Mel Brooks Begins Two-Night Comedy Engagement on Broadway

Source: | Posted: June 16 2019 @ 10:00 pm

Mel Brooks, award-winning comedy legend of stage and screen, returns to the Great White Way on June 17 as part of the In Residence on Broadway series. The new show, titled Mel Brooks on Broadway, will run through June 18 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Both shows begin at 7:00pm.

Brooks' unscripted show combines off-the-cuff comedy with personal stories and film clips from some of his most memorable work.

In Broadway circles, Brooks is known for the Tony-winning sensation The Producers, based on his Oscar-winning film of the same name. His Broadway credits as a writer and producer also include Young Frankenstein, based on his hit film, as well as All-American, Shinbone Alley and Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952. Brooks is the recipient of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

Evening Standard’s Sacking Of Its Theatre Critics Doesn’t Mean Criticism Is Going Away – It’s Just Moving On

Source: | Posted: June 14 2019 @ 3:25 pm

“Mainstream theatre criticism is unlikely to disappear. But professional, full-time critics, whose only real job is to review plays, may be a dying breed. It is unfortunately possible for publications to be committed to criticism whilst being utterly cavalier about individual critics.” – The Stage

Aladdin's Josh Drake on 'Proving People Wrong' and His Journey to Agrabah

Source: | Posted: June 14 2019 @ 12:06 pm

Josh Drake

Josh Drake

For the past two years, Josh Drake has been a singing and dancing resident of Agrabah in Aladdin on Broadway. The hit Disney musical marks the standout dancer's Broadway debut, something he's been preparing for a very long time. "I started dancing at three years old," the North Carolina native said. "My mom put me in tap shoes when she saw me dancing in front of a music video in my diaper." Although the moves came naturally for Drake, he says it was all but natural for others to see him up on stage. "Being a homosexual, male dancer was tough," he said. "Bullying from people was tough. It made me want to prove them wrong, in a weird way." And proving them wrong is exactly what he did. Drake went on to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and make his name known. "A lot of people from back home have reached out recently," he said. "I'm not sure if they're seeing something online or what. It makes me step back and realize that it's been several years of putting in work, and seeing them reach out and show ...

James T. Lane, Bonnie Milligan & More to Star in Encores! Off-Center's Promenade

Source: | Posted: June 14 2019 @ 11:18 am

Initial casting has been announced for the upcoming Encores! Off-Center staging of Al Carmines and Maria Irene Fornés' 1969 musical Promenade. The previously announced two-night production, directed by Laurie Woolery, choreographed by Hope Boykin and music-directed by Greg Jarrett, will run at New York City Center on July 10 and 11.

The company will include James T. Lane (Kiss Me, Kate!) as 105 and Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) as Miss Cake, with Mark Bedard (Pride and Prejudice) as Jailer, Becca Blackwell (Hurricane Diane) as Mayor, Eddie Cooper (The Cradle Will Rock) as Mr. R, Daniel Everidge (Found) as Mr. T, Carmen Ruby Floyd (After Midnight) as Miss I, Marcy Harriel (Rent) as Miss U, Bryonha Parham (Prince of Broadway) as Servant, Don Darryl Rivera (Aladdin) as Soldier/Driver, Soara-Joye Ross (Les Misérables) as Miss O, Steve Routman (The Shaggs) as Soldier/Injured Man, Saundra Santiago (The Glass Menagerie) as Mother and J.D. Webster (Porgy and Bess) as Mr. S. Casting for the role of 106 will be announced at a later date.

Promenade follows two escaped prisoners, known only as 105 (Lane) and 106, as they run through the city, mingling with an assortment of characters from the poor and ...

5 Questions With Alex Boniello of Dear Evan Hansen

Source: | Posted: June 14 2019 @ 11:09 am

Alex Boniello from Dear Evan HansenAlex Boniello has hit the big time on Broadway, but his career didn’t always look so promising. Take, for instance, his turn as Lumière in his high school’s production of Beauty and the Beast. “I am wrong for that role in every single way that a person can be wrong for it,” Boniello says of…

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Odds & Ends: The Cast of The Prom to Perform at New York's TrevorLIVE Gala & More

Source: | Posted: June 14 2019 @ 11:01 am

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

The Cast of The Prom to Perform at New York's TrevorLIVE Gala
It's time to dance! The mega-talented company of the Tony-nominated musical The Prom has signed on to sing out at this year's edition of TrevorLIVE, the annual gala of The Trevor Project. The event will be held at Cipriani Wall Street on June 17 at 6:00pm. In addition to the performance from the Prom company, the evening will feature appearances by Grammy winner Daya and Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos will receive The Trevor Project's Champions Award. Gear up for TrevorLIVE with a look back at The Prom's delightful Tony Awards performance below.

Billy Porter Releases New Single "Love Yourself"
Billy Porter, Tony-winning original star of Kinky Boots and Golden Globe-nominated standout of FX's Pose, has announced the release of a new single, "Love Yourself," written and produced by transgender artist/producer D. Smith. It is available now on streaming platforms and from digital retailers. "I'm thrilled to be spreading the message of self-love to my community whose humanity and worth have been up for legislation for way ...

Watch Starr Busby & the Cast of Dave Malloy's Octet Perform the Moving Number 'Glow'

Source: | Posted: June 14 2019 @ 10:56 am

Watch a performance from the off-Broadway cast of Octet, Dave Malloy's new musical that explores the addiction to 21st century technology.

Ain't Too Proud's James Harkness on Becoming a Lord, His 'Stupid Talented' Cast & More

Source: | Posted: June 14 2019 @ 10:45 am

The cast of Ain't Too Proud (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

James Harkness is fresh off of performing at The 73rd Annual Tony Awards with his Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations cast on June 9, and it's a night he won't soon forget. "There was so much energy backstage," Harkness said to Paul Wontorek in a recent interview on's #LiveAtFive. "We were at the top of the show and trying to focus, so we got into a group as we always do and held hands did a quick prayer, that is what we do every night before the show. We just looked at each other and said, 'Let's do what we do.' It was exciting backstage."

Bringing Paul Williams' story to life eight times a week is no easy feat, and for Harkness it was all about finding the human behind the fame. "The thing that got me the most was finding out that he had sickle-cell anemia," Harkness said. "He did have a drinking problem [which] stemmed as the group got more and more popular. He started breaking down because success was not always the best thing. One of the ways ...

Learn About Broadway's Sea Wall/A Life, Starring Jake Gyllenhaal & Tom Sturridge

Source: | Posted: June 14 2019 @ 10:37 am

After a sold-out run at The Public, stage and screen star Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge bring this thrilling night of storytelling to the Great White Way.

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Play Piragua Guy in His In the Heights Movie

Source: | Posted: June 14 2019 @ 10:23 am

Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda is an executive producer on FX's Fosse/Verdon.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony-winning songwriter and original star of In the Heights, has announced that he will take on the role of Piragua Guy in the musical's upcoming film adaptation. Eliseo Román originated the role in the Broadway production, which starred Miranda as Usnavi, the role set to be played on-screen by Anthony Ramos.

Miranda joins a previously announced slate of stars that also includes Tony-nominated original cast member Olga Merediz as Abuela Claudia, two-time Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega as Daniela, Tony nominee Corey Hawkins as Benny, Marc Anthony as Sonny's father, Melissa Barrera as Vanessa, Leslie Grace as Nina, Gregory Diaz IV as Sonny, Stephanie Beatriz as Carla and Dascha Polanco as Cuca.

Directed by Jon M. Chu and featuring the Tony-winning score of Miranda with a screenplay by Tony-nominated book writer Quiara Alegría Hudes, In the Heights follows Washington Heights bodega owner Usnavi (Ramos) and the trials and celebrations of his neighborhood of friends and family.

The movie musical is scheduled for release into cinemas on June 26, 2020.

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