Ben Brantley News

Sigourney Weaver to Host PBS's Weekly Close-Up Look at Off-Broadway Theater Beg. Today
by TV News Desk - Oct 01, 2014

The series - which will be hosted by acclaimed actress Sigourney Weaver - premieres today, October 2 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN with John Van Druten's "London Wall" from the Mint Theater Company (more...)

Conor McPherson's New Adaptation of THE DANCE OF DEATH to Kick Off 10/18 at A Noise Within
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, continues its 2014-2015 REVOLUTIONary season with The Dance of Death by August Strindberg in a new adaptation by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, which opens on Saturday, October 18 and runs through Sunday, November 23, 2014. (more...)

UPDATE: Audra McDonald 'Considering' Role in HELLO AGAIN Film Adaptation; No Deal in Place
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Despite previous reports, six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald's involvement in the film adaptation of Michael John LaChuisa's HELLO AGAIN is not yet a done deal. (more...)

Shakespeare's Globe returns to NYC starting September 30
by Contests - Broadway - Sep 17, 2014


Audra McDonald to Star in Film Version of Sexual Tryst-Themed Musical HELLO AGAIN
by Movies News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

The uber-talented star is set to appear in a film version of a musical titled HELLO AGAIN, which Friedman describes as a look into 'sexual trysts set over several generations.' (more...)

Sigourney Weaver to Host THIRTEEN's Weekly Series THEATER CLOSE UP Premiering 10/2
by TV News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

Beyond the bright lights of Broadway - the electric signage that led to its moniker as 'The Great White Way' -- exists another world: Off-Broadway, a varied and rich wellspring of creativity and innovation. (more...)

THE PILLOWMAN Opens 9/26 at convergence-continuum
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

convergence-continuum continues its 2014 Season with Martin McDonagh's viciously funny psychological thriller The Pillowman. The setting of this dark dramatic comedy is an unnamed totalitarian state where Katurian, a writer of short stories which often depict violence against children, has been arrested by two detectives, Ariel and Tupolski, because some of his stories resemble recent child murders. When he hears that his brother Michal has confessed to the murders and implicated Katurian, he resigns himself to his execution but attempts to save his stories from destruction. The play includes both narrations and reenactments of several of Katurian's stories, most notably the autobiographical 'The Writer and the Writer's Brother', which tells how Katurian developed his disturbed imagination by hearing the sounds of Michal being tortured by their parents. (more...)

Mint Theater Presents Rare Revival of THE FATAL WEAKNESS Opening 9/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

Mint Theater's newest production is The Fatal Weakness by George Kelly. Jesse Marchesedirects a cast that features Cliff Bemis, Cynthia Darlow, Kristin Griffith, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Patricia Kilgarriff, and Victoria Mack. The Fatal Weakness has scenic design Vicki R. Davis, costume design by Andrea Varga, lighting design by Christian DeAngelis, original music & sound design by Jane Shaw, and properties design by Joshua Yocom. Performances will continue through October 12th. Opening Night is set for Monday September 15th (7pm) at Mint's home (311 West 43rd Street, just west of 8th Avenue). (more...)

THEATER TALK to Pay Tribute to Joan Rivers This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

In tribute to Joan Rivers, THEATER TALK will repeat its Spring 2013 Critics' Panel, where the brilliant Ms. Rivers, not only a great entertainer but theater critic for the Beverly Hills Courier, appeared with Ben Brantley of The New York Times and Peter Marks of The Washington Post to assess new shows that had just opened that spring on Broadway. (more...)

Universal Pictures Signs on as Producer for Broadway's SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

The upcoming Broadway reimagining of Side Show , which opens on Broadway this fall, has just gained a new producer. According to Deadline, Universal Pictures has just joined the producing team for Academy Award® winner Bill Condon's theatrical debut as director. (more...)

Photo Flash: Artwork Revealed for Broadway's Reimagined SIDE SHOW!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

The producers of the upcoming Broadway reimagining of Side Show have revealed the production's alluring poster artwork, that features a portrait of leading ladies Erin Davie and Emily Padgett, and captures the show's blend of vintage show business with the uniquely cinematic aesthetic that comes from the vision of Academy Award® winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2). As previously announced, Mr. Condon is making his theatrical debut as director of Side Show, which opens on Broadway, this fall. (more...)

SIDE SHOW Announces Full Broadway Creative Team! Cookie Jordan, Paul Kieve, Charles LaPointe & More Join Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Making his Broadway debut, Director and Academy Award® winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2) just announced his creative 'dream team' behind the look and feel of his critically-lauded reimagining of the musical Side Show which opens on Broadway this fall. (more...)

New ANYTHING GOES Australian Tour to Launch in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost and Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini today announced they will present a new production of Cole Porter's smash-hit musical comedy Anything Goes next year. Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography during its most recent Broadway revival, Anything Goes is a stunning nautical favourite. Directed by Dean Bryant and choreographed by Andrew Hallsworth, this brand new Australian production will dock in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney in 2015. (more...)

ANYTHING GOES Sets Sail in Australia in 2015; Tickets on Sale, 9/22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost and Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini today announced they will present a new production of Cole Porter's smash-hit musical comedy Anything Goes next year. Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography during its most recent Broadway revival, Anything Goes is a stunning nautical favourite. Directed by Dean Bryant and choreographed by Andrew Hallsworth, this brand new Australian production will dock in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney in 2015. (more...)

Review Roundup: THE MAIDS at Lincoln Center Festival
by Review Roundups - Aug 09, 2014

Sydney Theatre Company returns to Lincoln Center Festival with Cate Blanchett, Isabelle Huppert, and Elizabeth Debicki in Jean Genet's The Maids. The show opened last night, August 8, 2014. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

UPDATED Review Roundup: Williamstown Theatre Festival's THE VISIT Starring Chita Rivera
by Review Roundups - Aug 07, 2014

Williamstown Theatre Festival opened The Visit, starring Broadway legend, Chita Rivera and Tony Award winner, Roger Rees. The production runs through August 17, 2014. (more...)

SIDE SHOW to Open at Broadway's St. James Theatre This Fall; Erin Davie and Emily Padgett to Star!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 06, 2014

The much-talked about dazzling new production of SIDE SHOW will open on Broadway this fall at the St. James Theatre, it was announced today in New York City. It will be directed by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, Gods and Monsters), making his Broadway directorial debut in an exciting new staging of the musical. SIDE SHOW will begin previews on Tuesday, October 28 with an official Opening Night on Monday, November 17. (more...)

Review Roundup: The Public's KING LEAR Opens at the Delacorte
by Review Roundups - Aug 05, 2014

Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

4:48 PSYCHOSIS, Kneehigh's TRISTAN & YSEULT, Wooster's CRY, TROJANS! and More Set for 2014-15 at St. Ann's Warehouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

While construction continues and St. Ann's works to raise the final $2 million of its $30 million capital campaign, the organization will present a stellar final season in its temporary home at 29 Jay Street in DUMBO. It kicks off this October when TR Warszawa and director Grzegorz Jarzyna return for the American Premiere of their internationally acclaimed production of Sarah Kane's 4:48 Psychosis, which St. Ann's Founder / Artistic Director Susan Feldman has wanted to bring to New York since she first saw it in February 2004 -- the same year St. Ann's presented the American Premiere of the original Royal Court production of Kane's play. St. Ann's Warehouse also announced the following season highlights today: Emma Rice and Kneehigh, The Wooster Group, the Slovenian choral group Carmina Slovenica, and The Tiger Lillies. (more...)

Alhambra Theatre & Dining to Present THE 39 STEPS, Opening 8/6
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

The Alhambra Theatre & Dining, the longest running professional dinner theater in the United States opens a new show on August 6, Alfred Hithcock's The 39 Steps, a mystery comedy. The 39 Steps is the two-time Tony® Award-winning hit which ran a record-breaking 1135 performance from January 2008-January 2010. The 39 Steps was originally a big, serious, classic 1935 Alfred Hitchcock movie about spies between the wars, dashing heroes and classy dames. (more...)

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