Playbill.com's new feature series Booking It asks leading industry members to share professional insights, need-to-know tips and essential tricks of the trade for up-and-coming and established theatre artists. This week we speak with casting directors Duncan Stewart and Benton Whitley, who are represented on Broadway with Pippin, On the Town and Chicago.
Jules Feiffer sat on the sidelines quietly watching as actors sang, danced and manipulated puppets representing superhero characters that he had drawn. Then he leaned slightly left toward Jeffrey Seller, the director of “The Man in the Ceiling,” a new musical for which Mr. Feiffer wrote the book — a first for this 88-year-old cartoonist and author.
The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, will welcome Danny Burstein and Jane Krakowski to announce the nominees for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday, April 25th (11AM) in the Oak Room at New York's renowned Algonquin Hotel (59 West 44th Street).
I am proud to team up with the hit Broadway musical,Natasha, Pierre, and & The Great Comet of 1812, which does for War and Peace on stage what I try to doin my book,Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times and in mykeynotes: bring Tolstoy alive for a wide contemporary audience. Inthis blog series, I share my experience of the show and the ways itcaptures Tolstoy’s vital relevance for today. The Great Comet, likeTolstoy’s epic, offers not only a rousing, unforgettable story, butalso an urgent moral compass and a celebration of the deep joy ofliving. The musical is wise and funny and profound, but it’s alsojaw-droppingly fun entertainment, proving yet again the wisdom ofTolstoy’s words: “Great works of art are only great because theyare accessible and comprehensible to everyone.”