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

Turning on the Ghost Light, Again

It's been a month since I've turned on the ghost light that theaters use when they're empty and that I use to signal that there will be no regular …

Hugh Jackman, James Corden & Zac Efron Perform an Epic Medley of On the Town, Guys and Dolls and Fame

Hugh Jackman, James Corden & Zac Efron Perform an Epic Medley of <i>On the Town, Guys and Dolls</i> and <i>Fame</i>

James Corden

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Decemberists Release ‘Ben Franklin’s Song,’ Inspired by Cut Hamilton Lyrics

The song marks the inaugural release of Miranda’s new monthly “#Hamildrop” series.<p><i>Hamilton</i> creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Decemberists have …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

"It Only Takes a Taste" of Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz...

Sara Bareilles is set to rejoin the cast of her Broadway musical <i>Waitress</i> beginning January 16. For the first two weeks of her engagement (which will …

"You Will Be Found" Virtual Choir | DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Dear Evan Hansen

Theatre producer ‘punched’ after asking audience member to stop using phone

A theatre producer watching a West End show claims he was punched by a fellow audience member after challenging him over the use of a mobile phone …

Mobile

How One Playwright Took On Dr. Seuss’ Estate to Tell Cindy Lou Who’s Story

The Grinch parody Who’s Holiday! had to jump through legal hoops to make it to Off-Broadway.<p><i>Who’s Holiday!</i>, playwright Matthew Lombardo’s twisted …

Santa Claus

Nica Burns: 'Theatre must accommodate people who want to eat snacks'

West End theatre owner Nica Burns has claimed the industry must adapt to a changing society in which audiences want to eat and drink during …

Eating

Producer of UK's biggest pantomimes scraps traditional routine in wake of harassment scandal

Sexual harassment allegations within the theatre sector have prompted the producer of the UK’s biggest pantomimes to remove a longstanding routine …

naughty

50 Women in New York Theater You Should Know About (Part Two: 26–50)

Women in Tech

An Unexpected New Stop on the Road to Broadway: Edmonton

Smaller and out-of-the-way theaters are increasingly presenting musicals angling for the big time. For the creators of “Hadestown,” the path veered …

Edmonton

SpongeBob's Bikini Bottom On Broadway — And In Danger

Here's an idea for a musical: The end is near, and there's just one day for the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom to figure out how to save themselves from a powerful volcano that's about to explode. Who can we count on to come through?<p>Well, who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Absorbent and yellow …

SpongeBob SquarePants

The Bengsons share their musical memoir at New York Theatre Workshop

How I Got Stranded by "Once on This Island"

It's no fun being a party-pooper. But that's the role I find myself in when it comes to the revival of <i>Once on This Island,</i> the Lynn Ahrens and …

Keegan-Michael Key Reveals the Hardest Thing for Him and Amy Schumer to Do Onstage

The star of Key & Peele shares stories from his Broadway debut in Meteor Shower.<p>Sketch comedian and television star Keegan-Michael Key, who returned …

Amy Schumer

‘Hamilton’ Opens in London. Does Anyone Know Who Alexander Hamilton Is?

LONDON — The business of transferring theater productions across the Atlantic is a lot like playing the stock market: Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. And many successes on Broadway have failed to attract the same enthusiasm on the West End and vice versa.<p>Lin-Manuel Miranda’s …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Short-run Broadway shows don’t always bear Christmas gifts

Amid the seasonal declarations of a “new box office record” and “highest weekly gross ever,” one Broadway entertainment show is quietly bucking the …

Elvis Costello

How Amazon could muscle into the Broadway space.

This isn’t an exaggeration.Amazon is taking over the world (wide web).As of earlier this year, sales on Amazon.com accounted for 43% of ALL online …

Amazon

Why Is the Live-Event Ticket Market So Screwed Up?

The public has almost no chance to buy good tickets to the best events. Ticket brokers, meanwhile, make huge profits on the secondary markets. Here's the story of how this market got so dysfunctional, how it can be fixed – and why it probably won't be.

Creativity

How One Off-Broadway Theatre Ensures The Future is Female

Artistic director Lisa McNulty has refocused the mission of New York City’s WP Theater.<p>Lisa McNulty still owns a hoodie that was given to her by WP …

The Theatre

Gay theater, then and now | Public Radio International

Radio Industry

An Unexpected New Stop on the Road to Broadway: Edmonton

EDMONTON, Alberta — The road to Broadway has rarely been this cold.<p>Throughout the fall, the team behind the promising new musical “Hadestown” was sequestered here, trying to figure out how best to stage its folk-and-politics-infused riff on an enduring Greek myth.<p>The strategy was classic: Find a …

Edmonton

Out of character: how acting puts a mental strain on performers

Performers are twice as likely as the general population to experience depression, according to the 2015 Australian Actors’ Wellbeing Study. Many …

Emotions

Behind the Scenes: Waking the sleeping giant in the theater

Part of the magic of live theater is how the shows can surprise you. I prefer the surprises to be on stage, not in the audience.<p>You might think that …

Snoring

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Perform Hamilton—in Less Than 3 Minutes

The Tony and Pulitzer-winning writer made this lightning fast version of his Broadway mega-hit for The Ellen Show.<p>Want to listen to <i>Hamilton</i>, but …

Entertainment

Glenda Jackson criticises ‘hypocritical’ response to theatre harassment allegations

Glenda Jackson has branded the response to allegations of sexual harassment in the theatre industry as hypocritical.<p>The actor and former Labour MP …

Feminism

40 Under 40: Broadway

Carmen de Lavallade is 86 and still the best dancer in the room

RICHMOND — “You gotta <i>sliiide</i> into it,” says Carmen de Lavallade, who, at 86, has no trouble showing three young ballerinas how to swish a hip with ease.<p>“Look: It’s a jazz hip. Don’t make a move out of it.” The woman who seduced Paris in the 1960s with Josephine Baker rolls her pelvis. “Just put it …

Jazz

Uma Thurman lets slip what's on her mind

Uma Thurman, who is making her Broadway debut in“The Parisian Woman" let slip what’s on her mind at the show’s premiere.

Uma Thurman