Thursday, February 29, 2024

25TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF “ORSON’S SHADOW” BY AUSTIN PENDLETON, DIRECTED BY THE AUTHOR by Robert Shuman

The Theater for the New City proudly presents the 25th Anniversary production of “Orson’s Shadow” by Austin Pendleton, and, for the first time, the play is directed by the author himse…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:17PM

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (160) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: What needs to burn is your imagination. (AP)  

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:56AM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

‘THE FREAKS CAME OUT TO WRITE’ REVIEW – HOW THE VILLAGE VOICE CHANGED AMERICAN JOURNALISM by Robert Shuman

(Peter Conrad’s article appeared in the Observer, 2/27.) Tricia Romano’s entertaining oral history of the radical New York newspaper is an elegy to a rough and ready era of punch-ups and…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:44PM

“PUCCINI’S MASTERPIECE PREMIERES IN TURIN” (A DAY IN THEATRE) by Robert Shuman

On February 28, 1896, Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Bohème” debuted at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy. This poignant tale of love and loss among struggling artists captivated audience…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:30AM
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

‘LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT’: A GRAND MASTERPIECE AND AN ORDINARY FAMILY DRAMA by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 2/19;  Photo: Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville.  Photograph: The Guardian.) Eugene O’Neill’s mighty drama, returning to the We…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:07PM

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND IZZARD’S ‘HAMLET’ MOVES TO ORPHEUM THEATRE ON MARCH 19–FOUR WEEK EXTENSION THROUGH APRIL 14 by Robert Shuman

Eddie Izzard’s portrayal of Shakespeare’s Hamlet is poised for a seamless transition from Greenwich House Theater to New York’s Orpheum Theatre. From March 19 to April 14, audiences wi…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:27AM
Monday, February 26, 2024

THOMAS FRANCIS SHUMAN (DECEMBER 18, 1941 – JANUARY 11, 2024) by Robert Shuman

          We are sad to share the news that our brother, Thomas F. Shuman, died unexpectedly on January 11, 2024, in Princeton, N.J.  Tom was born in Trenton, New Jersey, the oldest…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:46AM
Sunday, February 25, 2024

THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, ON STAGE VOICES: SUNDAY TO SUNDAY, 2/18/2024 – 2/25/2024 by Robert Shuman

The past week’s international stage highlights, brought to you via the world’s foremost journalism.  Gemini, the large language model from Google AI, and Perplexity, provided informatio…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 11:17AM
Saturday, February 24, 2024

NOW ON BROADWAY: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th 2024 (NEW SHOWS) by Robert Shuman

(Bard [Gemini], the large language model from Google AI, and Perplexity AI, the innovative AI search engine and knowledge discovery platform, provided information, insights, and materials fo…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:00AM
Friday, February 23, 2024

THE RUB: THEATRE CONFRONTED, FEBRUARY 16th – FEBRUARY 23rd, 2024 by Robert Shuman

A look at current issues, challenges, and controversies spilling beyond the proscenium. The following three stories, discussed by prominent stage journalists, provided tension and debate wi…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:18PM
Thursday, February 22, 2024

“THE GOOD SOLDIER ŠVEJK” FROM VIT HOREJS AT THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (REVIEW FROM NEW YORK) by Robert Shuman

By Bob Shuman The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) has just finished dates at Theater for the New City (from February 1-18) with The Good Soldier Švejk (rhyme that last name …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:47PM
Monday, February 19, 2024

SPEAK FOR THEM: ARTISTS THEY CAME FOR (February 5th – 19th, 2024) by Robert Shuman

The recent death of Alexei Navalny, a courageous dissident and symbol of hope for freedom in Russia, is a stark reminder of the fragility of human rights and the chilling price paid by those…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:31PM
Thursday, February 15, 2024

***** ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’ REVIEW – CHARACTERS MASH, WORLDS INVERT AND FLAMES BURST FROM FINGERS by Robert Shuman

(Mark Lawson’s article appeared in the Guardian, 2/14, 2024; Drawing a younger audience … Mathew Baynton as Bottom and Pyramus. Photograph: Pamela Raith.) Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stra…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:48AM
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

SCRAP TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR THEATRE AUDIENCES, SAYS RALPH FIENNES by Robert Shuman

(Neha Gohil’s article appeared in the Guardian, 2/11; Photo: Britannica.) Audiences should be ‘shocked and disturbed’ by the impact of theatre, says Schindler’s List and Harry Potter…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 11:28AM
Monday, February 12, 2024

EDDIE IZZARD’S ‘HAMLET’ (REVIEW FOM NEW YORK) by Robert Shuman

By Bob Shuman In Act 3, Scene 2 of Hamlet, the melancholy, introspective Dane instructs the newly arrived players, who will be acting before his new father’s court, “to hold the mirror u…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:42PM
Sunday, February 11, 2024

THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, ON STAGE VOICES: 2/4/2024 – 2/11/2024 by Robert Shuman

The past week’s international stage highlights, brought to you via the world’s foremost journalism.  Gemini, the large language model from Google AI, and Perplexity, provided informatio…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:54PM
Saturday, February 10, 2024

NOW ON BROADWAY: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2024 (NEW SHOWS ROUNDUP) by Robert Shuman

(Bard (Gemini), the large language model from Google AI, and Perplexity AI, the innovative AI search engine and knowledge discovery platform, provided information, insights, and materials fo…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 12:45PM
Friday, February 9, 2024

THE RUB: THEATRE CONFRONTED, FEBRUARY 2nd – FEBRUARY 9th, 2024 by Robert Shuman

A look at current issues, challenges, and controversies spilling beyond the proscenium. The following three stories, discussed by prominent stage journalists, provided tension and debate wit…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:40PM
Thursday, February 8, 2024

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (159) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: The false acting of passions, or of types, or the mere use of conventional gestures,—these are frequent faults in our profession. But you m…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:11AM
Wednesday, February 7, 2024

‘I HOPE IT WILL SEND A MESSAGE’: MUSICAL RENT TO BE REIMAGINED WITH DEAF ACTORS by Robert Shuman

(Caroline Butterwick’s article appeared in the Guardian, 2/7; Photo: Jonathan Larson, the creator of Rent, who died in 1996. Photograph: AP. ) Using an ensemble cast of deaf and hearing a…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:34PM

BROADWAY DEBUT: ‘THE THREEPENNY OPERA’ PREMIERES (A DAY IN THEATRE) by Robert Shuman

On February 7, 1933, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s groundbreaking musical The Threepenny Opera graced the stages of New York City’s Adelphi Theatre. Despite its brief initial run of on…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:20AM
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

MONOLOGUE FROM BOB SHUMAN’S ‘TEMPEST’ PREQUEL by Robert Shuman

If you enjoyed Sycorax: the Untold Story, you might like playing her in a class, audition, or even a full production (or know someone who would). Whether you’re an actor seeking a powerful…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:09PM

VENETIAN MASKS AT CARNIVAL – DUO FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO – VIOLIN CELLO by Robert Shuman

(via You Tube; Photo: Craftsmanship magazine) The sparkling music of the violin and cello accompanies the vision of the wonderful masks present at the famous CARNIVAL of Venice.

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:04AM
Monday, February 5, 2024

SPEAK FOR THEM: ARTISTS THEY CAME FOR (FEBRUARY 5, 2024) by Robert Shuman

In the past two weeks, the world witnessed continued attacks on artistic expression and free speech. From playwrights censored for challenging authority to musicians harassed for their songs…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 11:43AM
Sunday, February 4, 2024

EXILED CHINESE ARTIST AI WEIWEI: ‘CENSORSHIP IN WEST EXACTLY THE SAME AS MAO’S CHINA’ by Robert Shuman

(from Sky News) The 66-year-old dissident told Sky News’ Sunday Morning with Trevor Phillips that “society becomes so timid, to really avoid any kind of questioning or argument.  “Tod…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:23PM

THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, ON STAGE VOICES: 2/4 – 1/10, 2024 by Robert Shuman

The past week’s international stage highlights, brought to you via the world’s foremost journalism.  Bard, the large language model from Google AI, provided information, insights, and m…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:30PM
Saturday, February 3, 2024

MORE MUSIC FROM NEW MUSICAL ‘THE VILLAGE OF VALE’ by Robert Shuman

(via Jane Dubin) Hi all, I was so moved by your responses to Rooted One to All, the first single released from Village of Vale, the new musical I am producing. Another song from the show i…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:09PM

NOW ON BROADWAY: SUNDAY, JANUARY 29TH – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2024 (NEW SHOWS ROUNDUP) by Robert Shuman

(Bard, the large language model from Google AI, provided information, insights, and materials for this article.) ON BROADWAY: White Rose: The Musical About: An uplifting musical telling the …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 11:39AM
Friday, February 2, 2024

NEW SHOW DAZZLES AT BERLIN’S FRIEDRICHSTADT-PALAST by Robert Shuman

(Christine Lebert’s article appeared on DW, 2/2. Photo: DW.) “Falling in Love” is the title of the new show at Berlin’s Friedrichstadt-Palast, Europe’s biggest revue theater. The g…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:57PM

THE RUB: THEATRE CONFRONTED, JANUARY 27TH – FEBRUARY 2ND, 2024 by Robert Shuman

A look at current issues, challenges, and controversies spilling beyond the proscenium. The following three stories, discussed by prominent stage journalists, provided tension and debate wit…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:44AM
Thursday, February 1, 2024

***** ‘TILL THE STARS COME DOWN’ REVIEW – YOUR INVITATION TO THE WEDDING OF THE YEAR by Robert Shuman

(Arifa Akbar’s article appeared in the Guardian, 2/1/2024; Photo: Heady … Black as Hazel with Derek Riddell as John. Photograph: Manuel Harlan.) Dorfman theatre, London Beth Steel’s n…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:28PM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards