- 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.
- Clybourne Park - Another Pulitzer Prize winner - the most recent one, in fact - comes to Broadway after acclaimed off-Broadway and out of town runs. I saw its premiere at Playwrights Horizons in February 2010 and thought it was terrific. (Bonus for theatre-goers under 30: Clybourne Park is co-produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, which means you can purchase a $30 LincTix ticket. Sign up today!) Visit clybournepark.com for more information and to purchase (non-LincTix) tickets.
- The Lyons - Nick Silver's latest play is making a quick transfer to Broadway. The Lyons enjoyed an extended run at the Vineyard Theatre this past fall, and now the entire cast, which includes the legendary Linda Lavin and American Idiot and iHo alumnus Michael Esper, is re-teaming for the Broadway run. Rehearsals began today, and previews begin April 5. Visit thelyonsbroadway.com for information and 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."
- Theatre Award Update
No Tony news this week, but we did learn that Donna Murphy (Anyone Can Whistle) and Brian d'Arcy James (Time Stands Still) will announce the Drama Desk nominees on April 27. The Drama Desk is comprised of theatre critics and honors Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway side by side. The Drama Desk Awards will be handed out on June 3.
- Wilfred News
Wilfred fans, Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) has this to say to you: "Hey Wilfred fans! Got Wilfred questions? Submit them to @WilfredTV. Get Wilfred answers."
- Ghost the Musical
This show, of which I saw a preview presentation in January, is currently in previews on Broadway. Visit Broadway.com to watch star and Hair alumna Caissie Levy talk about the production; check out her appearance on Broadway.com's Show People; and watch below to learn more about the rock stars who wrote the show's score:
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- From the queue: three movies with messy, ambiguous, but nevertheless satisfying endings: Take Shelter; Like Crazy; Young Adult
- Jason Segel is profiled in the LA Times
- The Book of Mormon is offering a second free fan performance. Visit Playbill.com for details.
- For all preview performances, you can purchase Leap of Faith balcony seats for just $29 via Broadway Offers.
- Bill Maher wants you to stop apologizing.
- And now, a weekend treat: Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem performing "Can You Picture That?"