James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Jan Simpson discuss Superhero @ Second Stage, Sea Wall / A Life @ Public Theater, Marys Seacole @ LCT3, The Last Five Years benefit concert with Jason Robert Brown and Shoshana Bean @ Second Stage, The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter @ Manhattan Theatre Club, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group’s Daddy @ Signature Center, Boesman and Lena by Athol Fugard @ Signature Center, and A Jewish Joke @ Theatre Row, The Lion Theatre.
Peter Filichia interviews Winnie Holzman, the book writer of Wicked about her upcoming show Wicked Sings Birds of Paradise @ 54 Below
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Interview: Winnie Holzman
WICKED Bio: Winnie Holzman received a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award for the book of Wicked. She created the memorable television drama “My So-Called Life” which starred Claire Danes. Holzman got her start writing for the acclaimed drama “thirtysomething” and later executive produced (again with Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick) “Once and Again.” Other theatre work includes the musical Birds of Paradise (with composer David Evans) and a ten-minute play called Post-Its: Notes on a Marriage which she wrote with her husband, actor Paul Dooley. Features include ‘Til There Was You. Also an actress, Ms. Holzman appeared in Jerry Maguire and as Larry’s wife’s therapist on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Most recently she teamed with her daughter, Savannah Dooley, to write and produce the ABC Family series, “Huge.” She is a graduate of Princeton University, received an MFA from the NYU Musical Theatre Program and serves on the board of the Writers Guild Foundation.
Brittney Johnson (Wicked, Beautiful)
Marc Kudisch (Thoroughly Modern Millie, 9 to 5)
Alli Mauzey (Wicked, Cry Baby)
Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels)
Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party)
Steve Routman (“Madame Secretary,” Wolf of Wall Street)
Andy Taylor (Moon Over Buffalo, Once)
Alex Wyse (Wicked, Spring Awakening, Waitress)
Directed by Scott Schwartz
Produced by Robert W. Schneider
Birds of Paradise
Original Off-Broadway Version
A group of amateur actors hilariously tries to stage a musical adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Seagull.”
JS + MP + JM: Superhero @ Second Stage, Tony Kiser Theater, 305 West 43rd Street, extended through March 31, 2019
MP + JS: Sea Wall / A Life @ Public Theater, Newman Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, through March 31, 2019
— two one acts, unrelated, starring Tom Sturridge (Sea Wall) and Jake Gyllenhaal (A Life)
JS: Marys Seacole @ Lincoln Center Theater, LCT3, Claire Tow Theater, 150 West 65th Street, through April 7, 2019
MP: The Last Five Years benefit concert with Jason Robert Brown and Shoshana Bean @ Second Stage, Tony Kiser Theater, 305 West 43rd Street
JS: The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter @ Manhattan Theatre Club, Stage 1, 131 West 55th Street, through March 31, 2019
JS: Boesman and Lena by Athol Fugard @ The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, through March 24, 2019
MP: A Jewish Joke @ Theatre Row, The Lion Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, through March 31, 2019
MP: Upcoming cabaret things
— A Handmaid’s Musical: A Dystopian Tale at The Green Room 42
— Steven Brinberg: Simply Barbra celebrates 50th anniversary of HELLO, DOLLY! at The Green Room 42
— “Broadway @ The Town Hall” with Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan on Monday, March 11th at 8pm.
Michael’s Music Moment:
Show Clip – Wicked – “Popular” – Original Cast
Published on Mar 9, 2011
“Wicked” original cast member Kristin Chenoweth sings “Popular”
What’s Happening to My Boy?
Second Stage Theater
Published on Feb 4, 2019
Here’s a first look at “What’s Happening to My Boy?” from our world premiere musical SUPERHERO. The song is performed by cast member Kate Baldwin, accompanied by composer/lyricist Tom Kitt at the piano. SUPERHERO is now playing at the Tony Kiser Theater.