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'Mame' takes the blues right out of Evanston

At one point in the Light Opera Works summer production of "Mame" — a show that history has proven prophetic — the infinitely annoying Connecticut snob known as Mrs. Upson sits down on a couch in Mame Dennis' Upper East Side joint at 3 Beekman Place. If you recall the 1966 Jerry Herman musical,...

AWARDS SEASON 2016: Tony Award Nominees

The Tony Award nominees are out, and no one is surprised that Hamilton not only got the most nominations, but with 16 nods, also beat the record for most Tony nominations (the record was previously held by The Producers and Billy Elliot.) Trailing just behind Hamilton were Shuffle Along with 10 nominations and She Loves Me with 8. Show More Summary

Pride Films and Plays announces 2016-17 season

Pride Films and Plays has announced its 2016-17 season, the first under new artistic director Nelson Rodriguez and the first to take place in the company's new home at the former Profiles Theatre space. The season begins with the previously announced "Resolution" (Oct. 21-Nov. 20) at Rivendell...

AWARDS SEASON 2016: Outer Critics Circle Awards Winners

If you were wondering what the Tony Awards might have looked like without Hamilton, the Outer Critics Circle Awards might be a good indication. Bright Star took home the big prize, but She Loves Me, the winner for best revival, walked away with the most wins of any show (4). Show More Summary

Get Cast on a Disney Cruise Line and 5 More Projects

This week in Backstage casting notices, you have the opportunity to play a Disney princess and travel the world all at once! Disney Cruise Lines will hold open calls in New York City for talent to portray several classic roles aboard two of its ships. Show More Summary

Daughters sort out geography of a family in 'Sister Cities'

Stop me if you've heard this one before: a parent has died and the estranged offspring gather to rehash the past, complete with recriminations, secrets and lots of booze. No, it's not "August: Osage County," though the women in Colette Freedman's "Sister Cities" could probably take honorable mention...

Meet David Turrentine, ultimate understudy

The reader was furious. She'd read my positive review of "The House That Will Not Stand" at Victory Gardens Theater, showed up the following weekend and discovered an actress on stage reading from a script. Her affronted email wanted to know what show I thought I had been seeing, and why it now...

AWARDS SEASON 2016: Drama League Award Winners

The Drama League Award winners are in and Hamilton grabbed the outstanding production award, plus one for creator/actor Lin-Manuel Miranda. (The show lost out to An American in Paris in last year when it played Off-Broadway, so the...Show More Summary

Before ‘Glory,’ Britney Spears Was All About BBQ in 1993 Commercial

Sure, when people think of the Princess of Pop, her acting career may not immediately come to mind. But don’t forget: Britney Spears started as a talented actor, singer, and dancer on “The Mickey Mouse Club” alongside future Emmy nominee...Show More Summary

David Oyelowo Makes Oscar Bid in ‘A United Kingdom’

David Oyelowo is stepping back into the commanding shoes of a leader in “A United Kingdom,” the actor’s new bid for Oscar gold. Oyelowo plays Prince Seretse Khama, the heir to the throne of what would become Botswana in the 1940s. Khama’s...Show More Summary

Dancing Festival opener a rare glimpse into 20th century classics

We're not exactly provincial in Chicago; there's a pretty hefty smorgasbord of dance here. Still, many classics of 20th century dance aren't often seen on our stages, especially danced by the New York companies for which they were created. Since 2006, the Chicago Dancing Festival has aimed to broaden...

AWARDS SEASON 2016: Drama Desk Award Winners

We’re nearing the closing curtain of Awards Season 2016! Last night the Drama Desk Awards were handed out. This year’s big winners were Shuffle Along and She Loves Me, while the other prizes were distributed fairly evenly among...Show More Summary

Now Casting: ‘Pippin’ National Tour and More Gigs

Join them! Today in Backstage casting notices, the high-flying “Pippin” seeks several nonunion actors for an upcoming national tour. We also have three other awesome opportunities on both stage and screen. Check them out below! “PIPPIN”...Show More Summary

'Beeholder' play about honey ends up a bit stuck

In the not-so-distant future, honey is the only sustainable crop, which means the bees themselves require a federal law enforcement agency of "beeholders" to … well, to oversee something, even if it's not clear exactly what. Tucked within this semi-apocalyptical premise (inspired by a typo of the...

Thanks for joining us LIVE for the Tony Awards!

It’s here! It’s here! The Tony Awards is finally here! Will Hamilton sweep the awards and beat out The Producers record of 12 Tonys? Will awards and performances tonight be enough to save some of the struggling shows? Featuring...Show More Summary

In revelatory 'Rose,' opening the curtains on Kennedy matriarch

Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy, the diminutive but extraordinary wife of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., and the mother of Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy Jr., John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, Rose Marie "Rosemary" Kennedy, Kathleen Agnes "Kick" Kennedy, Eunice Mary Kennedy, Patricia Helen "Pat" Kennedy,...

Rose Kennedy joins the ghosts of the Greenhouse

In 2008, amid some controversy, a Chicago couple named Bill and Wendy Spatz bought the Greenhouse Theater Center, located at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., from the Victory Gardens Theater Company. At the time, Victory Gardens was moving on up to the Biograph. The leadership of Victory Gardens was hoping...

Men behaving badly

Jamie Lloyd’s production of Pinter’s The Homecoming is a pile of terrific and silly ideas. Mostly terrific. The action takes… The post Men behaving badly appeared first on The Spectator....

Broadway Week Discounts!

Broadway Week, the annual two-for-one ticket promo-a-ganza returns September 5-8. Tickets are now on sale at nycgo.com/broadwayweek. This year’s participating shows are: Aladdin An American in Paris Beautiful: The Carole King Musical...Show More Summary

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