January 4, 1993 |
TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, 1993: Our scene opens in the walnut-paneled boardroom of the Vanna White National Repertory Theater Company. Seated at a conference table the size of a pageant runway are the board of directors. They are meeting to select the plays the company will perform in the season ahead (inspired, no doubt, by the current trend toward the boob-tubing of culture, "When Stage, Television Collide," Calendar, Nov. 30).
March 9, 2003 |
The plot of the biggest production on Broadway Saturday had anger, accusations of greed, a chorus, a funeral march, pickets, disappointed theatergoers and worried business owners. At the root of it all was a bitter controversy over the use of digital music technology in theaters. The stage of virtually every Broadway musical was dark, and no negotiations between striking theater musicians and the League of American Theaters and Producers were scheduled.
June 10, 2013 |
Few may be popping Champagne corks for a Broadway season in which ticket prices went up, attendance went down and commercialism ran amok. But if anything could restore faith in the American theater it was Sunday's exuberant Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Beginning with an opening number by the impish showman and incomparable Tony host Neil Patrick Harris (please, CBS, make him sign a lifetime contract!), the telecast found ways of selling Broadway's wares to America while honoring the Great White Way's stubbornly eccentric soul.
October 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Sandy dimmed the lights on the Great White Way - but not for long. After days of shuttered performances in the wake of the storm, 27 of the 29 shows running on Broadway reopened Wednesday, despite continued power, transportation and community outages across New York City and the surrounding area. The exceptions, Disney's musicals "Mary Poppins" and "The Lion King," will return Thursday. "Evita," "Jersey Boys" and "Scandalous" canceled their Wednesday matinees but resumed with Wednesday's evening performances.
June 12, 2006
Neither "Drowsy" nor "Purple," the color of the evening for the 2006 Tony Awards was brilliant gem-like red. Men, of course, chose de rigueur black as did more than a few women. There were the inevitable forays into pastel, along with a few dusky blues. But, primarily speaking, the Great White Way was bingeing on red.
February 5, 2013 |
If you're a community theater regular, or even attended high school or college musicals, you're likely familiar with the lively, foot-tappin' tunes of “Pippin.” It's the story of a young prince, son of the French King Charlemagne (King Charles), and his search for his place in the world. The original Broadway version of "Pippin," directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, debuted in 1972; it ran for five years and won five Tonys. Now "Pippin" will return to the Great White Way this March for the first time in more than 30 years.