PIPPIN, TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III, 'JANIS JOPLIN' & More to be Featured on WABC-7's Broadway Backstage: Fall Preview Tomorrow
This weekend, WABC-7 airs a half-hour special covering highlights of the 2013 fall season on Broadway, including A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin, NO MAN'S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT, PIPPIN, THE SNOW GEESE, TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III, and more. "Broadway Backstage: Fall Preview" airs this Saturday, November 23 from 7:30-8:00PM.
Hosts Michelle Charlesworth and actor Zachary Quinto, starring in the current revival of THE GLASS MENAGERIE, take viewers behind the scenes at the most-talked-about dramas, revivals, and musicals of the fall Broadway season.
A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin
Check out the powerful musical story of a rock legend at A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin. Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin (Mary Bridget Davies) exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll. The unmistakable voice filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences - trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of Rock 'n' Roll's greatest legends. A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin is playing at the Lyceum Theatre (149 W 45th Street). For more information, visit www.anightwithjanisjoplin.com.
NO MAN'S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT
WABC sits down with Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, stars of NO MAN'S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT. In Harold Pinter's NO MAN'S LAND, two elderly writers, having met in a London pub, continue drinking and talking into the night. All might be well, until the return home of two younger men. Their relationships are exposed, with menace and hilarity, in one of Pinter's most entertaining plays. In Samuel Beckett's WAITING FOR GODOT, two wanderers wait by a lonely tree, to meet up with Mr. Godot, who they hope will change their lives for the better. Instead, another couple of eccentric travelers arrive, one man on the end of the other's rope. The results are both funny and dangerous. Playing in repertory, NO MAN'S LAND and WAITING FOR GODOT are currently in previews at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). For more information, visit www.TwoPlaysInRep.com.
Meet Broadway's royal couple Tony Award nominees Terrence Mann and Charlotte d'Amboise, the "King" and "Queen" of the hit musical who are married onstage and off. Learn how these two stage vets balance work and family life. Royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his "corner of the sky." Noted for many Broadway standards including "Corner of the Sky," "Magic To Do," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song," this production of PIPPIN is the winner of four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. PIPPIN is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street).For more information, visit www.PippinTheMusical.com.
THE SNOW GEESE
Go behind the scenes of Manhattan Theatre Club and MCC Theater's THE SNOW GEESE, starring Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Burstein, andVictoria Clark. With World War I raging abroad, newly widowed Elizabeth Gaesling (Mary-Louise Parker) gathers her family for their annual shooting party to mark the opening of hunting season in rural, upstate New York. But Elizabeth is forced to confront a new reality as her carefree eldest son (Evan Jonigkeit) comes to terms with his impending deployment overseas and her younger son (Brian Cross) discovers that the father they all revered left them deeply in debt. Together, the family must let go of the life they've always known. Daniel Sullivan (Rabbit Hole, Proof) directs THE SNOW GEESE, a stirring new play about a family waking up from their own personal Gilded Age as the world around them changes forever. THE SNOW GEESE is currently playing at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). For more information, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III
The repertory productions of TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III are a highlight of this season's influx of Shakespeare on Broadway. Both plays are presented with an all-male company playing both male and female roles, as the plays were originally staged in Shakespeare's day. Outrageous high comedy ensues as the pangs of unrequited love affect the unforgettable characters of Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT. While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Olivia (Mark Rylance), an alliance of servants and hangers-on scheme against the high handedness of Olivia's steward, the pompous Malvolio (Stephen Fry). When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola (Samuel Barnett), who has disguised herself as a young man under the name Cesario, to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet and hilarious chain of events follows. In RICHARD III, Richard Duke of Gloucester (Mark Rylance) is determined that he should wear the crown of England. He has already dispatched one king and that king's son; now all that stands in his way are two credulous brothers and two helpless nephews - the Princes in the Tower. And woe betide those - the women he wrongs, the henchmen he betrays - who dare to raise a voice against him. Monstrous, but theatrically electric, Richard is Shakespeare's most charismatic, self-delighting villain, reveling at every moment in his homicidal, hypocritical journey to absolute power. TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III is currently playing a limited engagement through February 2, 2014 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). For more information visit www.ShakespeareBroadway.com.
It's a great season on Broadway with plenty of star power in new dramas, revivals and musicals and you can see it all on WABC-7's"Broadway Backstage: Fall Preview". The half-hour special continues to focus the spotlight on the remarkable, one of a kind, institution that is Broadway and provides a complete rundown of all that the Great White Way is offering this season. The program can also be seen following the broadcast at www.7online.com/broadway.