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

"Tiny Beautiful Things" is Too Small for Me

Sometimes you need to just follow your gut when it comes to deciding whether or not to see a show. My gut told me <i>Tiny Beautiful Things</i> wouldn't be …

‘Brilliant,’ 41 and Lost to AIDS: The Theater World Asks Why

Michael Friedman couldn’t make it to Minneapolis this summer. Rehearsals were beginning there for his new musical, but he was homebound in Brooklyn, trying to regain strength after a series of H.I.V.-related infections had landed him in the hospital.<p>So Mr. Friedman, a hyperkinetic and much-admired …

The Theatre

It's a Mean Girls Day Montage

MORE INFO<p>GET TICKETS<p>On October 3, we eat cheese fries with Tina Fey.<p>As <i>Mean Girls</i> prepares for its Broadway debut, Tina Fey and the stars of her new …

Dear Evan Hansen

In the Heights' Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda Call for Weinstein Co. to Release Movie Rights

“In the Heights deserves a fresh start in a studio where I’ll feel safe (as will my actors and collaborators),” writes Hudes.<p>Pulitzer Prize winner …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Eight Plays a Week

"When does dedication start to feel like obsession? Right around midnight on the Mass Pike."<p><b>Why a longtime critic hates to let any show pass her by</b><p>I …

Boston

Howard Sherman: Airport-style security has landed on Broadway but will audiences fly away?

For reasons entirely unknown to me, Broadway theatre audiences began, some time ago, queuing up outside theatres some 45 minutes or more

Broadway Theatre

Interviews: Ellen Burstyn and André De Shields Reflect on Shakespeare, Art, and the Cosmos

The pair are starring in John Doyle's production of <i>As You Like It</i> at Classic Stage Company.

William Shakespeare

10 Theatre Artists Whose Work Earned Them Revues

Which award-winning Broadway composers, lyricists, choreographers, and more inspired these “best of” musicals?<p><i>Prince of Broadway</i> is currently …

Stephen Sondheim

New Initiative Aims to Have Every New York City Public School Student See a Broadway Show

The Broadway League’s Broadway Bridges marks the largest theatre education partnership in the history of NYC.<p>The Broadway League has teamed up with …

Education

Mark Shenton: Broadway’s premium ticket prices are punishing loyal theatre fans

It’s a fact of life, like death and taxes, that theatre ticket prices are rising inexorably. And now they’ve breached the $1,000

New York Times

The most popular musical ever has a sequel. We’re not supposed to review it.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” sequel “Love Never Dies” opened seven years ago in London, has played several continents but has never been on Broadway. A year-long national tour just started last week in Utica, New York, and is now on Stop Two at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre. …

Coney Island

An ‘Our Town’ Image as Sturdy as a Chair

If you’ve walked just about anywhere in New York City, you’ve seen the work of Paula Scher. A partner in the design firm Pentagram, Ms. Scher is the creative hand behind some of the most recognizable graphic identities that dot the city, including logos (Citibank, Shake Shack), poster art (Public …

Paula Scher

21 Longest Running Broadway Plays

These plays have had the longest Broadway runs to date.<p>Check out the latest list of long running plays on Broadway.<p><b>Flip through the 21 longest</b> …

Broadway Theatre

Fierstein tells internet: You have the wrong Harvey

One innocent bystander in the Harvey Weinstein scandal is Tony-winning “Hairspray” star (and openly gay playwright) Harvey Fierstein.<p>He tweeted last …

Harvey Weinstein

Bruce Springsteen is a totally new thing for Broadway. Will it change because of him?

NEW YORK — What would Walter Kerr think?<p>It’s a safe bet that Kerr’s name will mean nothing to many of the Bruce Springsteen fans who, starting Tuesday, will be filling the 975 seats of the Broadway theater on West 48th Street that honors the late, great drama critic for the New York Herald Tribune …

Bruce Springsteen

The Latest News About "Broadway & Me"

Regular readers may have noticed that I haven't been posting as often as I usually do. But that doesn't mean I haven't been seeing shows and having …

Bruce Springsteen on Broadway: The Boss on His ‘First Real Job’

“Springsteen on Broadway.” For the songwriter who rose from bar gigs on the Jersey Shore to become a symbol of empathy for working-class America, who has been playing arenas for nearly four decades, the simple juxtaposition seems like a clash of scale and style. Is this an intimate concert, or a …

Bruce Springsteen

Lin-Manuel Miranda Releases Relief Song for Puerto Rico, ‘Almost Like Praying’

In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Maria and outrage over the president’s inaction in helping those affected, Lin-Manuel Miranda released a …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda - Almost Like Praying feat Artists for Puerto Rico [Music Video]

Lin-Manuel Miranda

How Much Does Freedom Cost?

"She is my hero, even though she's not the hero that we tend to think of with the civil rights movement."<p><b>A new play explores the personal toll of</b> …

Black History

Saycon Sengbloh on "In the Blood"

Written by Victoria Myers<p>Photography by Tess Mayer<p>September 26th, 2017<p>In <i>In the Blood,</i> Saycon Sengbloh plays Hester La Negrita, a single mother with …

Inspiration

A Eugene O’Neill Marathon: 1 Actor, 1 Script, 5 Hours

Recently, the actor David Greenspan spent three hours finessing a few seconds of stage time. Ned, a character in Transport Group’s revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “Strange Interlude,” which begins performances at Irondale Theater Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, on Oct. 6, has to hand a prescription to …

Playwrights

Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s New Work Is a Birthday Present to Her Mom

Finding Neverland is no easy enterprise in Sarah Ruhl’s <i>For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday</i>. It begins in a kind of ground-bound reality—in a hospital …

Parenting

The theater talkback: Why they're popular, and why playwrights aren't always pleased

The final line is spoken, the audience applauds, the actors take their bows. But at an increasing number of theaters, the night isn’t over.<p>Audiences often settle back into their seats. It’s time for the talkback, a chance to discuss the play with the actors, the director or sometimes the playwright.<p>…

Glengarry Glen Ross

Playwright's Legal Team Responds to James Franco's Cease & Desist Letter

As previously reported, Epic Theatre Company's production of 'James Franco and Me' written by Kevin Broccoli cancelled its New York production, …

James Franco

Watching a musical is as good for you as a 30-minute workout: study

Watching musical theater is as good for you as half an hour’s exercise, a study says.<p>Scientists monitored an audience at a “Dreamgirls” show.<p>Heart …

Exercise

Jefferson, Dickens, and Tolstoy Walk Into the Afterlife…

"They were three men who did the best they could to be the best they could for the world."<p><b>A new dramedy mines history and religion for laughter and</b> …

Charles Dickens

Alex Alpharaoh put his own DACA story onstage, and the audience keeps on growing

She had been walking for weeks across the Mexican desert, holding her 3-month-old boy to her chest. At 15 she had never left Guatemala before. When she ran out of water, she drank from puddles — if she could find them. Her breast milk dried up, and her baby grew weak with hunger. One day he began …

Immigration

Drinking and thinking: raise a glass to Glasgow's plays, pies and pints

Since 2004, a boozy lunchtime institution has launched careers, staged 40 new plays a year and changed the landscape of Scottish theatre<p>It defies all the rules of theatre marketing. Scarcely past midday on a Monday lunchtime, a full 45 minutes before curtain up, the queue for the box office is …

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