Monday, December 19, 2016

Best and Worst of 2016. Hamilton High. Gyllenhaal and Sondheim launch new Broadway theater. by New York Theater

There IS still time left to do holiday shopping for theater lovers. There are also plenty of shows to see this holiday week: Today is the beginning of the Christmas week schedule for Broadwa…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

2016 Outer Critics Circle Nominations: She Loves Me, American Psycho Lead. by New York Theater

She Loves Me and American Psycho lead with eight nominations apiece in the nominations for the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards. The winners will be announced on Monday, May 9th. OUTSTANDING…

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Master of Ceremonies by Joel Grey: Life’s Not Just a Cabaret by New York Theater

Joel Grey, he tells us in “Master of Ceremonies,” is “one of only eight people to win both the Tony and the Academy Award for the same role” – in his case the Emcee in “Cabaret.…

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Antlia Pneumatica Review: A Spooky Big Chill Reunion by New York Theater

Anne Washburn’s new play sounds like the premise for the movies The Big Chill and The Return of the Secaucus Seven – a group of old friends reunite in a bucolic ranch house in the Texas …

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

2016 Olivier Award Winners and 10 Lessons for the Tonys by New York Theater

August Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein were among the winners in the UK’s 40th anniversary Olivier Awards, named aft…

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New King in Hamilton, New God on Broadway. RIP Patty Duke. The Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

Are theatergoers fools for April?  We’ve survived some dopey April Fool’s Day jokes (Google’s Mic Drop; Brokelyn’s promise of a free Hamilton concert) and one hilari…

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

YOUARENOWHERE Review: Awesome Trickster Theater by New York Theater

What Andrew Schneider achieves on stage literally using smoke and mirrors leaves theatergoers as astonished as 19th century audiences must have felt watching Lumière’s “Arrival of t…

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Friday, April 1, 2016

April 2016 Theater Openings Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway by New York Theater

This month only seven shows will open on Broadway — “only” because April is usually the most intense of theater-going months. (Last April there were 14 Broadway openings.) …

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Crucible on Broadway: Review, Pics by New York Theater

Of some 100 productions of The Crucible scheduled this year in the U.S., director Ivo van Hove’s eerie, often enigmatic but periodically powerful Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s most…

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1776 at Encores: Review, Pics, Video Highlights by New York Theater

Alexander Hamilton is not a character in “1776” – and John Adams, the central character in “1776” is not a character in “Hamilton.” But both are entertaining history lessons ab…

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Lucille Lortel Nominations 2016 Off-Broadway: The Humans, Futurity… by New York Theater

The Humans received the most nominations this year, six. Futurity, Guards at the Taj and John all received five. The 31st Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadwa…

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New York Theater Quiz March 2016 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to New York theater news and reviews in March? Answer these ten questions to find out. Tagged: Akosua Busia from Eclipsed, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patty Duke R…

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Head of Passes with Phylicia Rashad: Review, Pics by New York Theater

In Head of Passes, Phylicia Rashad portrays Shelah, a woman so religiously devout she objects to Deviled eggs. Her faith is tested in the Public Theater’s well-acted, richly atmospheric pr…

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

World Theatre Day 2016! Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

  World Theatre Day messages: “The very act of theatre-making is a fundamentally utopian act….[P]erformance is creating community. . In this time of profound do we …

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bright Star (Banjos On Broadway): Review, pics, music video by New York Theater

After collaborating on two bluegrass albums, Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, two celebrated Texas-born talents, decided to create a musical around the songs. The result is …

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dry Powder with John Krasinski, Claire Danes: Review, Pics by New York Theater

Dry Powder is a play about a private equity firm that tries to buy a luggage company, but it is not as dry as it sounds, and not just because its cast includes John Krasinski (formerly of Th…

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Effect Review: Looking at Love And Depression, Scientifically by New York Theater

Is falling in love just a chemical response that you can recreate in the laboratory? That’s one of the fascinating questions addressed in The Effect, a play about two volunteers in a clini…

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A New Golden Age. The Week in New York Theater. by New York Theater

Hamilton, Taylor Mac, Broadway Black, Lupita Nyongo in Eclipsed, Playwrights Horizons, Mark Rylance, Timothee Chalomet in Prodigal Son, Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple, Lois Smith — …

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Blackbird Review: Child Rape, 15 Years Later by New York Theater

“Shock,” Michelle Williams says, as Jeff Daniels rushes her into the messy break room of an antiseptic corporate office, alarmed. It’s the first word in “Blackbird,” a play by Davi…

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

She Loves Me Review: Falling in Love with Laura Benanti by New York Theater

I left the Roundabout’s largely terrific revival of “She Loves Me” at Studio 54 singing most of the beautiful songs in my head. I’ll confess that I also entered Studio 54 singing tho…

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The Way West Review: The American Way of Bankruptcy and Delusion by New York Theater

In “The Way West,” Mona Mansour’s timely black comedy at Labyrinth Theater Company about bankruptcy and the American way, Dierdre O’Connell plays a mother who likes to tell her two g…

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ironbound: Review, pics by New York Theater

Darja, the central character in Ironbound, never leaves a barren bus stop on an ugly stretch of post-industrial New Jersey, but Martyna Majok’s rich play about a poor immigrant feels alway…

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Disaster! by New York Theater

Disaster is a campy spoof of 1970s disaster movies mashed up with well-sung snippets of dozens of 1970s pop hits in order to produce moments of hilarity. I counted at least seven such moment…

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Hamilton (Back) at the White House by New York Theater

“This is definitely the room where it happened,” President Barack Obama said at the beginning of the daylong visit to the White House of the cast of the Broadway musical Hamilton. The pr…

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Southern Comfort Review: A Transgender Family Musical by New York Theater

Near the end of the bluegrass musical “Southern Comfort,” a character named Lola Cola visits the parents of her lover Robert Eads to tell them that he has died. “Get off our property,…

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Robber Bridegroom: A Bluegrass Robin Hood Starring Sexypants Steven Pasquale by New York Theater

In the revival of “The Robber Bridegroom,” a bluegrass musical folk tale, there are two sides to the character played by Steven Pasquale, an 18th century Mississippi Robin Hood – both …

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Bright Star Broadway Ticket Giveaway Contest by New York Theater

Ticket Giveaway: Win two tickets to see Bright Star for free. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s new musical Bright Star opens at Broadway’s Shubert Theater on March 24, 2016, with a count…

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Royale Review: Black Boxing Champ Fighting Racism, Convention by New York Theater

  “The Royale” is a 90 minute blast of inventive staging that is “loosely inspired” (as we are told in the program) by the life of Jack Johnson, the first African-American to be…

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights and The Broadway Breakthrough by New York Theater

In the Heights opened on March 9, 2008 — eight years ago today. By the time it closed exactly 34 months later, it had won five Tony Awards including best musical, and launched the Broa…

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Theater and Campaign 2016. Hamilton, Fun Home, Eclipsed Summit. Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

The arts operate at the core of human identity…After gravity, culture is the thing that holds humanity in place ~ Cate Blanchett An apt comment for Arts Advocacy Day But is it gravity…

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Arts Advocacy Day 2016 #AAD2016. 10 Reasons To Support The Arts by New York Theater

Today begins Americans for the Arts two-day Arts Advocacy Day, #AAD2016. Hundreds of advocates travel to DC to persuade Congress that the arts matter. Here is a graphic that American for th…

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