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 Musical Offers Free MetroCards to Boost Ticket Sales

True to its name, the Broadway musical “In Transit” takes its audiences on a ride through the subway system, as it tells the stories of the everyday New Yorkers through their underground commutes.<p>Now, the show’s producers are offering patrons a literal ride to boost ticket sales, giving them a free …

Broadway Musical

Justin Vivian Bond Makes Broadway History with Tales of the City

The casting of the genre- and gender-defying artist is a breakthrough moment for transgender actors on Broadway.<p>When Mx. Justin Vivian Bond takes the …

San Francisco

WATCH: Tony Winner LaChanze Reveals the Moment That Split Her Life In Half

In her new video series Act 2…Now What?! Tony nominee Brenda Braxton gets personal with legendary Broadway dames about their storied careers, working …

Entertainment

60+ Theater Terms Every Actor Should Know

The list is seemingly endless: terms you, as a theater professional, should know. These may seem familiar but I believe they’re worth refreshing no …

Performing Arts

Meet Broadway’s Newest "It" Girl, Denée Benton

Most actresses can’t say that they’ve made it to Broadway by the age of 24, but Denée Benton isn’t most actresses. Starring in <i>Natasha, Pierre & the</i> …

Fashion

Danny DeVito, the scene-stealer

The beloved TV and movie actor is now making his Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s “The Price"

TV

Introducing B&Me's new Tony Talk Podcast

If you read Broadway & Me, then you know how much I love theater. What you may not know is that I also love podcasts and so I've decided to combine …

A Sound Engineer, a Props Guy and Their ‘Beautiful’ Wedding

Jessica Weeks started early in the spotlight, belting out Broadway show tunes and playing the piano and flute onstage in elementary school. But one day in high school — because she didn’t dance and didn’t want to, and because she thought she had a better shot at stardom from the shadows — she …

Weddings

Lena Hall’s 500-Square-Foot Apartment in Midtown

The actress Lena Hall has a big, infectious chortle. It would fill a space far larger than the immaculate 500-square-foot alcove studio she rents in the theater district, and a card on a table by the window pays fitting tribute: “You have the best laugh in the history of best laughs.”<p>“I’ve always …

New York City

For the First Time Ever, An Asian-American Has Been Cast In a Classic Tennessee Williams Role

When Linda Park takes on the role of Maggie the Cat in Antaeus Theatre Company's production of <i>Cat on a Hot Tin Roof</i>, she'll be the first Asian woman …

Tennessee Williams

Glenn Close Cherishes A Letter She Received From Katharine Hepburn

Broadway's 'Anastasia' stages a wedding for real

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/theater-arts/anastasia-sets-stage-real-wedding-article-1.3005843<p>NY Daily News<p>article<p>'Anastasia' hosts a …

Critics should learn the language of disability

Sam Gold’s production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie produced a wide range of critical responses when it opened last week, and that …

Disability

Watch the Epic Fight Scene in Sweat, and Learn How They Do It

Fight director U. Jonathan Toppo breaks down five of Sweat’s onstage fight maneuvers in this exclusive video tutorial.<p>Lynn Nottage’s drama <i>Sweat,</i> now …

Body Language

Patti LuPone is only going to quiet restaurants

April 6, Nederlander Theatre, Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone (forget not the last name’s middle capital letter) open in B’way’s new musical “War …

Hollywood

Now on Broadway: 2 Mueller sisters in leading roles

This week Broadway has a true rarity: Two sisters from Evanston appearing in leading roles in two separate Broadway musicals. But it's only through Sunday.<p>At the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Jessie Mueller is starring in the Sara Bareilles musical "Waitress," a role which garnered her a Tony …

The Arts

40 Under 40: Broadway

Got writer's block? Lin-Manuel Miranda has a playlist for you

If you’re afflicted with writer's block, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda doesn't want you throwing away your shot — and he's made a Spotify playlist to help you put pen to paper.<p>The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright revealed his literary-themed playlist, titled "Write Your Way Out," on …

Writer's Block

Gigi Hadid Introduces the New Generation of Rising Male Stars on Broadway

Gigi Hadid—along with a thriving and eclectic cast of Broadway actors—shines a spotlight on the season. Designers are approaching dressing for spring with both artistry and sleight of hand, striking the perfect balance between homespun and haute. Dear Evan Hansen costar Mike Faist trades his …

Fashion

Jesse Green Named Theatre Critic for New York Times

Green succeeds Charles Isherwood.<p>Jesse Green, who is currently the theatre critic for New York Magazine, will join Ben Brantley as a co-chief theatre …

Journalism

"X, or Betty Shabazz v. the Nation" is a Compelling Requiem for a Complex Man

People have been telling me I should see a Marcus Gardley play for years now. But I somehow missed his breakout play <i>The House that Will Not Stand</i> and …

If You Want to Know What to Expect from a Pulitzer Prize Winner’s Broadway Debut, Read This

Playwright Paula Vogel tells audiences what to expect from her Main Stem premiere, Indecent, and why she believes theatre plays a vital role in …

Robert Lepage Discusses His Origins and the ‘Autofiction’ of ‘887’

When Robert Lepage was a boy, he played with boxes. Abandoning the toys his parents had saved up all year to buy for him, he’d build cityscapes with the packaging instead. Fifty years on, not a lot has changed. In “887,” his wondrous and wrenching solo show running through next weekend at the …

Entertainment

Musical Theatre Camp for Adults? Yes, Please.

With Broadway Weekends, Alysha Umphress, Jeanna de Waal, Cody Williams, and Isaac Alter launch a three-day musical theatre retreat.<p>Improv games, …

Musical Theatre

New York's Incredible Lost Rooftop Theatres

<i>T</i>here are some things we’ve lost that I’ll never understand. Midcentury automobile design comes to mind, as well as piano bars & cocktail lounges on …

Paris

Another Round with SWEAT: Creating a Community On Stage

Stephen Sondheim, Sara Bareilles, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Many More Wish John Kander a Happy Birthday

Today is the day to celebrate international favorite John Kander, and admirers are coming out in droves to wish the iconic composer the best on his …

Performing Arts

TV queen Shonda Rhimes expands her empire to include the theater

As if Shonda Rhimes didn’t have enough drama in her life — being the woman whose ShondaLand production company’s galaxy of shows has become the backbone of Thursday nights on ABC — she’s now about to fund more of it.<p>On the stage, that is.<p>Rhimes, the force behind TV hits “Grey’s Anatomy” and …

The Arts

Which Disney character has the best 'I Want' song?

Almost every great Disney character has an “I Want” song. An ode, operetta or full-blown ballad where the main character bursts into song revealing their innermost desires. Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” just wants to be where the people are in “Part of Your World,” Moana wants to know how far …

Walt Disney Company