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

Broadway’s Rob McClure Talks High School, Survival Jobs and ‘Something Rotten!’

<b>By Maddie Orton</b> <i><br>Arts Correspondent</i>Tony nominee Rob McClure took over the lead role of Nick Bottom in Broadway’s “Something Rotten!” earlier this …

Employment

How Hard Work and Dedication Paid Off for Kelli O’Hara

The Tony Award winner looks back on her final night in The King and I and the journey she took to get there.<p>It’s been quite the year-and-a-half for …

The Theatre

A One-Man Show About Jack Lemmon, Performed by His Son

When Jack Lemmon, the Oscar-winning actor, died of cancer at age 76 in 2001, his son, Chris, began writing down memories of the complex man he called Pop. This “search for catharsis,” as he describes it, coalesced int a 2006 memoir, “A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute to My Father,” and eventually, a …

Entertainment

Blue Man Group Is Sued in Royalties Case

Blue Man Group, whose shows feature a trio of mute, alienesque, marshmallow-tossing, percussion-thumping bald and painted characters<b>,</b> has grown from its beginnings in the 1980s New York performance art scene to a global brand that has entertained more than 35 million people.<p>Now, one of its earliest …

Royalties

Meet Ali Ewoldt, the Broadway Actress Breaking Boundaries in The Phantom of the Opera

It’s not surprising that <i>The Phantom of the Opera</i> is Broadway’s longest running musical, with its stunning score and epic love story. But it is pretty shocking that in the 25 years that the show has entertained audiences, there has never been a woman of color cast in the lead role of Christine Daaé, …

Performing Arts

According to Ethan Coen, the Atlantic Theater Company Is New York’s Best Playhouse

The Hail, Caesar! filmmaker writes an ode to the Chelsea playhouse, whose Off Broadway lights have been shining for three decades now.<p>Long before “immersive theater” was the rage there was the Atlantic Theater Company, on 20th Street in New York City, where you had to cross the stage to use a …

Coen brothers

Tony Winner Laura Benanti Unveils Epic Melania Trump Impression

She poked fun at the would-be First Lady on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.<p>Fresh off her run in Broadway's <i>She Loves Me</i>, Tony Award winner Laura …

Stephen Colbert

The Drama of Ted Cruz: A Little Bit of Shakespeare in That Speech?

Ted Cruz is no stranger to the theater: In seventh grade, he played Rolfe in “The Sound of Music”; in law school, he was the Rev. Samuel Parris in “The Crucible”; and in the Senate, he declaimed from “Henry V” to pass time during a filibuster.<p>But his quietly incendiary speech Wednesday night to the …

Ted Cruz

Oslo's Jefferson Mays & Jennifer Ehle on Who Would Make a Better Spy and What They'll Be Doing in Their 80s

The new play <i>Oslo</i> tells the unlikely story of how a Norwegian sociologist and his wife, a foreign minister in the title city, managed to broker the …

Oslo

Jonathan Groff on ‘Looking’ and What’s Next

Jonathan Groff showed off a photo on his phone. It was him, a baby faced and smiling fan meeting Sutton Foster at the stage door during her Tony Award-winning run in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” more than a decade ago. He swiped right, and there they were again. This time they were backstage — with …

Jonathan Groff

BROADWAY HERE WE COME: Off Broadway Shows Seek Success on the Great White Way

The journey from Off Broadway to Broadway may be a short hop by subway, but it is still a long and perilous ride for any show that makes the move. …

Josh Groban

Did You Know These 9 Actors Got Their Start in Cats?

A couple Tony winners and two noted choreographers began their careers as dancing felines.<p>There are a lot of cats in <i>Cats</i>. And when a show runs 18 …

Beauty and the Beast

Just Say ‘Cats,’ and Watch the Fur Fly

It would take you a long time to meet someone who dislikes cats as much as I do. Before you crumple this paper into a ball, or click away, I admit that my antipathy is irrational. I find cats standoffish and enigmatic, and don’t get me started on the cat litter. Thus, when I saw “Cats” the musical …

Cats

8 Families Who Made It Big on Broadway

It runs in the family! Get to know some of the theatrical families who have graced the Great White Way.<p>Broadway-level talent often seems like a …

John Wilkes Booth

Broadway Producer Scott Rudin: 'I'm A Complete Product Of Mentorship'

Growing up, the only thing Scott Rudin wanted to do was become a theater producer. "I never had a fantasy of doing anything else or being anything else," he tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Terry Gross. "I used to read [<i>The New York Times'</i>] Arts & Leisure [section] and obsess over, 'David Merrick has five shows …

Mentoring

50 years of 'Cabaret': How the 1966 musical keeps sharpening its edges for modern times

The musical “Cabaret” will turn 50 this year, and its latest incarnation opens Wednesday at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. It comes with a slightly complicated provenance: This “Cabaret” is the national tour of Roundabout Theater Company’s 2014 Broadway revival, which itself was a remounting of …

Entertainment

Conversations with Michael Cerveris

Scott Rudin: Management Lessons From A Broadway Producer

That’s advice that Scott Rudin believes is the role of every producer. One of the most successful producers on Broadway today – as well as a successful film producer – Rudin believes that it is the role of a producer to create a safe place for people to collaborate. In the arts it means matching a …

Management

Jonathan Groff and the Cast of Looking Chat Love, Dating and Growing Up

Ahead of the movie finale this weekend, the co-stars and real-life friends get personal with Playbill.<p>Frankie J. Alvarez, Jonathan Groff and Murray …

Jonathan Groff

Daveed Diggs (‘Hamilton’) Joins the ‘Black-ish’ Family for Season 3

When the third season of “Black-ish” arrives, the Johnson family will expand.<p>Fresh from the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” Daveed Diggs will have a major …

TV

Stars and the City: Quincy Tyler Bernstine’s New York - July 19, 2016

I grew up in Washington, D.C., but I have lived in New York for 17 years. When I moved here, I did my UC San Diego graduate school showcase and was …

New York City

Looking Back on Donald Trump’s Broadway Venture—And His Playbill Bio

He was associate producer on Paris Is Out! What if it had been a hit?<p>It’s there for anyone to see, but you need sharp eyes.<p>Buried in the Playbill …

Donald Trump

Burn This Director Says He Knew Jake Gyllenhaal Was “Stage Animal”

Tony-winning director Michael Mayer says he and the Oscar nominee have been working on the revival for some time.<p>Tony-winning <i>Spring Awakening</i> …

Jake Gyllenhaal

Quiz: Are You a Stage Door Pro?

Previous<p>Show-Score | By Thea Rodgers and Samantha Dupler | Jul 19, 2016<p>Let’s be real, we all turn into major dorks when it comes to meeting our …

Quizzes

History Of The Longstanding Love Affair Between Hip Hop & Broadway

Given the overwhelming achievement of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize winning White House musical bio-drama about Alexander …

Hip-hop Music

Why One Playwright Thinks Donald Trump Is The New Regina George

Politics, intrigue, scandal -- and Donald Trump in a dress. This play has it all.<p>Throughout this election cycle, plenty of commenters have remarked on Donald Trump’s less-than-adult behavior and qualities (plus his supporters’ excuses for them) ― but one Virginia high school teacher is really …

Donald Trump

When Should a Playwright Rewrite History?

"I wanted to pretend it was just a made-up thing, even while trying to hew to the larger facts of it."<p><b>J.T. Rogers blends facts and fiction about the</b> …

Playwrights

Real-Life Dramas Echo in Ralph Fiennes' 'Richard III'

Now is the summer of our discontent.<p>In many parts of the world, this is a season of violence, uncertainty and political turbulence. It's a time when …

Ralph Fiennes

‘Spamilton’: Behind the Scenes at Off Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ Parody

Can’t get a ticket to “Hamilton”? Try “Spamilton,” the new spoof of the Broadway megasmash from the mind behind 30 years of “Forbidden Broadway,” …

Stephen Sondheim