This year, New York City Center’s series Encores! celebrates 20 years of Broadway-quality performances.

Earlier this week, I saw a preview of the new Broadway musical Violet, starring Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster.

Get ready, theater gossip mavens: there's a new book out that you are going to want to devour.

Darkly handsome, Broadway leading man Colin Donnell is on the fast track to becoming a matinee idol.

Earlier this week, I got to see the new Broadway musical If/Then, starring Tony-winning actress Idina Menzel.

Earlier, this week my dad came to visit and we saw Once, the Broadway version of one of his favorite movies.

The other night I took a friend—a die-hard Yankee fan—to see Bronx Bombers, the new Broadway play about baseball’s most famous franchise.

Rebecca Hall makes her Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre Company’s 1920’s drama Machinal. Hall’s character Helen is listed simply as Young Woman in Machinal’s Playbill, which shows the audience the universality of her problems. Many women in that era felt trapped between two choices: work or wedding. Helen had to choose either marrying her boss who “made her blood run cold” or struggling to support herself and her mother (Suzanne Bertish) on her stenographer salary.

Sean Mathias is doubly blessed. Not only is he directing two of the Broadway season’s most anticipated plays, Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, opening Nov. 24 and playing in repertory thru Mar. 2 at the Cort Theatre, he is guiding Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart—two actors who need no introduction—in both. Call it a tour de force whose time has come, as Mathias reveals in the following interview, conducted in late September when the plays were in rehearsal in New York.

Celebrating 10 years on Broadway, Wicked is still going strong with full audiences and standing ovations. I’ve seen the show twice now—once a few years ago and once earlier this month week.


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