It's been a depressing week overall, and I think we're going on a 'regular news' blackout for the weekend here. Amongst this week's sad theatre news was was word that, award-winning Broadway actor John McMartin had passed away at the age of 86.
On YouTube, 1971FolliesFan has put up a beautiful and heartbreaking tribute to the legend of the stage, featuring him performing "The Road You Didn't Take" 39 years apart: in 1971, during the original production of FOLLIES and during SONDHEIM! THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT in 2010. It's simply put a must watch.
The actor made his Broadway debut as Forrest Noble in THE CONQUERING HERO in 1961, followed by BLOOD, SWEAT AND STANLEY POOLE that same year. He created the role of Oscar in SWEET CHARITY in 1966, opposite Gwen Verdon, garnering a Tony nomination, and played the role again in the 1969 film opposite Shirley MacLaine. He later starred in the original Broadway production of Sondheim's FOLLIES in 1971 as Benjamin Stone. His association with Sondheim continued, appearing in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC as Frederick at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, in 1991, and the Broadway revival of INTO THE WOODS in 2002, in the dual role of the Narrator/Mysterious Man. McMartin most recently appeared on Broadway in 2014's ALL THE WAY and the 2011 revival of ANYTHING GOES.
Well, actually 7:50 which is when the pre-show begins. I couldn't be any more excited for tonight's live stream of SHE LOVES ME. I found it to be a perfect production of a gem of a musical, and I think that we're all lucky that it's being captured before its closing. Also, extending the audience and viewership (and magic!) of live theatre into people's living rooms, using the latest in technologies -- count me in!
You can read an interview I did with Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, the co-founders and dynamic duo behind Broadway HD and tonight's broadcast right here.
Visit broadwayhd.com/shelovesme to reserve a live stream pass to "She Loves Me" on June 30 at 8 p.m. EDT for $9.99. "She Loves Me" is free with all annual subscriptions to BroadwayHD's on-demand library. BroadwayHD annual subscribers in the United States can watch the "She Loves Me" live stream on BroadwayHD's Roku and Apple TV apps.
I'll be watching from here (complete with vanilla ice cream of course), and can't wait!
It’s a near-guarantee that if you put ‘Complete Oral History’ in an article or book title that I’ll read it. This morning was no-different when Angels in America: The Complete Oral History scrolled into my feed, via Slate.
The piece marks the 25th Anniversary of the show, which premiered in San Francisco and has made its way through multiple great revivals, and a wonderful HBO adaptation. Going back to the beginning, they talk to nearly everyone and anyone to talk about how the production was shaped and changed the theatre world. Simply put, it’s a must-read.
It's always a good time to see a Broadway show, but on this holiday weekend many shows are offering 40% off tickets including Chicago, The Crucible, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fun Home, Kinky Boots, She Loves Me, and Something Rotten!. A full description of these shows and a schedule of performances with the special $40 tickets can be found below. For more information: visit StarSpangledBroadway.com.
After 20 years in the spotlight, CHICAGO is the longest-running American musical on Broadway. Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, this electrifying tale of greed, murder and show biz has been seen by over 30 million people worldwide. Filled with hit songs like "All That Jazz" and "Razzle Dazzle" and featuring sizzling dance in the style of Bob Fosse, CHICAGO is simply "the best musical in town!" (The New York Times).
Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2:30 PM, and 7/3 at 2:30 PM
Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE has returned to Broadway in a new production by the acclaimed Belgian director Ivo van Hove. Ben Brantley of The New York Times raves, "you must - and I mean it, you must - catch the play that transforms a fraught slice of American history into a pulsing, present-tense event. The Devil has returned to Broadway, with the power to make the strong tremble." Set during the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, The Crucible is a timeless parable of morality, a scorching indictment of intolerance, and a central work in the canon of American drama.
Performances: 6/29 at 2 PM and 8 PM, 6/30 at 7 PM, 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, 7/3 at 3 PM, and 7/5 at 7 PM.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best New Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is in its final weeks! Two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse) directs this "dazzling, pulse-pounding and remarkable" (Time Out New York) adaptation by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens that brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life.
Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM , 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 3 PM
Five-time Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a "comic dynamo" (The New York Times) in FULLY COMMITTED, the "sublimely funny" (The Washington Post) Broadway comedy that takes a sharp skewer to the backside of the restaurant biz. Ferguson plays all 40 characters in this side-splitting tour-de-force directed by Tony winner Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect, Avenue Q). It's "nonstop laughter" (The Wall Street Journal), but it's only on Broadway through July 31. Get a table while you still can!
Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 3PM
This summer is your last chance to experience Broadway's Tony Award-winning true story. FUN HOME is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, this groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, FUN HOME is "a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention" (Newsday).
Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 3 PM
KINKY BOOTS is the winner of every major BEST MUSICAL award, including the Tony, the Grammy and London's Olivier Award. This dazzling sensation tells the story of the unexpected friendship between a factory owner and a fabulous entertainer. Featuring 16 original songs by CYNDI LAUPER, KINKY BOOTS celebrates the best in all of us - the challenges that shape our journey, the joys that keep us going and the shoes that lift us up along the way!
Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, 7/3 at 3 PM
She Loves Me
It's your last chance to see the "show of the season!" (New York Observer). Based on the same story that inspired You've Got Mail, SHE LOVES ME has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "the most romantic of all Broadway musicals." Winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical Revival, this universally acclaimed production stars Tony winner Laura Benanti, Tony nominee Zachary Levi, and Tony winner Jane Krakowski.
Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 2 PM
From the director of ALADDIN and the co-director of THE BOOK OF MORMON comes SOMETHING ROTTEN!, the hilarious smash that tells the story of two brothers who set out to write the world's first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most laughs on Broadway, it's something wonderful... something for everyone... it's SOMETHING ROTTEN!