Tony Kushner


Orlando director Jeremy Seghers to stage Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America' at Valencia

Orlando-based theatrical boundary-pusher Jeremy Seghers is teaming with Valencia College Theater to stage Tony Kushner's iconic play Angels in America at Valencia College next month. Playwright Tony Kushner premiered Angels, a multifaceted look at the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic in America, in 1991. The play went on to win...
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Ariana DeBose Made Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner Wait for Her Audition | The Tonight Show

Ariana DeBose talks about auditioning for West Side Story, receiving the call to play Anita and working with Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Stream now on Peacock: Subscribe NOW to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy...

Tony Kushner Deconstructed ‘West Side Story’ for Steven Spielberg – Until He ‘Started Making Sh*t Up’

You can’t remake a Hollywood and Broadway musical classic without breaking a few eggs. Long-time Steven Spielberg collaborator and “Angels in America” Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner knew that from his very first discussions with the director, who came to him in 2017 to adapt the 1957 “West Side Story” musical into a second movie. Their shared goal: make the story and characters deeper, richer, and more authentic to the period, from the history of juvenile delinquency in the ’50s and the San Juan Hill neighborhood razed to build Lincoln Center to the roots of Puerto Rican New York. While Kushner...

Theater Talk: Steven Spielberg/Tony Kushner remake of WEST SIDE STORY is a lush, gorgeous movie with considerable added context

Opinions are strong and mixed for Steven Spielberg's 2021 remake of the 1957 movie WEST SIDE STORY which was based on the original Broadway musical. This was a collaboration of Spielberg with a new book by Tony Kushner, choreography by Justin Peck, and involvement with Stephen Sondheim who wrote the original Broadway lyrics. People and critics either love it or hate it, although most of the negative comments take issue with cultural appropriation and casting choices. As far as a movie goes, most agree that it is beautifully filmed using New York City as almost an extra character.

Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner & Rita Moreno on ‘West Side Story,’ Using Spanish Without Subtitles, and Stephen Sondheim’s Involvement

From Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning screenwriter Tony Kushner, this vibrant retelling of the musical West Side Story tells the tale of rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, with the young love of Tony (Ansel Elgort) and María (Rachel Zegler) in 1957 New York City at its center. With their forbidden romance on the verge of discovery and tension between the street gangs at an all-time high, family, loyalty and love will be questioned, as a divided city threatens to erupt.
The Hollywood Reporter

Tony Kushner on Tackling ‘West Side Story’ With Spielberg: “We Knew We Were Going Into a Complicated Situation”

Stephen Sondheim, who died Nov. 26 at 91, leaves us with a parting gift in the form of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, out Dec. 10. Sondheim wrote the lyrics for the landmark 1957 Broadway musical, which remain mostly untouched in the new adaptation, according to screenwriter Tony Kushner, a frequent Spielberg collaborator (Munich, Lincoln) who was tasked with updating West Side Story to contemporary sensibilities. Kushner, 65, spoke to THR two days before Sondheim’s passing about re-envisioning the classic musical — and why he anticipates Story will avoid the kinds of criticism leveled at In the Heights. What were your...
Literary Hub

Watch Tony Kushner perform William Faulkner’s Nobel acceptance speech.

Today in 1950, William Faulkner accepted his 1949 Nobel Prize for his “powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel.” In his acceptance speech, he discussed the perils of post-war writing and working through fear, and argued that problems of the spirit had taken a backseat to a sustained hum of physical fear:

Playwright Tony Kushner and actor Michael Stuhlbarg to anchor Tuesday Talks speaker series

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tony Kushner will open “Tuesday Talks”, a speaker series presented by JFCS of Long Beach, on Sunday, October 3 at the Alpert JCC’s Lipeles Family Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. In store for later in the season is Long Beach’s native son Michael Stuhlbarg, an accomplished, versatile actor and nominee for Golden Globe, Tony, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild awards, who will close the series in January of 2022.
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Famous birthdays for July 16: Will Ferrell, Tony Kushner

July 16 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. -- Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science Church, in 1821. -- Journalist/civil rights activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett in 1862. -- Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1872. -- Baseball great/"Black Sox" scandal figure "Shoeless"...
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Tony Kushner

Tony Kushner is Professor in the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations and History Department at the University of Southampton. He has written widely on the British Jewish experience, especially social history and comparative migration. His most recent books are The Battle of Britishness: Migrant Journeys since 1685 (Manchester University Press, 2012) and Journeys from the Abyss: The Holocaust and Forced Migration from the 1880s to the Present (Liverpool University Press, 2017). He is currently working on a study of a Jewish triple murderer and, with Dr Aimee Bunting, Co-Presents to the Holocaust. He is co-editor of the journal Patterns of Prejudice and deputy editor of Jewish Culture and History.

Emma Thompson and Tony Kushner Reflect on a Year of Rest and Resignation

Emma Thompson won the first of two Academy Awards for her role as the kind, level-headed, and loyalty-torn Margaret Schlegel in the 1992 Merchant-Ivory masterpiece Howards End. To watch Thompson over the course of the film’s two-and-a-half hours is to witness precisely what makes the 61-year-old actor the rarest of cinematic talents. Much of the magic of Thompson’s work in the film lies in her tension-filled interactions with other characters (particularly when she’s playing opposite Helena Bonham Carter as her willful younger sister, where their emotional choreography is so nuanced that they finish each other’s sentences ). There are many Hollywood legends whose mere screen presence steals a film; they often seem beamed onto set for the duration of their scenes to enact a moving, star-worthy monologue. But one of the great gifts of Thompson’s career is that she’s less of a scene-stealer and more of a scene-maker.

Steven Spielberg to Direct Film Inspired by His Childhood; Tony Kushner to Co-Write Script

(Photos: Getty Images & Emilio Madrid for Oscar winner Steven Spielberg is creating a new film about his childhood growing up in Arizona, Deadline reports. Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe Tony Kushner will co-write the screenplay with Spielberg, who will direct. Spielberg and Kushner most recently collaborated on the upcoming West Side Story remake. Production for the new film is scheduled to begin this summer with a 2022 release planned.