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13 April : This year's prestigious Shuler Hensley Awards will be held on Thursday 17 April. Keep up-to-date with the Awards on their Official Website and Facebook page.

8 April : Don't miss the great reviews and new photo links for The Most Happy Fella (added a little bit late as I've been in New York to see the show!) 

27 March : Check out the terrific Most Happy Fella production shots by Joan Marcus at BroadwayWorld.com!

26 March : As No Man's Land/Waiting For Godot draw to a close (last performances this coming weekend), enjoy a fabulous taster of Shuler's next show The Most Happy Fella in these great videos from Broadway.com and BroadwayWorld.com

23 Feb : Two Plays in Rep's highly acclaimed run comes to an end in 5 weeks time, when the final performance of No Man's Land will take place on Saturday 29 March and the final performance of Waiting For Godot on Sunday 30 March.

With hardly a pause for breath, Shuler then joins the cast of New York's City Center Encores The Most Happy Fella, playing the lead role of Tony from 2 - 6 April. Get your tickets here! 

4 Feb : The talkback series with Shuler and the rest of the cast of No Man's Land continues on Feb 6, 13, 20 and 27. If you have a ticket for any of these performances, you can attend the post-show discussion for free! 

And following on from last October's update about Odd Thomas, it looks like the movie has gone straight to DVD and is available from Amazon.

26 Jan : "I Hope I Get It : Stories From the Audition Room With Shuler Hensley" - a video treat from Theatermania!

15 Jan : This sounds like fun! Post-show discussions with the director and all the cast will be held following the 23 January and 6, 13, 20, and 27 February performances of No Man's Land. More at Theatermania 

8 Jan 2014 : Great news about Waiting For Godot/No Man's Land for those of you still hoping to see the plays or dying to see them again! The run of the Two Plays in Rep has just been extended, and they will now close on Sunday 30 March 2014. 

 

 

23 Dec 2013 : A special Christmas treat for Shuler fans - two great videos from the Lincoln Center!

 

 

19 Dec : Another great interview to enjoy! - "Shuler Hensley, Big Man on Broadway" - in which Shuler speaks in depth about working on Waiting For Godot/No Man's Land with Broadway World.com

15 Dec : "You see, it's not just us two old luvvies swanning around the stage. It's a four-man company and Billy and Shuler are so wonderful in both shows that I can't stand it!" Wise words from Sir Ian McKellen in a not-to-be-missed interview from the Toronto Star.

8 Dec : "Celebrate a super-sized Opening Night with No Man's Land and Waiting For Godot Pals Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart" -- one of the most watched videos on Broadway.com has interviews with all the cast and with celebrity audience members.

2 Dec : More great photos of Opening Night, this time at Theatermania They include a lovely photo of Shuler's family and a terrific fun shot of Shuler and Billy performing a jig!

26 Nov : Playbill comes up trumps, with not only 91 fabulous photos of Two Plays in Rep's Broadway Opening, but also interviews with all the cast, who talk in detail about their roles.

And there is another terrific interview with Shuler to enjoy - this time courtesy of Broadway.com.

25 Nov : No Man's Land and Waiting For Godot have now opened on Broadway! Experience opening night excitement as the cast take their bows here and here.

"I have never before heard American audiences respond to any production of Pinter or Beckett with such warm and embracing laughter" - Ben Brantley, New York Times. The reviews are coming in! Keep an eye on them here

And don't miss the great interview with Shuler on NJ.com

20 Nov : Theatermania has a lovely photo of Shuler and his family at the recent Make Believe charity concert here (no. 9 of 14).

13 Nov : Enjoy the brand new production shots for Waiting for Godot/No Man's Land at Broadway World, and an interview with all 4 actors in the Wall Street Journal!   

30 Oct : Next Monday 4 November, Shuler will take part in Make Believe on Broadway at the Bernard B Jacobs theatre on Broadway - a concert in aid of children's charity Only Make Believe. Also taking part are Sir Ian McKellen and Alan Cumming. Full details at Playbill, ticket info here. 

22 Oct : The run of No Man's Land/Waiting For Godot has just been extended before the shows have even begun to play on Broadway! You can now book for performances up until 2 March 2014.

This is interesting! - Shuler acts as guest critic for the Wall Street Journal in their series of "Curtain Raisers" and chooses to see the new Broadway musical Big Fish, comparing and contrasting his own experiences of working in musicals and straight plays. Enjoy the article here.

A lovely photo of Paula and Shuler at the opening night of A Time to Kill can be found in Theatermania's Photo Flash (photo no.29)

And last but not least, long-awaited movie Odd Thomas has finally premièred at Toronto's After Dark film festival - read about it here and here.

1 Oct : Shuler, together with the rest of the cast and director, offers some interesting insight into the two upcoming Plays in Rep in a brand new video from Broadway.com.

AND STOP PRESS! Shuler talks about the magic of live theatre here. (Spot Shuler's Jud caricature in the background!)

25 Sept : Yesterday was Press Day at Sardi's Restaurant in New York for No Man's Land/Waiting For Godot. Cue lots of exciting photos of the cast at Broadway.com, Playbill and Broadway World! And look out for the one of Shuler holding his Sardi's "Jud" caricature which is displayed in the restaurant (and on the Updates page!) 

Also, another great news item - it looks as if the movie Odd Thomas, which Shuler worked on about 2 years ago, may finally be released early next year. 

24 Sept : Shuler attended this year's Broadway Flea Market on Sunday - check out the photos at Broadway World and Playbill

22 Sept : Broadway World has a lovely photo of Shuler and Paula at the recent American Theatre Wing concert honoring Hal Prince. And there's some very interesting information about No Man's Land/Waiting For Godot (Two Plays in Rep) in an article about the upcoming New York theatre season at Newsday

16 Sept : Many thanks to Paula and Shuler for this great photo of the Cort Theater in New York City. Not a bad lineup, indeed!

16 Aug : An elderly gentleman was taken ill during star-studded No Man's Land but refused to go to hospital until he had seen the end of the play! Full report plus nice tweet from Ian McKellen here.

14 Aug : Don't miss Playbill's great collection of photos from No Man's Land!

13 Aug : No Man's Land opened at Berkeley Rep on Sunday and the reviews are starting to come in! Keep an eye on them here.

7 Aug : Many thanks to American Theatre Magazine for this great interview with Shuler in their July/August issue : pdf file

1 Aug : Fans of the show Les Misérables may be interested to hear that Shuler and Philip Quast, having both played Inspector Javert in Les Mis, will again be playing the same role - Pozzo in Waiting for Godot - and at the same time! Shuler in New York from 26 Oct to 1 Feb, and Philip in Sydney from 12 Nov to 14 Dec.

30 July : In the run-up to the first preview of No Man's Land at the Berkeley Rep this coming Saturday, the San Francisco Examiner has a special feature with its stars here!

25 July : Entertainment Weekly has a great, exclusive video featuring all 4 stars of No Man's Land/Waiting for Godot! Find the link on our brand new page for both shows here 

23 July : Fabulous photo from Theatermania - get your first look at the suave stars of Waiting for Godot/No Man's Land - here!

23 June : Tickets for the double bill of No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot - in which Shuler will appear together with Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Billy Crudup at the Cort Theatre NYC later this year - go on sale to the general public on 22 July via Telecharge. Performances are from 26 October for 14 weeks. And before this, No Man's Land will also play at the Berkeley Rep, California from 3 - 30 August.

11 June : If you've been wondering what happened to the movie Odd Thomas which Shuler worked on a while back, I've added updated info here. Don't miss the great trailer! Hopefully this film will eventually see the light of day.

31 May : Last night was The Guardsman's opening night, and reviews are beginning to appear!

25 May : Shuler talks about his career, including his role in The Guardsman, in a great interview with the Washington Examiner.

23 May : Almost time for Shuler's next play The Guardsman, which will run at the Kennedy Center, Washington from 25 May - 23 June. 

And looking much further ahead, the great news is that Shuler will be back next year at New York's City Center Encores!, this time as Tony in Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella. The dates for your diary are 2 - 6 April 2014, full details of all the 2014 Encores! shows can be found on Playbill 

21 May : More congratulations to Shuler, who has been given an OBIE Award for Best Performance to add to the Awards and Nominations already received for his marvellous performance in The Whale!

10 May : Shuler shows off his Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a play (The Whale) at Theatermania.

7 May : The news just gets better and better! - Shuler has been cast in a double bill of Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter plays alongside - wait for it - Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Billy Crudup, no less! Waiting for Godot and No Man's Land will play in rep at New York's Cort Theatre from 26 October for 14 weeks. Playbill has all the details.

Meanwhile, more news of Shuler's upcoming play The Guardsman at BroadwayWorld

6 May : The Whale scored a hat trick at the Lucille Lortel Awards which were announced yesterday! ~ Outstanding Play (Samuel D Hunter), Outstanding Costume Design (Jessica Pabst), ~ and Outstanding Lead Actor for Shuler!! Warmest congratulations to all three!

Also, tonight Shuler will take part in the annual spring gala of Playwrights Horizons, the company which presented The Whale.

1 May : What an incredible achievement by Shuler and The Whale in this year's awards nominations!! As well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle (see News 30 April and 24 April) Shuler has also been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor by the Lucille Lortel Awards, together with Jessica Pabst for costume design and The Whale for outstanding play. The awards will be handed out on 5 May.

And! - Shuler has received a Distinguished Performance Award nomination from the Drama League, alongside an Outstanding Play nom for The Whale. Presentations take place on 17 May. 

Warmest congratulations to Shuler and to everyone involved with The Whale, and btw, if you haven't already seen the video on the making of Jessica Pabst's fat suit for Shuler in the play, do take a look at it here

And while I'm playing catch-up, here is the most marvellous video from this year's Shuler Hensley Awards which could be described as "wicked" or even "wizard" and is not to be missed!

30 April : More congrats to Shuler, who has been nominated by the Drama Desk as Outstanding Actor in a Play - The Whale - alongside Mimi Lien who receives a nom for Outstanding Set Design. Playwright Samuel D Hunter has already been voted a Special Award for "excellence and significant contribution to the theater." The awards ceremony takes place on 19 May.

29 April : Good news! You can view the entire PBS Carousel concert with Shuler as Jigger Craigin at pbs.org here but please note that it will only be available until this coming Friday, 3 May.

24 April : Congratulation to Shuler who has just been nominated in the Outer Critics Circle "Outstanding Actor in a Play" category for his brilliant performance in The Whale. Also, playwright Samuel D Hunter has been nominated for the John Gassner Award. The winners will be announced on 13 May.

And don't forget! - the New York Philharmonic concert version of Carousel in which Shuler played Jigger Craigin will air on PBS this coming Friday night, 26 April at 9pm EST.

17 April : Just a reminder that tomorrow is the night of this year's annual Shuler Hensley Awards which will be broadcast live at 8pm on WSB-TV's sister station Me.TV. There are great articles about Shuler and the Awards at the Atlanta Examiner and the Marietta Daily Journal.

30 March : Seems Prince of Broadway, in which Shuler was to have appeared, has been put on the back burner once again. The show, celebrating the career of Hal Prince, was to have played Broadway later this year. Read more at Playbill.   

Earlier this week Shuler co-hosted the announcement of the nominations for this year's Shuler Hensley Awards. The Awards ceremony will be held on 18 April and broadcast live on tv. Keep up-to-date via the official Awards Site and the Facebook link at the top of this page! 

22 March : Shuler will play the Critic in The Guardsman at Kennedy Center, Washington from 25 May to 23 June. The play has been adapted from the original by Richard Nelson, who wrote That Hopey Changey Thing and Sweet & Sad which Shuler appeared in at the Public Theatre, NYC. More info about The Guardsman, plus booking details, at Playbill News and Broadway World.

20 March : "Have the rare opportunity to work with Tony-Award Winner Shuler Hensley in a unique retreat-style workshop on April 6 or April 7!" Playbill has all the details!

Plus : Shuler will be taking part in Playwrights Horizon's Spring Gala on 6 May - full info at Broadway World

And : there are photos of Shuler and Paula attending the opening of Playwrights Horizons new play The Flick at Theatermania and Playbill

26 Feb : Nicely timed interview for tomorrow's opening of the Carousel concert - Shuler talks to Backstage about playing the bad guy: here

5 Feb : Enjoy the wonderful Fiorello! closing night photos at Playbill and Theatermania!

3 Feb : Atlanta's ArtsATL has a great article about Shuler "From Marietta to Manhattan, Shuler Hensley reflects on Broadway successes" here

2 Feb : Added reviews for Shuler in Fiorello! (which ends its all too brief run tomorrow.)

1 Feb : The Fiorello! reviews are out, and Ben Brantley raves about Shuler in the New York Times!

31 Jan : Check out the Fiorello! page - photo and 2 more videos just added!

30 Jan : Shuler will play bad guy Jigger Craigin in a concert version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel at the Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC from 27 February to 2 March. See the New York Philharmonic website for details of times and tickets. Great news is that the concert will also be broadcast on PBS "Live from Lincoln Center" 26 April at 9pm EST. More details at Playbill and Theatermania.

27 Jan : A couple of interesting links for Shuler's upcoming show Fiorello! - a photo gallery of the cast at Playbill, and a great rehearsal video at Broadway.com. The show, which is about Fiorello LaGuardia who was mayor of New York from 1934-1945, opens on Wednesday at New York's City Center and plays until Sunday 3 Feb. 

13 Jan 2013 : Shuler is to appear in the New York City Center "Encores!" production of Fiorello!, a 1959 musical by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick about Mayor LaGuardia. The show runs from 30 January to 3 February. Lots more info at Playbill and Theatermania.

 

 

27 Dec 2012 : As 2012 draws to a close, Shuler's performance in The Whale features amongst contributors to Playbill's Picks of the year's unforgettable theatre experiences. Matt Blank gives "Special mention to Shuler Hensley's devastatingly beautiful turn as a 600-pound man which should win every award in existence" and David Gewirtzman feels that the play "was perhaps most memorable for Shuler Hensley's physically and emotionally draining performance as a 600-pound man." The full article is here with the quotes about Shuler on pages 1 and 4.

Caught up in Les Miz movie fever? Then you'll be interested in this interview with Hugh Jackman from the New York Post in which Hugh reveals that he first saw the show on Broadway 12 years ago and that it was Shuler who suggested they should check it out!

20 Dec : Shuler gave his last performance in The Whale on Saturday 15th. The new play at Playwrights Horizons is The Great God Pan and Shuler is one of its opening night guests pictured in Theatermania's Photo Flash

13 Dec : STOP PRESS : Tonight on The Insider, CBS, 7pm, there will be a feature on Shuler and his "Whale" fat suit.

Also, the New York Times has an article about the set design for the play (created by Mimi Lien) plus links to a new video exerpt from The Whale and the terrific video mentioned in News 11 Dec. Find them all here

11 Dec : We have a real treat today - a fantastic 2.5 min video of Shuler as Charlie in The Whale, reciting a book report about Moby Dick, which has been written by his daughter. The video is the latest in a new theatre series from the New York Times, and can be enjoyed here in fabulous close-up! 

6 Dec : Great feature about Shuler's performance and character in The Whale from AccessAtlanta

4 Dec : Congratulations to Shuler, whose brilliant performance in The Whale has been named "STAGE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR" in New York Magazine's Year in Culture 2012. Read what they say here !

22 Nov : The Whale has received a further - and final - extension due to demand for tickets and will end on 15 December.

13 Nov : The Whale has been extended for a second time and will now run until 9 December. Check out the reviews, photo links, plus a great video showing the making of Shuler's 600lb fat suit - here

24 Oct : Production photos of The Whale by Joan Marcus at Playbill

20 Oct : First pics of (a very heavily padded!) Shuler in The Whale at Broadway World.com

18 Oct : In-depth interview with The Whale's writer Samuel D. Hunter in the New York Times

12 Oct : "Shuler is 600 pound man in NYC premiere of The Whale" -- starting today! Article at Playbill here

7 Oct : The Whale starts previews this coming Friday 12 October with Opening Night scheduled for 5 November, and - owing to high demand - performance dates have been extended to 2 December!

The Brooklyn Rail has an interesting interview with Samuel D. Hunter, author of The Whale, here

And following on from our News item of 19 Sept, there's some fascinating detail about Shuler's role in Richard Nelson's plays about the Apple family here (last paragraph) 

23 Sept : More information about Shuler's appointment as Artist-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University here. And an article about the success of the Cobb Energy Center, GA mentions the Shuler Hensley Awards which are held there, together with a photo of Shuler rehearsing for a performance. 

19 Sept : Shuler is gearing up for his next play The Whale at Playwrights Horizons, NYC, October 12 - November 25. Playbill features a photo gallery of the cast here.

And more great news - Shuler has been appointed Artist in Residence at Kennesaw State University, GA and will be teaching workshops to students there. Don't miss a terrific video of one of these workshops here.

By the way, Shuler's character (Tim) won't feature in this year's play about the Apple family by Richard Nelson at the Public Theater, NYC but will hopefully be back in next year's installment!

22 July : Breaking news! Shuler will star in the New York première of The Whale at Playwrights Horizons, October - November. More about this on Playbill and the Playwrights' website

1 July : Shuler is now set to appear in The Elephant Man at this year's Williamstown Festival. He will play Ross, Bishop How and Snork. The play by Bernard Pomerance runs from 25 July to 5 August. Tickets and more info at the Festival website

27 June : Shuler narrates Schoenberg's A Survivor From Warsaw at the San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall, today through Saturday 30 June. Full details here 

16 June : Shuler chats about working on Silence! The Musical with BroadwayWorld.com here

14 June : Don't miss the great new feature from Playbill - Their Favorite Things Tony Winner and Silence! Star Shuler Hensley Shares his theatregoing experiences - in which Playbill asks Shuler to reveal the actors and performances that have most affected and impressed him as an audience member. 11 pages, with photos of the actors and Shuler's comments on what it was that he enjoyed and found inspiring. 

7 June : Don't forget! You can see Shuler as the very scary Dr Hannibal Lecter in Off-Broadway's Silence! The Musical up until 24th June!

22 May : Check out the great photo of Shuler as Hannibal Lecter at Theatermania! He'll be covering in off-Broadway show Silence! The Musical from 1 - 24 June. 

And more recognition for the magnificent cast of Sweet and Sad as Shuler and his fellow actors are awarded a 2012 Obie by the New York Village Voice.

10 May : Following on from Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (which closes this coming weekend) Shuler will temporarily join the cast of Off-Broadway's Silence! The Musical, starring as Hannibal Lecter no less! All the info at Playbill.

29 April : Shuler and his cast mates from Sweet & Sad are delighted to have been given a special Drama Desk Ensemble Award for Acting, for being "among New York's best actors, who came together as one unforgettable stage family." Warmest congratulations to them all!

25 April : Attention all you budding Juds, Curlys and Laureys in and around Manhattan! The Tony Awards Film Series will be screening a special Sing-Along version of the London film of Oklahoma! Starring (of course!) Shuler, Hugh Jackman, Maureen Lipman and Josefina Gabrielle, it will take place at 2.45pm on 13 May at the Paley Center, West 52 Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Details of how to get tickets for this special event are here

18 April : Congratulations and well done to all winners and participants in this year's Shuler Hensley Awards which were held last night! Up-to-date info at the the Shuler Awards page on Facebook  

17 April : Check out the great Ghost Brothers promo photos by Greg Mooney at Playbill.

9 April : Fantastic interview with Shuler courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution here.

Plus : videos regarding a new, exciting project - a film called Tradition - here and here!

8 April : Don't miss the wonderful interview with Shuler from the Marietta Daily Journal here

Also : a region 1 DVD of Michael Tilson Thomas' The Thomashefskys : Music and Memories of a Life in Yiddish Theater (in which Shuler has performed at various venues since 2005) will be released on 24 April and can be pre-ordered at sf symphony

And : following on from the March 23 update, more articles on Prince of Broadway here and here

23 March : News of an exciting project in November! : Prince of Broadway,  Playbill 

20 March : Almost time for the annual Shuler Awards! This year's awards (the 4th) will be held on Tuesday 17 April and the nominees will be announced live on WSB TV2 at 12pm on Tuesday 3 April.   

And don't forget that Shuler will soon be starring in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, which begins performances at the Alliance Theater, Atlanta on 4 April. 

8 Jan 2012 : PBS has announced that The Thomashefskys concert will be broadcast on Thursday 29 March as part of their Great Performances series. Playbill also has details of other shows in the series that you might be interested in.

Required reading - a great Profile of Shuler by Creative Loafing Atlanta and an interesting Preview of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County by Atlanta INtown.

 


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