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

Thanks #boycotthamilton: A Record-Breaking $3.3M in 1 Week for the Broadway Smash

Nothing like a boycott promoted by conservative Republicans to send the Broadway grosses soaring. The boycott of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manual Miranda’s …

Boycotts

The 50 best Broadway songs of all time

1<p>“Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy (1959)<p>Throughout <i>Gypsy</i>, Mama Rose has pushed her children to be stars, even if it meant pushing them away from her. But in …

Stephen Sondheim

Our critic ranks TV's live musicals, from 'Peter Pan' to 'Hairspray'

NBC's <i>Hairspray Live!</i> was the least-watched yet of the five musicals aired on the major networks in recent years, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings for Wednesday. But it was tops in USA TODAY TV critic Robert Bianco's book. A ranking, including excerpts from reviews:<p><b>1. Hairspray (NBC,</b> …

Entertainment

The Famous Actress Who Loved Playing A Rooster

In New York City, in the winter of 1910-11, two days before the box office opened, people began standing in line to buy tickets to <i>Chantecler</i>, a …

Weird

Podcast Episode 101 - Tony Award Winning Director and Diversity Advocate, Kenny Leon | The Producer's Perspective

Podcast Episode 101 – Tony Award Winning Director and Diversity Advocate, Kenny Leon<p>It was 9 AM on the set of <i>Hairspray Live!</i> when I sat down with …

Hamildolph (An American Christmas Story) - Hamilton Parody - Eclipse 6

Lynn Nottage Speaks Out on Making Broadway Debut in Male-Dominated Season | Playbill

On December 5 it was announced that Lynn Nottage’s critically praised new drama <i>Sweat</i> will transfer to Broadway in March following its current …

Studio 54

Ars Nova Introduces Fair Pay Initiative | Playbill

At its annual gala, the non-profit theatre organization announced plans to immediately increase pay from minimums to a living wage.

Tony Kushner with Michael Friedman

Holiday Inn - Denis Jones's Choreography

Ask-Hole

Early in 2010, Cheryl Strayed got an e-mail from an acquaintance, Steve Almond, who wrote an advice column—Dear Sugar—for the literary Web site The Rumpus. Strayed was living in Portland with her husband and their two preschoolers, and had just turned in the first draft of her memoir, “Wild.” She’d …

The Theatre

Theater Refuses To Be A Safe Space For Donald Trump

The president-elect condemned Hamilton for directing a controversial curtain call speech at Mike Pence. But theater artists won’t shy away from letting their voices be heard.<p>On Nov. 18, <i>Hamilton</i> star Brandon Victor Dixon delivered a curtain call statement to Vice President-elect Mike Pence from the …

Republican Party

Tarell Alvin McCraney Will Head Yale Playwriting Program | Playbill

Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is having an extraordinary week.<p>Just days after <i>Moonlight</i>, a movie based on one of his plays, was named Best Film of …

Writing

"This Day Forward" Lacks Momentum

The playwright Nicky Silver sat in a seat in the back of the audience the night my theatergoing buddy Bill and I saw Silver's new play <i>This Day</i> …

NYC students see ‘Hamilton,’ perform onstage for history class

Some 1,300 juniors from 17 New York City public schools got to see "Hamilton."

New York City

Who Are the Characters of Hamilton’s Ensemble? | Playbill

The second full season of <i>The Ensemblist</i> podcast, “The History of the Ensemblist,” takes a deep dive into the ensembles of Pulitzer Prize-winning …

Podcasting

How The Man With the Horn Settled Down with Broadway’s Favorite Doll | Playbill

If you ask Faith Prince about her husband, Larry, she’ll warn you that he’s shy—particularly compared to her own out-of-the-gate exuberance. But it’s …

The Arts

Beyond ‘Hamilton,’ for Better and for Worse

“Hamilton” has been the rare production that extends the creative potential of musical theater, provides historical commentary, remakes Broadway’s racial dynamic and, when asked, rises to the political moment. It is as much of a cultural juggernaut as any theatrical production with a usual audience …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

An Actress at Home on the Upper West Side

The minute she was divorced, the actress Mary Beth Peil high-tailed it out of Leonia, N.J., where she had raised her two children, and hit the reset button, first renting a one-bedroom apartment on the ground floor of a carriage house in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, then, a year later, in …

New York City

Cuban Member of Broadway On Your Feet! Cast Reacts to Fidel Castro’s Death | Playbill

Cuban-American Eric Ulloa, who was part of the ensemble and understudy to the male lead of the Broadway musical <i>On Your Feet!</i>, has written a reaction …

Fidel Castro

Lin-Manuel Miranda Brings Star Power to 'The Hamilton Mixtape'

Before it was a hit musical, “Hamilton” was a mixtape.<p>Eight years ago, creator Lin-Manuel Miranda had an idea for a concept album about Alexander Hamilton, a song cycle that would tell a story of “the ten-dollar founding father without a father.”<p>Lyrics like that gradually grew into a full-blown …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

NEWS: Lin-Manuel Miranda + the 'Kingkiller Chronicle' -- Count Us In

Lin-Manuel Miranda

The Way He Walks Says Everything

"We're all trying to do honest work and that means we have to feel the pain of it, the loss."<p><b>Khris Davis' gut-wrenching physical transformation gets</b> …

Long Before ‘Hamilton’ Brouhaha, Theater Was Anything but Polite

In 1832, during a performance of “Richard III” at the Bowery Theater in Manhattan, 300 boisterous audience members joined the cast onstage to participate in the final sword fight and the slaying of the tyrannical King Richard. According to a newspaper account, “the audience mingled with the …

Mike Pence

In wake of the election, Chicago's theater leaders ponder: What now?

What will the role of theater be in the age of Donald Trump? Following the election earlier this month, free hugs were offered, potlucks were held and doors were opened at Chicago theaters. A few companies gave out free tickets to weekend performances. And all the shows have continued to go on.<p>The …

Chicago

Playwright Lynn Nottage Exposes Racial Dynamic of the Eroding Middle Class

For over 20 years now, master playwright Lynn Nottage has created work that has boldly inserted black women into the American theater conversation. …

Middle-class

An Interview with Lynn Nottage

Written by Victoria Myers<br>Photography by Emma Pratte<p>October 14th, 2015<p>At <i>The Interval</i> we have a giant spreadsheet that lists all of the season’s …

Playwrights

Lin-Manuel Miranda Disguised Himself to Watch Hamilton's Celebrity Crowd from the Audience

Lin-Manuel Miranda spent nearly a year and a half playing Alexander Hamilton, in both the Off-Broadway and Broadway runs of his Tony-winning show,</i> …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

In the Middle of the Action

Not counting “Hamilton,” Broadway’s hottest musical is “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” an “immersive” show for which the Imperial Theatre has been remodeled in order to put the cast in the laps of the audience. Runways in the orchestra, onstage cabaret seating inches away from the …

Playwrights