Griffin’s Tony Predictions, 2016 Edition
At standing ovation central, all eyes are rolling towards all things Hamilton—and let’s be honest, it’s earned every tickertape huzzah. So naturally, when it comes to this year’s Tonys, Hamilton bellied up to the nominee bar with a sweet 16 nominations. Will it take them all? No... and actually it can’t since it has multiple nominees in one category.
Tracking 70th Annual Tony Awards Host James Corden
The 2016 Tony Awards are just two days away, and Broadway is abuzz with excitement. This year, for the first time, late night personality James Corden is running the show.
Chicago: Amra-Faye Wright Takes the Stand as Velma in Chicago
Amra-Faye Wright has played the role of Velma Kelly on five continents and is as savvy as they get when it comes to Chicago, Broadway’s longest-running musical revival (it celebrated its official opening night on November 14th, 1996, to be exact).
Breaking on Broadway
American Psycho is closing June 5th, Cats is heading to the Neil Simon Theatre mid-July with Brit sensation Leona Lewis and original director Trevor Nunn, and Terry Kinney will star in Arthur Miller's The Price on Broadway, next spring.
Hot Off the Tony Presses: Celebrity Presenters Announced
The first wave of Tony presenters being launched into cyberspace by the Broadway League and American Theatre Wing are definitely of the high caliber/high profile variety. Sprinkling some heavy duty stardust around the Beacon Theatre will be Cate Blanchett and Oprah Winfrey.
Broadway: Breaking News
Settle in for the latest from the world of New York theatre, where the Tonys, a free Broadway concert, and a couple of long-awaited debuts are in the news. For the latter: it might be more than half a year away, but hey, when two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s Jitney books its Broadway debut it’s theatre news that calls for any number of celebratory bells, whistles, and confetti tosses.
NY Theater June 2016: On and Off the Great White Way
From Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, and Obie awards on up to the Tonys, the red carpets continue to unfurl in NYC. Yet even as the statuettes for 2015-2016 are being handed out, new productions are arriving on the scene—some of which will be scooping up these prizes a year from now.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson: Fully Committed
Fully Committed, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, is Broadway’s only solo show and one that requires a triple shot of adrenaline just to keep up with it.
Christian Borle to Play Willy Wonka on Broadway
Christian Borle’s recent career choices have netted him both Broadway VIP status and a couple of Tony Awards. And while fans of TV’s Smash know him as theatrical composer Tom Levitt, Borle clearly has a fondness for mixing it up onstage, playing characters that read "camp with a decided edge"—which explains why he’s signed on to play candy hotshot Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory set to launch at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre next March.
Tony Nominations 2016: Hits & Misses
Okay theatre lovers, the Tony nominations are in for 2016 and there is much to celebrate...and a whole bunch to question.
Tony Awards Nominations 2016: Eligibility Announced
The 2016 Tony Award nominations—set for a paparazzi-tinged fanfare on the morning of Tuesday, May 3 at The Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe—have reached both their cut-off date and last official eligibility announcement. Three prior gatherings of the Tony Awards Administration Committee netted all kinds of show showdown decisions, but the grand finale of who can run for what has been released.
Just Announced: Celebs Coming to Broadway
The latest crop of celebrity sightings on Broadway will have theatre fans—be they casual or committed—in a state of excitement. Stars from Bradley Cooper to Sienna Miller to Daniel Radcliffe will be gracing New York stages in the months ahead. Read on for the best of celebs coming soon to a Broadway theater near you.
Rebecca Luker Moves Audiences in Broadway's Fun Home
Rebecca Luker moves audiences as Helen in Broadway's Fun Home, the story of artist Alison Bechdel’s life as a child growing up in a funeral home; as a young lesbian coming into her own; and as an adult looking back on her family and the powerful tragedy that flashed behind her.
Sierra Boggess Classes Up School of Rock
At first glance, School of Rock does not seem like Andrew Lloyd Webber material. Could the man who wrote the music for shows like Cats and The Phantom of the Opera find inspiration in the story of a scruffy hard-rocker? The answer is an emphatic yes—which is no surprise to Sierra Boggess, who plays uptight principal Rosalie in the show and is a veteran of three other Lloyd Webber musicals.
Spring Showtime on Broadway: Jesse Tyler Ferguson & More
A euphoric windfall of returning VIP stars has landed on Broadway this spring and the buzz is almost deafening. Oscar winner Jessica Lange, Golden Globe recipient Gabriel Byrne, and Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr. are appearing in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, while Emmy winner Sean Hayes is going all Supreme Being in An Act of God. We may be most looking forward to five-time Emmy nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family, who has opted to spend his summer vacation in the one-man comedy Fully Committed.
Broadway Tips: How to Do Theater in NYC
Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage,” but New York is the world’s stage. Home to 40 Broadway theatres and hundreds of Off- and Off-Off Broadway houses, the city boasts more musicals, dramas, comedies, and theatrical events in a single day than anywhere else on the planet.
Front Page Story: Nathan Lane, John Goodman & John Slattery to Star in The Front Page Revival on Broadway
I guess it’s only fair the “hot off the presses” first alert on The Front Page’s return to Broadway went to The Chicago Tribune. After all, the 1928 Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur classic play is set in the rumpled, smoke-filled newsroom of a Windy City newspaper back in the day. But now that the word is out—make that unleashed—let’s run with it here in NYC where The Front Page will begin previews on Broadway in September (official opening cited as October 20th, 2016).
The Woodsman: Once Upon (Another) Time in Oz
Late on a winter afternoon in the vacant downstairs lobby of NYC’s New World Stages, the overhead lights strike me as a bit too bright, the space too vast. But maybe that’s my memory playing tricks on me. Maybe I’m still under the spell cast by the intimate twilight of The Woodsman, which will begin its Monday night performance in three or so hours a few feet from where I’m sitting.
Spring Broadway Buzz: Chicago, The Tonys & More!
While March may be the jumping off point for spring’s new Broadway shows, it is also a month of bountiful theatre buzz—current, upcoming, and off into the future. From a historic anniversary for a musical legend to a welcome to some high-wattage talent, here’s a lowdown on what’s shaking on New York’s theatre scene for spring 2016.
The Best New Musicals Coming to Broadway for Spring 2016
Spring is when the musicals come out to play on Broadway. The start of 2016 looks to be playing true to form with the crème de la crème of Broadway stars readying their vocal chops for a fine lyrical season. Read on for our picks for the best new musicals coming to Broadway this spring.
This March on Broadway: From Stars to Supernovas
If you're looking for big-name actors from the stage, the small screen, and the silver screen, look no further than Broadway this March. Shake off the last of winter’s bitter chill and warm up with New York theater and its radiant wave of hotshot celebs. Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Frank Langella, and Ed Harris are only the beginning!
Rachel Weisz Set to Star in Plenty
Oscar and Olivier winning actress Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) has signed on for the Off-Broadway revival of playwright David Hare’s award-winning drama, Plenty, slated for the fall of 2016 at The Public Theater.
Celebrity Profile: Wayne Brady Flaunts His Kinky Boots
Wayne Brady of Whose Line Is It Anyway? fame talks about putting on the high heels of British drag queen Lola in the Broadway version of Kinky Boots.
Trip of Love: The ’60s Musical with “Fringe” Benefits
Off-Broadway is rocking some seriously fun nostalgia courtesy of Trip of Love, the gloriously retro musical revue awash with catch phrases—“Make Love Not War”—beach blanket and black light visuals, hippies, hotties, and far-out production numbers (from “Wipe Out” to “White Rabbit”) for a “Right on!” celebration of the grooviest of yesteryears!
Broadway Bound Favorites: Mockingbird and Frozen
Big news in New York theater this week! Two high-profile adaptations are Broadway bound: Harper Lee's Pulitzer winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Disney's 2014 Oscar winning animated film, Frozen.