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 Royal Shakespeare Company Is Paving The Way For Virtual Reality Theater

Arthur C. Clarke once said: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”<p>If that’s true, then the Royal Shakespeare Company is well on its way to casting actual spells over its audiences.<p>In partnership with Intel and The Imaginarium, the RSC is pioneering a new kind of …

Virtual Reality

Programs That Are Predatory: It’s Not Just at For-Profit Colleges

For the past eight years, the Obama administration has waged a battle against predatory for-profit colleges. On Monday, the Department of Education released a final salvo — a list of hundreds of college programs that load students with more debt than they can afford to repay.<p>The failing-program …

College & University

Harvard’s ART Institute suspends admissions after ‘failing’ student debt grade

Harvard University’s ART Institute, a graduate program in theater, has suspended admissions after the US Department of Education gave the program a …

Loans

Hamilton West End tickets appear on resale sites despite anti-tout measures

Less than two hours after tickets for musical’s London run went on early sale, Viagogo lists several at £999-£2,500 each<p>Tickets for the London run of hip-hop musical Hamilton, the most anticipated theatre event of the year, have already appeared on secondary ticket websites for almost £3,000 …

Isle of Man

Transgender Characters, in Their Own Words

<b>In 2011, playwright/producer Paul Lucas was having a conversation with a friend,</b> an HIV-positive gay man who was paralyzed from the waist down and …

Transgender

The “Next Wave” of Theatre? Reflections on Avant-Garde Adaptations

By Derek McCormack. Derek McCormack reports on the ongoing trend in productions that are avant-garde reimaginings of old texts in particular at BAM’s …

The Arts

How an MBA took Broadway impresario Jordan Roth to the next stage

Jordan Roth’s office, in the heart of Broadway, is not a stereotypical executive’s lair. There is a large illuminated “THEATRE” sign instead of …

Business School

Poster Perfect: The Art of James McMullan

No other living artist is more closely identified with an American theater company than James McMullan. For 30 years, his painterly posters for Lincoln Center Theater have been turned into collectibles that are more than advertising: They’re synonymous with the shows themselves. It’s hard to think …

Obituaries

Trump-Satirizing Playwright Jon Robin Baitz Says He Was Assaulted by a Trump Supporter on Inauguration Day

“I rather relish my scar.”<p>Playwright <b>Jon Robin Baitz</b> told <i>Vanity Fair</i> he was assaulted by a drunk <b>Donald Trump</b> supporter on Friday night, while standing outside the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel in Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle.<p>Baitz, who was in Washington to participate in Saturday's Women’s March, …

Hollywood

How the Rise of Big Media Is Disrupting Broadway

The shifts in user consumption that decimated an unprepared music industry in the early 2000s and transformed the way we watch TV in the 2010s is now …

It's time theatre cut the pompous jargon

Obscure language in show descriptions and reviews prevents us from opening the conversation to everyone<p>I was browsing through the programme of an international festival recently. The visuals were striking and enticing but after reading the descriptions of some of the shows I still had absolutely no …

Language

How to Fight for Arts Funding? Lessons from NYC’s Lean Years

<b>As we enter a period of uncertainty, to put it mildly, one of the areas most at risk is the federal funding of arts and culture.</b> It’s no surprise to …

The Arts

Wish You Were Here: The Social Media Guide to BroadwayCon | Playbill

Can’t make it out to BroadwayCon January 27–29? We are your go-to source for the weekend! We’ve broken down our coverage on all our social media …

Entertainment

Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McCraney on Writing the Original Source Material, Taking Inspiration From Myths, and Creating Heroes With Black Skin

The playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney originally wrote the source material for <i>Moonlight</i> over a decade ago, after he graduated from DePaul University. …

Moonlight

Insult Tonya Pinkins? She Got There First

Someone has it in for the Tony Award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins. In a video posted to YouTube just after Christmas, a woman in a blond wig and lethal-looking lipstick spits rhyming insults at Ms. Pinkins while a backing track plays. “You’re a has-been, a hack, a floozy, a slut,” she seethes, …

Entertainment

Speaking Up—and Singing Out—for America

This is a theater blog not a political blog but even before reports surfaced about how the new administration might eliminate the National Endowment …

How Broadway is learning from Netflix and revolutionizing theater for the streaming age

Broadway has caught up to the Netflix age.<p>In June 2016, the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of “She Loves Me” became the first musical ever to be streamed live thanks to BroadwayHD. Then on January 14, the two entities partnered again to stream a newer Roundabout production, "Holiday Inn."<p>"Up …

Entertainment

SUPPORT THE ARTS: Message from president of the Dramatists Guild of America

<i>*The following statement is a message from Doug Wright, president of the Dramatists Guild of America, sent today to the Guild’s 7000+ members*</i> …

Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, in Love and Battle

When Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh fall for each other, it rarely ends well. Dynasties crumple. Lives smash. Murder can follow. Or suicide. Sometimes both.<p>But these Australian actors, who have performed opposite each other for more than 20 years, seemed in rude health at a recent weekday …

Obituaries

Take A Look at the Impact of the National Endowment for the Arts on American Culture

According to The Hill, members of Donald Trump's transition team have been meeting ahead of tomorrow's inauguration to outline plans for the …

History

"Good Morning" #TAPPY Debbie Reynolds Tribute

Inside 'The Front Page': How to pull off an enormous Broadway production night after night | The Washington Post

Published on January 12, 2017<p>NEW YORK — A peculiar droning sound emanates from the stage of the Broadhurst Theatre on West 44th Street minutes before the start of that evening’s performance of “The Front Page.” Standing backstage, just behind the realistic set of a Chicago courthouse pressroom of …

Benedict Cumberbatch

'The choice will always be them': Nicole Kidman, 49, reveals she opted out of Broadway stop of Photograph 51 to be with her daughters

Nicole Kidman opted out of a Broadway play because her daughters didn't want her to do it.<p>The Lion actress enjoyed her stint in London's West End in …

Sharing the Comforting Light of the Theater

Usually a photo here of the ghost light that theaters turn on when they're temporarily empty means that I didn't have time to write a full post. But …

EXCLUSIVE: Inside Billy Porter’s Wedding | Playbill

“We’re sort of settling in to what it feels like to be legal, what it feels like to have this thing called ‘marriage,’” said Porter of himself and …

New Year's Day

Yale Repertory Marks 50 Years As A Theater Incubator

The movie <i>Fences</i> is in theaters across the U.S. right now and is a leading contender in the Academy Awards. It's based on a play by August Wilson — a play that got its start at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Conn. This season, Yale Rep, as its known, marks its 50th anniversary as an …

Yale

For Early ‘Jersey Boys’ Investors, Oh, What a Run

SAN DIEGO — A local dentist put in $12,500. A venture capitalist was good for $1.4 million. There were a literary agent, a psychotherapist and a smattering of doctors, lawyers and academics, all investing together in a promising musical at their hometown theater that was seeking a shot at …

Finance

Chicago actors still can’t make it onto ‘Hamilton’ stage

Much ado has been made about the fact that Wayne Brady, the actor, singer, comedian and television personality, will be doing a brief stint in the …

Entertainment

Celebrate Over 50 Years of James Earl Jones Onstage | Playbill