Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nick Cordero on The Closing of Bullets Over Broadway and His Future by Jonathan Mandell

When the producers of Bullets Over Broadway announced this week that the Woody Allen musical would close on August 24th, having played 156 regular and 33 preview performances, Nick Cordero w…

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2014 NYIT Awards (Off-Off Broadway) Nominees by Jonathan Mandell

  The nominees listed below for the 10th annual New York Innovative Theater Awards, honoring theaters and theater artists working Off-Off Broadway, include 130 individual artists, 58 di…

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Best Alan Menken Songs on His 65th Birthday by Jonathan Mandell

Alan Menken was born on July 22, 1949 – 65 years ago. He has been composing music for musicals on stage and screen steadily for 35 years, starting with his collaboration with Howard As…

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Piece of My Heart, The Bert Berns Story Review. Will You Twist and Shout? by Jonathan Mandell

Almost half a century after his death, Bronx-born songwriter and record producer Bert Berns, the subject of the new Off-Broadway musical “Piece of My Heart,” is getting the kind of buzz …

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

RIP Elaine Stritch. Les Miz vs Book of Mormon. Theater Artists: Know Your Rights. Week in New York Theater by Jonathan Mandell

“You cannot tell the audience a lie; they know it before you do….” ‘If you can’t give a reason for the banana peel being in the alley, then don’t have the…

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Atomic: Randy Harrison, Jeremy Kushnier, Sara Gettelfinger Sing “Only Numbers” by Jonathan Mandell

In Atomic, a musical about the making of the atomic bomb and its aftermath, Jeremy Kushnier portrays Einstein pupil, nuclear physicist Leo Szilard, who helped create the bomb and then tried…

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Nikki James on Book of Mormon vs. Les Miz, and Theater vs. Film by Jonathan Mandell

Nikki James, currently Eponine on Broadway in Les Miserables, made her debut on Broadway at the age of 19, and won a Tony for originating the role of Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon. “I’…

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Elaine Stritch, 1925 – 2014 by Jonathan Mandell

“Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim’s…

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Long Shrift Review: James Franco Directs A Play by Jonathan Mandell

In The Long Shrift, a play that marks James Franco’s debut as a New York stage director, a high school student is sentenced to ten years in prison for raping his date. But five years into …

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CD Giveaway: Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill by Jonathan Mandell

CD Giveaway: Win the Broadway cast recording — released today both digitally and in stores – of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar Grill,” starring Audra McDonald, who …

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Atomic Review: A Musical About The Bomb by Jonathan Mandell

Near the end of Atomic, a musical about the making of the atom bomb, there is an arresting piece of stagecraft when the bomb at Hiroshima goes off: A Japanese couple were quietly speaking at…

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Summer Blockbusters…on Stage? The Week in New York Theater by Jonathan Mandell

Is there a live theater equivalent of the summer movie blockbuster? Yes! But instead of sequels, they are original cutting edge work – or lovely, familiar classics. Instead of blasts of ho…

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15 Summer Theater Festivals in New York City by Jonathan Mandell

During the summer, New York theater changes radically – thanks to the summer theater festivals. Some are outdoors (the others are air-conditioned.) Even New Yorkers who abandon the city fo…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Rita Moreno Dance Before West Side Story by Jonathan Mandell

Before a showing of “West Side Story” at the United Palace Theater in February, Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), interviewed one of its stars, Tony and Academy Award winner R…

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Broadway in Bryant Park 2014 by Jonathan Mandell

The casts of Wicked (ie. Christine Dwyer and Justin Guarini), Rocky (Andy Karl and Margo Seibert)  If/Then (LaChanze and James Snyder) sang and danced, and Stomp hit the stage once again,…

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

So You Think You Can Dance + On The Town = New York, New York by Jonathan Mandell

The cast of the forthcoming Broadway revival of “On The Town” joined with the top 20 in season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance for this thrilling opening number, choreographed b…

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Best American Musical. Prison Shows. Who’s An Artist (Who Decides?) The Week in New York Theater by Jonathan Mandell

Who is an artist – and who gets to decide?  Is it the IRS? Do you have to make a living at it? Do you have to have a degree in it? Do you have to be better than average at it? Do you …

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Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July Poll: Your Favorite American History Musical by Jonathan Mandell

Musical theater that takes American history as its subject has been called a “vastly underexplored genre.” Here are some of the best known. Which is your favorite?

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New York Theater June 2014 Quiz by Jonathan Mandell

How well were you paying attention to the New York theater news in June — a lot of it oddness coming out of the Tony Awards? Answer these ten questions and see.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

New York Gay Pride Parade 2014 – Pictures by Jonathan Mandell

Forty-five years after the Stonewall Riots launched the modern gay rights movement, the annual LGBTQ Pride Parade has grown into a celebration with some 300 different “marching conting…

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Shia in Handcuffs. RIP Eli Wallach, Mary Rodgers. Lin-Manuel=Meryl. Week in New York Theater by Jonathan Mandell

Worrying enhances creativity, some new studies suggest, which is surely a cause for celebration in the back stages, posh offices, warren holes, wait stations and (at least in one case) polic…

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Shia LaBeouf Taken From Cabaret in Handcuffs. Social Media Unleashed. by Jonathan Mandell

Shia LaBeouf was handcuffed and removed by police during intermission of a performance of Cabaret,and charged with one count of criminal trespassing and two counts of disorderly conduct. He …

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street: The Musical by Jonathan Mandell

This American Life’s “The Radio Drama Episode” a the Brooklyn Academy of Music in June, 2014 included a performance from “21 Chump Street: The Musical,” perform…

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tupac Shakur At The Palace. Harry Potter Star Broadway-Bound. Sondheim Censored. Week in New York Theater by Jonathan Mandell

“The theater is the only institution in the world which has been dying for 4,000 years and has never succumbed. It requires tough and devoted people to keep it alive.”-John Stein…

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Holler If Ya Hear Me Review: Tupac Shakur On Broadway by Jonathan Mandell

Eighteen years after his murder at the age of 25, Tupac Shakur has made it to Broadway, in a show that has taken on the awesome challenge of weaving 21 songs and poems by the charismatic rap…

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sondheim On Changing ‘Into The Woods’ for Disney, and Living With Censorship by Jonathan Mandell

In a Master Class at Sardi’s with a group of drama teachers, Stephen Sondheim revealed some of the changes that Disney is making to its film adaptation of the stage musical “Into The Woo…

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Best Plays by Women That Aren’t Being Produced (and Should Be) by Jonathan Mandell

This is the “Kilroy” list: “Each play is either unproduced or has had one professional production.” Authors include Theresa Rebeck, Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel…

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The World Cup Translated for Theater People by Jonathan Mandell

1st half – Act 1 2nd half – Act 2 Offside – Upstaging Extra time – mega mix Penalties – curtain call Half time – intermission Coach – dance captain …

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig at Tonys – Happy 41st Birthday! by Jonathan Mandell

Neil Patrick Harris and the rest of the cast from the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch perform the song “Sugar Daddy.” Hedwig won four Tonys in 2014: Best Revival of a …

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Tony Silent Treatment. Ruby Dee RIP. stAgeism. Week in New York Theater by Jonathan Mandell

Old soldiers never die and neither do old Tony winners – at least judging from the omission of the In Memoriam video from the Tony broadcast last week. Complaints against this snub were dr…

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

stAgeism: Anti-Elderly Attitudes In The Theater by Jonathan Mandell

“The sometimes ugly rhetoric that people use about older audience members is in part fueled by resentment over their dominance and power. It is also, let us be frank, because there is a hi…

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