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

Taylor Mac's "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music" is a Sensational Celebration

U<p>The gender-fluid performance artist Taylor Mac isn't so much doing a show as he is hosting a party with <i>A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,</i> which …

Romeo Castellucci: In conversation at the Segal Center

The director Romeo Castellucci is in Manhattan at last. The radically edited version of his <i>Julius Caesar</i> (a 45-minute version called <i>Julius Caesar.</i> …

Julius Caesar

‘Hamilton’ Who? Yale Theater Blasted by Liberals for Casting White Woman in Black Male Role

Harvard and Yale are at loggerheads over an essential truism in modern theater: You can cast minorities as white characters in shows, but it’s …

Liberals

'The Wolves' Is A Milestone For Women In Entertainment

Playwright Sarah DeLappe is soft-spoken but uncompromising.<p>“I didn’t intend to rewrite the way we think about women onstage,” she says, “but I won’t apologize for any of it.”<p>She’s discussing her play <i>The Wolves,</i> which became one of New York’s buzziest shows and sold out almost instantly. Much of the …

Women's News

Most-Produced High School Plays and Musicals of 2015-16 Revealed | Playbill

John Cariani’s Almost, Maine took the # 1 slot as the most-produced play for the second year in a row.

Performing Arts

Stage Directions

• <b>By:</b> Broadway Brands LLC<p>Stage Directions by Broadway Stickers<p>Feel It. Show It. Turn your iMessage conversations into exciting and hilarious theatrical …

Celebrating 60 years of National Youth Theatre | Features

Since it was established 60 years ago, the National Youth Theatre has provided a launchpad for, among others, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helen Mirren, Colin …

The Theatre

Lily Rabe Was Trying to Avoid Acting, Until She Couldn’t

The daughter of a playwright and an actress, the Tony nominee opens up about following her own, indirect path to acting.<p>For Tony-nominated actress …

How This Actress Discovered She Was a Playwright

For Ana Nogueira, writing developed into the ideal creative outlet between acting gigs.<p><b>Who:</b> Ana Nogueira<b><br>Stopped:</b> Outside the HERE Arts Center<p><b>Your</b> …

Soho Rep to Close Walkerspace

Soho Rep, a small Off Broadway theater that has nurtured plays with impact well beyond its size, is closing the TriBeCa space in which it has been performing for 25 years.<p>The company said Wednesday that it had recently concluded that the scale of its current productions is not permitted by …

Steve Earle

Why Looking Has Changed Jonathan Groff’s Life

An exclusive look inside the upcoming Looking photo biography book has the answer.<p>The limited edition <i>Looking</i> photo biography book will be released …

Emma Rice is right to experiment at the Globe – art should reinvent not replicate

Despite a few dissenting voices, Matthew Dunster’s Globe production of Imogen – a renamed version of Cymbeline relocated to the inner city complete with grime music from Skepta – has received positive reviews. It has not been alone in attracting raves during Emma Rice’s first season at the helm as …

Design

Wooster Group Founder Elizabeth LeCompte Scores Big-Money Gish Prize

Elizabeth LeCompte, founding member and director of the Wooster Group, the pioneering experimental theater troupe, has won the 2016 Dorothy and …

Willem Dafoe

Slave Narratives: "Underground Railroad Game" and "Nat Turner in Jerusalem"

It may be hard to remember now but many people believed that Barack Obama's presidency would take the country into a post-racial era, where, as …

The Breakdown: Which Gender Wrote More Plays and When

<b>Catalyzed in part by the creation of the Kilroys List in 2014,</b> which helped put the catchphrase “gender parity” front and center in the U.S. theatre …

Gender

Kwame Kwei-Armah laments UK’s ‘sinful’ lack of black artistic directors

Kwame Kwei-Armah has lamented the “sinful” lack of black artistic directors in British theatre. He said he was disappointed to see the UK

United Kingdom

Stars Come Out To Honor Cicely Tyson At The American Theatre Wing

As part of its annual gala star arrived to celebrate theater and the Tony-winning actress.<p>Some of Hollywood's best were spotted at the American …

Women of Color

Hamilton Creator to Host Saturday Night Live

Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his SNL hosting debut in October.<p>Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning <i>Hamilton</i> creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Once Jailed for Fraud, Garth Drabinsky Plans a Broadway Comeback

Garth Drabinsky, the storied Canadian producer once imprisoned for fraud, is planning his Broadway comeback.<p>A consortium of producers led by a former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation executive announced Wednesday that Mr. Drabinsky’s production of “Sousatzka,” a musical adapted from the 1962 novel …

Fraud

American Theatre Wing Celebrates Cicely Tyson Tonight

The gala evening, featuring performances by Tony-winning artists, is held at The Plaza.<p>The American Theatre Wing celebrates Tony winner Cicely Tyson …

Making Manhood in ‘The Hairy Ape’

If the play is called “The Hairy Ape,” why is this guy so smooth? And what’s in the bottle?<p>Those are just two questions at play in artwork for the EgoPo Classic Theater’s revival of Eugene O’Neill’s 1922 drama “The Hairy Ape,” now at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in …

Art

A perfect storm: Margaret Atwood on rewriting Shakespeare’s Tempest

Whenever people ask me that inevitable question, “Who’s your favourite author?” I always say “Shakespeare”. There are some good reasons for that. First, so much of what we know about plots, characters, the stage, fairies and inventive swearwords comes from Shakespeare. Second, if you name a living …

Playwrights

"Aubergine" Only Partially Satisfies

<i>Aubergine</i> is both a fancy name for eggplant and the title of Julia Cho's new play, now running at Playwrights Horizons through Oct. 2. The company …

A Lost Art on Broadway: Sneaking In for Act 2

During a visit to the city in a few years ago, Linda Nenno, a former New Yorker now living in Austin, Tex., found herself standing in Times Square, gazing toward the Palace Theater, where a preview of “West Side Story” had just broken for intermission.<p>“I went into my ‘New York second-acting’ mode,” …

New York City

Theatres must act now about gender inequality

If you’d have asked Peter Rowe, the artistic director of the New Wolsey in Ipswich, how many female designers he works with, he would have said it was about a 50/50 gender split. But that was until he took part in the latest six-month Advance programme, offered to arts organisations by Tonic …

Gender

What It’s Like to Wake Up a “Genius”

Young playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins shares his thoughts on being named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow.<p>For 35 years, the MacArthur Foundation has been …

Tony winner Michael Grandage will stage the eagerly anticipated project, which despite the creative shakeup remains on track to bow in August 2017.

Looks like Disney's <i>Frozen</i> has a new director in place.<p>Following the exit early last month of the project's original director, Alex Timbers, sources …

Idina Menzel Gets Engaged

The Tony Award-winning actress tweeted the news.<p>Idina Menzel, who won a Tony Award for her performance as Elphaba in the hit musical <i>Wicked</i>, announced …

Volunteer Ushering: How to See Theater for Free!

Typically, volunteer ushers need to arrive 1-2 hours before a performance to receive a brief orientation and instructions for the evening. They may …