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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hamilton, Waitress, Phantom Cast New Leads. Broadway’s Getting More Diverse. Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

Michael Luwoye takes over the title role of Hamilton on Broadway, on the same day that Sara Bareilles, the creator of Waitress, takes on the lead role as Jenna, Peter Jöback the title …

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From the Arthur Miller Archives by New York Theater

The Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has acquired the archives of Arthur Miller, from his first play “No Villain” (1936), written when Miller was at the University of M…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr on The Three Sicknesses of U.S. Society: Racism, Poverty, and War by New York Theater

On Martin Luther King Day, many people read or listen once again to his most famous speech, from August, 1963,  I Have a Dream, But today, people are finding King’s speech below, de…

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New York Theater and Diversity, Latest AAPAC Report by New York Theater

Thanks to such shows as Hamilton, The Color Purple, and Allegiance, the 2015-2016 New York theater season was the most diverse on record. That is the conclusion  of the latest annual report…

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

John Lithgow Stories from the Heart: Pics, Review by New York Theater

John Lithgow, a Tony winner for his very first Broadway show in 1973, has decided to devote his 24th to the reading of two old short stories, Ring Lardner’s “Haircut” and “Uncle Fred…

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pursuit of Happiness at Under the Radar: Hilarious Poke at Westerns, War Pics by Nature Theater of Oklahoma by New York Theater

What makes us happy? The clear if indirect answer in “Pursuit of Happiness” is a lot of laughs, since that’s what the Nature Theater of Oklahoma, a notoriously inventive downtown theat…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Hendrix Project at Under the Radar: Watching Jimi Hendrix by New York Theater

It’s New Year’s Eve 1969, and a dozen fans are in the balcony of the Fillmore East watching a concert by Jimi Hendrix and his electronic blues trio, Band of Gypsys, nine months b…

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins rehearsals for Broadway. Meet entire cast by New York Theater

Rehearsals have begun for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will open at the Lyric Theater on Broadway on April 22, following up on J.K. Rowling’s characters 19 years after her last…

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Acquanetta Review: 1940s Horror Film and Its Mysterious Star Turned into Opera at Prototype Festival by New York Theater

The Prototype Festival, which showcases what it calls contemporary opera-theater and music-theater, opened its sixth season last night with an opera called “Acquanetta,” inspired by a cu…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Disco Pigs Review, Pics: Enda Walsh’s impulsive teens by New York Theater

Enda Walsh, best known in the U.S. for the Broadway musical “Once,” first gained fame as the playwright of a furious burst of a play he wrote in five days about two intense and i…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Mankind Review. In Robert O’Hara’s play, women are extinct, but feminism becomes a religion. by New York Theater

  In a program note for “Mankind,” a fun comedy that turns berserk about a future world in which women are extinct, its playwright and director Robert O’Hara explains that he foun…

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Broadway at the Golden Globes. Season Previews. The Week in NY Theater. by New York Theater

Broadway veterans who won Golden Globes: Rachel Brosnahan, James Franco, Allison Janney, Nicole Kidman, Martin McDonagh, Frances McDormand, Ewan McGregor, Elisabeth Moss, Benj Pasek and J…

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Under the Radar: After Review. Andrew Schneider’s Follow Up to YOUARE NOWHERE Leaves You In The Dark by New York Theater

When Andrew Schneider put on his trickster theater piece entitled “YOUARENOWHERE” in 2016, it was a mind-altering experience, changing not just one’s perception of reality, but of what…

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Under the Radar: How To Be A Rock Critic Review by New York Theater

“How To Be A Rock Critic” is a solo play depicting a day in the life of critic Lester Bangs shortly before he died of an overdose in 1982 at the age of 33. If we are to take the title li…

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Friday, January 5, 2018

A Room in India at Park Avenue Armory, Pics, Review: Making Theater Matter by New York Theater

“If all theatres were demolished tomorrow, would anybody miss them, and for how long?” Several characters said that at different times throughout A Room in India, a theatre piece that ha…

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Broadway and the Blizzard: Questions and Answers by New York Theater

When snow begins to fall, New Yorkers ask one question — how bad will it get? — and New York theatergoers ask three more: Will the shows be canceled? Will shows offer a snow day discoun…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Off Broadway Spring 2018 Guide by New York Theater

The Spring 2018 season Off-Broadway promises some thrilling shows, as the preview guide below should make clear. There are new plays by superstar playwrights — Caryl Churchill (about r…

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2018 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

Just one Broadway show is opening this month,  but January is as usual one of the most robust months for theater in New York, thanks in large part to the January theater festivals. Together…

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Broadway Poll: Favorite Spring 2018 Show? by New York Theater

Choose the show that you are most looking forward to. The list below is for shows that have opening dates on Broadway in the Spring 2018 as of this writing, and they are listed chronological…

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Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Good Riddance. 2018 Finding Our Hot Tea? Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

Is Mariah Carey our modern Cassandra, prophesizing the future? At the beginning of 2017, Carey, having blamed technical glitches for her disastrous New Year’s Eve performance in Times Squa…

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Ring IN The Old: Saluting Broadway Stars, aged 91 to 105 by New York Theater

Here again, celebrating the new year by saluting a dozen Broadway veterans, aged 91 to 105. Click on any photograph to see it enlarged and read the caption. Why, you may ask, is Betty White,…

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Watch: Top 12 New York Theater Videos of 2017 by New York Theater

The dozen videos below were the most viewed of those I posted on my YouTube channel, New York Theater, in 2017. Anastasia , Once Upon a December Anastasia highlights Jordan Fisher on making …

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

New York Theater Quiz December 2017 Special Year End Edition by New York Theater

Who wants to remember 2017, much less answer questions about it? To make this quiz slightly easier to take, references to Donald Trump have been (largely) avoided (and put into a separate qu…

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Theater books of 2017 to read in 2018 by New York Theater

Below is a list of theater books, most of which were published in 2017. Click on the titles to find more information and to purchase these books, grouped under four categories: 1. Scripts, i…

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Trump and Theater 2017: A Quiz by New York Theater

It might be a stretch to say that the theater community has a special relationship with Donald Trump, or even a special antipathy. But in my looking over the theater news of the past year, i…

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Memorable Moments on Stage in 2017 by New York Theater

There were so many memorable theater-related moments this year that were not part of any scripted show that they threatened to upstage any moments on stage. Even some of the most encouraging…

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Best-read posts in 2017 on by New York Theater

Anything about “Hamilton” was still popular on in 2017, nearly three years after the musical first opened, Off-Broadway. 5 BEST-READ POSTS IN 2017 1. The 50 Best Plays …

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

New Year’s Eve in New York City 2018 Last Minute Plans by New York Theater

My annual New Year’s Eve last-minute guide features the Broadway show schedule for New Year’s week, and other theater, as well as parties, concerts,intimate dinners, cruises, and q…

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Week Schedule. Lost in 2017. Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

This seems the right day to feature Ann Harada, in the original cast of Avenue Q, as a character named Christmas Eve. Today, we look back at 2017, with the top New York theater stories of 2…

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Top New York Theater Stories of 2017: Reeling, Resisting and Persisting by New York Theater

oc It was a year of shocks. In 2017, we got Hurricane Harvey and Harvey Weinstein, indecency in the White House and terror in Times Square. Meryl Streep began the year speaking out against D…

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Brit Crits love Hamilton, but what about King George? by New York Theater

“Hamilton” opened on the West End Thursday night. If it should come as no surprise that London critics, as much as New York ones, give largely ecstatic reviews of the hip-hop mus…

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