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THEATER TALK to Host 8-Hour Tony Awards Marathon Next SundayTHEATER TALK to Host 8-Hour Tony Awards Marathon Next Sunday
by TV News Desk - May 28, 2015

On TONY Awards Sunday (June 7), CUNY TV will present 8 hours of interviews related to this year's nominated musicals, plays, and individuals - from 12 noon right up till Tony time (8 p.m. on CBS). Included in the mix is the premiere at 7 p.m. of an all-new episode of THEATER TALK, Critics Review the Broadway Season, with Ben Brantley of The New York Times, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, John Simon of the Westchester Guardian, and Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal. (more...)

AN ACT OF GOD's David Javerbaum, York's CAGNEY Crew and More Set for THEATER TALK Next WeekAN ACT OF GOD's David Javerbaum, York's CAGNEY Crew and More Set for THEATER TALK Next Week
by TV News Desk - May 28, 2015

This week's THEATER TALK focuses on two productions beginning the 2015-16 theater season -- An Act of God, a new play by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum starring Jim Parsons as God, and Cagney, the York Theatre Company's new musical based on the life of the famed movie star. (more...)

Tony Predictions Edition of THEATER TALK Set for This WeekendTony Predictions Edition of THEATER TALK Set for This Weekend
by TV News Desk - May 27, 2015

The annual Tony® Awards ceremony celebrating “Broadway's best” will be on June 7, and THEATER TALK, for the 23rd consecutive season, convenes a panel of journalist-critics to give their award predictions. This year, Jesse Green (New York Magazine), entertainment columnist Michael Musto (Out.com), Patrick Pacheco (The Los Angeles Times) and Elisabeth Vincentelli (New York Post), explain who will win the Tonys and why the winning candidates will triumph over all the others. (more...)

THEATER TALK to Welcome FUN HOME's Alison Bechdel, Lisa Kron & Jeanine Tesori This WeekendTHEATER TALK to Welcome FUN HOME's Alison Bechdel, Lisa Kron & Jeanine Tesori This Weekend
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2015

An all-new THEATER TALK welcomes the key creative artists behind the new musical hit Fun Home – composer Jeanine Tesori, librettist/lyricist Lisa Kron, and author Alison Bechdel, who wrote and drew the bestselling graphic memoir that inspired the production. The show, now selling out at Circle in the Square, deals with the true story of Bechdel's relationship with her demanding father, her coming out in college as a lesbian that led her to learn of her father's closeted homosexuality, and his suicide, which followed this revelation. (more...)

THEATER TALK to Welcome SKYLIGHT's Tony Nominees This WeekendTHEATER TALK to Welcome SKYLIGHT's Tony Nominees This Weekend
by TV News Desk - May 13, 2015

In an all-new THEATER TALK, the Tony®-nominated stars of David Hare's romantic drama Skylight - Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan - talk about the acclaimed revival, in which they performed previously on the West End and have followed to Broadway this Spring.  They share Skylight Tony nominations with fellow actor Matthew Beard, as well as playwright Hare, director Stephen Daldry, and Natasha Katz for Best Lighting. (more...)

THEATER TALK to Welcome Dame Helen Mirren This WeekendTHEATER TALK to Welcome Dame Helen Mirren This Weekend
by TV News Desk - May 6, 2015

An all-new THEATER TALK welcomes back show favorite and leading lady Helen Mirren, currently starring on Broadway as Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's new play The Audience – now rivaling big musicals for its more-than-million-dollar weekly grosses at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Mirren's latest theatrical triumph returns her to the world of royalty, specifically that of Queen Elizabeth II, one that she previously assumed in her Oscar® winning role in the 2006 film, The Queen, also written by Morgan. (more...)

THEATER TALK to Welcome SKYLIGHT's David Hare & Stephen DaldryTHEATER TALK to Welcome SKYLIGHT's David Hare & Stephen Daldry
by TV News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

In an all-new THEATER TALK, David Hare and Stephen Daldry - author and director of Skylight - talk about the Broadway revival of Hare's romantic drama. The play, which is about the passionate relationship between a rich businessman and a poor schoolteacher who has consigned herself to public service, first ran on Broadway in 1996 and is considered one of Hare's best and a classic of modern British drama. (more...)

Former FINDING NEVERLAND Press Agent Returns to the Fold; Original Cast Recording Out This JuneFormer FINDING NEVERLAND Press Agent Returns to the Fold; Original Cast Recording Out This June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

FINDING NEVERLAND producer Harvey Weinstein and O&M Public Relations Company press agent Rick Miramontez parted ways in January under less-than-civil circumstances. But now Deadline reveals that Miramontez is back with the musical's team, ready to promote happy thoughts with the best of them. (more...)

Michael Riedel's RAZZLE DAZZLE: THE BATTLE FOR BROADWAY Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 10/6Michael Riedel's RAZZLE DAZZLE: THE BATTLE FOR BROADWAY Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 10/6
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 23, 2015

Michael Riedel's theatre tome is set for release at last! (more...)

Casts of Broadway's THE VISIT & IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU Set for THEATER TALK This WeekCasts of Broadway's THE VISIT & IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU Set for THEATER TALK This Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

First The Visit, a haunting musical drama, based on the 1958 play by Friedrich Durrenmatt, which originally starred the legendary acting team of Lynn Fontanne as the world's wealthiest woman and Alfred Lunt as the disloyal former lover on whom she seeks revenge. Broadway favorites Chita Rivera and Roger Rees star in this stirring adaptation and appear on THEATER TALK to discuss their roles in it. Joining them are The Visit's innovative director, John Doyle, and composer, John Kander, who wrote the score with lyricist Fred Ebb (the pair's last collaboration before Ebb's death). (more...)

ON THE TOWN Cast Members to Perform Following 'Classic NYC Movies at the Palace' ScreeningON THE TOWN Cast Members to Perform Following 'Classic NYC Movies at the Palace' Screening
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

'Classic NYC Movies at the Palace' continues with the all-star musical that shows off the Big Apple at its best followed by a mini-concert by members from the cast of 'On the Town' now playing at the Lyric Theatre. New York Post Chief Film Critic Lou Lumenick will introduce the movie with his special guest Michael Riedel, the Post's theater columnist and PBS/radio celebrity. (more...)

WOLF HALL's Hilary Mantel and More Set for THEATER TALK This WeekendWOLF HALL's Hilary Mantel and More Set for THEATER TALK This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

THEATER TALK focuses on Wolf Hall, a two-part British theatrical spectacle -- based on the best-selling historical novels by Dame Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies -- about the rise of Thomas Cromwell, a blacksmith's son, to become the trusted confidante of King Henry VIII. The plays, a hit in London, just opened on Broadway to critical raves. Appearing with Dame Hilary on THEATER TALK are director Jeremy Herrin and actors Ben Miles (Thomas Cromwell) and Nathaniel Parker (Henry VIII). (more...)

MAD ABOUT THE BOY to Hold TalkbacksMAD ABOUT THE BOY to Hold Talkbacks
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2015

ASCAP award-winning playwright/director Chip Deffaa will host talkback sessions--in which audience members can ask any questions they wish of the cast or creative team--after the following performances of his new musical comedy 'Mad About the Boy' at the 13th Street Repertory Theater (50 W. 13th Street, NYC). (more...)

Brown, Daniele, Hunter, Knechtges, Prince & More Set for New York Theatre Barn's 'GOTTA DANCE' Choreography Panel, 5/3Brown, Daniele, Hunter, Knechtges, Prince & More Set for New York Theatre Barn's 'GOTTA DANCE' Choreography Panel, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

On May 3, 2015 at 2pm, New York Theatre Barn (Theatre Barn) presents its exclusive Spring Benefit - a one-time only presentation of Gotta Dance: A Choreography Conversation at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. (more...)

HAND TO GOD's Steven Boyer & More Set for THEATER TALK This WeekendHAND TO GOD's Steven Boyer & More Set for THEATER TALK This Weekend
by TV News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

This week's THEATER TALK looks at the outrageous, funny and incisive new play, Robert Askin's Hand to God, which just opened to critical acclaim at Broadway's Booth Theatre, and 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company, a New York theatrical home for Sabbath-Observant Jews. (more...)

THEATER TALK to Spotlight AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Josephine Baker This WeekendTHEATER TALK to Spotlight AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Josephine Baker This Weekend
by TV News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

This week's THEATER TALK celebrates composer George Gershwin and his 1928 symphonic poem, An American in Paris, now coming to Broadway as an adaptation of the 1951 Academy Award-winning film. THEATER TALK welcomes musical theater historian Robert Kimball (author of the bestselling coffee-table book The Gershwins), and Rob Fisher, musical director of the show, to discuss the composer and how his work is being adapted anew. (more...)

THEATER TALK Welcomes HONEYMOON IN VEGAS' Tony Danza & Rob McClure This WeekTHEATER TALK Welcomes HONEYMOON IN VEGAS' Tony Danza & Rob McClure This Week
by TV News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

This week's THEATER TALK revels in show business lore with performers-supreme Tony Danza and Rob McClure, who are now co-starring in the hit musical Honeymoon in Vegas at the Nederlander Theatre. Then the show remembers the late documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, who died this month at the age of 88. (more...)

SOUND OF MUSIC, SOMETHING ROTTEN! and More Set for THEATER TALK This WeekendSOUND OF MUSIC, SOMETHING ROTTEN! and More Set for THEATER TALK This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

An all-new THEATER TALK looks back at a beloved Broadway musical and its phenomenally successful film adaptation, then ahead to a new musical due on Broadway this spring, itself a declared love letter to musicals. (more...)

Casting Announced for MAD ABOUT THE BOYCasting Announced for MAD ABOUT THE BOY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2015

Casting has been announced for ASCAP Award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaaa€s next musical production, a€oeMad About the Boy,a€ which is set to open April 12th at the 13th Street Repertory Theater, 50 W. 13th Street. (more...)

Exclusive Interview: Josh Grisetti Preps for His Broadway Debut (For Real This Time) in IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU!Exclusive Interview: Josh Grisetti Preps for His Broadway Debut (For Real This Time) in IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

Josh Grisetti, who will be making his official Broadway debut in the show (check out the full story below), plays Marty, the ex-boyfriend of the bride. Check out an exclusive interview with Grisetti below, as he chats about how he relates to his character, what he loves about the material, and so much more! (more...)

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