Saturday, October 23, 2021

As Broadway Returns, Shows Rethink and Restage Depictions of Race by Michael Paulson

“The Book of Mormon,” “The Lion King” and “Hamilton” are among those making changes as theaters reopen following the lengthy pandemic shutdown.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber Brings the Music of the Night Back to ‘Phantom’ by Joshua Barone

After a long pandemic pause, “The Phantom of the Opera” is returning to Broadway with some help from its creator.

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Chad Kimball Sues ‘Come From Away’ Over His Termination by Jennifer Schuessler

The actor, who is Christian, said in an interview he was let go because of his religious beliefs. The show’s producers declined to comment.

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Emerging Through the Fog of a Pandemic With ‘Giselle’ by Gia Kourlas

American Ballet Theater returns to Lincoln Center with its full-length production — and with it, a breakthrough performance by Skylar Brandt.

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Indian Film Is Being Adapted Into a Broadway Musical by Sarah Bahr

“Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” a popular Hindi-language movie from 1995, will debut during the 2022-23 season.

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Review: In ‘An Evening of Hope,’ a Veteran Dancer Gets Personal by Siobhan Burke

A program of works by the former Alvin Ailey member Hope Boykin is about stepping into a surer sense of herself.

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Review: In ‘Unedited,’ the Revisions Are Part of the Tradition by Brian Seibert

Risk and improvisation are integral to kathak, the Indian classical dance form on display in Rachna Nivas’s stunning solo performance at Dixon Place.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

‘Thoughts of a Colored Man,’ From University to Broadway by Eric Grode

The playwright Keenan Scott II, the director Steve H. Broadnax III and others discuss how “a timeless piece” for Black actors has evolved over 15 years.

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What to Do for Halloween in New York City by Erik Piepenburg

The Village Halloween Parade is back. Haunted houses have reopened. And we’ve rounded up movies that are not-so scary or are downright horrifying.

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The Moment of Death, Live Onstage by Laura Cappelle

The Swiss provocateur Milo Rau’s latest work explores the ethics of voluntary euthanasia with real footage of an assisted suicide.

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For This Artist, the Medium Is the Body by Josie Thaddeus-Johns

Cassils adds a dance piece to a retrospective of multidisciplinary work that interrogates gender and the treatment of transgender people.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Leslie Bricusse, Prolific Songwriter for Stage and Screen, Dies at 90 by Neil Genzlinger

His songs from “Stop the World,” “Willy Wonka,” “Goldfinger” and other shows and movies became hits for a range of performers.

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Review: ‘Songs for a New World,’ Stuck in Another Time by Juan A. Ramírez

Jason Robert Brown’s show is beginning to show its age, but Carolee Carmello’s deft performance lifts an otherwise straightforward revival.

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An Unassuming Prince Dons the Velvet Cloak at Ballet Theater by Marina Harss

Thomas Forster, promoted to principal dancer during the pandemic, makes his New York debut in “Giselle” as the company returns to Lincoln Center.

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For Sharon D Clarke, a ‘Big Sing’ and a Big Broadway Moment by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Olivier Award winner stars in “Caroline, or Change” in a role that pays tribute to “all Black women trying to make their way through this life.”

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Review: The Melancholy of Misspent Lives in ‘Autumn Royal’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Irish Repertory Theater returns to live performances with a domestic tragicomedy by Kevin Barry.

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No Mask Required: The Joys and Fears of Seeing U.K. Theater Now by Alex Marshall

With mask wearing and proof of vaccination not legally required, it’s up to venues and audience members to make their own decisions about coronavirus safety.

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Live Performance Is Back, With New Rituals Joining the Old Ones by Matt Stevens

Seeing theater these days can involve waiting in lines to show proof of vaccination and getting rapid coronavirus tests for young children. Many fans seem undeterred.

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Rising Out of the Pandemic, City Ballet Ushers in a New Era by Gia Kourlas

The fall season comes to a close at New York City Ballet, with a flurry of farewells and new beginnings.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

Review: ‘Designing Women,’ With 30 Years of Pent-up Angst to Air by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s popular TV series comes to the stage with its sisterhood intact. But at times this revival feels a lot like a pretext to vent.

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Hello, Opera? Meet Social Dance. It’s a Showstopper. by Gia Kourlas

To Camille A. Brown, the choreographer and co-director of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” at the Metropolitan Opera, this production is about legacy.

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Review: ‘The Red and the Black’ Is Sumptuous, but Safe by Roslyn Sulcas

Based on the 1830 novel by Stendhal, Pierre Lacotte’s new production for the Paris Opera Ballet is an old-fashioned costume drama.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Review: In the Disturbing ‘Dana H.,’ Whose Voice Is It Anyway? by Jesse Green

Deirdre O’Connell brilliantly lip-syncs the testimony of a woman abducted by a white supremacist in a play by Lucas Hnath.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Glimmerglass Festival Unveils Its Leader’s Final Season by Joshua Barone

Francesca Zambello, who has overseen a dozen editions of the opera festival in upstate New York, will depart next summer.

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Dancing Cheek to Cheek Again: New York’s Tango Scene Rebounds by Marina Harss

The pandemic was disastrous for tango. But milongas are thriving around the city now, capped by the return of Queer Tango Weekend.

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Farewell to a Ballerina With Borscht Belt Humor and ‘Legs of Life’ by Gia Kourlas

Maria Kowroski, the reigning principal of New York City Ballet and the last company member to have worked with Jerome Robbins, takes her final bow.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Review: In ‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ a Vivid Tale of Profit and Pain by Laura Collins-Hughes

The play, tracing the rise and fall of the fabled financiers, finally opens on Broadway after successful runs in London and at the Park Avenue Armory.

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Fall for Dance Review: Splats, Blue Moods and Go-Go Grooves by Brian Seibert

This mixed-nuts dance series returned with a whiplash-inducing program of Streb Extreme Action, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham and the Verdon Fosse Legacy.

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On London Stages, Brevity Reigns Supreme by Matt Wolf

A new work by Caryl Churchill, the final installment in Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell saga and a Larry Kramer play deploy their running times with varied success.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Review: ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ Preaches to the Choir by Maya Phillips

Keenan Scott II’s play, incorporating slam poetry, prose and songs, aspires to be a lyrical reckoning with Black life in America.

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Former ‘Hamilton’ Cast Member Files Discrimination Complaint Against Show by Matt Stevens

In the E.E.O.C. filing, the actor, who is nonbinary, describes being retaliated against after requesting a gender-neutral dressing room, among other claims. The show denies the allegations.

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All that Chat

REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre