March 8, 2013 |
Actress Holland Taylor's portrayal of Ann Richards, the brassy blue governor of the red state of Texas, made its Broadway debut Thursday at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The one-woman show, simply titled "Ann," spans Richards' Depression-era Texas youth and her rise from housewife to outspoken political powerhouse. Taylor, who also penned the play, spent four years researching "Ann," which also marks the Emmy-winning actress' return to Broadway after three decades. FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview "I knew I had to get the persona, what made everybody so nuts for her, rather than the policy or the politics," Taylor recently told The Times . "I'm not writing history.
December 21, 2012 |
In bygone days "extra, extra" is what newspaper hawkers used to shout to sell copies. Now it's what the Walt Disney Co. is adding to its bottom line, with word that "Newsies, the Musical," about turn-of-the-20th century paperboys who go on strike, has recouped its initial $5-million investment on Broadway and is heading into the black. Disney Theatrical Productions announced Thursday that the show, which began previews in mid-March, has recouped its costs more quickly than any of its four previous Broadway hits -- "Beauty and the Beast," which ran from 1994 to 2007, "The Lion King," still running after opening in 1997, "Aida," which ran from 2000 to 2004, and "Mary Poppins," running since 2006.
October 7, 2012 |
There's no word whether they sang at their own wedding, but one of Broadway's most decorated stars, Audra McDonald, tied the knot Saturday with Will Swenson, a fellow musical theater veteran whose credits include a Tony-nominated turn as the provocateur Berger in a 2009 revival of “Hair.” The Associated Press reported that they were married Saturday at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. McDonald, 42, and Swenson, 38, had announced their engagement in January. In June, McDonald won her fifth Tony Award - but her first as a lead performer - for her portrayal of Bess in “The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,” which closed last month.
June 21, 2012 |
Audra McDonald won her fifth Tony Award earlier this month for her performance in "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" on Broadway, but ticket-holders expecting to catch her in the musical in the next several days will be out of luck. McDonald has withdrawn from the production through July 3, citing inflammation of her vocal cords that resulted from an earlier respiratory infection. The actress' understudy, Alicia Hall Moran, will perform the role of Bess in her place. Moran already plays Bess in Wednesday evening performances.
April 15, 2013 |
In the wake of largely negative reviews and falling box-office receipts, the current Broadway production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's," starring "Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke, will close on Sunday after opening on March 20 at New York's Cort Theatre. The early closure comes after much publicity hype surrounding Clarke's Broadway debut. The actress has seen her television career soar thanks to HBO's "Game of Thrones. " In a bit of showbiz synergy, "Thrones" debuted its third season shortly after "Breakfast" opened on Broadway.
January 19, 2012
After its highly anticipated run at the Mark Taper Forum set to start Jan. 25, "Clybourne Park," Bruce Norris' 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, will open on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater on April 12, according to a spokesperson for the show. It has been a circuitous path to New York's famed theater district, but at least it has carried many of the original crew along for the ride. Pam MacKinnon will direct at both the Taper and the Walter Kerr; she directed the show's original incarnation at off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons in February 2010.