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'But for all time!' Shakespeare still speaking to teens

Boy, that Ben Jonson sure nailed it when he said in a poem from 1623 that the playwright “was not of an age, but for all time!”<p>No kidding. Here we …

The Theatre

From NYMF Rehearsal to School of Rock: A Day in the Life of a Broadway Kid

Rehearsing for his New York Musical Festival show during the day and performing in School of Rock at Night.

The Theatre

Summer Festivals—and a Summer Giveaway

We're now in the midsummer of this year's theater festival season. It's the time when small companies and fledgling productions get a chance to strut …

Festivals

Broadway’s Rob McClure Talks High School, Survival Jobs and ‘Something Rotten!’

<b>By Maddie Orton</b> <i><br>Arts Correspondent</i>Tony nominee Rob McClure took over the lead role of Nick Bottom in Broadway’s “Something Rotten!” earlier this …

Employment

Review: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ With Extra Fog, Moral and Atmospheric

Light barely seems to penetrate the atmosphere of “The Merchant of Venice” in the brooding, powerful production from Shakespeare’s Globe that’s being presented through the weekend as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Little illumination filters through the carved wooden walls that dominate the …

William Shakespeare

How Hard Work and Dedication Paid Off for Kelli O’Hara

The Tony Award winner looks back on her final night in The King and I and the journey she took to get there.<p>It’s been quite the year-and-a-half for …

The Theatre

A One-Man Show About Jack Lemmon, Performed by His Son

When Jack Lemmon, the Oscar-winning actor, died of cancer at age 76 in 2001, his son, Chris, began writing down memories of the complex man he called Pop. This “search for catharsis,” as he describes it, coalesced int a 2006 memoir, “A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute to My Father,” and eventually, a …

Entertainment

The Viola Project Helps Empower Girls Through Shakespeare

Back in Elizabethan times, theatre was a boys club, with women forbidden from the stage and young men taking on even the most challenging of female …

Kids

Review: Gender, Shakespeare and a Search for Her Father

Lisa Wolpe was only 4 when her father killed himself. A German-born Jew, he had fought with Canadian forces against the Nazis. It would be a long time, though, before she learned any of that about him: the Judaism, the war record, the suicide.<p>“When I was little, my mother told me that my dad died …

Gender

Blue Man Group Is Sued in Royalties Case

Blue Man Group, whose shows feature a trio of mute, alienesque, marshmallow-tossing, percussion-thumping bald and painted characters<b>,</b> has grown from its beginnings in the 1980s New York performance art scene to a global brand that has entertained more than 35 million people.<p>Now, one of its earliest …

Royalties

Meet Ali Ewoldt, the Broadway Actress Breaking Boundaries in The Phantom of the Opera

It’s not surprising that <i>The Phantom of the Opera</i> is Broadway’s longest running musical, with its stunning score and epic love story. But it is pretty shocking that in the 25 years that the show has entertained audiences, there has never been a woman of color cast in the lead role of Christine Daaé, …

Performing Arts

According to Ethan Coen, the Atlantic Theater Company Is New York’s Best Playhouse

The Hail, Caesar! filmmaker writes an ode to the Chelsea playhouse, whose Off Broadway lights have been shining for three decades now.<p>Long before “immersive theater” was the rage there was the Atlantic Theater Company, on 20th Street in New York City, where you had to cross the stage to use a …

Coen brothers

#Ham4Pamphlet: 45 Illustrators Draw the 46 Tracks of Hamilton | Playbill

Organized by Arielle Jovellos and given to the cast as a gift, see the story of <i>Hamilton</i> told through the eyes of 46 different artists. Learn more …

The Theatre

BROADWAY HERE WE COME: Off Broadway Shows Seek Success on the Great White Way

The journey from Off Broadway to Broadway may be a short hop by subway, but it is still a long and perilous ride for any show that makes the move. …

Josh Groban

Did You Know These 9 Actors Got Their Start in Cats?

A couple Tony winners and two noted choreographers began their careers as dancing felines.<p>There are a lot of cats in <i>Cats</i>. And when a show runs 18 …

Beauty and the Beast

8 Families Who Made It Big on Broadway

It runs in the family! Get to know some of the theatrical families who have graced the Great White Way.<p>Broadway-level talent often seems like a …

John Wilkes Booth

Broadway Producer Scott Rudin: 'I'm A Complete Product Of Mentorship'

Growing up, the only thing Scott Rudin wanted to do was become a theater producer. "I never had a fantasy of doing anything else or being anything else," he tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Terry Gross. "I used to read [<i>The New York Times'</i>] Arts & Leisure [section] and obsess over, 'David Merrick has five shows …

Mentoring

Just Say ‘Cats,’ and Watch the Fur Fly

It would take you a long time to meet someone who dislikes cats as much as I do. Before you crumple this paper into a ball, or click away, I admit that my antipathy is irrational. I find cats standoffish and enigmatic, and don’t get me started on the cat litter. Thus, when I saw “Cats” the musical …

Cats

The Drama of Ted Cruz: A Little Bit of Shakespeare in That Speech?

Ted Cruz is no stranger to the theater: In seventh grade, he played Rolfe in “The Sound of Music”; in law school, he was the Rev. Samuel Parris in “The Crucible”; and in the Senate, he declaimed from “Henry V” to pass time during a filibuster.<p>But his quietly incendiary speech Wednesday night to the …

Ted Cruz

Jonathan Groff on ‘Looking’ and What’s Next

Jonathan Groff showed off a photo on his phone. It was him, a baby faced and smiling fan meeting Sutton Foster at the stage door during her Tony Award-winning run in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” more than a decade ago. He swiped right, and there they were again. This time they were backstage — with …

Jonathan Groff

50 years of 'Cabaret': How the 1966 musical keeps sharpening its edges for modern times

The musical “Cabaret” will turn 50 this year, and its latest incarnation opens Wednesday at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. It comes with a slightly complicated provenance: This “Cabaret” is the national tour of Roundabout Theater Company’s 2014 Broadway revival, which itself was a remounting of …

Entertainment

Oslo's Jefferson Mays & Jennifer Ehle on Who Would Make a Better Spy and What They'll Be Doing in Their 80s

The new play <i>Oslo</i> tells the unlikely story of how a Norwegian sociologist and his wife, a foreign minister in the title city, managed to broker the …

Oslo

Jonathan Groff and the Cast of Looking Chat Love, Dating and Growing Up

Ahead of the movie finale this weekend, the co-stars and real-life friends get personal with Playbill.<p>Frankie J. Alvarez, Jonathan Groff and Murray …

Jonathan Groff

Charlotte Cushman, an American star

As we celebrate Shakespeare in 2016, it’s also time to mark some other dates on the calendar. This Saturday, July 23, 2016, is the 200th anniversary …

William Shakespeare

So What Have You Done Lately? Next Chapters for 'Hamilton' Stars

Two years ago, Leslie Odom Jr. had few impressive credits on his résumé. He was largely known for a couple of short-lived TV shows (“Vanished,” …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Conversations with Michael Cerveris

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Narrate Story of 'Hamilton' on Season 4 of Comedy Central's DRUNK HISTORY

History repeats itself and so will the laughs as the Emmy®-winning Comedy Central series DRUNK HISTORY returns for a 10-episode fourth season …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Scott Rudin: Management Lessons From A Broadway Producer

That’s advice that Scott Rudin believes is the role of every producer. One of the most successful producers on Broadway today – as well as a successful film producer – Rudin believes that it is the role of a producer to create a safe place for people to collaborate. In the arts it means matching a …

Management

Romeo and Juliet

In honor of the ongoing Shakespeare400 celebration this year, WNYC’s Sara Fishko charts several iterations of Romeo and Juliet, and considers how that classic Shakespeare tragedy inspired a great Russian ballet score. (Produced in 2007)

Playwrights

Daveed Diggs (‘Hamilton’) Joins the ‘Black-ish’ Family for Season 3

When the third season of “Black-ish” arrives, the Johnson family will expand.<p>Fresh from the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” Daveed Diggs will have a major …

TV