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9 items from 2014


Lin-Manuel Miranda Takes ‘Tick, Tick’ To The Heights

27 June 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

New York’s summer season is in full swing, meaning that while Broadway is relatively quiet in terms of openings, there’s plenty happening elsewhere, from the concert stages of Central Park and various downtown music festivals (last week’s Bang On A Can having been just one great example) to the two events covered here: The smashing second-season launch of Encores! Off-Center series — a complement to City Center’s hugely successful Encores! franchise — and the annual concert by tap master Savion Glover, now a tradition at the invaluable Joyce Theatre in Chelsea. Off-Center, run by composer Jeanine Tesori, began Wednesday night with tick, […] »

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Tony Awards performance: Sutton Foster was 'On My Way' as 'Violet' (Video)

8 June 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Sutton Foster may have lost her bid for Best Musical (Actress) at Sunday's Tonys but she sure showed us why she earned her sixth nomination in that category for her performance as "Violet."  Not yet 40, she already has two Tonys on her mantle for "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (2002) and "Anything Goes" (2011). While those toe-tapping tuners called for her to dance as much, if not more than she sang, this current revival of Jeanine Tesori's 1997 chamber musical required her to stretch as an actress.  -Break- Join the fiery debate over the Tony Awards going on right now in our red-hot forums In this character study set in 1965, Foster plays a woman from the backwoods of North Carolina, travelling by bus to Oklahoma determined that a preacher will heal her facial scar. Along the way, she encounters two GIs who befriend her and teach her that beauty comes from within.  Take a »

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Tony Awards performance: Sutton Foster was 'On My Way' as 'Violet'

8 June 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Sutton Foster may have lost her bid for Best Musical (Actress) at Sunday's Tonys but she sure showed us why she earned her sixth nomination in that category for her performance as "Violet."  Not yet 40, she already has two Tonys on her mantle for "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (2002) and "Anything Goes" (2011). While those toe-tapping tuners called for her to dance as much, if not more than she sang, this current revival of Jeanine Tesori's 1997 chamber musical required her to stretch as an actress.  -Break- Join the fiery debate over the Tony Awards going on right now in our red-hot forums In this character study set in 1965, Foster plays a woman from the backwoods of North Carolina, travelling by bus to Oklahoma determined that a preacher will heal her facial scar. Along the way, she encounters two GIs who befriend her and teach her that beauty comes from within.  Take a »

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Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino on Stalking Sutton Foster, Producing Broadway, and Bunheads Memories

4 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

After the unfortunate and unjust cancellation of their series Bunheads last year, writer-producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino moved back to Brooklyn. But they couldn’t sever ties with leading lady Sutton Foster. If anything, they paid to get closer, volunteering to produce her next project, the Broadway musical Violet. The show, with music by Jeanine Tesori, stars Foster as a girl with a tremendous facial scar. It’s funny, strange, moving, and completely worth the price of admission; it is also up for four Tony Awards this weekend. The Palladinos chatted with Vulture about their obsession with Foster and the perks of producing theatre. And just because we could, we found out about the origins of BunheadsTommy Lee Jones impression-off.When I saw Violet last month, I had no idea what it was about. It’s almost better not to know going in.Amy Sherman-Palladino: That's the exciting thing. »

- Denise Martin

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'Fun Home,' 'Here Lies Love' Top Off-Broadway Awards

4 May 2014 10:29 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- David Byrne's immersive dance-club fantasia about the life of Imelda Marcos, Here Lies Love, and Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's intimate musical about the parallel sexual self-discoveries of a gay father and daughter in a family mortuary business, Fun Home, were the big winners Sunday night at the 29th annual Lucille Lortel Awards, the top honors for Off-Broadway theater. Here Lies Love notched up the most wins, with five awards, including outstanding director for Alex Timbers and actress in a musical for Ruthie Ann Miles, as well as lighting, sound and costumes. A smash in 2013, the

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- David Rooney

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This Week on Stage: The Nine-Show Supersized Edition!

26 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

With the Drama Desk nominations newly-minted, and Tony nominations being announced on Tuesday, we are in full-swing for year-end theater awards mania. And EW’s writers have been busy as bees getting out the last gasp of reviews from the 2013-2014 season, with no less than nine shows opening in the past week. Some themes are definitely emerging. We got men in ladies’ attire (Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, above, and Casa Valentina), men’s exposed buttocks (Alan Cumming in Cabaret, Nick Offerman in Annapurna), and sassy leading women who won’t take no for an »

- Jason Clark

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Theater Review: In Violet, an Unlovely Accident Yields a Lovely Musical

20 April 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The disfigurement was an accident. The shim on her father’s hatchet came loose, the blade flew, and 13-year-old Violet, playing nearby, was forever left with a face “split in two.” Twelve years later — now parentless, friendless, and nearly hopeless — she makes a 900-mile bus pilgrimage from North Carolina to glittering Tulsa in search of a miracle. Can the TV evangelist she’s seen cure cancer also fix her face?This may be the most unlikely premise a musical has ever offered, even in a field that includes vengeful barbers supplying cannibal pastries and anything by Frank Wildhorn. But the unlikeliness doesn’t end there. Loosely based on the Doris Betts novel The Loneliest Pilgrim, and originally produced off Broadway in 1997, Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s Violet gently pushes this dour young woman, whose horrible scar is accompanied by a frown so severe it nearly meets at the bottom, »

- Jesse Green

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‘Violet’ Theater Review: Sutton Foster Headlines Broadway's Latest Cinderella Story

20 April 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Violet” is this Broadway season's Cinderella story. In 1997, when the musical by Brian Crawley and Jeanine Tesori had its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons, the big bad wolf was Ben Brantley, who gave the new show a downbeat review in the New York Times. No, let's not mix our fairy tales. Brantley played the evil stepmother, with his review squashing the show's chances of being kissed by a producer-prince who would transfer it to Broadway, where it would run happily ever after. Crawley and Tesori have reworked their little musical, and coming off last year's “Encores! Off Center” engagement, »

- Robert Hofler

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Violet: Theater Review

20 April 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York – Broad strokes and big effects often appear to be the default setting for Broadway musicals, so it's always refreshing to see a modestly scaled show in which the cast and creative team trust in the value of emotional intimacy. Driven by a performance of incandescent yearning from Sutton Foster that's all the more moving for its restraint, Violet is a delicate wildflower, craning toward the sun. Director Leigh Silverman's spirited yet sensitive production of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's country, bluegrass and gospel-flavored 1997 musical makes this poignant story of a facially disfigured farm girl's journey

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- David Rooney

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