm, and Sundays at 3pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.Telecharge.comor call 212.239.6200.
Well, director Trevor Nunn believes that Shakespeare wrote all of his own plays, while Mark Rylance is taking the stance that there might indeed be other candidates (also the subject of the upcoming film ANONYMOUS in which he stars)... The Guardian was there as they each made their case, and you can click here to see what they had to say.
As we officially announced a few weeks back, we're heavily ramping up our regional offerings, including full and complete show listings for all 130 of our markets by the end of the year. With 15,000+ listings already, we are completely on track with that goal.
One of the reasons that we're doing this is because we've been hearing from theatres across the country and around the world who in this challenging economy (and always) are looking for as many ways to get the word out about their productions as possible. Well, we're here to help.
Yesterday, we went one step further, unveiling a new feature that allows regional productions to get 'enhanced' listings on the site - adding in photos, cast lists, videos, links and more. Productions that take advantage of this will receive highlights on our listing pages, extra editorial mentions and more. Before we even had a chance to announce it, I got an alert this morning about the first production was already using it. So, I'm tipping my cap to the fine folks from the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, where you can catch THE PRODUCERS from October 14-16, 2011.
Also, we now have award nominations open for BWW 2011 Regional Awards in 3 times as many markets as last year. Nominations are open through the end of the month for:
Just spotted this hilarious new blog via Jennifer Tepper's Twitter.
Charles Isherwood's Yogurt Shop is a new Tumblr, evidently in reaction to his very odd Theater Talkback column on NYTimes.com in which he suggests that he should stop reviewing Adam Rapp's plays because, well, he's just never liked them.
For a more intellectual response, Howard Sherman has written a great piece over @ 2amtheatre.com so it's worth checking that out too to balance out the yogurt with something a little more meaty...
Should Isherwood open a yogurt shop instead of reviewing theatre? Hmmmn.