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Shall I compare thee to a rap star?

Royal Shakespeare Company launches hip-hop app to attract youngsters

The Royal Shakespeare Company must capture students’ enthusiasm before they conclude the Bard is boring, its director of education has said, as she launched an app teaching Much Ado About Nothing through rap.

Jacqui O’Hanlon said …

Playwrights

Exclusive! Brian Stokes Mitchell on Shuffle Along, Audra, and What He's Singing Next

Exclusive! Brian Stokes Mitchell on Shuffle Along, Audra, and What He's Singing Next

Stokes is stoked.

Tony-winning Broadway leading man Brian Stokes …

Audra McDonald

Georgia Engel, a ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Sidekick, Takes a Star Turn

On the closing night of Annie Baker’s adaptation of “Uncle Vanya” at Soho Rep three years ago, Ms. Baker took the actress Georgia Engel aside and whispered in her ear: “I’m writing a play for you.”

That play is “John,” the comedy-drama now at the Signature Theater through Sept. 6. Ms. Engel, 67, …

Nina Arianda Says Her Part in 'Fool for Love' Has "Been a Dream of Mine"

Nina Arianda returns to the stage in one of Broadway’s most anticipated openings, Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love.

Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda play a …

Sisterhood On Set and No Make Up: "Orange is the New Black" Stars On the Perks of Playing In Prison

Sisterhood On Set and No Make Up: "Orange is the New Black" Stars On the Perks of Playing In Prison

"Orange is the New Black" took the entertainment …

Orange Is the New Black

Broadway Draft 2015

A Day With Leanne Cope, Star of Broadway's An American in Paris

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Behind the scenes at the Palace Theatre, you'll find hundreds of toe shoes and the ghost of Judy Garland.

Tony nominee Leanne Cope …

Why Wayne Brady freaked out at the chance to play drag queen Lola in Kinky Boots

'Lola is a very charming, lovely, feisty person who is really just this very deeply hurt, flawed individual,' Brady tells EW

Picture it: Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Wayne Brady in drag and some seriously sassy red boots. It’s coming — Brady is taking over the role of Lola in Kinky Boots, effective …

Boots

Aaron Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton: The duel at Weehawken and the terrible consequences of an ugly insult - The Bowery Boys: New York City History

PODCAST Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met at a clearing in Weehawken, NJ, in the early morning on July 11, 1804, to mount the most famous duel in …

Q&A with Norm Lewis

Broadway star and Scandal good guy shares about being behind the scenes on stage by Emily Taylor Let's be real, you either love or hate Broadway …

Indianapolis

Ballerina Misty Copeland calls Broadway debut 'incredible'

NEW YORK (AP) — The stage lights have been hard to get used to and there was limited rehearsal time, but ballerina Misty Copeland has put aside her nervousness and is finding her feet on Broadway.

Copeland made her Broadway debut this week in "On the Town," playing a love interest for one of three …

‘Hamilton’ Is a Must-See for Treasury Chiefs, Too

AMONG the parade of power players flocking to see “Hamilton” on Broadway, there is a tiny subset with a special connection to the show’s protagonist: men who have held the job Alexander Hamilton pioneered, secretary of the Treasury.

Early in the musical’s Off Broadway run at the Public Theater, …

Economics

'Macbeth': Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard Look Grim in New Images

Michael Fassbender

Fire in Old Town destroys Second City offices, appears to spare theater complex

An extra-alarm fire destroyed the offices of the Second City theater company in Old Town and injured four firefighters and another person Wednesday afternoon, but it did not spread to the building housing the theater's stages, officials said.

The fire started just before 1 p.m. in a three-story …

Firefighting

Hey Playwrights: Make American History as Diverse as America

Diversity is the shorthand for universality.

A few thoughts on making plays more inclusive

So I was sitting at a matinee of Hamilton on Broadway, …

American History

Meet the Teachers Who Are Shaping Broadway! How They Train Their Students to Make It to the Top

Meet the Teachers Who Are Shaping Broadway! How They Train Their Students to Make It to the Top

What's the secret to making it on Broadway? These …

Students

"Les Miz" Made Ramin Karimloo The Hottest Jean Valjean In History

“Les Miz” Made Ramin Karimloo The Hottest Jean Valjean In History

“You need to have the body you’re happy with."

Ramin Karimloo has just five more …

12 Broadway Choreographers All Actors Should Know

Do you know the choreographers behind your favorite Broadway shows? From the early days of the Great White Way to the greatest hits of the past ten …

Michele Lee is probably best-known for starring in "Knots Landing," the domestic-drama series that, remarkably, ran for 14 seasons on CBS, from 1979 to 1993. But she says the place she feels most at home is the theater.

Joan Marcus

Michele Lee is probably best-known for starring in "Knots Landing," the domestic-drama series that, remarkably, ran for 14 seasons on CBS, …

TV

Choosing my 101 greatest plays – and why I left out King Lear

Why do it? Why put my head on the chopping-block by writing a book hubristically entitled The 101 Greatest Plays? The answers are many and complex.

An idea that I’d been loosely kicking around as a way of making myself sound more interesting at parties suddenly became a reality when enthusiastically …

Playwrights

Listen Up, Duke Freshmen: ‘Fun Home’ Is Not ‘Porn’

Some Duke freshmen have elected not to read Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed memoir-turned-Broadway hit, claiming its material violates their Christian beliefs.

A group of young Blue Devils are taking a stand against sin at Duke University by refusing to read MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Alison …

Alison Bechdel

Misty On the Town

Performing on Broadway is not something I ever envisioned myself doing. But here I am... getting ready to debut as Ivy Smith, aka Miss Turnstiles, in Broadway's critically acclaimed On The Town!

I've always talked about getting out of my comfort zone as an artist. Well, this is as outside of my …

Art

When does poking fun at your audience turn into bullying?

I’m always fascinated in the theatre by how quickly an audience understands the rules of engagement. When someone standing on stage says “Hello” or asks, “Are you all right?” the audience almost always know whether they are being addressed in character or not, and whether they should respond. In …

Why I’m predicting a Broadway Market Correction in the next 12 months. | The Producer's Perspective

You can probably eyeball what I’m going to say next, can’t you?

Yep, you can see that the flatline periods are occurring at almost a regular rate …

Markets

Have You Gone Ham4Ham? Our 10 Favorite Hamilton Pre-Show Performances

Have You Gone Ham4Ham? Our 10 Favorite Hamilton Pre-Show Performances (Video)

For the first month of performances, the Broadway musical Hamilton had a …

Jonathan Groff

Feel All the Energy, All the Action in These Electrifying Unseen Pics From Hamilton!

Feel All the Energy, All the Action in These Electrifying Unseen Pics From Hamilton!

Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's new musical that fuses the …

James Madison

The Rose Playhouse | Shakespeare in London

Global Shakespeare

By @shakespeareanLK Aug 23, 2015 No Comments 20 Views

Audiences around the world know Shakespeare’s Globe, Sam Wannamaker’s …

Playwrights

Hamlet at the Barbican: A new way of staging Shakespeare's play shouldn't be lambasted out of hand

I haven’t seen the new Barbican production of Hamlet, nor will I get the chance to, but moving The Speech to the top of the show, to what writers …

Playwrights

Wildfire Smoke And Outdoor Theater Don't Mix

Bonnie Milligan has a big voice.

And in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival musical, Head Over Heels, she does a lot of belting. That’s the loud, …

Wildfires

Onstage & Backstage: Learn Why Sarah Jessica Parker Didn't Want to Star in "Sex and the City"!

Onstage & Backstage: Learn Why Sarah Jessica Parker Didn't Want to Star in "Sex and the City"!

Learn all the drama behind Sarah Jessica Parker's …

Sarah Jessica Parker