Donna Murphy News

Date of Birth: March 07, 1959 (56)
Birth Place: Queens, NY, USA
Gender: Female
Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, Cynthia Nixon & More Will Take Part in Solo Show WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT This SpringNathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, Cynthia Nixon & More Will Take Part in Solo Show WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

In support of PEN International, Maberry Theatricals has announced that WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT, the internationally-acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour, will make its New York Premiere in a limited engagement playing Monday nights at Westside Theatre (407 W 43rd Street) beginning March 7, 2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: Phil Geoffrey Bond Producer of SIMPLY STREISAND at NJPAC on 2/6BWW Interview: Phil Geoffrey Bond Producer of SIMPLY STREISAND at NJPAC on 2/6
by Marina Kennedy - Feb 1, 2016

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Phil Geoffrey Bond, Producer of 'Simply Streisand' at NJPAC on 2/6. (more...)

BWW Interview: Hannah James on Creating an Authentic Southern Belle on PBS's MERCY STREETBWW Interview: Hannah James on Creating an Authentic Southern Belle on PBS's MERCY STREET
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 24, 2016

Last Sunday, PBS debuted its first scripted drama in over a decade with the star-studded Civil War hospital drama, MERCY STREET. Despite the fact that most Civil War stories focus on the men leading the charge on the battlefield, MERCY STREET instead endeavors to tell the stories of a collection of women fighting to find their own sense of self in a world that no longer subscribes to the rules that they were raised on. (more...)

BWW Review: PBS's MERCY STREET is Chilling, Captivating Look at Civil War WomenBWW Review: PBS's MERCY STREET is Chilling, Captivating Look at Civil War Women
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 18, 2016

With the sixth and final season of beloved British import DOWNTON ABBEY quickly coming to an end, PBS is hoping to hold onto the fans of the early 20th Century soap with new historical drama MERCY STREET. The Civil War hospital series debuted Sunday night after the third installment of DOWNTON's nine-episode season, but beyond their proximity on the network's schedule, the two period dramas have little in common; but that's not a bad thing for either show. Where DOWNTON is mostly a light-hearted look at a wealthy English family and the people who serve them, which only occasionally delves into significantly dramatic fare, MERCY STREET is a bone-chillingly authentic look at one of the most traumatic times in American history that has only momentary flits of humor. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 1/16-1/17/2016Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 1/16-1/17/2016
by - Jan 17, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, January 17, 2016 - Sunday, January 17, 2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tony-winner Donna Murphy Returns to Familiar Era in PBS's MERCY STREETBWW Interview: Tony-winner Donna Murphy Returns to Familiar Era in PBS's MERCY STREET
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 17, 2016

The 1860s are a familiar period for Donna Murphy. In addition to winning Tonys for playing Fosca in the original Broadway production of PASSION and Anna in the 1996 revival of THE KING AND I, the actress played Mary Todd Lincoln in the television movie, THE DAY LINCOLN WAS SHOT. All three projects were set between 1862 and 1867. And, while she jokes that the 1998 film was the last time that she had worn a corset, when she read the pilot episode of PBS's Civil War medical drama MERCY STREET, premiering tonight at 10:00pm ET, she knew that she wanted to be involved. (more...)

Bay Street Theater Welcomes Tony Winner Laura Benanti TonightBay Street Theater Welcomes Tony Winner Laura Benanti Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2015

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced Tony Award-winner LAURA BENANTI live in concert tonight, October 10 at 8 pm. (more...)

TYD & WEILL Sings Kurt Weill to Life at Stellenbosch's Drostdy TheatreTYD & WEILL Sings Kurt Weill to Life at Stellenbosch's Drostdy Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2015

The legendary music of Kurt Weill will fill the auditorium of the Drostdy Theatre in Stellenbosch when TYD & WEILL, which premiered at the US Woordfees in March, makes its bow there this October. (more...)

PURE IMAGINATION Releases First PhotoPURE IMAGINATION Releases First Photo
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2015

New official photo released as rehearsals end. To mark the final day of rehearsals for PURE IMAGINATION - The Songs of Leslie Bricusse, we are releasing a new photo of legendary British songwriter Leslie Bricusse with the ridiculously talented cast of Dave Willetts, Julie Atherton, Niall Sheehy, Siobhan McCarthy and Giles Terera. (more...)

Bay Street Theater to Welcome Tony Winner Laura Benanti, 10/10Bay Street Theater to Welcome Tony Winner Laura Benanti, 10/10
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2015

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced Tony Award-winner LAURA BENANTI live in concert on Saturday, October 10 at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale now at baystreet.org or by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500, open 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. (more...)

Dave Willetts, Siobhan McCarthy & More Set for 'PURE IMAGINATION', Celebrating Leslie BricusseDave Willetts, Siobhan McCarthy & More Set for 'PURE IMAGINATION', Celebrating Leslie Bricusse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

Final casting is today announced for the World Premiere of Pure Imagination, which celebrates the songs of Leslie Bricusse, one of the most prolific and well loved film and musical theatre songwriters of our time. (more...)

THE KING AND I Times Two! Jose Llana Poses With Kelli O'Hara & Donna Murphy BackstageTHE KING AND I Times Two! Jose Llana Poses With Kelli O'Hara & Donna Murphy Backstage
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 7, 2015

THE KING AND I with two Annas and one King! (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 More Norma Desmonds Ready For Their SUNSET BOULEVARD Close-UpSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 More Norma Desmonds Ready For Their SUNSET BOULEVARD Close-Up
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 20, 2015

Last week, I selected ten top picks for a major headliner to star as Norma Desmond in a potential future stage and/or screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's Tony Award-winning Best Musical SUNSET BOULEVARD in honor of both the show's anniversary of its West End opening and recent news that Glenn Close is considering a return to her Tony-winning role in an upcoming revival. As a result of that column, BroadwayWorld readers took the title of this column to heart and sounded off on some of their ideal choices for a leading lady with major star quality to tackle the unforgettable role in a future production - and, what fabulous choices they are! Among the reader submissions, Ilene Argento posited, 'If not Patti Lupone, maybe Meryl Streep (with some more singing lessons!), but it should be Patti (although Patti plus ALW will probably never happen again).' while Brian Lipensky wrote, 'Glenn Close can still play her. That said, Meryl Streep can pull it off. We know she can sing and play characters with psychological problems. Susan Sarandon also. Maybe even Emma Thompson.' Furthermore, Jonathan Caplan offered, 'ANNIE LENNOX. Period. Well, if it can't be Elaine Paige, then absolutely, Annie Lennox. I said this before the musical ever opened, and I stand by it....ANNIE LENNOX!!!!!!' whereas David Macaluso relayed, 'Seriously. With a good director, in a film. LIZA! she could be AMAZING.' Other suggestions sure to inspire discussion included Cher, Lady Gaga, Ruthie Henshall, Donna Murphy and even Caitlyn Jenner. So, without further ado, here are ten more delectable choices for a new Norma Desmond for 2015. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Elegant Solutions For A New Norma Desmond In SUNSET BOULEVARDSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Elegant Solutions For A New Norma Desmond In SUNSET BOULEVARD
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 15, 2015

With breaking news arising late last week of Glenn Close being considered for a return to her Tony Award-winning role in Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's Tony Award-winning Best Musical SUNSET BOULEVARD as well as the show's anniversary of its original West End world premiere opening on July 12, now is an absolutely opportune time to turn back the clock to 1993 and see what precisely makes SUNSET BOULEVARD so spectacular - and muse on some of the major talent that could bring the type of big-time attention that would warrant a major revival of the musical, whether on Broadway, the West End or even the silver screen. Given that the original Billy Wilder film was penned with Gloria Swanson in mind and ultimately became a roman a clef of sorts for the unique star as well as considering the sordid history of original lead Patti LuPone and her odyssey in starring in the show, not to mention the victorious and memorable highs achieved by the leading ladies who have headlined the show - which, post-Close, included Betty Buckley, Rita Moreno, Diahann Carroll, Elaine Paige and more - the role is ripe for a star of epic proportions to introduce one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most acclaimed musicals to a new generation. And, the time is now. The possibilities are virtually endless, but here are some particularly delectable ideas as we begin to consider who would be absolutely ideal for a new Norma Desmond fit for 2015. (more...)

Broadway Reacts - Former Co-Stars, Colleagues and Fans on Roger ReesBroadway Reacts - Former Co-Stars, Colleagues and Fans on Roger Rees
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2015

We came online this morning to an overflowing inbox of thoughts and rememberances that we present belong along with quotes from industry notables on social media. To all those who loved, knew, worked with, or had the pleasure of watching this enormous talent - he will be missed. (more...)

Musical Theatre Historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper Shares 30 Brilliant Reasons to be Excited to See an UnderstudyMusical Theatre Historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper Shares 30 Brilliant Reasons to be Excited to See an Understudy
by Tyler Peterson - Jul 9, 2015

As usual, Jennifer Ashley Tepper puts the history of musical theatre into perfect perspective. (more...)

FISH IN THE DARK'S Rachel Resheff to Make Solo Debut at 54 Below, 7/26FISH IN THE DARK'S Rachel Resheff to Make Solo Debut at 54 Below, 7/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

-15-year-old Broadway veteran Rachel Resheff takes the stage at 54 Below for her first solo show,Unwrangled, on July 26th at 7:00pm. Currently performing as Jessica Drexel in Larry David's hit Broadway play Fish in the Dark, the multifaceted stage and screen actress will perform an array of songs and anecdotes while finding out the answers to some of life's toughest questions; With five Broadway shows under her belt, where does the teen go from here? How did it all happen? And how does she navigate the journey from 'child actress' to leading lady…all while getting her homework done, as a high school student striving towards getting into a good college? (more...)

BWW Interviews: Todd Graff Talks 'Rivalries, Love Affairs & Sensational Musical Numbers' of CAMP 2; Plus How YOU Can Be in the Movie & Pick the Subtitle!BWW Interviews: Todd Graff Talks 'Rivalries, Love Affairs & Sensational Musical Numbers' of CAMP 2; Plus How YOU Can Be in the Movie & Pick the Subtitle!
by Jessica Showers - Jun 17, 2015

As BroadwayWorld revealed yesterday, director Todd Graff unexpectedly unveiled a website for a sequel to his 2003 cult indie movie musical CAMP. In the wake of Graff's announcement, BroadwayWorld asked the director to give us a few more insider scoops on the film. (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Opening Night Red Carpet for Shakespeare in the Park- THE TEMPESTPhoto Coverage: On the Opening Night Red Carpet for Shakespeare in the Park- THE TEMPEST
by Jennifer Broski - Jun 17, 2015

The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Tempest officially opened last night, June 16, and runs through Sunday, July 5, 2015. In The Tempest, Shakespeare's classic about young love, old enemies, and the eternal magic of storytelling, Prospero, exiled to a fantastical island, unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the traitor brother who stole his throne and settle the score once and for all. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in this sublime masterpiece that proves we are all 'such stuff as dreams are made on.' (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 6/17/2015 - ON YOUR FEET! Opens in Chicago and More!WAKE UP with BWW 6/17/2015 - ON YOUR FEET! Opens in Chicago and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jun 17, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: ON YOUR FEET! opens in Chicago, Broadway vets lend their talents around the country and more! (more...)

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