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Playwright Robert Schenkkan said yesterday that his play All the Way is coming to Broadway!

Robert Schenkkan

Robert Schenkkan

Bryan Cranston is confirmed to reprise his role as Lyndon B. Johnson and the Broadway production will again be directed by Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which originally commissioned the play, and who also directed it in the sold-out run just ending at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge. The lead producers for All the Way on Broadway are Jeffrey Richards (producer of Tony-winning August: Osage County), Jerry Frankel and Louise Gund. Patrick Healy of the New York Times reports All the Way is expected to open on Broadway sometime this winter but other details are not yet available. Very, very exciting for everyone involved — and even those of us fans who have loved and believed in this play for a while and were hoping to see it on Broadway!

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Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has for some time been showing films of some of its amazing productions throughout the United Kingdom and now is beginning to include some United States theatres:  In collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment, Gregory Doran’s production of Shakespeare’s RICHARD II with David Tennant will be the first broadcast of “Live from Stratford-upon-Avon,” a program that will screen the RSC’s productions from Shakespeare’s home town around the world.  (American audiences will recognize Tennant from the BBC TV series “Dr. Who” and “Broadchurch”.)  Limited screenings will take place between December 3, 2013 and January 2, 2014 in cities across the United States.  For a current list of participating venues go to the OnScreen tab of their website (which is rsc.org.uk but which won’t let me create a link for some reason).

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Last week the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust announced that Rajiv Joseph (The North Pool) and Annie Baker (The Flick) have been named the recipients of the “Mimi” playwrighting awards.

Rajiv Joseph

Rajiv Joseph

These awards are given every two years to playwrights in the early to mid-stage of their careers, and include a $50,000 cash stipend.  (Bay Area readers can currently catch two Rajiv Joseph plays:  Animals Out of Paper is playing at City Lights Theatre in San Jose through October 20 and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo just opened at the S.F. Playhouse and runs through November 6.)

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Cast of "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812"

Cast of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812″

The “Comet” plays on in New York!  After closing its limited run under the high-line as scheduled on the second of September, the producers of Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 were able to obtain a new location for the Kazino tent and reopen the Russian supper club show in the heart of Times Square on W. 45th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. (In fact, I have tickets!) They have also recorded the original cast recording which will be released by Ghostlight Records later this year.  The show has been honored with numerous awards and nominations including the 2013 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, a Special Citation from the OBIE Awards and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Outstanding New Musical.

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