Springtime is Play Time Spring is officially here, and with it comes a plethora of great plays. Here's some info about springtime play time on Broadway:
Venus in Fur - I saw this in November when it was playing a limited run through the non-profit Manhattan Theatre Club. It's back for a spring, commercial run, and it's as intense and provocative and extraordinary as ever. Below, you can watch the "trailer" for this sexual power play, and then head over to Broadway.com to watch Hugh Dancy discuss the classicism and power of Venus in Fur.
Peter and the Starcatcher - Star stuff is coming to Broadway. This was magical when it played at the New York Theatre Workshop early last year, and I have no doubt that co-directors Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and Roger Rees will bring the same magic to the Broadway iteration. NYTW stars Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Chanler-Berat and Christian Borle are reprising their roles. Previews begin March 28, and in anticipation, Broadway.com caught up with the Starcatcher team in rehearsal.
Death of a Salesman - Attention must be paid to this superlative production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Arthur Miller classic, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Andrew Garfield and Linda Emond. It is a strictly limited run so visit deathofasalesmanbroadway.com to purchase tickets.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Last week we learned that HBO plans to broadcast the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on May 5th. This week, we learned who will be inducting this year's class. As noted in an announcement on rollingstone.com, "Chuck D will induct the Beastie Boys, John Mellencamp will induct Donovan, Steve Van Zandt will induct the Small Faces/Faces, Chris Rock will induct the Red Hot Chili Peppers... They have yet to announce who will induct Guns N' Roses." Personally, I'm very curious to find out more about the Chris Rock-RHCP connection - doesn't that seem a little odd to you?
Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project Broadway veterans - performers, composers and musicians alike - are collaborating to create Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project. Over the Moon is a two-disc recording and 48-page children's book full of bedtime songs and stories for tots. Proceeds from Over the Moon will go to breast cancer research, support and education. Leading up to its May 2012 release, Broadwayworld.com is featuring behind-the-scenes videos of some of the recording sessions. This week: Raul Esparza (!!!!) recording Michael Friedman's "This Little World."
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