TWO RIVER THEATER LAUNCHES 2019/20 SEASON TONIGHT WITH ‘CYRANO’

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Not your grandma’s ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’? Well, we’ll see.  I think one characteristic of a great play is it’s ability to be turned inside out and upside down and still please a crowd.

To satisfy audiences generation after generation — whether the work is 300 years old staged in traditional  or modern costumes — and we all of see something new is fantastic. Continue reading TWO RIVER THEATER LAUNCHES 2019/20 SEASON TONIGHT WITH ‘CYRANO’

‘Devil Wears Prada’ planned for Chicago run as musical next summer

"The Devil Wears Prada" is the latest movie to get the song-and-dance stage treatment. The film starred Meryl Streep (right) and Anne Hathaway. (Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.)
“The Devil Wears Prada” is the latest movie to get the song-and-dance stage treatment. The film starred Meryl Streep (right) and Anne Hathaway. (Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.)

So, will the ‘Devil’ wear tap shoes?

A  new musical adaptation of yet another movie — “The Devil Wears Prada” — is scheduled for a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago next summer. Performances planned for July 14–Aug. 16, 2020, at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. No dates for a Broadway run have been announced.

Based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel and the 2006 movie starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, “The Devil Wears Prada” features music by Elton John, lyrics by Shania Taub, and a book by Paul Rudnick. Continue reading ‘Devil Wears Prada’ planned for Chicago run as musical next summer

Having a great memory is not always a great thing in D.W. Gregory’s new play

Amie Bermowitz and Steve Brady in “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” at NJ Rep through Sept. 15. (PHOTO: Andrea Phox)

What if you had the ability to remember everything that had ever happened to you. Everything you observed, heard, read — everything — would it be a good thing or a bad thing?

“Memoirs of a Forgotten Man,” an intriguing new play at the New Jersey Repertory Theater on Broadway in Long Branch through Sept. 15, explores what happens to a family with a son who has this skill at the wrong time in the wrong place.

Written by D.W. Gregory, her best known play is “Radium Girls” about factory workers exposed to radiation poisoning from painting watch dials in an Orange, N.J., factory. 

Continue reading Having a great memory is not always a great thing in D.W. Gregory’s new play

Screening of ‘Roxanne’ launches free events at Two River Theater

One of my Top 10 favorite plays — “Cyrano de Bergerac” —   opens the Two River Theater Company’s 26th season beginning next month.

But the pre-play festivities begin much earlier in Red Bank, NJ. Tonight, as a matter of fact, with a free screening of the film “Roxanne,” an 1987 adaptation of the classic 1897 play by Edmond Rostand .

More than a dozen movies have been based on the the Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, a  French novelist, playwright, epistolarian and duelist.

Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah in “Roxanne.”

The romantic comedy stars  Steve Martin as  C.D.  Bales, who is in love with the beautiful Roxanne, played by Daryl Hannah , who is in love with the handsome Chris, played by  Rick Rossovich.

The NYTimes called it a “thoroughly charming performance,.

Click here to reserve free tickets.

Continue reading Screening of ‘Roxanne’ launches free events at Two River Theater

‘Uncle Vanya’ airs on Theatre Close Up

Jesse Pennington, left, and Jay O. Sanders in “Uncle Vanya.” (PHOTO: Joan Marcus)

Non-tradional stage production are all the rage these days, such as “Oklahoma! which took home the Best Revival  of a Musical at the 2019 Tony Awards.

Tonight, at 9, PBS Channel 13 airs Richard Nelson’s  production of the canonical Chekhov drama that may be the most intimate version of the play available, according to the New York Times. The actors, for the most part, delivers their lines in murmurs. Continue reading ‘Uncle Vanya’ airs on Theatre Close Up

Joe Iconis’ new musical offers free early look at Two River Theater

Joe Iconis in a screen-grab during the filming of the TV series “On Stage.”

“Be More Chill” composer/lyricist Joe Iconis will be competing against himself tonight (Saturday Aug. 17, 2019) in two different venues.

While on stage at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, with a work-in-progress presentation of  his new musical “Love in Hate Nation” beginning at 7 p.m., he also will be featured at 7:30  p.m. on the weekly TV series “On Stage ” presented by Spectrum News NY1. Continue reading Joe Iconis’ new musical offers free early look at Two River Theater

Joe Iconis’ newest show ‘Love in Hate Nation’ reveals all-girl cast

The cast for “Love in Hate Nation” — the follow up to Tony Award-nominee Joe Iconis’ musical “Be More Chill” — has been announced.  

The cast includes Sydney Farley (Gloria “Ya Ya” Meeks), Amina Faye (Susannah Son), Jasmine Forsberg (Brenda “Rat” Ratowski), Lauren Marcus (Miss Asp), Kelly McIntyre (Sheila Nail), Lena Skeele (Dorothy Donaldson), Emerson Smith (Kitty Minx), Ryan Vona (The Guy) and Tatiana Wechsler (Judith Ramone).

The world premiere is scheduled to begin performances at the Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ, Saturday, Nov. 9 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 1. The opening night performance is 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

Tickets available by calling 732-345-1400, visiting the box office at  21 Bridge Ave. and at tworivertheater.org

Continue reading Joe Iconis’ newest show ‘Love in Hate Nation’ reveals all-girl cast

Regina Taylor is a woman who’s always on the go

Actress, playwright and director Regina Taylor is always on the go. (Courtesy of Regina Taylor)

When you ask actress, playwright and director Regina Taylor when she has time to sleep, she just laughs. 

She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in TV’s “I’ll Fly Away” (1993) as well as NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (1995). She’s been a guest star on “The Red Line” and “The Good Fight.” Next year she’s featured in Netflix’s new “All Day and a Night” written and directed by “Black Panther” writer Joe Robert Cole.

“It’s absolutely brilliant and wonderful,” she said about the new series in a recent telephone interview. Continue reading Regina Taylor is a woman who’s always on the go

‘Be More Chill’ event just one way to introduce students to theater

The oriiginal Broadway cast of "Be More Chill." (PHOTO: Maria Baranova)
The oriiginal Broadway cast of “Be More Chill.” (PHOTO: Maria Baranova)

More than 2,000 NY City public school students will be the envy of students around the world (and maybe some adults, too) when they attend a behind-the-scenes look at the new Broadway musical “Be More Chill” on May 30.

Creating the Magic, a NYC arts education nonprofit, partners with Broadway productions offering students

from across the city an opportunity to experience a show’s inner workings. Continue reading ‘Be More Chill’ event just one way to introduce students to theater

Last chance to catch delightful staging of ‘The Belle of Amherst’

“The Belle of Amherst” featuring Maureen Silliman as Emily Dickenson. (PHOTO:  T Charles Erickson)

The Two River Theater Company launched  two shows that landed on NYC stages so far this year. It’s a great way for the Red Bank-based regional theater to celebrate its 25 anniversary season.

TRT playwright-in-residence Madeleine George’s “Hurricane Diane” was staged at the New York Theatre Workshop earlier this season and “Be More Chill” opened last month at  the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway.

You might think TRT specializes in new work.

Wrong. The company also produces classic works, and this is the last week to check out “The Belle of Amherst,” based on Emily Dickinson’s life. It’s a loving revival of the one-woman show written by William Luce (he specialized in them, and wrote this one for Julie Harris, who premiered it on Broadway in 1976). Continue reading Last chance to catch delightful staging of ‘The Belle of Amherst’

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