October 21, 2007 |
THE Times Square rehearsal space is mostly bare, with only a door stoop mapped out on the otherwise empty stage. There eventually will be a minimal set, several lighting cues and a few sound effects and music. But when Chazz Palminteri launches the revival of his "A Bronx Tale" on Broadway, it will be almost all Palminteri and hardly anything else. When most little plays graduate from a 72-seat waiver house to a 947-seat auditorium on 48th Street, they collect all kinds of bells and whistles.
May 30, 2007 |
Broadway musicians, who staged a four-day strike in 2003 that cost New York City's economy about $10 million, agreed to a three-year contract with producers, both sides announced Tuesday. The contract requires producers to increase contributions to the musicians' health plan and expands the number of musicians eligible to participate. In return, musicians gave up two wage increases over the course of the deal.
June 23, 2007 |
"West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin's new play "The Farnsworth Invention" -- the filmmaker's first stage play since his 1989 New York hit, "A Few Good Men" -- will open on Broadway this year. An exploration of the controversial story behind the invention of television, "Farnsworth" was originally commissioned by Dublin's Abbey Theater and developed at the La Jolla Playhouse under departing artistic director Des McAnuff, who will direct the New York production for Dodger Theatricals ("Jersey Boys").
December 28, 2008 |
They added four new songs, lined up a big theater and psyched up their backers. The producers of "Vanities, A New Musical," originally staged at the Pasadena Playhouse, then announced it was opening on Broadway in February. But three weeks later, on Dec. 5, the producers issued a second bulletin: The show would not go on during this winter of economic discontent. This is not a season for new Broadway shows that might make it.
May 26, 1996 |
After a recent performance of the current Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's "Buried Child," which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979, two audience members left arguing the play's merits. One man asserted it was a profound examination of how, when a new person comes into a family, secrets must be unearthed and re-sorted and reexplained if a new family is to be formed. The second man completely disagreed.
June 4, 2001 |
It's a Tony Award-winning Mel Brooks lyric: "The toast of society's burning tonight!" On Sunday night, no one in Broadway society glowed more brightly than Brooks, the main man behind the phenomenon, the colossus, the Mothra known as "The Producers." We've officially hit it. Hype-othetically speaking, we've hit the point where people on other planets have heard plenty about this show.