Latest Theater News

Tony-winner and women's health advocate Phyllis Newman dies

Sep. 15, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Phyllis Newman, a Tony Award-winning Broadway veteran who became the first woman to host "The Tonight Show" before turning her attention to fight for women's health, has died. She was 86. Newman's son, Adam, said his mother died Sunday of complications in New York from a longtime lung...

Play about Truman Capote, Harper Lee to premiere in Alabama

Sep. 14, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A new play about the relationship between Alabama authors Truman Capote and Harper Lee will have its debut performances in their hometown of Monroeville. "Truman Talks Nelle Harper Lee" is set to premiere at the old Monroe County courthouse on Sept. 27. It runs through Sept. 29....

Proposal to restore open-air theater wins council blessing

Sep. 12, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Kearney leaders are backing a proposal to restore an open-air theater in the city's Harmon Park. The City Council heard about the plan for the Sonotorium at Tuesday's meeting. The Kearney Hub reports that Councilman Randy Buschkoetter said it says a lot about the community that members...

Michael Kors pays tribute to American style on 9/11

Sep. 12, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There were no flag outfits, but Michael Kors' show for New York Fashion Week was very much a patriotic tribute as he saluted American fashion with a collection that ran from nautical chic to classic glamour-girl gowns to whimsical polka-dot designs. Taking place Wednesday, the last official...

The Blonds go over-the-top with the help of 'Moulin Rouge'

Sep. 11, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Runway met Broadway when The Blonds took to the stage of the splashy musical "Moulin Rouge." With the help of Billy Porter, who performed two songs, the ever-theatrical design duo stuck to the musical's theme, focused on a cabaret, and stayed true to their risque style Monday for the New...

New film explores legacy of Puerto Rican actor Raúl Juliá

Sep. 11, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of Generation X may know Raúl Juliá for his energetic and playful role as Gomez Addams in the 1991 movie adaptation of "The Addams Family." Others may think of Juliá in his critically acclaimed role in the 1985 "Kiss of the Spider Woman" as revolutionary...

Hilfiger joins with Zendaya for joyous '70s Harlem party

Sep. 9, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tommy Hilfiger never shies away from spectacle when it comes to his runway shows, and his return to New York Fashion Week after several years was no exception. For his latest collaboration with actress and singer Zendaya, Hilfiger brought the fashion world uptown to the Apollo Theater in...

Comedy or tragedy? Play tells infamous mayor's story onstage

Sep. 8, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — In life, he craved the limelight. Now a new stage play is pulling back the curtain on Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, one of the nation's most notorious mayors. "The Prince of Providence" is part comedy, part tragedy and full-on farce — just like the larger-than-life politician who...

Broadway secret: A frequent flyer program for theater fans

Sep. 4, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — This past spring, dance teacher Donna Cory and one of her students took in the new "Oklahoma!" revival on Broadway. They thought the musical was bold and historic and urgently current. But perhaps one of the coolest things about the experience was the cost — $0. Cory is one of...

Valerie Harper broke taboos, stole hearts as TV's Rhoda

Aug. 31, 2019 4:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There was never a better laugh line in all of sitcomania and, in her signature role as Rhoda, Valerie Harper nailed it. Eyeing a piece of candy with desire yet trepidation, Rhoda cracks, "I don't know why I'm putting this in my mouth. I should just apply it directly to my hips." That was in...