It's Officially Shakespeare in the Park Season! Take a First Look at Danielle Brooks & More in Much Ado About Nothing

Source: | Posted: May 24 2019 @ 11:58 am

The cast of Much Ado About Nothing.

The summery weather has finally set in, and Shakespeare in the Park season has arrived! Tony winner Kenny Leon's new staging of Much Ado About Nothing is playing through June 23. The cast includes stage and screen star Danielle Brooks, Tony winner Chuck Cooper and more. Take a first look at the production, and then see it for yourself at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park!

See Off-Broadway's Brightest Strike a Pose at the 2019 Obie Awards

Source: | Posted: May 24 2019 @ 11:04 am

Obie Awards host Rachel Bloom and Broadway legend Patti LuPone snap a pic.

The American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice announced the winners of the 64th Annual Obie Awards, honoring achievement off-Broadway, on May 20 at Terminal 5. Check out portraits of the winners and attendees from the big night!

Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me won the 2019 Obie for Best New American Play.
Oklahoma! director Daniel Fish and the creative team of the revival were honored with a Special Citation.
Hadestown’s Tony-nominated director Rachel Chavkin is all smiles.
Tony and Obie winner Billy Crudup looks sharp.

5 Questions With Micaela Diamond From The Cher Show

Source: | Posted: May 24 2019 @ 10:42 am

Micaela Diamond in The Cher Show on BroadwayAt 18 years old, Micaela Diamond was faced with a choice. The graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School could either continue her musical-theater education at Carnegie Mellon University, or she could stay in New York City and make her Broadway debut alongside some of her musical-theater idols. She chose the latter. Now, Diamond stars…

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Odds & Ends: Renascence, Starring Wicked's Hannah Corneau, Releases Cast Album & More

Source: | Posted: May 24 2019 @ 10:20 am

Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today.

Renascence, Starring Wicked's Hannah Corneau, Releases Cast Album
Yellow Sound Label and Broadway Records have officially released the original cast recording to Renascence, a celebrated new musical that was produced off-Broadway by Transport Group this past season. The show features a book by Tony nominee Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), music by Carmel Dean (music director on If/Then) and lyrics from the poems of Pulitzer winner Edna St. Vincent Millay, whose life the musical is based upon. The cast includes current Wicked star Hannah Corneau, Jason Gotay (Bring It On), Mikaela Bennett (The Golden Apple), Danny Harris Kornfeld (Rent), Katie Thompson (Giant) and Donald Webber Jr. (Hamilton). Renascence is the winner of the 2019 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical.

Toronto's Dear Evan Hansen Sets Closing Date at Royal Alexandra Theatre
The Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen will conclude its Toronto production at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on July 21. The sit-down mounting, which began performances on March 5, had recently been extended to September 29. The Toronto staging boasts a cast led by Robert Markus as Evan Hansen, Jessica Sherman as Heidi Hansen, Claire Rankin as Cynthia ...

Why Anna Deavere Smith Created ‘Notes From The Field’, Her Documentary Play About The School-To-Prison Pipeline

Source: | Posted: May 24 2019 @ 10:01 am

“I was in hair and makeup next to a [Nurse Jackie] castmate, British actress Eve Best, and I told her I couldn’t get out of my mind a news story I had just heard: that a kid in Baltimore, my hometown, had peed in a water cooler at school and they were going to send […]

Dream Ballet for One! Meet Gabrielle Hamilton, the Award-Winning Dance Wonder of Oklahoma!

Source: | Posted: May 24 2019 @ 10:00 am

Gabrielle Hamilton.

Gabrielle Hamilton

Gabrielle Hamilton is currently giving a Chita Rivera Award-winning performance in Oklahoma!, turning the show's Act Two dream ballet by choreographer John Heginbotham into a one-woman wonder. Surprisingly, the Tony-nominated revival marks not only her Broadway debut, but the native New Yorker's first time on stage in a musical, period. "I started dancing when I was three years old," Hamilton said of her upbringing. "I'm from Harlem in the West Side. Very urban, very progressive now, but immersive when it comes to culture and the arts." After watching her sister get involved at Uptown Dance Academy, Hamilton wanted to follow in her footsteps. Starting with gymnastics and karate, Hamilton then transitioned into more contemporary dance classes which led her Point Park University. "I decided dance was going to be my life in college," she said. Hamilton has been with Oklahoma! since its run at St. Ann's Warehouse, and she's still having 'pinch-me' moments. "I first realized that my dance career could go into musical theater when I signed a contract to do Oklahoma!," Hamilton said. This may be her first time on a Broadway stage, but Hamilton hopes it's not the last. "It's mind blowing. I really don't ...

Ink's Tony-Nominated Scribe James Graham on Rupert Murdoch's Indelible Mark on the Media

Source: | Posted: May 24 2019 @ 8:54 am

British scribe James Graham has never been one to shy away from topical subjects. His plays Privacy and The Vote, for example, delve into the personal and the political in real time. Now, with his Tony-nominated drama Ink, Graham is unearthing the origin story of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid The Sun, and how it may have given birth to today’s toxic media environment, which has risen to new heights of ignominy. Graham sat down with to chat about his “sparkle of mischievousness,” what he was doing when Murdoch came to the show, and why he doesn’t want the media mogul to like his play too much.

Where did this play come from?
I was out drinking lots of whiskey, and I thought, “Why don't you recklessly put Rupert Murdoch on stage?” No! I always knew the story of a rivalry between these two papers, The Sun and The Mirror in the '60s. I've always really enjoyed self-contained worlds and trying to make sense of Britain by looking at a system or structure. So, I always thought about newspapers, but then about three years ago, I started to have huge anxieties about the way news was changing.

Jonny Lee ...

Tootsie's Lilli Cooper on Her 'Cuckoo Bananas' Tony Nomination & More

Source: | Posted: May 24 2019 @ 8:37 am

In the 1982 film Tootsie, Jessica Lange played Julie Nichols, an soap star desperate for true human connection, and earned her first Oscar win. The role of Julie Nichols must be good luck, because Lilli Cooper, who is currently playing the character in the musical of the same name based on the film, has received her first Tony nomination. "It still feels so weird," Cooper said to Ryan Lee Gilbert in a recent interview on's #LiveAtFive about her nomination. "It's truly cuckoo bananas. I will never take it for granted, and I will never look at it smaller than it is. I have worked my butt off, so I'm really proud of myself. The biggest compliments I've gotten is when people say, 'You deserve this.' I think it's a rare thing for people, women specifically, to say, 'Yes, I deserve this accolade,' and I'm really proud to say I believe I do."

Santino Fontana and Lilli Cooper in Tootsie (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Cooper stars alongside fellow Tony nominee Santino Fontana, who brings both Michael Dorsey and Dorothy Michaels to life. "The most important thing to me was developing the relationship between Julie and ...

James Corden Teams Up with Aladdin Film Stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott & Will Smith for an Epic Magic Carpet Ride

Source: | Posted: May 24 2019 @ 8:27 am

The day has arrived! The eagerly anticipated Aladdin film remake makes its way into cinemas today, May 24. In celebration of the movie's premiere, James Corden shared his excitement with a special edition of Crosswalk the Musical on last night's Late Late Show. Corden joined the stars of the major motion picture, including Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith, for a magic carpet ride through the streets to spread the word about the magical tale. Give a watch to the foursome of mega-talents below—and bask in Cordon's wish to play the Genie—then make your way to cinemas to experience the joy of Aladdin for yourself.

Broadway Adaptation Of ‘Magic Mike’ Suspended Following Exodus Of Show’s Writers

Source: | Posted: May 24 2019 @ 6:35 am

“The musical has canceled its [preview] engagement at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre, which was supposed to start this November. … Magic Mike: The Musical‘s writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, composer Tom Kitt, and lyricist Brian Yorkey recently left the production over ‘creative differences’ just before a developmental workshop that was supposed to take place earlier this month.” […]

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