Debra Messing and Brian F. O’Byrne Channel the Luck of the Irish as Outside Mullingar Starts Previews on Broadway

first_img Joining O’Byrne and Messing will be Peter Maloney as Tony and Tony nominee Dearbhla Molloy as Aoife. The creative team for Outside Mullingar includes scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Mark McCullough, and original music and sound design by Fitz Patton. Outside Mullingar follows Anthony (O’Byrne) and Rosemary (Messing), two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that—due to his painful shyness—suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. Debra Messing Show Closed This production ended its run on March 16, 2014 View Comments Related Shows Star Files Outside Mullingar Erin go bragh! Manhattan Theatre Club’s Outside Mullingar, starring Emmy winner Debra Messing and Tony winner Brian F. O’Bryne, begins performances January 3. Written by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley and directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes, the production’s opening night is scheduled for January 23 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.last_img read more

Rockettes’ Heart & Lights Postponed for ‘Additional Work’

first_imgWe’re not going to be seeing a 26-foot tall Statue of Liberty come to life anytime soon. The Rockettes’ Heart & Lights, which was supposed to be playing at Radio City Music Hall this spring, has been postponed until next year. According to a statement from the show’s producers: “it has become clear that additional work is needed to deliver the unforgettable experience our customers have come to expect from us.” The original dance show, crafted by Linda Haberman and featuring a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright, had been set to feature groundbreaking technology and state-of-the-art puppetry that brought New York City landmarks to life, including a 26-foot tall Statue of Liberty. No word yet on the 2014 dates for the Rockettes’ main gig, the Christmas Spectacular, but as we all know, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without it!center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Tupac Shakur Musical Holler Delays First Preview

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 We’re going to have to wait a little longer to hear them! Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new musical inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur, which had been scheduled to begin performances May 29, will now start previews on June 2. The delay is to allow a longer tech schedule at Broadway’s Palace Theatre. The official opening remains set for June 19. Written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon, the non-biographical story of Holler If Ya Hear Me focuses on two childhood friends living in a poverty-stricken Midwestern industrial city, struggling to realize their dreams. The production will feature songs from throughout the late rap icon’s career, including “California Love,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Me Against the World” and, of course, the title song. Holler If Ya Hear Me Related Shows The production will star Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, award-winning slam poet Saul Williams, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson, Tony nominee John Earl Jelks, Joshua Boone and Dyllon Burnside. View Commentslast_img read more

Watch Audra McDonald Reveal Her Addiction & Sing as Billie Holiday

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Star Files Related Shows Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Audra McDonald Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald stopped by The Colbert Report to chat about her Tony-nominated performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. The two discussed what draws audiences to the triumphs and struggles of the legendary jazz singer, how McDonald sounds “a little bit like a cat” (Grizabella?!)  when putting on the voice, and that while she doesn’t share Holiday’s drug addiction, she does turn to a certain confection. If you follow her on Twitter, you might have an idea. After calling Colbert a “mother*cker” (endearingly, and as Holiday), McDonald broke out the soft lens and the grayscale filter to sing two numbers: “What a Little Moonlight Can Do” and “God Bless the Child.” Have a look at the interview and remarkable performances below! View Commentslast_img read more

Shia LaBoeuf Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 At a court appearance in July, LaBeouf looked a world away from his disheveled appearance after the June 26 incident—we hope he’s on the road to recovery. This was not LaBeouf’s first controversial brush with Broadway. The film star noisily exited the Great White Way revival of Orphans last year. Cabaret View Comments Related Shows Shia LaBeouf has pled guilty to disorderly conduct at his eventful night out at Broadway’s Cabaret in June, which resulted with him being led out of Studio 54 in handcuffs. According to TMZ, the judge has ordered the star to obey all laws for the next six months and complete a further three months of outpatient alcohol rehab. If he does so, the case will be removed from his record.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Bombshell’s Smash-ing Kickstarter Total & More

first_img Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Bombshell’s Smash-ing Kickstarter TotalLess than 24 hours after the announcement of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the one-night-only Actors Fund benefit concert of Bombshell on Broadway on June 8, more than $200,000 has been raised, four times the figure asked for. Although Craig Zadan, who executive produced the first season of Smash has said that “there’s been no plan to create a show out of this,” with these huge numbers, there’s definitely a demand for the drama, the laughter, the tears just like pearls to have a longer run on the Great White Way!Alan Cumming to Emcee Homeland LovefestAlan Cumming will host (something he’s Tony-winningly good at) the upcoming Performance Space 122 Spring Gala, which will honor Claire Danes. The
 April 20 event is set to include appearances and remarks by Tony winner and Danes’ Homeland co-star Mandy Patinkin. And how’s this for adorable? Danes made her performance debut in 1985 with PS122 at the age of six! Aw.Expand Your Theatrical ConversationAlthough many of the spring theatrical affairs are benefits so can be on the pricey side, there are some free events. Broadway alums Bill Army, Stephanie Janssen, Jennifer Van Dyck and more will take part in the Potomac Theatre Project’s inaugural Living Room reading series on March 22 and March 23 in New York—you won’t need to pay, but you will need to reserve.Glee’s Lea Michele & Darren Criss’ TearsLea Michele, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz and Chord Overstreet recently stopped by The Ellen Show to talk about their final days on set of the last season of Glee. There were lots of tears, which soon-to-be Hedwig Criss admits were “cathartic;” they also talk about honoring Cory Monteith’s memory. Check out the interview below. View Commentscenter_img Darren Crisslast_img read more

Alan Cumming on Playing Cabaret’s Emcee in Every Decade

first_img Cabaret Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 View Comments Alan Cumming will take his final bow as Cabaret’s Emcee when the revival closes on March 29, but he’s had quite a stay at the Kit Kat Klub. He reaches the “end of an era,” he explained to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, after playing the pansexual ringleader in every decade of his adulthood (Cumming first played the role in his 20s, and he recently turned 50). But don’t expect a 60-year-old Emcee. Take a look at the fun clip below as Cumming vows to hang up the suspenders for good, and recounts his fashion (or lack thereof) influence on former co-star and fellow current Broadway headliner Helen Mirren. Yes, even the Queen wears Crocs!last_img read more

CBS Picks Up Supergirl Pilot, Starring Laura Benanti & Jeremy Jordan

first_img Laura Benanti This could be good news for Broadway faves Laura Benanti and Jeremy Jordan—their previously reported Supergirl pilot has been picked up for series order by CBS. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show could air on Sunday nights in the 8PM slot or be scheduled for the summer with other sci-fi shows.Glee star Melissa Benoist will take on the role of Kara Zor-El, AKA Supergirl, with Benanti playing her mom. Rumor has it that Jordan guest stars in the pilot as Winslow “Winn” Schott, who gets naughty as Schott’s alter ego Toyman.Benanti, who is currently treading the boards in the Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular, has most recently been seen on screen in Nashville. She took home a Tony for her performance in Gypsy and was also nominated for Into the Woods and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Break Down.Jordan received a Tony nod for his performance as Jack Kelly in Newsies and has also appeared on stage in Bonnie and Clyde, Rock of Ages and West Side Story. His screen credits include Smash and The Last 5 Years. View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

The Late Elizabeth Swados’ Runaways Set for Encores! Off-Center

first_img View Comments Runaways, the innovative 1978 musical by the late Elizabeth Swados, will return to New York as part of City Center’s Encores! Off-Center 2016 season. The announcement comes just two days after Swados’ passing; she was 64.Sam Pinkleton will direct the summer production, with Ani Taj as choreographer. Both were students of Swados’ at NYU Tisch. Additional information, including exact dates, will be announced later.“When I came to Encores! Off-Center, Runaways was at the top of my list of shows to present,” said Artistic Direcotr Jeanine Tesori in a statement. “I have always wanted to honor Liz’s work and thank her for the extraordinary contributions she made as a theater artist. She was a woman to look up to and made room for other artists like myself.” She added, “Since we can’t do Runaways with her, we’ll now do it for her.”Much like how Swados assembled a team of creators and performers from actual runaways, Tesori, Pinkleton and Taj cast the new production from an open call to high schoolers in New York.The original production featured 28 teens, who told their personal stories through songs, monologues and spoken word pieces. The revue was nominated for five Tony Awards: one for Best Musical and four for Swados, who directed and choreographed in addition to penning the book and score.last_img read more

Salt Lake City’s New Eccles Theater Begins Its 2016-17 Broadway Season

first_img View Comments Eccles Theatre in Salt Lake City The opening of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical wasn’t the only thing making the earth move under people’s feet in Salt Lake City. The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater in downtown SLC kicked off its 2016-17 Broadway season on November 15 with the opening of the hit bio-musical that tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King. Beautiful ran at the Eccles Theater through November 20; and next up is Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, which will play December 6 through December 11.Designed by world-renowned architect César Pelli, co-owned by Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County, and operated by the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts, the state-of-the-art theater features the 2,500-seat Delta Performance Hall, the 140-seat Regent Street Theater, event and rehearsal spaces, a five-story grand lobby, the outdoor McCarthey Plaza and the in-venue Encore Bistro.The $119 million theater, built to attract traveling Broadway musicals, boasts a facade of steel and glass that lets light pour into a vaulted five-story lobby, while giving theatergoers a panoramic view of Main Street. The stage and seating inside allow perfect sight-lines from all vantage points.”The opening of the beautiful Eccles Theater will bring new opportunity for the arts right in the heart of the downtown cultural core,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, in a statement. “This space will bring with it unique creative energy helping further establish Salt Lake City as the arts and culture destination it is today.”In addition to Beautiful and White Christmas, the Zions Bank Broadway at the Eccles 2016-2017 season includes Broadway blockbusters Kinky Boots, Matilda The Musical, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story On Stage, the farewell tour of Mamma Mia!, Disney’s The Lion King and The Book of Mormon.To get a spectacular in-depth look at the Eccles Theater and to learn more about the story of the performance space, featuring interviews with the team of visionary leaders, legacy donors, lead architect and public officials, watch the videos below!last_img read more

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