Gordon Cox

Gordon Cox

Why Tony Nominees Eden Espinosa and Amber Iman Love That You’re Feeling Some Kind of Way About ‘Lempicka’

The new musical “Lempicka” has inspired a love-it-or-hate-it response from critics and audiences alike — and its two newly-minted Tony-nominated actors, Eden Espinosa and Amber Iman, love that everyone seems to have strong feelings at all — positive or negative. Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcast below: “It’s been a while since a show has taken the […]

‘Illinoise’ Review: A Thrilling, Genre-Defying Broadway Musical Brings the Sufjan Stevens Album to Lyrical Life

Sufjan Stevens’s indie folk concept album “Illinois” (2005) is whimsical, earnest, and sorrowful; it weaves together events and figures from Illinois history (including UFO sightings, Pullman cars, the World’s Fair of 1893, and the Lincoln/Douglas debates) with Biblical allusions and feelings of shame and loss. This multifaceted mix, often stirring and fascinating to listen to, […]

‘Patriots’ Review: Peter Morgan’s Disappointing Power Play About Putin’s Rise in Post-Soviet Russia is a ‘Nyet’

In Peter Morgan’s tantalizing but disappointing new play “Patriots,” Boris Berezovsky is presented as a larger-than-life oligarch in a post-Soviet Russia who transforms Vladimir Putin from a middling “nobody” to an autocrat who will transform his country in ways unforeseen at home or globally. There’s an expectation that in Morgan’s latest merging of historic fact […]

Why Grant Gustin Loves the Scary Parts of Starring in a Broadway Musical

Grant Gustin, the former CW superhero now making his Broadway debut in the musical “Water for Elephants,” has been headlining his current, critically praised stage gig since it began previews in late February. And yet, “I’m still scared and nervous every show,” the actor admitted on the latest episode of “Stagecraft,” Variety’s theater podcast. Listen […]

‘Player Kings’ Review: Ian McKellen and Toheeb Jimoh Give Star Turns in a Chilly New Take on Shakespeare’s ‘Henry IV’

According to theater lore, it was Elizabeth I who demanded Shakespeare write another play about Falstaff, which, allegedly, is why he wrote “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” The Queen might have been somewhat less keen for more had she lived another few centuries and discovered him via Robert Icke’s joint version of the two original […]