After a busy day of press, To Kill a Mockingbird's Gideon Glick sits down with Jeff Daniels to talk about living in Michigan, Dumb and Dumber, his theater company and more.

Amber Gray, Patrick Page and the company of Hadestown take in the crowd.

The celebrated new musical Hadestown opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre on April 17. The musical by Anaïs Mitchell is based on Greek mythology and follows Orpheus' quest to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his love Eurydice. Take a look at the photos to see stars Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page, Amber Gray, Reeve Carney and André De Shields take their curtain call as well as the first-night guests in attendance on the big night.

Pretty Woman leading lady Samantha Barks joined the ranks of theater legends on the wall of Broadway landmark Sardi's when she received her portrait at the restaurant on April 17. After breaking big as Éponine in the Les Misérables movie and playing several turns in West End musicals, Barks made her Broadway debut as Vivian Ward in the hit film's musical adaptation. Barks' co-stars Orfeh, Andy Karl, Jason Danieley and Eric Anderson were in attendance to celebrate the star. Take a look at the caricature and the Pretty Woman cast below. 

Orfeh, Samantha Barks, Eric Anderson, Andy Karl and Jason Danieley gather around Barks' new portrait.
Samantha Barks looks wowed at her latest Broadway milestone.
The company of Pretty Woman join Barks in front of her Sardi's portrait.

In adapting Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage, award-winning scribe Aaron Sorkin looked at the iconic characters of the recently named "best-loved" American novel with fresh eyes. In this exclusive series, Broadway.com talks with Sorkin and the talented performers who bring the citizens of Mayomb, Alabama to life every night at the Shubert Theatre.


DAKIN MATTHEWS AS JUDGE TAYLOR
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CHARACTER: Judge Taylor, the small-town judge presiding over the trial of Tom Robinson, who is being represented by his friend Atticus Fitch.

ACTOR: Dakin Matthew is an actor, playwright, director and theater scholar with over 50 years of film, TV and stage credits. On Broadway, he’s been a dramaturg on productions of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Julius Caesar and Macbeth and a performer in nine shows, including recent turns in the plays The Iceman Cometh and The Audience and the musicals Rocky and Waitress.

DAKIN MATTHEWS ON PLAYING JUDGE TAYLOR: "I love the fact that we’re doing a great American classic. I was a teacher before I was an actor. My kids have all been teachers at one time or another and I like the idea that plays help people learn things and remember things. I’ve ...

The Reviews for HADESTOWN are In…

Source: BroadwayMusicalBlog.com | Posted: April 18 2019 @ 8:55 am

Critics adore Hadestown, giving the most appealing recommendation for the underworld you’re ever likely to hear. Blending Greek mythology with a Big Easy vibe and featuring a captivating score that ranges from pulsing, rhythmic folk-pop to downright heavenly arias, the critics are impressed with the balance achieved by the musical’s creative developers, Anaïs Mitchell (writer) and Rachel Chavkin (director). And with devilishly good performances, particularly from André De Shields (Hermes), Amber Gray (Persephone), and Patrick Page (Hades), Hadestown deserves a spot “up on top” of your must-see list. (Get it?) NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF HADESTOWN All your favorite Greeks are heading somewhere in “Hadestown,” the sumptuous, hypnotic and somewhat hyperactive musical that opened on Wednesday night after its own twisty 13-year road to Broadway. Eurydice descends to the underworld; Orpheus follows to retrieve her. Persephone spends six months aboveground…  READ THE FULL REVIEW DEADLINE REVIEW OF HADESTOWN roadway is doing some remarkable myth-making this season, or maybe myth-revising. Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma! is upending that great American folktale of the frontier. Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird is taking on the myth of its very own origins. And now Hadestown, the most thrilling new…  READ THE FULL REVIEW VARIETY REVIEW OF HADESTOWN “Hadestown” triggered a [...]

A talent-packed initial slate of stars has been assembled for the upcoming European debut of Max Vernon's celebrated off-Broadway musical The View UpStairs. Jonathan O'Boyle will direct and Fabian Aloise will choreograph the new production, set to run at London's Soho Theatre beginning on July 18 with an opening night set for July 23.

The principal company will include Andy Mientus (Spring Awakening) as Patrick, Declan Bennett (American Idiot) as Dale, John Partridge (EastEnders) as Buddy, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (The Wild Party) as Inez and Cedric Neal (The Voice) as Willie.

The musical is set in present day when Wes, a young fashion designer, buys an abandoned space, not realizing it had been the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant '70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, which, in 1973, was burned down in an arson attack, killing 32 people, and making it the worst attack on the LGBTQ+ community until the 2016 shooting at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Also featured in the cast are Carly Mercedes Dyer (Hadestown) as Henri, Gary Lee (Flashdance) as Freddy, Joseph Prouse (Hadestown) as Richard and Derek Hagen (The Twilight Zone) as Cops/Realtor. Casting for the role of Wes will be announced soon.

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Peter Marks recounts such difficulties as having a seat mate (an aging comedy star, no less) unable to contain his enthusiasm, having another seat mate unable to contain his dinner, and having your own seat refuse to hold you. – The Washington Post
The musical revue, known for its campy local humor and stupendously extravagant hats, will have its last performance on New Year’s Eve — and the reason is not financial. – San Francisco Chronicle
The daring stage director Milo Rau and his Belgian theater comany have adapted the Aeschylus trilogy to the Iraqi city that was occupied and devastated by, then liberated from, ISIS. Said one cast member, “We do not need to act a tragedy. This play is just talking about the reality of Mosul.” – The New […]

Christie Brinkley Returns to Chicago on Broadway

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: April 17 2019 @ 10:00 pm

Christie Brinkley is putting her jazz shoes back on. The veteran model and actress returns to the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago beginning on April 18. Brinkley will stay with the musical for a four-week limited engagement through May 12.

Brinkley heads back to the Tony-winning revival following two prior stints as Roxie, in 2011 and 2012. She has also played the role in London and on tour.

Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Chicago features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Ebb. The production features direction by Walter Bobbie, musical direction by Rob Fisher and choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Fosse.

Chicago is the longest-running revival on Broadway and the longest-running American musical.

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