Michael Blakemore News

Date of Birth: June 18, 1928 (89)
Birth Place: Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Gender: Male
Casting Announced For James Bridie's MR. GILLIE at Finborough TheatreCasting Announced For James Bridie's MR. GILLIE at Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre and continuing their rediscovery of James Bridie, one of the West End's most successful dramatists of the 1930s and 1940s, the first London production since its 1950 premiere of Mr Gillie runs at the Finborough Theatre, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 25 June 2017 (Press Night: Monday, 26 June 2017 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Finborough Theatre to Present First London Production in Over 60 Years of MR GILLIEFinborough Theatre to Present First London Production in Over 60 Years of MR GILLIE
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre and continuing their rediscovery of James Bridie, one of the West End's most successful dramatists of the 1930s and 1940s, the first London production since its 1950 premiere of Mr Gillie runs at the Finborough Theatre, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 25 June 2017. (more...)

Watch Award-Winning Shows on BroadwayHD and Vote for the Theater Fans' Choice AwardsWatch Award-Winning Shows on BroadwayHD and Vote for the Theater Fans' Choice Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - May 26, 2017

As the Tony Awards approach, and New York's other prestigious awards are being handed out, what better time to dive into some of Broadway's best productions ever captured on film. In BroadwayHD's vast library, they have countless award-winning productions ready to stream.  We have pulled together some of our favorites below. Check them out and don't forget to vote in the 15th Annual Theater Fans' Choice Awards. After you have voted for your favorite shows, designs, and performances of the season, you will receive a code for one free month of BroadwayHD as a thank you.  (more...)

Sharing is Caring: A Short History of Tony Ties,  Multiple Wins, and Split Performances on the Great White WaySharing is Caring: A Short History of Tony Ties, Multiple Wins, and Split Performances on the Great White Way
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 6, 2017

This season, Manhattan Theatre Club stunned and excited theatregoers when it was announced that Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, two of the most formidable females of stage and screen, would be returning to the boards in an unconventional new revival of Lillian Hellman's family drama, The Little Foxes. (more...)

BWW Review: THE LIFE, Southwark PlayouseBWW Review: THE LIFE, Southwark Playouse
by Gary Naylor - Mar 30, 2017

The Life is the story of two women living in New York in the 70s, one keen to get out of the sex workers' life, the other keen to get on, told through wonderful songs, beautifully sung. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief March 29th, 2017 - THE LITTLE FOXES and More!BWW Morning Brief March 29th, 2017 - THE LITTLE FOXES and More!
by Jessica Khan - Mar 29, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: THE LITTLE FOXES, featuring Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, begins previews on Broadway tonight! (more...)

Photo Coverage: New Close-Up Shots from THE LIFE at Southwark PlayhousePhoto Coverage: New Close-Up Shots from THE LIFE at Southwark Playhouse
by Roy Tan - Mar 28, 2017

The hit Broadway musical The Life makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show's original Broadway director, Michael Blakemore, at Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season now through 29 April 2017, with press night on 29 March. Scroll down for exclusive, close-up stills from the show! (more...)

BWW TV: T'Shan Williams and Sharon D. Clarke Duet on 'My Friend' from THE LIFE at Southwark PlayhouseBWW TV: T'Shan Williams and Sharon D. Clarke Duet on 'My Friend' from THE LIFE at Southwark Playhouse
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 28, 2017

The hit Broadway musical The Life makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show's original Broadway director, Michael Blakemore, at Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season now through 29 April 2017, with press night on 29 March. Watch  T'Shan Williams and Sharon D. Clarke perform 'My Friend' in the recording studio below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE LIFE at Southwark PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at THE LIFE at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

The hit Broadway musical The Life makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show's original Broadway director, Michael Blakemore, at Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season now through 29 April 2017, with press night on 29 March. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Michael Blakemore Talks Musical THE LIFEBWW Interview: Director Michael Blakemore Talks Musical THE LIFE
by Marianka Swain - Mar 22, 2017

Michael Blakemore's stellar directing career encompasses everything from landmark productions at the National, where he was associate director, to West End and Broadway hits. He was the first director to win a Tony Award for both Best Director of a Play and a Musical in the same year (for Michael Frayn's Copenhagen and Kiss, Me Kate). Now, he's helming the long-awaited UK premiere of Cy Coleman musical The Life - a gritty exploration of 1980s New York's underbelly - which he first directed on Broadway in 1997. The show begins previews at Southwark Playhouse on 25 March. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for THE LIFE at Southwark PlayhousePhoto Flash: Inside Rehearsal for THE LIFE at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

The Life, which makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show's original Broadway director, Michael Blakemore, will run at Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season from 25 March - 29 April 2017, with press night on 29 March. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

Hilarity Ensues Onstage and Behind the Scenes in NOISES OFFHilarity Ensues Onstage and Behind the Scenes in NOISES OFF
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

San Francisco Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director; Susi Damilano, Producing Director) continues its 14th season of transformation with Noises Off by Michael Frayn, a play some have hailed as the greatest farce ever written. (more...)

T'Shan Williams, David Albury, and More Announced for UK Premiere of THE LIFET'Shan Williams, David Albury, and More Announced for UK Premiere of THE LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Full casting of the hit Broadway musical, The Life, includes John Addison (Jojo), David Albury (Fleetwood), Jalisa Andrews (Chichi), Matthew Caputo (Oddjob), Lawrence Carmichael (Snickers), Omari Douglas (Slick), Aisha Jawando (Carmen), Thomas-Lee Kidd (Bobby), Charlotte Reavey (April), Jo Servi (Lacy), Lucinda Shaw (Tracy), Johnathan Tweedie (Theodore), T'Shan Williams (Queen) and Joanna Woodward (Mary). They join the previously announced musical theatre stars Sharon D. Clarke (Sonja), who was recently appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 Queen's New Year Honours for services to drama, and Cornell S. John (Memphis). (more...)

Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park to Present Cy Coleman's THE LIFEBreakthrough Theatre of Winter Park to Present Cy Coleman's THE LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park presents the Central Florida premiere of the Cy Coleman musical, 'The Life', from November 11-December 5, 2016. (more...)

Two Time Tony Award Winner Michael Blakemore to Direct the UK Premiere of THE LIFE Starring Sharon D. Clarke & Cornell S. JohnTwo Time Tony Award Winner Michael Blakemore to Direct the UK Premiere of THE LIFE Starring Sharon D. Clarke & Cornell S. John
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Arriving in the UK for the first time, hit musical The Life makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show's original Broadway director Michael Blakemore. (more...)

Sharon D. Clarke Joins Cast of London Premiere of THE LIFESharon D. Clarke Joins Cast of London Premiere of THE LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Actress, Sharon D. Clarke, has assumed a the key role in the upcoming UK premiere of Cy Coleman and Ira Gasman's, The Life, which will run at the Southwark Playhouse beginning March 25. (more...)

Gunning for a Groom! MURIEL'S WEDDING THE MUSICAL to Premiere in Sydney Next Year with New TunesGunning for a Groom! MURIEL'S WEDDING THE MUSICAL to Premiere in Sydney Next Year with New Tunes
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

In Muriel's Wedding The Musical, Muriel Heslop is back! And this time she's singing. (more...)

Broadway's REBECCA Scandal to Be Featured on CNBC's AMERICAN GREEDBroadway's REBECCA Scandal to Be Featured on CNBC's AMERICAN GREED
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 5, 2016

CNBC's shocking true crime series AMERICAN GREED will examine the controversial journey of the Broadway-bound musical REBECCA. The series focuses on people who will 'do anything for money.' (more...)

Christine Ebersole and More to Perform at TACT's 2016 Spring Gala Honoring Simon JonesChristine Ebersole and More to Perform at TACT's 2016 Spring Gala Honoring Simon Jones
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) announced today that the TACT 2016 Spring Gala will honor former TACT Co-Artistic Director and current company member Simon Jones. (more...)

Shortlist Announced for The Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography 2015Shortlist Announced for The Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography 2015
by Marianka Swain - Feb 24, 2016

The Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography 2015 shortlist has been revealed. The contenders are Peter Whitebrook for John Osborne Anger is not about..., James Shapiro for 1606 William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear, David Hare for The Blue Touch Paper, Qais Akbar Omar and Stephen Landrigan for A Night in the Emperor's Garden and Michael Pennington for Let Me Play The Lion/How to Be an Actor. (more...)

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