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Guess Which Legend Sent Love Letters’ Carol Burnett a Note She Just Had to Frame

first_img Love Letters View Comments Related Shows “I have a framed handwritten letter that I got from my idol Jimmy Stewart,” Burnett told us. “Years ago, when he was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors, I was on the program. I sang ‘You’d Be So Easy to Love’ to him, which was the first song he ever sang in a movie.” [Stewart famously crooned the song to Eleanor Powell in the 1936 musical comedy Born to Dance.] Burnett added, “We were friends at that point, and he wrote me the sweetest thank-you note. I treasure it because I just love that man. It’s still in a frame on my wall at home.” Comedy legend Carol Burnett, who recently stepped into Broadway’s Love Letters opposite Brian Dennehy, says she’s a good letter writer. “I used to write a lot, especially when I was in college,” she told But there’s one letter Burnett cherishes above all else: a thank-you note from her hero. Burnett is a lifelong admirer of Stewart, and she explained the origin of her adoration in her memoir, This Time Together. They later became friends with frequent dinner parties and social activities. Stewart even surprised Burnett on the very last episode of The Carol Burnett Show in 1978. See her priceless reaction below. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014last_img read more

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Soul Doctor Opens Officially Off-Broadway

first_img Soul Doctor In addition to Nelson, the cast includes Dan’yelle Williamson as Nina Simone, as well as Dianna Barger, Debra Cardona, Jacob Heimer, Anthony Laciura, Don Meehan, Hayden Wall, Lee Hollis Bussie, Rosalie Graziano, Janelle McDermoth, Erin Mosher, John Plumpis, and Jesse Swimm. Welcome back, Shlomo! The off-Broadway production of Soul Doctor opens officially on December 14 at The Actors Temple. Mindy Cooper directs a cast that features Josh Nelson as Shlomo Carlebach. The musical., which played on Broadway in 2013, features music by Carlebach, lyrics by David Schecter with additional lyrics by Carlebach and a book by Daniel S. Wise. View Comments The bio-musical tells the story of the beloved yet controversial father of popular Jewish music, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, and his friendship with legendary jazz singer Nina Simone. As a “Rock Star Rabbi” of the 1960s, Carlebach struggled to harmonize his traditional beliefs with the “free love” generation. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 25, 2015 Related Showslast_img read more

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Ethan Hawke, Peter Dinklage & More Sizzle in New Group Reading of Things We Want

first_imgHow does The New Group celebrate their 20th anniversary season? With a star-studded reunion! The original stars of the 2007 world premiere production of Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Things We Want performed a benefit reading on January 5 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, directed by Ethan Hawke. After the performance, stars Paul Dano, Peter Dinklage, Josh Hamilton and Zoe Kazan posed for a company photo with Sherman and Hawke, as well as New Group artistic director Scott Elliott and executive director Adam Bernstein. Congratulations! Star Files View Commentscenter_img Ethan Hawkelast_img read more

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Three New York Premieres Set for Primary Stages 2015-16 Season

first_img Further information, including dates, cast and creative team, will be announced at a later date. View Comments Informed Consent is based on a landmark court case between the Havasupai tribe and the University of Arizona and follows a woman as she attempts to answer the mysteries of science and her own life. The Body of an American, set to begin performances in February 2016, tells the true stories of a friendship between two men: a war photojournalist and a playwright. Exit Strategy, which will begin the following month, explores the future of public education through the lens of the final days of a Chicago public school.center_img The Primary Stages 2015-16 season will kick off this July with the New York City premiere of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent. Performances will begin on a date to be announced in July at off-Broadway’s Duke on 42nd Street. The season will also include the New York premieres of Dan O’Brien’s The Body of an American and Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy, as well as a yet-to-be-announced fourth production for this fall.last_img read more

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Plays by Nick Payne & Nick Jones Tapped for MTC Off-Broadway Season

first_img View Comments The Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2015-16 off-Broadway season will feature new plays by Nick Payne and Nick Jones. This fall, the world premiere of Jones’ Important Hats of the Twentieth Century will play The Studio at Stage II at New York City center beginning November 10. The American premiere of Payne’s Icognito will kick off on May 3, 2016 at City Center—Stage I.Set in 1930s New York, Important Hats of the Twentieth Century follows Sam Greevy, an in-demand fashion designer who tries to wrap his head around his rival Paul Roms’ latest collection, featuring sweatshirts, tracksuits and skater pants. Their rivalry escalates as Greevy wraps his head around where—and when—these pieces come from. Opening night is set for November 23. Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God) will direct.Incognito marks the return of Payne to MTC following the recent Broadway production of Constellations. The new play weaves together three stories that explores the illusions of memory and identity—a pathologist who steals Einstein’s brain, a neuropsychologist and her first romance with another woman and a seizure patient who forgets everything in his life but his girlfriend. Opening night is set for May 24. Doug Hughes will direct.Further information for both productions, including casting and creative team, will be announced later. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 Related Shows Incognitolast_img read more

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Doctor Zhivago’s Tam Mutu & Kelli Barrett Are Taking Your Questions

first_img Related Shows View Comments As the wise prophet Taylor Swift once said, “It’s a love story, baby, just say yes.” Doctor Zhivago onstage lovers Tam Mutu and Kelli Barrett are plopping down on the couch for an appropriately epic round of Ask a Star. The two, who play Yurii Zhivago and Lara Guishar, respectively, are ready to quench your thirst for all things Russian, so don’t hold back! Submit a question to the talented (and oh so pretty) duo below, then tune in to to see if they answer yours! <a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Doctor Zhivago Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015last_img read more

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Tony & Olivier Winner Roger Rees Dead at 71

first_imgTony and Olivier winner Roger Rees has died at the age of 71. His death was confirmed by his spokesperson Rick Miramontez, who said that he had passed away tonight at his home in New York City, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his husband, the playwright Rick Elice, and family. The stage and screen actor recently appeared in the Broadway production of The Visit. He left the show about a month after opening to undergo treatment for a medical condition.Rees was born on May 5, 1944 in Wales to Doris and William Rees. He initially studied painting at the Camberwell College of Arts and Slade School of Fine Art. He began his career as a performer in 1968 with the Royal Shakespeare Company, which led to his Broadway debut in the 1974 revival of London Assurance. He went on to play Malcolm in Trevor Nunn’s production of Macbeth at the company’s The Other Place black box space. The staging and his performance were preserved on screen in a 1978 recording.Rees (and Nunn) returned to the Main Stem in 1981 in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, reprising his Olivier-winning performance from the West End production. The eight and a half hour-long epic earned him a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, and was then adapted into a four-part miniseries, which brought him an Emmy nomination. In 1982, he went back to London to star in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing.His next Broadway appearance was short-lived; he was originally cast in the 1993 musical adaptation of The Red Shoes but was replaced in previews (along with numerous other performers). He returned to the New York stage the following seasons in Indiscretions, for which he was again Tony-nominated.Rees went on to star in Broadway revivals of The Rehearsal and Uncle Vanya and The Winslow Boy. In 2011, he took over for Nathan Lane as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family. A year prior, he starred in the London and Australian touring production of Waiting for Godot opposite Ian McKellen.His third and final Tony nomination, however, did not come from performing, but rather from directing in 2012, for Peter and the Starcatcher, written by his husband Rick Elice. He shared the nomination with co-director Alex Timbers. His additional directorial credits included Mud, River, Stone, Arms and the Man and Treemonisha.Rees also served as the artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival from 2004 to 2007. Seven years after his departure as artistic director, he returned to the Massachusetts organization to appear opposite Chita Rivera in The Visit; the Kander and Ebb musical marked his final bow on the Broadway stage.In addition to the Nicholas Nickleby series, Rees’ numerous screen credits included recurring roles on The West Wing and Cheers, as well as the films Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Frida and The Scorpion King.Rees is survived by Elice; in an interview with The New Yorker, the pair revealed that they met outside the stage door of the Winter Garden Theatre after the dress rehearsal of Cats (Elice handled the production’s advertising, and Rees was a guest of Nunn). In addition to Peter and the Starcatcher, the two collaborated on the play Double Double. The two wed in 2011, days after New York’s Marriage Equality Act was passed. View Commentslast_img read more

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Jasmine Cephas Jones on Strutting Her Stuff in Hamilton & More

first_img from $149.00 Related Shows Hamilton Jasmine Cephas Jones View Comments Star Files Age: 26Hometown: Brooklyn, NYCurrent Role(s): A dual Broadway debut in Hamilton as Peggy, the youngest of the beguiling Schuyler sisters, and Maria Reynolds, whose affair with the title character [Lin-Manuel Miranda] nearly derails his political career.Stage and Screen Cred: After graduating from LaGuardia High School and the Neighborhood Playhouse, Jones joined her father, Broadway vet Ron Cephas Jones, as a member of Labyrinth Theater Company. On the big screen, she‘s featured in Noah Baumbach’s new comedy Mistress America.“Opening night felt like a dream. At one point, I looked around and my mom [British-born jazz singer Kim Lesley] was on top of a chair, dancing to the Roots. It was that kind of party. With fireworks!”“It’s fun to play the vixen. In the first act, I’m a kid running around and looking up to my sisters. In the second act, I get to put on red lipstick and strut my stuff. Lin never makes anything uncomfortable, which gives me permission not to feel weird.”“I’ve lived in the same apartment since seventh grade. It’s in my name now; my mom moved upstate. She wanted me to grow up in a multicultural neighborhood, and Midwood, Brooklyn is still a great community. I can walk into a store and my iced coffee will be ready.”“I was always that kid at the theater. My dad took me to his auditions, and I did homework during rehearsals. When I was 10, I remember [director] Philip Seymour Hoffman telling someone, ‘You’re acting. Don’t act.’ It made no sense then, but later it clicked: Acting has to be real.”“High school at LaGuardia really was like Fame. People would sing in the halls and look for ways to show off their talent. Kids were popular because they worked their asses off, not because they were good-looking, which was a great lesson.”“There are so many things I want to do. This is my first professional musical theater job, but I don’t want to put myself in a box. I took my dad’s name to carry on his legacy because acting feels like something I’m meant to do. I want to try everything.”last_img read more

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Happy Opening to Shuffle Along!

first_img Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed opens officially at the Music Box Theatre on April 28. The show, which explores the backstory and cultural impact of the titular musical, is directed by George C. Wolfe and features an A-list cast led by six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald. To celebrate the big night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this sketch of the talented cast in action.Towering above are (left to right) Joshua Henry as Noble Sissle, Brandon Victor Dixon as Eubie Blake, McDonald as Lottie Gee, Billy Porter as Aubrey Lyles and Brian Stokes Mitchell as F.E. Miller. Joining them in the bottom left are Brooks Ashmanskas, Adrienne Warren and Amber Iman.Congratulations to the cast of Shuffle Along! From the 63rd Street Music Hall to the Music Box, keep making Broadway tap-happy! © Justin “Squigs” Robertson Shuffle Along View Comments Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 24, 2016last_img read more

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Watch Leslie Odom Jr. Croon in His Latest Music Vid

first_imgLeslie Odom Jr. Star Files from $149.00 Velvet smoke has struck again. Hamilton Tony winner and vlogger Leslie Odom Jr.’s voice is straight up swoon-worthy, and his music video for “Autumn Leaves” from his self-titled solo album exudes both swanky jazz club cool and fairytale love gone wrong. Adorably enough, his wife (and fellow performer) Nicolette Robinson makes a stunning appearance in the vid as his lady love; the two have a spat on the steps of Lincoln Center. (We’ve decided we only ever want to have verbal duels at this romantic New York hot spot in ball gowns and sleek suits—it looks so cool!) Before you get sad about watching these first rate actors spar, know that love rules out in the end. Watch Leslie Odom Jr. croon in the full vid below! Related Showscenter_img View Comments Hamilton Leslie Odom Jr.last_img read more

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