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Lila Coogan, Stephen Brower, and More Cast in Anastasia First National Tour

Take the journey Casting has been announced for the North American tour of the critically-acclaimed Broadway production of Anastasia. This production features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush, new score by Stephen Flaherty music and Lynn Ahrens lyrics and direction by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak. The tour will launch at Proctors in Schenectady, NY on October 9, 2018 and will go on to play 30 cities in its first season.
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Film Review: ‘Every Act of Life’

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Film Review: ‘Every Act of Life’
Few if any living playwrights have been as successful for as long as Terrence McNally. “Every Act of Life” provides a predictably starry, rather standard, but satisfying overview of a prodigious career that is still going full-steam as the writer nears his ninth decade. It may require posterity to deliver a film that really weighs McNally’s influence, strengths, and weaknesses as a dramatist; Jeff Kaufman’s feature is more of a biographical valentine, aimed squarely at fans already somewhat knowledgeable about the subject’s life, works, and times. It should play well wherever such aficionados can be found — which is to say, anywhere Broadway and gay theater have a loyal base.

Opening with footage of McNally receiving a Tony — one of four won so far — for “Master Class” in 1996, this straightforward bio then backtracks to the start of a strictly chronological hagiography. Our protagonist traces lifelong “feelings of not
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Tribeca Film Festival: 5 Titles to Watch for Theater Fans

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In late April, theater lovers devote most of their attention to the clutch of Broadway shows rushing to open before the eligibility cutoff for Tony nominations. But this year fans should be keeping an eye on things downtown too: New projects by or about Broadway talent aren’t onstage. They’re at a film festival — the Tribeca Film Festival (running April 18-29), where Terrence McNally, Howard Ashman, Michael Mayer and Stephen Karam are all in the mix.

Every Act of Life (pictured top)

Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross’ documentary, making its world premiere at the festival, chronicles the life of McNally, the veteran, out-and-proud playwright and four-time Tony winner behind “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Ragtime,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and more. The biopic — which counts Audra McDonald, Christine Baranski, Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep and Bryan Cranston among those involved — touches on everything from McNally’s romance with Edward Albee to
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Classic Stage Company Extends Terrence McNally's Fire And Air

Classic Stage Company's production of the world premiere of Fire And Air, a new play by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, directed by John Doyle, will extend its limited engagement through Friday, March 2 at Csc 136 East 13th Street. The cast of Fire And Air features James Cusati-Moyer Nijinsky, John Glover Dima, Douglas Hodge Diaghilev, Jay Armstrong Johnson Massine, Marsha Mason Dunya and Marin Mazzie Misia.
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Don't Miss Your Chance to See Anastasia this Fall, Tickets Starting at $69

From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical Anastasia is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Pictures, Anastasia reunites the Tony Award-winning writers of the Broadway classic Ragtime, book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.
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Stars of A Doll's House, Part 2 and Anastasia Headed to Theater Talk This Week

Cast members and writers of two new Broadway shows are featured on Theater Talk this week - Chris Cooper, Laurie Metcalf and playwright Lucas Hnath, all Tony Award-nominated for A Doll's House, Part 2 at the Golden Theatre and Christy Altomare, Ramin Karimloo and librettist Terrence McNally representing Anastasia, now at the Broadhurst Theatre. Co-hosts of Theater Talk are Michael Riedel of the New York Post and producer Susan Haskins.
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Bww Review: Anastasia Brings Romantic Golden Age Style Back To Broadway

No, that's not some forgotten Golden Age musical floating effervescently across the Broadhurst stage, but Anastasia sure has the old-fashioned romantic feel of one. The story of a young woman who may or may not be the presumed dead Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia has been told in many forms before - even as a short-lived 1965 Broadway musical called Anya - but this new stage adaptation by Terrence McNally book, Stephen Flaherty music and Lynn Ahrens lyrics is surely a welcome variation.
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Move Over Meg Ryan! Get a First Look at Broadway’s Anastasia Musical

Move Over Meg Ryan! Get a First Look at Broadway’s Anastasia Musical
Anastasia, the 1997 hit animated movie starring the voices of Meg Ryan and John Cusack, is making its move from the screen to the stage — and People’s got the exclusive first look at the production.

The new Broadway musical, now in previews at New York City’s Broadhurst Theatre, brings the legend of Russia’s Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna to life.

Newcomer Christy Altomare plays Anya — an 18-year-old amnesiac orphan who, with the help of a con-man Dmitry (Derek Kelna), poses as the long-lost Grand Duchess Anastasia. In doing so, she learns a secret about her past while fighting to secure a future for herself.
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Photo Coverage: Meet the Royal (?), Russian Cast of Anastasia on Broadway!

Anastasia will begin previews on March 23, 2017 and open on Broadway on April 24, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre 235 West 44th Street. Starring Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton, Ramin Karimloo, Caroline O'Connor, and Mary Beth Peil, the musical features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally and a lush, original score by Tony Award winners Stephen Flaherty music and Lynn Ahrens lyrics. Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak directs.
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Exclusive: TV’s Beloved Grandmother Mary Beth Peil Helps Bring ‘Anastasia’ to Broadway

Exclusive: TV’s Beloved Grandmother Mary Beth Peil Helps Bring ‘Anastasia’ to Broadway
Betty White's got nothing on Mary Beth Peil, TV’s beloved grandmother from Dawson’s Creek and The Good Wife, who is busier than ever after wrapping up seven seasons on the latter as the ever-watchful and prudish Jackie Florrick and now doing double duty on stage with back-to-back Broadway productions.

“It's thrilling, especially at my age,” Peil tells Et by phone. “There is no way to even dream -- as I get older, life gets better, as far as my professional life is concerned.”

“I am now closer to the age of Grams than I was 20 years ago,” the actress, now 76, says of playing the beloved grandmother to Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams) on Dawson’s Creek. “People recognize me as Grams more now than they did then.”

More: 2017 Spring Theater Preview

Last fall, the Tony Award nominee appeared in the Broadway revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Liev Schreiber. The play closed
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Have You Seen This Princess? New Anastasia Art Revealed!

Anastasia will begin previews on March 23, 2017 and open on Broadway on April 24, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre 235 West 44th Street. StarringChristy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton,Ramin Karimloo, Caroline O'Connor, and Mary Beth Peil, the musical features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally and a lush, original score by Tony Award winners Stephen Flaherty music and Lynn Ahrens lyrics. Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak directs.
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Brian Stokes Mitchell and Andy Mientus Join Laura Michelle Kelly, Brandon Victor Dixon & More in Ragtime on Ellis Island

Ragtime On Ellis Island just announced that Tony Award winner and Original Broadway cast member Brian Stokes Mitchell Shuffle Along, Man of La Mancha and acclaimed stage and television star Andy Mientus Spring Awakening, Les Miserables have joined the lineup of the highly anticipated site-specific developmental concert on Monday, August 8. The all-star cast, directed by Sammi Cannold Violet on a moving bus at A.R.T Assistant Director for Diane Paulus amp Rachel Chavkin, will perform a selection of songs from the Tony Award-winning musical that features music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and a book by Terrence McNally. The concert is being presented by Suzanne Friedman with an eye towards an immersive, full production of the acclaimed American musical on Ellis Island in 2017.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 7/7/16- Master Class

Today in 2011, the first Broadway revival of Master Class opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, where it ran for 67 performances. Master Class is a play by Terrence McNally, which opened on Broadway on November 15, 1995 at the John Golden Theatre, where it ran for 598 performances. The original cast included Zoe Caldwell, Audra McDonald, Karen Kay Cody, David Loud, and Jay Hunter Morris. Caldwell and McDonald won Tony Awards for their performances in 1996. Tyne Daly starred as Callas in a summer 2011 revival of the play at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
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‘Anastasia’ Musical Dances to Broadway for April 2017 Debut

A stage musical adaptation of the Fox animated movie “Anastasia” has set its Broadway premiere for April 24, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre, producers announced Tuesday. “Anastasia” features songs from the 1997 film, including composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens’ Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past,” as well as an entirely new score from the Tony Award-winning team. Terrence McNally, who previously worked with Ahrens and Flaherty on the 1998 Broadway classic “Ragtime,” wrote the book for the show. Christy Altomare (“Carrie”), Derek Klena (“The Bridges of Madison County”), John Bolton (“Dames at Sea”) and Caroline O’Connor (“A Christmas Story”) will...
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Photo Flash: First Look at Terrence McNally's Great Scott at San Diego Opera, Featuring Kate Aldrich

San Diego Opera is proud to continue its tradition of presenting new or rarely performed works when it presents the west coast premiere of Great Scott, the new opera from composer Jake Heggie Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers and librettist Terrence McNally Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, and the plays Mother and Sons, Love Valour Compassion, The Fully Monty. They are joined by veteran stage director and former director of San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, Jack O'Brien, who will stage the opera. Great Scott opens on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7 Pm for four performances at the San Diego Civic Theatre and is a co-production with The Dallas Opera. The opera received its world premiere in Dallas on October 30, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look below
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Photo Flash: First Look at Terrence McNally's Great Scott at Dallas Opera, Featuring Joyce Didonato

The Dallas Opera is proud to present one of the most eagerly anticipated new operas of the year Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's Great Scott, featuring a once-in-a-lifetime cast headed by America's favorite mezzo-soprano, Joyce Didonato, in the title role of Arden Scott also starring soprano Ailyn Perez, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, baritone Nathan Gunn, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, bassKevin Burdette, tenor Rodell Rosel and baritone Michael Mayes. Check out a first look at the cast in action below
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Texas Now Casting ‘Mothers and Sons’ and More Projects

Uptown Players is seeking Dallas-based talent for their upcoming production of “Mothers and Sons.” Penned by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, the play follows a grief-stricken mother as she handles her son’s tragic death. When she visits the home of her son’s ex-partner, she finds herself struggling to cope more so than ever before. Auditions are March 13 in Dallas, Texas, and the production is set to run June 3–19. For more details, see the full casting notice for “Mothers and Sons” here, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our Texas audition listings!
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 2/9/16- The Rink

Today in 1984, The Rink opend at the Martin Beck Theatre now the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, where it ran for 204 performances. With a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, the musical focuses on Anna, the owner of a dilapidated roller skating rink on the boardwalk of a decaying seaside resort, who has decided to sell it to developers. Complicating her plans are her prodigal daughter Angel, who returns to town seeking to reconnect with the people and places she long ago left behind. Through a series of flashbacks, revelations, and minimal forward-moving plot development, the two deal with their pasts in their attempt to reconcile and move on with their lives.
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