Steps Beyond announces another of its lively and informative Artists Talks with three 'Broadway Babies' who can rightly be called The Women of Fosse - Diane Laurenson, Dana Moore and Mimi Quillin. Laurenson and Moore have appeared in five Fosse shows between them - Sweet Charity, Chicago, Fosse, Dancin', and Big Deal, and Quillin performed in Sweet Charity and was also assistant to Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. The Broadway veterans will share fascinating stories about the great choreographer, drawn from their personal experiences and highlighted by film clips, followed by a Q&A session and reception. Sunday October 5, 7:30 PM at Steps on Broadway, 4th floor. (more...)
Following the internationally acclaimed production with sold-out engagements on Broadway and in London's West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury returns to the stage in Noel Coward's smash-hit comedic play 'Blithe Spirit' in an exciting North American tour to be launched at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre. (more...)
Hampstead Theatre's critically acclaimed production Di and Viv and Rose, will open at the Vaudeville Theatre on 29 January 2015 with previews from 22 January. Anna Mackmin returns to direct Amelia Bullmore's funny and insightful comedy about female friendship. Tamzin Outhwaite* reprises her role as Di and will be joined by Samantha Spiro as Viv and Jenna Russell as Rose. (more...)
Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIABN, VIA), announced it will distribute writer / director Chris Rock's 'TOP FIVE' worldwide. The news comes as the film from producer Scott Rudin, and his IACF partner Barry Diller, earned rave reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. (more...)
L. A. Unified, a solo show written and performed by David Newer, will play at the Theatre Row Complex (410 W. 42nd St.) as part of the United Solo Festival on October 11th starting at 7:30PM. Erica Silberman directs Newer as he embodies 16 characters while recounting the chapter in his life as a substitute teacher in the often brutal L.A. Unified School System. (more...)
The Shakespeare Guild's 2014-15 season will open with a conversation that will launch the U.S. author tour for a biography that actress Helen Mirren calls 'a masterpiece about a genius.' Only John Lahr, she says, 'with his perceptions about the theater, about writers, about poetry, and about people, could have written this book.' John Lahr will discuss his acclaimed biography of Tennessee Williams on Wednesday, September 24, at 6 p.m. at The Players. (more...)
Rehearsals are underway for the next production at the Lebanon Community Theatre. The Broadway comedy DON'T DRINK THE WATER will be presented October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 2014, at 7:30 PM and October 5 & 12, 2014, at 2:30 PM. LCT is located at East Maple St and Theatre Dr, Lebanon, PA 17046. (more...)
For those who didn't have the opportunity to meet the cast of the award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company's "Within the Law" at the opening night after-show party at Aleathea's Restaurant on September 17th, another chance is to be had on Friday, September 26 at an after-show Q&A. It's a wonderful opportunity for patrons to ask such questions as "why do they do what they do?" and "how does one find these scripts?" (more...)
Steep Theatre Company will launch its fourteenth season with the Midwest Premiere of Hamish Linklater's The Vandal, directed by Shade Murray. Steep's production marks the Chicago debut not only of the play, but also of the playwright. While audiences across the nation may be familiar with his extensive credits as an actor on film, television, and stage, The Vandal is Mr. Linklater's playwriting debut. The production opens on Thursday, October 2 at Steep's Edgewater home. (more...)
Ira Lee Collings Sings "Off the Charts"! is invited to perform at don't tell mama's, 343 W. 46th Street (Restaurant Row), NYC 10036, 212-757-0788. Wednesday, September 17th at 7PM; Sunday, September 21st at 3PM; Wednesday, October 1st at 7PM; Sunday, October 5th at 4PM, 2014. (more...)
Tickets go on sale today for FISH IN THE DARK, the new comedy starring and written by Larry David, the creator and star of HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and co-creator of 'Seinfeld.' FISH IN THE DARK, to be directed by Anna D. Shapiro, will mark Larry David's Broadway debut and will feature Jayne Houdyshell, Jake Cannavale, Jonny Orsini, Rosie Perez, and Jerry Adler. The production will begin previews Monday, February 2, and open on Thursday, March 5 at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)
On October 23, 2014, the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund will hold its 29th Annual Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City honoring William A. Ackman, Founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, LP, for his loyal and steadfast support of the nonprofit organization. Rosanna Scotto, Co-Anchor of "Good Day New York" on FOX 5, will be an Honorary Chair for the gala. (more...)
Why do some actors make it and others don't? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too (Hansen Publishing Group, 373 pages, $24.99). To celebrate the release, BroadwayWorld will be featuring chapter previews from the new book. Today, hear from Richard Portnow! (more...)
Take2 Publishing is proud to announce the launch of its first DigiDialogue ... a process and a product that results with a published eBook where the dialogue between the author and the audience becomes part of the final 'copy.'
Alex Sheremet presents one of the most thorough and considered critiques on Woody Allen's body of work ... but his text is only part of the full story. DigiDialogues are about the author inspiring a discourse between and amongst himself and his audience.
The genesis of this DigiDialogue is the Woody Allen: Reel to Real website, the vehicle to have Sheremet and his 'readers' further explore, expand and explain the theses he presents. On this site one will find a combination of: faithful summaries of the key chapters of the book; one key chapter of the book in its entirety: and web-only content that through discussion will also be included in the final book. All the content on the site is married to a dedicated 'Comment Box' to propagate the dialogue.
According to Sheremet, 'A critic's job is to be an intermediary, to explain how a work of art succeeds or fails as a work of art - not merely to give an opinion. And, these days, there's entirely too much opinion, too much of a need to seem 'relevant', and not enough sound argument and evidence. Thus criticism breaks down, and art suffers ... and I aim to rectify that,' he continued.
'I'd like to see people of intellect and discrimination read my arguments, think 'Hey, this actually makes sense,' and feel affirmed that someone's articulating what is often thought, but is rarely expressed especially on an artist as contentious as Woody Allen. This process is all about dialoguing with them,' he said.
In this vast new world of interactive content, it has become second nature for readers to place their own comments at any article or column they come across on-line, but this simple concept and technology has bypassed the 'staid' world of book publishing.
According to John Pruzanski, Managing Publisher at Take2 Publishing, 'We don't believe that needs to be the case.
'The advent and popular uptake of eBooks finally provides the platform to open up the publishing world to new forms and factors and DigiDialogues have been specifically formulated to perform the task of enjoining the readers into the publishing process.'
'Everyone has an opinion of Woody Allen, whether those opinions come from a learned perspective, or from the tabloids ... and Sheremet's excitingly exhaustive analysis is the perfect fodder to generate and further this unique form of dialogue,' he said.
It must be acutely noted that the Woody Allen: Reel to Real website, although faithful to the theses presented in the full Sheremet text, actually contains only 25% of the final content of the eBook. The published work will contain much more in depth analysis by Sheremet on all the topics raised ... as well as including the best of the dialogue this site engenders.
Look for the eBook later this year, but in the meantime, join the discussion at the website immediately and become part of the publishing process. (more...)