View Comments Related Shows Featuring a book, music and lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino and directed by Fiely A. Matias, the tuner features your typical “princess posse” in a show that’s anything-but-typical. Show White, Cinderella, Belle and more toss off the tiaras and get real in a not-for-kids musical where fairy tales will never be the same. The show premiered at Orlando’s International Fringe Festival in 2011 and has been licensed nationwide since. Disenchanted The cast of Disenchanted! includes Michelle Knight as Snow White, Becky Gulsvig as Cinderella, Jen Bechter as Sleeping Beauty, Lulu Picart as Hua Mulan/Pocahontas/Princess Badroulbadour, Alison Burns as Belle/The Little Mermaid/Rapunzel and Soara-Joye Ross as The Princess Who Kissed the Frog. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015 Happily never after? Fairy tale musical lampoon Disenchanted! begins off-Broadway performances on November 26. The comedy is playing a nine-week limited engagement at the Theatre at St. Clement’s and will officially open on December 4.
Prep for Bombshell with a Marilyn-thon Lest you forget, the fictional Smash musical is coming to New York for one night only. Assuming you already binge-watch the show every few months, you might want to get ready by watching all of Marilyn Monroe’s movies available on Netflix. If it’s particularly frigid in your room, that pool scene in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes will make things pretty steamy. Shirtless guys in flesh-colored short shorts? Uhm, hi. View Comments Add a Beard to Broadway Hotties Two of the most important questions we asked you in 2014: Do you prefer Aaron Tveit bearded or smoothly shaven? And what about Jeremy Jordan? Some scruff can be a valuable asset to keep guys warm as temperatures drop. Thanks to the folks at Manuary, an annual awareness campaign to support head and neck cancer research, you can now visualize all of your Broadway baes as lumbersexuals. Go to a Winter Session of Summer Camp This past summer, we celebrated all things camp on Broadway.com. Of course, one month is hardly enough time to highlight all of our favorite gems, so might we suggest a few more? Here’s a jumpsuit-clad Bernadette Peters singing The Wiz. Here’s the late Elaine Stritch singing a Disney princess ballad. Enjoy! Grab a Friend and Read Love Letters “Defying Gravity” might be a bit ambitious, but two chairs and a table aren’t. The recent Broadway revival was cut short as incoming stars had to cancel their Broadway bow. But now you can grab your roommate or loved one and put on your own encore performance. You don’t even have to memorize lines! Tip: celebrity impersonations might help. Tony Danza and Carol Channing, perhaps? Stage a DIY “Defying Gravity” As if you haven’t thought about doing this before. You know Skylar Astin has. If you can’t find a cherrypicker and a lifetime supply of dry ice, you can improvise. This kid did, and he’s our damn hero for it. It looks like you just need an office chair, lots of black fabric, a broom and…a high-powered fan? Surely you have all those objects lying around. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ahh! Make a Broadway Quilt* Knitting and quilting are all the rage on the Great White Way. Former Wicked witches Christine Dwyer and Jenni Barber know what’s up. So does Dee Roscioli, actually. Just imagine that aforementioned Marilyn Monroe marathon while snuggled in a quilt featuring knitted versions of Idina Menzel and Norm Lewis’ faces. (*We have no idea how quilting works. Guess we’ll just stick with these.) Groceries? Check. Candles? Check. Broadway necessities? We’ve got you covered. Winter Storm Juno has arrived in the northeast, and while Broadway shows have been canceled for January 26 (and maybe on the 27th—we’ll keep you posted), that doesn’t mean that the spirit of the Great White Way can’t live on in your own, hopefully heated, home. Here are some of the indoors activities we recommend to keep you busy and cozy during the blizzard. Stay warm! Learn a New Language™ Sure, you could finally perfect your Spanish or French, but isn’t it time you became fluent in Sas-isms? Broadway vet Rachelle Rak will Cha Cha Puus™ over to 54 Below on January 29 for a night of biting the apple™. Before the big night, make sure you’re up to snuff with the proper lexicon (i.e. obsassed™). If not, well, Molly, you in danger, gurl. Put Your Broadway Knowledge to the Test How well-versed are you in Sondheim lyrics? Can you identify all of the Broadway theaters on a map? Which 66 musicals have taken home the Tony? Kill some time on Sporcle to see just how much of a Broadway baby you really are. Super scientific studies have proven that the more people read Broadway.com, the better they perform on these tests. Just saying. Play Broadway Cards Against Humanity It’s a great/inappropriate game already. But if you haven’t guessed, we tend to gravitate toward things with a theatrical flair. Kudos to the geniuses over at Musicals Against Humanity for getting the ball rolling. We especially like this card. Hey, can you blame him? We love Aaron Tveit—with or without a beard! Wait, what were we talking about? Sorry. Not sorry. Play the Broadway.com Vlog Drinking Game Time to put on a liquid coat. The rules are simple: Drink every time Frankie J. Grande speaks with a fake accent! Drink every time Kara Lindsay’s book farts! Drink every time James Snyder has snack time! It’s what the cast of Rock of Ages would have wanted you to do. If you’re not of legal age, it’s equally fun with sparkling cider. Promise.
I’M IN LOVE! View Comments I HATE THAT JERK! Brace yourselves, Broadway fans, because the most romantic day of the year is almost here! No, not the day the Broadway Bares calendar comes out (although we admit we swoon pretty hard then, too). It’s Valentine’s Day! If you’re “So In Love,” February 14 is a blast. On the other hand, being alone on V-Day sucks. But don’t worry, even if you wanna “Forget About the Boy,” we’ve got you covered! Listen to our Valentine’s playlist below, and scroll down for our Anti-Valentine’s Day list, featuring our favorite breakup and unrequited love songs.
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015 Dinner with the Boys will feature set design by Jessica Parks, costumes by Patricia E. Doherty, lighting design by Jill Nagle and sound design by Matt Kraus. Dinner With the Boys View Comments Set in New Jersey, Dinner with the Boys follows two pals (think an Italian Odd Couple) who find themselves at odds with the family. While reflecting on their days of glory and preparing puttanesca for their dinner guests, they must escape danger themselves—lest this meal be their last supper. Tickets are now available to see stage and screen vet Dan Lauria in his new self-penned comedy, Dinner with the Boys. Performances will begin off-Broadway at the Acorn Theatre at Theater Row on April 21. Opening night is set for May 4. Joining Lauria are Ray Abruzzo and Richard Zavaglia. Frank Megna will direct.
After appearing in The Metropolitan Opera’s The Merry Widow earlier this year, The King and I Tony winner Kelli O’Hara will return to her classical roots with former The Light in the Piazza co-star Victoria Clark in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, as well as a companion piece by Michael John LaChiusa.The concert presentation, conducted by Ted Sperling, is part of the new MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) season, which will highlight English operas, operettas and new works. Performances will run on April 28 and 29, 2016 at New York City Center.The season kicks off on October 15 and 16 with The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. The comic opera premiered on Broadway in 1879. The cast will include soprano Deborah Voigt and Broadway alums Betsy Wolfe and Montego Glover. Sperling will conduct the Orchestra of St. Luke’s for the concerts at New York City Center.The season will also include a workshop presentation of Justine Chen and David Simpatico’s The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing on October 17, and two performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. View Comments
View Comments Next stop the Great White Way?! Tony Yazbeck, Emily Skinner and Josh Grisetti, who as previously reported were circling the long-in-the-works musical Prince of Broadway, have boarded the Japanese production. Starring Ramin Karimloo and Shuler Hensley, the show celebrates the career of the 21-time Tony-winning director and producer Hal Prince and will begin rehearsals in the Big Apple on September 3. The tuner will play October 23 through November 22 at Tokyu Theatre Orb in Tokyo and November 28 through December 10 at Umeda Arts Theatre in Osaka.Tony nominated for his current role in On the Town,, which closes on September 6, Yazbeck is set to headline the production’s tour. His multiple additional Great White Way credits include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Gypsy, A Chorus Line and Oklahoma!. Skinner was Tony nominated for Side Show; she has also been seen on Broadway in Billy Elliot, Dinner at Eight, The Full Monty, James Joyce’s The Dead and Jekyll & Hyde. Grisetti made his Main Stem debut in It Shoulda Been You, which shuttered on August 9.Bryonha Marie Parham and Mariand Torres have also been tapped for the show. As previously reported, the production will additionally star Nancy Opel, Kaley Ann Voorhees and Reon Yuzuki.Prince of Broadway will be helmed by Prince himself with co-direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. The show pays tribute to Prince’s 60-year career and examines the circumstances and fortune, both good and bad, that led to him creating some of the most beloved theater of all time, including West Side Story, The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Company.The production will feature a book by David Thompson, set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, wig design by Paul Huntley, musical supervision and arrangements by Jason Robert Brown and musical direction by Fred Lassen.Prince of Broadway was originally slated to open on the Great White Way in 2012 starring Sierra Boggess, Richard Kind and Skinner. No word yet on whether the production is still Broadway-bound. Star Files Tony Yazbeck
Broadway Balances America View Comments You’ll get a kick out of this! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, returned on September 22 with a behind-the-scenes look at the tour of the Tony-winning Kinky Boots. Correspondent Amber Milt travels to New York and talks to the show’s Tony and Grammy-winning composer Cyndi Lauper and producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig about how the musical’s uplifting message is inspiring fellows from Lauper’s True Colors Fund for LGBT youths. Milt also speaks with star Kyle Taylor Parker about how Kinky Boots has touched his life. Click play!
View Comments Cheyenne Jackson is a busy, busy man! This year, he has theater, film and TV on his plate and on The Today Show on January 5, the Broadway favorite walked Kathie Lee and Hoda through each of his 2016 projects. First, he’s on American Horror Story: Hotel, which he booked in the most L.A. way possible. “We were in a spin class together,” he recalls of his pal and AHS creator Ryan Murphy. In Febraury, you can catch him at Lincoln Center in a concert presentation of The Secret Garden with Sydney Lucas, Sierra Boggess, Ramin Karimloo and more; it’s also poised for a future PBS broadcast. Later, look out for him having “fake rough sex” with Audra McDonald in the film adaptation of Hello Again. “You have to diversify if you want longevity,” Jackson told the Fourth Hour pair before praising them for being champions of Broadway and him. Aw, they’ve come a long way since this incident!
Leslie Odom Jr. in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) You’ll be back?! After Hamilton ‘s creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda revealed that he’s open to returning to the hit tuner over the years in the titular role, Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. has admitted that he wouldn’t mind revisiting Aaron Burr. “Absolutely! I would do this part in this show anywhere in the world at anytime,” the Broadway.com vlogger told The Hollywood Reporter. “I love this show; I love this part.”Odom Jr. originated the role of Burr in Hamilton off-Broadway and received a 2016 Tony Award for playing the character on the Main Stem; he is set to depart the musical on July 9, along with Miranda. Odom Jr. made his Great White Way debut in Rent; he also appeared in the original cast of Leap of Faith on the Main Stem. His screen credits include Smash. Odom Jr.’s self-titled jazz album is out via S-Curve Records now.What about the star’s future projects? As Broadway.com broke yesterday, Odom Jr. has been workshopping a stage adaptation of The Sting in the Robert Redford role. Star Files View Comments Related Shows from $149.00 Hamilton Leslie Odom Jr.
Angela Lansbury(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Angela Lansbury Isn’t Circling Game of ThronesApparently it won’t be a case of Dame of Thrones. After the interweb was set abuzz today with reports that Dame Angela Lansbury would appear in the seventh season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, her reps informed EW that this wasn’t the case. So, we’re back to eagerly awaiting confirmation that the five-time Tony winner will headline the first Broadway revival of The Chalk Garden in the 2017-18 season then. Unless this is all an elaborate ploy by HBO to put us off the scent…wouldn’t be the first time!Lin-Manuel Miranda Banished From Hamilton RehearsalDespite being a Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer winner, as well as a certified genius, it seems that Lin-Manuel Miranda still has to listen to Hamilton director Thomas Kail when it comes to rehearsals for the hit tuner in Chicago. “If Lin brings a new lyric, I just send him out of the room immediately,” Kail told Billboard. As we’re sure you’re already very much aware, performances of the show begin on September 27 at the PrivateBank Theatre in the Windy City; it continues playing to standing room only audiences at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre.Christian Borle & Laura Benanti Team UpThis is some lineup! Christian Borle, Laura Benanti, Skylar Astin, Carolee Carmello, Bryce Pinkham, Will Swenson and more Broadway favorites are joining forces for a one-night-only reading in aid of The Actors Fund. Proud of Us and Other Short Plays by Wesley Taylor will play on November 14 at New World Stages; buy tickets here!Brian Justin Crum Kills It on AGT (Again!)With this number, we could just picture Broadway alum Brian Justin Crum (Next to Normal) in the sadly departed tuner American Psycho. He continued his incredible run on this season’s America’s Got Talent with a passionate performance of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears on September 6. Check it out below. View Comments