Late Late Show host and Tony winner James Corden will be the host of the 70th Tony Awards June 12th.
He won his Tony for One Man, Two Guvnors.
Grease Live, the fourth live television broadcast of a musical since NBC began this renewed trend in 2013 with The Sound of Music, was watched by more than 12 million people, more than both Peter Pan Live and The Wiz Live.
Grease Live photographs and lyrics
Q and A with Noah Robbins, one of the standouts of Grease Live, who played the nerd Eugene.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) February 1, 2016
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— Noah Robbins (@noahrobbinsman) February 1, 2016
The Week in Hamilton
The digital #Ham4Ham lottery tries again, starting today. (You’ll recall that the website crashed when they first introduced the digital lottery in early January.)
But the #Ham4Ham digital performances have been going on without interruption.
e.g., with Audra McDonald
Hamilton is going national
Sept, 2016: PrivateBank, Chicago, for an open run.
Then a national tour in 2017. First stops:
March 2017: Shnsf Broadway,San Francisco
August 2017: Pantages, LA
Other shows that have launched digital lotteries this week
Phantom of the Opera (on its 28th year, for $28)
January 2016 New York theater quiz
The Week in New York Theater Reviews
In “Sojourners,” a curious kind of love story among oddly carved characters, a man visits the hospital room of a woman he just recently met who’s given birth to the child of her absent husband. The visitor, named Disciple, offers the woman, Abasiama, flowers and a teddy bear. “…Stuffed animals. They are American symbols of comfort,” Disciple explains in heavily accented English to the new mother. “I should have brought good food or fine cloth. Doll? What for?”
The man and the woman are both Nigerian immigrants in Houston, Texas, in 1978, in a play by first generation Nigerian-American Mfoniso Udofia that is strongest when it offers us such glimpses into the characters’ two cultures, and their effort to juggle the two – adjusting here, resisting there.
I and You, Lauren Gunderson’s two-character play, has been produced in some 20 theaters around the country, receiving awards and much publicity, yet nobody has revealed the twist at the end. The twist is not just shocking; it makes the play.
The acting and directing in the New York production are competent, the design team does wonders in the relatively small stage of 59E59 Theatre A, and the playwright has something profound she wants us to take out of the theater. But just knowing there is a surprise ending, yet not knowing what it is, provides a narrative suspense that propels us through the seemingly aimless patches of an encounter that begins when high school student Anthony (Reggie D. White) enters the bedroom of Caroline (Kayla Ferguson), much to her surprise and annoyance.
The Week in New York Theater News
Cate Blanchett to make her Broadway debut in The Present by Andrew Upton, based on Chekhov’s Platonov, December 2016
New @NYCulture diversity survery: 70% of NY theater pros are non-Hispanic whiteshttps://t.co/9cJM1E79Bq pic.twitter.com/ye6cqUXbDr
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) January 30, 2016
Thirty-six years after starring as Peter Pan, Sandy Duncan returns to Broadway to play Madame du Maurier, the snobbish grandmother in Finding Neverland.
An all-female Taming of the Shrew starring Cush Jumbo as Kate and Janet McTeer as Petruchio launches the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park season this summer.
.@ethanaslater in title role of @Spongebob,pre-Bway run this summer @broadwaychicago.@TinaLandau directs pic.twitter.com/cUBReVd8DR
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) January 26, 2016
Bad news/good news from Atlantic Theater: Hal Prince no longer directing The Band’s Visit in the Spring. David Cromer will in Fall
RIP Abe Vigoda, 5-time Broadway veteran but best known for ‘The Godfather’ film & ‘Barney Miller’ TV, 94.
Ten finalists for this year’s Susan Smith Blackburn Prize given annually to recognize women who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre.
Sarah Burgess (U.S.)- Dry Powder
Rachel Cusk (U.K.)- Medea
Sarah DeLappe (U.S.)- The Wolves
Sam Holcroft (U.K.)- Rules for Living
Anna Jordan (U.K.)- Yen
Dominique Morisseau (U.S.)- Skeleton Crew
Lynn Nottage (U.S.)- Sweat
Suzan-Lori Parks (U.S.)- Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1,2 & 3)
Bea Roberts (U.K)- And Then Come The Nightjars
Noni Stapleton (Ireland)- Charolais
Congratulations to the 10 emerging writers Class of 2016-17
Asked: What do you do to keep your enthusiasm about a project?
Step away when you’re not.
Find another way.
Getting good is the process of finding lots of ways into the work. https://t.co/n6duhAVFwN
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 31, 2016
Happy 27th birthday @AlexanderSharp, the 1st & Tony-winning Christopher in @CuriousBroadway. pic.twitter.com/gfleSkhUtS
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) February 2, 2016
Happy 51st birthday to @AlanCumming. Versatile & eclectic, he’s played the Devil, God, the Pope & a Smurf pic.twitter.com/Rj3Kk6fLvw
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) January 27, 2016
“The first 80 years are the hardest.”
Happy NINETY-FIFTH Birthday to Carol Channing pic.twitter.com/cr5X3gpOHn
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) January 31, 2016