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Stephen McKinley Henderson of FENCES Featured in the New York Times

THE NEW YORK TIMES
June 9, 2010

A Stalwart in the Club of “Essential” Wise Men

By PATRICK HEALY
He didn’t realize it at the time, but the actor Stephen McKinley Henderson first auditioned for August Wilson on a street corner in Pittsburgh in 1990, seven years before they first worked together on the Wilson play “Jitney.” Mr. Henderson was researching the city’s Hill District for a role in Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” and a chance encounter with one of the playwright’s sisters led to an introduction.

“Before August would talk, though, he wanted to know if I was for real,” Mr. Henderson recalled in an interview last month. Wilson then asked if he knew the firebrand poet Amiri Baraka. “I said I knew Amiri. He said, ‘Do you know some of the poems?’ So I started reciting a poem by Amiri called ‘Black Art,’ and August started nodding, smiling, saying, ‘Oh yeah, man, that’s a good one, that’s a good one.’ Continue reading

Lend Me a Tenor’s twice Tony-nominated Jan Maxwell talks to the New York Times

LEND ME A TENOR’S JAN MAXWELL

2 TIME TONY AWARD NOMINEE

FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

“Honey, I’ve Got a Scene to Do. Be Right Back.”

In the Broadway farce “Lend Me a Tenor,” Jan Maxwell as the jealous wife Maria Merelli, spends 30 minutes onstage during the two-and-a-half-hour show, throwing tantrums in heavily accented Italian. The rest of the time, Ms. Maxwell reverts to her soft-spoken though still pointed self backstage, as she keeps an eye on her 14-year-old son, Will Maxwell-Lunney, who spends most performances doing his homework in her dressing room.

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New York Times raves about God of Carnage & The 39 Steps

New York Times

April 17, 2010

Revisiting ‘Carnage’ and ‘39 Steps’ in New Incarnations

By Ben Brantley

As that great cultural arbiter “American Idol” likes to remind us, there’s more than one way to sing a song. Two charming new quartets of performers have joined shows that might be regarded as Broadway equivalents of pop-chart toppers: “God of Carnage” and “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps,” accessible comedies with nigh-irresistible hooks. And with these latest casts, interpretations that might have been merely dutiful or imitative have instead a sprightly freshness that makes you smile both at what’s familiar and what’s new.

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Fences’ Washington & Davis Featured on New York Times ArtsBeat in “Times Talk”

DENZEL WASHINGTON & VIOLA DAVIS

OF BROADWAY’S FENCES

FEATURED ON THE NEW YORK TIMES

ARTSBEAT BLOG

IN EXCERPT FROM “TIMES TALK” DISCUSSION

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO <http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/video-denzel-washington-and-viola-davis/

FENCES OPENS MONDAY, APRIL 26 AT THE CORT THEATRE
www.FencesOnBroadway.com 

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Million Dollar Quartet featured on New York Times ArtsBeat




The Men Behind the Musicians of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

The New York Times

ArtsBeat

April 14, 2010

By ERIK PIEPENBURG

The names of the musicians portrayed in the new Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet” are so first class they can fly solo: Elvis, Johnny, Jerry Lee and Carl.

The actors who portray them — Robert, Levi, Lance and Eddie — not so much.

“Million Dollar Quartet,” which opened Sunday, is set in the Memphis recording studio of Sun Records on Dec. 4, 1956, when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley gathered for an historic jam session under the watch of Sam Phillips, Sun’s founder. The show includes the hits “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire” and “Hound Dog” performed by the actors themselves, along with a drummer and bass player.

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Earns Kudos from New York Times

THEATER REVIEW | ‘MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET’
Over at Sun Records, Whole Lotta Rock History Goin’ On

By CHARLES ISHERWOOD 
The New York Times
Published: April 12, 2010

Those teeming hordes of the middle-aged wandering without purpose in the theater district, having seen “Jersey Boys” for the 27th time and been forbidden a 28th by their addiction therapists, can come to rest at last. The new destination: the Nederlander Theater, where “Million Dollar Quartet,” a buoyant new jukebox musical about a hallowed day in the history of rock ’n’ roll, rollicked open on Sunday night.

There’s a lot to like about this relatively scrappy variation on a familiar theme. “Million Dollar Quartet” has a pleasing modesty, taking place as it does on a single afternoon, Dec. 4, 1956, in the rattletrap recording studio of Sun Records in Memphis. Aficionados of the dinosaur days of rock will recognize this date’s momentousness. Mostly by chance, one of the great jam sessions in recording history took place there and then, as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley all gathered to shoot the breeze, harmonize and strum their guitars or thunder away at the piano keys.

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Roundabout’s The Glass Menagerie reviewed by NY Times

THEATER REVIEW
Gritty Polish for a Tennessee Williams Jewel 
By CHARLES ISHERWOOD

[Click to watch video]

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TIME STANDS STILL featured on New York Times’ “The Moment”

TIME STANDS STILL

FEATURED ON NEW YORK TIMES’

“THE MOMENT”

TO SEE 2010 OSCAR-WINING MAKEUP DESIGNER MINDY HALL

& ACTRESS LAURA LINNEY AT WORK, CLICK HERE <http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/09/vain-glorious-a-scar-is-born/>

TIME STANDS STILL, the critically acclaimed new play at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street), is currently featured on New York Times’ “The Moment.”

The Times documented the extensive makeup Laura Linney wears in the show. The makeup, which recreates the visible scars that her character has through out the play, was designed by Mindy Hall, who on Sunday received a 2010 Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup for her work in Star Trek.

To read the piece which includes interviews with Linney and Hall; and photos of the makeup application process, CLICK HERE <http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/09/vain-glorious-a-scar-is-born/> .

TIME STANDS STILL, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies (Dinner with Friends, Collected Stories) and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Rabbit Hole) features acclaimed actor and playwright Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio, “Law & Order: CI”), Tony Award nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek, Off-Broadway’s Next to Normal), Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Laura Linney (“John Adams,” Sight Unseen on Broadway), and Golden Globe Award nominee Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, “Miss Match”).
 
Sarah and James, a photographer and a journalist (Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James), have been together for years and share a passion for documenting the realities of war. But when circumstances compel them to return home to New York and their circle of friends (Eric Bogosian and Alicia Silverstone) the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.

To see interviews with the cast, Margulies, and Sullivan, CLICK HERE <http://www.mtc-nyc.org/current-season/time_stands_still/reviews.asp> .

For more information on MTC and TIME STANDS STILL, please visit http://www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR TIME STANDS STILL

  • Single tickets to TIME STANDS STILL are available via http://www.Telecharge.com <http://www.telecharge.com/> ; by telephone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 if outside the NY metro area; and at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue).
  • TIME STANDS STILL tickets range in price from $67.00-$117.00.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR TIME STANDS STILL:
Please note TIME STANDS STILL is dark on Monday.

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 21: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, MARCH 22 – SATURDAY, MARCH 27: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees Wednesday, and Saturday at 2 PM. There will be no performance on Sunday, March 28.

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http://www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com 
Follow MTC on Twitter: @MTC_NYC <http://twitter.com/mtc_nyc>  or on Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Manhattan-Theatre-Club/57541554325?ref=ts> .

 

  

A Behanding in Spokane’s Martin McDonagh in The New York Times

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE
PLAYWRIGHT
MARTIN McDONAGH
FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/theater/07mcdonagh.html?ref=theater

http://www.ABehandingInSpokane.com 

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE playwright, Martin McDonagh is featured in The New York Times:  
Is He Mellower? Ask the Guy Missing a Hand
By Jason Zinoman
FOUR years ago Martin McDonagh, the celebrated playwright whose flamboyantly gruesome dark comedies have brought smashed skulls, child murder and other carefully calibrated outrages to Broadway, shocked the theater world in an entirely new way.
At the height of his creative powers and popularity, he decided to quit the stage while he was on top. Explaining that he was repeating himself and needed to do some growing up, he told The New Yorker, “I’ve said enough as a young dramatist.” He was 35.
 
His early retirement didn’t last long. After writing screenplays and directing his first feature, the cult hit “In Bruges,” Mr. McDonagh, who turns 40 this month, has returned with “A Behanding in Spokane,” a work he wrote last year that shows no signs of mellowing adulthood.
 
Running at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, the politically incorrect thriller follows a racist psychotic played by Christopher Walken who threatens to kill two small-time crooks (Zoe Kazan and Anthony Mackie) unless they returning his missing hand as promised.  Reflecting on his show during a recent interview, Mr. McDonagh said with a laugh, “I realize that I am never going to grow up.”  Click here to read the entire story:  
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/theater/07mcdonagh.html?scp=2&sq=martin%20mcdonagh&st=cse
 
ABOUT A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE
Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh’s A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, starring Christopher Walken and stage and screen stars Sam Rockwell, Anthony Mackie and Zoe Kazan plays on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street).

The production, directed by John Crowley, opened on March 4 and will play a strict 16-week engagement, through June 6 only.

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE
is McDonagh’s first play to originate on Broadway.
 
The title is just the starting point; take a man searching for his missing hand (Walken), two con artists out to make a few hundred bucks (Mackie and Kazan), and an overly curious hotel clerk (Rockwell), and the rest is up for grabs.  A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE is Martin McDonagh’s hilariously black comedy, a world premiere which marks McDonagh’s first American-set play.
 
The design team is comprised of Scott Pask (Scenic and Costume), who won a Tony Award for his set design for The Pillowman, and Brian MacDevitt (Lighting), who won a Tony Award for his lighting design for The Pillowman.
 
A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE is produced by Robert Fox, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Debra Black, Stephanie P. McClelland, Ostar, Roger Berlind, Scott Rudin and The Shubert Organization.

http://www.ABehandingInSpokane.com 

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Roundabout’s SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM in the news

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

 

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
featured in
Vanity Fair, The New York Times and New York Magazine
Sondheim on Sondheim begins previews March 19th, 2010 at Studio 54 on Broadway
This is a limited engagement through Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Sondheim on Sondheim has recently been featured in the news.

Vanity Fair Magazine

Featured in the April issue with an original portrait of Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine, Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat.

On Stands Now!

 

The New York Times, Arts & Leisure

Beowulf Boritt and Peter Flaherty discuss the set design and projection design in Sondheim on Sondheim.

The Screen’s Now Setting Many a Stage <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/theater/07projection.html?ref=theater>

New York Magazine
Vanessa Williams discusses her return to Broadway in this new musical.
Making her entrance again with her usual flair… <http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/64653/>

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents Sondheim on Sondheim. Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine return to Studio 54 with Sondheim on Sondheim, a new original Broadway musical starring Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey & Matthew Scott.  Music & lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim and the production is conceived & directed by James Lapine.

Sondheim on Sondheim will begin previews on March 19th, 2010 and open officially April 22nd, 2010 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street).  This will be a limited engagement through Sunday, June 13th, 2010.
 
Sondheim brought us Into The Woods, Company, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, West Side Story and Gypsy (to name a few). By writing songs that reflect the complexity of his characters, he has changed the way we define a great musical. But even though millions of fans know his songs by heart, few know much about Stephen Sondheim himself. Until now. Roundabout presents Sondheim On Sondheim, an intimate portrait of the famed composer in his own words… and music. Through the use of exclusive interview footage, you’ll get an inside look at Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process. An ensemble cast of Broadway’s best will perform brand-new arrangements of over two dozen Sondheim tunes, ranging from the beloved to the obscure. Directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, this unique experience will take you inside the life and mind of an ordinary New Yorker… with an extraordinary talent.

Sondheim on Sondheim creative team includes David Loud (Music Direction & Arrangements) and Dan Knechtges (Musical Staging).  The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (Sets), Susan Hilferty (Costumes), Ken Billington (Lights), Dan Moses Schreier (Sound) and Peter Flaherty (Projections).

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>  or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street).  To become a Roundabout subscriber visit http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>  or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.  Ticket prices range from $36.50-$126.50.
 
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Sondheim on Sondheim
will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.  

http://www.roundabouttheatre.org 
 
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