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Watch the cast of Broadway musical ‘Amelie’ perform live on TODAY

It’s Best of Broadway week on TODAY, and here to kick things off are the cast of “Amelie,” the musical based on the Oscar-nominated movie of the same name. Phillipa Soo, a Tony nominee for “Hamilton,” talks about playing the title role and leads the cast in a live plaza performance of a medley of …

Entertainment

Best Sound Design Categories to Return to the Tony Awards

On April 24 the Tony Awards announced that the categories of Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical will be reinstated …

Sound Design

In Portrait: The Women Playwrights Giving Broadway a Moral Compass

A spotlight on Anna Deavere Smith, Lynn Nottage, and Paula Vogel, whose recent works tackle socially pressing subjects.<p>“I wanted to write a new play,” explains the playwright at the center of Paula Vogel’s <i>Indecent</i>, “that posed contemporary moral questions, that forced us to face some uncomfortable …

Hollywood

Opinion

We all have theatres we love to visit again and again: venues that put a spring in our step before we even walk across the threshold. Sometimes it is …

Broadway Theatre

Scenic Artists Union Releases Statement After Tony Awards’ Reinstatement of Sound Design Categories

“Sound Designers on Broadway will once again be recognized for the integral and creative work that their colleagues and audiences expect.”<p>Following …

The Arts

Double Trouble- Watch Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney Perform the Same Scene from THE LITTLE FOXES Video

Below, watch as the leading ladies perform a scene from Act 1. In the first clip, Nixon takes on Regina and Linney plays Birdie. In the second, …

Entertainment

Announcing Pop-Up Shakespeare!

We’re thrilled to announce the publication of <b>Pop-Up Shakespeare</b>, the fun and interactive book for Shakespeareans of all ages, beautifully illustrated …

Art

Are You The Next Shakespeare? American Shakespeare Center Unveils International Playwrighting Competition

The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) today is launching an industry-changing international playwrighting competition that will create a modern canon …

Entertainment

Black Women Have Theorized Everything

<i>This week, HowlRound presents</i> #BLKARTS Presents: Black Womyn Going Dark!<i>, a co-curated series that explores the ancestry and legacy of black womyn in</i> …

Racism

How Second Stage Plans to Change the Face of Broadway

The Helen Hayes Theatre will be exclusively dedicated to living playwrights, with aims to attract a younger, more diverse audience.<p>“If you want a …

The Arts

Kate Burton and Richard Thomas in Annual Central Park Shakespeare Slam

Both actors are currently on Broadway, in Present Laughter and The Little Foxes, respectively.<p>Those 453 years have gone fast, haven’t they? Hard to …

Entertainment

Why Immersive Theatre Isn’t Just a Fad

With productions like The Great Comet on Broadway and Sweeney Todd in an Off-Broadway pie shop, actors and creators sound off on the experiential …

Virtual Reality

Misty Copeland and Sally Field on the Social Significance of Their Success

After the lunch plates were cleared away and the tape recorder was switched off, Sally Field turned to Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal dancer in the history of American Ballet Theater, and quietly said, “You may think you’re fighting for a select group of women — for girls and …

Ballet

Following up on Philly’s Ghostlight Project

When I first read about the Ghostlight Project, my immediate thought was, “This is some safety pin bullshit designed to make white people feel like …

Racism
Groundhog Day

Shakespeare died 401 years ago, but original scripts from his era live on in a new digital archive

One was a roguish figure and possible spy, stabbed to death after a mysterious arrest. Another wrote works of biting and often cynical satire. A third wrote only a few plays before dying in his early 30s, but not after penning some of the finest, and still startling, works of Elizabethan …

The Arts

Joan Bakewell responds to Pinter's Betrayal with her take on their affair

The broadcaster’s play Keeping in Touch, aired on Radio 4, is a reply to the classic 1978 drama about the pair’s clandestine seven-year relationship<p>“Truth in drama is forever elusive,” said Harold Pinter in his lecture on receiving the Nobel prize for literature. You could hardly have a better …

Literature

Shakespeare Celebrations LIVE BLOG - Stratford Herald

We’ll be posting updates throughout the day as Stratford-upon-Avon celebrates its most famous son, William Shakespeare…<p>The celebrations officially …

Lynn Nottage's Sweat and Blood

LYNN NOTTAGE AT THE PUBLIC THEATER IN NEW YORK, DECEMBER 2016. PHOTO: VICTORIA STEVENS.<p>"My motto when I was writing this was ‘replace judgment with …

Storytelling

Well, Hello, Dollys!

Carol Channing, who created the title role in the 1964 smash hit musical “Hello, Dolly!,” has been called many things: “a walking alarm clock,” “a moon-mad hillbilly,” “an Al Hirschfeld caricature in the flesh,” with “a vocal range from deep foghorn to squeaky hinge.”<p>But one thing she has never …

Obituaries

Too Many ‘Janitor No. 3’ Roles Made John Leguizamo Start Writing His Own Parts

Like much of his work, John Leguizamo’s sixth play deals with a father-son relationship — only this time, he’s the dad. Leguizamo, 52, is himself the …

Racism

Faith and Identity Clash in ‘The Profane’: An Actors’ Round Table

Sam and Emina are two American kids attending college upstate. They meet. They fall in love. They get engaged.<p>It’s a familiar story, but then again it isn’t. In Zayd Dohrn’s “The Profane,” which opens on April 9 at Playwrights Horizons, Sam (Babak Tafti) and Emina (Tala Ashe) are first-generation …

Playwrights

A Hard Day’s Journey Into Night: Bobby Cannavale in ‘The Hairy Ape’

<b>Bobby Cannavale doesn’t have a cold, but these days he sounds like he’s come down with something.</b> A layman’s diagnosis is easy: He’s got a heavy case …

The Tony Talk Podcast, Episode 5: Supporting Players

The Tonys may be the top dog in awards season but it's not the only one in the game. Lots of other groups also celebrate the best of the theater …

Renée Elise Goldsberry Hopes 'Henrietta Lacks' Movie Will Start Conversations

Back in 2010, science writer Rebecca Skloot published a book that sounded like science fiction — except it was real. Skloot told the story of how a tissue sample from a young African-American woman in Baltimore, taken without her knowledge or consent, went on to become "immortal." Her cells …

Entertainment

Their Hours Upon the Stage: Performing ‘Hamlet’ Around the World

<b>HAMLET GLOBE TO GLOBE</b> <b><br>Two Years, 190,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play</b><br>By Dominic Dromgoole<br>Illustrated. 390 pp. Grove Press. $27.<p>It began, we are told, as a whim lubricated by strong drink. In 2012 the management of Shakespeare’s Globe — the splendid replica of the Elizabethan open-air playhouse, …

Hamlet

‘Hamlet Globe to Globe’

<b>Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music</b><p>In The New York Times Book Review, Stephen Greenblatt reviews Dominic Dromgoole’s “Hamlet Globe to Globe.” Greenblatt writes:<p>“Hamlet Globe to Globe” is a compulsively readable, intensely personal chronicle of performances in places as various as Djibouti and …

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Kate Burton and Richard Thomas in Annual Central Park Shakespeare Slam | Playbill

http://www.playbill.com/article/kate-burton-and-richard-thomas-in-annual-central-park-shakespeare-slam-for-bards-birthday<p>article<p>Playbill<p>Both actors …

Entertainment

Defining Diversity Down: The Meaning of Jesse Green

In an article in Exeunt Magazine (featuring, among others, CFR contributor Martha Wade Steketee), there’s a thoughtful roundtable that gently laments …

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Stockard Channing on Defying Her Family to Become a Star

In this 1997 interview, the Tony and Emmy winner talks her uphill climb to success, finding her strength onstage, and living without regret.<p><b>Digging</b> …

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