Andrew Garfield & Finn Wittrock in "Death of a Salesman". Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.
It’s raining men in a drenched round-up of the week’s theater headlines:
Gavin Creel. Photo by Monica Simoes.
Supporting the March 20 release of his new album Get Out, my imaginary boyfriend and double Tony-nominee Gavin Creel will perform two sold out concerts at Joe’s Pub March 19. For those of us who don’t have tickets (or who are barred from attending because of restraining orders), the wonders of modern technology will allow us to watch it all via livestream on the web, Monday night at 9:30.
- Remember the Ricky Martin video where everyone is dancing around in a sexy deluge? Well, it was like that (except not so sexy, I assume) on the stage of Martin’s revival of Evita when a fire safety mechanism misfired and drenched the stage after the first preview Monday night. The Tuesday night and Wednesday matinee performances were canceled for clean-up and a rehearsal.
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"The Importance of Being Earnest". Photo by Joan Marcus.
In the olden days (you know, like maybe five years ago), the only way you could see the latest Broadway hit at the movies was in a high class adaptation, opened up to make it feel less stage-bound and cast with big stars on an Oscar hunt. Now, thanks to the Metropolitan Opera’s innovative and highly successful The Met: Live in HD program, theater producers are packaging special screenings of plays and musicals, filmed live and then shown for very limited engagements at movie theaters. Tickets cost a fraction of Broadway seats and the quality of the filming is highly accomplished; a friend of mine actually called a recent screening of Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, “live” from the National Theatre in London, his favorite theater experience of the year so far. So, ignore that slightly dubious feeling and grab your tickets now for these three blockbuster “stage to screen” engagements, currently scheduled for June:
- The Tony-nominated revival of The Importance of Being Earnest, starring the glorious Brian Bedford as Lady Bracknell, quips its way into digital movie theaters beginning June 2. Tossing in a little added value with the bon mots, the screenings will feature behind-the-scenes footage hosted by David Hyde Pierce and an expert’s take on Oscar Wilde during intermission.
"The Cherry Orchard". Photo by Jim Naughten.
Did you get tickets to the star-crammed concert version of Company at the New York Philharmonic this spring? Neither did I. But now you can see Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Patti LuPone and more on the big screen and feel sorry/grateful for yourself. Sondheim’s boundary-pushing look at marriage and “being alive” beams into select movie theaters starting June 15.
- London’s calling again with screenings of the National Theatre’s The Cherry Orchard beginning June 30. Starring Zoe Wanamaker in a new adaptation by Andrew Upton (that’s Mr. Cate Blanchett to cinema buffs), this production is sure to be worth a look.
Benedict Cumberbatch as The Creature (Photo by Catherine Ashmore)
For those of us who can’t jet off to London on a whim for an evening of theater and fresh crumpets, National Theatre Live presents current hits from the National’s stages, taped live and screened at cinemas worldwide. Tonight, catch a performance of their much-lauded Frankenstein, directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and starring the very attractive pairing of Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch.
If that’s not enough stomping and smashing and icky birth metaphors, see it again next Thursday—but this time with the lead actors switching roles (from “Victor” to “The Creature” and vice versa.) Could it be implying that there’s a little of both sides in all of us? Did somebody make a drunken bet? Either way, it sounds completely fascinating and visually impressive based on the reviews I’ve read. Plus, there’s no trans-Atlantic flight to leave you dehydrated and wishing you hadn’t put the Ambien in your checked luggage.
Go to National Theater Live for more info on screening venues and alternate dates.