When I was 11, I knew I wanted to be a journalist and I grew up to become the Entertainment Editor of the Asbury Park Press when I was 25. Fifteen years later I finally was able to write about theater in NJ and in NYC full-time for another 10 years, plus contribute articles and reviews to Variety, Back Stage and The Drama League. Now I run this website TheaterCues.com for fun.
Before I left The Press I was the Web Producer for the Friday and Sunday Entertainment sections of The Press, Home News Tribune, Daily Record and Courier News. I learned a lot about Search Engine Optimization, key words and phrases and other ways to attract Google’s attention.
If you have a business — or show business — these days you need a website that shows up on the first page of Google that your customers — or audience — check often to see what’s new on your blog, in your photo galleries, on your video accounts, etc. You want them to be a part of your community, your family, so when it’s time for your service — or opening night — they are there to support you.
The “Be More Chill” segment that closed today’s NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt is great publicity for amusical whose original cast album had 250,000,000 million downloads on social media. Only “Hamilton” had more.
But couldn’t the reporter have thrown a bone to the non-profit Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ, where the show first was produced and created the album. Instead of naming it she said: “When ‘Be More Chill’ closed its first run at a small New Jersey theater, it seemed like that would be it for the musical.”
Ok.Ok. It only has 349 seats. But the Lyceum Theatre is one of the smaller Broadway theatres in terms of capacity, seating only 922. So there.
With Two River Theater’s current staging of August Wilson’s “King Hedley II,” the Red Bank company has reached the halfway mark inproducing the 10-plays that comprise the playwright’s American Century Cycle.
Actor Brandon J. Dirden, whose career includes TV, Broadway and five plays here (two by Wilson), has done an outstanding job once again with a superb cast of six very accomplished actors and a skilled technical team.
For now, Brandon J. Dirden is an actor who also directs plays.But maybe not for long. He might be transitioning into a director who also acts.
Dirden, 39, is the son of actor Willie Dirden, older brother to actor Jason Dirden, is married to actress Crystal Dickinson and they have a 4-year-old son he calls a “theater rat” because he spends so much time in them.
Once the “Law and Order” police procedural franchises began filming in New York City nearly three decades ago, so many Broadway actors booked TV guest appearances and listed them in their Playbill biographies that it became a running joke.
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Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in “An American in Paris: The Musical” (PHOTO: Johan Persson)
‘Broadway’s Best’ with THIRTEEN’s ‘Great Performances‘ November Fridays
Broadcast premiere/streaming of “An American in Paris The Musical,” the U.K. live production of “The Sound of Music” and new documentaries about John Leguizamo’s Tony-nominated play “Latin History for Morons” and Broadway iconHarold Prince
Returning for a second year, this fall’s lineup includes Broadway’s “An American in Paris The Musical” and the U.K. live “The Sound of Music,” as well as documentaries about the making of John Leguizamo’s Tony-nominated play “Latin History for Morons” and 21-time Tony-winning director and producer Harold Prince. Continue reading Broadway comes home (and on electronic devises, of course)→
This weekend’s encore TV presentation of theater lovers’ Theater Talk will be its last. At least it’s going out in style with a repeat of featuring “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” creatives director John Tiffany, movement director Steven Hoggett, playwright Jack Thorne and author J.K. Rowling discussing the blockbuster show.
Long-time host Susan Haskins-Doloff is joined by co-host Gordon Cox of Variety. the half-hour show featured actors, playwrights, designers, directors, lyricists, book writers, choreographers and more talking about putting on a show.
It lasted more than 26 years and there is nothing else like it. Quickie interviews on network talk shows don’t come anywhere near the quality of questions, in-depth discussions and often the crazy things we sometimes heard and saw.
Cast members from the 2015 Broadway revival lead the Paper Mill Playhouse company, including Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act – Germany) as Celie, Carla R. Stewart (Ghost – National Tour, Rent – Regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (Holler If You Hear Me, Shrek the Musical – National Tour) as Sofia. The Color Purple runs through October 21, 2018.
An amazing display of top notch acting by six very talented theater pros is on display in the world premiere of “Fern Hill” at the New Jersey Repertory Theater in Long Branch, N.J., through Sept. 9.
These are the kind of actors we see on TV (“Law and Order,” “Elementary,” “The Sinner,” “Veep”), in movies (“The Birdcage,” “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Flags of our Fathers”), perhaps in a featured or recurring role, who take these gigs so they can support their theater habit.