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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Screen stars on Off Broadway Stages. Tony Calendar. Comedy and Theater: Why you laughing? Just A Homosexual at a Broadway Show. #Stageworthy News of t by New York Theater

As the season heats up, Off-Broadway is showcasing plenty of screen stars — or maybe it’s the other way around. Click on the photographs to learn the show and the theater, then c…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Presidents on Stage: Washington, Lincoln et al on Broadway by New York Theater

Nearly every president has been depicted on the stage at one time or another. There are currently three on Broadway — in a single show, “Hamilton” which opened Off-Broadwa…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Neurology of the Soul Review: The Science of Love For Man, Art and French Fries by New York Theater

“I love you,” Stephen says to his wife Amy. “I love you,” Amy replies. “Please don’t respond verbally,” Stephen admonishes her. He is a cognitive neuroscientist conducting an e…

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Theater Posters as Art and Commerce: Fraver By Design by New York Theater

Some of the theater posters Frank Verlizzo designed hang on the famous flop wall of Joe Allan’s restaurant. Some hold a prominent place in the homes of grateful Broadway stars. But many ar…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry by New York Theater

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover sent an agent to see the out-of-town tryout of “A Raisin in the Sun” to determine if the play had Communist content. The FBI did not do this with every show …

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentines Day and Theater: Love and Kisses on Stage Through the Years by New York Theater

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are Broadway plays about love dating back to 1750,  photographs of stage kisses dating back to 1887, and recaps of some of my love and kisses posts …

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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

For the next two days (February 13th and 14th), the following productions are offering free tickets for certain seats at various future performances, courtesy of Goldstar’s Comp Train,…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Anastasia Ending. Hercules Coming to Central Park. Laura Benanti Continuing. Diversity vs. Blackface on Stage. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Playwright Young Jean Lee wrote an Op-Ed this week about the advantages of affirmative action in education and diversity in the theater. Looking at some of the faces below of the people who …

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Off Broadway Week: 34 Shows at Half Price by New York Theater

Off-Broadway Week starts today, offering two tickets for the price of one to 34 shows playing Off-Broadway, through February 24th. The shows range from musicals that have been running for de…

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Broadway at the Grammys: Watch Songs from Best Musical Theater Album Nominees by New York Theater

Watch musical numbers from each of the nominees for the Grammy for best musical theater album of the year: The Band’s Visit, Carousel, Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady, and Once on…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Talking Band’s Paul Zimet on Death, Immigration and Experimental Theater in City of No Illusions by New York Theater

Paul Zimet came up with the idea for Talking Band’s 57th show, “City of No Illusions,” when he met two sisters who own a funeral parlor in Buffalo, New York. “They ta…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Blackface on Stage: The Complicated History of Minstrel Shows by New York Theater

The strange doings in Virginia have brought blackface back in the news. Reaction to the unearthing of a photograph on the 1984 medical school yearbook page of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam att…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine Review: Asian-American Actors Revisit Vietnam War Protest by Priests by New York Theater

More than half a century has passed since the Berrigan brothers, both of them priests, along with seven other Catholic activists, broke the law to protest the Vietnam War. On May 17, 1968, t…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Band’s Visit Closing. #HairLive Dead. Super Bowl Snooze. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Theater is not the only activity vulnerable to bad reviews. A sportswriter called last Sunday’s football game “the worst Super Bowl ever…” (“boring, lame, non-…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Broadway at Super Bowl LIII. Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical, Plus Ads with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Chenoweth, Bob Dylan by New York Theater

  No other company went as full-Broadway as Skittles, which, in lieu of a commercial during the Super Bowl, staged on Super Bowl Sunday a one-day, 40-minute live “Skittles Commerc…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Artivist: The Bayard Rustin Story. Gay, black, and singularly effective. by New York Theater

“My activism did not spring from my being gay, or, for that matter, from my being black,” says Keyonn Sheppard as Bayard Rustin, close adviser to Martin Luther King, Jr.,  main organi…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

February 2019 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

This month there are no Broadway openings, but ample glamour Off-Broadway. Freestyle Love Supreme, the improvisational hip-hop group that Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail conceived  in c…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

True West with Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano: Review, Pics, Video by New York Theater

  In the first Broadway revival of Sam Shepard’s 1980 play, Ethan Hawke portrays Lee, a drifter, a drinker, and a thief who disrupts the life of his younger brother, Paul Dano’s Au…

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Gbenga Akinnagbe: From Killer in The Wire to Pimp in The Deuce to Defendant in To Kill A Mockingbird on Broadway by New York Theater

Most wouldn’t see a link between stone-cold killer Chris Partlow from HBO’s The Wire, flashy pimp-turned-porn-star Larry Brown on HBO’s The Deuce and Tom Robinson, a black …

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

New York Theater Quiz January 2019 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the New York theater news and reviews in January? Answer these 11 questions and find out.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Rockers on Broadway: Alanis, Anaïs, Melissa and Michael Jackson. New York on Stage: Rent, Generation NYZ, Rodgers and Hart. #Stageworthy News of the by New York Theater

It was a good week to test your view of New York — the 1990s Bohemia  presented in Rent Live on Fox (which was largely Rent Recorded), or the grittier view expressed by the city’…

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Generation NYZ review: Seven young New Yorkers tell the story of their childhood…and of America by New York Theater

To the seven young performers who tell the stories of their lives in “Generation NYZ,” New York means subways and pizza and opportunity, but also cops and catcalling and homelessness. Th…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Rent Live: Low Rated, Low Ranked Of Live TV Musicals. See 11 Ranked by New York Theater

“Rent Live” was seen by just 3.574 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings, and received mostly negative reviews, according to Rotten Tomato, which gave it a r…

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Rodgers and Hart at the Y: Santino Fontana, Anne Harada et al celebrate the Broadway songwriters’ 100th anniversary by New York Theater

When at the age of 17 composer Richard Rodgers met 24-year-old lyricist Lorenz Hart in 1919, he instantly acquired “a career, a partner, a best friend and a source of permanent irritat…

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Rent Live on Fox: Review, Pics, Videos. No Day But Yesterday by New York Theater

  I had worried that, in Rent Live,  Fox television would ruin Jonathan Larson’s musical about bohemian life in the East Village of the 1980s by bowdlerizing it. I felt it worth watc…

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

#RentLive: Song Lyrics and Photographs by New York Theater

Below is a selection of the songs from the musical “Rent,” a version of which will be broadcast live on Fox tonight January 27, 2019,  8 to 11 p.m. The song titles are linked to…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Fire This Time Festival 2019: 10th Year of African American Plays by New York Theater

Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” gets a spin-off of sorts in the play “White Shoes” by York Walker,  when Beneatha, Walter Younger’s sister, is approached in school by…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Courtroom. A deportation trial turned into theater, Ruthie Ann Miles presiding by New York Theater

Elizabeth Keathley moved to the United State from the Philippines, married an American, and three years later registered to vote, even though she was not yet a citizen. As a result, the gove…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Red State Blue State Review: Colin Quinn making jokes about a modern civil war by New York Theater

Near the end of Colin Quinn’s stand-up comedy, which promises to “lay bare the absurdities…on both sides of the political divide,” the Saturday Night Live alumnus manages to insult e…

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Broadway at the Oscars. Rent Live Preview. The Stages of Life. Super Bowl LIII Commercial on Stage. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

The same week that Carol Channing died at the age of 97, Steven Spielberg announced that 17-year-old Rachel Zegler, a high school student in New Jersey, would be the new Maria in the film re…

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2019 Oscar Nominees by New York Theater

Oscar nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards, which will be broadcast February 24 on ABC. “Roma”(on Netflix!) and “The Favourite” each received 10 Oscar nominations. Best Pic…

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