The cut-ups showed up en masse for Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch event sponsored by Cohen Gardner at the Just for Laughs comedy fest in Montreal on Thursday. Honorees Rob Delaney, Kurt Braunohler, Lil Rel Howery, Sarah Colonna, Jake Hurwitz, Amir Blumenfeld, Joe Mande, Rory Scovel and Moshe Kasher were feted before an industry crowd. Among the many laughmakers in attendance were Ali Wong and Pete Holmes, veterans of last year’s list.
After being stuck in a New York airport, “The Daily Show” youth correspondent Jessica Williams joined her fellow honorees in an uncensored — and occasionally unruly — panel discussion the following day.
SPOILER ALERT: The following story contains spoilers for “Linda Vista.” Tracy Letts and Dick Wheeler are two very different people. The former is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright, a lauded actor and a talent whose ambidextrous knack for acting and writing has produced “August: Osage County” and a slew of other highly successful [...]
Ben Platt never imagined he would one day star in a series like “The Politician.” “I didn’t think I could be a star of a show in general starting out. I think I was like, ‘I’ll do Broadway. I can be on stage and I can play Jimmy in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and Nathan Detroit [...]
“MJ,” a musical based on the life and career of Michael Jackson, will open on Broadway in summer 2020. Preview performances will start July 6 before its official debut on Aug. 13. The stage show, which will include songs like “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Smooth Criminal,” was originally [...]
Credit songwriter Ross Golan for the seamless quality of “The Wrong Man,” his mesmerizing musical about a good man who deserves a good life but seems to attract nothing but bad luck. The show’s inventive book, music, and lyrics were all penned by this multi-hyphenate talent who was named 2016 BMI Pop Songwriter of the [...]
Filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney and industry veteran Adrienne Becker joined forces to launch the content studio Level Forward in early 2018 after they’d briefly paired up in an effort to buy Weinstein Co. out of the ashes of bankruptcy. Disney and Becker came to realize that they were kindred spirits in their interest in [...]
Kristin Chenoweth doesn’t just want to star in Broadway musicals. She’s thinking about writing one, too. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “I think about it a lot,” Chenoweth said on the latest episode of “Stagecraft,” Variety‘s theater podcast. “I want someone to collaborate with me on a story I have, and it would be [...]
As a rule of thumb, when adapting something, changing the tone and/or style for the new medium is a wise move — so long as the rethink fits or improves the original. If only that were the case with this fitfully amusing but enervating stage adaptation of “The Man in the White Suit.” Once a [...]