Breakfast with Mugabe Officially Opens Off-Broadway

first_imgBreakfast with Mugabe officially opens on January 12. The off-Broadway transfer, directed by David Shookoff, will play a limited engagement through March 2 at The Lion Theatre (at Theatre Row). The show previously appeared at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Written by Fraser Grace, the production is inspired by accounts that Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who was severely depressed, sought treatment from a white psychiatrist. Breakfast with Mugabe explores the tension between contemporary ideas and ancient beliefs and the question of whether those who were colonized can live with their former subjugators. The cast features Ezra Barnes, Michael Rogers, Rosalyn Coleman and Che Ayende. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 2, 2014 Related Shows Breakfast With Mugabe View Comments The Breakfast with Mugabe creative team includes set design by Lee Savage, costume design by Teresa Snider-Stein, lighting design by Joyce Liao and sound design by Colin Whitely.last_img read more

Tony Nominee Kathleen Turner Will Return to the West End in Stephen Sachs’ Bakersfield Mist

first_imgTony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner will return to London’s West End this spring to headline the European premiere of Stephen Sachs’ Bakersfield Mist. Turner will star opposite Tony and Olivier winner Ian McDiarmid in the two-hander comedy. Directed by Polly Teale, the play will run at the Duchess Theatre from May 10 through August 30. Opening night is scheduled for May 27. Turner received Tony nominations for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which transferred to London’s West End after its 2005 Broadway run, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Graduate and Indiscretions and directed the off-Broadway revival of Crimes of the Heart. Turner received an Oscar nomination for her performance in Peggy Sue Got Married. Her other screen credits include Monster House, Serial Mom, Prizzi’s Honor, Body Heat, War of the Roses and Californication. Inspired by true events, Bakersfield Mist is about Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, who has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he is about to discover. McDiarmid is most famous for his role as Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film series. He received a Tony Award for 2006’s Faith Healer and an Olivier Award for his performance in Terry Johnson’s Insignificance. McDiarmid appeared most recently in the title role of John Gabriel Borkman at the Donmar Theatre in London.center_img Bakersfield Mist will feature scenic design by Tom Piper, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and sound design by Jon Nicholls. View Commentslast_img read more

After Midnight Celebrates the Unveiling of Duke Ellington Way

first_img Related Shows The hit Broadway jazz revue After Midnight is packed with toe-tapping Duke Ellington songs—so it seems apropos that West 47th Street, where the Tony-nominated musical plays, should be renamed Duke Ellington Way! This is exactly what happened on June 4, and in honor of the unveiling of the new street sign, Ellington’s granddaughter Mercedes and the company invited the whole audience outside for an impromptu parade. Check out these snapshots of the stars celebrating, then see After Midnight on Duke Ellington Way! Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 View Comments After Midnightlast_img

Matthew Morrison is Planning B’way Return: Will He Fly to Neverland?

first_imgMatthew Morrison is intending to return to the Great White Way in 2015 after he finishes up with the last season of Glee. “We’re working on something. It’s a brand new show,” the Tony nominee revealed to E! Online. This only fuels speculation that Morrison will be leading the upcoming production of Finding Neverland, which will open on April 8, 2015 at the Lunt Fontanne. “I’m looking forward to getting back on stage,” Morrison admitted. “Those are my roots. My heart is on the stage.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Related Shows View Comments Finding Neverland The recently married Morrison was Tony-nominated for The Light In The Piazza. His other Broadway credits include Footloose, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hairspray and South Pacific. He starred in an industry-only workshop of Finding Neverland in New York in late March.last_img read more

The Rockettes Kick Off in Radio City Christmas Spectacular

first_img Performances will run through December 31. This year Radio City Music Hall will be decked out for the season and the Rockettes will shine in a new finale that transforms the theater into a glistening winter wonderland. The Rockettes modern SNOW choreography combined with crystalline costumes is inspired by the snowflakes swirling over the audience, in a whirling dance of their own. Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes View Comments Related Shows That most wonderful time of year is officially here! The Rockettes begin performances in the 87th anniversary of Radio City Christmas Spectacular on November 7. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020last_img

Jennifer Nettles & Carly Hughes Join Broadway’s Chicago

first_img Chicago from $49.50 Hughes’ Broadway credits include Pippin, Beautiful, Ghost, The Book of Mormon, Ragtime, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Aren’t they grand? Aren’t they great?! Grammy-winning Sugarland star Jennifer Nettles and Broadway alum Carly Hughes join the cast of Chicago on the Great White Way as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly beginning February 2. They take over for Charlotte d’Amboise and Amra-Faye Wright at the Ambassador Theatre. Nettles, along with Kristian Bush and Kristen Hall, formed the band Sugarland in 2003 and were nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy Award in 2006. She and Bush two took home two Grammys in 2009 for their single, “Stay.” Nettles also received a Grammy for her collaboration with Bon Jovi. Earlier this year, she released her first solo album, That Girl. Chicago marks her Broadway debut, but she’s already an expert vlogger.center_img Related Shows View Comments Nettles and Hughes will appear in Chicago through March 29. The current cast of Broadway’s second longest-running show also includes Alexander Gemignani as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.last_img read more

Tom Galantich & Duke Lafoon to Play Two Bill Clintons in Clinton the Musical

first_img Clinton The Musical, which features a book by Michael and Paul Hodge and a score by Paul, explores the two very different sides of the 42nd President of the United States: “WJ,” the wholesome, intelligent one, and “Billy,” the randy, charming one. With Hillary (Rodham) Clinton at their side, the two will handle issues from The White House to Whitewater, the sax to the sex, social security to social climbers, and in the process make history. Maybe. Dan Knechtges directs. Related Shows Additional cast members include Kevin Zak as Kenneth Starr, as well as Kara Guy, Dale Hensley, Rob Richardson and Gretchen Wylder. The production will feature set design by Beowulf Boritt, lighting design by Paul Miller, costumes by David Woolard and sound design by Peter Fitzgerald. Galantich has appeared on Broadway in Don’t Dress for Dinner, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Boys from Syracuse, Mamma Mia! and City of Angels. Lafoon makes his off-Broadway debut in Clinton The Musical, though he also played the titular president in the similarly titled Monica! The Musical with Upright Citizens Brigade. Egan’s Great White Way credits include Casa Valentina, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Kuehn Sister Act and Bye Bye Birdie. Kuehn made her Broadway debut in Mamma Mia! and has since starred in Avenue Q off-Broadway. Clinton the Musicalcenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 View Comments Clinton’s got its Bills! Broadway alum Tom Galantich and Duke Lafoon will play two sides of the same coin in Clinton the Musical. Galantich will take on the role of the wholesome Commander In Chief: WJ, while Lafoon will play the scandal-ridden Billy. The pair, along with John Treacy Egan as Newt Gingrich, Veronica Kuehn as Monica Lewinsky and more, join previously announced stars Kerry Butler as Hillary Clinton and Judy Gold as Eleanor Roosevelt. Performances will begin at New World Stages on March 25. Opening night is set for April 9.last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale to See Dave Thomas Brown in The Legend of Georgia McBride

first_img The Legend of Georgia McBride Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 11, 2015 View Comments Tickets are now available to see Dave Thomas Brown, who recently appeared off-Broadway in the musical adaptation of Heathers, in Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride. Directed by Mike Donahue, the New York premiere will begin performances at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre on August 20.The Legend of Georgia McBride follows Casey (Brown), a broke Elvis impersonator in the Florida Panhandle, who, in order to help his pregnant wife, turns to the world of drag.The cast will also include Wayne Duvall as Eddie, Matt McGrath as Tracy, Keith Nobbs as Rexy/Jason and Afton C. Williamson as Jo.The MCC production is scheduled to officially open on September 9 and run through October 4. Related Showslast_img read more

B’way-Bound The Illusionists Perform Fiery Escape

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Now you see them! The Illusionists will return to Broadway this holiday season and they showed once again just why they’re so popular worldwide on America’s Got Talent on September 2. After putting Howie Mandel in a straitjacket (we’re making a shortlist of other candidates for the same treatment for when the magicians land on the Great White Way), they performed a fiery escape for the audience. Check it out below and then the high-tech magic extravaganza from November 19 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The Illusionists View Commentslast_img

Eclipsed Playwright Danai Gurira on How She Landed Lupita Nyong’o

first_img View Comments Danai Gurira is the ultimate multi-hyphenate. Not only does she have a starring role on The Walking Dead, but her play Eclipsed is currently wrapping up a successful run at the Public before moving to Broadway. Gurira stopped by The Tonight Show on November 25 to chat about her projects and how she landed Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o to lead her production. “She emailed me and said: ‘Danai, I really want to get back on stage and I want to do it with your play,'” says Gurira, who went on to admit to host Jimmy Fallon: “I’m still pinching myself.” Check out the interview below; Eclipsed will begin previews at the Golden Theatre on February 23, 2016. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Related Shows Eclipsedlast_img read more