Broadway & Me: The Magazine

By broadwayandme | A collection of interesting articles and other stuff that caught this theater lover's eye—and that I hope will entertain you too. And if you're looking for reviews, check out www.broadwayandme.com

The Misfortunes of "The Lucky One"

Most people know A.A. Milne as the creator of the Winnie-the-Pooh children's stories but in the two decades before he published the first Pooh book …

Portrait of the artist as an ageless man: At 92, Peter Brook treads a different path through 'The Mahabharata'

Director Peter Brook, still at it at 92, has lived through nearly a century of theater history. You’d never know it, though, by the way he moves through the world, traveling as light as possible so that he can continue to probe secret depths.<p>The “immediate” theater, the category Brook came up with …

Beverly Hills

Twin Cities theaters of color worry about survival as Guthrie gets more diverse

<i>From left: Sarah Bellamy, artistic director of Penumbra Theatre, and Randy Reyes, artistic director of Mu Performing Arts. (Brian Peterson/Star</i> …

Minneapolis

Center Theatre Group's starry 50th: From offending Ronald Reagan to Trump-era provocations

Center Theatre Group’s “50th Celebration,” which gathered celebrities, devoted patrons, philanthropists and swells in their spiffiest attire for a Saturday night shindig at the Ahmanson, was more than a star-studded evening of entertainment. It was a rousing reaffirmation of the values championed …

Ronald Reagan

High Ticket Prices Are Fueling a Broadway Boom

Musicals about the aftermaths of a teenage suicide and a terror attack proved unlikely sensations. Star turns by Bette Midler, Josh Groban, Jake Gyllenhaal and Glenn Close added sizzle. And, led by “Hamilton” and “Hello, Dolly!,” the hottest shows started charging once unthinkably high prices for …

Josh Groban

First look at the making of Groundhog Day’s cast album

Tony Award Nominee Richard Thomas In Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes At MTC

Actor Richard Thomas is best known for his leading role as budding author John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama The Waltons , where he won an Emmy Award. …

Entertainment

Tony Talk Podcast-Episode 8: The Campaign

The race is on. It may be done more politely than it was during our last presidential campaign (thank goodness), but the Tony nominees are beginning …

Who's Afraid Of A Diverse Cast?

<i>Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf</i> is a brilliant, scalding and essential play that is often revived. But the Complete Works Project in Oregon won't present the play this fall because the estate of the playwright, Edward Albee, won't give permission for them to cast an African-American actor in the …

Playwrights

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Waitress’s Sara Bareilles and Chris Diamantopoulos Compete in Broadway Charades

• LOG IN<br>• REGISTER<p>Social Account<p>Facebook<p>or<p>Sign up with a social account:<p>Facebook<p>Don’t worry. We will <i>never</i> post to your social media account without your …

Silicon Valley (TV Series)

Dramatists Guild Weighs in on Virginia Woolf? Casting Controversy

The Edward Albee Estate withdrew the rights to a production in Portland, Oregon, after a black actor was cast as Nick.<p>The Dramatists Guild of America …

Playwrights

War Paint's John Dossett on Rocking Medieval Underwear, Kevin Bacon & More

History

Laura Benanti Explains the Plays of the 2016-17 Broadway Season

Two-time Oscar winner heads to Broadway

Glenda Jackson, the celebrated British actress and politician, will return to Broadway next season in Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.”<p>The …

Playwrights

Huge drop in Asian theatre audiences 'extremely worrying' | Carousel, News

Asian theatremakers have warned that a “severe lack of representation” on stage is resulting in Asian audiences abandoning the arts.<p>The warning …

Racism

Theater producers are wooing out-of-town Tony voters with sweets

The Kings of the Road have arrived in New York, and Broadway is welcoming them to town as if they were a bunch of Dolly Levis returning to the …

Josh Groban

12 Summer Theater Festivals in New York City 2017

Summer in the city offers theater that is cheaper (often free), more cutting-edge and even more abundant than what you can see during the regular …

Festivals

Brendon Urie Steps Away From the Disco and Into ‘Kinky Boots’

As the frontman of the popular emo-infused, pop-rock band Panic! at the Disco, Brendon Urie might be expected to play it cool, a little jaded maybe. But ask about his Broadway debut in “Kinky Boots,” as the strait-laced English shoe manufacturer Charlie Price, and he doesn’t bother to hide his …

Boots

A Black Actor in ‘Virginia Woolf’? Not Happening, Albee Estate Says

A decision by the estate of Edward Albee not to allow a production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to cast a black actor as a blond character is reigniting decades-long debates in the theater world over race, casting and authorial control.<p>A theater producer in Portland, Ore., said last week …

Playwrights

A cork Hamlet from the Folger collection that's almost too fragile to open

Today, we bring you a Folger Find that might remain a bit of a mystery.<p>First, take a look at these pages, and then take a guess why they look a …

Books

On Stage [Full Program] 5/20/17

By NY1 News<br>Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM EDT<p><b>NY1 VIDEO:</b> On the May 20, 2017 episode of On Stage, hosted by Frank DiLella:<p>In-depth profiles of …

New York City

25 DAYS OF TONYS: How Come From Away Balances Facts and Emotion

Tony-nominated writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein created a story and songs found the specific in the historical.<p>Husband-and-wife duo Irene Sankoff …

Go Behind the Scenes of 9 Broadway Dressing Rooms

Michael Kushner shares his photographic journal of actors preparing for their roles on Broadway in The Dressing Room Project.

behind the scenes

The Birthplace of All Four 2017 Best Play Tony Nominees

As an “incubator” for young playwriting talent, New Dramatists knows how to spot a winner.<p>“One thing I always wanted to be was a playwright’s …

The Next Generation of American Theater Is Here

<b>Denée Benton</b>, 25, plays a lovelorn Russian aristocrat in the <i>War and Peace</i>–inspired musical <i>Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812</i>. The show’s color-blind casting is fast becoming a hallmark of the <i>Hamilton</i> age. “It’s telling a universal story of love and loss and war and regret,” Benton says, “and …

Broadway Theatre

An Attempt At Color-Conscious Casting Has Opened Up A Massive Theater Debate

The Edward Albee estate denied the rights to a production of <i>Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?</i> in part over the casting of a black actor, raising questions about respecting a playwright's wishes and colorblind versus color-conscious casting.<p>Posted on May 19, 2017, 21:54 GMT<p>Scott Wintrow / Getty …

Entertainment

Corey Cott Talks Paying Tribute to Veterans in Broadway's 'Bandstand' Musical

The actor stars in Andy Blankenbuehler's show as a WWII veteran who starts a swing band with Laura Osnes, a military wife.

Entertainment

A Day Of Theatre! 'Present Laughter', 'Oslo', Dianne Wiest On 'Happy Days', Andy Karl On 'Groundhog Day'

4 segments<p>hide<p>show<p>In The Moment With 'Present Laughter'<p><i>Audio not yet available</i><p>The Secret 'Oslo' Peace Talks<p><i>Audio not yet available</i><p>Dianne Wiest, James Bundy On Beckett's 'Happy Days'<p><i>Audio not yet available</i><p>Andy Karl On Reliving 'Groundhog Day'<p><i>Audio not yet available</i><p>Actors <b>Kristine Nielsen</b>, <b>Cobie</b> …

Groundhog Day