Two River Theater Company opens Lerner and Loewe’s musical “Camelot” tonight, but it’s not going to be what you expect. Instead of a large cast in sumptuous costumes with a pit orchestra, you’ll get 8 musicians and 8 actors in Arthurian street clothes. Oh, and some nudity.
Lots of tributes and remembrances for Mike Nichols following his death yesterday (Nov. 19, 2014) from a heart attack. The best one I’ve seen so far is, duh, on the New York Times website.
If you’ve always dreamed of being born in a trunk in Pocatello, Idaho, with Judy Garland as you’re best friend singing by your side, check out Playbill.com’s new list of off-Broadway shows. It’s one way to avoid the tourist in the heart of Times Square during the upcoming holidays.
Click here for the link. Playbill does this much better than I ever could.
It’s shaping up to be a Kristin Chenoweth week on TV and we have no problem with that. The Emmy and Tony Award-winner has released her new album “Coming Home” and promoting it on the “TODAY Show” Wednesday, plus twice on Thursday on “Live! with Kelly and Michael” and “Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda” (all with performances). Yeah!
And it continues after that. Click here to see more TV and radio dates.
Places other than NYC theaters to see great theater have expanded a bit more with the live airing of the Act 1 finale of “Side Show” scheduled for Monday night on a digital billboard in Times Square.
NYTimes reporter Patrick Healy is my new favorite theater writer. It’s not just because of his A1 story today on “Duck Dynasty” planning to mount a Broadway musical, or the insightful Hugh Jackman profile Sunday or yesterday’s fascinating business story about “It’s Only a Play” offering producers of “The Audience” $400,000 not to evict them.
If you win an Oscar, movie stars can ask for more money the next time they land a role. Right? If you are a playwright and you win a Pulitzer Prize, how does your world — and bank account — change? Maybe not so much.
According to an article in today’s NYTimes, on average, American playwrights earn $25,000 to $39,000 annually from their endeavors and 62 percent of them earn less than $40,000. Ouch!
Sure, if their shows move to Broadway, becomes hits, tour the country and get made into movies, millions of dollars may be made. But how often does that happen. Continue reading Paying struggling playwrights for all of their work
“It Shoulda Been You,” which premiered at the George Street Playhouse in NJ, is scheduled to start performances on Broadway March 17 with Tony Award winners Tyne Daly (“Gypsy”) and Harriet Harris (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) as polar opposite mothers at a wedding from hell.
David Hyde Pierce directed the musical at GSP in New Brunswick in 2011 and continues at the helm. As an actor, Pierce earned a Tony for “Curtains” and four Emmy Awards for “Frasier.” Opening night is scheduled for April 14. Continue reading ‘It Shoulda Been You’ musical Broadway bound
Can’t get to Broadway to see the National Theatre production of “Skylight” with Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan. Try your local movie complex or university instead.
The National Theatre Live’s mission is “to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world” and I, for one. am grateful. Nothing beats seeing theater live, but not everyone lives close to theaters producing new and/or classic work on a regular basis.
Neil Patrick Harris has crossed off “host the Oscars” on his bucket list with today’s announcement he will do the honors in 2015.
This gives us a perfect opportunity to post video of NPH in “Company” because we never want to miss a chance to feature him and Stephen Sondheim.
NPH’s versatility is scary awesome and he should have no problem handling the honors. Is there anybody who doesn’t admire this guy?
Click here to watch PBS’ “Great Performances” video of the opening number.