The death of playwright Edward Albee in September 2016 has sparked a resurgence of interest in his work, which has resulted in a revival of his most famous work, “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?” being announced in London. The announcement came from London’s Harold Pinter Theatre that will be home to the revival of the play that made its debut in 1962, but has always proven to be a controversial piece for critics and fans alike.
Albee won three Pulitzer Prize awards for his work, but was denied the prize for “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf” in 1963 because of the themes and profanity of the play, which the award committee criticized for not being uplifting enough. The play went on to become a Broadway success and won the Tony Award for best play and has been an enduring success for the playwright ever since, according to the BBC.
The frevival of the play will star a number of well known faces from the world of theater and TV headed by award-winning actress Imelda Staunton who has recently returned to the London stage after finding success in films and on TV; American audiences will best remember Staunton for her role as “Vera Drake” and for the “Harry Potter” series, but has previously taken home four Olivier Awards for her stage work in London’s West End. Staunton will be joined by “Game of Thrones” favorite Conleth Hill who has appeared in the HBO series as Lord Varys. The all star line-up for the play is completed by director James McDonald, who has recently worked on the re-imagining of “Roots”.
“Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?” has enjoyed an enduring appeal because of the film version of the play starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, which many critics blame for the implosion of their marriage. Imelda Staunton will play Martha, the wife of Hill’s English professor who organizes drinks with a new professor at an American college, an action that opens up long hidden tensions with her husband.
For most of American history Alexander Hamilton was an extremely boring subject. Very few people wanted to learn about Hamilton, and he was mostly remembered as a founding father that never became President. Lin-Manuel Miranda changed Hamilton forever last year, when he released his amazing play Hamilton. Hamilton has changed the world. The Broadway production is constantly sold out, and the soundtrack has become a bestseller. American has fallen in love with Hamilton, but now several actors are starting to leave the play for new projects. Recently, the actor that played Aaron Burr left the play. Hamilton has gone on with understudies playing the role of Aaron Burr, but now the play has found a new star.
Broadway.com is reporting that Hamilton has found their Aaron Burr. Brandon Victor Dixon will take on the role of Aaron Burr. Brandon Victor Dixon is an extremely well-respected actor throughout the Broadway community. He has been nominated for Tony awards twice. The cast of Hamilton is excited to add Dixon to the cast and he will take on the role on August 23rd. Brandon is taking over for Leslie Odom Jr., who left on July 9th.
Dixon is considered an up-and-comer within the Broadway world. Last season, Dixon received a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role in Shuffle Along. Dixon has also appeared in The Color Purple, and he received a nomination for his role in that play. Dixon’s other stage credits include The Scottsboro Boys and Motown:the Musical. Brandon Victor Dixon has done an excellent job in every role, and he is looking forward to appearing in Hamilton.
Hamilton is an incredible play that is changing the way people think about history. Millions of people are searching for tickets to see the show, and some were uneasy once they realized that the cast was starting to change. Fortunately, the Hamilton team is doing everything they can to bring in talented actors. Brandon Victor Dixon is just the latest addition to the Hamilton team, and he is going to do everything he can to keep the play great.
It’s official, the hit 90s musical Once on This Island is set for a revival on Broadway very soon. This revival will be directed by Tony-nominee Michael Arden and produced by Ken Davenport.
For those who have never heard of this musical, Once on This Island tells the tale of peasant girl named Ti Moune. This story takes place on the Antilles. After Ti Moune saves a man named Daniel from a car crash, she falls madly in love with him. Daniel eventually leaves to go live with his wealthy parents on another side of the island. The rest of the musical shows how Ti Moune is tested by the gods to prove her love for Daniel and her journey to reconnect with him. This plot is based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy.
Some of the gods featured in this show include the Mother of the Earth Asaka, the Goddess of Love Erzulie, and the Demon of Death Papa Ge. While this overall story is full of trials and tribulations, there is also a great deal of humor in this musical. Since the setting is in Antilles, all of the songs in this musical have a Caribbean groove. One of the more popular songs people may be familiar with is “Mama Will Provide,” which Asaka sings.
Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens wrote the songs for this show. These two also composed the music for Ragtime: The Musical and the animated movie Anastasia. This new revival will be orchestrated by Michael Starobin.
When the original production of Once on This Island opened at the Booth Theatre in 1990, it was met with enthusiastic critical acclaim. This show clinched a total of eight nominations in the 1991 Tony Awards.
Michael Arden’s latest credits as a director include his work on the Deaf West revival of Spring Awakening and as the assistant director for A Tale of Two Cities. Ken Davenport actually worked with Arden as a producer for the Spring Awakening revival.
There has been no word yet on who will star in the new cast. Officials have also not yet released any details about when or where this revival will open.