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The theater of Trump: What Shakespeare can teach us about the Donald

Harold Bloom subtitled his magnum opus on Shakespeare “The Invention of the Human” in recognition of the Bard’s unprecedented ability to imagine the lives of others.<p>The question I’ve been pondering of late is what would Shakespeare, the greatest detective of the soul of man in literary history, …

Great Books

Top 10 Takeaways from the Broadway League Spring Road Conference

Last week was cray-cray.<p>In addition to all the awards season mishegoss (one of my favorite non-gentile words) and the 114 benefits (including my …

Their Recent History: See How 2016’s Tony Nominees For Best Revival of a Musical Were Re-Invented

Look back at how the four productions introduced themselves to the press and the Broadway community.<p><i>The Color Purple</i>'s cast members Cynthia Erivo, …

Hear 'Waitress' Star Jessie Mueller's Top 10 Sara Bareilles Tracks

Tony-winning actress shares her favorite songs by singer-songwriter of Broadway musical<p>Sara Bareilles first became aware of Jessie Mueller when she saw her on opening night of <i>Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,</i> in which the actress played iconic King. <i></i>"I left just so <i>moved</i> by her performance that I …

Music

Would you buy a used car from Shakespeare?

Frederick Burr Opper for Cleveland Bicycles. Shakespeare would ride the bicycle if alive today: the reasons why. Print, 1896. Folger Shakespeare …

Hamilton's Daveed Diggs Is the Most Charismatic Person in the Room

The fast-rapping and electrifying Tony nominee has finally learned how to stand out.​​​<p>I watched an amazing fight yesterday between these kids across the street from my house." Daveed Diggs puts down his fork so he can use his hands to punctuate the beats of this story about the scuffle he saw in …

Music

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to Move to Broadway

“Dear Evan Hansen,” an affecting new musical set at a high school, is making a quick transfer to Broadway this fall.<p>The musical, about a teenager with social anxiety whose stature is transformed when the school bully kills himself, on Sunday will end a sold-out Off Broadway run, at Second Stage, …

The Theatre

Eclipsed’s Danai Gurira’s Advice to Young Female Writers: ‘Go Where You Are Loved’

Tony-nominated <i>Eclipsed</i> playwright and <i>The Walking Dead</i> star Danai Gurira knows something about writing. While speaking at the Lilly Awards, which …

Spotlight on the Tonys: Best Musical Nominees

By Frank DiLella<br>Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 07:00 PM CDT<p><b>NY1 VIDEO:</b> 11 new musicals opened on Broadway this past season. In this On Stage report, NY1’s …

The worst way to discover Shakespeare is by reading: Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen with Aamir Khan at National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai. (Source: Express photo by Nirmal Harinandan)REGARDED as one of the …

Broadway Has Highest-Grossing Season In History, But 'Hamilton' Cuts Both Ways

The Broadway League released figures today confirming that the 2015-2016 season – galvanized by the megahit <i>Hamilton</i> – was Broadway’s best to date. With over $1.37 billion in ticket sales, it was the industry’s most lucrative, and attendance was at its highest ever, too – 13.32 million butts in …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

From Glastonbury to Book at Bedtime: the uncontainable Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest was in Australia earlier this month socking it to them at the Sydney writers’ festival with a speech in which she insisted that guilt about racism is just another form of narcissism and that what is urgently required is “empathy, humility, reparation and change”. This week, she can be …

Glastonbury

‘God of Vengeance’ to Be Presented in Yiddish

“God of Vengeance,” the 1920s Yiddish play that is currently the subject of the Off Broadway drama “Indecent,” will be revived in its original language by New Yiddish Rep for two performances this June.<p>Written by Sholem Asch, “God of Vengeance” is credited with presenting the first lesbian kiss on …

Yiddish

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The Dresser returns to the West End

It has been performed all over the world, been adapted into an Oscar-wining film and recently reunited Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen on the small screen.<p>But now beloved play The Dresser is to make its return to the West End for the first time in a decade – despite writer Ronald Harwood admitting …

Ian McKellen

‘Hamilton’ backlash will hit at Tonys

As we close in on the June 12 Tony Awards — the excitement mounts! — here’s a snapshot of the race: “Hamilton” has a record-breaking 16 nominations, …

Broadway.com #LiveatFive with Hamilton's Rory O'Malley

This NSFW nude production of “The Tempest” is the most brave and beautiful thing you will see today

The show was performed in Central Park<p>Members of Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society put on production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” — and the actors were all female and all nude.<p>The show, that took place in Central Park on May 19 and 20, was completely legal because in New …

Pulp Fiction

Change Is Now

Forms of human expression are in an eternal state of transformation. In language, art and music, metamorphosis is essential, not exceptional: Today’s …

Musical Theatre

Broadway Newcomers Sum Up The Season With A Line or a Memory

Austin P McKenzie with company<p>Daniel N. Durant as Moritz, Austin P. McKenzie as Melchior, and Alex Boniello as the voice of Moritz<p>Danielle Brooks in …

More Than Just Their Bodies: The Women Behind the Nude Production of The Tempest

You may have heard about the "controversial" all-female nude rendition of Shakespeare's <i>The Tempest</i> that took place in Central Park last Thursday and Friday. The show was covered by several media outlets-- from NBC News to <i>Jezebel</i>, <i>Salon</i>, <i>New York Newsday</i> and ESPN, to name a few. It even became the …

Gender

Tony Nominee Cynthia Erivo Brings Colbert Audience to Its Feet

She sings “I'm Here” from The Color Purple.<p>Cynthia Erivo, the Tony-nominated star of the Broadway musical <i>The Color Purple</i>, appeared on <i>The Late Show</i> …

Waitress Composer Tells People to Switch Off Their Phones—in Song!

Listen to Sara Bareilles' “Turn Off Your Cell Phone.”<p>Composer Sara Bareilles got her first taste of Broadway when she wrote the score for the new …

Lin-Manuel Miranda: “What I Love About Hip-Hop Is What I Love About Musical Theatre” | Playbill

Moments after the unveiling of his new portrait at the world-famous Sardi’s Restaurant, Lin-Manuel Miranda sat down with Playbill’s Blake Ross to …

Bryan Cranston: From Walter White to the White House

Three years ago, actor Bryan Cranston was half-hoping that he’d be assaulted. He was weeks away from playing President Lyndon B. Johnson in “All the Way” in Boston, where it opened before a four-month run on Broadway, and he felt entirely unprepared. He’d spent too much time researching the part …

Bryan Cranston

How to Keep a Musical Great: Call Heather Headley and Marin Mazzie

One of the great privileges of steady theatergoing is that you get to keep falling in love again. You’ll cautiously revisit a show you once lost your heart to, thinking it can’t possibly be as intoxicating as it was the first time around, especially if there have been cast changes.<p>But then you …

Music

Young, Gifted, Black: Lorraine Hansberry After Her Moment in the 'Sun'

<b>If theatre had “one-hit wonders,” Lorraine Hansberry would be at the top of the list.</b> <i>A Raisin in the Sun</i> is a theatre mainstay, with regular …

African Americans

Replacing Jennifer Hudson, Heather Headley brings new shades to The Color Purple

As blues singer Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of <i>The Color Purple</i>, Heather Headley often sings through clenched teeth. Her body is tense with …

Capturing the Start of the Gay Movement Through Oscar Wilde’s Story

With The Judas Kiss at BAM, actor Rupert Everett takes on a Wilde Everest.<p>Homosexuality appears to have been discovered in May of 1960 when, thanks …

Oscar Wilde

How Did This Casting Intern Land His Job at Roundabout?

The young theatregoer juggles school, a job at TodayTix and a busy internship at one of the city’s leading theatres.<p><b>Who:</b> George Strus <b><br>Stopped:</b> Outside …