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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

A few of my favourite actors | Opinion

I've already gone to some lengths — well, three columns' worth — to identify some of my favourite working musical theatre actors and actresses in the …

United Kingdom

Watch Jeremy Jordan Cover Barbra Streisand's "Don't Rain on My Parade"

Step aside Lea Michele — there's a new Funny Girl in town.

Smash and Last Five Years actor Jeremy Jordan, who will star in CBS's upcoming Supergirl

Barbra Streisand

How Tony Shalhoub Got Started

The Mystery of Love & Sex | Essays

Brendan Lemon | March 12, 2015

In The Mystery of Love & Sex, Howard, the character played by Tony Shalhoub, …

Happy Days

How the Smash–Bombshell Concert Became the Most Successful Theater Kickstarter Campaign Ever

NBC’s musical series Smash was widely panned and only lasted two seasons, but two years after its final episode, its small but devoted contingent of …

Theater

Sir Nicholas Hytner will be a hard act to follow at the National Theatre

His fond farewell paid tribute to his 12 years of phenomenal success as artistic director

At the end of his last public platform on Friday, the house rose in unanimous ovation, like a pot coming to the boil. At the centre of the great Olivier Theatre revolving stage, the slight figure hesitated for …

Theater

10 of the most beautiful theatres in the world that you should see before you die

Theatres, in general, are beautiful places. Big or small, aesthetically pleasing or otherwise, each has its own history, its own character, a …

Royal Albert Hall

Throw Down! Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to Tumblr Post Seeking Illegal Hamilton Bootleg

Throw Down! Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to Tumblr Post Seeking Illegal Hamilton Bootleg

Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose musical Hamilton is …

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Director Scott Schwartz Takes on Disney's Hunchback

In Spring 2001, I met director Scott Schwartz at the opening night party of Bat Boy. It was in the middle of a huge time for him -- months before he had made his Broadway directorial debut, co-directing Jane Eyre; tick... tick... BOOM! was coming up. In the next couple of years, he was a New York …

Walt Disney Company

Friends Gather to Honor Wendy Wasserstein at First Broadway Revival of The Heidi Chronicles

Playbill On Opening Night: Friends Gather to Honor Wendy Wasserstein at First Broadway Revival of The Heidi Chronicles

Playbill.com offers a …

Elisabeth Moss

Should some plays be seen and not read?

Buy a programme for Mike Bartlett’s new play Game and, apart from the expected background articles and CVs of the cast, you encounter the present tension between two styles of theatre.

Directed by Sacha Wares and designed by Miriam Buether, Game is a 55-minute dystopia about a culture in which the …

Tom Stoppard

Stage Shows Are Most Alive at the First Preview

Of all the nights to go to a show, the first preview is my favorite. The energy in the room is high, and whatever surprises the performance holds won’t yet have been spoiled by reviews written by people like me.

Sure, the audience will be packed with friends of the company, as biased in favor as the …

Theater

A Broadway Composer Takes a Night Off for Drag Queens

Jeanine Tesori is the award-winning composer behind “Caroline, or Change” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” but Broadway shows aren’t truly her favorite thing.

“I don’t love going to musicals,” she said on a rainy night this month, sitting in the Fork, a diner on Eighth Avenue in Chelsea. “My ear …

Paula Abdul

Broadway Producers and Their Upper East Side Penthouse

Unlike most New Yorkers, the Broadway producers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley haven’t minded the harsh winter.

“We’ve had snowball fights and built a snowman on our terrace,” said the jovial Mr. Lane, 63, who calls himself Mr. Broadway and who has lived with Ms. Comley in a 4,000-square-foot …

Upper East Side

10 Times "Mad Men" Met Broadway: What Happened And What Could've Happened

10 Times "Mad Men" Met Broadway: What Happened And What Could've Happened

Who knew Pete Campbell was such a theatre aficionado? As the final seven …

The magic of Mark Rylance: ‘Our culture is terrified of anything mysterious’

There are two pieces of received wisdom about Mark Rylance. The first is that he’s the best actor of his generation. Al Pacino has been saying so for years: “Rylance speaks Shakespeare as if it was written for him the night before.” Theatre types cite seminal Romeos and Richards, Hamlets and …

Mark Rylance

Arts Preview: Composer Alan Menken explains how 'Newsies' became a stage dynamo

At the 1992 Academy Awards, composer Alan Menken was fielding questions in the press room after winning a couple of Oscars for his score for "Aladdin," the animated Disney movie.

"How does it feel to win a Razzie for worst song of the year for 'Newsies'?" someone piped up, referring to the Golden …

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Alan Bennett on Nicholas Hytner: ‘The dodgiest parts of my plays are what gets him going’

‘Don’t worry. Just write it and I’ll make it work.’

This was Nicholas Hytner, whom I’d not previously met when, in 1989, I was baffled by The Wind in the Willows which, at Richard Eyre’s suggestion, Nick was asking me to adapt. And for the next 25 years “Just write it, I’ll make it work” has stood …

National Theatre

The Enduring, Shiny Appeal of Dancing With the Stars

The show, after 10 years and 20 seasons, is as delightful as ever—not just as sequin-laden entertainment, but as a celebration of hard work.

“We made it!” Erin Andrews, the co-host of Dancing With the Stars, exclaimed Monday night. There was a slight note of surprise in her voice. The show—now …

Dancing

David Burtka Shares His New York Favorites And His Plan For The Perfect Date Night With Neil Patrick Harris

Six months after his first wedding, David Burtka is gearing up to take a second trip down the aisle. This time, however, the union is strictly theatrical.

The 39-year-old actor, who tied the knot with Neil Patrick Harris in September 2014, is altar-bound once more in Broadway's "It Shoulda Been …

New York

An Octoroon Star Amber Gray on the “Secrets and Lies” of Race and Theatre

An Octoroon Star Amber Gray on the “Secrets and Lies” of Race and Theatre

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' play An Octoroon uses the plot of the Irish …

Theater

Perseverance, Power and Push-Up Bras: Unstoppable Women Speak Out On Broadway

Perseverance, Power and Push-Up Bras: Unstoppable Women Speak Out On Broadway

Three boundary-breaking female characters take center stage on Broadway …

Women's News

Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'

Stephen King's Carrie (his first published work) is now more than four decades old, but it's never fallen out of pop culture favor. It was a fresh, horrifying look at the nightmare that could be high school, with a memorably mousy teenage protagonist who unleashed her telekinetic powers on her …

Theater

They Will Never Leave You! Essential Female Duets for Broadway

They Will Never Leave You! Essential Female Duets for Broadway

From Side Show to Wicked, from loving affirmations of friendship to backbiting and …

Women's News

Broadway Has Your Ear! 8 Theatre Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Broadway Has Your Ear! 8 Theatre Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

In the digital age of 2015, podcasts are all the rage with episodes readily …

Podcasting

Antoinette Perry, Lorraine Hansberry and More! 11 Game-Changing Women in Theatre You Should Know

Antoinette Perry, Lorraine Hansberry and More! 11 Game-Changing Women in Theatre You Should Know

Did you know a woman launched the regional theatre …

Theater

Michael Kors at the Theater: The Designer Goes Backstage at Josephine and I

Explosive. That is the word for Cush Jumbo’s talent and the energy that she brings to the stage in Josephine and I, playing at Joe’s Pub through April 5. Ms. Jumbo, who was recently seen opposite Hugh Jackman in The River as well as in an all-female production of Julius Caesar, proves that, indeed, you …

Theater

The Trends of Ten Years of New York Times Broadway Reviews. An infographic.

What’s cool about creating stuff, is that sometimes you make something for one specific purpose . . . and then you find it has a whole other purpose …

Reviews

How A Complete Flop Became The Most Popular Play In America

The incredible true story of John Cariani's Almost, Maine. A Fast Company tragicomedy in three acts.

Our curtain opens to reveal: a flop.

When Almost, Maine made its Off-Broadway premiere in 2006, it closed after a month due to poor ticket sales. Charles Isherwood, reviewing it for The New York …

Theater

Should Kristin Chenoweth Play Paul Robeson?

Yes, I realize that the question is ridiculous. But please don't take offense: I merely wanted to find a startling way of pointing out that the …

Kristin Chenoweth