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Friday, June 5, 2020

Four Theater Openings Today: Carousel, Black Superman. by New York Theater

Below are four “theater openings” today,  including Lincoln Center’s first Broadway Fridays presentation,  Astoria Performing Arts Center’s new entry in its original Musicals from …

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Watch George Floyd Memorial Service in Minneapolis LIVE by New York Theater

The first memorial service for George Floyd, who died Memorial Day at the hands of Minneapolis police, is happening now in the sanctuary on the downtown Minneapolis campus of North Central U…

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Watch Video Love Letter to Broadway and #BlackLivesMatter by New York Theater

Black Broadway veterans and other performers dance in various (emptied-out) New York City landmarks, in a video that director Tavia Riveè (Motown the Musical) has entitled “Dream Like New…

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Barack Obama’s Town Hall on Racial Justice & Police Reform: “this is something that’s got to change.” by New York Theater

Below is a major portion of Barack Obama’s comments during the Town Hall on Racial Justice and Police Reform held by My Brother’s Keeper Alliance; the transcript is underneath a 90-secon…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

“We’re a nation in pain…a nation enraged” — Watch Joe Biden’s Philadelphia speech today by New York Theater

Below is the video and a transcript of the speech by Joe Biden today at Philadelphia’s City Hall. “We’re a nation in pain,” he said in concluding his 20-minute speech. ” We must no…

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Theater and Black Lives Matter. Reopening Fears and Plans. Project Pride. by New York Theater

#Stageworthy News of the Week. Several days after George Floyd was killed on Memorial Day at the hands of Minnesota police, playwright Jeremy O. Harris called on six theaters that produce hi…

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

June 2020 Online Theater Openings: Pride and Perseverance. What’s Streaming Day by Day by New York Theater

Click here for June 1 openings Below is the calendar of “theater openings”* for June, 2020, with many online shows, series and festivals showcasing LGBTQ Pride Month, and the entire list…

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

New York Theater Quiz for May 2020 by New York Theater

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

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Friday, May 29, 2020

5 Big Broadway Shows This Weekend: Hairspray, Allegiance, Holiday Inn, Chita! by New York Theater

In this last weekend of a busy May, there are five online shows “opening” that remind us what’s big about Broadway, all but one of them free (though welcoming your charitable contribut…

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Town Hall: How Off-Off Broadway Can Be Saved by New York Theater

Hundreds of people attended a virtual town hall Thursday afternoon with city and state  public officials to talk about how to save Off-Off Broadway. That  was not the explicit topic. Hosts…

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Theater Blog Roundup: Praising theater activism, fighting despair, toasting “Corona lit” by New York Theater

“If you look at history of American theater, it has always—more perhaps than any other form in America—been activist at times of national trauma,” That’s a quote by former New York…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

RIP Larry Kramer 84, playwright of The Normal Heart, AIDS activist: “Almost more than talent you need tenacity: by New York Theater

Larry Kramer, who wrote “The Normal Heart” and founded GMHC (the Gay Mens Health Crisis) and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) has died at age 84. Kramer’s obituary In 2011, The…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Celebrating Theater (Obies on June 4th, “Tonys” June 7th.) Redefining Theater. Aiming To Reopen Theaters in Spring 2021 by New York Theater

#Stageworthy News of the Week. Ten weeks after the governor shut down all theaters in New York City, signs point to widespread expectation that they won’t reopen until Spring 2021.  Some …

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day 2020: Remembering Those Who Died of COVID-19 by New York Theater

Memorial Day, which became an official national holiday in 1971, was created to honor Americans who died in military service. But it feels appropriate to use the day this year also to honor …

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Watch PBS National Memorial Day Concert LIVE by New York Theater

Cynthia Erivo, Kelli O’Hara, Christopher Jackson, Renee Fleming are among the many performers who will be part of the 90-minute National Memorial Day Concert on PBS, which you can watch li…

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Homebound Project 2. How DO the arts fortify and sustain us? by New York Theater

Mary-Louise Parker introduces us to the second edition of The Homebound Project, an hour-long online collection of 11 new short plays, by explaining that the theme this time is “sustenance…

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

What Theater to See Memorial Day Weekend 2020 by New York Theater

Some shows are “opening” over the next few days but this Memorial Day weekend is a good time to catch up on theater that’s still “running” (though not for long) and worth your time…

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Mad Forest Review: Caryl Churchill’s play about revolution creates a new one on Zoom by New York Theater

Bard’s splendidly glitchy production of “Mad Forest,” Caryl Churchill’s fascinating avant-garde drama about the 1989 Romanian Revolution, is the first live play I’ve seen since the…

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Playwrights on Television: Conversations with Dramatists. Are Stage and Screen Starting to Merge? by New York Theater

When David Henry Hwang was first starting out as a dramatist, there was an “indivisible wall” between theater and television. Forty years later, “playwrights have become very popular i…

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Five Theater Openings Today: Caryl Churchill, LES Festival by New York Theater

Below are five “theater openings”* today, a  diverse selection, including  a new romantic musical comedy to an inventive take on an old Caryl Churchill play, as well as an entire annua…

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Love Letters LIVE with Bryan Cranston and Sally Field by New York Theater

Watch Bryan Cranston and Sally Field live in A.R. Gurney’s two-character play about a man and woman writing to one another over half a century. This is the third in a series of new live-st…

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Watch The Sentinels, a new 9/11 play by Matthew Lopez by New York Theater

  Katrina Lenk, Jane Alexander and Denée Benton portray 9/11 widows in this half hour play by Matthew Lopez, a radical departure in running time from his Broadway debut play The Inheritanc…

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Watch Bombshell. Relive Smash by New York Theater

Watch the streaming of the 2015 concert of “Bombshell,” the fictional  musical about Marilyn Monroe that the characters were putting together in the first season of the TV series “Sma…

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How To Caption Shows on Zoom, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Audio Theater. Etc by New York Theater

One of the exasperating aspects of this new era of online theater is how poor the audio is (either in the platform itself, or in the devices you use…or both), and how few of the most commo…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Off Broadway Alliance Award Winners: A Strange Loop, Life Sucks, Unsinkable Molly Brown by New York Theater

The 2019-20 Off Broadway Alliance Award winners are: Best New Play Life Sucks By Aaron Posner Produced by Wheelhouse Theater Best Play Revival The Woman in Black Adapted by Stephen Mallatrat…

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Watch Covenant House Concert Highlights: Audra sings Over the Rainbow, Jordan Fisher sings Waving Through The Window by New York Theater

Below are some of the highlights from The Night of Covenant House Stars (and below that, the full two hour video, featuring some 50 performers.)  I recommend the highlights. Unlike, say, …

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Hamilton Streaming! Indie Theater Screaming. Summer kaput. by New York Theater

Stageworthy News of the Week: Quickly following last Tuesday’s announcement that Broadway will remain shut down until at least Labor Day,  Disney announced that “Frozen” would not ret…

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Signs of the City During A Pandemic by New York Theater

Two brief walks in my neighborhood produced these photographs of signs posted on walls and poles, some there forever and unintentionally relevant, others meant to buck up what few pedestrian…

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Barack Obama Commencement Speech: Trump Administration “not even pretending to be in charge” by New York Theater

In the first of his two online Commencement  addresses today, this one to more than 27,000 students at 78 participating historically black colleges and universities, former President Barack…

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Must-See Theater This Weekend May 16-17: Beckett’s Happy Days, All Arts Marathon (James Earl Jones’ King Lear. Antigone in Ferguson, etc.) by New York Theater

Among the avalanche of streaming options this weekend are a timely Beckett play and the rich theater offerings of an arts “marathon” —  both “opening” today — that count as must…

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Eight Theater Openings Today: The Return of Broadway’s The Encounter. Dominique Morisseau. Caridad Svich. And, ok, CATS. by New York Theater

Below are eight “theater openings”* today, including acclaimed plays from Broadway (Simon McBurney’s The Encounter), Off-Broadway (Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline),  Off-Off Broadway…

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