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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

My Favorite Song: Michael Cerveris of 'Fun Home' - July 29, 2015

There’s no way I can choose the favorite Broadway tune, but certainly a favorite is “Loving You” from Passion. It is one of the simplest expressions …

Annie Baker's 6 favorite books

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (Vintage, $19). The beginning of Mann's 1924 novel has one of my favorite lines of all time: "Only thoroughness can …

Literature

The Book of Mormon finally makes it to Utah stage

The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run Tuesday at a Salt …

Book of Mormon

How 'Hamilton' Found Its Groove

The pinned tweet at the top of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s loquacious and ever-popular Twitter timeline reads:

*Lady rolls down her car window at 181st …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

9 Questions With the History-Making, Youngest and First African-American Jean Valjean “This Was My

Kyle Jean-Baptiste made history July 23 when he went on as Jean Valjean in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables at just 21 years old. We ask …

Black History

13-year-old directs Shrek: The Musical in backyard

Dylan Lawrence was 6 when he fell in love with musical theater.

Shrek

Onstage & Backstage: What Musical Did Leslie Odom, Jr. Turn Down a TV Show For?

Onstage & Backstage: What Musical Did Leslie Odom, Jr. Turn Down a TV Show For?

A week in the life of actor, radio and TV host, music director and …

TV

Patti LuPone Grabs a Cellphone for Broadway

“That’s the seat!” exclaims Patti LuPone. We’re backstage at New York’s Lincoln Center while other actors are going through a scene for Ms. LuPone’s current play, “Shows for Days,” and the actress and singer points to the second-row chair where she grabbed a glowing cellphone out of the hand of an …

Times Square

Saluting a Backyard Theatrical Impresario In Lincoln, Nebraska

Sundays tend to be slow days for theatre news, if you get most of your theatre news online. By the time I sit down to trawl through “the Sunday …

Nebraska

A Fine Showmance: How Matthew Murphy and Ryan Scott Oliver's Romance Became a Real-Life Musical

A Fine Showmance: How Matthew Murphy and Ryan Scott Oliver's Romance Became a Real-Life Musical

As part of our ongoing profiles of theatre couples, …

Andrew Lincoln

25 Things I've Learned From Musicals

20 Very Funny Beach Photobombs

Web Humor

American Idol Winners: Where Are They Now?

Top 40 & Pop Music

20 People Who Were "Caught Sleeping" By Their …

Anime

They Keep Coming Back! Onstage Couples Who Have Stayed Together From Show to Show

They Keep Coming Back! Onstage Couples Who Have Stayed Together From Show to Show

Jose Llana stepping into the role of the King of Siam in the …

Phantom of the Opera

Here's why a new generation of directors is too scared to make theatre | Opinion

Is Equity's 'Year of the Fringe' over yet? I do hope so.

Let's get the formalities out of the way. Like all of you I believe everyone who wants to …

Fight for $15

Theatre's last taboo: artists must adapt to low pay during cuts

For many artists in this country, “years of working for no or low pay and being exploited appear to be the only future”, as Lyn Gardner correctly wrote recently. We need to recognise that government support creates the careers of those artists who go on to bring in the £8.8m per hour which the …

Art

Broadway stars, patrons decry the unsavoury use of smartphones

Come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway: Marimba ringtones! Rat-a-tat texting! The shaming “Shhhhh!”

Years of tension over audience behaviour hit dramatic climaxes this month, once when a teenager clambered onto a stage to try to recharge his phone and when veteran star Patti LuPone …

New York City

What Is It That Draws People Back Into the Woods Again and Again?

What Is It That Draws People Back Into the Woods Again and Again?

With two Broadway productions, one Off-Broadway mounting and countless regional …

Little Red Riding Hood

How the American Negro Theatre Shaped the Career of the Iconic Harry Belafonte

Farrah Lopez, our Communications Pre-professional, shares how our 75-year-old American Negro Theatre helped shape the career of the iconic Harry

United States

Why I Hate Children’s Theatre: a Modest Proposal for Theatre for Youth

This is the first of seven posts that proposes a new theory of theatre for youth. Teresa Simone suggests that a deeper respect for children must stem

Kids

"I'm Hoping There is a Shift," Says Lea Salonga On Diversity and the "United Colors" of This Season

"I'm Hoping There is a Shift," Says Lea Salonga On Diversity and the "United Colors" of This Season

Broadway is making way for "The United Colors," …

Diversity

Jack Gleeson, King Joffrey on Game of Thrones, Snubs Hollywood for London Stage

The 23-year-old Cork native says he's turned down top roles to trend the boards

Jack Gleeson has kept busy in the year since his hated character on Game of Thrones was dramatically killed off.

The Irish star, who played King Joffrey in the HBO drama, has taken a break from the silver screen to found …

Performing Arts

10 Pop Singers We Want To See Write a Broadway Musical

Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a collection of pop singer-songwriters that he thinks should bring their talents to the genre of …

Musical Theatre

Pageant of the Masters Brings Art to Life 

The annual Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, Calif., presents tableaux vivants of actors portraying famous works of art. This year’s production  …

Gideon Glick

Gideon Glick made his Broadway debut in Spring Awakening before he even finished high school. The talented actor continued to break ground once he …

Hilton Worldwide

How Taye Diggs Is Transforming the Role of Hedwig

A sinewy black man with a shaved head, wearing shiny gold ankle boots, sashays runway-style across the pine floorboards of the New 42nd Street Studios, microphone in hand. In addition to the boots, he wears black drop-crotch sweatpants and a gray tank top that soon becomes drenched in sweat. His …

Taye Diggs

Summertime is Theater Festival Time

Summer was once a slow time in the New York theater world but the number of summer theater festivals has been rising so fast that even the most avid …

New York City

Exclusive Video! Rotten Star Christian Borle Takes the Strut to the Streets in "Hard to Be the Bard"

Exclusive Video! Christian Borle Takes the Strut to the Streets in "Hard to Be the Bard"

Broadway.com shot an exclusive music video starring Christian …

New York City

Hamilton Selling #YayHamlet T-Shirts — What's the Story Behind the Hashtag?

Hamilton Selling #YayHamlet T-Shirts — What's the Story Behind the Hashtag?

If you decide to hit the merchandise booth at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, …

Hamlet

Into the (Shakespearean) Woods

(Photograph: Ted Ojarovsky)

In Shakespeare, as in myths and stories throughout the ages, forests are magical and transformative places. Weavers grow ass-heads in Shakespeare's woods. Lovers elope. They write reams of passionate letters and fall in and out of love there. Rebels hide out and plot …

Playwrights