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.
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.
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!
“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.
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.
Stephen Sondheim is working on a musical with playwright David Ives (“Venus in Fur”) based on the films “The Exterminating Angel” and “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” that is expected to be staged by The Public Theater. “We will do it whenever Steve tells us to,” said Public’s artistic director Oskar Eustis, as reported in the NYTimes.
Sondheim, 84, and Ives, 64, have just finished a first draft of the musical and that a production was a few years away, the composer said in an interview with the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik.
Sondheim’s last piece was the Public’s 2008 production of “Road Show.” Ives’ “Venus in Fur” played off-Broadway in 2010 and transferred to Broadway in 2012. His play “All in the Timing” is his most produced work.
If you missed “The Nance,” starring the incomparable Nathan Lane Friday night on PBS Channel 13, you can watch it now on the station’s website by clicking here.
Nominated for three Tony Awards, Douglas Carter Beane’s celebrated play is both a love letter to the grand old days of burlesque and a love story before its time. Nathan Lane gives the performance of a lifetime as Chauncey Miles, a burlesque comedian caught between the tug of his heart, the calling of his art, and the increasingly harsh realities of Depression Era politics and mores.