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

Casting Directors Rally In Shubert Alley As NYC Pols Join Demand For Union Recognition From Producers

UPDATE: Responding to the Broadway League’s insistence that casting directors seek a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board, Local 817 …

Elections

FringeNYC Will Return in 2018, in a Smaller Version

After taking a year off, the New York International Fringe Festival has announced it will return in October 2018 in a smaller capacity.<p>FringeNYC, which was founded in 1997, was renowned for its sprawl — its last iteration featured 193 shows across 16 venues in downtown Manhattan. But now Elena K. …

Festivals

Russian Theatre: A Delicate Balance

<b>It was a sight to make a stage manager hyperventilate.</b> A line of actors—half naked, covered in mud—stood straight, opened books in their hand. One by …

Russia

Hard Truths or Easy Targets? Confronting the Summer of Trump Onstage

Tycoon, television star, head of state and now — who’d have thought? — leading man of the New York stage. Not that Donald J. Trump has been known for spending nights at the theater since he took the oath of office. But his alter egos, summoned by playmakers angered and bewildered by his election, …

Julius Caesar

Theater Critic at Theater Camp: A Return Visit to French Woods

By Matt Windman<p>How do you take hundreds of kids (ages 7 to 17) and put up over a dozen shows (mostly musicals, plus a few plays) in as little as …

France

Billie Piper on feminism, fear and her first love

By Stylist<p>15 Aug 2017<p>Stylist Magazine<p>article<p>http://www.stylist.co.uk/people/billie-piper-interview-feminism-fear-career<p>'I’m just afraid of all of it.'

Feminism

A "Hamlet" Without a Semblance of Majesty

<i>Hamlet</i> is hands down the world's most famous play. People who have never been inside a theater quote its lines "To be, or not to be" and "To thine …

4th Wall's decision to close reflects troubling trend for smaller theater groups

Consider the working Houston actor. She wakes up at 7 a.m. After coming home from her day job as a paralegal, she rushes to rehearsal. She works on …

Playwrights

Shakespeare's Globe: Six ideas new boss Michelle Terry has for the theatre

Entertainment reporter<p><b>There was a whole lot of drama at the Globe in 2016, and not just on the stage.</b><p>Emma Rice became the venue's artistic director last January, only to announce her departure nine months later after a series of disputes with the board.<p>Now, actress Michelle Terry is taking the …

William Shakespeare

Oak Brook theater defends same-sex couple, interracial casting in Shakespeare play

First Folio Theatre executive director David Rice responds to complaints about the casting of its production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It." The …

William Shakespeare

Big 10: The 10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway in the 2017-2018 Season

What does it take to land a Broadway show? Hard work, talent, luck—all backed up by a good education.<p>As part of Playbill’s Back to School week …

Dear Evan Hansen

Playwright Paula Vogel on the Myth of Angry Feminism

More From The Lenny Interview<p>20 articles<p>Chris Kraus: Beyond "I Love Dick"<p>Lorraine O'Grady: Artist, Rock Critic, Bureaucrat<p>Jenny Zhang Is on a Weird …

Pulitzer Prize

Topple a Confederate Statue? This Broadway Musical Already Did.

A monument to the Confederacy enrages a group of young people. Late one night, they topple the statue. Trouble ensues.<p>Scenes like that are now playing over and over on the nightly news. But two decades ago, the rebellious destruction sprang from the imagination of the playwright Tony Kushner, who …

Broadway Musical

John Tiffany: ‘New plays are where my heart is’

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director John Tiffany has returned to the Royal Court with a play about a working-class town

Harry Potter

Taking a Stand Against Standing Ovations

I realize that standing ovations are subjective. It's the lemminglike rise of everyone in the house that seems disingenuous.<p><b>Does every show really</b> …

Bette Midler

Sex and the Single Widow

"To be the protagonist over 50 talking about my sex life -- come on, you just don't see that every day!"<p><b>Why Tony nominee Nancy Opel is so excited</b> …

Relationships

Why the Cast of the Public’s Hamlet Looks So Familiar

Where you recognize these stars from and how you can catch their work on screen after you’ve caught them onstage.<p>As Public Theater Artistic Director …

TV

For Stephen Adly Guirgis, the Long Road Back to a First Love: Acting

DORSET, Vt. — About a week before rehearsals started for David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” at the Dorset Theater Festival in southern Vermont, Stephen Adly Guirgis realized it was too late to make up an excuse and bail without causing major harm.<p>A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who began as an …

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Michael Moore Takes His Broadway Audience on Buses to Protest Trump

About an hour and a half into his Broadway performance on Tuesday night, Michael Moore paused his rumpled, moralistic ire to offer the audience an Oprah-style surprise. Two double-decker buses were waiting outside, he said, to whisk theatergoers to Fifth Avenue in a ready-made protest delivered …

Donald Trump

With racial clashes rattling the country, the 'Hamilton' message of inclusion marches on

While the country confronts the violent reemergence of white supremacists, Los Angeles is welcoming an antidote in “Hamilton.” The hip-hop musical about equality and inclusion, officially opening here Wednesday, is a testament against the racism and cultural wars that threaten the spirit of the …

Pulitzer Prize

Playgoer Interrupts Keegan-Michael Key's Hamlet Play Trying to Charge Her Phone

Comedy

Members of President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Resign in Protest

Panel members, including George C. Wolfe, have signed a letter to President Trump in response to the Administration’s handling of the events in …

Humanities

Carmen de Lavallade, a Dance Legend, to Skip a White House Reception

It is not just business executives who are moving away from President Trump after his remarks about neo-Nazis, white supremacists and protesters. The dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, who will be honored by the Kennedy Center in December, announced on Thursday that she will forgo the …

The Arts

Crosswalk the Musical: Hair w/ Lin-Manuel Miranda

James Corden

'Rolling world premiere' concept pumps life into new plays

We’ve had a surge of fine new plays on Philadelphia stages in recent months, and some of the best are products of the same smart, cutting-edge …

Philadelphia

It’s Groundhog Day All Over Again - Just Not in New York

The Broadway show is going on the road after a short run in New York, and Tony Award winner “Bandstand” may do the same, as producers hope to find more success at regional theaters.<p>The Broadway musical “Groundhog Day” may be set to close on Sept. 17 after a run of just 176 performances. But the …

Groundhog Day

Heather Velazquez: Where Jasmine Gets Her Wit

Pipeline | Essays<p>Brendan Lemon | July 21, 2017<p>Jasmine, the young woman played by Heather Velazquez in <i>Pipeline</i>, has a sharp tongue – her words enliven …

Orlando

A Hologram Husband Keeps Lois Smith Company In 'Marjorie Prime'

<i>Marjorie Prime</i> is a science fiction film — sort of. It opens with an elderly woman, played by Lois Smith, who is getting to know the lifelike hologram of her late husband, played by Jon Hamm. It's a low-key but highly intense drama that asks: If holograms can learn, carry memory and form …

TV

Interviews: At 86 Years Old, Lois Smith Is in Her (Marjorie) Prime

The veteran of stage and screen stars in a film adaptation of a role she originated off-Broadway.

Literature