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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Clowns Get Political: American Circus Alliance’s Open Letter to Biden and Harris by New York Theater

Like many a performer, Jan Damm has been climbing the walls during the pandemic, but he did it literally. After live performances dried up, he started creating at-home skits for the Bindlest…

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Two Sisters and a Piano Review: Jimmy Smits as Infatuated Enemy by New York Theater

In “Two Sisters and a Piano,” Jimmy Smits plays a lieutenant in the Cuban army in 1991 who is supposed to keep tabs on the two women (Daphne Rubin-Vega and Florencia Lozano) who are unde…

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Watch Into The Woods preview, a sample of changes to come at Encores! by New York Theater

“Into The Woods” was “a huge smash hi,” when it opened on Broadway in 1987, we’re told in the ten-minute video below, the latest from the “Encores! Inside the Revival.” Given t…

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

“Our job now is to honor George Floyd”: Harris, Biden on Chauvin conviction. Video and transcript by New York Theater

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke after the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd convicted him on all three counts, including two for murd…

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Scott Rudin to “step back.” Fallout continues. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

There are so many productions opening/being announced now that it feels as overwhelming as any April (even moreso, since BroadwayCon 2021 went virtual over the weekend, which you can still w…

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Watch Dancers at iHeartDance concert emerge into the sun by New York Theater

It was sunny on the roof of the Empire Hotel overlooking Lincoln Center when more than a dozen dancers today from Broadway and ballet and modern dance companies took a break from a dark year…

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Until the Flood at Studio Theatre. Ferguson’s police killing, before George Floyd and Daunte Wright and… by New York Theater

As the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota is nearing its end, Studio Theatre of D.C. today debuts a new streaming production …

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Wandering Review. Immersive, Queer, Cockamamie Show about Schubert by New York Theater

“The Wandering,” which its creators bill as an immersive theatrical experience inspired by the music of the 19th century classical composer Franz Schubert – “part visual album, par…

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Book Review: My Broken Language. Quiara Alegría Hudes memoir of a born (West Philly) playwright by New York Theater

Before she wrote the libretto and then the screenplay for “In The Heights,” before she became the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of “Water By The Spoonful,” Quiara Alegría Hudes …

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Shadow/Land Review: Hurricane Katrina in your ear by New York Theater

In “Shadow/Land,” the opening play of Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s projected ten-play-cycle  about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, Ruth has come by on August 29, 2005 to pick up h…

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Easy Sleazy, Mick Jagger’s new pandemic anthem. Watch the video. Read the lyrics. by New York Theater

“It’s a song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much needed optimism,” Mick Jagger announced today in a statement about his new pandemic anthem, Easy Sleazy. “Than…

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Will theater become even more segregated and inaccessible? Scott Rudin=Bully. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Ten days into the much ballyhooed reopening, April has been as busy a month for theater as it usually is — I’ve seen a play every day this week (see my reviews)– but the April overload…

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Babette in Retreat Review: Justin Sayre reaches toward campy farce by New York Theater

Babette, like Garbo, just wants to be alone. The legendary French courtesan has retired to her country estate,  designed for “trading the sins of lust for a more relaxed sin of sloth,”…

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Amber Iman on Broadway: Second NYPopsUp Matinee by New York Theater

When Amber Iman was asked to perform on Broadway as part of NYPopsUp, “I began to freak out.” The pressure was on: “I should at least get either a Tony nomination or a husband or both …

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Reverb Theater Arts Festival Review: Theater makers With Disabilities Connect by New York Theater

Below is the video of the Reverb Theater Arts Festival, viewable until Thursday, May 20. It is close-captioned. For separate videos that provide ASL interpretation and audio description of …

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

John Cullum An Accidental Star Review. 60 years of Broadway, 91 of life by New York Theater

At 91, John Cullum has had a long and remarkably varied Broadway career,  spanning six decades and some 30 shows — musicals ranging from “Camelot” to “Urinetown,” straight plays …

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The Last 5 Years Review: Jason Robert Brown’s 20-year-old love story gets a pandemic theater makeover by New York Theater

This thrillingly-sung new version of Jason Robert Brown’s beloved (and problematic) musical about love lost (and gained) almost feels like a laboratory experiment in pandemic theater. Will…

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Erika Dickerson-Despenza wins 2021 Susan Smith Blackburn Award by New York Theater

Erika Dickerson-Despenza and her play “cullud wattah” have won the the 43rd Annual Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and $25,000 The play is about a family of Black women struggling to survi…

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Poetic Reflections: Identity, or Why I like Irish Rep’s reopening most. by New York Theater

So there is poet and refugee Evgeny Shtorn in front of me reciting his poem “From the Confinement,” a title I find ironic, given that he’s speaking on the beautiful green shore of a …

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Cock Review: Randy Harrison as an indecisive lover in a bisexual triangle by New York Theater

“You’re a lame duck, you’re a stream,”  a character was screaming oddly, just as my screen froze while watching  the streaming of the play “Cock.”   Was this a problem with…

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Reopened* Thrilling or Frustrating? #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Broadway reopened over the weekend …for 36 minutes (as a New York Times headline put it) with a double bill: Savion Glover in a one-man musical, and Nathan Lane in “Playbills!” a monol…

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Read Paul Rudnick’s hilarious new Broadway play “Playbills,” starring Nathan Lane by New York Theater

Below is the full text of Paul Rudnick’s “Playbills,” the first play presented on a Broadway stage in more than a year – in a one-time-only socially-distanced matinee on Saturday at …

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Mike Daisey pandemic year monologue on stage and online: What The F**k Just Happened? by New York Theater

Mike Daisey performed his latest monologue to 22 masked and vaccinated theatergoers in person Friday night at the 99-seat Kraine Theater in the East Village, and simultaneously to another 50…

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Theater Blog Roundup: Recovering. by New York Theater

“…you must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on,” Samuel Beckett wrote in 1953; Terry Teachout quotes that line in his blog About Last Night, right before his entry on the same day th…

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Theater Openings April 2021: Bolder Than Broadway by New York Theater

Below is the day-to-day listing of theater that is opening in the month of April* – which includes digital theater, and in-person shows (three on April 2! Another on April 9) in addition t…

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Theater Quiz for March 2021: Awards, Anniversary by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the theater news and reviews in March? Answer these dozen questions — about the anniversary of the lockdown and awards and vaccines and in-person and…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Drama League Award 2021 Nominations: Honoring DIGITAL Theater! by New York Theater

Below are the nominations for the 87th Annual Drama League Awards, the first major theater award to honor the theater that has been created this year — which is to say digital theater. T…

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Vaccinated=Reopening.#Stageworthy News of the Week. by New York Theater

As the first New York theaters reopen at reduced capacity this coming Friday, the hope for a wider reopening rests on a stepping up of vaccinations. To that end, there was good news on the f…

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Tina Turner: HBO Documentary vs Broadway Musical and Hollywood Movie by New York Theater

The new documentary about the performer Tina Turner includes scene about both the Broadway musical “Tina, the Tina Turner Musical” and the 1993 Hollywood movie,  “What’s Love Got T…

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Arts and Reopening. Dr. Anthony Fauci transcript and video, plus full NEA Webinar by New York Theater

“Art in all its forms is vital to the health and well-being of us as individuals and as communities,” Dr. Anthony Fauci concludes his remarks in the March 23rd National Endowment for the…

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Happy #WorldTheatreDay 2021! Celebrate With Helen Mirren and the World’s Most Beautiful Theaters by New York Theater

Today is the 60th annual World Theatre Day. As we await the reopening of physical theaters throughout the world, British actress Helen Mirren delivers the annual International World Theatre…

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre