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Three to See: January

January 2nd, 2014 Comments off

New for 2014, The Broadway Blog’s editor Matthew Wexler offers three picks at the beginning of each month: what’s opening on Broadway and beyond and why you shouldn’t miss them.

The cast of "Beautiful - the Carole King Musical." (photo: Joan Marcus)

The cast of “Beautiful – the Carole King Musical.” (photo: Joan Marcus)

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

“You make me feel like a natural woman.” — at least that’s what Tony Award-nominee Jessie Mueller hopes as she takes on the iconic singer/songwriter in this latest attempt at a musical memoire. If anyone has the chops, it’s Mueller, who was the saving grace in a recent revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever as well as standout performances in Into the Woods in Central Park and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Our prediction is another Tony nomination for Mueller and if Douglas McGrath’s book holds up to the Carole King songbook, a win.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Opening night: January 12

Simon Russell Beale as King Lear at the National Theatre. (photo: Paul Stewart)

Simon Russell Beale as King Lear at the National Theatre. (photo: Paul Stewart)

King Lear

For those of us stateside with a penchant for iambic pentameter, Frank Langella takes on the title role in King Lear at BAM beginning January 7, but it is the National Theatre’s production in London that has us screaming “come not between the dragon and his wrath.” The production, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Simon Russell Beale, is so hotly anticipated that you can’t even get a ticket until March. If you’re not heading across the pond this spring, mark your calendar for May 1, when the production will be broadcast live throughout the world as part of National Theatre Live.

King Lear
Opening night: January 14


Venus in Fur

If you didn’t catch the Broadway production of this sexually charged play by David Ives, head to Beantown where Huntington Theatre Company’s (winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best regional theater) production opens on January 8. “This savage, sexy, smart, and funny new play took my breath away. Director Daniel Goldstein set our stage on fire with God of Carnage, and I know he will make our new production the hottest date night in Boston,” says artistic director Peter Dubois. Hear what he has to say…

Venus in Fur
Opening night: January 8


A Lesson in Casting from London’s National Theatre

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

Simon Russell Beale & Hayley Atwell. Image via YouTube.

London’s National Theatre (currently represented on Broadway by War Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors) is one of the world’s great arts institutions, so it’s a treat when they let us behind the scenes. They’ve released a series of informative, relaxed and no-nonsense web videos that detail the real process of theater creation without the usual layer of PR hype. It’s like a master class without any diva behavior.

I thought I’d share some of my favorites here, kicking things off with one of the early steps in any production, casting. As a bonus treat, the video features the luminous Haley Atwell (Captain America) remembering her first audition for the National.

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National’s Frankenstein Comes to Life on US Screens

March 17th, 2011 Comments off

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.