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Sharing the Comforting Light of the Theater

Usually a photo here of the ghost light that theaters turn on when they're temporarily empty means that I didn't have time to write a full post. But …

From San Diego to Broadway, by Way of ‘Jersey’

SAN DIEGO — A local dentist put in $12,500. A venture capitalist was good for $1.4 million. There were a literary agent, a psychotherapist and a smattering of doctors, lawyers and academics, all investing together in a promising musical at their hometown theater that was seeking a shot at …

Finance

Chicago actors still can’t make it onto ‘Hamilton’ stage

Much ado has been made about the fact that Wayne Brady, the actor, singer, comedian and television personality, will be doing a brief stint in the …

Entertainment

Celebrate Over 50 Years of James Earl Jones Onstage | Playbill

Entertainment

Can a Playwright Be a Critic? Eliza Bent Says Yes

It is fashionable to debate the importance of cultural criticism. The debate questions what criticism is, who is and is not a critic, challenges us …

Happy Birthday, Lin-Manuel Miranda!

Its @Lin_Manuel’s birthday and we wanted to surprise him with a video blast-from-the-past…but there was NO WAY we could choose just one clip to post. …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

A New Genie Will Materialize in Broadway’s Aladdin | Playbill

Major Attaway will succeed Tony-winner James Monroe Iglehart in the role of the Genie in the Broadway production of the Disney musical, …

Aladdin

When Indira Met Billie

<b>As a teenager in New Orleans, Wendell Pierce was already acting locally and thinking nationally.</b> He read Black Theatre Alliance newspapers and …

Entertainment

Art Without Walls

Alex Poots and the boom in mixed-media art.<p>Every so often, it seems, visual artists are stricken by the urge to perform. The “happenings” movement in the nineteen-sixties—young painters and sculptors doing nonverbal theatre—was explained as a response to Pollock, de Kooning, and other gestural …

Circus closing a major victory for animal rights activists

Animal rights activists claimed a major victory Sunday after Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it would halt its show in May after 146 years.<p>The move came as circuses and animal-performance shows across the country have struggled with declining attendance and shifting social pressure …

Wildlife

The Ghostlight Project

By Saheem Ali. Saheem Ali, a steering committee member for The Ghostlight Project, outlines the inspiration for and aims of the initiative, and …

Philanthropy

Anti-Inauguration Schedule: Artists in Outrage

<i>“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.</i><p>Below is a …

New York Public Library

#ObamaLegacy: 8 Broadway Moments of President and First Lady Obama

In the final stretch of President Barack Obama’s eight-year presidency and in honor of his and First Lady Michelle Obama’s involvement and love for …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

A Broadway Writer and Director on Restaging His Home

Lonny Price, an actor turned writer and director, lives in a one-bedroom floor-through in a brownstone on the Upper West Side.<p>When Mr. Price first walked in 26 years ago, his reaction was swift and strong: The apartment needed nothing but the addition of his toothbrush to make it perfection. …

The Theatre

Inviting Rebellion: The Challenge of Engaging Young Audiences

<b>“When I was a student at Glenville High School in Cleveland in 1949,”</b> says playwright Adrienne Kennedy, recalling an early experience of attending …

Education

Stage Oddity: The Story of David Bowie’s Secret Final Project

When Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Michael Cunningham got a call from someone claiming to be David Bowie, he thought it was a friend pulling a prank. He didn’t know he was about to be launched into a yearlong collaboration on a musical involving space aliens, mariachi bands, and an imaginary …

David Bowie

Musical Theatre Students Are Becoming Quadruple Threats

<b>The first graduate from one of the oldest musical theatre programs in the country hopped on a Greyhound bus,</b> her tap shoes in her suitcase, and …

The Theatre

Jennifer Holliday Pulls Out of Trump Inaugural Performance

Jennifer Holliday has reversed a decision to perform at an inaugural concert on Thursday for President-elect Donald Trump, after a backlash when she …

LGBTQ

Cash-strapped theatres must answer difficult questions

As funding for the arts looks increasingly uncertain, the challenge for theatres is to find the right financial model to secure their future<p>Last year, I visited a regional theatre whose work – both on stage and off – I greatly admire. I had a conversation with the artistic director about the …

Money

What 8 Culture Seekers Wore to the Public Theater

LIFE AS A RUNWAY<p>The Public Theater does more than put on plays. The nonprofit theater, housed in the former Astor Library in NoHo, also acts as a meeting place, a public forum, a writer’s brooder and a watering hole. On a recent Tuesday night, as icy winds whipped down Lafayette Street, the Public …

Fashion

Taran Killam Assumes the Throne in ‘Hamilton’

On Broadway, at least, everyone loves a pompous, thin-skinned autocrat. It’s why Taran Killam couldn’t be more excited to join “Hamilton” as King George, the blustery British monarch who, with a few memorable pop tunes, warns the upstart American colonists that they’ll regret their revolutionary …

Entertainment

"The Present" Attempts to Update Chekhov

People may be crowding into the Ethel Barrymore Theatre to see Cate Blanchett make her Broadway debut in <i>The Present,</i> her husband Andrew Upton's …

How well do you know these Hamlet sequels and spinoffs? – quiz

Tom Stoppard’s comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is returning to the Old Vic in a 50th-anniversary revival. Test your knowledge of the adventures of Hamlet’s other characters<p>What are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern doing in the opening scene of Tom Stoppard's play?<p>Trying to take off their …

Quizzes

Broadway blockbusters: why theater attendance is at an all-time high

Box office records are being broken a theater-goers flock to popular shows – but what’s behind the sudden surge?<p>In early January, just days after the Times Square ball had made its annual plunge, more Broadway corks were set to pop. Statistics compiled by the Broadway League, Broadway’s trade …

Boots

Shirley Jones Recalls the Time Frank Sinatra Walked Out of Carousel | Playbill

Earlier this week, Shirley Jones revisited the 1956 film <i>Carousel</i>, as part of the film’s 60th anniversary celebrations. As she watched her Julie …

Entertainment

Selling Shakespeare With a Nod to the 1960s

Remember the “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy and Ethel meet Rock Hudson? The one where a smitten Ethel asks, “Would you like a piece of rock, Mr. Candy?” Liss Couch-Edwards, the marketing and graphic design coordinator at Hartford Stage, sure does.<p>“The only word I can describe him with is dreamy,” …

Design

Costuming ‘Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812’

<b>It’s been a long journey to Broadway for Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.</b> The <i>War and Peace</i>-inspired musical began in the …

H&M

Lin-Manuel Miranda teases details of the Hamilton Mixtape: Volume 2

<i>Hamilton</i> fans, prepare yourselves: Lin-Manuel Miranda is finally spilling some details on the <i>Hamilton Mixtape, Vol. 2</i>.<p>Miranda, the musical’s writer and former star, revealed on Twitter that he is brainstorming ideas for the follow-up to December’s No. 1 album, and wants a sense of what the fans …

Music

RIP Photographer Martha Swope, 40 Years Of Broadway

(L-R) Director Hal Prince & composer Stephen Sondheim in a rehearsal shot fr. the Broadway musical “Merrily We Roll Along”.<p>Ben Vereen in Pippin<p>Ethel …

Performing Arts