12 items from 2013
Even aside from the problem of an ever-shrinking chorus, there’s a reason musicals about multiple murders, unlike dramas and movies and television shows, are so uncommon. In a musical, the stakes have to be high enough to give the characters a reason to sing. Yet if the stakes are high enough for serial killing, all but the greatest songs can seem ludicrous. (I’m talking to you, Jekyll and Hyde.) So unless you’re the man who wrote Sweeney Todd, you probably want to go with satire, as Rupert Holmes did in adapting Dickens’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Following in Drood’s slightly mincing footsteps, the authors of the new musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder aim for droll comedy; especially in the knock-’em-dead performance of Jefferson Mays as various undearly departeds, they usually hit their mark.That’s partly due to the »
- Jesse Green
New York -- The Broadway production of A Time to Kill, Rupert Holmes' stage adaptation of John Grisham's courtroom drama of justice and morality, will close Nov. 17, just four weeks after opening at the John Golden Theatre to blah reviews and lukewarm box office. Based on bestselling author Grisham's 1989 debut novel, the play chronicles the incendiary trial of an African-American man charged with murdering the two white rednecks who raped and brutalized his 10-year-old daughter in a small fictional Mississippi township in the early 1980s. The show's October opening coincided with the publication from Doubleday of
- David Rooney
John Grisham, the celebrated author who wrote “A Time to Kill” attended the Broadway opening of a play based on his work at the John Golden Theatre, Sunday, Oct. 20. Sebastian Arcelus and John Douglas Thompson star in the play and Tom Skerritt makes his Broadway debut. Adapted for the stage by Rupert Holmes and directed by Ethan McSweeny, the play which is staged in a racially charged courtroom, with the audience acting as jury. [...] »
The word “quaint” is not one you’d use to describe either John Grisham’s first novel or Joel Schumacher’s 1996 screen version of “A Time to Kill.” But quaint is very much what you get on the Broadway stage with Rupert Holmes’ adaptation, which opened Sunday at the Golden Theater. Quaint is not necessarily a bad thing, and the show’s producers promise as much with the subhead: “A new courtroom drama.” When is the last time Broadway hosted a courtroom drama, new or old? The genre used to be a theater staple – Ayn Rand’s “Night of January 16,” Agatha Christie’s “Witness. »
- Robert Hofler
New York – The audience becomes the jury in A Time to Kill, Rupert Holmes’ by-the-numbers stage adaptation of John Grisham’s page-turning 1989 debut novel. But unlike the workings of a real jury, there’s no room for ambiguity, moral complexity or startling insight in this formulaic courtroom drama about institutionalized racism in the Deep South, in which every liberal-pandering response has been hardwired into the dated material. Sturdy ensemble acting and Grisham’s compelling storytelling make this go down easily, but the production provides little persuasive evidence that the thriller needed to become a play. Perhaps the
- David Rooney
The new Broadway show A Time to Kill asks a provocative question about a very hot button issue: “Is there ever a time to kill?”
The torn-from-the-headlines feel of this timeless question makes it a perfect fit for a new play about to hit the Broadway stage. A Time to Kill is a courtroom drama that grapples with race, innocence, and the media. It’s also the first of John Grisham’s popular novels to ever be adapted for Broadway. In the exclusive EW video preview below, the cast and producers discuss the challenges of taking on controversial topics, as »
- Erin Strecker
"Law & Order" actor and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson is trying something new. He'll make his Broadway debut in a new adaptation of John Grisham's bestseller "A Time to Kill," it was announced Friday. Rupert Holmes wrote the stage adaptation of the courtroom drama -- the first of Grisham's properties to be adapted for the stage. "House of Cards" actor Sebastian Arcelus and Obie-winning John Douglas Thompson also will star. Ethan McSweeny will direct. Set to open Oct. 20, 2013, at the John Golden Theatre, previews begin Sept. 28. "Master storytellers are masterful »
- Tony Maglio
New York — John Grisham's first novel, which was made into a star-filled film, is now heading to a Broadway stage.
Producers said Tuesday that an adaptation of "A Time to Kill" will begin performances at the John Golden Theatre this fall. An earlier version was staged at Washington's Arena Stage in 2011.
"A Time to Kill" was Grisham's first novel and it was made into a 1996 movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Samuel L. Jackson. It's a courtroom thriller set in Mississippi that centers on a white lawyer defending a black father who has killed the man who raped his young daughter.
No cast was announced. In Washington, Broadway actor Sebastian Arcelus, who has appeared mostly in musicals, played the »
“Yes, they deserved to die and I hope they burn in hell!” Ok, so it might not be Samuel L. Jackson bellowing this famous line to the rafters of the Golden Theatre this fall. (Or could it? Mr. Jackson did tread the boards just a few years ago, actually.) But whomever is cast in the Broadway adaptation of John Grisham’s hot-blooded legal thriller, expect some fireworks.
- Jason Clark
"A Time to Kill" will be adapted for Broadway, marking the first time one of John Grisham's legal thrillers has made it to the stage. The new version will be written by Rupert Holmes, who is probably best known for penning the hit song "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" that was featured prominently in "Shrek." Holmes' oeuvre extends beyond catchy pop numbers, however. He won a Tony Award for his comic musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and a Drama Desk honor for the musical mystery "Curtains." That said, the tale of »
- Brent Lang
New York — The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots" has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import "Matilda: The Musical" close behind with 12. Tom Hanks, making his Broadway debut, earned a nod as leading man in a play.
"Kinky Boots" is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear. Lauper's songs and a story by Harvey Fierstein have made it a crowd-pleaser.
"I walked my dog early this morning so I'd be back in time to listen to the announcement. It's so great. It's so great. I'm done crying a little bit. But I'm still thrilled and a little stunned," Lauper said.
The haul did not match the record number of nominations for a musical, which is 15, set by "The Producers" in 2001 and "Billy Elliot" in 2009. "The Book of Mormon" nabbed 14 Tony nods in 2011.
"Lucky Guy, »
The third set of American Idol auditions takes us to Charlotte, where we're promised the catfight of the decade between judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj (Take That, Simon and Paula!). It remains to be seen how much they actually dislike each other, but we should get some serious insight into that in the next two hours. The "feud" has been largely disappointing so far, but this is apparently the week where the judges overshadow the talent (and thankfully the awful singers).
Ryan Seacrest kicks things off in a Nascar racecar, where he cheerfully listens to Rupert Holmes' "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" while frenzied drivers race to the finish around him. If you've never paid attention to the lyrics of that song, it is one of the most horrible songs ever written. The first line is "I was tired of my lady," and it's all about a dude »
12 items from 2013
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