One of the greatest American dramas of all time may be returning to Broadway. While Broadway currently features an incredible season of hit new plays including Hand To God and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, classic American dramas are a favorite of audiences and actors alike. We’ve been lucky to see some like The Glass Menagerie or Death Of A Salesman in recent years. But with the new Broadway season speeding up to us, were already looking to see what classics may return next season! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The Crucible will return to Broadway in 2016!
While an official announcement has yet to be made, the public learned today that producer Scott Rudin (Pictured Right) is planning to bring The Crucible back to Broadway in 2016. The news broke as an Actor’s Equity casting notice hit the web. According to the notice, the show will begin rehearsals in January 2016 with the first preview scheduled for February 29th, 2016. The show will play a limited engagement through July 17th, 2016.
At this time, no casting for the production has been announced. However, it is known that the roles of John Proctor, Abigail Williams, Elizabeth Proctor, Judge George Danforth and Rev. John Hale have already been cast. No director or specific theatre have been named either for the production. The Daily Mail reported in March that Tony Award winner Sophie Okonedo (Pictured Left) would star in an upcoming New York production of The Crucible. Whether or not this is that production has yet to be confirmed. Luner on Theatre will be sure to provide an update once any of these details has become available to the public.
The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller. The play follows the story of the Puritan town of Salem and the chaos that erupts following declarations of witchcraft. As fear and suspicion begin to spread, the town begins to unearth secrets of the past and long time resentments as they search to remove to axis of evil from their village. As the notice says itself, “When everyone is a suspect, sometimes the most dangerous threat to the community may be the community itself.”
The production first bowed on Broadway, the same year it was written, in 1953 at the Martin Beck Theatre (Now the Al Hirschfeld). The show ran for a total of seven months beginning on January 22nd, 1953 and ending July 11th, 1953. Despite negative and hostile reviews for the original production, the play went on to win the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play and quickly became a classic of American drama. While the New York Times did not enjoy the production, they raved about the piece of drama in itself. This can be seen on the original poster right. The Crucible was revived on Broadway just over a decade ago running from February 2002 through June 2002 at the Virginia Theatre (Now the August Wilson). The revival starred Liam Neeson as John Proctor.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on The Crucible‘s return to Broadway! As mentioned before, there has been no official announcement of confirmation at this time! However, we are expecting one soon for sure! As of this time, there is currently no website of social media for the potential Broadway bow of The Crucible so stay tuned to Luner on Theatre for more! Until then, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!
New York City’s forgotten borough may soon be the place to see your next big theatre hit! Staten Island, which lays just 30 minutes across the harbor from Manhattan, is home to many theatre companies and arts organizations. However, one company is standing apart from others as they lay the ground work for Staten Island to become home to some serious regional theatre. The Harbor Lights Theater Company, founded in 2010, is bringing Broadway talent to the borough as the company stages theatrical productions for the community to experience. With five seasons already under their belt, the company is kicking off their sixth with an event holding true to their mission statement. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the Harbor Lights Theater Company will kick off it’s 2015 season with a one night only concert, Broadway Shines on Harbor Lights!
The Harbor Lights Theater Company will officially kick off their 2015 season with a one night only concert, Broadway Shines at Harbor Lights! The concert, which will be an evening of song and dance, will take place on June 5th, 2015 in the Music Hall (Pictured Right) at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens. The performance begins at 8 PM.
The cast of Broadway Shines on Harbor Lights ranges from Broadway talent to television favorites. Leading the cast are Tony Award nominees John Herrera and Larry Marshall alongside Emmy Award nominee Kathy Brier, Les Miserables’J. Mark McVey, Phantom of the Opera’sHugh Panaro (Pictured Left), Newsies’Tommy Bracco, Wicked’sKristy Cates, Chicago’s Christine Bokhour as well as Broadway veteran and Bob Fosse assistant Mimi Quillin. Michael McIIwee, Sarah Blodgette and Evy Ortiz round out the cast.
Broadway Shines on Harbor Lights will be directed by Stephen Nachamie, who most recently directed West Side Story for Harbor Lights in the Fall. The performance is set to include selections from Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Newsies, Wicked, West Side Story and many more!
The Harbor Lights Theater Company is the first professional Equity theatre company in Staten Island’s history. The company, which was founded in 2010, is dedicated to “illuminating the human experience” through the highest quality, professional theatrical productions and educational outreach on the borough of Staten Island in New York City. The company has found its home at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens and has produced 16 productions there over the course of five seasons. In its past five seasons, Harbor Lights has presented 85 Broadway professionals which include Tony, Grammy, Oscar, Emmy, drama Desk and Obie Award winning and nominated artists.
Magic returns to Broadway this summer as the infamous Penn & Teller return to New York City and hit Broadway for the first time in 20 years! The duo, who is known around the world for their tricks and illusions, currently reside at the The Rio in Las Vegas and have for the past 14 years bringing magic to Vegas audiences night after night! Click to read Luner on Theatre’s Penn & Teller Return to Broadway announcement! However this summer, the pair is headed east and returning to Broadway bringing to life what is sure to be a special and excellent addition to the 2015-16 Broadway season! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you an exciting first look at Penn & Teller on Broadway taking over the Marquis Theatre!
Penn & Teller’s return to Broadway is a strictly limited engagement of 6 weeks only! The show will run at the Marquis Theatre from July 7th through August 16th! Don’t miss your chance to experience some of the world’s greatest magicians back in New York for the first time in over a decade! Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as these mesmerizing magicians make their way back to New York City! For more information, visit Penn & Teller on Broadway’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter (Penn) or (Teller). And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!
The Off-Broadway and Broadway community are celebrating as some of the first award winners of the 2015 theatre season have been announced! As the winners of this season begin to be announced, we will begin to notice trends and common themes as we see recognition to specific productions or people become quite familiar. We’re already beginning to see this and Luner on Theatre is your site to follow as the 2015 New York theatre awards season swings into full celebration mode! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the winners of the 2015 Outer Critics Circle Awards have been announced!
The Outer Critics Circle Awards is celebrating its 65th year of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theatre. The members of the committee are associated with more than 90 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, internet and theatrical publications not only in America but also worldwide.The awards are presented for both achievement in both Off-Broadway and Broadway productions.
2015 winners are bolded!Here is the full list:
OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
An American in Paris
It Shoulda Been You
The Last Ship
OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Between Riverside and Crazy
The City of Conversation
The Village Bike
OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
A Christmas Memory
The Fortress of Solitude
OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
It Shoulda Been You
The Last Ship
OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
It Shoulda Been You
The Last Ship
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
The Elephant Man
Fashions for Men
The Heidi Chronicles
You Can’t Take It With You
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Into the Woods
The King and I
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Stephen Daldry The Audience
Marianne Elliott The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis The Elephant Man
Scott Ellis You Can’t Take It With You
Jeremy Herrin Wolf Hall
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Scott Ellis On the Twentieth Century
Thomas Kail Hamilton
Casey Nicholaw Something Rotten!
David Hyde Pierce It Shoulda Been You
Christopher Wheeldon An American in Paris
Joshua Bergasse On the Town
Andy Blankenbuehler Hamilton
Warren Carlyle On the Twentieth Century
Casey Nicholaw Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon An American in Paris
OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Bunny Christie The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Bob Crowley An American in Paris
Scott Pask Something Rotten!
David Rockwell On the Twentieth Century
Michael Yeargan The King and I
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN(Play or Musical)
Gregg Barnes Something Rotten!
Bob Crowley The Audience
William Ivey Long On the Twentieth Century
Christopher Oram Wolf Hall
Catherine Zuber The King and I
OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN(Play or Musical)
Paule Constable The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jeff Croiter Something Rotten!
Rick Fisher The Audience
Natasha Katz An American in Paris
Japhy Weideman The Visit
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Reed Birney I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Bradley Cooper The Elephant Man
Stephen McKinley Henderson Between Riverside and Crazy
Ben Miles Wolf Hall
Alex Sharp The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Greta Gerwig The Village Bike
Jan Maxwell The City of Conversation
Helen Mirren The Audience
Elisabeth Moss The Heidi Chronicles
Tonya Pinkins Rasheeda Speaking
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Christian Borle Something Rotten!
Brian d’Arcy James Something Rotten!
Robert Fairchild An American in Paris
Peter Gallagher On the Twentieth Century
Tony Yazbeck On the Town
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Kristin Chenoweth On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope An American in Paris
Tyne Daly It Shoulda Been You
Kelli O’Hara The King and I
Chita Rivera The Visit
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Paul Jesson Wolf Hall
Richard McCabe The Audience
Alessandro Nivola The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker Wolf Hall
Bryce Pinkham The Heidi Chronicles
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Annaleigh Ashford You Can’t Take It With You
Patricia Clarkson The Elephant Man
Francesca Faridany The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Julie Halston You Can’t Take It With You
Lydia Leonard Wolf Hall
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
John Cariani Something Rotten!
Josh Grisetti It Shoulda Been You
Andy Karl On the Twentieth Century
Paul Alexander Nolan Doctor Zhivago
Max von Essen An American in Paris
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Heidi Blickenstaff Something Rotten!
Victoria Clark Gigi
Megan Fairchild On the Town
Ruthie Ann Miles The King and I
Mary Louise Wilson On the Twentieth Century
OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Joe Assadourian The Bullpen
Jim Dale Just Jim Dale
Tom Dugan Wiesenthal
Cush Jumbo Josephine and I
Benjamin Scheuer The Lion
JOHN GASSNER AWARD(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Ayad Akhtar The Invisible Hand
Halley Feiffer I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Elizabeth Irwin My Mañana Comes
Markus Potter Stalking the Bogeyman
Benjamin Scheuer The Lion
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Outer Critics Circle Awards! The big winner was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime taking home a total of five awards, the most of any production this season. The critically acclaimed An American In Paris came in second scoring four awards overall. The Off-Broadway Broadway-bound Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton worked its way into third place taking home three awards. Something note worthy about Hamilton‘s three wins include the fact that the show scored Outstanding New Book & Score of a Musical taking the prize in each category over several Broadway productions. This is a sure sign of the strength the production has even before hitting the Great White Way this summer. This was definitely an interesting beginning as the winners of this year’s awards become apparent to us as we get closer and closer to the 2015 Tony Awards.
Don’t miss your chance to see many of these award-winning shows currently still running on Broadway! While we know many of you are interested in getting a chance to see the now closed Hamilton, summer will be here before you know it! And trust us, we wanna see it JUST as bad as you do! Congratulations again to all of the 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award winners! Until next year! Visit our Awards Season Page for full coverage of the 2015 season winners and nominees! For more information, visit the Outer Critics Circle Awards Official Website! And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!
Bring Him Home! As one Tony Award nominee plans to exit Les Miserables this summer, many have wondered who would take over the iconic leading role for the critically acclaimed revival. That question has now been answered as another veteran Tony Award winner has just been named to take his place! Broadway and the world knows his voice. Now, they will have the chance to experience it in what is sure to be a breathtaking performance happening eight times a week at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Alfie Boe will return to Broadway this summer in Les Miserables!
Producer Cameron Mackintosh proudly announced today that Tony Award winner Alfie Boe (Pictured Right) will return to Broadway this summer starring in the role of Jean Valjean in critically acclaimed revival of Les Miserables. Boe will succeed Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo who is set to take his final bow August 30th, 2015. Boe will begin performances September 1st, 2015. Boe is no stranger to Les Miserables. He performed the role of Valjean in the 25th Anniversary Concert at London’s O2 Area in 2010. Mackintosh later placed Boe into the London production of Les Miserables which resulted in a sold out six months for his appearance.
Les Miserables returned to Broadway last season beginning previews March 1st before officially opening on March 23rd, 2014. The show returned to its home, the Imperial Theatre, where much of its original groundbreaking run took place at. The revival was praised by critics and was also nominated for three Tony Awards. However, it did not win any. Currently leading the cast beside Karimloo is Earl Carpenter as Javert, Gavin Lee as Thenardier, Erika Henningsen as Fantine, Samantha Hill as Cosette, Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius and Wallace Smith as Enjolras.
Alfie Boe is an English actor and singer best known for his appearances on stage. He has performed on stage in England at The English National Opera, Canterbury Cathedral, Royal Albert Hall and Gloucester Hall to name a few. He has toured extensively in the UK and US not only on solo-tours but also with many performance groups. Boe made his Broadway debut in 2002 starring in La Bohème and received a Tony Award honor for his work. His big break came when he performed as Valjean for the 25th Anniversary concert of Les Miserables in 2010. Following this performance, he stepped into the actual London production for a six month limited engagement. Not long after this, he returned to the English National Opera to perform in both La Bohème and The Mikado. Boe returning to Les Miserables on Broadway will mark his first return to the Great White Way since 2002.
In a statement to the press, Cameron Mackintosh (Pictured Below Left) expressed his excitement over Boe not only returning to Broadway but Les Miserables this summer.
“I first had the idea of asking Alfie Boe to play Valjean watching him in a production of Kismet at the English National Opera in which he was co-starring with my great friend, Michael Ball, the original Marius. It turned out to be one of the great decisions of my life, and I will never forget what happened at the O2 Les Miz 25th Anniversary concert when an unknown operatic tenor transfixed not only the 32,000 people who watched live in the arena, but also the hundreds of thousands watching live in cinemas around the world. A star was truly born that night and true musical theater magic happened. That magic was re-created night after standing room night in Alfie’s sold-out six-month engagement in the West End production of Les Misérables. Now, as the original production London production miraculously prepares to celebrate its 30th Anniversary, to have Alfie join this fabulous Broadway company while the show continues to break records in separate companies of this acclaimed new production in Spain, South Korea, Japan and Australia, is beyond any dream I could have dreamed.”
Luner on Theatre is thrilled to learn that Alfie Boe will return to Broadway this summer! This is incredibly exciting news for not only Les Miserables but Broadway as well! I remember when tuning in to watch the 25th Anniversary concert of Les Miserables five years ago the incredible performance Boe gave as Valjean. It was extraordinary. I was watching through a screen. I cannot even begin to imagine what this performance is like in person. I know Boe joining the Broadway run will boost the show with more ticket sales for sure as he brings along a huge collection of fans and stardom with him. He will be an exceptional replacement for Ramin and is the perfect choice. I cannot applaud Mackintosh enough for his selection of a true veteran to step into this iconic role on Broadway. His voice and acting will be an incredible addition to the current Broadway season and the new already underway at the time of his arrival.
Alfie Boe returns to Broadway this summer is the Tony Award nominated revival of Les Miserables! Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the greatest voices out there step into one of the greatest roles in one of the greatest musicals ever written. An end date for Boe has not been announced so we believe his engagement is currently open-ended. For more information, visit Les Miserables Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!
We always love hearing of new projects theatre people are working on! Most of the time, they become public simply because someone could not resist chatting about it! However, this project was brought into the spotlight quite purposefully and thanks to our friends over at Playbill! One of the most beloved composers and lyricists of our generation is at work again on a new stage show! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Tony Award nominee Stephen Schwartz is at work on a brand new musical!
In an exclusive interview with Playbill.com, Tony Award nominee Stephen Schwartz has revealed he is headed across the pond as he continues to work on a brand new musical! The new musical, titled Emanuel and Eleonore, tells the story of Emanuel Schikaneder and his wife, Eleonore. Both characters are based off of real people. Schwartz described the musical as a “sort of a backstage romantic comedy” which takes place in the 1790’s. The musical will reportedly discuss how Emanuel’s many relationships with others not only complicated their personal but also professional life as Eleonore was a major factor in his writing. Emanuel Schikaneder (Pictured Right) is best known for being a frequent collaborator of Mozart and being the librettist for The Magic Flute and many other operas.
Collaborating with Schwartz on the project is Christian Struppeck. Struppeck will write the libretto for the musical and actually brought the idea to Schwartz. Struppeck met Stephen while working as a performer in The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Germany, which Schwartz wrote the lyrics for. Struppeck will write the libretto in English and it was will translated into German by Michael Kunze. Kunze translatted Wicked into German for Schwartz. According to the interview with Playbill, Schwartz disclosed that Act I is finished and Act II is in the works. The two are meeting in London alongside Tony Award winner Trevor Nunn who will direct the world premiere of Emanuel and Eleonore.
The musical is set to premiere in Vienna, Austria in the Fall of 2016. Christian Struppeck is general artistic director of the Raimund Theatre and the Ronacher Theatre there which is why that’s where the production will first debut. At this time, is unclear what the musical’s life will look like beyond that.
Stephen Schwartz is an American lyricist and composer best known for his work on the screen and stage. Born in 1948, Schwartz studied piano and composition at Julliard while still in high school. He attend Carnegie Mellon where he received a BFA in drama. He has written close to 20 stage shows, many of which have appeared on Broadway. He is best known for Godspell, Pippin, The Baker’s Wife, Rags, Children of Eden and Wicked. On screen, he has worked on Godspell, Disney’s Pocahontas, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Disney’s The Prince of Eygpt, Enchanted and others. From 2009 until just this year, Schwartz served as the President of the Dramatists Guild of America. He is the recipient of four Drama Desk Awards, three Grammy Awards, three Academy Awards, one Golden Globe and has been nominated for six Tony Awards. He was recently announced as the recipient of the 2015 Isabelle Stevenson Award, a special Tony Award, for his commitment to serving artists and fostering new talent.
I’m very excited to hear that Stephen Schwartz is at work on a new musical! I’m even more excited to hear about this following the news last season that a new musical he was working on, Houdini, had been sidelined permanetly for the time being. Schwartz is one of the best lyricists of our times. No doubt. No questions asked. His fantastic work cannot only be found on the stage but on the screen as well. He has a very specific style as all composers do. However, his style is one that has kept, what seemed like period pieces, Godspell and Pippin still relevant today. I am looking forward to seeing how this new production does across the pond and what future life may be in store for it! It is very specific. A specific story, a specific time period and specific feel it will need to have. Nonetheless, I can’t wait to see what is brought to the table.
Luner on Theatre will keep you up to date on this new Stephen Schwartz musical in the works! We hope to learn more about this production as it moves forward to making it’s world premiere and first bow on stage in Europe! Just because it’s across the pond doesn’t mean we won’t bring the news your way! Stay tuned for another update! We’d like to thank Playbill.com for this exclusive interview with Schwartz which provided much of the information above. For more information, visit Stephen Schwartz’s Official Website. And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!
It’s A Helluva…Vacation?!? With eight shows a week over the span of six days, vacation is not a familiar word to those who work on Broadway. I mean, the vacation after all IS our job. However, in a rare experience, the cast and crew of Broadway’s On The Town has a short vacation for the next week before heading into the hot summer months not only for weather but Broadway box offices as well. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that On The Town is setting sail with a brief hiatus from Broadway!
The Tony Award nominated revival of On The Town sets sail as it takes a six performance hiatus from Broadway in order to allow Univision to utilize the Lyric Theater for its upfront presentation to potential advertisers and TV industry press. Beginning tonight, all performances through next Tuesday are cancelled. This amounts to six performances in total. In order accommodate the cancelled performances, On The Town added performances this past Monday May 4th and the upcoming Sunday May 17th. Univision will also pay for all six performances they have forced to cancel.
While it may seem odd for a Tony Award nominated production to simply take a hiatus due to a request to use their theatre, the concept is nothing new to Broadway. The Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots did exactly the same in May 2014 in order to allow Univision to utilize the Al Hirschfeld Theater. While it may seem odd that producers would agree to simply cancel their show for several performances, sometimes this works to their benefit! Larger companies using the theater space for such a large event could put a nice penny into the producers pocket while still paying for the cost of the production. Univision is not only known for renting Broadway theaters but also paying the cost of however many performances they affect when doing so. It should be noted that this type of agreement will usually be made not only by producers but also the Broadway landlord who owns whichever theater they are interested in using.
On The Town began previews on Broadway on September 20th before officially opening on October 16th, 2015. The show received much critical acclaim and was recently nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. The show also features a 28 piece orchestra! This specific production worked its way to Broadway following a run at Encores! and Barrington Stage in previous seasons. The revival is led by Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress, Elizabeth Stanley, Jackie Hoffman, Michael Rupert, Allison Guinn, Phillip Boykin and Stephen DeRosa.
The musical revival is helmed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse. The rest of the creative team includes Tony winner Beowulf Boritt as scenic and projection designer, Desk nominee Jason Lyons as lighting designer, Tony Award winner Jess Goldstein as costume designer, Tony nominee Kai Harada as sound design and Leah Loukas providing a hair/makeup designer.
The Tony Award nominated revival of On The Town will resume performances next Wednesday on Broadway! Don’t miss your chance to experience this musical about the greatest city in the world; New York, New York, when performances resume! The musical is currently scheduled as an open run on Broadway. For more information, visit On The Town’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!