All stories by Peter Marks on BroadwayStars

Thursday, September 16, 2021

How cast and crew of ‘Come From Away’ brought their story of human kindness back to Broadway by Peter Marks

“It was always about when we come back. It was never about if,” producer Sue Frost says of the Tony-winning musical, which shut down with the rest of Broadway in March 2020 and reopens S…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48AM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

‘The Lion King,’ ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Wicked’ return to Broadway — and it’s the heart that sings by Peter Marks

Tuesday was the biggest night yet for theater’s revival, with five shows starting up in Times Square.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:06PM
Saturday, September 11, 2021

A Broadway musical on the National Mall opens hearts to memories of 9/11 by Peter Marks

A stirring free concert performance of “Come From Away” draws a crowd of thousands.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM
Friday, September 10, 2021

After a devastating lull, theater is coming back big by Peter Marks

With a revival of “Rent,” a new play by Lynn Nottage and the Broadway opening of “Six,” the fall season is poised to crackle.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:36AM
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Playwright Richard Nelson ends his epic cycle of hyper-realistic drama with — what else? — a global pandemic by Peter Marks

‘What Happened? The Michaels Abroad’ brings Nelson’s Rhinebeck Panorama to a profound and beautiful close.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:12PM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Restaged in front of the AFL-CIO’s national headquarters, ‘Working’ the musical labors to be a vehicle for activism by Peter Marks

The show’s outdoor revival was conceived as a launchpad for social education.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:12PM
Friday, September 3, 2021

‘KPOP, the Musical’ won’t get its Broadway tryout in Washington after all by Peter Marks

The show’s cancellation is the second setback for a Signature Theatre collaboration with the Anthem.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:42AM
Sunday, August 22, 2021

‘Pass Over’ opens — the first Broadway play in what feels like forever. And it’s funny and poignant. by Peter Marks

The “Godot” update, once an off-Broadway hit, joins “Springsteen on Broadway” in Times Square.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:18PM
Saturday, August 21, 2021

Actress Holly Twyford has been teaching acting to 90-year-olds during the pandemic — and learning a few things about living by Peter Marks

Through a lively Theater J program, actors and directors have found work in the midst of a shutdown.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03AM
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Folger Theatre names Public Theater’s Karen Ann Daniels as new artistic director by Peter Marks

The San Diego native will head up theater, concerts, screenings, public talks and more at the venerable institution.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:24PM
Sunday, August 15, 2021

Shakespeare returns to Central Park with a ‘Merry Wives’ that lives up to its title by Peter Marks

Jocelyn Bioh adapts the play as an up-to-the-minute Harlem farce.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM
Friday, August 13, 2021

These 3 new D.C. shows show why online theater is more interesting than ever by Peter Marks

“Detroit ‘67,” “The Blackest Battle” and “Side-Walks” come to a laptop near you.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM
Thursday, August 12, 2021

An ‘Our Town’ for our time, staged in the New England community that inspired it by Peter Marks

The Peterborough Players, which first performed Thornton Wilder’s play in 1940, brings a diverse cast and a whole new outlook to its latest production.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:32AM
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Lincoln Center announces groundbreaking appointment of top artistic leader by Peter Marks

Shanta Thake, 41, is a longtime top official of off-Broadway’s Public Theater.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:18PM
Friday, July 30, 2021

Broadway to require vaccinations and masks as theaters reopen by Peter Marks

The new mandates will affect 21 shows running between now and Oct. 31.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:42PM
Thursday, July 29, 2021

How Broadway is working to ensure covid doesn’t bring the curtain down again by Peter Marks

“Pass Over,” the first play coming back, is one of many productions examining a variety of mitigation efforts — including a vaccination mandate.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:36PM
Saturday, July 24, 2021

With three new musicals this fall, D.C. is reasserting its status as a premier Broadway tryout town by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company are teaming up with Broadway producers, with all three shows running during the holiday season.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:36AM
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Lincoln Memorial will light up the Mall on eve of 9/11, with a Broadway musical noting an arts rebirth and a solemn anniversary by Peter Marks

“Come From Away” comes back to D.C. in a unique one-night concert version, free to all.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48AM
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Signature Theatre names Matthew Gardiner as new artistic director by Peter Marks

The 37-year-old succeeds founder Eric Schaeffer, who retired in the wake of harassment allegations. He will be the youngest leader of a major Washington-area theater.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:36PM
Sunday, July 11, 2021

Broadway, and the rest of New York’s cultural life, is on the cusp of a vibrant rebound by Peter Marks

With covid cases on the decline, a capital of the arts is finding its mojo again, with a big slate of shows returning in record time.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18AM
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Ann Dowd, the twisted Aunt Lydia of ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ beguiles in a new take on Ibsen’s ‘Enemy of the People’ by Peter Marks

Newfangled storytelling is the name of the game, as theater emerges from the pandemic shutdown.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:24PM
Sunday, June 27, 2021

Bruce Springsteen turns the lights of Broadway back on. And the effect is electric. by Peter Marks

“Springsteen on Broadway,” a master showman’s amalgam of great music and emotional storytelling, is the first show back after the coronavirus shutdown.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:06PM
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Van Gogh’s images move in the cinematic ‘Immersive Van Gogh.’ But will the show move New Yorkers? by Peter Marks

A new way to look at art arrives in the city — and producers hope the concept has legs.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:18AM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The tango is back. And it’s never felt more vital. by Peter Marks

Intimacy has been restored to the D.C. stage with GALA Hispanic Theatre’s “Ella Es Tango,” a celebration for post-pandemic times.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:12AM
Sunday, June 13, 2021

Signature Theatre’s ‘After Midnight’ has Christopher Jackson in it, but misses that live, in-person heat by Peter Marks

The production, directed and choreographed by Jared Grimes, is available until Aug. 4.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:54PM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ sets an Oct. 5 Broadway return, with original star Jeff Daniels and a new producer replacing Scott Rudin by Peter Marks

Orin Wolf, of the Tony-winning “The Band’s Visit,” takes over from Rudin, who stepped aside amid allegations of abuse.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:42AM
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Theater on the Nats Park jumbotron? It’s a whole new ballgame in arts presentation. by Peter Marks

Arena Stage will relaunch in-person performances with the story of Toni Stone, the Negro Leagues’ first female player.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:54PM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Broadway’s relaunch now set for Aug. 4 with the scalding drama ‘Pass Over’ by Peter Marks

Antoinette Nwandu’s play moves into the inaugural slot on theater’s biggest platform, before the big, long-running musicals.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:48PM
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Britney Spears and . . . Shakespeare Theatre? Built on an unlikely coupling, a musical with her songs might be bound for Broadway. by Peter Marks

The premiere of “Once Upon a One More Time” in November will break the mold for D.C.’s Tony-winning classical theater.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42AM
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

At last, the Tonys set the date: The theater awards will be handed out Sept. 26 on CBS by Peter Marks

The pandemic-delayed ceremony will come 11 months after the 2019-2020 nominations were announced.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:06PM
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Some of the most progressive and insightful theater in America is happening in Colonial Williamsburg. Really. by Peter Marks

Stories of women and people of color are gaining prominence in one of the nation’s premier sites for experiencing U.S. history.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:36AM

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