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Why Howard Ashman's Family Thought Writing Little Shop of Horrors Was a Suicide Mission

Why Howard Ashman's Family Thought Writing Little Shop of Horrors Was a Suicide Mission

Sarah Ashman Gillespie, sister to Howard Ashman, reflects on …

Roger Corman

What Are You Listening To On The Subway? 16 Broadway Actors Share Their Summer Jams!

What Are You Listening To On The Subway? 16 Broadway Actors Share Their Summer Jams!

Looking for the perfect "Song of the Summer" for your iTunes …

New York City

Theater: Jimmy Awards Light Up Broadway With Teen Talent

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MINSKOFF THEATRE

Summertime may be slow for new shows on Broadway, but it's a great chance for other events to garner attention. The August Wilson Monologue Competition in May spotlights USA's greatest playwright and gives high school kids …

Awards

5 Trailblazing Plays That Set The Stage For LGBT History

From its designers to its performers to its authors, the theater is one of America’s most enduring and dependable safe queer spaces.

While they have …

For Beth Malone, "Butch Is A Beautiful Thing" — What This Fun Home Star Learned Playing Lesbian

For Beth Malone, "Butch Is A Beautiful Thing" — What This Fun Home Star Learned Playing Lesbian

Fun Home Tony Award nominee Beth Malone opens up about …

LGBT

BWW Sunday Exclusive Pride Special: Playwright Jonathan Tolins on Friday's Historic Ruling- 'Theater Definitely Played an Important Role in What Happened'

Playwright Jonathan Tolins (author of BUYER & CELLAR and TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS) coined the phrase 'The Last Sunday in June' and turned it into a

Playwrights

An Asian-American Theater Company Cuts a Fresh Casting Trail

When the actress Mia Katigbak was a student at Barnard College in the 1970s, she was the only Asian-American studying theater and mostly got to play “maids and hookers,” she said. One day the department head asked her to join a Molière comedy. She would play the harpsichord from behind a screen, …

Anatomy of a Scene: Tony-Winning Designer Bob Crowley on 'An American in Paris'

“The responsibility of putting Paris on stage in front of Parisians gave me nightmares,” says Tony Award-winning designer Bob Crowley of constructing …

Award Shows

A Fine Showmance: How Tiler Peck and Robbie Fairchild Went From Childhood Sweethearts to Dance Partners for Life

A Fine Showmance: How Tiler Peck and Robbie Fairchild Went From Childhood Sweethearts to Dance Partners for Life

As part of our ongoing profiles of …

Love

Must Musicals Be True to Their Sources?

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Rent

Liza and Patti and Angela — The Definitive Divas Who Are Gay Icons

Liza and Patti and Angela — The Definitive Divas Who Are Gay Icons

As part of Playbill.com's 30 Days of Pride, correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a …

LGBT

Audra McDonald Recalls Meeting Seth Rudetsky — And Says He's Become a "Heroic" Father

Audra McDonald Recalls Meeting Seth Rudetsky — And Says He's Become a "Heroic" Father

As part of Playbill's 30 Days of Pride, award-winning actress …

Audra McDonald

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, Virgins of the Gay Pride March

When Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi come sailing down Fifth Avenue in convertibles at the Gay Pride March on Sunday, they will not only be grand marshals at the annual event but also first-time attendees.

So on Thursday morning, these revered British actors, who appear together in the PBS sitcom …

Derek Jacobi

Broadway Erupts With Joy and Tears for Marriage Equality – Audra McDonald, Jonathan Groff, Harvey Fierstein, Lea DeLaria, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Fun Home Stars and More React!

Broadway Erupts With Joy and Tears for Marriage Equality – Audra McDonald, Jonathan Groff, Harvey Fierstein, Lea DeLaria, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Fun Home

LGBT

How Theatre Helped Stimulate Debate About Gay Marriage

How Theatre Helped Stimulate Debate About Gay Marriage

In honor of the Supreme Court's historic ruling on gay marriage in America, here is a roundup …

Marriage

How this group of playwrights is fighting sexism on Broadway

“The List,” released by theater group the Kilroys, runs down the 53 best unproduced plays by women and trans playwrights.

Hollywood isn’t the only place where women writers and directors are underrepresented. The best current tallies put the share of women-written plays produced in American theater …

Sexism

Yul Brynner's Last Anna Remembers Her Own Emotional King and I Moment

Yul Brynner's Last Anna Remembers Her Own Emotional King and I Moment

Photo by Henry Grossman

Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil made her Broadway debut …

Broadway Follies: On Hal Prince, The Tony Awards & Art V. Commerce

UPDATE Wednesday morning, adding link to N.Y. Times column below. Earlier: Jeremy Gerard has covered the evolving fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since

Award Shows

After 25 Years, Jason Alexander Returns to Broadway — And It's All Thanks to Ethel Merman

After 25 Years, Jason Alexander Returns to Broadway — And It's All Thanks to Ethel Merman

More than two decades after he left the New York stage for a …

Jason Alexander

Marriage! Prison! Scarves! Where Are the Characters of "Smash" Now?

Marriage! Prison! Scarves! Where Are the Characters of "Smash" Now?

What's been happening to Ivy Lynn and Karen Cartwright since "Smash" went off the …

Marriage

A Daring College Theatre Troupe Is Giving Chicago An "Orange Is the New Black" Makeover – See Photos Here!

A Daring College Theatre Troupe Is Giving Chicago An "Orange Is the New Black" Makeover – See Photos Here!

Students at a New Mexico university have …

Orange Is the New Black

They Only Ran a Minute! 10 Forgotten Musicals Due For a Revival

They Only Ran a Minute! 10 Forgotten Musicals Due For a Revival

Theatre historian Jennifer Tepper looks back at Broadway musicals that have been lost …

Non-fiction

Learn How Into the Woods Began, Who Got Married, the Line Sondheim Stole and How the Witch Transformed

Learn How Into the Woods Began, Who Got Married, the Line Sondheim Stole and How the Witch Transformed

Into the woods they went again: Stephen …

Stephen Sondheim

Celebrity Cast Changes Impact Box Office Take

After two weeks with Jason Alexander onstage, the Broadway play “Fish in the Dark,” is shrinking at the box office.

Mr. Alexander took over the lead role from the play’s writer and star attraction, Larry David, on June 9. During Mr. Alexander’s first week, which ended June 14, the show’s gross …

Box Office

What Is the Play That Changed Your Life? Audra McDonald, Jeremy Jordan, Cyndi Lauper and More Answer!

What Is the Play That Changed Your Life? Audra McDonald, Jeremy Jordan, Cyndi Lauper and More Answer!

We all remember our first time. Not just the …

Audra McDonald

A Woman’s World: Julie Taymor on Success Before and After Spider-Man

A Woman’s World: Julie Taymor on Success Before and After Spider-Man

Award-winning director and designer Julie Taymor shares thoughts on adapting her …

Julie Taymor

Three Decades, Countless Deaths and a Lifetime of Change: The Theatre Community's Fight Against AIDS

Three Decades, Countless Deaths and a Lifetime of Change: The Theatre Community's Fight Against AIDS

The theatre community played a crucial role in …

HIV

In The UK and US, Bias Infects Theatre Reviews

“You can’t draw sweet water from a foul well,” critic Brooks Atkinson wrote of his initial reaction to the musical Pal Joey. I don’t know whether …

United Kingdom

The Decline of the American Actor

Why the under-40 generation of leading men in the U.S. is struggling—and what to do about it

Is it time for American actors to take a hard look in the mirror? Earlier this year Michael Douglas mused darkly to a magazine interviewer, “I think we have a little crisis going on amongst our young actors …

Joseph Gordon-Levitt