Derek Klena The Bridges of Madison County Steven Pasquale Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, the musical is currently running at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. View Comments Kelli O’Hara The musical tells the story of an Italian-American housewife named Francesca Johnson (O’Hara) and her unlikely four-day love affair with Robert Kincaid (Pasquale), a National Geographic photographer. In addition to O’Hara and Pasquale, the cast of The Bridges of Madison County features Tony nominee Hunter Foster as Bud, Cass Morgan as Marge, Michael X. Martin as Charlie, Derek Klena as Michael and Caitlin Kinnunen as Caroline. The show’s ensemble includes Whitney Bashor, Jennifer Allen, Ephie Aardema, Katie Klaus, Luke Marinkovich, Aaron Ramey, Dan Sharkey, Tim Wright, Jessica Vosk, Charlie Franklin and Kevin Kern. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 18, 2014 Related Shows The affair will always be remembered! Ghostlight Records will record the original Broadway cast recording of The Bridges of Madison County, starring Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale. Based on the novel by Robert James Waller, the tuner features music and lyrics by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman.
3. Spring Awakening — 11% Fans of the 2006 hit Broadway musical who are waiting for a big screen adaptation won’t be “left behind” for long. It was recently reported that a film adaptation of Spring Awakening is in development with Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone and director McG at the helm. However, we still have some burning questions: who will sing the song of purple summer? Will Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff reprise their roles? Will a cast of new, fresh faces emerge from obscurity into stardom? Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles? (Again, kidding.) Movie big-wigs have been making all sorts of noises about producing film adaptations of our favorite musicals lately. With so many in-the-works, we asked fans which one they are most excited about seeing on the silver screen. The results are in, and perhaps no surprise which tuner was the most popular. 2. Into the Woods— 19% You wish, and you shall receive! The film adaptation of Into the Woods is just months away, with Chicago and Nine’s Rob Marshall at the helm. The starry cast includes Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, James Corden, Lilla Crawford and Christine Baranski. We’re still awaiting some official production shots and a trailer, but with a Christmas 2014 release date, hopefully we’ll soon be able to say we “know things now!” 1. Wicked— 39% Let us be glad; let us be grateful! Fans are more than ready to see the Wicked witches ride their brooms and bubbles onto the silver screen. A film adaptation of the Broadway blockbuster is in the works, according to Stephen Schwartz, though not many details have been confirmed aside from that. The Wicked and Pippin composer teased, “we’re starting to do some work on it. We’ve actually started gearing up on it a little bit.” Well, we couldn’t be happier. Now, if only we could get Harry Styles to play Fiyero! (Relax. We’re kidding. We think?) View Comments
And in the meantime, you get to play Cromwell. Do you find the demands of this run exhausting or exhilarating? Both, really [laughs]. It’s exhilarating doing it and then exhausting the morning after. But then you soon recharge, and you’re excited about doing it again: to tell this great story to a different bunch of people. You have the leading role in a pair of plays that have become the must-see event of the season. That must be satisfying, to say the least! It is, but what’s been especially nice for us is to bring these plays home, as it were, to London where the stories are set. Early on, I think the concern was whether as magnificent a novel as Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall could be condensed into two-and-a-half or three hours on stage, and Bring Up the Bodies, as well. When we first started, it wasn’t always easy to see what we were doing or know where it would head, but now it feels as if we can really begin to enjoy it. Is this sweeping saga of Tudor-era stealth and intrigue relevant to our world today? Very much so. Thomas Cromwell lives on in the same way that all the motives and narratives in these stories live on. Humans haven’t changed much at all in hundreds of years. The clothes we wear, the food we eat, and how we get from A to B may be different, but the central tenets of power and politics and survival are with us still. One achievement of this production is that six hours of history onstage never feels stuffy or fusty. That’s probably because you’re watching the story of a man bent on survival who in a way was the sort of original working-class hero and therefore has a sort of Everyman quality to him which reaches out to audiences today. A lot of it, too, has to with the way Hilary has so brilliantly written [Cromwell] in her books, so that you forget you’re reading history and feel as if this is happening in the present. You have such renown here. Have you been tempted to uproot and try your luck in Hollywood? That’s not really part of the game plan. I have a wonderful family life and a good career here, for which I feel very fortunate, and I don’t really think I’m at the age anymore to go over to L.A. and hang around and try to get hired. But the world has got so much smaller: It’s possible now with technology for me to be in a room talking to a whole panel of people in L.A. if I need to be! What are your memories of your time in New York when The Norman Conquests won the Tony for Best Play? That production was also my New York stage debut, and what was just astonishing was the great feeling we all found within the Broadway community. From the moment we arrived, we encountered nothing but genuine warmth and a wish to succeed, and luckily we did: it was a fabulous four months, it really was. You take an often-vilified figure from history like Thomas Cromwell—the chief adviser to Henry VIII—and render him complexly human. I hope we’ve given Cromwell a fair hearing with these plays and, judging by the response, I think we really have. What’s important, at least to me, is that people feel as if they are seeing not only a period of history but also the evolution of a human being who does what he can to survive. Of course he’s not without his faults: Cromwell was canny, devious, at times violent, but I do feel as if I’m honoring his memory, in a funny sort of way. I like to think of myself as his spokesperson [laughs]. During your visits to New York, have you been to the Frick Museum to see the Cromwell portrait that hangs prominently on view there? I certainly have! The last time I went, I stood for such a long while in front of that picture that I think people were beginning to wonder who I was [laughs]. What’s extraordinary is that this is the only pictorial record we have of Cromwell: the enigma of the man has a lot to do with how little pictorial evidence there is of him let alone historical written evidence, so a painting such as the one at the Frick is doubly enthralling. Matthew Warchus, director of The Norman Conquests, has been named the new artistic director of the Old Vic, following on from your former Richard II co-star Kevin Spacey. Yes, I’m thrilled for Matthew and for the Old Vic as well. He’s just a great director, not least because he’s willing to take risks and is not afraid to do what he wants to do. At the same time, Kevin has transformed that building—absolutely transformed it. He’s been a wonderful leader and champion of that theater and of English theater ever since he arrived [in Britain]. He should get a knighthood! A BBC TV series is being made of these books, with Mark Rylance as Cromwell and Damian Lewis as Henry VIII. Have those actors been in to check out the plays? Damian came to see us, which was lovely, and I’m fascinated to see what they come up with on screen. Certainly with Mark Rylance and [director] Peter Kosminsky and [writer] Peter Straughan, you couldn’t get a better trio leading that project. Hilary’s stories lend themselves to a six-part series very well. View Comments Ben Miles has had no shortage of high-profile stage roles—he played Bolingbroke to Kevin Spacey’s Richard II at the Old Vic and Kristin Scott Thomas’s husband in the West End’s Betrayal, and he was part of the sublime company of British actors who transferred to Broadway in the Tony-winning 2009 revival of The Norman Conquests. But the ever-engaging actor has arguably his best role to date as Thomas Cromwell, the English lawyer and statesman at the center of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the six-hour sequence of vividly realized history plays adapted from the best-selling Hilary Mantel novels and now at the Aldwych Theatre through September 6. Broadway.com caught up with Miles to talk event theater, going Hollywood (or not), and New York at Tony time.
Emilio and Gloria Estefan are taking the task of casting themselves in a Broadway musical very seriously. They’re personally watching countless audition tapes on YouTube and leading multiple open calls. Lance Bass recently took Entertainment Tonight on a behind-the-scenes look of the casting process of On Your Feet!, the bio-musical set to conga to Broadway on October 5, 2015 at the Marquis Theatre. “The reason we chose On Your Feet,” the Grammy-winning songstress explained of the title, “is because it’s about how you keep getting up in life–no matter what happens.” Take a look below as dozens of girls attempt to prove that they have what it takes to emulate Gloria and tell the story of her and Emilio’s 36-year marriage, which is “like 150 in Hollywood years.” View Comments Related Shows On Your Feet! Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017
Aladdin Aladdin is currently running on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The production officially opened on March 20, 2014, starring Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Clifton Davis as the Sultan, Don Darryl Rivera as Iago with Brian Gonzales, Brandon O’Neill and Jonathan Schwartz as Aladdin’s sidekicks Babkak, Kassim and Omar. Related Shows The first international production of the hit Broadway musical Aladdin will open in Japan. Performances will begin in May 2015 at The Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in Tokyo. The show will be cast locally in Japan and will be performed in Japanese. View Comments Adapted from the 1992 Disney animated film, Aladdin is the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the production features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman. Lyrics will be translated into Japanese by Chikae Takahashi, who worked on the Japanese translation for the mouse house’s animated feature film, Frozen. from $57.50
View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015 What is it like to star in a Broadway show after only two rehearsals? Well, if you’re Sting, it feels like being “thrown down an elevator shaft,” but he didn’t let his nerves affect him. The Grammy winner spoke with Variety after his first performance as shipbuilder Jackie White in his musical The Last Ship on December 9, 2014: “I kept thinking, ‘What’s the next song? What do I have to say next? What am I wearing?’” Luckily, Sting reports there were “no major car crashes,” and he received a warm welcome from the cheering crowd. Check out this Hot Shot of Sting’s first night in The Last Ship, then see him live through January 10, 2015 at the Neil Simon Theatre! The Last Ship Related Shows
The production will feature costume and prop design by Jamie Nicole Larson, lighting design by Alana Jacoby, sound design by Sam Kusnetz and fight choreography by Chris Michael Burke. In Delirium’s Daughters, a kind old gentleman believes his deceased wife has forbid their three daughters to marry, until one of the suitors plays a series of tricks that helps him deal with his loss and recover his sanity. The show is a kindhearted farce based on the Italian Commedia Dell’Arte, with a touch of magical realism. View Comments The cast will include Brandon Beilis as Timidio, Nick Bombicino as Giovio, Kerry Frances as Celia, Stephanie Nicole Kelley as Marina, Jackson Thompson as Pomposa, Branislav Tomich as Di Lirio, Brenda Withers as Terresa and Evan Cory Zimmerman as Serio. Four suitors, three daughters, what’s a father to do? Nicholas Korn’s Delirium’s Daughters will play a limited engagement off-Broadway from February 26 through March 14. Directed by Kathleen Butler, the production will officially open at the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row on February 28.
Rock of Ages alum Frankie J. Grande and his Big Brother buddy Zach Rance couldn’t keep their hands off each other during season 16 of the hit CBS series. So of course, Rance was front and center at Frankie J. Grande’s solo show Livin’ La Vida Grande at 54 Below on January 20—and he couldn’t resist ripping his shirt off and joining Grande on stage. Grande’s former Rock co-star, American Idol favorite Constantine Maroulis, was also on hand to cheer him on. Check out these Hot Shots of Frankie’s big night! View Comments
Liza Deals With All Your Damn Scarves Meanwhile, at Empirical, Liza receives dozens of packages filled with scarves and enthusiasm for (you guessed it!) The Scarf. Where’s Debra Messing when you need her? It’s great to see Liza reaping the rewards of her initiative—and Diana’s face as she tries to take control of a situation she has no hand in. At Charles’ recommendation, Liza and Kelsey contact the author, Meredith Montgomery (played by Ana Gasteyer!). It’s a very trying week for Sutton Foster on Younger. First, Liza faces a temporary evacuation from Maggie’s after a bedbug scare. Then she gets hit with a painful blow at work (which, whether it be from dodgeballs or rolled up manuscripts, is a common thread, apparently.) Through it all, Liza remains on top as she gets that much closer to revealing her big secret to Josh. Well, she tries. She has a lot on her plate. Here’s everything Liza had to deal with on Younger: Episode 10.EPISODE 10: The Boy with the Dragon TattooLiza Deals With BedbugsAfter a bedbug infestation across the hall, Liza and Maggie bag up their mattresses and go their separate ways for a few days. Maggie stays with her cousin, who apparently steals her kids’ Ritalin. (We’re waiting for that backdoor pilot about Maggie and her lesbian artist adventures.) Liza stays with Josh, who, when pressured by his video game-playing, pot-vaping friends to comment on their relationship status, says they’re “hanging out.” Just what every 40-year-old-passing-as-a-26-year-old wants to hear. Diana’s Statement Jewelry of the Week!Another week, another spectacular statement piece from Miriam Shor. Diana’s paying tribute to our favorite Wicked witches this week with an emerald brooch necklace. Fixate on that verdigris! Oh, to spend one short day in Miriam Shor’s armoire… Liza Deals With (OMG) Kathy NajimyFor the tail end of her bedbug-induced exodus, Liza stays with Kelsey and Lauren at their place, which is incidentally Lauren’s parents’ place. Lauren’s mother is fabulous (of course she is; Kathy Najimy plays her.) In one conversation, she 1) Kinda-sorta offers to get The Scarf featured on The Real Housewives of New York; 2) Subtly asks to see a junk-shot of Josh; 3) Lays down the law when it comes to playing games: “’Hanging out’ is not a thing…the world is not one big booty call.” Which is exactly what we think Liza should be telling herself. Liza Deals With The BabushkaDiana calls Meredith into Empirical to discuss The Scarf. The scene starts as another satisfying sequence in which the assistant (Liza) takes the reins from her ill-equipped boss. But that gratification crashes and burns as Diana reveals that The Scarf is in fact a near verbatim rip-off of The Babushka. Sorry, Liza, all that hard work was for naught. Well, you got Ana Gasteyer some screen time. That counts for something. Star Files View Comments Liza Deals With Josh’s…DragonLiza goes out to drink her feelings with Josh, Kelsey and her himbo Thad. Thad buys them all 14 different kinds of tequila, so, uh, we hate him less. It’s particularly heartbreaking when Josh greets her by saying “I’m sorry you got lied to,” considering she’s about to confess her whole younger plot. It’s even worse, though, when Josh shows off his latest tat: the Dragon, based on the Chinese zodiac sign for Liza. The 26-year-old Liza. Which is unfortunately not the same year as 40-year-old Liza. Oh boy. Hold that confession, girl. Sutton Foster
What Will Caitlin Think of Josh?Josh and Liza meet up, and he forgives her for hiding her real identity. The pair reconciles, and with Liza’s daughter Caitlin on the way back from India, their relationship is sure to enter a new stage in the next season. Will it survive once the age gap is out in the open? We’ll have to wait and see! Until, then, here’s some statement jewelry. Diana’s Statement Jewelry of the Week!It’s the end of an era; for the season finale, Diana Trout has forgone a statement necklace and has instead opted for a satellite on each ear. Like virtually every other Diana wardrobe choice, it’s a bold one, and it pairs well with the previously seen white cape. Here’s to another season of power jewelry. Diana will of course have to up the ante, so start those neck workouts, Miriam Shor. Can Martha Get Away with Blackmailing?The big drama at Empirical is that Ellen is writing another memoir, and a certain fictional publishing firm has the first bid. “The gays and the housewives are going to love this,” says Kelsey. It’s an absurd exclamation, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t say it about this. The Random House exec (Tony nominee Martha Plimpton) who Trout dines recognizes Liza as an old co-worker: one who would certainly no longer be 26. Random House exec Plimpton then blackmails her: share Empirical numbers for the bid, keep the secret. She makes the mistake of leaving a paper trail, and Liza strikes back. No age reveals at the office this season! Star Files We’ve made it to the end of the season, folks. From panties to necklaces, it’s been a wild ride, and after the Molly-laden confession to Josh last week, Liza has a lot of work ahead if she wants to reconcile the relationship. Spoiler: Their relationship eventually reaches a definitive status by the end, but we still have plenty of questions for her. Take a look below at just some of the questions we found ourselves asking in the final episode of the first season.EPISODE 10: The Old Ma’am and the C#TeamWho?Liza meets up with a melancholy Josh in an attempt to apologize. But it’s only the first minute of the episode, so of course it won’t resolve so easily. We’ve critiqued Josh in the past, but he’s coming from a very logical place here. “Nothing was real if it came from a lie,” he says, explaining to Liza the root of his uneasiness. However, we’re far more invested in Liza’s place at Empirical—the initial reason for the whole façade—than this Josh drama. Sorry, we’re #TeamCharles. No, not even. #TeamLiza. View Comments Sutton Foster Who’s the David Burtka Imposter?!In an effort to win back Josh, Liza leaves him with a flash drive full of photos of her real life. Sutton riding a tricycle! Sutton with a perm! Sutton at the school dance…but not with David Burtka! It’s no mystery the attempt works. What is a mystery however, is who this date is if not It Shoulda Been You’s Burtka. Was this also a Sadie Hawkins dance? Was his tie as astral as Burtka’s? These are the real questions we want answers to in season two. Can Liza Get Away with Murder Lying?Thank goodness for Season 2, because Liza’s scheme is not unraveled in the office. Don’t get us wrong; we want things to work out for Liza. However, this whole “pretending to be younger” bit has always been more fun to watch as a dating ploy than as a felony. Liza the Boss is upstaged this week by a scare that could compromise all that. But first, let’s imagine a world in which Diana also knows Liza’s secret. Would Trout still scold her for being on her cell? Would she take credit for her accomplishments? Would Liza put up with any of it? Would she make a salary that would afford her some statement jewelry?