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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Broadway 2019-2020 Season Preview Guide by New York Theater

The 2019-2020 Broadway season is still in formation, but there’s enough exciting already scheduled to offer this preview: Lin-Manuel is producing his hip-hop improv group on Broadway, and …

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Contradict This Review: “Stonewall 50” Birthday, Funeral and Trial for Walt Whitman by New York Theater

“Contradict This! A Birthday Funeral for Heroes,” by the freewheeling Philadelphia-based group called  The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, is being presented as part of La MaMa’s celebration …

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Puppets in New York City. Where To Get Your Puppetry Fix by New York Theater

“Avenue Q” is no more, the Bil Baird Marionette Theater died decades ago, but there is plenty of puppetry in New York, as I detail in my article for TDF Stages, 5 Theatres You Need to Kn…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Toni Stone: Pics and Review by New York Theater

Toni Stone was the first woman to play big-league professional baseball. She succeeded Hank Aaron playing second base for the otherwise all-male Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American Lea…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Secret Life of Bees Review by New York Theater

“The Secret Life of Bees” – first a 2001 best-selling novel, then a 2008 all-star movie, now a musical written by theatrical all stars Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined), Duncan Sheik (Sprin…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Dylan Musical on Broadway. Something’s Coming, Something’s Gone. Tony Fallout. #Newsworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

The first publicity shot from Steven Spielberg’s movie remake of “West Side Story,” planned for December 2020, came on the same week as the death of Franco Zeffirelli, whose 1968 film …

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Monday, June 17, 2019

A Strange Loop Review: Black, big, gay writer gets navel-gazy and tuneful by New York Theater

“A Strange Loop” is a musical about a big, gay black guy who is struggling to write a musical about a big, gay black guy who is struggling….. Michael R. Jackson, the musical’s talent…

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fairview Review: 2019 Pulitzer Winning Drama About Race and the White Gaze Remounted by New York Theater

The stunning production of “Fairview,” Jackie Siblies Drury’s challenging play, is now being remounted with the same extraordinary cast and creative team at the Theatre for a New Audie…

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It’s MOLLY Bloomsday In NYC by New York Theater

“….I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes,” Molly Bloom says, t…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Handbagged Review: Queen Elizabeth vs. Margaret Thatcher by New York Theater

Moira Buffini’s inspired, inventive play about Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — two women born six months apart and forced to deal with one another for the 11 ye…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Convention Review: Ambitiously Recreating the 1944 “Conspiracy” for Truman by New York Theater

In 1944, when FDR was running for an unprecedented fourth term as President, the Democrats kicked out his then-Vice President, Henry Wallace, and nominated Missouri Senator Harry Truman to r…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Free* Tickets to NY Theater: Goldstar’s Comp Train by New York Theater

For the next three days (June 12th to 14th), you can get free tickets for certain seats at various future performances of live theater, concerts, dance, and comedy, courtesy of Goldstar’s…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Much Ado About Nothing Review: Danielle Brooks’ Brassy Beatrice in All-Black Bard by New York Theater

As Beatrice in the Public Theater’s all-black production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” Danielle Brooks proves herself a Shakespearean actress of a high order – and at the same time re…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

10 Memorable Tony Moments. Watch All 9 Musical Numbers Plus Taylor Mac. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

From Ali Stroker tearfully dedicating her Tony to “every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability” to Elaine May’s wry explanation for her win to Andre De Shields’ three rule…

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Watch 2019 Tony Speeches: Ali Stroker, Rachel Chavkin, Andre De Shields, Rosemary Harris, Sergio Trujillo, Judith Light, Terrence McNally, Bob Mackie by New York Theater

“This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation, who has a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena. You …

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

2019 Tony Award Winners: Hadestown, The Ferryman, Boys in the Band, Oklahoma… by New York Theater

Hadestown won best musical and seven other awards, The Ferryman  best play, the Boys in the Band best play revival of a play, Oklahoma best musical revival musical at the 73rd Annual Tony A…

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2019 Tony Awards Cheat Sheet by New York Theater

The American Theatre Wing’s 73rd Annual Tony Awards, with host James Corden, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS  tonight, Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 8:00 to 11:00 PM,…

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Little Women Review: Kate Hamill Takes On Louisa May Alcott by New York Theater

In her stage version of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 19thcentury novel, Kate Hamill promises a “radical adaptation” and a “conscious explosion” of “the archetypes found in the nov…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Public Servant Review. “This Is Us’ writer asks: Do politicians help? by New York Theater

Following up on her play “The Cake,” about a baker in North Carolina who struggles to accept her lesbian goddaughter, playwright (and “This Is Us” producer-writer) Bekah Brunstetter …

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What Broadway Shows Should I See? Top 10 Suggestions by New York Theater

Now is the time when interest in Broadway is at its peak, piqued by the three-hour TV commercial for Broadway known as the 2019 Tony Awards. Get tickets to attend the Tony Awards in person! …

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

My 2019 Tony Award Picks — Who Should Win by New York Theater

Below are my preferences — not my predictions — for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. See my article in DC Theatre Scene for an explanation for each of my choices, and shout-outs to other nom…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Review. Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon in Earthy, Lovely One-Night Stand by New York Theater

In its ultimately lovely if overlong Broadway revival, “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” begins with loud grunting and shrieking, amid glimpses of breasts and buttocks in the dim…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Broadway Season by the Numbers. Tonys at the Home Stretch. Lear Dies. Constitution Expands. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Casual theater lovers might think that there’s nothing else happening beside the Tony Awards in June. They would be wrong! June calendar of theater openings: Stonewall 50 on Stages! Fairvi…

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Theatre World Award Winners On Their First Time, and Tough Times, and Cher by New York Theater

A dozen luminous first-time New York stage performers, plus Nathan Lane, were honored at the 75th annual Theatre World Awards. Some spoke on the red carpet about when they first realized the…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Dying City Review by New York Theater

Christopher Shinn’s “Dying City,” which was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Drama after it received an admired production at Lincoln Center in 2007, is being revived here at the sa…

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Play On! Festival: The American Playwrights Who Translated Shakespeare by New York Theater

The Play On! Festival is presenting staged readings through June 30 of all 39 of William Shakespeare’s plays “translated” into “contemporary modern English” by 36 American playwrig…

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

2019 Drama Desk Award Winners: The Ferryman, The Prom, Santino Fontana, Elaine May. Stephanie J. Block by New York Theater

The Ferryman and The Prom were winners for best play and best musical of the 64th annual Drama Desk Awards, which honors achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway…

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June 2019 New York Theater Openings: Stonewall 50 On Stage! Fairview Returns! by New York Theater

Broadway is busy with the Tony Awards on June 9th, but June is bustin’ out all over with new shows on other New York stages. A good number of the openings mark the 50th anniversary of the…

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Underground Railroad Game Review: Slavery, Sex and Power Yesterday and Today by New York Theater

“Underground Railroad Game,” a much-praised 2016 play from Ars Nova that is being revived for just two weeks, is inspired by an actual game that co-creator Scott Sheppard was forced to p…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

New York Theater Quiz May 2019 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to New York theater news, views and previews in the month of May? Answer these 10 questions to find out.  

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Walt Whitman turns 200: The Poet as Dramatist by New York Theater

Before he was a poet, Walt Whitman, who was born two hundred years ago today — on March 31, 1819 – was a theatergoer, and an opera fan, and a drama critic…and, some argue, a dramatist.…

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