Theater Quote for Today:
So far as I know, anything worth hearing is not usually uttered at seven o'clock in the morning; and if it is, it will generally be repeated at a more reasonable hour for a larger and more wakeful audience.
ElfNote ✍ : Rebecca Luker gave one of my favorite performances in Mary Poppins on Broadway. Her "Being Mrs. Banks" was so poignantly lovely. She's married to another of my favorite performers, Danny Burstein, who is currently on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Cabaret with Alan Cumming.
ElfNote ✍ : For me, a theater lover, Moss Hart's story of developing the show Once in a Lifetime with George S. Kaufman, is a delight. Tony Shaloub and Santino Fontana are a wonderful pair, and the set is a masterpiece! It was also fun to see Will Brill (below, right) as Dore Schary, after loving his performance in the Off Broadway hit, Tribes.
ElfNote ✍ : This show is one of the most deeply special shows I've ever experienced; and every person with whom I shared the show was blown away.
(some milestones courtesy of playbillvault.com)
ElfNote ✍ : I loved this play. The cast was stellar, and the chemistry between Judith Light, Jessica Hecht and Jeremy Shamos was marvelous to watch!
ElfNote ✍ : This show had lots of good elements, such as the sets, costumes and an interesting take on the story, that, taken together, should have made for a more enjoyable show. I'm not sorry I saw it though, there were some fun moments, and Kate Shindler as The Mad Hatter, and Carly Rose Sonenclar as Alice's daughter, Chloe were standouts in the cast.
ElfNote ✍ : A new revival of the show is coming to Broadway this fall, care of Roundabout Theatre Company. Ewan McGregor will make his Broadway debut in the production; and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Cynthia Nixon will join him in the cast.
Did you know?
- Are you just a wee bit curious as to whether you have what it takes to be a Broadway performer? Know someone who does? Here's a great chance to find out: a new competition from the folks at Broadway Spotted and Davenport Productions, Broadway Spotted's Next Big Star is accepting YouTube submissions through Sun, Apr 20 '14.
- Three Broadway shows have changed the game with the addition of Thursday matinee performances. Mamma Mia!, Phantom of the Opera, and Cinderella have each reworked their weekly show schedules to give audiences a new option. It is wise to double- and triple-check the start time of your show these days, as the classic 2pm matinee, 8pm evening curtain times, and "dark on Monday," "no Sunday evenings," rules are no longer. Shows may start at 7pm, 7:30pm, 2:30pm, etc. Playbill.com has a weekly show schedule on their site, but also check your tickets or the show website.
- I'm definitely behind in my show impression recapping duties :), but check out my theater-going adventures from January at Stage Left...Behind/January '14 and December at Stage Left...Behind/December '13.
- A new musical incorporating music by Sting, The Last Ship, will arrive on Broadway in the Fall '14, after a short Chicago preview in the summer. The musical will run at The Neil Simon Theatre.
- There are numerous well-known actors from various genres appearing on Broadway in 2014. I've done a (not exhaustive :)) list, Star Lights, Stars Bright on the Stage Presence: A Blog page.
- All The Way, which premiered at American Repertory Theatre in Boston in Fall '13, and stars Bryan Cranston as Lyndon Johnson is now running at the Neil Simon Theatre. Read about my experience after the show in Boston at Stage Door Tales: Breaking Good.
- Check out my Stage Sprites page for more kid-centered theater information.
- If you have and/or know a child who would enjoy a theater-focused camp this summer (and some theater's have kids' programs all year round!), Broadway Direct has an overview of some considerations when searching for the right place!
- If you're looking for a list of current shows I've enjoyed, and would recommend, you'll find it on the Stage Directions/Let's See a Show page.
- I often get asked about preview periods of Broadway (and other) shows, and whether to see a show during previews. So I did the logical thing, and made a Culturalist list: StageElf's Top Ten Best Reasons to See a Broadway Show in Previews :)! Enjoy!
- I've shared some favorite memories of my theatrical adventures in 2013 in my post Memories from the House 2013 on the Stage Presence: A Blog page.
- I had a great time at the stage door after Waiting for Godot, starring Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart. Read about it in my Stage Door Tales/"Waiting" for fun! blog post of Nov 27 '13.
- For those of you who love theater, Broadway, and/or just love a good story, the new book The Untold Stories of Broadway, by theater historian and producer, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, is now available on Amazon.com!!
Theatre Video Picks:
It promises to be a wild ride with Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway this spring, and it began Mar 29 '14!
Get a preview of Sutton Foster's return to Broadway in the revival of Violet, which began previews Mar 28 '14.
Alan Cumming talks to CBS This Morning about his return to the role of the Emcee in Cabaret on Broadway this month.
The new musical, Bullets Over Broadway, had its first preview performance Mar 11 '14! The cast includes Zach Braff, and some of my favorite stage actors: Betsy Wolfe, Marin Mazzie, Brooks Ashmanskas and more!
Get a taste of the highly praised new musical revue on Broadway focused on the Jazz Age, After Midnight:
Here's a look at Broadway's new play about LBJ, All The Way, starring Bryan Cranston:
"Beautiful - The Carole King Musical":
It's finally returning to Broadway! Les Misérables opened in previews Mar 1 '14:
The nice people at 54 Below and the talented people that put together the recent incarnation of the fictional musical Hit List from the television show Smash, have provided video highlights from the concert! In this one, the cast sings the final number, Joe Iconis' The Goodbye Song:
Enjoy a taste of the new Broadway musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder! It's gotten rave reviews and I heartily recommend it!
Enjoy Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan talking about their current Broadway collaboration in No Man's Land and Waiting For Godot, playing in repertory at The Cort Theatre:
"Pippin," winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Revival:
A Theatre View of One's Own
stagescape noun \stājskāp\: defn. the mind & heart's-eye view created by all the theater experiences you add to your life; altn. the compound term created from "stage" and "escape," and meaning to have an adventure at the theater that takes you both outside and inside yourself!
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