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Age cannot wither them: Derek Jacobi and the forever young Shakespeareans

There was surprise last week when it was announced that Derek Jacobi will be joining star-crossed lovers Lily James and Richard Madden in Kenneth Branagh’s revival of Romeo and Juliet. The surprise was not that the 76-year-old actor is taking to the stage again at a time when so many veteran actors …

Derek Jacobi

It Shoulda Been You (Years Ago)

Grisetti inspired that rare kind of body-shaking belly laugh

Why I was almost as excited about Josh Grisetti's Broadway debut as he was

For any …

Matthew Morrison

People's Choice vs. Critic's Choice for "It Shoulda Been You" and "Something Rotten"

The average Broadway theatergoer sees four shows a year, according to the Broadway League. The average theater reviewer routinely sees more shows …

Neil Patrick Harris

In 10 years nothing has changed for female playwrights – it’s time to act

“It’s not a conspiracy by men to keep women off film or stage, it’s just they don’t notice if we’re not there,” said director Phyllida Lloyd talking on 25 April at the conference Cutting Edge: British Theatre in Hard Times, which explored how theatre in the UK had fared under the coalition …

Gender Equality

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They Only Ran a Minute! 10 Forgotten Musicals Due For a Revival

They Only Ran a Minute! 10 Forgotten Musicals Due For a Revival

Theatre historian Jennifer Tepper looks back at Broadway musicals that have been lost …

Non-fiction

At Shakespeare's Globe, Emma Rice must both respect and deconstruct the classics

Emma Rice’s appointment as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe comes as a big surprise. Her reputation rests on her work with the Cornwall-based, internationally famous Kneehigh company which is synonymous with inventiveness and irreverence: in particular, its fame lies in its ability to find …

Shakespeare

10 Controversies That Rocked the 20th-Century Theatre World

10 Controversies That Rocked the 20th-Century Theatre World

On May 10, 1849, a melee arose in Astor Place in lower Manhattan. Thousands took to the …

Robert Moses

Meet the Muellers! Jessie, Matthew, Abby and Andrew on Sibling Rivalry and Show Biz

Meet the Muellers! Jessie, Matthew, Abby and Andrew on Sibling Rivalry and Show Biz

Tony Award-winning actress Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole

Emma Rice will have them swinging from the chandeliers at the Globe

The appointment of Kneehigh’s Emma Rice as the artistic director of the Globe is a bold move and could be a marriage made in heaven. When Dominic Dromgoole took over from Mark Rylance it was also a leftfield appointment – Dromgoole was best known for new plays – and one that can be counted a …

Chandeliers

A Fine Showmance: How Lisa Kron's Biggest Admirer Became Her Life Partner

A Fine Showmance: How Lisa Kron's Biggest Admirer Became Her Life Partner

As part of our ongoing profiles of theatre couples, Playbill.com sits down …

Writing

Second Stage's New Broadway Berth: Room to Move

NEW YORK CITY: Second Stage now has a third stage. After years of legal wrangling and fundraising—not to mention waiting out the final lighter-lifts …

Berth

How Sarah Stiles' "Sick Mind" and Puppet Sex Skills Made Her a Better Person — and a Tony Nominee!

How Sarah Stiles' "Sick Mind" and Puppet Sex Skills Made Her a Better Person — and a Tony Nominee!

Sarah Stiles, who received her first Tony Award …

Puppets

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

"Love, Courage, Belted High D's" — On the Road to Allegiance's Broadway Bow

"Love, Courage, Belted High D's" — On the Road to Allegiance's Broadway Bow

As the book writer of Allegiance, a new musical starting previews Oct. 6 at …

Musical Theatre

Neil MacGregor, Kevin Spacey and Nicholas Hytner: exeunt stage right

It is an ancient rule of journalism that, while two instances of something are a coincidence, three constitute a trend. So the departures of …

Kevin Spacey

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

It's Lisa's Turn! Why Tyne Daly Insisted This Broadway Breakout Got The Last Bow

It's Lisa's Turn! Why Tyne Daly Insisted This Broadway Breakout Got The Last Bow

Lisa Howard, playing the long-suffering older daughter and devoted …

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

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

Tony Kushner, Beau Willimon Reveal How to Write for Hollywood Without Ever Leaving New York

This story first appeared in the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

What happens when you put four New York-based theater greats (who …

Hollywood

Judith Malina: An appreciation of a theatrical trailblazer

Had Judith Malina never existed, the 1960s would surely have had to invent her. Yet it was Malina, a diminutive, German-born, American theater provocateur of immense boldness, recklessness, commitment and courage, who actually helped crystallize our notions of 1960s aesthetic and political …

Judith

Interview with Lyricist Amanda Green

Amanda Green

Education Dramaturg Ted Sod interviews lyricist Amanda Green about On the Twentieth Century.

Ted Sod: Where were you born and educated and

Lyricist

A Woman's World: Family or a Career – Why Do Women In Theatre Have to Choose? Marsha Norman Weighs In

A Woman's World: Family or a Career – Why Do Women In Theatre Have to Choose? Marsha Norman Weighs In

In the latest installment of Playbill's new …

Feminism

How Women in the theatre manage their careers and children | Features

“This year is our 10-year anniversary so we thought, ‘lets do 10 shows’, which is obviously a very sensible thing to do with two small …

Kids

Interview with Peter Gallagher

Education Dramaturg Ted Sod interviews actor Peter Gallagher about his role in On the Twentieth Century.

Ted Sod: Where were you born and educated,

Twentieth Century

Agent of Change: Anna Deavere Smith on the 44th Jefferson Lecture and the Search for American Character

Humanities, the arts, words, culture, character, the language that people really speak when they speak to each other -- oh, these are creatively deep waters for somebody like Anna Deavere Smith to swim through. The acclaimed actress-playwright-professor, perhaps best known for her television roles …

Lectures

Let's Start at the Very Beginning! 50 Fun Facts About The Sound of Music on the Film's 50th Anniversary

Can you believe that the hills have been alive with The Sound of Music for 50 years? It's been five decades since the beloved film version of the …

Film

Inside Broadway's 8-hour binge, according to Wolf Hall’s King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

Perhaps you had to mentally prepare yourself for the 179-minute Wolf of Wall Street. Maybe you did some light stretches and not-so-light snack purchasing for 13-hour stretches of House of Cards or Daredevil. But rest assured that neither binge endeavor compares to the eight-and-a-half hour binge …

Anne Boleyn