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

An Interview with Lear deBessonet

Written by Victoria Myers<p>Photography by Tess Mayer<p>May 15th, 2017<p>In 2013, The Public Theater launched Public Works, a program that brought together …

Mardi Gras

Articulating Content and Creating Familiarity for Audiences

By Meghan Randolph. Meghan Randolph surveys theatregoers to consider best practices to market lesser-known plays.

Marketing

Mimi O’Donnell Leaves Post at Labyrinth Theater Company

Labyrinth Theater Company, a fractious West Village nonprofit that has been an important contributor to the downtown theater scene, is looking for new leadership with the announcement that Mimi O’Donnell is stepping down.<p>Ms. O’Donnell has a long history with the company, of which the actor Philip …

Pop Culture

Why The Lion King Casts Actors Differently From Any Other Broadway Show

It’s not just the puppetry—Disney’s longest-running musical searches for performers with abilities that no other Broadway show needs.<p>Casting director …

‘Indecent’ to Remain Open on Broadway, Despite Closing Notice

The play, which won two Tony Awards and was set to close on June 25, will now be open through Aug. 6 at the Cort Theater.

Tony Awards

Q&A: James Monroe Iglehart on 'Hamilton,' Karaoke, and His Favorite Books

James Monroe Iglehart is Mental Floss’s kind of person: He loves books, collects toys, enjoys classic cartoons, and is a fan of all things feline. …

Cool Stuff

A critic’s life for me: Susannah Clapp on 20 years in the stalls

Two decades ago, Susannah Clapp filed her first theatre review for the Observer. Here, she reflects on the quirks of the job, the joy of spotting new stars – and how the role of the critic has changed<p>‘How long do you think you’ll do it?” asked the arts editor when she told me I’d got the job. “A …

The Theatre

Great Comet, Come From Away, and Doll’s House, Part 2 Earn Equity Diversity Awards

Actors’ Equity has honored the three Broadway productions for promoting diverse and non-traditional casting onstage.<p>The Broadway productions of</i> …

William Shakespeare

Diversity Works, and Broadway's Groundhog Day is Proof!

<i>I feel like all we (Actors of Color) ever do is bitch about the lack of diversity on the Great White Way. Key word white. Obviously, we should bitch and continue to do so till change happens. #ChangeTheStage.</i><p><i>Although as much as I love a good bitch fest, I think it is important to note and applaud</i> …

Groundhog Day

Pop-Culturalist Chats with David Gallo - Pop

Scenic designer David Gallo has a portfolio chock-full of critically-acclaimed work. Currently, he’s being recognized with a Tony nomination for his …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Simple Explanations of Theater Terms For Non-Theater People

Simple Explanations of Theater Terms For Non-Theater People<p>Hi there! Just dipping your toe onto "the boards" for the first time? You may hear a lot …

Q&A: Playwright Will Eno, in pursuit of the 'audience mind'

Four years ago, Will Eno posted a single tweet: “What’s the deal with everything on earth?”<p>Has any playwright ever so succinctly summed up his own</i> …

St. Louis

Stage Managers: You Can't See Them, But Couldn't See A Show Without Them

On Sunday night the spotlight will be on Broadway stars at the 71st annual Tony Awards. The evening also includes honors for some people behind the scenes — writers, directors and designers, for example — but there are many more, working backstage, who aren't eligible for Broadway's highest …

Josh Groban

Take a Night Off, Bette! Why Some Broadway Fans Prefer Understudies

Headliners will dominate Sunday’s Tony Awards, but fill-ins for the stars have their own followings, too; ‘we can’t wait for you to go on!’<p>Never heard of Robyn Hurder? Don’t be alarmed.<p>The 35-year-old actress from Maine has appeared in the lead female role of Roxie Hart in the long-running Broadway …

Entertainment

Andrzej Lukowski: The National’s Olivier has two duds running – should we worry?

I thought National Theatre boss Rufus Norris was looking a bit knackered when I saw him across the room on the opening

The Theatre

Sing Sing Inmates Give ‘On the Waterfront’ New Depth

“I coulda been a contender,” cries one actor, who was still in his teens when he came to prison. “I could have been somebody.”<p>A prison play feels a lot like a high school play. Except the actors get strip-searched before entering the auditorium, which in this case is the visiting room at Sing Sing, …

Prison

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How Howard Shalwitz led Woolly Mammoth’s stampede

Washington theater is a city of niches, and few brands are as indelible as Woolly Mammoth’s. A “Woolly play” is new, big, wild. The acting is hyper-real. The design might blow up. The whole thing can soar or splat.<p>Howard Shalwitz laid down those markers when he created Woolly in 1980 with actor …

Woolly Mammoths

An Interview with Quincy Tyler Bernstine

Written by Victoria Myers<p>Photography by Jacqueline Harriet<p>May 25th, 2017<p>A commonality among many of the playwrights who have been featured on <i>The</i> …

Graduate School

Behind the Scenes with the Right-Wing Activist Who Crashed “Julius Caesar”

On Friday morning, Laura Loomer woke up early and took a Metro-North train from West Harrison, New York, where she lives, to Manhattan. She made her way to Central Park and secured a second-row ticket to that night’s performance of the Public Theatre’s production of “Julius Caesar.” Then she walked …

Julius Caesar

NEA Announces Theatre Grants Totaling $3.96 Million

Arts Midwest is biggest grantee, with 132 other arts organizations in 30 states and D.C. also receiving grants for theatre projects.

Theaters that perform Shakespeare are getting death threats

Around the country, companies are getting heated messages about “Julius Caesar” — even though it’s not their production.

Julius Caesar

Friends’ Matthew Perry Finds Vulnerability in His Playwriting Debut, The End of Longing

Could Perry be any more ready to write and star in an Off-Broadway play?<p>Matthew Perry is ready for new challenges—starting with his playwriting …

Writing

Groundbreaking TV About Female Desire, Thanks to Playwrights

Are you a woman? Have you been a woman? Do you know any women? O.K. Great. Watch the fifth episode of Jill Soloway’s “I Love Dick,” streaming on Amazon. Right now. You can also watch the four preceding episodes, but you don’t have to. Go ahead. I’ll wait.<p>Last week, if you ran into me at the theater …

Feminism

Statement: Paula Vogel recipient of the 2016 Hull-Warriner Award

<b>The Dramatists Guild of America Council</b> has selected Paula Vogel as the recipient of the 2016 Hull-Warriner Award, for her play Indecent. The other …

"The Government Inspector" Triumphs

The Red Bull Theater Company has a gift for silliness. Its production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 18th century classic <i>The School for Scandal</i> was …

Bruce Springsteen Is Latest Musician To Bank On Broadway

The Boss is coming to Broadway. And he won’t be alone.<p>A cadre of other musicians have paved Springsteen’s way this season, proving pop stars can be more bankable than Hollywood names on the Main Stem.<p>First up was Sara Bareilles. The five-time Grammy nominee first earned a Tony nomination for her</i> …

Boots

Julius Caesar Production Closes, But Debate Over Art And Politics Likely to Rage On

Conservatives won't have <i>Julius Caesar</i> to kick around anymore.<p>The latest production in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park series is closing Sunday — presumably bringing an end to demonstrations outside of the Delacorte Theater but unlikely to quell the raging debates over exactly whom is …

Julius Caesar

A Patrician Older Gentleman Morphs Into an Angry Young Man

There have been many tributes to A. R. Gurney, a prolific playwright whose worldly elegance of style was matched by his ingenuous enthusiasm for his craft. But Mr. Gurney, who died on Tuesday at 86, wrote what was surely the most exultant of these eulogies himself, in a play performed in New York …

Dining Rooms