Ben Brantley News

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...)

BWW Review: OMG You Guys, LEGALLY BLONDE Is Playing at Ephrata Pertorming Arts Center!
by Marakay Rogers - Jul 29, 2014

OMG, like, Elle Woods is back, and she's turning Ephrata pink! (more...)

Review Roundup: FOOL FOR LOVE with Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell
by Review Roundups - Jul 28, 2014

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

Review Roundup: National Theatre's MEDEA with Helen McCrory
by Review Roundups - Jul 25, 2014

National Theatre of Great Britain's production of Euripides' Greek tragedy MEDEA, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell and starring Helen McCrory in the title role, is currently playing at the Olivier Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at IN A DARK DARK HOUSE, Opening Tomorrow at the Matrix Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Two estranged brothers face off in search of the truth about the troubled legacy of their shared past. Larry Moss directs the Los Angeles premiere of In A Dark Dark House by Neil LaBute, opening July 26 at the Matrix Theatre. (more...)

Gorilla Rep Brings A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM to Washington Square Park, Beg. 8/14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

Gorilla Rep is back to its old tricks -- that is giving New Yorkers free performances of William Shakespeare's classic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Beginning on August 14, 2014, performances will run for four weeks - from Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. starting at the Southwest corner of Washington Square Park. (more...)

Jim Dale at Roundabout
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Jul 10, 2014

Veteran actor Jim Dale has a long history with Roundabout Theatre Company. Starting with one of Roundabout's earliest successes, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Jim Dale has performed in five Roundabout productions over the last 30 years. In his brand new solo show, Just Jim Daleunder the direction of Tony winner Richard Maltby, Jr. (Fosse, Ain't Misbehavin'), Dale shares his passion for the stage as he recounts a lifetime of irresistible showbiz tales. We look back at some of his great roles at Roundabout below. (more...)

HEATHERS Sets Early August Closing Date Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, the critically acclaimed musical stage adaptation of Daniel Waters' iconic 1989 dark comedy film, will play its final performance of its limited engagement at New World Stages on Monday, August 4, 2014 after 17 previews and 145 regular performances. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: BUYER & CELLAR's Barrett Foa Discusses Babs, L.L. Cool J
by Stage Tube - Jul 08, 2014

On Monday night, Barrett Foa, the star of the longest-running Off-Broadway comedy BUYER & CELLAR, stopped by WNBC. The Broadway vet talked about the show, which closes in just a few weeks, Barbra Streisand, and his day job on NCIS: LA working with L.L. Cool J and Chris O'Donnell. (more...)

Cumberland County Playhouse Presents GYPSY, 7/18-9/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Beginning July 18, everything's coming up roses as the Playhouse brings one of the greatest American musicals of all time to life…Gypsy! From the unforgettable first notes of its legendary overture to the final white hot spotlight, Gypsy is considered by many to be 'the best musical ever,' as it tells the story of the archetypal stage mother, Rose and her daughters June and Louise. Set during the 1920s fading vaudeville circuit, Gypsy portrays the rise of famed burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee and casts an affectionate eye on show business as she journeys across the country with her mother and sister during a time when Vaudeville was dying… and burlesque was born. Bold, brassy, yet remarkably charming, Rose puts today's Dance Moms to shame as she steamrolls everyone in her way to turn her daughters into child stars. When the younger, more talented daughter defects, Rose sinks all her hopes (and claws) into the elder. (more...)

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