Alexandra Billings Joins Wicked as Madame Morrible; Becomes First Openly Trans Actress to Play the Role

Source: | Posted: January 20 2020 @ 12:00 am

Alexandra Billings makes her Broadway debut as Waxy Bush.

Stage-and-screen veteran Alexandra Billings, acclaimed for her turn on Amazon's Transparent, joins the Broadway company of Wicked as Madame Morrible on January 20. Billings makes history, becoming the first openly transgender actress to play the role. She replaces Nancy Opel, who played her final performance in the musical on January 19.

Billings' most popular credit is as Davina on Amazon's Transparent. In addition to her Broadway debut in The Nap, she has appeared in numerous regional productions, including S/He & Me, Seussical, Berlin Circle, A Doll's House, Trojan Women, Gypsy, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Time to Burn, Hamlet! The Musical! and Before I Disappear.

Billings joins a cast that currently includes Hannah Corneau as Elphaba, Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda, Michael McCormick as The Wizard, Jake Boyd as Fiyero, Riley Costello as Boq, Jamie Jackson as Doctor Dillamond and Shoba Narayan as Nessarose.

Wicked features a book by Winnie Holzman, a score by Stephen Schwartz, direction by Joe Mantello, choreography by Wayne Cilento and music direction by Stephen Oremus.

Michelle Williams, Sam Rockwell & Renée Zellweger Take Home SAG Awards for Playing Theater Legends

Source: | Posted: January 19 2020 @ 10:36 pm

Michelle WilliamsSam Rockwell and Renée Zellweger brought performances to the screen this year that resurrected three of musical theater's greatest stars. Williams and Rockwell played Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse, respectively, in FX's Fosse/Verdon, about the tumultuous creative partnership between two of Broadway's most influential theatermakers, and Zellweger, star of Judy, brought to life Judy Garland in the tragic last year of her life. All three were awarded for their turns at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 19. 

Williams, who was nominated for a Tony in 2016 for her leading role in Blackbird and who starred as Sally Bowles in the 2014 Broadway revival of Cabaret, garnered the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Award. Sam Rockwell, who will appear on Broadway this season in a revival of American Buffalo, won the Lead Actor Award for playing Fosse, the nine-time Tony-winning director and choreographer responsible for mounting shows like Chicago, Pippin, Sweet Charity and Damn Yankees.

Zellweger, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for her turn as Roxie Hart in Chicago (and won in 2004 for Cold Mountain), was awarded for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading ...

What A ‘Narrative Performance’ Is – And What It Can Do For An Audience

Source: | Posted: January 19 2020 @ 3:00 pm

Helen Shaw breaks it all down: “Our critical function operates differently with the storyteller than with scene-player, because we immediately wonder about truthfulness. … The narrating performer demands the close involvement and even participation of her audience, and so our belief and ability to be persuaded (and betrayed) are her main tools.” – Vulture

Celebrate the Late Jerry Herman on This Week's Elaine Paige on Sunday

Source: | Posted: January 19 2020 @ 10:00 am

Olivier-winning actress Elaine Paige is giving listeners a chance to hear her BBC Radio 2 show, Elaine Paige on Sunday, and this week is all about celebrating the late Broadway composer Jerry Herman, who passed away on December 26 at the age of 88. Known for show-stopping numbers, Herman's career spanned half a century and five Tony nominations. From Hello, Dolly! (1964), to Mame (1966) to La Cage aux Folles (1983). Paige will be playing all her favorite tunes to honor the composer. Don't miss out on listening to this week's episode, and be sure to click the play button below!

Why Did The Public Shut Down A Climate Activist’s Play Early?

Source: | Posted: January 19 2020 @ 9:30 am

The show, The Truth Has Changed, tells of Josh Fox’s anti-fracking work and what he describes as “incessant harassment” from the gas and petroleum industries. Fox says the issue was the content of his show; he is the show’s writer, actor, and co-director. The Public begs to differ, saying that the show was shut down […]

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