Theater Quote for Today:
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.
ElfNote ✍ : I saw lots of Shakespeare this past season and it was all pretty amazing; but my favorite production was Broadway's Twelfth Night, starring the incredible Mark Rylance, traditional Elizabethan styling and pre-show dressing ritual!
ElfNote ✍ : I still can't believe this unbelievably talented cast has been assembled on a single stage, telling this fascinating story with even more heart than there is make up! Gabriel Ebert and Reed Birney are shown below at the stage door after a preview performance earlier this month.
ElfNote ✍ : I continue to feel as if this show deserved a much longer run...
(some milestones courtesy of playbillvault.com)
ElfNote ✍ : I didn't see the original Broadway production of this show, but feel wildly fortunate to have seen the recent concert presentation, featuring many from the original cast. I fell in love with the show, and hope a revival is on the horizon!
ElfNote ✍ : Just being in the same room with Cicely Tyson was pretty mind-blowing; but seeing her give such a poignant and heartbreaking performance was an honor. Condola Rashad (below) was also wonderful, and had a charming chemistry with Ms. Tyson.
Did you know?
- 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:
In The Velocity of Autumn, now on Broadway, Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella have created a mother and son you really should meet :):
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:
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!
"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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