Traditional, expertly written plays about important issues, with real people saying real things to each other on skillfully designed sets that evoke total naturalistic consistency, are in great demand and short supply. It is therefore a thrill to spread the welcome mat for Man and Boy, the 1963 play about corruption in the world of business and finance, by the great Terence Rattigan. To celebrate the centennial year of a writer who was, along with his contemporary Noel Coward, renowned for emotional subtext and elegance of syntax, the Roundabout has graced us with a splendid revival of one of his lesser but bolder plays, briskly directed by Maria Aitken, with a blazing centerpiece performance by Frank Langella that simmers with fury and rage. Read More
“You see, everyone thinks they’ve got it,” said Arne Gundersen.
The president of the Actor’s Equity Foundation and a judge of Broadway.tv’s new competition Next Broadway Star and I were standing by the side of the still empty red carpet for the competition’s first of four rounds on Monday, at the unlikely venue of McDonalds Read More
Bryant Park is not unaccustomed to crowds of families with lunch coolers in tow, corporate types wolfing down sandwiches on their lunch breaks, and high schoolers with skateboards and a curb to grind. But each Thursday at noon until August 11, some of Broadway’s most widely celebrated (and Tony nominated) productions will call the park Read More
Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon are working on a musical about McSweeney’s non-profit 826 Valencia’s Superhero Supply Store in Park Slope. It’s true, Ms. Waldman told us! It will be called The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company. Michael Mayer, of American Idiot and Spring Awakening will direct; Peter Lerman, a young up-and-coming musical talent, will compose; Read More
The thing is, Larry Kramer–the writer, AIDS activist, playwright and self-promoter–was right. About everything.
Or, at least, Ned Weeks–Mr. Kramer’s alter-ego Cassandra character in The Normal Heart, his furious polemical play about the early years of the AIDS crisis, now playing in a spectacular and spectacularly moving revival at the Golden Theatre–is right.
Ned, alone Read More
From the front seat to the White House: James Earl Jones, currently starring in Driving Miss Daisy, has signed on to star in The Best Man, Gore Vidal’s 1960 political drama, reports Playbill. The lead role–that of an embattled former president choosing which candidate to endorse–was, incidentally, portrayed by a white actor, Charles Durning, Read More
Any fan of the novel American Psycho and its 2000 big screen counterpart knows that the music is as integral to the work as the murders. In both, Patrick Bateman, the gore-obsessed 1980s Wall Street executive, spends nearly as much time dissecting Whitney Houston and Genesis’ bodies of work as he does, um, dissecting bodies. Read More