Angela Lansbury is taking her Tony-winning performance in Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit on the road. The actress will be playing the medium Madame Arcati in a North American tour of the play, which will kick off in December at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre. The run will close in March at D.C.’s National Theatre, a place of historical significance for Lansbury, since it marked the site of the 1957 pre-Broadway tryout for her Broadway debut, Hotel Paradiso. Lansbury won one of her five Tonys for her work as Arcati in 2009, and returned to the role earlier this year for a production on London’s West End. Michael Blakemore, who directed both productions, will helm the tour as well, and Lansbury will be joined by some of her previous cast mates, including Downton Abbey‘s Charles Edwards, who appeared with Lansbury in London.
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If you’re an unmitigated, unapologetic theater geek like me, stepping into a Broadway theater isn’t merely a rite of passage, but a fully immersive religious experience. Having had much experience working inside many of the 40 spaces between 41st Street and 65th Street in Manhattan, you often get asked the question, “How old is this theater?” Now, thanks to the remarkable, painstakingly comprehensive new website Spotlight on Broadway, you can geek out as well by not only answering them, but explaining the entire architectural and production history of each and every one of the 40 theaters that currently occupy the Great White Way.
Spotlight on Broadway was launched this fall as a project of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and if you are a Broadway Baby in any way, this will become as addictive to you as Candy Crush Saga in no time (except your brain will thank you). Among the many features on the website in addition to the concise five-minute mini-documentaries on each Main Stem theater are conversations with theater professionals (including very specific duties like Child Actor Guardian and Dance Captain), easy-to-use visual scrolls through theater facades and interior designs, dozens of photos of past and present productions featured throughout, and talent galore expounding on past projects, including Nathan Lane, Jeremy Irons, Laura Linney, David Hyde Pierce, Sutton Foster, Tony Kushner, and, of course, the dulcet tones of the one and only Harvey Fierstein.
Just to give you a taste of what to expect, here are two of the 40 featurettes on the Broadway houses, and after digesting these, get ready for some serious Broadway bingeing.
You can visit the official Spotlight on Broadway website here.
Click below to see Glenn Close, Cynthia Nixon, and more discuss the history of the Schoenfeld Theatre:
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As we look ahead to the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 10, EW is taking a closer look at this season’s nominated selection of new musicals, plays, and revivals, all of which will be competing for Broadway’s highest honor. Today, we dive into this year’s nominees for Best Revival of a Play. (See also: Best Musical, Best Play and Best Revival of a Musical.)
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Opened: March 15, 2012
Closed: June 2, 2012
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andrew Garfield, Linda Emond, Finn Wittrock
Written by Arthur Miller; directed by Mike Nichols
Synopsis: Miller’s classic American story follows traveling salesman Willy Loman (Hoffman) as he reaches the end of his career. After a long life of work and exhaustion, Loman tries to piece together his future with steadfast wife Linda (Emond) and mend his strained relationship with unambitious son Biff (Garfield).
For what’s already shaping up to be one of the most celebrity-driven Tony Awards telecasts ever (Neil Patrick Harris! James Earl Jones! John Lithgow! Others!), the American Theatre Wing has just announced its first batch of presenters that will appear on the June 10 ceremony to dole out Broadway’s most prestigious honorifics.
The list does a surprisingly good job of spanning stage and screen (both small and silver), including names like Nick Jonas, Amanda Seyfried, Tyler Perry, Jessica Chastain, Jim Parsons, Paul Rudd, Ellen Barkin, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Candice Bergen, Christopher Plummer, James Marsden, Mandy Patinkin, Sheryl Crow, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
More celebrity presenters are expected to be announced in the coming week, as well as a full list of the scheduled performances from this year’s crop of musicals. The Tony Awards air on Sunday, June 10 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
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