Broadway & Me: The Magazine

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Tevye as Family Tradition: Michael C. Bernardi Channeling His Father in ‘Fiddler’

His father was among the most famous Tevyes of all time, playing the role for years on Broadway and on tour. His grandparents were mainstays of the Yiddish theater, at times performing from the Sholom Aleichem stories that became “Fiddler on the Roof.”<p>And this week, Michael C. Bernardi, a …

Ring of Fire

Baby James Corden’s 1995 Meat Loaf Interview Is a Delight

Clearly, the future Late Late Show host’s teen years were cooler than ours.<p>Every now and then, the universe sees fit to bestow upon us something so pure, so delightful, that it’s hard to imagine how we ever got by without it. For <b>James Corden</b> fans, one of those moments has just arrived.<p>On this …

Meat Loaf

New Sondheim Musical: “The Music Was Gorgeous”

The show had a private reading last week, with the working title Buñuel.<p>Stephen Sondheim's first new musical since <i>Road Show</i> in 2008 had a ”top …

Stephen Sondheim

11 Things You Need to Know About Sondheim’s Next Musical

1. Turning 85 today, Stephen Sondheim is at work on a new musical, tentatively titled All Together Now.<p>2. It has a libretto by David Ives, best known …

Stephen Sondheim

“Home is Where I Act”—Get to Know The Public’s New Hamlet

How the Olivier Award-winning actor landed the role of his dreams at the famed theatre.<p><b>Who:</b> Chukwudi Iwuji <b><br>Stopped:</b> Outside the Public Theater on …

Playwrights

How Aubrey Beardsley’s Visionary Illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salome’ Subverted Victorian Gender Norms and Revolutionized the Graphic Arts

“He is drawing not persons but personages; he is dramatizing not the relationships between personalities but the pure, geometric essence of relationship.”<p>In his short life, <b>Aubrey Beardsley</b> (August 21, 1872–March 16, 1898) became a pioneer of the Art Nouveau movement and forever changed the course …

Drawing

Meet the couple on a mission to improve ladies' loos in British theatres

There is nothing quite like an interminable queue for a sub-standard loo to put a dampener on an otherwise-civilised evening at the theatre.<p>We (well, half of us) have all been there: the stampede to the Ladies as the curtain comes down at the end of the first act, only to find a line of your fellow …

UK News

Applauding Broadway's Dancing Stars

A couple of weeks ago I went to see <i>An American in Paris</i> with a friend who was only in town for a few days. During the curtain call, instead of applauding for the ensemble, he had taken out his phone, powered it on and began gathering his belongings. I snapped: "APPLAUD." He promptly obliged. …

Phantom of the Opera

Focus: The Shakespeare Revue – ‘Audiences still love revues, you just need versatile actors’

It is 22 years since Malcolm McKee and Christopher Luscombe had the idea for The Shakespeare Revue, which started out as a

Playwrights

SECOND STAGE BORROWED $16.5 MILLION FOR HELEN HAYES, BACKED BY PROSPECTIVE ‘FROZEN’ LANDLORD

<b>EXCLUSIVE</b>: Second Stage Theatre has less than two years to repay a $16.5 million mortgage on its new Broadway home.<p>In April 2015, the nonprofit …

Broadway Theatre

Barbra Streisand On Broadway, Hollywood — And Siri

It's a big summer for conventions, the Olympics — and Barbra Streisand. She's on tour in nine cities across North America, and has a new album of duets called called <i>Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.</i> Her collaborators include Anne Hathaway, Daisey Ridley, Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jamie Foxx, …

Barbra Streisand

"Quietly" Doesn't Make Enough Noise

The intense drama <i>Quietly</i> extended its run this week and is now scheduled to play at the Irish Repertory Theatre thru Sept. 25. I'm always glad to see …

Broadway dancer admits to killing his boyfriend Facebook post

Moments after murdering his boyfriend in a Bronx walkup, Marcus Bellamy, a Broadway dancer who once performed in “Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark,” …

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Acrobatic Olympians Spring Into New Career, With Cirque du Soleil

After competing in trampoline at the 2000 Olympics, Lee Brearley of Britain went on to performing double flips on stage in a zoot suit, and tumbles in full zombie attire. He staggered around like a drunk in one scene and sported a sarong in the next.<p>“First time on Broadway, and I wear a skirt,” he …

Olympics

Is It Rude to Leave the Theater Early?

Most Popular<p>The ballet audience at Lincoln Center looked as excited as Beliebers. But 10 minutes into a critically acclaimed <i>Serenade</i> by George …

Luxury Lifestyle

I Tracked and Tried to Outsmart ‘Hamilton’ Scalpers — With 341 Lines of Code

<i>Times Insider</i> <i>delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. In this piece, Tiff Fehr, an assistant interactive editor and senior software engineer at The Times, describes how she estimated the</i> <i>astronomical profits</i> <i>made by those scalping</i> …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

How Did Katie Finneran and Darren Goldstein Find Out They Were Expecting?

A silly prank from another Broadway pal turned into a surprise baby announcement!<p>In 2010 Katie Finneran famously won her second Tony for her …

Pranks

I'm Glad I Died Onstage

This would not be the startling debut of a bright new force in American comedy.<p><b>What happened when a writer hit the boards instead of his keyboard</b><p>I'm …

Acting

Diva Talk: A Candid Conversation with Barbara Cook

The Tony-winning Broadway veteran discusses her revealing new book, working with Wally Harper and Elaine Stritch and her thoughts on the current …

The Theatre

The Many Secrets and Sequins of William Ivey Long, Broadway’s Costume King

His costumes have shimmied across the stages of 71 Broadway productions, including Hairspray, Chicago, and The Producers. But this October, with his work appearing on Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show remake, it’s not the Broadway stage he’s after—it’s the world one.<p>On a damp day last winter, in …

Musical theatre

How John Osborne’s Entertainer still speaks to a broken Britain

John Osborne’s <i>The Entertainer</i> is back, bang on cue: a play in which the nation frets about immigration (“Bloody Irish! Bloody Poles!” cries one character) and our uncertain place in the world (“People seem to be able to do what they like to us”). What kind of a country is Britain, the play asks, …

Kenneth Branagh

Harry Potter Vs. Alexander Hamilton: Who Is Worth More?

Harry Potter is perhaps the only person in 2016 who could give Alexander Hamilton a run for his money. And by Gryffindor, he’s done it. The two-part play <i>Harry Potter And The Cursed Child</i> sold out even faster than <i>Hamilton</i> at its hottest, with 250,000 tickets snapped up in a single day. And at the …

Harry Potter

Why Joe Iconis Had to Write a Musical for Annie Golden

The composer opens up about their ten-year friendship—which began with him as a fan.<p>“I’ve known Annie Golden for years and years,” explains Joe …

Bounty hunter

Final Bow: In the Eye of a Glitter Tornado, Laura Michelle Kelly Bids Adieu to Finding Neverland

"I want to always do shows like this," Laura Michelle Kelly says of <i>Finding Neverland</i>, which wraps up its year-and-a-half Broadway run on August 21. …

Weather

Mark Rylance: "I didn’t particularly aim to be a Shakespeare actor, but I suppose I had a certain gift for it"

You’d be forgiven if you weren’t familiar with actor <b>Mark Rylance</b> prior to his Oscar-winning performance in 2015’s <i>Bridge of Spies</i>. However, any …

Playwrights

Comment on Our obsession with theatre etiquette is rooted in the past by Simon O'Brien

Thanks Kirsty, that was a really interesting article!I’m not in the industry, and have only been going to any theatre for the last 18 months thanks …

The Theatre

How to make a hit Broadway show

JUST like cooking a culinary masterpiece, making a hit Broadway show requires the right ingredients. The more the chef knows about the measurements …

World Economy

'Grease: Live' Director Thomas Kail & Actor Sterling K. Brown

'Grease: Live' Director Thomas Kail & Actor Sterling K. Brown<p>Thomas Kail won a Tony for directing <i>Hamilton</i> on Broadway. Now he’s up for an Emmy after …

Entertainment

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