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Off-Broadway’s Making an Offer You Can’t Refuse! Tickets Now Available for Philosophy for Gangsters

first_img The most wanted cast features Courtney Romano, Tom White, David Demato, Tally Sessions, Bruno Iannone, Shabazz Green, Kyle Robert Carter and Leajato Amara Robinson. Mafia heiress Callie Rizzoli has a lot on her plate. A street gang is fighting to take over her territory. She wants to make someone pay for her parents’ deaths. To top it off, she and the philosopher she’s kidnapped are lifted to top slot on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. Philosophy for Gangsters is a clever, provocative comedy about ideas and messy deaths. Philosophy For Gangsters Related Shows View Comments Think ABC’s Revenge meets The Godfather, with a splash of comedy! Tickets are now on sale for the off-Broadway mobster comedy Philosophy for Gangsters. Written and directed by Barry and Reparta Peak, performances begin January 31 and the show will play through March 1. Opening night is set for February 4. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2014last_img read more

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London’s Once Follow’s B’ways Lead, Will Also Shutter

first_img View Comments The current London cast stars David Hunter and Jill Winternitz who are joined by Fiona Bruce, Jamie Cameron, Mark Carlisle, Matthew Ganley, Mathew Hamper, Daniel Healy, Loren O’Dair, Miria Parvin, Tim Prottey-Jones, Jez Unwin, Juliana Cotton, Demi Lee, Gemma Loader and Ruby Payne. Following the news that Once will close on Broadway, comes the announcement that the West End incarnation will shutter on March 21, 2015. Irish pop superstar Ronan Keating is set to join the London production on November 17 at the Phoenix Theatre and will remain with the musical for the rest of its run. Based on the 2006 film, Once features a score by the movie’s stars and Academy Award-winning composers for “Falling Slowly,” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The show premiered at New York Theatre Workshop before opening at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 18, 2012. Once won eight Tony Awards, including honors for Tiffany, as well as Enda Walsh for his book for the romantic musical. The West End production of Once opened in April 2013.last_img read more

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Jeff Kready Begins Performances in A Gentleman’s Guide on Broadway

first_img A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro, a long-lost member of a noble family who stands to become the next Earl of Highhurst—if he can eliminate the eight other relatives (all played by Jefferson Mays) who precede him in line for the title. The tuner received four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Additional cast members include Lisa O’Hare, Catherine Walker and Carole Shelley. Related Shows View Comments Kready made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables, and has also appeared on the Great White Way in Sunday in the Park with George and Billy Elliot. His additional stage credits include Tokio Confidential and Carousel. Fun fact: he’s married to Broadway favorite Nikki Renee Daniels! Jeff Kready will temporarily assume the role of Monty Navarro in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on January 20 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The Broadway show’s original Tony-nominated headliner, Bryce Pinkham, is taking a leave of absence to star in The Heidi Chronicles. Kready, who currently appears in the ensemble of the tuner, understudies Monty. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016last_img read more

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Chilina Kennedy on Why Her Beautiful Debut Is Like Mountain Climbing

first_img Related Shows Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Chilina Kennedy Stepping into a headlining role in a hit musical is tough—just ask Canadian actress and Broadway alum Chilina Kennedy, who is succeeding Tony winner Jessie Mueller in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on March 7. But try doing it with a five-month-old baby. And 15 costume changes. And only one pee break (which we learned from Mueller is during “The Locomotion”). checked in with Kennedy right before her debut to find out if she’s ready to become the Great White Way’s new “Natural Woman.”Well?! Are you ready for Saturday night?I will be! I don’t think I could ever feel truly ready, but I’m ready to jump in with an open heart.Carole barely leaves the stage and has about 5 million costume changes—how are you navigating it all?When I first saw the show, I was overwhelmed. If she’s not onstage, she’s probably doing a quick-change. There’s one bathroom break in the entire show, and that’s it. So you really have to be focused. But when you’re looking at a mountain, you can’t think of it as a mountain. You climb a mountain one step at a time. You don’t take over the whole mountain at once, right?Who’s coming to cheer you on at your first show?My wonderful partner [actor Jacob James], who I’ve known for over 20 years. We’re getting a babysitter so that’ll be fun. And his godmother, who just turned 80 yesterday, is flying all the way in from Canada.You were pregnant during your Beautiful audition. Is it tougher to sing when you’re expecting?It was harder to sing earlier than it was later on, ironically. I worked all the way through my pregnancy—I was a pregnant Nellie Forbush in South Pacific [at the Huron Country Playhouse in Ontario] in a bathing suit! But Carole has a five-month-old in the show, and I have a five-month-old now. It’s funny how it works out that way.How’s your son doing?His name is Henry Benjamin Kennedy James. We thought he could be a writer…or whatever he wants to be. We had all these rock star names picked out, but then he was so quiet when he was born! He’s a contemplative little boy.So he’s a quiet kid…[Henry crying.] He’s hungry, but he’s usually quiet! I love being a mom. Truly, being a mom is the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s my favorite role.How else do you identify with Carole?I’m also a singer-songwriter and I have my very first album coming out next month, What You Find in a Bottle. Carole King is such a gifted songwriter and such a big influence on me. And I’ve been married and divorced, so I can relate to some of the troubles she’s been through.Carole King came to the opening night of Beautiful in the West End a few weeks ago—what if she comes on Saturday?I haven’t heard if she is and thank god, because I think I might fall down [laughs]. Oh gosh, if she does show up, meeting her would be at the top of my list. I just hope I don’t know about it until later!Let’s say you’re onstage and spot her in the audience, what’s your plan?Once when I was on tour with Mamma Mia!, Tom Cruise was in the front row with his two bodyguards—it was really obvious it was him, there was no one else in the whole row! I had a butterfly moment, but then I caught my breath and just continued. So if Carole came, I’d probably just have a little heart attack and then keep going.See Chilina Kennedy in Beautiful at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019last_img read more

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12 Gorgeous Photos That Make Us Hope Carousel Comes to Broadway

first_imgJenn Gambatese and Laura Osnes play besties Carrie and Julie. View Comments The Grease and Cinderella alum is a fabulous choice for sweet Julie Jordan. The new production definitely has a dark, eerie feel… We can’t wait to hear opera star Denyce Graves sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Steven Pasquale may play a rough guy in the new revival, but we can’t help falling for him, too. If his performance in The Bridges of Madison County was any indication, Steven Pasquale’s “Soliloquy” is gonna be epic.Check out bonus video clips from Carousel! OK, first can we talk about this gorgeous set? …And Side Show alum Matthew Hydzik shows off a new beard as Enoch Snow.center_img Ooo, that dock looks creepy. Be careful, guys… Chicago and Pippin favorite Charlotte d’Amboise is a vision in pink. Steven Pasquale and Jarrod Emick play pals Billy Bigelow and Jigger Craigin. Laura Osnes looks absolutely adorable as a strawberry blonde. Laura Osnes Star Files Do you hear that music? Listen carefully—it’s coming all the way from Chicago. It’s the beautiful songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, starring Laura Osnes as Julie Jordan, Steven Pasquale as Billy Bigelow, Jenn Gambatese as Carrie Pipperidge, Matthew Hydzik as Enoch Snow, Jarrod Emick as Jigger Craigin, Charlotte d’Amboise as Mrs. Mullin, Tony Roberts as Starkeeper and more Broadway vets. Rob Ashford’s Lyric Opera of Chicago production looks so amazing, we’re crossing our fingers it heads to Broadway next. Please?! Don’t make us beg. Check out 12 beautiful moments from the musical (and a bonus video!) that make us swoon…and if you’re lucky enough to live in Chicago, see Carousel April 10 through May 3!last_img read more

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Lupita Nyong’o Will Lead Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments Eclipsed Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o will headline the New York premiere of Eclipsed. Directed by Liesl Tommy and penned by Danai Gurira, the production, which has just been added to the Public Theater’s 2015-16 season, will begin off-Broadway previews on September 29. Opening night is set for October 14 at the Public’s LuEsther Theater.Nyong’o will play The Girl. An Oscar winner for her feature debut in 12 Years a Slave, she will next be seen in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She additionally just wrapped production in Uganda on Mira Nair’s The Queen of Katwe opposite David Oyelowo, and lends her voice to Jon Favreau’s upcoming Jungle Book. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s acting program, Nyongo’s stage credits include The Winter’s Tale, Uncle Vanya, The Taming of the Shrew and Elijah.Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.The limited engagement will run through November 8.last_img read more

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Lin-Manuel Miranda & More Win MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants

first_imgMore good news for Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of gargantuan Broadway hit Hamilton. The MacArthur Foundation has bestowed a “genius” grant on the Tony winner, who along with puppetry artist Basil Twist, set designer Mimi Lien, and 21 other exceptionally creative Fellows, will receive a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant.The honor is for “their cutting-edge work that is transforming their fields” and Miranda is credited with “bringing the traditional Broadway musical into the 21st century with modern musical styles that reflect the diversity of contemporary America.”Twist’s credits include Symphonie Fantastique and Rite of Spring off-Broadway. A puppetry artist and director, he is honored for “revitalizing puppetry as a serious and sophisticated art form with his bold and imaginative experiments with materials and puppetry techniques.”Lien’s credits include off-Broadway’s An Octoroon, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 and The Whale. Her “bold designs play an integral role in translating a text’s narrative and emotional dynamics onto the stage.”Congratulations from us all here at to the winners! Drinks on you?! View Comments Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton Related Shows from $149.00last_img read more

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The War of the Worlds, Starring a 3D Liam Neeson, to Land in London

first_img View Comments Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of the Worlds is bound for the West End. Directed by Bob Tomson, the show, which will feature a 3D Liam Neeson, is scheduled to play a limited season at London’s Dominion Theatre from February 8, 2016. Opening night is set for February 17.Based on the classic science fiction story by HG Wells, the production is adapted by Doreen Wayne, with music by Jeff Wayne, along with lyrics by Gary Osborne, Paul Vigrass and Jeff Wayne.Since its inception in 1978, Jeff Wayne’s original double album has sold over 15 million copies. The iconic score will be played live and conducted on stage by Jeff Wayne himself, and the show is set to include new music, star cast, and a full supporting company of performers—as well as video walls, the iconic Martian Fighting Machine, special effects and in 3D holography Neeson as The JournalistWells’ novel, first published in 1898, was the prototype for all science fiction. An international phenom, The War of the Worlds describes the invasion of Earth by ruthless Martians with superior intelligence, incredible machines and devastating weaponry. An invading alien race bent on conquering humanity.last_img read more

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Meet The Ensemble Keeping Hamilton Going Non-Stop

first_imgPhotos: Matthew Murphy | Styling: David Withrow (women wearing Byron Lars Beauty Mark; men wearing Kye Denim and DL1961) | Hair & Makeup: Alex Michaels | Styling Assistant: Ginna Le Vine | Production Assistant: Eric Tronolone | Shot at Chemistry Creative The ensemble stars of ‘Hamilton'(Photos: Matthew Murphy) There isn’t a Tony Award for Best Musical Ensemble, but if there were, Hamilton would have nabbed 17 landmark nods this year. Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Sasha Hutchings, Morgan Marcell, Thayne Jasperson, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Jon Rua, Seth Stewart, Austin Smith, Ephraim Sykes and Voltaire Wade-Greene are the young, scrappy and hungry movers giving the Main Stem some major street cred in the cultural phenomenon. Photographer Matthew Murphy glammed them up and captured them on the move; like mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda and his historical muse, these pivotal players are non-stop. Check out’s hang sesh with the dope ensemble.VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERYcenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

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1984 Sets Closing Date in London’s West End

first_img View Comments ‘1984’ The critically acclaimed production of 1984 will close at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre on October 29. Directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, the play returned to the venue on June 14 this year.Adapted by Icke and Macmillan, George Orwell’s canonical work is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. This dynamic, innovative production connects Orwell’s bleak vision of the future with the present day, drawing striking parallels to our own uncertain political landscape.The cast includes Rudi Dharmalingam, Rosie Ede, Andrew Gower, Joshua Higgott, Hilton McRae, Anthony O’Donnell, Daniel Rabin and Catrin Stewart, alongside Eve Benioff Salama, Cleopatra Dickens, Amber Fernee and India Fowler.last_img read more