The Velocity of Autumn Estelle Parsons Tick, Tick… Boom! Estelle Parsons leads the Broadway premiere of Eric Coble’s new play The Velocity of Autumn. The Oscar winner is cast as an eccentric 79-year-old Brooklynite who barricades herself in her brownstone, armed with explosives and a Zippo lighter. She’s visited by her estranged son (played by two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella), who tries to reason with her. (This is Estelle Parsons we’re talking about, so good luck, Stephen.) Directed by Molly Smith, The Velocity of Autumn doesn’t begin performances at Broadway’s Booth Theatre until April 1, but Broadway.com has your first look at the show’s striking poster. Check it out above, and mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss Parsons’ fiery star turn in The Velocity of Autumn. Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 4, 2014 View Comments
Show Closed This production ended its run on April 6, 2014 Directed by Leigh Silverman, Kung Fu tells the story of international icon Bruce Lee’s journey from troubled Hong Kong youth to martial arts legend. The new play blends dance, Chinese opera, martial arts and drama into a new theatrical form. The production follows Lee in America as he struggles to prove himself as a fighter, a husband, a father and a man. Related Shows View Comments The world premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu officially opens at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center February 24. Starring Cole Horibe as Bruce Lee, the show will play a limited engagement through March 30 at the Irene Diamond Stage. Kung Fu In addition to Horibe, the cast of Kung Fu features Phoebe Strole, Jon Rua, Emmanuel Brown, Clifton Duncan, Bradley Fong, Francis Jue, Peter Kim, Ari Loeb, Reed Luplau, Kristen Faith Oei and Christopher Vo.
View Comments Beware Great White Way! Forbidden Broadway is Alive and STILL Kicking! Gerard Alessandrini’s revue roast begins performances February 22 off-Broadway after a ten-month hiatus. Directed by Phillip George and Alessandrini, the show is playing at the newly refurbished Davenport Theatre. This year’s targets are set to include Pippin, Kinky Boots, Matilda and Motown, joining favorites from last year including Wicked and The Book of Mormon. As the new season of Main Stem productions open, the creative team will add shows including Rocky, Cabaret, Bridges of Madison County, Bullets Over Broadway, Les Miz and Aladdin. Related Shows Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 The cast will feature Erica Dorfler (Book of Mormon), Carter Calvert (Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues), along with stars from last year’s edition Scott Richard Foster and Marcus Stevens.
Cabaret For the last 16 years, Alan Cumming has been the proud owner of a Tony Award for his legendary turn in Cabaret—but until now, he’s never had his own Sardi’s portrait! The star, who is appearing in the newest revival of the hit Kander and Ebb musical at Studio 54, was surprised with his very own caricature on the wall of the legendary Theater District restaurant. And of course, his girls and gals from the Kit Kat Klub were on hand to cheer him on! Check out these snapshots of Cumming taking his rightful place on the walls of the famous New York hotspot, then catch him in Cabaret, along with Linda Emond, Danny Burstein, Gayle Rankin and Aaron Krohn (below)! Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Star Files Alan Cumming
London’s Evita Finds All Its Star Quality We now know who will be joining the previously announced Madalena Alberto, Marto Pellow and Ben Forster in the West End’s new production of Evita. Rounding out the cast will be Matthew Cammelle, Sarah McNicholas, Michelle Pentecost, Amira Matthews, Olive Robinson, Verity Burgess, Gemma Atkins, Lizzie Ottley, Joe McCourt, Joe Maxwell, Joel Elferink, Ryan Pidgen, Anthony Ray, Chris Stoddart, Callum Fitzgerald, David Burlin, Stuart MacIver, Peter McPherson, Joseph Connor, Jamie Tyler and Christopher Palmer. The limited engagement will begin previews on September 16 with opening night set for September 22. Rupert Murdoch is Aiming for Broadway Oscar nominee and Great White Way vet James Cromwell is set to play Rupert Murdoch in David Williamson’s bio-play Rupert. The production, which will open in November in Sydney, Australia, is aiming to transfer to the West End in 2015 and Broadway in 2016. Cromwell, perhaps best known for his work in Babe and LA Confidential, told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I like taking on the dragon…And Murdoch is definitely the dragon.” We’re thinking that the media tycoon might not be quite as supportive to Cromwell about his portrayal as Her Majesty has been to the about-to-return-to-Broadway Dame Helen Mirren with hers. Lesley Ann Warren Returns to Cinderella It’s possible! Lesley Ann Warren shall go to the ball—the Oscar nominee will attend Broadway’s Cinderella on September 23 and join the cast during the curtain call for an encore performance of “Ten Minutes Ago.” Warren played the titular character in the 1965 television version (the original 1957 incarnation was headlined by Julie Andrews). It’s all in celebration of the 50th Anniversary DVD release of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Brian d’Arcy James Lands Big Screen Role Two-time Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek, Sweet Smell of Success) has signed up for new movie Spotlight. According to Deadline, the project, about a Boston pedophile priest, will be directed by Tom McCarthy and star Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber and Rachel McAdams. View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Sarah Brightman Sells a Piece of Phantom History Some news for Phantom history buffs from #SarahBrightman, the West End and Broadway’s original Christine and future astronaut. To celebrate the show’s success back in 1987, the musical’s composer Andrew Lloyd Webber bought Brightman, his then wife, the pictured tiger jewelry from the collection of the Duchess of Windsor. (AKA Wallis Simpson, the one Edward VIII gave up the British throne for.) Now the first angel of music is auctioning the two pieces off at Christie’s in Geneva on November 11. Brightman will be giving a portion of the proceeds from the sale to The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, which supports the arts, music in schools and more. Wearing $2 million or so of jewelry in space probably isn’t really the done thing.
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 Related Shows View Comments The Humans, the latest play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam, will play off-Broadway as part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s New Play Initiative. Tony winner Joe Mantello will direct. Performances will begin in the fall of 2015 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Centre for Theatre. Further information, including dates, casting and a creative team, will be announced at a later date.The play explores the hilarity, heart and horrors of the modern American family. After a sleepless night, Mr. Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to his daughter’s new apartment to celebrate Thanksgiving. As darkness falls outside the crumbling pre-war duplex, mysterious things start to go bump in the night and family tensions reach a boiling point. The play is set to premiere at Chicago’s American Theater Company this November.The Humans marks Karam’s second Roundabout commission, following Sons of the Prophet in 2011. In 2007, the theater company launched the Roundabout Underground program, with his play Speech & Debate as the inaugural production. His additional works include columbinus alongside PJ Paparelli and the libretto for the chamber opera Dark Sisters, on which he collaborated with composer Nico Muhly. The Humans
The directors include America Ferrera, Andy Fickman and Kathy Najimy, while the writers will include Christina Anderson, Bekah Brunstetter, comedian David Cross, David Lindsay Abaire, Jonathan Marc Sherman and Sarwat Siddiqui. Other stage and screen stars who are taking part this year include Sasha Alexander, Jamie Chung, Billy Crudup, Rachel Dratch, Nina Dobrev, Michael Ealy, Seth Green, Bryan Greenberg, Taran Killam, Zoe Kravitz, Justin Long, Aasif Mandvi, Stephen Merchant, Diane Neal, Jay Pharoah, Sebastian Stan, Julia Stiles, Tracie Thoms, Michael Kenneth and Pablo Schreiber. Hope these stars like flying by the seat of their pants! Working Girl Melanie Griffith, Les Miz movie fave Amanda Seyfried, OITNB’s Uzo Aduba and Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage are among the many big names to have signed up to The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. The 14th annual event challenges more than a dozen actors, six writers and six directors to come up with six original short plays over the course of a day. The AP reports that the plays will be performed for a live audience at the American Airlines Theatre on November 17. View Comments Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Urban Arts Partnership.
View Comments Who is the Very Model of a Modern Major-General?! Hunter Parrish (Weeds, Godspell), Tony winner Douglas Hodge (La Cages aux Folles), Tony nominee Phillip Boykin (Porgy and Bess) and Julia Udine (Phantom) will appear in The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty at City Center this fall.Also starring the previously announced Deborah Voigt, Betsy Wolfe and Montego Glover, the Gilbert & Sullivan classic will be conducted and directed by Ted Sperling with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and play October 15 and 16.Penzance will feature choreography and associate direction by Gustavo Zajac, set by David Korins, lighting by Frances Aronson and sound by Scott Lehrer.The concert presentation is part of the new MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) season, which will highlight English operas, operettas and new works.
It’ll make the perfect album for when you’re writing love letters, eating vanilla ice cream or considering one more piece of candy. The company of the Broadway revival of She Loves Me will go into the studio to record a cast album for Ghostlight Records on April 25. Release dates will be announced later.The Roundabout production opened in March at Studio 54, where it is scheduled to run through July 10. The Scott Ellis-helmed staging stars Laura Benanti, along with Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski, Gavin Creel, Byron Jennings, Michael McGrath and Nicholas Barasch.Featuring a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, She Loves Me follows Amalia (Benanti) and Georg (Levi), two parfumerie clerks who are constantly at odds. Meanwhile, they’re anonymous romantic pen pals, not realizing they’re falling in love with their work nemesis. The musical is based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, whose story was also the basis of the 1998 film You’ve Got Mail. The score features such songs as “Vanilla Ice Cream,” “Try Me” and “Dear Friend.” Laura Benanti & Jane Krakowski in ‘She Loves Me'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments She Loves Me Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016
‘Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway!’ Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway! View Comments Oh what a night! Tickets are now available for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway!. The limited engagement is set to play October 21 through October 29 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Jersey Boys, the story of how they became international superstars, continues to play at the August Wilson.Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! will feature all of their greatest hits and Valli’s solo hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Dawn (Go Away),” “Rag Doll,” “Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye),” “Let’s Hang On!” “Working My Way Back To You,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Grease,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Who Loves You” and “December ‘63 (Oh What A Night),” along with a variety of musical surprises.Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have sold over 175 million records, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, have scored 30 Billboard Top 40 hits and Frankie Valli has also scored 9 Billboard Top 40 hits as a solo artist. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 29, 2016