March 12, 2014 |
If there is such a thing as a comic antihero, Elder Cunningham in the highly acclaimed and wildly irreverent "The Book of Mormon" is it. Cody Jamison Strand portrays the character who is the kind of person - very clingy, prototypically schlubby and frequently less than truthful - that would have folks of all religious denominations unified in their haste to un-friend him on Facebook. And yet, Strand's character is able to harness those repellent qualities and humorously bring together Mormon missionaries and a small village in Northern Uganda - not only in their appreciation of each other, but for the universal role that storytelling and religion play as well. PHOTOS: Best in theater 2013 | Charles McNulty The Tony-award winning musical is now on national tour at the Pantages Theatre through May 11. Below is an edited transcript of a conversation with Strand, 24, who also performed the role on Broadway.
February 5, 2008
Re "L.A. plans Broadway face-lift," Jan. 28, and "L.A.'s 'Blade Runner' plans," Opinion, Jan. 30 The Times characterizes the "Bringing Back Broadway" initiative as a plan to "obliterate Broadway's essentially Latino character." That conveniently omits the numerous benefits this widely supported initiative will bring about. The revitalization of the Broadway district will encourage economic development and an appreciation for Los Angeles' vibrant history, be an attraction for tourists and enhance the unique culture of our city.
December 4, 2012 |
The true stars of Broadway are New York's tourists, says a new study. Their first sightseeing stop? The Internet. The Broadway League's 15th annual demographics report, released Monday, profiles the current habits of theatergoers, comparing it with seasons past, and then predicts future trends. The study, based on questionnaires distributed in the Big Apple, finds that 63.4% of Broadway ticket sales for the 2011-12 season went to tourists. This was up from 61.7% in the previous season.
January 7, 2013 |
The Broadway debut of the new musical version of the popular 1982 Barry Levinson movie "Diner," featuring music by pop star Sheryl Crow, has reportedly been delayed until fall. The delay, which was reported by the New York Times, will allow producers to raise more funds toward the musical's $9.5-million budget as well as provide time for rewrites. Levinson is writing the book for the musical, based on his original screenplay. This isn't the first bump in the road for "Diner," which had been expected to debut on Broadway in April.
June 18, 1989
Watching the Tony Awards was like sitting with an old woman who is showing you pictures of herself when she was beautiful. You look at the photos ("West Side Story," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Our Town") and compare them with what time and her life have done to her ("Starmites," "The Heidi Chronicles"), and you understand why the past is so important to her, and it breaks your heart--or it should. If producers have managed to elbow their way onto Broadway ahead of artists now, is it any wonder the only thing we'll be able to remember about today's grotesque spectacles is how much they cost?
June 22, 2012 |
Broadway will see the return of actors Laurie Metcalf and Bobby Cannavale in the new season that begins in the fall. Metcalf, an original member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, will star in "The Other Place," Sharr White's thriller, which premiered last year at Off-Broadway's MCC Theater, set to open Jan. 10 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The actress is currently onstage in London's West End in Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night. " In "The Other Place," she will star as a researcher on the brink of a breakthrough in neurological medicine when her world and family begin to unravel.