The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Begins Performances at the Atlantic Theater Company

first_img Joining Bay and Best will be Zainab Jah, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Patrick Murney, Joshua E. Nelson, Sydney Sainté, Raviv Ullman, Todd Weeks and Malik Yoba.The creative team for The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner includes scenic design by Lauren Helpern, costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley II, lighting design by Michael Chybowski, sound design by Bart Fasbender and projection design by Pauline Lu and Paul Piekarz. Based on Alan Sillitoe’s classic story, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner tells the story of Colin (Best), who with few prospects in life, finds himself in a prison school for criminal activity. He turns to long distance running as an escape, only to have the school exploit him for his talent, offering him a possible way out. Will he run his race for them, or for his independence? Related Shows The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner View Comments Atlantic Theater Company’s The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, starring Eshan Bay and Sheldon Best, begins performances  off-Broadway January 8. Written by Roy Williams and directed by Leah C. Gardiner, the production’s opening night is set for January 21 at ATC’s Stage 2. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner will play a limited engagement through February 9, 2014. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 9, 2014last_img read more

The Prince Had a Ball! Santino Fontana Looks Back on His ‘Great Times & Silly Mishaps’ in Cinderella

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 What are three words you would use to describe your experience at the job? Lovely. Hilarious. Joyful. View Comments Cinderella How did you feel when you first got the job? Excited and scared. Employee Name: Santino Fontana Job You’re Leaving: Prince Topher in Cinderella Why are you leaving the job? I love playing characters and I felt it was time to play another one. I’m excited to start rehearsals at Lincoln Center in a few weeks to take on Act One with another great group of people. What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? Being able to stare pleasantly at your love interest for long periods of time. What will you miss most about the job? That’s easy. The people. I love this cast and am gonna miss playing make believe with them everyday. Laura, Rebecca, Vicki, Harriet, Ann, Marla, Peter, Greg, Puma, Jill, Kristine, Callan, Steph, Shonica, Kendal, Robert, Jess, Irion, Brandon, Nathan, Sam, Andy, Linder, Alessa, Jeff, Kirstin, Cody, Branch, Ira, Alexis, Zac, Justin, Scott, Einhorn, Matt, Greg, Tamiflu and Lauren. What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Enjoy the ride. And stretch occasionally. Santino Fontana Related Shows What was the easiest thing about the job? Enjoying myself with that cast and telling that story. How do you feel now that you’re leaving the job? Excited and scared. And sad. What was the highlight of your time at the job? There are too many to count. I loved the preview process. I’ll never forget the great times I’ve spent with the cast onstage and off, laughing about silly mishaps, recording the album… So many highlights. In the corporate world, employees departing a job are asked to sit through an exhausting “exit interview” about their stint at the company. Although that model doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, we think it’s fun to check in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Tony nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Santino Fontana, whose royal engagement in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is coming to a close, looks back on his “lovely, hilarious and joyful” time with his co-star Laura Osnes (even during her moments of “erratic violence”). What was the hardest thing about the job? Having to deal with Laura’s erratic violence. Star Fileslast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Disney Reigns as King of the Broadway Jungle

first_img View Comments FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($2,066,169) 2. Wicked ($1,988,092) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,578,566) 4. Aladdin ($1,498,146) 5. Kinky Boots ($1,237,182) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.34%)* 3. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.58%) 4. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (100.54%) 5. The Lion King (100.01%) =5. Aladdin (100.01%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Rocky (74.33%) 4. The Cripple of Inishmaan (67.74%) 3. Cinderella (66.44%) 2. Holler If Ya Hear Me (53.17%) 1. Bullets Over Broadway (51.24%) *Number based on 7 regular performances The Fourth of July holiday weekend marked an expected dip in box office numbers this week on Broadway. As many spent the holiday with fireworks and cookouts, box offices took in approximately a combined $25.12 million, down about $4.66 million from the week before. Still, many shows had cause to cheer—especially when those productions are run by a certain mouse. The Lion King and Aladdin both held onto frontrunning positions in the highest grossing shows, with the former breaking two million and surpassing Wicked as the highest grossing show. Usual suspects The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots made the top five as well. The Lion King and Aladdin also exceeded capacity, and by a narrow margin, tied for a spot in the top five attended shows. As previously announced, Disney’s remaining Broadway show, Newsies, will play its final performance this summer. But before that, the Great White Way said goodbye to The Realistic Joneses. The star-studded play had its last performance as scheduled on July 6. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 6: Source: The Broadway League UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Once ($428,194)  4. The Realistic Joneses ($420,300)  3. Rock of Ages ($303,796) 2. Violet ($247,291)* 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me ($144,773)last_img read more

Tony and Emmy Award Winner Edward Herrmann Dead at 71

first_img Herrmann is survived by his second wife, Star, as well as his two daughters and stepson. Tony and Emmy Award winner Edward Herrmann, known for his performance as the patriarchal Richard Gilmore on the TV series Gilmore Girls, died on December 31 following a battle with brain cancer. His death was confirmed to The Huffington Post by his manager. He was 71. Herrmann received a Tony Award for his next Broadway performance as Frank Gardner in the 1976 revival of Mrs. Warren’s Profession. That same year, he earned an Emmy nod (his first of four) for portraying FDR in the TV movie Eleanor and Franklin. He would go on to play Roosevelt again in Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (garnering his second Emmy nomination), as well as in the 1982 film adaptation of Annie. Earlier this year, Herrmann emulated the president for the final time, providing voiceover work for Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. In addition to Moonchildren and Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Herrmann appeared on Broadway in The Philadelphia Story, Plenty (for which he was again Tony-nominated), Love Letters, and, most recently, the 1998 revival of The Deep Blue Sea. From 2000 through 2007, Herrmann portrayed grandfather figure Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, playing husband to fellow Tony winner Kelly Bishop and father to Broadway alum Lauren Graham. While the WB series marks his most long-running on-screen appearance, Herrmann’s many notable screen credits include Harry’s War, Overboard, The Lost Boys and Richie Rich, in which he sang the Gus Kahn and Harry Woods standard “Side by Side” with Christine Ebersole. He received two Emmy nominations for St. Elsewhere and won for his guest role on The Practice. View Comments Born on July 21, 1943 in Washington, D.C., Herrmann studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after graduating from Bucknell University. He made his professional debut in 1971 in Michael Weller’s Moonchildren. The production transferred to Broadway the following year, marking his Great White Way debut.last_img read more

Six Vintage Spring Awakening Videos to Psych You Up For the New Revival

first_imgHunter Parrish’s First Vocal RehearsalAs much as we love the original cast, we have to admit the new class was seriously awesome, too. When incoming star Hunter Parrish had his first vocal rehearsal with the cast, Broadway.com stopped by the Eugene O’Neill Theatre to see the magic happen. We can’t wait to hear the songs of Spring Awakening on Broadway again! CD Signing at the Virgin MegastoreThe Times Square Virgin Megastore may now be a Forever 21, but this video from the Broadway.com vaults captures the giddy Spring Awakening stars at their first-ever album signing. “To see all these people here waiting for us,” Michele said tearfully, “This is, like, a really big moment for me right now.” And now we can watch that moment over and over again! Spring Awakening Related Shows Valentine’s Day FirstsOK, here’s where things get juicy. We invited the Spring Awakening kids into Broadway.com’s studio to dish about their first dates, kisses and crushes. We learned a lot—maybe too much. Did you know Lea Michele tried to stick her tongue in Gavin Creel’s mouth? Or that Lilli Cooper’s first date was at a Times Square Starbucks? Or that Jonathan Groff’s first kiss was in the bushes? Learn something new every day. Valentine’s Day Dos and Don’tsThe Spring Awakening stars aren’t done schooling you in love just yet. If you want to score a date, write lots of love notes. Unless you’re Lea Michele. In that case, run over to them and jump on top of them (oh, and check out more fun Lea moments in her unedited green screen footage here). Other dating rules? Don’t wear tighty-whiteys, don’t talk about your ex, and don’t go on a date in a place that has a weird smell. Thanks for the tips, guys. Backstage with Jonathan GroffBefore Jonathan Groff was the king of Broadway, he hosted a backstage tour for Broadway.com, giving us a behind-the-scenes look at “where the magic happens.” From Lea Michele’s dressing room designed with Urban Outfitters tchotchkes to Groffsauce’s autograph book for “famous people,” these guys sure have come a long way. Opening NightMost of the young cast made their Broadway debuts in Spring Awakening (Skylar Astin, Lilli Cooper, Lauren Pritchard and Gideon Glick, just to name a few), so the show’s opening night felt particularly electric. Broadway.com was on the scene to chat with the cast and find out why starring in Spring Awakening is like summer camp. View Comments It’s official: Melchior, Wendla and all of our friends are coming back to Broadway this fall! The new Deaf West Theatre production of Spring Awakening will begin performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on September 8, helmed by Broadway vet Michael Arden. Although the new mounting of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Tony-winning musical definitely won’t be a carbon copy of the original 2006 production, we’re getting nostalgic with these vintage videos of Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele and the original cast from the Broadway.com vaults. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016last_img read more

Penn & Teller Recoups on Broadway

first_imgPenn & Teller On Broadway has recouped its $2.85 million capitalization. The legendary magic duo began performances at the Marquis Theatre on July 7. They disappear from Broadway on August 16 at the Marquis Theatre to head back to Las Vegas.Though the two end their Broadway stint later this month, magic won’t be too far from the Great White Way. The Illusionists – Live on Broadway will begin performances at the Neil Simon Theatre on November 19. The group played the Marquis Theatre earlier this year, and the Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical On Your Feet! is scheduled to begin performances in the space on October 5.Penn Jillette and one-name wonder Teller first appeared on Broadway in 1987, after they were a hit off-Broadway in 1985. They returned to the Great White Way in 1991 with The Refrigerator Tour. They served as the hosts of the British TV series Penn & Teller: Fool Us, which will be revived on The CW later this year. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 16, 2015 View Comments Penn & Tellerlast_img read more

Take a Look at the Peculiar Inhabitants of American Horror Story: Hotel

first_imgReady to check into Lady Gaga’s “hot bed of evil?” FX has released a first look at American Horror Story: Hotel, and plenty of stage alums are dressed to the terrifying nines for the anthology series’ fifth season. Creepy kids? Check. Mattress tomb? Check. Denis O’Hare as Liz Taylor-but-not-actually Liz Taylor and Sarah Paulson as a leopard print-clad drug addict? Check and check. The Hollywood-set season will also feature returning players Kathy Bates, Chloë Sevigny, Evan Peters, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Angela Bassett, Lily Rabe and Wes Bentley, as well as Broadway fave Cheyenne Jackson and perhaps even Darren Criss. Take a look below, and catch them in their new abode beginning October 7. View Commentslast_img read more

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Renewed for Second Season

first_img We’ll settle for this! The CW has renewed Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for a second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Despite low ratings in its premiere season, the musical comedy series has been critically acclaimed and earned creator Rachel Bloom a Golden Globe for her performance. A renewal indicates confidence on the network’s part for the show to continue developing an audience that wants to watch an angry Tovah Feldshuh singing about bathrooms (uhm, hi).In addition to Bloom—a professed Broadway cheerleader herself—and Tony nominee Feldshuh, the show features several stage favorites, including Santino Fontana, Vincent Rodriguez III, Donna Lynne Champlin and David Hull.Crazy Ex-Girlfriend follows Rebecca Bunch (Bloom), a New York-based lawyer who moves to West Covina, California to reconnect with her childhood boyfriend (Rodriguez). Each episode features multiple musical numbers, and many are extremely reminiscent of familiar show tunes. Take a look at some of our favorites from the first season below! Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch in ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'(Photo: Jordan Nuttall/The CW) View Commentslast_img read more

Second Stage Season Will Include Plays by Tracy Letts & More

first_img Second Stage Theatre has announced three New York premieres for its 2016-2017 off-Broadway season. Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts’ 2003 play Man From Nebraska will be helmed by David Cromer and begin performances in winter 2017. In addition, Tony nominee Anna Deavre Smith and Leonard Foglia kick things off with Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, marking their Second Stage return; Dear Evan Hansen director Michael Grief also comes back to the company to helm Tony and Pulitzer winner Bruce Norris’ A Parallelogram.The season will start with Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education. Created, written and performed by Smith, the documentary solo show depicts the personal accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline. The play will be directed by Foglia; the pair’s previous one-woman performance collaboration, Let Me Down Easy, had its 2008 premiere at Second Stage. Performances are scheduled to begin on October 11. As previously reported, Notes from the Field will also kick off American Repertory Theater’s season in August.Letts’ Man from Nebraska was a Pulitzer Prize finalist (Letts’ first) in 2004. The play follows Ken, a middle aged man who goes on a wild adventure to find his lost sense of purpose. Along the way he encounters a world vastly different from his own, filled with chance meetings and romantic encounters that shake him to the core.Norris and Greif’s collaboration, A Parallelogram, will hit the stage in summer 2017. The play centers on Bee, who can click through different moments in her life with the touch of a remote control. Past, present and future collide in this existential farce that questions whether we can make peace with those things we don’t have the power to change.All three productions will take place at off-Broadway’s Tony Kiser Theatre. Additional productions as well as cast and creative teams for the 2016-2017 roster will be announced at a later date. Tracy Letts(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Commentslast_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for B’way Transfer of Significant Other

first_img View Comments Tickets are now available for the Broadway engagement of Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other. Directed by Trip Cullman, the production, which had a successful run off-Broadway, will begin performances on February 14, 2017 at the Booth Theatre; opening night is set for March 2.The cast will include Gideon Glick, Lindsay Mendez, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Barbara Barrie, John Behlmann, Sas Goldberg and Luke Smith.Significant Other follows Jordan Berman, who combats single life with nights joined by his trio of girlfriends. But as those friends become coupled off, he learns that guiding and supporting loved ones through their relationships is just as hard as the exhausting quest for Mr. Right. Related Shows Significant Othercenter_img ‘Significant Other’ Show Closed This production ended its run on April 23, 2017last_img read more