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
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.
“Be More Chill” has been characterized as a “Cinderella” story. A world premiere at New Jersey’s Two River Theater (2015), cast album drops Oct. 31 earning more than 250 million streams. That caught producers’ interest. It opened off-Broadway in the summer of 2018 and opened on Broadway March 10 (2019). It’s about teens who take a “pill” to be cool.
“Hadestown” is a musical a 2016 adaptation of a 2010 folk opera based on the Greek myth of Orpheus descending to the underworld to rescue his fiancée Eurydice.
It’s always amazed me how insults delivered with an upper-class English accent don’t sound so harsh.
For instance, “I never saw anybody take so long to dress, and with such little result,” which appears in Act II of the laugh-a-minute comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde.
Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Michael Cumpsty (The End of the Rainbow, Hamlet) and three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty (Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, The Will Rogers Follies) star as Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine in “The Lion in Winter” opening tonight at the Two River Theater in Red Bank.
Also in the cast of this American classic are Noah Averbach-Katz (John), KeiLyn Durrel Jones (Richard), Ronald Peet (Philip), Hubert Point-Du Jour (Geoffrey), and Madeleine Rogers (Alais).
The creative team for The Lion in Winter includes scenic designer Kristen Robinson, costume designer Andrea Hood, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, and sound designer Josh Schmidt. The hair and makeup design is by Dave Bova & J. Jarad Janas, the fight direction is by J. Steven White.
Performances continue through Sunday, Dec. 4 in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org.
This is a slow time for Broadway, hence three shows closing recently and several more posting closings. If money isn’t being made during the Christmas season, less will be made during the cold iffy-weather months of January and February.
So, let’s see what the Spring (and into the fall) has to offer before the hot shows sell out.