La Soiree to Close Off-Broadway

first_img Created by Brett Haylock, La Soiree combines cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety in one seductive setting. The evening features a rotating cast of over 20 artists, including Stephen “Bath Boy” Williams, The English Gents, Mario, the Queen of the Circus and Ursula Martinez. View Comments La Soiree first appeared in New York in 2006 under the title Absinthe: Les Artistes de La Clique. Subsequent versions of Absinthe shows were inspired by the original production but did not have any of the same creative or production team. Since its inaugural production in London at the South Bank, La Soiree has played Australia, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. It is set to play an engagement May 15 to 25 at the Polo Circo International Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina and there are future plans for the show to play other South American countries including Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. La Soiree is leaving town. The internationally acclaimed live circus-cabaret, which is playing at off-Broadway’s Union Square Theatre, will shutter May 11. It will have played 10 previews and 200 regular performances at time of closing. La Soiree Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel Plays Ball & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Broadway Vets Marin Ireland & Sam Waterston Land TV Roles Some good news out of Hollywood for these Great White Way alums. According to Deadline, Tony nominee Marin Ireland, most recently seen on Broadway in The Big Knife, will play Christian Borle’s wife in Masters of Sex. Meanwhile, Sam Waterston, who received a Tony nod for Abe Lincoln in Illinois, will appear in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, which is headlined by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Star Files Former Heathers Star Barrett Wilbert Weed’s Next Gig Involves Taylor Swift Missing Barrett Wilbert Weed after her abrupt exit from Heathers? The former Veronica will next be seen on stage at 54 Below with Jenn Damiano in A Taylor Swift Love Story on July 22. Conceived and directed by Kimberly Belflower and using selections from all four of Swift’s studio albums alongside intermittent spoken-word poetry and narration, the concert will construct a singular, chronological story and follow a journey of young love from beginning to end. Perhaps best to pass on the pâté and slushies if you happen to be in the audience at the Times Square hotspot. Terry Jones & Jim Steinman Working on Tchaikovsky Musical Terry Jones, who has been busy reuniting with his Monty Python pals at London’s O2 Arena, is currently working on a musical based on the Nutcracker Suite with Meatloaf legend and Dance of the Vampires composer Jim Steinman. “He’s written lyrics to Tchaikovsky and I wonder why no one else has before,” Jones told Chortle. “I’m directing it in Toronto in 2015.”center_img Idina Menzel Idina Menzel’s an All-Star If/Then’s Idina Menzel will sing the National Anthem and conduct a special on-field performance prior to the upcoming MLB All-Star Game. The Frozen star will also perform Bob Dylan’s classic “Forever Young.” Make sure you tune into Fox on July 15 to catch the Tony winner in action! View Commentslast_img read more

Sneak Peek! Go Under the Big Top of Pippin on Broadway Balances America

first_img Broadway Balances America It’s time to soar! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act, returned on October 29 with a behind-the-scenes look at the national tour of the Tony-winning revival of Stephen Schwartz’ Pippin. Amber Milt talks with Tony-winning director Diane Paulus and the show’s circus creator Gypsy Snider about the reimagined musical, which has become a must-see extravaganza. “When people come and see Pippin, I want them to be touched, and I want them to be motivated to live life with more passion, more truth and more daring,” says Snider. Click play! View Commentslast_img read more

Darren Criss Will Rock Out as Broadway’s Next Hedwig!

first_img Darren Criss Star Files Related Shows View Comments Bring it home, Sugar Daddy! Audience Choice Award winner (and former host!) Darren Criss will return to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Glee star will take over from John Cameron Mitchell at the Belasco Theatre beginning April 29, playing a 12-week engagement through July 19. Tony winner Lena Hall continues in the show as Yitzhak.Criss made his Broadway debut in 2012 as J. Pierpont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a role that earned him a Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement. Perhaps best known for playing Blaine on the Fox series Glee, Criss returned to his musical theater roots on the small screen in Backstage with Disney on Broadway. His additional film and TV credits include Girl Most Likely, Eastwick and Little White Lie. In 2010, he released his first EP of original music, titled Human. He can occasionally be found at Marie’s Crisis belting Disney standards with Tony winner Lea Salonga.Written by Mitchell and directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score by Stephen Trask features “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more.Mitchell will play his final performance as Hedwig on April 26. The role of the internationally ignored song stylist is currently played by show alum Michael C. Hall, who steps in temporarily while Mitchell recovers from an onstage injury. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Hedwig and the Angry Inchlast_img read more

New Hedwig Star Darren Criss on His Advantage Over NPH

first_img View Comments Audience Choice Award winner (and super fan) Darren Criss returns to the Great White Way as our favorite internationally ignored song stylist in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on April 29. The Glee star recently spoke with about slipping into the wig and heels—and just how it all makes him feel (think Meredith Brooks).“You suddenly look at yourself in the mirror,” he says, “and you just want to be a bitch. It’s your game face—it really is your game face.” In case you didn’t know, Criss gives very good bitchy game face while in glittery eye shadow and lipstick. The sexual liberation of a transsexual rock goddess is a far cry from his Broadway debut as the straight-laced bowtie-donning Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.Game face aside, Criss feels that he already has an advantage over his predecessors, including Tony-winning Hedwig Neil Patrick Harris. Harris may be more of a traditional song-and-dance man than Criss, but Criss says he’s no stranger to “screaming my face off” in front of a crowd. “[Harris] was saying he really had to learn to sing on the mic,” Criss explains. “I don’t want to sound cocky because I have my things to learn, but I’m so relieved…this is right up my wheelhouse.”You can catch Criss, as well as new Yitzhak Rebecca Naomi Jones, in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre. Make sure to bring your game face. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Star Files Related Shows Darren Crisslast_img read more

The Fans Have Spoken! Your List of the Best Shows of 2015

first_imgThe Color Purple Fiddler on the Roof View Comments Listen, we understand that every publication, website, podcast and distant cousin has a top 10 list of the best shows of the year they want to wave at you (or at least tweet at you), and we here at are no different. However, we recognize that the only top 10 list that really, truly matters is yours. So, here is your top 10 best shows of the year, voted on by you, compiled by ranking site Culturalist and presented here as a little holiday offering. Merry ranking to all and to all a good night! School of Rock Spring Awakening Hamiltoncenter_img Finding Neverland The King and I Something Rotten Fun Home An American in Parislast_img read more

Ibinabo Jack & Liisi LaFontaine Set for Dreamgirls

first_img They’re your Dreamgirls! Ibinabo Jack (The Color Purple) and Liisi LaFontaine (NBC’s The Winner Is) will join the previously reported Amber Riley in the first West End production of the classic musical. Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw, the production is scheduled to begin previews on November 19 and officially open on December 14 at the Savoy Theatre.Joining Riley as Effie White, Jack as Lorrell Robinson and LaFontaine as Deena Jones, will be Nicholas Bailey as Marty, Adam J. Bernard as Jimmy Early, Tyrone Huntley as C.C. White and Joe Aaron Reid as Curtis Taylor Jr. Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will alternate the role of Effie at certain performances.Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called “The Dreams,” as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous, and features the classic songs “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “I Am Changing,” “Listen” and “One Night Only.”With book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, directed and dhoreographed by Michael Bennett, opened in 1981 and subsequently won six Tony Awards.Rounding out the company will be Jocasta Almgill, Callum Aylott, Hugo Batista, Samara Casteallo, Chloe Chambers, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Joelle Dyson, Kimmy Edwards, Candace Furbert, Nathan Graham, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Gabriel Mokake, Abiola Ogunbiyi, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards, Noel Samuels, Durone Stokes and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.The production will feature sets by Tim Hatley, costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Richard Brooker and hair by Josh Marquette. ‘Dreamgirls’ View Commentslast_img read more

Denee Benton & Josh Groban Begin Performances in Great Comet

first_img View Comments Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 3, 2017center_img Denée Benton(Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva) Denée Benton and Josh Groban are officially geeking out. The two Broadway debut-makers start performances in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 on October 18. After an acclaimed off-Broadway run (which boasted an uproarious score, Hamilton fave Phillipa Soo and borscht), Dave Malloy’s Rachel Chavkin-helmed musical snapshot into Tolstoy’s Russian masterpiece War and Peace officially opens on November 14.In addition to Groban and Benton, the cast includes Brittain Ashford, Lucas Steele, Gelsey Bell, Nicholas Belton, Nick Choksi, Amber Gray, Grace McLean, Paul Pinto, Reed Luplau, Brandt Martinez, Alex Gibson, Billy Joe Kiessling, Mary Spencer Knapp, Andrew Mayer, Ani Taj, Cathryn Wake, Scott Stangland, Sumayya Ali, Courtney Bassett, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Erica Dorfler, Lulu Fall, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Nick Gaswirth, Azudi Onyejekwe, Pearl Rhein, Heath Saunders, Katrina Yaukey and Lauren Zakrin.Great Comet follows follows Natasha (Benton), a young girl who forms a relationship with the attractive rebel Anatole (Steele) while her betrothed Andrey (Belton) is off fighting. Andrey’s best friend Pierre (Groban) remains on high alert as the new romance blossoms.last_img read more

Venture Beyond the Palace Walls During a Day in the Life with Aladdin’s Courtney Reed

first_img View Comments Courtney Reed VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERYPhotos: Matthew Murphy | Styling: David Withrow | Production Assistant: Evan Zimmerman | Special Thanks to MatchaBar and SoulCycle Bryant Park Star Files Aladdincenter_img from $57.50 It’s Jasmine’s turn to show you the world—and hers is definitely shining, shimmering, splendid! Aladdin’s Courtney Reed gave us a peek into an entire day in the life as Broadway royalty through the lens of contributor Matthew Murphy. One of the best photographers working on the Great White Way, Murphy conceived seven photos with Reed that portray a typical day, from her morning SoulCycle sesh to meeting up with the Gagged Girl Gang all the way to goofing off in the dressing room with co-star Adam Jacobs before half hour. See all of the photos here and let Reed talk you through the glam gallery in our video below. Related Showslast_img read more

Soybean Outlook Bright

first_imgFarmers will do well, too, to use forward pricing to lock in current high prices. Current prices for new-crop soybeans range from $7.30 to $7.40 per bushel, well overthe 10-year average of $6.25. Woodruff expects Georgia farmers to plant 500,000 acres of soybeans this year. At lastyear’s average yield of 27 bushels per acre, they could see their crop valued at almost$100 million. That’s a 50 percent increase over the 1996 crop value of $66 million. The average person encounters soybeans 10 to 15 times every day, Woodruff said. It’sin many baked and fried snack foods. It’s even in cosmetics and inks. “This is the best soybean situation we’ve seen in better than 10 years,” said Dr. JohnWoodruff, an agronomist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “It’salmost too good to believe.” To realize that value, farmers must manage their crop carefully. That includes plantinga suitable, high-yielding variety, fertilizing right, controlling weeds and insects,harvesting at the best time and marketing carefully. Georgia soybean growers have never — well, hardly ever — had it so good. This year, world stocks of soybeans are at 140 million bushels — only a 30-day supplyand the lowest since 1973. In a more normal year, stocks would be at more than 250million bushels. Those low stocks have suppliers vying for beans and driving up prices. “The crop value is at its lowest during harvest,” Woodruff said. He tells farmers tocontract up to one-fourth of their crop during the early season, and another one-fourthin midsummer if they feel their crop is off to a good start. New herbicide-tolerant varieties can help farmers control weeds. Recent research in theUGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences also shows that applyingboron and Dimilin, a pesticide, at the right time can control velvet bean caterpillarswhile boosting yields. U.S. farmers have had near-record crops during each of the past three years. But anever-increasing demand nearly uses up each crop before the next one comes in. People in poorer countries can use whole soybeans as their main protein source. Thebeans are crushed for oil, too. More industrialized countries use the meal remainingafter crushing for livestock feed. “We’ve essentially bought and used up last year’s soybean crop,” Woodruff said. Harvest is under way in South America. But Woodruff expects it to be used before the1997 U.S. crop matures. U.S. farmers raise the world’s largest soybean crop at 2.4billion bushels. Georgia grows 2.5 percent to 3 percent of the nation’s crop. Worldwide, soybean demand is rising nearly constantly. Livestock farmers anddieticians prize soybeans for their high-quality protein. That protein has a nearcomplete balance of the six essential amino acids humans and animals need in a healthydiet. Humans directly use only 15 percent to 20 percent of the world soybean crop. “Really,80 to 85 percent of consumption is in livestock feed — for beef cattle, poultry andswine,” Woodruff said. The 1996 Freedom to Farm bill has crops competing for acres based on their marketprices. “So as the demand for soybeans carries up their price, it’s carrying the price ofcorn, cotton and other crops up with it,” Woodruff said. “It’s a win-win situation foreveryone.”last_img read more