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Patti LuPone Grabs a Cellphone for Broadway

“That’s the seat!” exclaims Patti LuPone. We’re backstage at New York’s Lincoln Center while other actors are going through a scene for Ms. LuPone’s current play, “Shows for Days,” and the actress and singer points to the second-row chair where she grabbed a glowing cellphone out of the hand of an …

Times Square

Saluting a Backyard Theatrical Impresario In Lincoln, Nebraska

Sundays tend to be slow days for theatre news, if you get most of your theatre news online. By the time I sit down to trawl through “the Sunday …

Nebraska

Shakespeare reigns at France's Avignon theater festival

AVIGNON, France - Shakespeare is still going strong after all these centuries, even in France, where an annual European theater festival just …

William Shakespeare

A Fine Showmance: How Matthew Murphy and Ryan Scott Oliver's Romance Became a Real-Life Musical

A Fine Showmance: How Matthew Murphy and Ryan Scott Oliver's Romance Became a Real-Life Musical

As part of our ongoing profiles of theatre couples, …

Andrew Lincoln

25 Things I've Learned From Musicals

20 Very Funny Beach Photobombs

Web Humor

American Idol Winners: Where Are They Now?

Top 40 & Pop Music

20 People Who Were "Caught Sleeping" By Their …

Anime

FOOLERIE: Entry in NY Musical Theatre Festival Runs Amok with Shakespeare

The cast of Foolerie
Photo by Lance Brown
So…You know that musical that’s playing now, the one that has Shakespeare as a central character and where the …

Playwrights

They Keep Coming Back! Onstage Couples Who Have Stayed Together From Show to Show

They Keep Coming Back! Onstage Couples Who Have Stayed Together From Show to Show

Jose Llana stepping into the role of the King of Siam in the …

Phantom of the Opera

Here's why a new generation of directors is too scared to make theatre | Opinion

Is Equity's 'Year of the Fringe' over yet? I do hope so.

Let's get the formalities out of the way. Like all of you I believe everyone who wants to …

Fight for $15

Theatre's last taboo: artists must adapt to low pay during cuts

For many artists in this country, “years of working for no or low pay and being exploited appear to be the only future”, as Lyn Gardner correctly wrote recently. We need to recognise that government support creates the careers of those artists who go on to bring in the £8.8m per hour which the …

Art

Broadway stars, patrons decry the unsavoury use of smartphones

Come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway: Marimba ringtones! Rat-a-tat texting! The shaming “Shhhhh!”

Years of tension over audience behaviour hit dramatic climaxes this month, once when a teenager clambered onto a stage to try to recharge his phone and when veteran star Patti LuPone …

New York City

What Is It That Draws People Back Into the Woods Again and Again?

What Is It That Draws People Back Into the Woods Again and Again?

With two Broadway productions, one Off-Broadway mounting and countless regional …

Little Red Riding Hood

How the American Negro Theatre Shaped the Career of the Iconic Harry Belafonte

Farrah Lopez, our Communications Pre-professional, shares how our 75-year-old American Negro Theatre helped shape the career of the iconic Harry

United States

Why I Hate Children’s Theatre: a Modest Proposal for Theatre for Youth

This is the first of seven posts that proposes a new theory of theatre for youth. Teresa Simone suggests that a deeper respect for children must stem

Kids

"I'm Hoping There is a Shift," Says Lea Salonga On Diversity and the "United Colors" of This Season

"I'm Hoping There is a Shift," Says Lea Salonga On Diversity and the "United Colors" of This Season

Broadway is making way for "The United Colors," …

Diversity

Jack Gleeson, King Joffrey on Game of Thrones, Snubs Hollywood for London Stage

The 23-year-old Cork native says he's turned down top roles to trend the boards

Jack Gleeson has kept busy in the year since his hated character on Game of Thrones was dramatically killed off.

The Irish star, who played King Joffrey in the HBO drama, has taken a break from the silver screen to found …

Performing Arts

10 Pop Singers We Want To See Write a Broadway Musical

Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a collection of pop singer-songwriters that he thinks should bring their talents to the genre of …

Musical Theatre

Pageant of the Masters Brings Art to Life 

The annual Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, Calif., presents tableaux vivants of actors portraying famous works of art. This year’s production  …

Gideon Glick

Gideon Glick made his Broadway debut in Spring Awakening before he even finished high school. The talented actor continued to break ground once he …

Hilton Worldwide

How Taye Diggs Is Transforming the Role of Hedwig

A sinewy black man with a shaved head, wearing shiny gold ankle boots, sashays runway-style across the pine floorboards of the New 42nd Street Studios, microphone in hand. In addition to the boots, he wears black drop-crotch sweatpants and a gray tank top that soon becomes drenched in sweat. His …

Taye Diggs

Summertime is Theater Festival Time

Summer was once a slow time in the New York theater world but the number of summer theater festivals has been rising so fast that even the most avid …

New York City

Exclusive Video! Rotten Star Christian Borle Takes the Strut to the Streets in "Hard to Be the Bard"

Exclusive Video! Christian Borle Takes the Strut to the Streets in "Hard to Be the Bard"

Broadway.com shot an exclusive music video starring Christian …

New York City

Into the (Shakespearean) Woods

(Photograph: Ted Ojarovsky)

In Shakespeare, as in myths and stories throughout the ages, forests are magical and transformative places. Weavers grow ass-heads in Shakespeare's woods. Lovers elope. They write reams of passionate letters and fall in and out of love there. Rebels hide out and plot …

Playwrights

Hamilton Selling #YayHamlet T-Shirts — What's the Story Behind the Hashtag?

Hamilton Selling #YayHamlet T-Shirts — What's the Story Behind the Hashtag?

If you decide to hit the merchandise booth at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, …

Hamlet

What we can learn from the wandering stars of rural theatre

Talk to many artists and companies about touring – currently in a pretty parlous state – and one thing they often mention with affection is rural touring. Cake always seems to figure in these conversations, as companies recall turning up in far flung village halls, being greeted with tea and baked …

Art

Who’s An Amateur? Shows for Days and The Evolving Definition of “Professional”

There’s confusion at the heart of Shows for Days, the new play currently at Lincoln Center written by Douglas Carter Beane that stars Patti LuPone as …

Patti LuPone

She Sacrificed All for the Theatre, and It Worked Out

"When we first did the show, I lived on savings."

Why Geneva Carr devoted the last four years of her life to Hand to God

Welcome to Building Character,

Acting

Sparking Dramaturgy: A Budding Look at a Confusing Profession

By Alexander Adams. Louisiana State University undergrad Alexander Adams writes about discovering dramaturgy at a school without a concentration in …

Re: the "Re" in Theatre

We in the word trade all have our style preferences and pet peeves, much as some of us may protest (too much, tellingly) that we’re not pedants or …

Spelling

Elia Kazan on Orson Welles

By Isaac Butler

"There are some of the younger geniuses-- everybody who has done one successful production on Broadway is a genius-- who are aware of …

Orson Welles