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Saturday, November 20, 2021

"The Visitor" May Have Arrived Too Late by Jan Simpson

Everyone involved with The Public Theater’s new musical The Visitor seems to be walking on eggshells. And who can blame them?   The week before previews were scheduled to begin, the prod…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 01:48PM
Saturday, November 13, 2021

All The Drama: “Cost of Living” by Martyna Majok, 2018 Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Jan Simpson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Cost of Living by Martyna Majok …

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 12:01AM
Saturday, October 23, 2021

"Lackawanna Blues" and Other Laments by Jan Simpson

Eight plays written by black playwrights are scheduled to open on Broadway this fall. That’s twice the number of all the shows by black playwrights that opened on the too-aptly named Great…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 03:36PM
Saturday, October 16, 2021

All The Drama: “The Subject Was Roses”, 1965 Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Jan Simpson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: The Subject Was Roses by Frank D…

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 12:01AM
Saturday, October 9, 2021

Going Back to "Pass Over"—and live theater by Jan Simpson

  I went to see a show this week.  There was a time when that wouldn’t have been a remarkable statement. I routinely saw 150 shows a year and shared my thoughts about many of them here.…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:36AM
Saturday, September 25, 2021

All The Drama: “Our Town, by Thornton Wilder”, 1938 Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Jan Simpson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Our Town, by Thornton Wilder A P…

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 12:01AM
Saturday, September 4, 2021

B&Me's Annual Labor Day Salute This Year Goes to Theater's Frontline Workers: Ushers by Jan Simpson

What a difference a year makes.                   Or doesn’t.  During the spring and summer evenings of 2020 we New Yorkers stood at our windows or out on the sidewalks to appla…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:24AM

All The Drama: “The Heidi Chronicles”, 1989 Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Jan Simpson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: The Heidi Chronicles, by Wendy W…

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 12:01AM
Saturday, July 31, 2021

All The Drama: “South Pacific”, 1950 Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Jan Simpson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: South Pacific Chichester South P…

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 06:00AM
Saturday, July 10, 2021

All The Drama: “No Place to Be Somebody”, 1970 Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Jan Simpson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: No Place to Be Somebody “No Pl…

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 12:01AM
Saturday, July 3, 2021

Theater Books for Summer Reading 2021 by Jan Simpson

  After 16 long and scary months, the coronavirus seems to be in retreat. Over half of the country has now gotten at least one vaccination shot. And here in New York City, 60% of all adult…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 06:03PM
Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: News About This Year's Winner—And About My New Podcast on Winners of Yesteryear by Jan Simpson

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday and the winner for the drama prize was Katori Hall for her terrific play The Hot Wing King. I had several dogs in this fight. Like most theater …

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:24AM
Saturday, May 15, 2021

All The Drama: “I Am My Own Wife”, 2004 Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Jan Simpson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: I Am My Own Wife “I Am My Own …

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 12:01AM
Friday, April 23, 2021

Finally, A Few Reasons to Celebrate: Shakespeare's Birthday, Covid Vaccinations by Jan Simpson

People are getting vaccinated, some at a new site right in the middle of New York City's Theater District (click here to read more about that). Meanwhile, theaters are taking steps to reope…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:48AM
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Introducing My New "All the Drama" podcast by Jan Simpson

As some of you know, I’m a contributor to BroadwayRadio and over the past few years, I’ve hosted “Stagecraft,” a show that talks to playwrights and musical book writers about their r…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 02:36PM

All The Drama: “Why Marry?”, 1918 Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Jan Simpson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Why Marry? “Why Marry?” Wiki…

SOURCE: BroadwayRadio at 06:00AM
Saturday, March 27, 2021

World Theatre Day by Jan Simpson

Even, or maybe especially, in these pandemic times, it's time to put on a good face and celebrate the theater that we all continue to love:  

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 01:12PM
Thursday, March 11, 2021

A Theatrical Anniversary None of Us Wanted by Jan Simpson

, A year ago today, I was gearing up for the intense out-every-night theatergoing of awards season and, as I told my friend David Gordon who has been publishing a chronicle of this past pand…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 07:54PM
Monday, February 15, 2021

Black History Portrayed in Civil Rights Plays by Jan Simpson

We’re in the middle of African American History Month, a commemoration made all the more urgent by the events of last summer that were prompted by the police murders of George Floyd and Br…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 05:12PM
Saturday, February 13, 2021

B&Me's Happy—and Sad—14th Anniversary by Jan Simpson

This is a bittersweet anniversary for me: I published the first Broadway & Me post 14 years ago on Valentine’s Day but it’s now been nearly a year since I’ve seen a show in person.…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 04:18PM
Friday, January 29, 2021

In Memoriam: Cicely Tyson by Jan Simpson

  Deeply mourning the death of the great Cicely Tyson, a trailblazer and role model in so many ways.

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 11:03AM
Saturday, January 2, 2021

Raves for "Ratatouille: The Tik Tok Musical" by Jan Simpson

I had planned to write a review of Ratatouille: the Tik Tok Musical, the delicious online presentation that began as a 15-second video created by a fan of the Disney animated film about a ra…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 01:32PM
Saturday, December 26, 2020

10 Spots of Theatrical Joy in a Dire Year by Jan Simpson

This is the time of year when people like me create lists that tout the best things we’ve experienced in the areas of interest we followed over the last 12 months. But it’s hard to put t…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 11:03PM
Friday, December 25, 2020

Wishing You As Merry a Christmas... by Jan Simpson

...as is safely possible this year:  

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 10:42AM
Saturday, December 5, 2020

A Solo "Christmas Carol" for A Solitary Time by Jan Simpson

Christmas as we know it—the tree, the cards, the carol singing—began during the early Victorian age and perhaps no one popularized those now-familiar traditions more than did Charles Dic…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 03:18PM
Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Even in These Pandemic Times by Jan Simpson

Let’s be honest: it’s been a tough year.  For the world. For the nation. For the theater community. And yet, there are still things for us theater lovers to be grateful for, be it the p…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 12:03PM
Saturday, October 24, 2020

Thoughts on Some Offerings of Theatrical Methadone for Those Missing Live Theater by Jan Simpson

A Zoomed scene from the staged reading of Lisa Loomer's docudrama Roe  It hit me unexpectedly. I’d been going along for the past seven months telling myself that I didn’t really miss …

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 03:36PM
Saturday, September 26, 2020

Power Plays: Shows About U.S. Politics by Jan Simpson

The first face-to-face debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump is scheduled for this Tuesday, Sept. 29, and the uncertainty over the outcome of the election five weeks from now has me in a…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 04:36PM
Saturday, September 5, 2020

A Special Labor Day Salute to All of Broadway's Truly Essential Performers by Jan Simpson

Traditions are important even—maybe especially—in troubled times. And so although theaters remain dark and I’ve been posting here infrequently, I’ve decided to go ahead with my annua…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 02:36PM
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Seeing "Macbeth" Again, Again, And Again by Jan Simpson

Macbeth is a great gateway drug for Shakespeare newbies. It’s got a straight-ahead plot, some of the Bard’s most memorable lines, plus witches. Us Shakespeare oldies like it too. It’s …

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 12:12PM

"Seared" is Cooking on Almost All Burners by Jan Simpson

Sometimes you want a gourmet meal filled with rare or surprising ingredients. But sometimes you just want a big yummy bowl of macaroni and cheese. Seared, the latest play by Theresa Rebeck, …

SOURCE: Broadway & Me at 12:12PM