Four hundred and forty nine years ago today, William Shakespeare was born. So today, we celebrate his birthday with National Shakespeare Day in the UK and the rather less elegant Talk Like Shakespeare Day in the US. With this in mind, we’ve put together a set of videos of famous actors reading or performing Shakespeare — both elegantly celebrating the man and, well, talking like him. NB: we’ve ignored clips of famous actors performing Shakespeare on film or in proper plays, leaning toward recital of sonnets and informal monologues. Fill your ears with Shakespeare read by wonderful actors after the jump, and let us know if we missed your favorite in the comments. … Read More
1. A $30 million musical version of King Kong that’s currently in the works in Australia might be heading to Broadway, perhaps as soon as 2014. In case any part of you thinks that this sounds like a good idea, producers are reportedly eying the space currently occupied by Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. [via… Read More
Ever the event, The Public Theater announced their six-play subscription series for 2009-2010. Having made waves on Broadway by transferring the Tony-winning revival of Hair form Central Park to the Great White Way, eyes were definitely peeled on what they had to offer this year, at the very least, to see what kind of Broadway-bait they were locking and loading to fire at New York. And they absolutely… Read More
Think of it as the RENT rule: even the shows you have memorized will eventually close and be replaced by something new.
As we prefer having time to brace ourselves for change, we’re proud to introduce our new feature, BIRTHS and DEATHS.
Send your whispers on which shows have one foot in the grave to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll share the best scoops as they come in. And don’t be shy about telling us about new shows that are opening. We like happy news too.
You’ll find the kind of juicy industry gossip that we’re looking for after the jump. … Read More