Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man opens at off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company January 30. Starring Tony nominee Justin Vivian Bond and Gibson Frazier, the production is directed by Brian Kulick and features new music by Grammy- and Tony-winning singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik. In addition to Mx Bond and Frazier, the cast includes Elizabeth A. Davis, Martin Moran, Jason Babinsky, Steven Skybell, Tony winner Stephen Spinella, Ching Valdes-Aran and Allan K. Washington. A Man’s A Man tells the story of Galy Gay, a simple man out shopping who, by the trickery of some soldiers, is turned into a soldier, enlisted into Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and, eventually, reassembled into a killing machine. The play is Brecht’s ode to the inhumanity of man. View Comments
Christian Borle Borle’s other screen credits include Masters of Sex and Smash. He won a Tony for Peter and the Starcatcher and was nominated for his performance in Legally Blonde. Additional Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot and Footloose. A Great White Way family classic, Peter Pan premiered on October 20, 1954 at the Winter Garden Theatre, featuring a book by J.M. Barrie, music by Mark “Moose” Charlap and Jule Style, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins and Mary Martin in the lead role of the boy who won’t grow up. NBC has broadcast the musical live a total of three times previously: in 1955 (when it reached 65 million viewers), 1956 and 1960. The musical has been revived five times on Broadway since. The tuner’s classic songs include “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.” Star Files View Comments Christian Borle may play Mr. Darling and Smee in the upcoming NBC telecast of Peter Pan Live! on December 4. According to Deadline, the Tony winner is in negotiation to join the previously announced Allison Williams as Pan and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. Pan is the Peacock Network’s follow-up to the highly rated Sound of Music Live!, which starred Carrie Underwood along with Borle and many Broadway favorites.
Benjamin Walker’s Choice: Film, Broadway or Both? Benjamin Walker, after playing a vampire-slaying Abraham Lincoln in his last major film credit, is going to tone it down a bit this time. The Broadway alum has been tapped to play Travis Parker in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice, starring opposite Teresa Palmer as Gabby Holland, according to Deadline. There’s no official timeline for the film yet, but we do wonder if this will conflict with him potentially picking up the axe once more in American Psycho. That is, if it ends up hitting the Great White Way. Josh Gad Josh Gad Has Reason to Be Angry Josh Gad will go from happy snowman to angry bird in the upcoming Angry Birds animated feature. Entertainment Weekly reports that the Tony nominee will voice Chuck, the yellow-feathered one, starring opposite Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage, Kate McKinnon and more. The film is slated for a July 1, 2016, release. No word yet on if we’ll actually still be playing the game on our iPhones/iPads/Apple Watches at that point. Benjamin Walker Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Billy Burke and Gina Gershon Hit the Road Twilight and Revolution’s Billy Burke and screen star and Broadway alum Gina Gershon will lead the cast of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. The supernatural musical is written by literary creep-master Stephen King and features a score by John Mellencamp. The tour will launch in Orono, Maine on November 8, and as previously announced, will play New York’s Beacon Theatre on November 24. Star Files Do You Want to Chat with Anna? Speaking of the Frozen fam, what’s Princess Anna been up to lately, besides picking up checks from ABC? Well, you can find out for yourself thanks to The Headstrong Project. The organization, which provides cost-free mental healthcare to war veterans, is auctioning off either a voicemail or short phone conversation with Anna, courtesy of Kristen Bell. Now’s your chance to do an over-the-phone duet of “Love is an Open Door” (or “Romeo and Juliet”) with the Princess of Arendelle herself! View Comments
View Comments It’s Friday, and you know what that means—time to jump into your Wicked jammies, pour a giant glass of wine and get ready for the Lessons of the Week! We’ve learned so much about Jake Gyllenhaal’s flying friends, Hugh Jackman’s dangerous cooking skills and Ramin Karimloo’s taste in ladies, we couldn’t wait to share. Check out this week’s lessons below!Tavi Gevinson Can Get Taylor Swift TixStep away from StubHub. We repeat, step away from StubHub. We have a way better way to get tickets for Taylor Swift’s 1989 world tour: just become BFFs with This Is Our Youth star Tavi Gevinson! Apparently they know each other and they’re practically like this. (We’re crossing our fingers right now. Can a website cross its fingers? Does a website have fingers? Whatever.)Jake Gyllenhaal Has Bee BuddiesSpeaking of Taylor Swift (and when aren’t we), her ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal has been spending some time with some weird, buzzing friends since their breakup. To prep for his role as a beekeeper in Constellations, the star told us he’s “hanging out with some bees” to research the role. Please tell us you went up to a hive and said, “Let’s bee friends.” Bzzzz.Hugh Jackman Cooks En FlambéTony winner Hugh Jackman can pretty much do it all: Comedy, drama, singing, tap dancing, and even gutting a fish onstage in The River (well, sometimes he cuts himself, but that’s a lesson for another day). But his other secret talent is making Crepes Suzette en flambé. Yes. ON FIRE. Hugh, please be careful. No one likes a Wolverine with no eyebrows.The Secret Password Is: (Fart Noise)Guys, it’s finally here! No, not that “I love Idina Menzel” pillowcase you ordered on Ebay. The trailer for Pitch Perfect 2! The clip shows the Bellas going to a secret Riff-Off where they have to make a fart noise to get in. Coincidentally, that’s the same secret password we use for the Broadway.com holiday party!NeNe Leakes Has a Big MouthThe Real Housewives of Atlanta star is stepping into Broadway’s Cinderella this week—what makes her portrayal different from the evil stepmothers who have come before her? According to NeNe, she has the biggest mouth of them all. Hmm, we’re pretty sure Fran Drescher would be willing to fight you on this one, but we’re keeping our big mouths shut.JCM Can’t Put Down the WigEven after recently denying he would be reprising the role he created and originated 15 years ago, John Cameron Mitchell is indeed pulling the wig down from the shelf to play Hedwig on Broadway! Very sneaky, JCM. Don’t worry, we know you’ll still fit into that old Sergio Valente—and we know another three-name celebrity who can give you some diet and exercise tips.The Newsies Left Nasty Parting GiftsWhen the cast of Honeymoon in Vegas told us the stars of Newsies left a few things behind for them in the Nederlander Theatre dressing rooms, we assumed they meant flowers and chocolates. Nope. Apparently, they left gym shorts, roach spray and “the man stench of splits.” Wow, we thought these guys were classy gents, but we guess newsboys will be newsboys.Daisy and Violet Traded PlacesSide Show naturally had to take some creative license while adapting the true story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, but we never knew composer Henry Krieger and book writer and lyricist Bill Russell actually swapped the positions of the conjoined twins to make the songs sound better. You hear that, aspiring composers? If you get stuck, just change history! Works every time.Just Say No To Sneaky TrollsWe always thought On the Town’s troll mascot Chabsey was cute and harmless, but according Broadway.com video blogger Alysha Umphress, he’s a no-good troublemaker. Apparently he’s been running wild in the theater, stealing hats and taking totally unauthorized Polaroid photos. We’d be furious if he weren’t so darn cute.Ramin Karimloo Likes His Ladies RippedOn this week’s Show People, Les Miz star and Broadway’s Sexiest Man Alive contender Ramin Karimloo revealed what really “turns his crank”: Women with giant muscles. Anyhoo, we’d love to chat but we’ve gotta go sign up for Mark Fisher Fitness, buy a 10-pound drum of protein powder and do push-ups for the rest of the night. See you guys next week!
It’s wedding bells for Sierra Boggess and David Burtka in the new musical It Shoulda Been You, and if this behind-the-scenes photo is any indication, they make an absolutely adorable onstage couple! It Shoulda Been You star Harriet Harris posted this snapshot of the pair getting silly in a photo shoot for the new Broadway production on her Twitter page. Get a sneak peek of Boggess and Burtka on their way to the altar, than see It Shoulda Been You beginning March 17, 2015 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre! Star Files Sierra Boggess It Shoulda Been You Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 View Comments
Ahoy! Grammy-winning rock icon Sting boarded his Broadway musical The Last Ship on December 9, stepping into the role of Jackie White. In his first full week of performances, the tuner’s grosses saw high tides, bringing in its largest gross of its run at $817,897. The show’s capacity rose 18% as well to 76.7%. Meanwhile, Love Letters, which had announced performances through February 15, 2015, shuttered on December 14 after 6 previews and 95 regular performances. Additionally, Side Show, which has brought in relatively low numbers since the revival began performances in October, will leave us after all on January 4, 2015. UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Chicago ($414,484) 4. Honeymoon in Vegas ($396,473)** 3. Rock of Ages ($376,586) 2. Love Letters ($274,612)* 1. This Is Our Youth ($270,455) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. You Can’t Take It With You (61.94%) 4. Chicago (59.17%) 3. If/Then (57.69%) 2. Mamma Mia! (56.80%) 1. Love Letters (56.59%)* *Number based on seven regular performances **Number based on eight preview performances View Comments FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.61%) 2. The River (100.72%) 3. The Elephant Man (100.66%) 4. Beautiful:The Carole King Musical (100.27%) 5. Aladdin (98.89%) Source: The Broadway League Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending December 14: FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,925,063) 2. Wicked ($1,746,037) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,739,667) 4. Aladdin ($1,529,288) 5. It’s Only a Play ($1,413,682)
The Visit It takes a singular sensation to step in for a singular sensation! Tony winner Donna McKechnie will be the standby for Chita Rivera’s lead role of Claire Zachannassian in Broadway’s The Visit. Directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, the tuner will begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre on March 26, with opening night set for April 23. View Comments The company also includes Roger Rees, Jason Danieley, Matthew Deming, Diana Dimarzio, David Garrison, Rick Holmes, Tom Nelis, Chris Newcomer, Aaron Ramey, Timothy Shew and Michelle Veintimilla. Related Shows John Kander and Fred Ebb’s The Visit is based on the classic Friedrich Dürrenmatt play (adapted by Maurice Valency) and features a book by Terrence McNally, with music by Kander and lyrics by Ebb. Claire Zachanassian is an often-widowed millionairess who pays a visit to her hardship-stricken birthplace. The locals hope she’ll bring them a new lease on life, but little do they know her offer to revitalize the town comes at a dreadful price. McKechnie won a Tony for her performance as Cassie in the original production of A Chorus Line. Other Broadway credits include State Fair, Company, On the Town and Promises, Promises. Screen credits include Dark Shadows and Cheers. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015
View Comments Could it be magic? We now have a theater and confirmed creative team for the previously reported Harry Potter play. The production will be based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Penned by Thorne, the play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End in summer 2016 at the Palace Theatre.Helmed by the now confirmed Tony winner Tiffany (Once), the production will feature movement by Steven Hoggett, set design by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grammy nominee Imogen Heap, sound by Gareth Fry and special effects by Jeremy Chernick. Casting will be announced later.The Harry Potter play will look into the story of the wizard’s parents, James and Lily Evans Potter, before they were murdered by Lord Voldemort, and Harry Potter’s early years as an orphan and outcast.The seven-volume Harry Potter series has sold more than 450 million copies and been translated into 77 languages. The books were adapted into eight movies starring Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winners Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, along with Emma Watson as Hermione Granger.Currently home to The Commitments, which will close on November 1, the Palace Theatre usually plays host to musicals, but we somehow have a feeling that they’ll have no problem selling tickets.We also sense that this has “Broadway transfer” written all over it.
Chicago Rumor has it that after twice delaying her Broadway debut, Rumer Willis will begin performances as Roxie Hart on September 21 in Chicago. The Dancing with the Stars winner has been undergoing rehabilitation from multiple stress fractures in her foot and as she explains in her Instagram post to her fans, below, the delay is on doctor’s orders. Willis will now play a six-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre through November 1. Dylis Croman is currently appearing as Roxie.Willis is the winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars season 20. She has previously appeared on stage in off-Broadway’s Love, Loss and What I Wore, For the Record Live’s Dear John Hughes, Baz Luhrmann’s DBA and FTR: Tarantino. Her numerous screen credits include House Bunny, Sorority Row, Diary of Preston Plummer Workaholics, Pretty Little Liars, Hawaii 5-0 and Songbyrd.The cast also includes Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Ryan Silverman as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. from $49.50 View Comments Related Shows
Dust grit is between your teeth. Heat radiates from everything. The summer has turnedoppressive. You may be slowed and burdened by the heat, but what about your trees?Landscape plants, especially trees, are stressed by the heat. Trees stand tall andfirmly anchored in the face of the blowtorch-like wind and heat radiated from hardsurfaces.Driveways, rooftops, patios and sidewalks absorb sunlight and radiate that energy asthe heat we all feel. When the air moves this heat over to your landscape, it’s calledadvective heat.Advective heat means you must use your cooling power, water and shade to dissipate heatgenerated somewhere else. And this summer there is plenty of heat to move around.Heat badly stresses trees in two main ways. One is through water loss. The other, muchmore insidious, is through accelerated food use.Wilted foliage and drooping new twig tips are a sure sign of water shortage in thetree. The tree can take in water only from the soil.In some places, little water remains accessible to tree roots. Either the soilparticles are holding the water too tightly for roots to extract it, or the tree doesn’thave enough roots to gather enough water. As water concentrations become too low, rootsare shut down and don’t grow.Trees need water to make food and move essential materials. They also gain some heatdissipation from water evaporating from leaves. As water is allowed to evaporate fromleaves, carbon dioxide for food-making moves into the leaves.Water is the most valuable of raw materials trees collect. But as water becomes lessavailable, trees must close up leaves to save the water that remains. Stopping leaffunctions means the tree can’t make food and will have its internal temperature climb.As temperatures climb in and around the tree, many problems arise. For every 18-degreeincrease, water and food requirements double. As water becomes unavailable and leaves areclosed, food continues to be needed in greater volume. All this food must be taken fromstorage.Hot streaks mean healthy trees must close leaves and wait out the heat. It’s likerunning on internal batteries. Old, young and badly stressed trees are much more at riskof damage, decline and death because they have little storage. The little stored food theyhave is being used at two to three times normal rates. Trees can starve to death duringlong hot, dry periods.During the heat, watering can help if you don’t overdo it. In heavy clay soils, it’seasy to drown already starving tree roots. Your trees don’t need a dip in the pool — justa refreshing, deep drink.Don’t apply nitrogen fertilizers when soil temperatures are high and there is littlewater. Prevent mechanical damage and injury from landscape chemicals. Thin layers of mulcharound a tree help conserve water and keep the root area cooler, which reduces fooddemands.During hot periods, people and trees need each other. The shade that protects you,saves on cooling bills and blocks advective heat from terrorizing you is not free. Youneed to invest in the survival and health of your trees.