If you ever thought "Rocky" wouldn’t work as a theatrical musical, apparently you were… wrong? The stage adaptation, developed by Sylvester Stallone, who wrote and starred in the original film, had its world premiere in Hamburg, Germany, back in November 2012. It received positive reviews, particularly for its staged boxing sequences and "gritty realism". Now Rocky is slated to move to the Great White Way in February 2014 at the Winter Garden Theater.
Zachary Quinto, who some might know from his acting role on NBC's "Heroes" or his revival of Spock in the "Star Trek" film franchise, will also head to Broadway. Quinto will star in Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie, which will open Sept. 26, 2013. Although Quinto was recently recognized for his off-Broadway performance in Angels in America, this will be his Broadway debut.
Meanwhile, last week rumors began to swirl that Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables"; "The Dark Knight Rises") would be making her Broadway debut in a revival of Cabaret. Hathaway's rep quickly shut down those rumors, and now many are saying Emma Stone ("Easy A"; "The Amazing Spider-Man") will fulfill that role instead. Nothing is confirmed, but whoever is selected will star opposite Alan Cumming, who is currently doing a one-man performance of Macbeth at Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
So who are you most excited about seeing? Emma Stone? Spock? Or Rocky?
When Broadway's Macbeth opened on Sunday, guests were asked to do something a little out of the ordinary: refrain from speaking the play’s name while inside the venue.
Signs were posted on all of Ethel Barrymore Theatre's doors, requesting that audience members adhere to the rule. Written in capital letters, each sign read, "Warning! You are about to enter the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The producers ask that you please refrain from speaking the name of the play you are about to see while inside these walls."
If it sounds weird, that's only because it is, but with good reason. The play is cursed. Or at least it’s believed to be, despite the fact that this version of Macbeth is a one-man show, performed by Alan Cumming, with modern twists that move it away from its traditional Shakespearean roots.
According to the legend, mentioning the title of a Shakespeare while in a theater evokes some type of disaster — but it’s worst for Macbeth, so actors often call it "The Scottish Play" or "The Bard's Play" instead. If an actor accidentally mentions the name of the play (in the theater, prior to a performance), then he or she must leave the building, spin around three times, spit, curse, and then knock in order to be let back in. (There are a few variations, but the gist is always the same.) Other precautions include actors refraining from quoting any of the lines from Macbeth prior to a performance (must make rehearsal a bit challenging?), especially the Witches’ incantations. This is serious stuff, guys!
Back in 1991, Patrick Stewart (yeah, Professor X from "X-Men" and Jean-Luc Picard from "Star Trek: The Next Generation") starred in A Christmas Carol on Broadway, for which he eventually won a Drama Desk Award and Laurence Olivier Award. Here’s the weird thing: he played all 40-plus characters in the show.
If that’s not mind-blowing enough, he also co-produced the show.
As much as I love theater, I am not a performer myself, and just the idea of getting up on stage makes me a little queasy. So I can’t imagine the thought process that goes into being the only person responsible for a play. And then there’s, you know, actually working really hard to pull it all together and having no one else to blame if something goes wrong. Call me crazy, but if I don’t have someone but myself to blame for a failure, then I’m just plain not interested.