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Saturday, January 18, 2020

My Name Is Lucy Barton on Broadway with Laura Linney by New York Theater

…”My Name is Lucy Barton” is a sometimes poignant, often tedious 90-minute monologue… The hope was that Laura Linney would do for it what France McDormand did in the HBO miniseries t…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Ann Harada, from Q to Poo by New York Theater

Ann Harada, who made her Broadway debut more than 30 years ago, is philosophical about the latest character she portrays. “Sometimes you get to play glamorous roles,” she says, “and so…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Under the Radar: Feos. Two ugly puppets meet and mate by New York Theater

They meet on a line for a movie; the man and the woman — each disfigured by childhood accidents —  are used to be stared at, and they are used to being alone. Inspired by the late Urugu…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Modern Maori Quartet Two Worlds Review: New Zealand Musical Theater, Via Vegas by New York Theater

Those theatergoers drawn to “Modern Maori Quartet: Two Worlds” for the authentic music and culture of the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand might feel blindsided by what seems like …

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Under the Radar: To The Moon. Laurie Anderson’s playful lunar exploration via Virtual Reality by New York Theater

This 15 minutes of Virtual Reality offering the sensation of looking at, walking on and flying over the moon — created by performance artist Laurie Anderson and new media artist Hsin-Chien…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Diana, MJ, Mack and Mabel, Birthday Candles, Intimate Apparel Complete Their Casts. Who Goes to Broadway! #Stageworthy News of the Week. by New York Theater

The typical Broadway theatergoer is still a well-to-do , middle-aged woman from out-of-town, according to statistics presented in The Demographics of the Broadway Audience 2018–2019, the 2…

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Oscar Nominations 2020 by New York Theater

Below are the nominations in 24 categories for the 92nd Academy Awards, Joker” led all films with 11 nominations, including for Best Actor Joaquin Phoenix and Best Director Todd Phillips, …

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Broadway and the Oscars: A Quiz by New York Theater

Nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards will be announced tomorrow January 13, so it seems a good time to test your knowledge of the history of Broadway at the Oscars. (The 92nd Oscar…

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Broadway Week 2-for-1 tickets on sale now by New York Theater

Tickets are now on sale for Broadway Week, where you can buy two tickets for the price of one for performances from January 21 through February 9 of 21 Broadway shows, from “Ain’t Too Pr…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

A Hunger Artist Review: A Visual Feast, A Morsel of Meaning by New York Theater

There was a time when people made a living by starving themselves in front of a paying audience — an art form that lasted for centuries, but one that was on the wane when Franz Kafka wrote…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Under the Radar: The Shadow Whose Prey The Hunter Becomes by New York Theater

The long arty title and the vague, grand description of the show in the Under the Radar festival listing are both misleading. “The Shadow” etc. has a straightforward subject and a clear …

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt Review: When the Rainbow is Enuf in New Zealand by New York Theater

“Wild Dogs Under My Skirt,” a rhythmic, exuberant and startling work of theater that is the first of three New Zealand plays at Soho Playhouse this month, resembles Ntozake Shange’s ch…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Off-Off Broadway Season Preview Guide by New York Theater

Two Broadway veterans — Taylor Mac, Tony-nominated playwright of “Gary” and Greg Kotis, the Tony-winning co-author of “Urinetown” – are back Off-Off Broadway this season, and why…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Broadway at the Golden Globes. What To See in 2020. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Broadway and Off-Broadway were represented at the 77th annual Golden Globes; click on photographs for details. (Full list of 2020 Golden Globe winners and nominees.) Theater is an art form t…

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Broadway Poll: Spring 2020 Show You Most Want to See 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 from January through April 2020 as of this writing, and they are listed …

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Off Broadway Spring 2020 Preview Guide: 20 Shows to See Through April by New York Theater

Genocide, suicide, murder, deportation, terror, kidnapping, mass explosion – those are some of the bleak subjects of the Off-Broadway shows I’m most looking forward to this season, liste…

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Spring 2020 Broadway Preview: Familiar Stars, Familiar Stories, With A Few Curveballs by New York Theater

For all the Broadway lore and persistent hope that a show on the Great White Way will make new stars and break new ground, the appeal of Broadway increasingly has become its familiarity – …

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

January 2020 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

Below is a selection of New York theater openings in January, organized chronologically by opening date.* Three shows  are opening on Broadway this month —  Laura Linney in “My Name Is…

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Watch the Sondheim New Year’s Eve Concert by New York Theater

Watch the entire 90-minute concert “Celebrating Sondheim,” performed by the New York Philharmonic live on New Year’s Eve 2020, with host Bernadette Peters and guest vocalist Katrina Le…

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Seeing 2020: Major Theater Trends of The Future? by New York Theater

In the decade just ended, there were unmistakable trends specific to the theater – teen musicals, for example, and celebrity bio jukebox musicals. Which of these trends will continue in 20…

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Ring IN The Old: Broadway Veterans Age 88 to 105 by New York Theater

We celebrate the new decade by saluting  Broadway veterans who are aged 88 to 105, many of them still working. Click on any photograph to see it enlarged and read the caption.    

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Weirdest Theater Stories of the Decade. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

It would be hard to have put together these weekly summaries of New York theater news for the entire decade, as I have, without noticing: This has been a weird decade. Even the name of the d…

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Watch the Top 10 New York Theater Videos of 2019…and the 5 Most Popular in the Decade by New York Theater

  Below are the ten most popular videos posted in 2019 on my New York Theater Youtube channel, in order of popularity. Below that are the top five New York theater videos of the decade Beet…

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

New York Theater Year-End Quiz: A Look Back at 2019 by New York Theater

Recall what happened in theater in 2019 by answering these 16 questions, many adapted from my monthly quizzes throughout the year.

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Top Posts and Best Reads of 2019: Hamilton Reconsidered, Nicole Fosse on Fosse/Verdon, André De Shields in Gay August Wilson Play; Mrs. Maisel’s Br by New York Theater

Here are the 10 most popular posts of from 2019, and below that some good reads from the year. Then: the top five posts of the decade! 10 Most Popular Posts From 2019 Poll:…

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Goodbye Jerry Herman (July 10, 1931 – December 26, 2019 by New York Theater

  Broadway lights will dim on January 7 at 6:45 p.m. for Jerry Herman, who died on Thursday at the age of  88, at the end of a year that saw the death of Carol Channing at its beginning, …

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Theater Books of 2019 to read in 2020 by New York Theater

Below is a list of theater books to read in 2020, most of which were  published in 2019*.  Click on the titles to find more information and to purchase these books, grouped under four cate…

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

New Years Eve 2020 in New York City: Last Minute Plans by New York Theater

My annual New Year’s Eve last-minute guide to events that are still available to do on New Year’s Eve 2020 (when 2019 turns into 2020) in New York City Below: Times Square. Broadway sho…

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Rest in Peace: Theater Community Members Who Died in 2019 by New York Theater

Below are some of the people from the theater community who died in 2019. Click on any photograph to read the caption.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Best and Worst Theater of The Decade, and of 2019. See a show, live longer. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

  Check out: Favorite stage performances in 2019. Top 10 Lists of Top 10 Theater in 2019. Best Broadway Cast Recording of 2019. Top 10 Theater of the Decade. Worst Theater of the Decade.  …

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Broadway Schedule Christmas and Hanukkah Week by New York Theater

Below is the Broadway schedule between Monday December 23, 2019 and Sunday, December 29, 2019, with links to my reviews of the shows. Eight shows will be performing on Christmas Eve (Tuesday…

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