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

"Kid Victory"

Stephen Sondheim will turn 87 next month but he's working on a new musical tentatively called <i>Buñuel</i> that is scheduled to have a full workshop …

Lucas Hedges Is Excited for the Oscars—and for the Oscars to be Over

The 20-year-old Manchester by the Sea nominee explains why starring in a play has helped him enjoy awards season.<p>Last Oscar season, <b>Lucas Hedges</b> was a 19-year-old student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts—far from <b>Giuliana Rancic’s</b> red-carpet questions and glitzy after-parties …

Hollywood

Alas, poor Yorick! The shocking life of theatre's greatest skull

It’s been licked, kissed and caressed. It’s been played by a beige sweater and the real remains of a Hamlet-loving horse thief. As Andrew Scott gets ready to be or not to be, we explore the history of Yorick’s cranium<p>Philosophical puzzle, memento mori, bleak joke on the nature of existence: …

Hamlet

Annaleigh Ashford on Finding Humor in Sondheim

To land the role of Dot in “Sunday in the Park with George,”Annaleigh Ashford had to record a voice message to prove she could comfortably sing the low E required by the part.<p>With that, she got the approval of producer Jeanine Tesori and the show’s co-creators, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, …

Stephen Sondheim

Confessions of a Broadway Ticket Phone Operator.

So, I know a guy.<p>And this guy happens to work for one of those companies out there that sell Broadway tickets online and, at least for now, over the …

Watch 19 Former Annies Reunite Onstage

Sarah Jessica Parker, Andrea McArdle, and other former Annie stars come together in honor of the musical’s 40th anniversary.<p><i>Inside Edition</i> brought …

The 8-Year-Old Theater Critic Who Stars in HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’

<b>Name</b> Iain Armitage<p><b>Age</b> 8<p><b>Hometown</b> Arlington, Va.<p><b>Now Lives</b> In an 1800s brick house in Arlington with his parents, the actor Euan Morton and the theater producer Lee Armitage.<p><b>Claim to Fame</b> Despite being grade school age, Iain made a name for himself as a theater critic through his popular YouTube …

Entertainment

Angela Lansbury - on Recording Sweeney Todd Album

Taylor Mac Wins Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

The genre-busting, glitter-dusting performance artist Taylor Mac and his musical director, Matt Ray, have been named winners of the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, for their 24-hour work, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.”<p>The piece, billed as a “radical …

Entertainment

Why Was Times Theater Critic Charles Isherwood Fired?

Charles Isherwood woke up on the morning of February 3 with one of the best jobs in the country: second-string theater critic for the New York <i>Times</i>. …

Before ‘Moonlight’ and ‘The Walking Dead,’ a Friendship Born in the Classroom

<i>Behind every successful person are relationships that helped forge a path. But the stories of these friendships, collaborations, alliances, romances or rivalries often are lost in the glow of achievement. In this new feature, we explore a personal connection that made a difference in the lives of</i> …

The Walking Dead

"Sunset Boulevard" Shines Less Brightly

The day may come when attending a performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's <i>Sunset Boulevard</i> will be like going to one for <i>The Rocky Horror Show</i> where …

Why a Musical About the Sex-Crazed Mystic Rasputin Plays a Church in Brooklyn

St. John’s Lutheran Church becomes home to the Russian mystical faith healer in a racy, immersive staging of Dave Malloy’s new musical.<p>Off the G …

Religion

Directors Ride to Success Off-Broadway

It is the job of a director to put his/her stamp on material in some way. Sometimes, with some material, I think an almost invisible imprint is advisable; occasionally, especially in the case of a revival, you want to see the show you have in your head. But sometimes a show feels so shaped by the …

Entertainment

Amber Riley: 'I'm giving young black girls permission to be in musicals'

Dreamgirls star Amber Riley has spoken of the importance of her leading role in the West End in inspiring young black girls to become …

Entertainment

Hillary Clinton’s in the House

<b>For Broadway audiences, she’s become a familiar sight — and another reason to applaud.</b><p>In many ways she is the typical Broadway audience member: a woman of a certain age, affluent and highly educated, living in suburban New York.<p>But there’s one big difference: She was almost president of the United …

Hillary Clinton

What is Good Acting by Wendy Caster

Theater: <b>What Is Good Acting?</b><p><b>By Wendy Caster</b><i>arttimes February 8, 2017</i><p>Good acting is a matter of opinion. A performance that you perceive as …

Cate Blanchett

'Come From Away,' 'Amélie' and the long, bumpy road from West Coast to Broadway

“New musicals are never finished, only abandoned,” director Christopher Ashley quipped by phone a few days before flying to New York for the start of rehearsals for “Come From Away,” the musical with an upbeat 9/11 (yes, you read that right) story to tell.<p>The line, a rephrasing of French poet Paul …

The Arts

Lin-Manuel Miranda on His Lifelong Oscars Obsession and Why the Show Still Matters (Guest Column)

The 'Hamilton' creator, a first-time nominee (for 'Moana'), gets personal as he recalls his childhood watching "this impossibly larger-than-life …

The Oscars

Steven Dufala Unpacks NYTW’s Mysterious New Show

The designer helps peel back the curtain on the New York Theatre Workshop’s newest installation piece, The Object Lesson.<p><b>Who:</b> Steven Dufala<b><br>Outside</b>: …

The Theatre

"Man From Nebraska" Doesn't Go Anywhere

Tickets for <i>Man from Nebraska</i> sold out almost as soon as Second Stage Theatre put them on sale. That's because the show was written by Tracy Letts (a …

What Is John Kander’s Favorite Kander & Ebb Show?

If Kander could see one of his collaborations brought back to life, this is what he chooses.<p>John Kander has debilitating stage fright—which is …

Entertainment

Ming Cho Lee to Depart Yale School of Drama

<b>NEW HAVEN, CONN.:</b> Ming Cho Lee, the Donald M. Oenslager Professor Adjunct of Design, will leave Yale School of Drama after the fall semester of 2017. …

David Garrick and the cult of bardolatry

<i>[Editor’s Note: A version of this text first appeared in</i> Infinite Variety: Exploring the Folger Shakespeare Library<i>, edited by Esther Ferington,</i> …

Romeo and Juliet

Jake Gyllenhaal, That ‘Times’ Review Of ‘Big River’ & Garth Drabinsky: Gerard & Roth

<b>EXCLUSIVE:</b> <i>Deadline</i> theater critic <b>Jeremy Gerard</b> and Jujamcyn Theatres president <b>Jordan Roth</b> discuss the hottest topics on the Rialto, the only …

Jake Gyllenhaal

FROM ‘WICKED’ TO ‘DEAR EVAN HANSEN’: THE LESSONS OF PRODUCER-INVESTOR CARL MOELLENBERG

<b>INTERVIEW:</b> Is the moderately successful commercial Broadway production in danger of extinction?<p>“There are still many shows doing exceptionally well, …

Denzel Washington, the Oscars and Race

“Maybe I should run for president,” Denzel Washington joked, sitting down to a late breakfast in Midtown Manhattan last week, before immediately issuing a retraction.<p>He had arrived in the States a few hours earlier from London, where he had been promoting his Oscar-nominated movie “Fences,” and …

Denzel Washington

Why Bronx Tale’s Bobby Conte Thornton Learns a Song From Every Era

The star of the new Broadway musical takes us through his audition repertoire.<p>Bobby Conte Thornton makes his Broadway debut as leading man Calogero …

Entertainment

Why Disney Decided Newsies Was Ready for the Big Screen

After initially resisting the idea of preserving the stage show on film, Disney Theatrical’s Thomas Schumacher realized how to do it right.<p>“<i>Newsies</i> …