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7 Shakespearean actors who became famous for easier roles

Ian McKellen is one of the great Shakespearean actors of his generation. His portrayals of Macbeth, King Lear, Iago and Prospero are legendary in …

Ian McKellen

A Look at a Legend: Why Chita Rivera Is Broadway's Most Enduring Star!

A Look at a Legend: Why Chita Rivera Is Broadway's Most Enduring Star!

Theatre legend Chita Rivera returns to Broadway as the revenge-seeking star of …

Chita Rivera

Past and Present Heidi Stars Boyd Gaines and Bryce Pinkham on the Gay Best Friend and Post-Show Karaoke

Past and Present Heidi Stars Boyd Gaines and Bryce Pinkham on the Gay Best Friend and Post-Show Karaoke

Boyd Gaines and Bryce Pinkham, the respective …

LGBT

The Bard’s Uncomfortable New Rape Play

Shakespeare’s newly authenticated play, Double Falsehood, starts with a sexual assault. Did we mention it’s supposed to be a comedy?

Women disguised as men, brothers in conflict with each other, a nunnery, an arras (to hide behind), shepherds, grumpy fathers who don’t understand their children—if …

Shakespeare

‘The Heidi Chronicles’ Is Trailed by Questions of Feminism and Legacy

Twenty-five years after “The Heidi Chronicles” closed on Broadway, believers in the work of Wendy Wasserstein seized an opening. In the era of “Lean In” and “Girls,” and a paucity of female voices on Broadway, they would revive Ms. Wasserstein’s most acclaimed play, “The Heidi Chronicles,” with a …

Feminism

Shakespeare in Russian? Why language is no bar to the Bard

Cheek by Jowl's Russian Measure for Measure is streamed live (with subtitles) on the Telegraph website on Wednesday. Artistic director Declan Donnellan tells Charlotte Runcie why you should watch it

For the past 30 years, the theatre company Cheek by Jowlhasn't just been helping to keep Shakespearean …

Shakespeare

A Broadway Star Is Born: How Max von Essen Found His Voice

The high-kicking star of the new hit Gershwin musical on how speaking out—and singing out—led to his most fulfilling Broadway role yet.

An American in Paris, the swoon of a new Broadway musical based on the iconic Gene Kelly-Leslie Caron film, is love-drunk on romantic, show-stopping dance …

Jesus Christ Superstar

Actor André De Shields on His Self-Made Journey

Actor, singer and dancer André De Shields, 69, has appeared on TV and in Broadway shows, including “The Wiz,” “The Full Monty,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Play On!” He currently is preparing for the Chicago premiere of “Gotta Dance,” which opens this year. He spoke to Marc Myers.

Black teens in my …

Junior High School

Original Chorus Line Cast Remembers Sweetness and Sorrow of The Broadway Sensation

Original Chorus Line Cast Remembers Sweetness and Sorrow of The Broadway Sensation

In anticipation of the 40th anniversary of the opening of A Chorus

Michael Bennett

Stephen Adly Guirgis wins Pulitzer for 'Between Riverside and Crazy'

Stephen Adly Guirgis has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play "Between Riverside and Crazy," the story of a retired policeman who faces the possibility of losing his home.

A New York playwright with a taste for marginal characters and profane language, Guirgis has distinguished himself …

Riverside

Actors’ Equity Pushes for Minimum Wage, but Not All Members Want It

LOS ANGELES — They rehearse for weeks, often in run down theaters that were once garages or retail stores; perform challenging premieres of new works and imaginative reinterpretations of old ones; and sometimes clean the bathrooms, sell the tickets, or sew the costumes, too.

But hundreds of union …

Minimum Wage

What's Your Favorite Cover of a Broadway Song Performed by a Pop Singer?

Playbill Poll: What's Your Favorite Cover of a Broadway Song Performed by a Pop Singer?

Pop and musical theatre fans recenlty united in their common …

Josh Groban

Deaths Of Unarmed Black Men Revive 'Anti-Lynching Plays'

An obscure but riveting genre of theater is being revived in New York City.

They're called "anti-lynching plays." Most were written by black playwrights during the early 1900s to show how lynchings devastated African-American families.

Inspired by the recent deaths of unarmed black men by police, a …

Lynching

First Lady Michelle Obama Takes a Trip To Off-Broadway's Hamilton

First Lady Michelle Obama Takes a Trip To Off-Broadway's Hamilton

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama took a trip to The Public Theater this …

Michelle Obama

Ah Paree: "An American in Paris" and "Gigi"

Like most Americans, I’m a sucker for the mystique of Paris. And I’ve recently had the chance to overindulge that fascination by seeing the new …

Performing Arts

Stephen Sondheim Discusses Orchestration In Detail In New Video Featurette

The master discusses the imperative importance of orchestrations!

Legendary songwriter and dramatist Stephen Sondheim addresses details of

Stephen Sondheim

Hamilton Pays Emotional Tribute To Original Cast of A Chorus Line

Hamilton Pays Emotional Tribute To Original Cast of A Chorus Line

Off-Broadway’s Hamilton paid emotional tribute to the surviving members fo the …

Emotions

Young Siblings Jake and Sydney Lucas Manage Life on Broadway

The actors in two of the buzziest shows on Broadway this season are chauffeured to and from the theater each night, sometimes fall asleep backstage, don’t cash their own checks or bother to ask how much they make. But not because they’re divas, because they’re kids. Brother and sister Jake and …

Australia

Tennessee Williams on His Women, His Writer’s Block, and Whether It All Mattered

James Grissom | Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog | Knopf | March 2015 | 26 minutes (7,038 words) Below is an excerpt from

Audra McDonald

The angelic voice

Beautiful. Intelligent. Extraordinarily talented. These are just a few words that describe the incomparable Audra McDonald. She has acted on television and in movies, graced theater and concert stages and given a gift to countless fans with a voice that I can only describe as being …

Audra McDonald

Exclusive! Never-Before-Seen Photos Behind the Line of Original A Chorus Line

Exclusive! Never-Before-Seen Photos Behind the Line of Original A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line had its world premiere at the Public Theater April 16, …

Public Theater

The 17 Emojis Theatre People Need in Their Life Right Now

The 17 Emojis Theatre People Need in Their Life Right Now

Emojis are all the rage on your iPhone, but we feel like there's a keyboard missing… …

Emoji

Lincoln on Stage

Abraham Lincoln authored some of the greatest American presidential prose. We all know that. It’s also worth remembering where much of his inspiration came from — in particular how he deeply loved the theater, his teacher from the rugged prairie to raging, war-torn Washington. It is not without a …

Abraham Lincoln

Olivier Award Winner Nathaniel Parker Talks ‘Wolf Hall’ And Portraying King Henry VIII

Broadway’s Best Shows: What about the character is engaging and how are you connected to the character? Nathaniel Parker: If you play Henry VIII you …

Cuba

An Open Letter to Young Artists: or 'Note to Self'

A committee of the Tisch School of the Arts solicited speech proposals from the student body for the upcoming 2015 Tisch Salute. My speech was rejected. It has since been revised, though the majority of the second half remains essentially identical. I took out a lot of jokes, because frankly, they

Art

How Audra McDonald and Alan Cumming Are Helping Broadway Go Green

How Audra McDonald and Alan Cumming Are Helping Broadway Go Green

Broadway marquees are one of the most recognizable symbols of New York theatre that …

Audra McDonald

Nathan Lane Cries During Monte Cristo Honor, Thanks 'Iceman Cometh': "It Doesn't Get Any Better"

Nathan Lane wasn't completely satisfied when he was honored with the Eugene O'Neill Center's Monte Cristo Award on Monday night.

"It's a little …

Nathan Lane

Pièces de résistance in Budapest, With an Emphasis on the Resistance

(In part 1 of his report from Budapest’s dunaPart3 showcase, which ran Mar. 2–8, our reporter frames the festival’s offerings as a response to both

Budapest