Anna Gunn, an Emmy winner as Skyler White on Breaking Bad and Geffen Playhouse regular, has taken to the boards as her latest show, Gracepoint, heads to its October premiere on Fox. In Laura Eason’s Sex With Strangers, running at the increasingly essential Second Stage, she plays Olivia, a writer who has retreated to a secluded B&B in Michigan to finish her second novel. It’s a dark and snow-stormy night when Ethan comes stomping in from the cold.
Olivia is on the cusp of 40, wispy and comfortably wrapped in an afghan. Ethan is played by Billy Magnussen, for whom the cusp of 40 is still a considerable way off and who — as anyone knows who saw him as Sigourney Weaver’s gifted boy toy in Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike (he was Spike) — has a body to render women weak and set men’s teeth on edge. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Why did the Shubert Organization, which owns 17 of Broadway‘s 40 designated theaters, sign off on a deal to buy New World Stages, the five-theater underground off-Broadway complex owned by Dutch entertainment mogul Joop van den Ende? Sources tell me the answer has nothing to do with the arts and everything to do with real estate — along with the unique, not to say wacky, world according to Shubert, a $410 million nonprofit that coincidentally owns the most powerful commercial theater company in the U.S.
The company, whose theaters housed Les Miserables, A Chorus Line, Cats, Fiddler On The Roof, Amadeus and countless other legendary shows, has been Broadway’s reigning landlord for nearly a century. In recent years, the Shubert Organization has sold air rights above its landmarked Times Square theaters to the tune of $50 million. This spring, the Witkoff Group, a building consortium, paid $18.3 million for 45,000 square feet of air above the Shubert-owned Booth and Gerald Schoenfeld Theatres on West 45th Street. That deal will allow Witkoff’s project, the Times Square Marriott Edition hotel at 701 Seventh Avenue, to grow to 500 feet high.
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Joely Richardson, who’s staked out number of stage appearances since the end of her co-starring gig on Nip/Tuck, will play 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson this fall in an off-Broadway revival of The Belle Of Amherst.
William Luce’s 1976 work was written for Julie Harris, who took home her fifth Tony Award for the solo show, in which she played Emily and 14 other roles. The show was broadcast by the Public Broadcasting Service, and Harris toured it extensively for years. Director of the revival, which is set to begin performances on October 7th and open on the 19th at the Westside Theatre, is Steve Cosson, who runs The Civilians troupe.
The Writer’s Room, a new development effort underwritten by veteran off-Broadway and Broadway nonprofit company Manhattan Theatre Club (which presented two of last season’s Tony contenders for Best Play) and off-off-Broadway group Ars Nova (which had a major hit with the musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812) will launch By The Water, its first show, in November at MTC’s Studio At Stage II, its smaller theater at New York’s City Center.
The Sharyn Rothstein play, to be staged by Hal Brooks, is set in Staten Island in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. A couple is trying to put their lives back together after the storm has destroyed their home and community and their returning sons make some startling discoveries. The drama is slated to begin performances on November 4 and open two weeks later. It was commissioned by The Writer’s Room. Read More »
Playwright Will Eno’s The Open House and Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s musical Fun Home were named best play and musical, respectively, earlier tonight at the 29th annual Lucille Lortel Awards. Hotter-than-hot helmer Alex Timbers (Broadway’s Rocky) was named best director for his staging of Here Lies Love, the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim musical about the life and times of Imelda Marcos that recently resumed performances at the Public Theater. Here Lies Love was the top winner of the evening, walking off with five awards.
Best performance in a musical nods went to Michael Cerveris (Fun Home) and Ruthie Ann Miles (Here Lies Love).
Up-and-comer Tracee Chimo was named best actress in a play for Bad Jews. Steven Boyer won best actor for Hand To God.
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