An Al Hirschfeld caricature of Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. All rights reserved. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org.
An Al Hirschfeld caricature of Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. All rights reserved. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org.

In Memoriam: Carol Channing, Theatrical Legend

Stage Directions

Carol Channing, a Tony Award® winner and theatrical legend, passed away on Tuesday, January 15 at age 97. To commemorate her life and work, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of Broadway theatres in New York for one minute on Wednesday, January 16 at exactly 7:45pm. Here is a video from CBS Evening News on Channing's life and career: {youtube}v=T6dD7IDdXEA{/youtube}

Add a comment
Read more
The marquee at the Ziegfeld welcomes attendees to BroadwayCon in NYC. Photo by Howard Sherman
The marquee at the Ziegfeld welcomes attendees to BroadwayCon in NYC. Photo by Howard Sherman

Fourth Annual BroadwayCon Gathered Fans for Show-Stopping Weekend

Howard Sherman

The Fourth annual BroadwayCon returned to the New York Hilton over the past weekend, following two years at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Over three days, BroadwayCon offered an array of panels, workshops, and events, ranging from a reunion of the cast of the Broadway production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown to cosplay and lip-syncing contests to panels on racial and gender identity on stage.

Add a comment
Read more
Carole King sings the final number at Beautiful
Carole King sings the final number at Beautiful

Carole King Surprises Audience at the Fifth Anniversary Performance of Beautiful

Stage Directions

On Saturday, January 12, rock and roll icon Carole King surprised the audience at Beautiful, by taking the stage of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre as the hit musical celebrated its fifth anniversary on Broadway. Here’s a video of King stepping in and performing the final moment and singing “Beautiful” at the piano.
{youtube}v=sOxoQjGYIwY{/youtube}

Add a comment
Read more
News coverage of the fire at The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT
News coverage of the fire at The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT

The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre Burns to the Ground in Stratford, CT

Michael Eddy

A fire ripped through the historic American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT early Sunday morning. Firefighters received the call around 1 a.m. and arrived to find heavy fire coming from the building on Elm Street. The heaviest fire was in the area of the stage, according to fire officials. Firefighters fought the flames from outside the building due to the size of the fire, fire officials said. The building collapsed while firefighters were trying to put out the flames. Here’s a video from WTNH News 8 on the fire: {youtube}v=Ta9Kf-wpcbg{/youtube}

Add a comment
Read more

MCC Theater Inaugurates First Permanent Home

Howard Sherman

With the dropping of a bevy of red, black, white balloons, Off-Broadway’s MCC Theater inaugurated the company’s first permanent home, The Robert W. Wilson Theater Space on West 52nd Street in Manhattan. The company, led by artistic directors Bernard Telsey, Robert LuPone, and William Cantler and executive director Blake West, has been an itinerant company throughout its history, most recently completing a 14-year tenancy at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village.

Add a comment
Read more
The Drama Book Shop. Photo by Howard Sherman
The Drama Book Shop. Photo by Howard Sherman

Drama Book Shop Will Reopen with New Owners Lin Manuel Miranda, Director Thomas Kail, and Fellow Hamilton Colleagues

Stage Directions

Lin-Manuel Miranda has long been a prominent supporter of the Drama Book Shop for years. Since news broke in October that the 100-year old New York City iconic store would have to close due to a significant rent hike, Miranda has been looking at options to keep it going. The solution was to buy the store, so Miranda along with Hamilton director Thomas Kail, Hamilton lead producer Jeffrey Seller, and Hamilton landlord James L. Nederlander of the Nederlander Organization have now purchased the Drama Book Shop. Here's a video from CBS New York on this news: {youtube}v=eLATHi_ojCE{/youtube}

Add a comment
Read more