Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin star in this classic existentialist play about two men waiting for someone (or something?) called Godot.
Though the plot to Waiting For Godot is simple, the play itself – which is full of humor and intriguing ideas – is anything but. Over the years, Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece has been interpreted a thousand different ways, and now audiences have another chance to try to decipher it in this top-class Broadway production, also starring John Goodman and John Glover.
Violet, Doralee, and Judy set out to make careers for themselves in the working world. Unfortunately, their boss is the most sexist, bigoted, egomaniacal liar imaginable. When the women finally reach a boiling point, their fantasies about what they would like to do to him turn hilariously real. With the big bad boss tied up, they use the opportunity to change their oppressive office into the kind of establishment where everyone loves to work.
Based on the 1980 movie, the new Broadway musical 9 To 5 faithfully recreates the look of that era and also features Dolly Parton’s hit title song. Dolly has, in fact, written the entire new score, which displays her unmistakable voice, translated by the marvelous Meg Hilty, Stephanie J. Block, and Allison Janney as the mad-as-hell ladies who kidnap their piggish boss (deliciously played by Marc Kudisch). The show is big, brash, a little lowbrow at times, kinda crazy, and never subtle.
A comic take on the Alfred Hitchcock classic, The 39 Steps is about a suave Londoner who meets a mysterious woman and soon finds himself caught up in her dangerous world.
Fans of the film will laugh the hardest at this droll spoof, but even Hitchcock neophytes will be impressed by the show’s manic energy (over 100 roles are played by just four actors!) and creative staging.
Just a heads-up to Broadway fans out there: July 4th is kind of an unusual day on Broadway. Many shows have canceled their performances for the holiday. Those Broadway shows that are playing on Independence Day, though, often have great ticket discounts. So if you are looking for a fun way to celebrate the holiday, consider Broadway!
Visa Signature will be offering a taste of the Tonys by sponsoring a “Tonys Preview Concert,” to be taped at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 11. All of this season’s Broadway musicals that are eligible for Tony nominations will perform at the event. The broadcast will air on CBS in the New York City area on June 7, but dates will vary in other markets, so check local listings. And don’t forget to check out the Tony Awards ceremony itself, which will air on June 15.
The League of American Theatres and Producers just released a new report on Broadway demographics today, revealing some interesting statistics about the Great White Way. During this past Broadway season, attendance was up among foreign tourists, people under 18 years of age, and non-Caucasians. Some of the report’s revelations are not too surprising, such as the news that the internet is now the most popular place to buy theater tickets. Other stats were more unexpected: 31% of all Broadway tickets are sold to the 6% of theatergoers who attend 15 or more shows a year.
BroadwayReporter.com, in association with the BBC, put together a Grease singing content on the red carpet – Thanks to all those who took part, the winner got two tickets to the opening night show – hope you enjoy the video and the show !
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ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway, the recent documentary that covers the 2003-2004 Broadway season, will be released on DVD on October 16. The Dori Berinstein doc charts the progress of four Tony Award-nominated Broadway musicals — Avenue Q, Caroline or Change, Taboo, and Wicked — from pre-production all the way to Tony night.
Broadway star Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago) will be part of the entertainment line-up for PBS’s annual Independence Day celebration, “A Capitol Fourth”. Also participating in the July 4 festivities, which will air at 8pm live from Washington D.C., are Little Richard, American Idol finalist Elliott Yamin, and Yolanda Adams. Hosting the event is Tony Danza, who closed out the Broadway production of The Producers and will soon be taking over as Max in the Las Vegas version.
It has just been announced that the Tonys, the annual awards that reward Broadway excellence, will be adding two new categories in the 2007-2008 season: Best Sound Design of a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Play. It’s about time that the Tonys recognize good sound design, a vital part of the Broadway experience. Perhaps what finally led them to this decision was that the recently-completed Broadway season boasted so many shows that demonstrated such impressive sound design — most notably Journey’s End, Talk Radio, and The Coast of Utopia.