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Ben Brantley

 
Bio:
Ben Brantley is the co-chief theater critic for The New York Times. He has been a staff critic since 1996, filing reviews regularly from London as well as New York. Subjects of his profiles include the underground Belarus Free Theater in Minsk, and Barbra Streisand in Malibu. Before joining the ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Ben Brantley is the co-chief theater critic for The New York Times. He has been a staff critic since 1996, filing reviews regularly from London as well as New York. Subjects of his profiles include the underground Belarus Free Theater in Minsk, and Barbra Streisand in Malibu. Before joining the ... (read complete bio)
 

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Ben Brantley Biography

Ben Brantley is the co-chief theater critic for The New York Times. He has been a staff critic since 1996, filing reviews regularly from London as well as New York. Subjects of his profiles include the underground Belarus Free Theater in Minsk, and Barbra Streisand in Malibu.

Before joining the Times in 1993, Mr. Brantley was a staff writer for the New Yorker and Vanity Fair. He reviewed fashion for Women’s Wear Daily, where he was the Paris bureau chief and European editor, and movies for Elle magazine.

Mr. Brantley grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C., and graduated from Swarthmore College. He is the editor of two books of New York Times theater reviews and a recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for theater criticism.




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Michael R. Jackson's WHITE GIRL IN DANGER to Premiere Off-Broadway in Spring 2023 Photo Michael R. Jackson's WHITE GIRL IN DANGER to Premiere Off-Broadway in Spring 2023
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 13, 2022

Michael R. Jackson's WHITE GIRL IN DANGER will begin previews on March 15, 2023 and will officially open on April 10, 2023 at Second Stage’s Off-Broadway home, the Tony Kiser Theater. The limited 8-week run will play through Sunday, May 21, 2023.

DANCE NATION Opens Olney Theatre's Season This Month Photo DANCE NATION Opens Olney Theatre's Season This Month
by Stephi Wild - Sep 7, 2022

Dance Nation by Clare Barron and directed by Jenna Place opens Olney Theatre Center's 84th season in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab. Preview performances begin Wednesday, September 28.

Hermitage Artist Retreat Announces 20th Anniversary Season Featuring Michael R. Jacks Photo Hermitage Artist Retreat Announces 20th Anniversary Season Featuring Michael R. Jackson & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 6, 2022

Kicking off its 20th Anniversary Season, the Hermitage Artist Retreat has announced new community programs in October and November with acclaimed Hermitage Fellows in music, theater, visual art, dance, literature, and more.

Playwrights Horizons Announces Commissions of New Work by Dave Harris, Mia Chung & Mo Photo Playwrights Horizons Announces Commissions of New Work by Dave Harris, Mia Chung & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 22, 2022

Playwrights Horizons has announced its most recent slate of commissioned artists, providing crucial support to today’s most imaginative writers, and to the realization of works that will shape the future of the American theater.

Hugh Jackman, Joel Grey, Sharon D. Clarke & More Featured in 92NY Fall Theater Events Photo Hugh Jackman, Joel Grey, Sharon D. Clarke & More Featured in 92NY Fall Theater Events
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 22, 2022

See Tom Stoppard on Leopoldstadt, Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke, André De Shields, and Miranda Cromwell on Death Of A Salesman, Joel Grey, Steven Skybell, and Zalmen Mlotek on Fiddler On The Roof In Yiddish and more at 92NY this fall.

Wendell Pierce, Sharon D Clarke, André De Shields & More to be Featured in 92NY's Fa Photo Wendell Pierce, Sharon D Clarke, André De Shields & More to be Featured in 92NY's Fall Programming
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 11, 2022

The 92NY Unterberg Poetry Center’s 84th season will feature a wide range of acclaimed novelists, playwrights and poets, who will visit to read from and discuss highly-anticipated new books – and pay tribute to other great writers. 

LISTEN: Sophia Anne Caruso Premieres New Single 'Snow & Ice' Photo LISTEN: Sophia Anne Caruso Premieres New Single 'Snow & Ice'
by Michael Major - Jul 6, 2022

Former Beetlejuice star Sophia Anne Caruso has dropped her brand-new single “Snow & Ice.” This Fall, she will star opposite Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington in Paul Feig’s original Netflix film THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL. She is also currently recording her first album with Empire of the Sun’s Nick Littlemore.

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by Stephi Wild - Jul 6, 2022

SHAKESPEARE AT THE RUINS: AS YOU LIKE IT Will Be Performed By Four County Players In  Photo SHAKESPEARE AT THE RUINS: AS YOU LIKE IT Will Be Performed By Four County Players In Barboursville, Virginia
by Grace Cutler - Jul 1, 2022

To open their 50th Anniversary Season in Barboursville, Four County Players, in collaboration with Barboursville Vineyards, will present Shakespeare at the Ruins: As You Like It by Williams Shakespeare, directed by John Holdren, running July 15 through July 30 at the Historic Barboursville Ruins.

SEX, GRIFT AND DEATH & REVERSE TRANSCRIPTION, BETWEEN THE LINES & More Lead off-Broad Photo SEX, GRIFT AND DEATH & REVERSE TRANSCRIPTION, BETWEEN THE LINES & More Lead off-Broadway's July Top 10
by BWW Staff - Jul 1, 2022

Off-Broadway is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month.

Ben Brantley Videos

VIDEO: Jerry O'Connell Talks A SOLDIER'S PLAY and the Broadway Shutdown VideoVIDEO: Jerry O'Connell Talks A SOLDIER'S PLAY and the Broadway Shutdown
by Stage Tube - Mar 24, 2020

Jerry O'Connell was a guest on Tuesday, March 24's episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan. O'Connell Skyped in from his home to talk with hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.

VIDEO: Watch GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY's Kimber Elaine Sprawl Takeover Our Instagra VideoVIDEO: Watch GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY's Kimber Elaine Sprawl Takeover Our Instagram
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Mar 6, 2020

We spent Girl From the North Country's opening night with star Kimber Elayne Sprawl when she took over BroadwayWorld's Instagram Story yesterday! Watch as she takes us on a tour of her dressing room, puts her costars Colton Ryan and Austin Scott to the test with a 'finish the lyric' game, and hits the red carpet in style (as voted on by our Instagram followers!). Missed all the fun? No worries! Watch the highlights below.

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY on Broadway! VideoBWW TV: Watch Highlights from GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 2, 2020

Preview performances are underway for Girl From The North Country, which officially opens at the Belasco Theatre on March 5. Celebrated playwright Conor McPherson boldly reimagines the songs of the legendary Bob Dylan in Girl from the North Country - the soaring masterwork about the dreams we keep close, the people we hold dear, and the place we call home.

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Perform 'Slow Train/License to K VideoVIDEO: Watch the Cast of GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Perform 'Slow Train/License to Kill' on THE TONIGHT SHOW
by Stage Tube - Feb 26, 2020

The cast of Girl from the North Country stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, February 25 to perform a special medley performance of 'Slow Train' and 'License to Kill.'

VIDEO: Watch A SOLDIER'S PLAY Star David Alan Grier Interviewed on THE LATE SHOW VideoVIDEO: Watch A SOLDIER'S PLAY Star David Alan Grier Interviewed on THE LATE SHOW
by Stage Tube - Jan 24, 2020

The star of 'The Soldier's Play' on Broadway, David Alan Grier, points out that he was in the play's original cast in 1981 alongside such future superstars as Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.

VIDEO: Blair Underwood Says He Almost Burned Down the Set of A SOLDIER'S PLAY VideoVIDEO: Blair Underwood Says He Almost Burned Down the Set of A SOLDIER'S PLAY
by Stage Tube - Jan 22, 2020

Blair Underwood talks about what happened when he showed his family the set of 'A Soldier's Play' on Broadway.

BWW TV: Go Inside Opening Night of A SOLDIER'S PLAY with David Alan Grier, Blair Unde VideoBWW TV: Go Inside Opening Night of A SOLDIER'S PLAY with David Alan Grier, Blair Underwood & More!
by TV - Opening Night Special - Jan 22, 2020

The American Airlines Theatre was the place to be last night as Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play finally opened last night on Broadway, almost four decades after it premiered off Broadway. 'The reason I wanted to do it was to get to speak these words that Charles Fuller wrote. We get to mine and uncover themes of racism, identity, love of country, an hatred of self,' says leading man Blair Underwood. 'To be able to do that in such an incredible play, that has won a Pulitzer for a good reason... it's exciting every night.'

VIDEO: David Alan Grier Gives Advice to the Young Cast of A SOLDIER'S PLAY VideoVIDEO: David Alan Grier Gives Advice to the Young Cast of A SOLDIER'S PLAY
by Stage Tube - Jan 20, 2020

David Alan Grier was a guest on Monday's episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan to talk about starring in A Soldier's Play on Broadway. During the interview, Grier talks about how this is his third round with the show, as he previously starred in the off-Broadway production and the film adaptation. 

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
by Stage Tube - Jan 14, 2020

The music of Bob Dylan is coming to Broadway this February with The Girl From the North Country, and we're getting a peek inside rehearsals! Check out the video to see what happens in the rehearsal room as the show's cast and creative prepare to move into the Belasco Theatre!

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from A SOLDIER'S PLAY on Broadway! VideoBWW TV: Watch Highlights from A SOLDIER'S PLAY on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 14, 2020

Previews are underway for A Soldier's Play, which opens officially on January 21, 2020. This is a limited engagement at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).