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Monday, January 27, 2020

Broadway at the Grammys. Hadestown Wins! BroadwayCon 2020. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

All these Broadway veterans participated in the 62 Grammy Awards, where “Hadestown” won Best Musical Theater Album. The other nominated albums were “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life And Tim…

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

First Look BroadwayCon 2020: Watch Six The Musical, Company, Mrs. Doubtfire, Caroline or Change, Sing Street, Girl from the North Country by New York Theater

Casts from six shows opening this season on Broadway — including shows with music by Bob Dylan and Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Tony Kushner – performed at First Look at BroadwayCon 2…

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker: Theodora Skipitares’ puppetry collage about an 18th Century African-American astronomer, a 20th Century bl by New York Theater

In this gorgeous, enlightening and ambitious —  if over-stuffed — hour-long theatrical collage, Theodora Skipitares uses the eerie visual splendor of puppetry to illuminate a serious su…

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“If truth doesn’t matter, we’re lost” – transcript and video of Adam Schiff’s closing arguments in Trump Impeachment Trial Days 4 and 5 by New York Theater

A transcript and video of the closing arguments both Thursday and Friday by Representative Adam Schiff, the House impeachment manager for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in t…

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Friday, January 24, 2020

A Soldier’s Play on Broadway At Last by New York Theater

Charles Fuller’s murder mystery, finally on Broadway in a fine production directed by Kenny Leon some four decades after it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is so good that even if you’…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Grand Horizons on Broadway by New York Theater

“I think I would like a divorce,” Jane Alexander as Nancy French says to her husband of 50 years, played by James Cromwell. “All right,” Bill replies. Blackout. That’s all the dial…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

When a play leaves you speechless: Cezary Goes To War. As Long As It Lasts. Must Go On. by New York Theater

Some shows you leave needing to tell people about; some shows you leave thinking about what you are going to have for dinner. A few shows ruin your dinner. If you’re a drama critic, you ar…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

“Theater” as political insult. Lesbians on Stage. Broadway Week. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

When did “theater” become an insult? With the impeachment trial scheduled to begin in earnest this week, the one thing that the right and the left, Democrats and Republicans, seem to agr…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Leaving the Blues Review: The (Gay) Life of Alberta Hunter by New York Theater

“Leaving the Blues” dramatizes the life of the amazing jazz, blues and Broadway singer/songwriter Alberta Hunter. I long thought her story was ideal for a musical, ever since I saw her a…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1/20/2020: King on Health Over Hotels, Housing Over War, Morality Over Materialism by New York Theater

“We must devote at least as much to our children’s education and the health of the poor as we do to the care of our automobiles and the building of beautiful, impressive hotels,” Marti…

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Ich kann nicht anders review: Slovenian avant-garde theater troupe Beton at La MaMa by New York Theater

“You will hear an unbelievable true story,”  one of the three actors from the Republic of Slovenia on a stage designed to look like a makeshift bunker, tells us at the beginning of the …

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

My Name Is Lucy Barton on Broadway with Laura Linney by New York Theater

…”My Name is Lucy Barton” is a sometimes poignant, often tedious 90-minute monologue… The hope was that Laura Linney would do for it what France McDormand did in the HBO miniseries t…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Ann Harada, from Q to Poo by New York Theater

Ann Harada, who made her Broadway debut more than 30 years ago, is philosophical about the latest character she portrays. “Sometimes you get to play glamorous roles,” she says, “and so…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Under the Radar: Feos. Two ugly puppets meet and mate by New York Theater

They meet on a line for a movie; the man and the woman — each disfigured by childhood accidents —  are used to be stared at, and they are used to being alone. Inspired by the late Urugu…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Modern Maori Quartet Two Worlds Review: New Zealand Musical Theater, Via Vegas by New York Theater

Those theatergoers drawn to “Modern Maori Quartet: Two Worlds” for the authentic music and culture of the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand might feel blindsided by what seems like …

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Under the Radar: To The Moon. Laurie Anderson’s playful lunar exploration via Virtual Reality by New York Theater

This 15 minutes of Virtual Reality offering the sensation of looking at, walking on and flying over the moon — created by performance artist Laurie Anderson and new media artist Hsin-Chien…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Diana, MJ, Mack and Mabel, Birthday Candles, Intimate Apparel Complete Their Casts. Who Goes to Broadway! #Stageworthy News of the Week. by New York Theater

The typical Broadway theatergoer is still a well-to-do , middle-aged woman from out-of-town, according to statistics presented in The Demographics of the Broadway Audience 2018–2019, the 2…

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Oscar Nominations 2020 by New York Theater

Below are the nominations in 24 categories for the 92nd Academy Awards, Joker” led all films with 11 nominations, including for Best Actor Joaquin Phoenix and Best Director Todd Phillips, …

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Broadway and the Oscars: A Quiz by New York Theater

Nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards will be announced tomorrow January 13, so it seems a good time to test your knowledge of the history of Broadway at the Oscars. (The 92nd Oscar…

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Broadway Week 2-for-1 tickets on sale now by New York Theater

Tickets are now on sale for Broadway Week, where you can buy two tickets for the price of one for performances from January 21 through February 9 of 21 Broadway shows, from “Ain’t Too Pr…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

A Hunger Artist Review: A Visual Feast, A Morsel of Meaning by New York Theater

There was a time when people made a living by starving themselves in front of a paying audience — an art form that lasted for centuries, but one that was on the wane when Franz Kafka wrote…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Under the Radar: The Shadow Whose Prey The Hunter Becomes by New York Theater

The long arty title and the vague, grand description of the show in the Under the Radar festival listing are both misleading. “The Shadow” etc. has a straightforward subject and a clear …

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt Review: When the Rainbow is Enuf in New Zealand by New York Theater

“Wild Dogs Under My Skirt,” a rhythmic, exuberant and startling work of theater that is the first of three New Zealand plays at Soho Playhouse this month, resembles Ntozake Shange’s ch…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Off-Off Broadway Season Preview Guide by New York Theater

Two Broadway veterans — Taylor Mac, Tony-nominated playwright of “Gary” and Greg Kotis, the Tony-winning co-author of “Urinetown” – are back Off-Off Broadway this season, and why…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Broadway at the Golden Globes. What To See in 2020. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Broadway and Off-Broadway were represented at the 77th annual Golden Globes; click on photographs for details. (Full list of 2020 Golden Globe winners and nominees.) Theater is an art form t…

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Broadway Poll: Spring 2020 Show You Most Want to See by New York Theater

Choose the show that you are most looking forward to. The list below is for shows that have opening dates on Broadway from January through April 2020 as of this writing, and they are listed …

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Off Broadway Spring 2020 Preview Guide: 20 Shows to See Through April by New York Theater

Genocide, suicide, murder, deportation, terror, kidnapping, mass explosion – those are some of the bleak subjects of the Off-Broadway shows I’m most looking forward to this season, liste…

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Spring 2020 Broadway Preview: Familiar Stars, Familiar Stories, With A Few Curveballs by New York Theater

For all the Broadway lore and persistent hope that a show on the Great White Way will make new stars and break new ground, the appeal of Broadway increasingly has become its familiarity – …

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

January 2020 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

Below is a selection of New York theater openings in January, organized chronologically by opening date.* Three shows  are opening on Broadway this month —  Laura Linney in “My Name Is…

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Watch the Sondheim New Year’s Eve Concert by New York Theater

Watch the entire 90-minute concert “Celebrating Sondheim,” performed by the New York Philharmonic live on New Year’s Eve 2020, with host Bernadette Peters and guest vocalist Katrina Le…

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Seeing 2020: Major Theater Trends of The Future? by New York Theater

In the decade just ended, there were unmistakable trends specific to the theater – teen musicals, for example, and celebrity bio jukebox musicals. Which of these trends will continue in 20…

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