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Friday, May 26, 2017

Bette Midler Accepts Her Award For “Hardest Job I’ve Ever Had.” by New York Theater

“This is the hardest job I’ve ever had in my whole life. You people on Broadway are nuts,” Bette Midler said at the Outer Critic’s Circle Award reception at Sardi’s for…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Building the Wall Review: Where Trump Will Lead Us by New York Theater

“Building The Wall,” Robert Schenkkan’s chilling two character play that imagines the consequences of President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, is clearly meant to help rally…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Can You Forgive Her? Review: Owing Debts of Love and Money by New York Theater

By the end of “Can You Forgive Her?”, it’s not clear which of the five characters in Gina Gionfriddo’s latest comedy is the “You” of the title, and who is the “Her.” All the …

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Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 Obie Awards: Oslo, Band’s Visit, Underground Railroad by New York Theater

Oslo and The Band’s Visit got lots of love at the 62nd Annual Obie Awards, as these two shows have gotten throughout the theater award season. But they had lots of company, with Underg…

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Glenda Jackson in Albee! Idina Menzel! King Kong! Summer Theater Begins. Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

Countdown to the Tonys is 20 days, but there is plenty  happening in New York theater right now — other theater awards, news of forthcoming Broadway attractions — and the summer…

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Whirligig Review: Hamish Linklater’s Forlorn, Funny Play About A Dying Girl by New York Theater

Julie is young, pretty, literate and dying. At its best, “The Whirligig,” a new play by Hamish Linklater, explores with humor and bite how her terminal illness affects the seven people a…

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Venus: Review, Pics by New York Theater

Zainab Jah, who made an impressive Broadway debut as a sex slave turned soldier in Eclipsed, is back on a New York stage with another vivid portrayal of an exploited but strong African woman…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

2017 Drama League Awards: Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen by New York Theater

Ben Platt beat out dozens of other nominees to snag the 2017 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance,  at 23 the youngest winner in the League’s 83-year history. “Dear …

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

12 Summer Theater Festivals in New York City 2017 by New York Theater

Summer in the city offers theater that is cheaper (often free), more cutting-edge and even more abundant than what you can see during the regular theater season — thanks largely to the…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sojourners and Her Portmanteau Reviews: Nigerian American Immigrant Family Saga by New York Theater

When a young playwright is audacious enough to commit publicly to a nine-play cycle, the most appropriate response is encouragement. Mfoniso Udofia plans to follow four generations over 40 y…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Award Fever! Rylance! Rent! Aaron Tveit in Summer Sondheim! Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

  Four major New York theater awards announced their winners this past week — and Oslo is doing very well, as is The Band’s Visit, even though it closed Off-Broadway in Jan…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Golden Apple Review: Glorious American Music, Silly Homeric Satire by New York Theater

The Golden Apple, a 1954 Broadway musical, got the Encores! treatment at its most glorious over the weekend – with a sonorous 31-piece orchestra directed by Rob Berman, and a splendid 40-m…

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Dianne Wiest in Happy Days: Review, pics by New York Theater

  “Another happy day,” Dianne Wiest exclaims as Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s bleak, comic and compassionate play, written decades before Groundhog Day, but similarly focused on some…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

2017 Theatre World Award Winners by New York Theater

The Theatre World Awards for outstanding New York stage debuts during the 2016-2017 theatrical season have been given to: Carlo Albán, Sweat Christy Altomare, Anastasia Denée Benton, Natas…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Arlington Review: Enda Walsh’s Happy Orwellian Love Story by New York Theater

With his new play “Arlington,” playwright and director Enda Walsh presents an unusual love story set against a future dystopian society, which might shock New York theatergoers who know …

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2017 Tony Awards – Who YOU Want As Winners by New York Theater

Here are the results of the survey in which I asked you to pick your personal preferences (not predictions) in 15 of the 24 categories in the 71st annual Tony Awards. Best Musical Nominated:…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 New York Drama Critics Circle Award: Oslo, The Band’s Visit. by New York Theater

The New York Drama Critics’ Circle has named Oslo as the best play and The Band’s Visit as best musical. Special Citations: were given to Paula Vogel ,Taylor Mac and the ensemble cas…

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2017 Outer Critics Circle Award Winners by New York Theater

Oslo won for new Broadway play, Come from Away for new Broadway musical in the 67th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards. If I forget won for Off-Broadway play, The Band’s Visit for Off-…

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 Lucille Lortel Award Winners: Oslo, The Band’s Visit by New York Theater

The Band’s Visit won best musical and Oslo the best play in the 32nd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. Outstanding Play:  Oslo Outstanding Music…

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Harry Potter Sets Date. Amelie Ends.Telly Leung’s Back. Awards Up The Wazoo. Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

The Tony nominations announced last Tuesday set off what will be five weeks of prediction, debate and suspense. But the suspense ends this week for many of the other major New York theater: …

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

2017 Tony Award Winners — YOUR Pick? by New York Theater

Make your pick for 15 of the 24 categories in the 71st annual Tony Awards, honoring Broadway’s best. The awards ceremony will take place on June 11th at Radio Music Hall in New York City. …

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Can Socially Conscious Theater Make A Difference? by New York Theater

In Power Struggle on Broadway: Escapist vs. Socially Conscious Shows in the 2016–17 Season, a piece I wrote for HowlRound, I point out that there were more socially conscious than escapis…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Watch 4 Best Musical Tony Nominees of 2017: Video Highlights by New York Theater

Watch videos from the four Broadway musicals nominated for the 2017 Best Musical Tony Award, listed alphabetically. Above each of the show’s video(s) is a link to a post with productio…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2017 Tony Nominees: A Closer Look…and Listen. by New York Theater

Below are 2017 Tony Award nominees who spoke at the Meet the Nominees press reception the day after the announcement, grouped more or less show by show. Click on individual photographs to re…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017 Tony Award Nominations: The Great Comet, Bette’s Show Lead by New York Theater

    Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 leads the 2017 Tony Award nominations with twelve, followed by the Bette Midler-starring revival Hello, Dolly! with ten and Dea…

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2017 Tony Award Nominations: What’s Eligible, What SHOULD Be Nominated by New York Theater

The Tony nominations will be announced this morning, Tuesday, May 2, at 8:30 a.m., which will launch weeks’ worth of predictions, preferences and objections. Let’s start a few hours earl…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Countdown To Tonys. Michael Moore on Broadway. The Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

The nominations for the Tony Awards will be announced at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, making it the major event of the year that turns night people into morning people. Other things are happening R…

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2017 Chita Rivera Award Nominations in Dance: Cats, Bandstand, Sweet Charity by New York Theater

The Broadway musicals “Cats” and  “Bandstand” and the Off-Broadway revival of “Sweet Charity”  lead in the number of nominations for the Chita Rivera Aw…

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May 2017 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

May is a month when Broadway is on the brain, but not on the stage. Theatergoers focus on the Tonys and many other theater awards, but there are more than a dozen Off-Broadway and Off-Off Br…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

New York Theater Quiz April 2017 by New York Theater

Test your knowledge of theater in April. Which play contains the lines of dialogue, which lyric belongs to which musical? Who got what award? In what show is a sexy rock star making his Broa…

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2017 NY Theater Award Guide by New York Theater

Now that the New York theater season has ended officially, the theater awards season steps up.   What are all these awards? How do they differ? When will the various nominations and awards …

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