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Monday, February 8, 2021

Watch 5 of the Best and 1 of the Creepiest Super Bowl LV Commercials by New York Theater

Below watch Super Bowl commercials featuring Daveed Diggs, Big Bird, Nick Jonas, Timothée Chalamet, Winona Ryder, Michael B. Jordan and Nick Jonas, both young and old, Matthew McConaughey i…

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Amanda Gorman recites her Super Bowl poem. Watch Video and read text by New York Theater

Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman recites her new poem “Chorus of the Captains” in the pre-show of Super Bowl LV. The poem below recognizes “three honorary game captains the NFL has chos…

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February 2021 Theater Openings Week 2: Love, Justice and Ann Harada by New York Theater

Valentine’s Day and Black History Month each influence several works of theater opening this week, February 8-14, 2021, listed day by day below.   The Valentine-oriented shows this week r…

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

All The Devils Are Here Review: Patrick Page as Shakespeare’s Villains by New York Theater

“Shakespeare, for all intents and purposes, invented the character we now call The Villain,” Patrick Page claims near the beginning of his solo show, presented online by the Shakespeare …

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Simply Sondheim Revue Review: Great Musical Theater Without the Theater by New York Theater

While watching “Simply Sondheim,” the third virtual concert of Sondheim songs that I’ve viewed during the pandemic, I suddenly recalled an argument I had with a fellow usher at the New…

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Theater Blog Roundup: Jump-starting an arts revival. TikTok Followup. Sylvester Stallone Off-Broadway?! by New York Theater

Theater bloggers this past month are taking in the changes in the art form in order to riff on what the future might be – or should be. At the same time, many are recalling what once was o…

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Village Song: A Washington Square Park Police Riot, Malcolm X, Allen Ginsberg, A Tree and A Cookie by New York Theater

I grew up in Greenwich Village, and live there still, which is one reason why I was thrilled by the five musical numbers of Village Song, all set in the Village, all about either historical…

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Blood Meal, from Theater in Quarantine by New York Theater

Watch “Blood Meal” below Billed as a “satirical thriller” about a young couple whose home is overtaken by blood-sucking insects, “Blood Meal” didn’t seem for me; I’m not a ho…

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Monday, February 1, 2021

#Stageworthy News of the Week: Tony voting and so what? Leaping Online! by New York Theater

Black History Month begins bittersweet, with the death last week of Cicely Tyson, an actress whose electrifying portrayals of resilient Black women served as inspiration for many; the new Au…

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

February 2021 theater openings, Week 1: Prodigal Son Returns, Online. by New York Theater

Below is a selection of streaming plays that are opening day by day in the first week of February — a reunion reading of a play by Billy Porter, a Sondheim concert, and a slew of shows hon…

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Theater Quiz for January 2021 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the theater news and reviews in January? Answer these ten questions to find out. Loading…

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Book Review: The Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939: Engagement and Experimentation by New York Theater

Given how many theater advocates are calling these days for “a new Federal Theatre Project,” this newly-published book about the first one is, if nothing else, well timed. In The Federal…

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Homebound Project 6 Review: Plays about 2021 (stuck in 2020) by New York Theater

After 29 years of marriage – and, more to the point, ten months of Covid lockdown together – Gale (Becky Ann Baker)  tells her husband Perry (Dylan Baker) she needs a breather, in “T…

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RIP Cicely Tyson, 96 by New York Theater

Cicely Tyson, nine-time Broadway veteran, a Tony winner at age 88 for The Rip to Bountiful, was best known as “an actress whose electrifying portrayals of resilient Black women…brought s…

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Three Hotels. Bobby Cannavale and Marisa Tomei as an Idealist Corrupted, A Marriage Betrayed by New York Theater

Watch “Three Hotels” below through Saturday January 30, 2021 Bobby Cannavale and Marisa Tomei portray a couple who began in the Peace Corps aiming to change the world and found that the …

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Rent Began 25 Years Ago: What Allen Ginsberg and Idina Menzel, Daphne, Wilson, and Adam said then by New York Theater

“Rent” opened Off-Broadway 25 years ago today at the New York Theatre Workshop, which will mark the anniversary in March with a starry streaming fundraising gala.  The opening came a da…

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The Catastrophist Review: Lauren Gunderson’s surprising new play about a real-life scientist of pandemics (her husband) by New York Theater

“The Catastrophist,” streaming today through February 28th, is a timely, informative and often eye-opening portrait of a widely respected virologist – a man whose job it is to study vi…

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Watch Asè, a satire about racial insensitivity in the workplace by New York Theater

Watch Asè below. York Walker’s 18-minute play, a broad and brutal satire of workplace insensitivity, is the first piece in a series called Consequences, a joint project of Harlem9, Harlem…

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Monday, January 25, 2021

#Stageworthy News: A Thrilling Week of Theater and Resilience by New York Theater

What it took to put on the Inaugural festivities in “ a twitchy, locked-down Washington, less than two weeks after a deadly insurrection, during a pandemic” In a word: resilience Resilie…

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Theater Opening This Week January 25 to 31: Marisa Tomei twice, Bobby Cannivale, Bill Murray, Joe Biden (!), Irish Rep on Repeat. by New York Theater

It’s a thrilling last week of January for theater lovers: Bobby Cannivale and Marisa Tomei in a play by Jon Robin Baitz; Tomei again and Oscar Isaac in a play about an unnamed illness; a w…

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Theater Streaming This Weekend January 23-24: Happy Birthday Chita Rivera! Save Birdland! Welcome Biden Harris! by New York Theater

You can see Chita Rivera in three different shows during this jam-packed weekend, which also features theater festival offerings, a starry reading of a Pulitzer-winning play; a reunion readi…

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Friday, January 22, 2021

#BernieMeme on Broadway by New York Theater

Bernadette Peters and Anais Mitchell were among the Broadway enthusiasts who joined the nation riffing on the photograph of Bernie Sanders comfortably sitting with mask and colorful mittens …

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Watch Celebrating America. Broadway sings! Also: Lady Gaga, JLo, The Boss, Yo Yo Ma, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, John Legend, Justin Timberlake. Ant Clem by New York Theater

Below: Watch Lady Gaga singing The National Anthem and JLo This Land Is Your Land in the morning; and in the evening, dozens of Broadway stars performing “Seasons of Love” from Rent and …

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

“A country that is bruised, but whole”: Amanda Gorman reads her Inauguration poem, The Hill We Climb by New York Theater

  Below, watch 22-year-old National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman read aloud her poem  “The Hill We Climb” at the Inauguration of  President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala…

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President Joe Biden’s Inaugural Address video and transcript: Democracy has prevailed by New York Theater

“We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts,” Joseph R.…

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Broadway Bye-Byes: Watch Bette Midler, Randy Rainbow, James Corden, Patti LuPone in 3 new parody videos by New York Theater

Randy Rainbow, to the tune of “Seasons of Love” from Rent, and Bette Midler, to the title song of “Hello, Dolly” sing their gleeful goodbyes to the worst president in American histor…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Theater Opening This Week Jan 19-22: Joe Iconis, Michael Sheen,  Branden Jacobs-Jenkins by New York Theater

Below are the listings of theater to see January 19 to 22, which includes a sneak peek at a new musical by Joe Iconis (Be More Chill), two plays by Brian Friel thousands of miles apart, a be…

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Inauguration Entertainment Schedule. Theater Under Biden Harris: Promises, Pleas and Possibilities. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lady Gaga, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen and Christopher Jackson will be among the performers providing entertainment before and after the noon-time 59th Presidential Inau…

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Watch We The People, The Biden Harris Inauguration Concert by New York Theater

Barbra Streisand,, Cher, Carole King, James Taylor, and Fall Out Boy are among the performers in this hour-long concert streamed Sunday to celebrate Joe Biden’s forthcoming inaug…

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Happy 90th Birthday James Earl Jones: May The Force Be With You by New York Theater

James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi on January 17, 1931….90 years ago today. He is a 20-time Broadway veteran (most recently in “The Gin Game” in 2015) three-time Tony …

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Theater Streaming on Martin Luther King Jr Weekend by New York Theater

Below are the listings of theater to see this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, January 16-18, 2021,  including several new works about African-Americans in addition to the annual rousing MLK…

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