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  • Let The Right One In First Show to Open at Apollo After Ceiling Collapse

    first_img Rebecca Benson and Martin Quinn will reprise their roles as Eli and Oskar. Other cast members include, Graeme Dalling, Angus Miller, Cristian Ortega and Susan Vidler. The creative team includes Olivier Award-winning associate director Steven Hoggett and design by Tony winner Christine Jones. It has now been confirmed that London’s Apollo Theatre, which was forced to shutter after part of the ceiling collapsed on audience members on December 19, will reopen with Let The Right One In. Directed by Tony winner John Tiffany, the production marks the National Theatre of Scotland’s West End debut and will begin performances at the Apollo on March 26, following the show’s critically acclaimed run at the Royal Court Theatre. Press night is set for April 7. View Commentscenter_img Based on the Swedish novel and cult-hit film by John Ajvide Lindqvist and adapted by Jack Thorne (Mydidae), the show follows Oskar, a lonely boy from a broken home. He’s bullied at school and is longing for friendship. Eli is a troubled girl who’s just moved in next door. She never goes to school and is compelled to fill an eternal emptiness. When a series of brutal killings plagues the neighborhood, these two young misfits make a deep connection, sensing in each other a kindred spirit. But the shocking truth about Eli tests Oskar’s loyalty and love beyond all imaginable limits, in this chilling tale of loneliness, love and legend.last_img read more

  • The Country House Starring Blythe Danner & More, Begins Previews on Broadway

    first_imgTony winner Blythe Danner, Daniel Sunjata, Kate Jennings Grant, Eric Lange, David Rasche and Sarah Steele invite you to join them at Donald Margulies’ The Country House. The Broadway production, directed by Daniel Sullivan, begins performances on September 9. View Comments Inspired by Chekhov’s pastoral comedies, The Country House follows Anna Patterson (Danner), the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous artists who have gathered at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. When the weekend takes an unexpected turn, the group is forced to improvise—inciting a series of jealousies, romantic outbursts and passionate soul-searching. The play received its world premiere at Geffen Playhouse in June. Opening night is set for October 2 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Related Shows The Country House Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014last_img read more

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald Bio-Musical The Underclassman Opens Off-Broadway

    first_imgNew musical The Underclassman, inspired by the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, opens off-Broadway on November 19 at The Duke on 42nd Street. Directed by Cara Reichel, the Prospect Theater Company show features music and lyrics by Peter Mills and a book by Mills and Reichel. The production will play a limited engagement through November 30. Set in 1915, The Underclassman follows a young F. Scott Fitzgerald as he is swept into the Ivy League hierarchy and Princeton Triangle Club antics. His romance with the elusive debutante Ginevra King inspires what will become one of the most noted novels of American literature. The musical features choreography by Christine O’Grady. The Underclassman Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 30, 2014 The cast of The Underclassman features Matt Dengler, Piper Goodeve, Jessica Grové, Billy Hepfinger, Marrick Smith, Jordan Bondurant, Elizabeth Burton, Jason Edward Cook, Ian Fairlee, Matt Gibson, Holland Grossman, Christopher Herr, Adam Machart, Jeremy Morse, CJ Pawlikowski, Davey Rosenberg, Michael Romeo Ruocco, Liz Shivener and Whitney Winfield. Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

  • Tix Now On Sale for Verite, Starring Pitch Perfect’s Anna Camp

    first_img The cast will also include Damian Young, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Robert Sella, Jeanine Serralles, Danny Wolohan and Oliver Hollmann. Related Shows Verite In Verité, stay-at-home mom and struggling writer Jo (Camp) is offered an unusual deal for her memoir: she has to make her life exciting enough to publish. As mysterious and sinister events begin to unfold around her, she must question how far she is willing to go to make her life into art, and if someone is determined to make sure her memoir is a best-seller—at any cost. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015 View Comments Tickets are now on sale to see the world premiere of Nick Jones’ Verité. Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and starring Broadway alum and Pitch Perfect star Anna Camp, the show will begin performances on January 31 at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater. The production will officially open on February 18 and run through March 15.last_img read more

  • Photos! Meet the Cast of Broadway’s Fun Home

    first_img View Comments Related Shows The Circle in the Square Theatre is transforming into an extravagant funeral home beginning March 27, when the acclaimed musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home officially begins previews on Broadway. Directed by Sam Gold, the production, which originally premiered at the Public Theater, features music by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron. Before the Bechdel Funeral Home officially opens for business, check out these portraits by Joan Marcus of Fun Home stars Roberta Colindrez, Joel Perez, Emily Skeggs, Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas, Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Zell Morrow and Oscar Williams. Fun Home Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016last_img read more

  • Tix Now On Sale to See George Takei & Lea Salonga in Allegiance

    first_img View Comments Allegiance Tickets are now available to see George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung in Allegiance on Broadway. The production will begin performances on October 6 at the Longacre Theatre, with opening night set for November 8.Directed by Stafford Arima and based on Takei’s childhood experience in a Japanese-American interment camp, Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito. A story of family, love and patriotism set during World War II and beyond, the show follows veteran Sam Otsuka and his sister Kei as they find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country.The cast will also include Katie Rose Clarke, Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura and Greg Watanabe. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016last_img read more

  • Casting Set for Joan Beber’s In Bed With Roy Cohn

    first_imgChristopher Daftsios will take on the titular role in Joan Beber’s In Bed With Roy Cohn off-Broadway. Directed by Katrin Hilbe, the comedy will begin performances on August 25 and play a limited engagement through October 3. Opening night is set for September 2 at Theater Row’s Lion Theatre.The cast will also include Marilyn Sokol, Lee Roy Rogers, Ian Gould, Nelson Avidon, Serge Thony, Andy Reinhardt and Rebeca Fong.At the end of his colorful life, Roy Cohn awaits the inevitable, supported only by his last remaining faithful servant, Lisette. He is visited by the most important figures of his time demanding a reckoning for deeds good, bad and ugly. With bedfellows including Julius Rosenberg, Ronald Reagan, Barbara Walters, Roy’s lover Serge, his mother Dora and his youthful self, Roy is catapulted into a wacky and surreal wonderland, where his muddled reality ultimately becomes clear.The production will feature set design by Sarah Edkins, lighting design by Gertjan Houben, costume design by Karen Ledger, sound design by Andy Evan Cohen and choreography by Lisa Shriver. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 3, 2015 Related Shows In Bed With Roy Cohnlast_img read more

  • Lessons of the Week! Lea Salonga’s Going Home, Joel Grey’s Hamilton Scheme & More

    first_img View Comments It’s Friday, and whether your weekend plans are to sing a medley with Lord Lloyd Webber, figuring out where to get this “And Peggy” T-shirt or buy an AMEX card from Bernadette Peters, put them on hold to catch up on all the crazy happenings from this week on the Great White Way. Learn how to get Hamilton tickets (the shady method), see who the new stars of Side Show are and more in the Lessons of the Week!Lea Salonga Can Sing for Days (& Days…)As Miss Saigon aims to bring the heat back to Broadway in 2017, its original Tony-winning star is soon heading to a house on Maple Avenue, Philippines. Allegiance star Lea Salonga will take on the matriarchal role of Helen Bechdel in her native country for the Manila premiere of Fun Home. Helen Bechdel: a role fit for both Cosettes and Eponines!Fiyero’s Warmups Are WunderbarIn the first installment of Fiyero Time, Jonah Platt walked us through a performance of Wicked from his perspective: from some seductive pre-show stretches to his downtime (which he calls—you guessed it—Fiyero Time). Right before “As Long As You’re Mine,” he sings along to the German cast recording to warm up. He also says his dream role is Hedwig. Sounds like this Winkie prince is a Germanophile!Joel Grey Can Make Up Hamilton TicketsSpeaking of Germany, when you’re the Emcee, you’re willkommen anywhere, including Hamilton. On Late Night, Leslie Odom Jr. revealed that when Joel Grey came to see the show, the Cabaret star literally made up a reservation, and the box office still found him a ticket. So to those still trying to get tickets, all you have to do is win an Oscar and a Tony. And the undying love of Liza Minnelli.The Prettiest Theater Is a Prayer AwayThere are some gorgeous houses on Broadway, and perhaps none more ornate than the Mark Hellinger Theatre. Sadly, it’s no longer a theater. While on a walking tour with Michael Riedel, he explained how the former home of Jesus Christ Superstar came to become (appropriately) a church. At least we can still go and ask Him the important questions, like “Do You think You’re what they say You are?”Blondes Have More Fun…After The WizWe haven’t forgotten! Bombshell, the fictional musical from Smash, is still on track to become a real Broadway show. Executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have revealed that their current priority is The Wiz Live!, after which they’ll focus on the Marilyn musical. There’s still no book writer announced, so if it helps expedite the process, we volunteer.The Circle of Life Really Is Full CircleYou know that feeling when you’re a lion cub and Rafiki holds you over Pride Rock and there’s a bunch of animals dancing? Same. Thanks to another awesome Broadway-themed 360° video, you can witness that iconic Lion King moment from any angle you please. It’s just like being there in person, except you get to be on the stage! And also no one has to be around to see you crying.Murney & Brady Are 1 Though They’re 2This Photoshop job will never leave you. Wayne Brady heads back to Broadway in Kinky Boots this weekend, and Julia Murney is in the middle of nailing it at Feinstein’s/54 Below. But if you put them side by side, they’re basically conjoined twins, right? OK, maybe it’s the dresses. Whatever. We want another Side Show revival. Look out, Adam and Arielle.Elaine Stritch Is Still Here (In a Way)Julia Murney’s not the only Broadway diva at Feinstein’s/54 Below this season. The hot spot will soon make way for the late, great Elaine Stritch. Twice! Sort of. Jay Malsky will channel the legend for his own solo show, and master of many voices Christine Pedi will channel a slew of divas (her Stritch is uncanny) in the return of Snow Bizness. Bring your Santa hat! (Does anyone still wear…a Santa hat?)Celie Doesn’t Stop for OprahCynthia Erivo is bringing down the house in The Color Purple, and nothing will stop her from singing out. Not even Oprah. The Broadway newcomer revealed that she first met said media titan/Broadway fangirl in the middle of rehearsing the title number. And Erivo did not miss a beat and kept singing, which is impressive, considering were we in Erivo’s shoes when Oprah entered, this would have been us.Bodhi Is Our New Broadway BoyfriendDear Bodhi, It must get lonely when Matilda star Allison Case and her wife Ashley Connors aren’t home to play with you. Why not come to us? Here at, we have couches suitable for napping, a giant picture of Darren Criss, close proximity to Sylvia and a drinks cart on Fridays. We also know a certain Tony winner who likes to cuddle. Think about it. (Sorry, Allison and Ashley.)last_img read more

  • Griffin Matthews & Matt Gould Bring Their Experiences in Uganda to Invisible Thread

    first_img View Comments Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould—partners in life and show business—are sharing their experiences as aid workers in Uganda with off-Broadway audiences at Second Stage. Their musical Invisible Thread follows Griffin (played by Matthews himself) as he leaves his New York life with boyfriend Ryan (Corey Mach) to volunteer for a service organization in Africa. In a recent chat with, the two creators discussed lifting true-to-life experiences for a musical dramatization, finding humor in the seemingly humorless and bringing down the house with a supreme beltress.I was surprised by how comedy permeates this entire show, even in the most powerful moments. How do you find the balance between presenting a true story with a healthy sense of humor without undermining the gravity of the situation you’re in?MATTHEWS: We do a lot of laughing in our lives. Ugandans have a really sick sense of humor. It’s one of the biggest surprises when we go. Their dry humor keeps us laughing, and then two minutes later they’ll be in tears. Comedy is birthed out of pain. There are moments in our show where in the middle of a heartbreaking situation, out pops a joke. But that’s how life is.GOULD: A great lesson for us in going to Uganda is that when we’re not in touch with the earth, we aren’t in touch with how fragile things are, and we start to make things important that are perhaps not as important as we think. Even in the direst circumstances, there is humor. There is love. Even in the most joyful circumstances, there can be pain.In what ways has being actual partners in life affected the process of collaborating artistically?GOULD: Collaborating with somebody artistically is like being in a relationship. You have to learn to speak the same language. From the very beginning, I knew I had a partner in Griffin in life and work—someone who understood what my vision was and whose vision I understood. It’s been very rewarding share a common vision about what art can do and what theater can be.MATTHEWS: Matt and I also have very different perspectives of the world. Matt’s Jewish; I’m Christian. I’m black; he’s white. I like sweet melodies; Matt likes pounding, heart-pumping rhythms. You can hear the tension in our professional and personal relationship inside of the music, but I’ve spent enough time with his Jewish New York family to know there is comedy in tension.At the ART [under the title Witness Uganda], the character of Ryan was written as Griffin’s female friend. Ryan is now Griffin’s boyfriend. What led to that change?GOULD: For the first several trips, Griffin went to Uganda with female friends. We wanted to have a female experience; we are both surrounded by strong, powerful women. But the ART run was the same time as the anti-gay laws were being passed in Uganda. It felt like a responsibility that we needed to go deeper into that.MATTHEWS: Griffin is not just a gay man with a best friend; he’s a gay man who has and wants to give out love. It’s truer to my experience. It’s really about humanity. When you are getting to know somebody, sexuality becomes so small. Griffin’s sexuality is not the thing that defines him. And the students’ culture or religion is not something that defines them.So where does the Ryan end and Matt Gould begin?GOULD: There are aspects of him that are certainly related to me, but I don’t think Ryan is Matt Gould. I also don’t think the character of Griffin is literally Griffin Matthews. I would say all of those characters up there are closely related to us. As writers, we write ourselves and what we know into everything. They are all us, and none of them are us.You recently took a trip with the cast to see Uganda and the people you depict. How have the students responded to aspects of their lives presented on stage?MATTHEWS: One of our former students was actually here on the night of our first preview. I think they’re excited that people are hearing about their lives and about the beauty of their country. As humans, we crave understanding. We want our stories to be understood. It’s why we tell them and share them.That Act II church scene, with the “Bela Musana” number, is such a showstopper. What’s going through your head on stage as the audience takes that moment in?MATTHEWS: My exploration as a gay Christian man has been complicated. A lot of our cast members have been through similar stories. We try to just live that moment every night. I think the audience’s response is a reflection of that fact; we include them. People are shouting at the stage, but none of us think they’re shouting for us. It’s an invitation for everyone in that room to be together. And then there’s [soloist] Melody Betts.Tell me everything about her.MATTHEWS: We found her on a YouTube video!Wait, is it the one of her singing “Let Me Be Your Star”?MATTHEWS: Yes! And we were like, “Who is this lady?!” She’s from Chicago, so she flew here and did our workshop. We started to create moments on stage to highlight her gift. She’s one of the most extraordinary vocalists I’ve ever seen. And she’s an incredible person.You’ve been developing this show for years, and it continues to progress. What’s in store moving forward?GOULD: Our audiences have been so enthusiastic, but we don’t know yet.MATTHEWS: For a new musical with new writers and a predominantly African American cast, mixed reviews are tricky. But I do think that with a show tackling some modern issues, we need the full support—not just of our incredible producers and creative team. We need the support of the media to champion new, original work.GOULD: Griffy and I will never stop telling this story and others like it. We need to keep hearing new voices. We need young African American writers like Griffin to have their stories in the mainstream. That is what the spirit of this country is about; it’s what the spirit of theater is about. We will never stop. Wherever it goes next, we’re going to be there.Invisible Thread will run through December 27 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre. Invisible Thread Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 27, 2015 Related Showslast_img read more

  • UGA Rural Leadership

    The July conferences are geared to help local planners reach those goals, Reed said. They’re planned so anyone can attend both days. But each is complete on its own. Each event will begin at 8 a.m. at the UGA Center for Continuing Education in Athens. Each ends at 4:30 p.m. To learn more about the conferences, contact the county extension office. Or call the Fanning Leadership Center at (706) 542-1108. Or fax (706) 542-7007, or e-mail Of the 159 Georgia counties, 104 don’t have ongoing leadership programs, says a University of Georgia expert.So? “More than 60 percent of these counties are ranked as severely depressed counties,” said Norma Reed of the UGA Fanning Leadership Center. “Counties with sustained community leadership programs are usually better off socially and economically.” Reed and other Fanning Center staff will offer back-to-back conferences July 9-10 in Athens, Ga. The day-long programs target the need for leadership development, especially in rural Georgia counties. The Thursday, July 9, event is for people who plan adult leadership programs or see the need for them. The Friday, July 10, sessions tackle topics unique to youths. “When a community sustains its leadership development efforts and involves dispersed segments of its population, it trains more local leaders to take on and solve problems at their lowest levels,” Reed said. “That’s why communities need to keep growing and grooming their leaders.” But 71 Georgia counties, she said, have had no leadership development programs or only one in the past 10 years. Another 33 have had only two or three programs. “Georgia has just over 24,000 graduates of community leadership programs,” she said. “That’s less than 1 percent of the adults 20 to 49 years old.” Reed said the state’s communities simply have to develop new leaders. “The future is too uncertain,” she said. “The issues are far too technical. And the pace of change is much too fast to assume that only a handful of leaders can carry out all the complex tasks of contemporary leadership.” Ongoing leadership programs, she said, will help emerging local leaders: Learn more about leadership roles. Practice skills such as managing conflict, solving problems, making decisions and building relationships. Build the vital trust and respect for each other’s perspective that enables them to seek common ground in solving local problems. read more