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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Happy 88th birthday James Earl Jones: May the Force Be With You. by New York Theater

James Earl Jones, 20-time Broadway veteran (most recently in The Gin Game in 2015) three-time Tony winner, was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi on January 17, 1931 – 88 years ago today.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

RIP Carol Channing, 97. “Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.” by New York Theater

Carol Channing, 12-time Broadway veteran, three-time Tony winner, who became a Broadway legend thanks to two roles —  the gold-digging Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Hamilton in Puerto Rico. What The Constitution Means to Me on Broadway. Beetlejuice, Tootsie, Hadestown at BroadwayCon. #Stageworthy News of the Wee by New York Theater

Xander wore a different costume each of the three days of BroadwayCon 2019: Lola from Kinky Boots on Friday, Aubrey II and Seymour from The Little Shop of Horrors on Saturday (left), and Gus…

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Watch Beetlejuice, Hadestown, Tootsie: First Look at BroadwayCon 2019 by New York Theater

Cast members from several forthcoming Broadway musicals performed at “First Look,” one of the last sessions at the last day of BroadwayCon 2019. From left to right (and top to bo…

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Blue Ridge Review: Marin Ireland et al in halfway house do nothing halfway by New York Theater

“I, I, I took the blows, in my face, and my body,” Marin Ireland as Alison says dramatically falling to the floor of the church-run halfway house in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Car…

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Minefield Review: Actual Enemy Combatants Meet and Make Theater by New York Theater

In an extraordinary work of theater put together by Argentine director Lola Arias, six veterans who fought on opposite sides of the 1982 war between Argentina and Great Britain met and, unde…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

How They Create Their Characters: Watch Anthony Rapp, Donna Murphy and Melissa Errico at BroadwayCon by New York Theater

If you’re playing a character that somebody else originated, Anthony Rapp was saying, you respect the original but ..redecorate. “He built the house that I walk around in. But I find a …

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Chambre Noire Review: Valerie Solanas, Andy Warhol’s Would-Be Killer, As A Puppet by New York Theater

Valerie Solanas, the mentally ill woman who shot Andy Warhol in 1968, has had a remarkably long run. Her SCUM Manifesto (Society for Cutting Up Men), which called for the overthrow of the go…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Choir Boy on Broadway: Pics, Videos, Review by New York Theater

Pharus Jonathan Young is black, gay and gifted, like the playwright who created him, Tarrell Alvin McCraney, best known for the Oscar winning film Moonlight. McCraney is making his Broadway …

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Lin-Manuel: We’re buying The Drama Book Shop. Actors Equity: Strike! #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, theater owner James L. Nederlander, and producer Jeffrey Seller are saving the Drama Book Shop — by buying it, according to an announcement th…

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Under the Radar Review: Ink. Illuminating visual art through performance and personal history by New York Theater

In “Ink: A Piece for Museums,’ which ran for two days at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, the musician-storyteller duo of James …

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Monday, January 7, 2019

4.48 Psychosis at Prototype: Review and Pics by New York Theater

Playwright Sarah Kane killed herself at the age of 28 shortly after writing her fifth play, which offers a harrowing taste of what it’s like to live with, and die from, depression. Now two…

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Under the Radar Review: Minor Character. Uncle Vanya in Six Translations Simultaneously. by New York Theater

New Saloon, an intellectually playful experimental theater company founded in 2012, returns to Under the Radar with an updated version of their Uncle Vanya adaptation, which they debuted at …

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Under the Radar Review: Hear Word. Nigerian Woman Tell of Degradation and Sing of Triumph by New York Theater

In between the exuberant dancing, lively singing and infectious African beat, the ten Nigerian actresses in “Hear Word: Naija Woman Talk True,” wearing the colorful clothing of their cou…

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Under the Radar Review: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Manual Cinema by New York Theater

As it did last year at the Under Radar Festival, the Chicago-based theater company with the completely apt name of Manual Cinema is charming the audience at the Public Theater by presenting …

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Real Review: A Man and A Woman Eras Apart Merge Surreally in New York by New York Theater

“I am a man,” says a middle aged white woman, Dominique (Rebecca Gibel), at the beginning of “Real,” which you could call a ghost story.  “I am a man because it’s how you see me…

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Off Broadway Spring 2019 Preview Guide by New York Theater

Below is a selection from an Off-Broadway season full of starry faces like Daveed Diggs, Jake Gyllenhaal, Isabelle Huppert, Uzo Adubi et al,  in plays by Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ma…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Broadway Poll: Favorite Spring 2019 Show by New York Theater

Choose the show that you are most looking forward to. In other words, if you have just one show you could see on Broadway all spring, which of these 15 would it be? The list below is for sho…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

January 2019 New York Theater Openings: 2 on Broadway, 100 in January Theater Festivals by New York Theater

Just a couple of plays are opening on Broadway this month — “Choir Boy,” and “True West” — and a handful Off-Broadway, but January is one of the most robu…

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019: What’s Ahead. The Best of 2018. Watch Hamilton, Cher, Reba et al at Ken Cen Honors. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

When the ball dropped in Times Square, signaling the start of a new year, it took a while for the smoke and the confetti and the fireworks and the rain to clear before we could even make out…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Ring IN The Old: Saluting Broadway Stars, Age 91 to 104 by New York Theater

Here again, we celebrate 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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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Memorable Moments on Stage in 2018 by New York Theater

Some of the most memorable moments on stage this year were not just unplanned — they were on unexpected stages. The student survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. gave a surprise p…

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Watch Top 10 New York Theater Videos of 2018: Be More Chill, Anastasia, John Leguizamo, Lin-Manuel by New York Theater

The 10 videos directly below were the most viewed of those I posted on my YouTube channel, New York Theater, in 2018, arranged in order of popularity. All three videos from “Be Be Mo…

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

New York Theater Year-End Quiz: A Look Back at 2018 by New York Theater

Recall what happened in theater in 2018 — some of it just plain weird — by answering these 20 questions, many adapted from my monthly quizzes throughout the year.

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Best Posts of 2018: A Broadway Fixer, The Fall of Rise, Actors’ Bodies, Immersive Pioneer Re-Emerges, Life Without Theater. by New York Theater

Below are the five best reads posted in 2018: an essay about actors’ bodies; a contemplation of what life would be like without theater; a profile of an engineer who fixes theater to m…

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Theater books of 2018 to read in 2019 by New York Theater

Below is a list of theater books to read in 2019, most of which were  published in 2018. Click on the titles to find more information and to purchase these books, grouped under four categor…

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2018 in Theater News: 5 #Stageworthy Trends on Broadway and Beyond by New York Theater

Yes, 2018 in theater was the Year of Leonard Bernstein (centennial celebrations and new movies underway) and of Andrew Lloyd Webber (who got his EGOT, published his memoir, Unmasked, and got…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Rest in Peace: Theater Community Members Who Died in 2018 by New York Theater

Below are some of the people from the theater community who died in 2018.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

New Year’s Eve in New York City 2019: 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 2019 (when 2018 turns into 2019) in New York City New Year’s Eve in New Y…

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Broadway. New Casts for Harry Potter and Rent. A Summer of Sondheim,Fornés,Schwartz. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

This is the last Christmas Eve New Yorkers will be spending with Christmas Eve, the character originated by Ann Harada in Avenue Q, because, after 15 years, Avenue Q will close in April. All…

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Up Close Festival Review: Recapturing What Makes Us Love New York Theater by New York Theater

It seems apt that the Up Close Festival at the New Ohio Theater is likely the last work of theater I will see in 2018, because it reminded me what there is to love about theater, and how I c…

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