Lepage's '887' addresses memories in magical ways

Jun 21, 2016

Lepage's '887' addresses memories in magical ways

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Almost a year after “887” premiered in Toronto in July 2015, and following five-star reviews at every stop on a multinational tour that took in the world’s biggest annual theater event, the Edinburgh International Festival, the latest play by Robert Lepage — the Canadian ...

'Joseph' cuts a cool dash

Jun 21, 2016

'Joseph' cuts a cool dash

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Embrace the summer heat with a rousing musical journey across the arid deserts of the Book of Genesis, as Theatre Orb in Tokyo presents a revival of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the first publicly performed musical by those masters of the genre, ...

'Tell Me' lays bare one woman's quest

May 24, 2016

'Tell Me' lays bare one woman's quest

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The first thing Yojiro Ichikawa said when we sat down for our recent interview in a Tokyo rehearsal studio was, “Shall I speak in English?” For the director of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Tell Me on a Sunday,” which has its Japan premiere ...

Secrets of early Shakespeare theater dug up in London

May 20, 2016

Secrets of early Shakespeare theater dug up in London

British archaeologists raised the curtain Thursday on a 16th century theater that staged William Shakespeare plays like “Romeo and Juliet” and where the bard himself acted in “London’s first theater land.” The Curtain theater put on productions between 1577 and 1625 as one of ...

Japan-born ballerina O'Neill wins prestigious Benois prize

May 18, 2016

Japan-born ballerina O'Neill wins prestigious Benois prize

Dancer Hannah O’Neill on Tuesday won the prestigious award for the ballerina category in the Benois de la Danse competition, becoming only the second recipient from Japan to do so. The 23-year-old O’Neill, of New Zealand and Japanese parents, is a premier dancer with ...

Exploring the funny side of familial angst

May 16, 2016

Exploring the funny side of familial angst

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After it opened on Broadway in 2007, “August: Osage County” scooped a Tony for best play and earned a Pulitzer Prize for U.S. playwright Tracy Letts. Then in 2013’s film of the play, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts were nominated for Academy Awards for ...

'Hamilton' sets a new record with 16 Tony Award nominations

May 4, 2016

'Hamilton' sets a new record with 16 Tony Award nominations

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The megahit musical “Hamilton” has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another step in the show’s march into theatrical history. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary on Tuesday broke the 15-nominations record ...