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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Happy 90th Birthday James Earl Jones: May The Force Be With You by New York Theater

James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi on January 17, 1931….90 years ago today. He is a 20-time Broadway veteran (most recently in “The Gin Game” in 2015) three-time Tony …

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Theater Streaming on Martin Luther King Jr Weekend by New York Theater

Below are the listings of theater to see this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, January 16-18, 2021,  including several new works about African-Americans in addition to the annual rousing MLK…

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Adrienne Kennedy festival: He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, Ohio State Murders, Sleep Deprivation Chamber, Etta and Ella by New York Theater

“Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side,” a world premiere play about the deadly rivalry of two sisters, written by the 89-year-old playwright Adrienne Kennedy, begins the same way as the …

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Turning the Page: Lincoln Center Theater Artists Read Their Own Poetry and Prose by New York Theater

These six theater artists read from the following non-theater writing tonight, part of the new Lincoln Center Theater Spotlight series.: Playwright David Adjmi’s delightful new book Lot Si…

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

My famous inoculated mother by New York Theater

“Muriel Mandell, 99, leaves a New York State COVID-19 vaccination site at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center after receiving her first dose, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in New York. New Y…

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Gov Cuomo announces New York Arts Revival program: Pop-up concerts, grants, site tests by New York Theater

“We must bring culture and the arts back to life,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in the State of the State address this afternoon in announcing a “New York Arts Revival” initiative that…

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In the Shubert Archive: Mae West, David Bowie and Gaby Deslys’ dainty feet by New York Theater

Photos of Josephine Baker in 1936, Carmen Miranda in 1941,  and a bevy of beauties portraying dabs of paint arranged around a huge painter’s palette in 1924;  a costume design for CATS i…

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Theater Openings This Week: 1st Irish festival. Renee Fleming Week at the Met by New York Theater

Below are the listings this week of the 13th annual Origin 1st Irish Theater Festival, and an original play for Red Hook on the first  African-American theater company in NYC; a reunion rea…

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“Political Theater” and the Insurrection. Theater and Survival. January Festivals. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Words matter. Trump’s words clearly incited the storming of the Capitol last week, which reportedly may result in his second impeachment this week. (Some of the hate spouted by the insurre…

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Exponential Festival 2021 reviews: Virtual Queerality. A Blueish Fever Dream. ¿comfortidades’ 錢意識? by New York Theater

Be open-minded, be open-minded: That was my mantra while watching the “split bill” of three experimental videos from this year’s Exponential theater festival. Also: Don’t use dismiss…

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Theater and Democracy, born together, both now under attack. by New York Theater

Theater and democracy were born in the same place at the same time – in Athens 2,500 years ago — and that is no coincidence: One led to the other. The creation of theater festivals in th…

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Times³ (Times x Times x Times) Review: A Sonic Tour of Times Square from Prototype Festival by New York Theater

This sonic tour of Times Square begins with what sounds like a wave of sonic booms – the clacking machinery of an ancient factory maybe, or an old diesel locomotive…until you realize: Oh…

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Under the Radar 2021 reviews: Capsule, Espiritu, Incoming by New York Theater

Isolation, dread, disconnection and video: That’s what the first night of the Public Theater’s 17th annual Under the Radar festival offers – and that (surely not coincidentally) is wha…

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Michelle Obama on the insurrection: Now is a time for true patriotism by New York Theater

Below is the statement today that the former First Lady Michelle Obama posted on Twitter after yesterday’s mob takeover of the U.S.Capitol. “I hurt for our country. And I wish I had all …

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Scenes of Sedition: Pro-Trump Mob Storms The Capitol by New York Theater

“This is not dissent. It’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition, and it must end now. I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward.” — Pres…

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Senator-Elect Raphael Warnock Victory Speech Video and Transcript: Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning by New York Theater

“In this moment in American history, Washington has a choice to make, we all have a choice to make….Will we seek to destroy one another as enemies or heed the call towards the common goo…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Saving New York Theater: A Political Status Report by New York Theater

What are the New York City, state and federal governments doing to address the challenges facing theaters in the city? I contacted Guy Yedwab, president of the League of Independent Theater,…

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Theater Openings This Week: Under the Radar, David Bowie’s Musical by New York Theater

Below is a selection of theater openings this week, the beginning of a month that is usually jam packed with theater festivals. Two of them are active this time around, both pared down,  bo…

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Ratatouille Racks Up $1 Million for Actors Fund. What’s Next? 2021 At Last! #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Ratatouille the Tick Tock Musical (my review) has raised more than a million dollars in ticket sales for The Actors Fund, the enthusiasm of the audience seeming to match that of its creators…

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Theater Blog Roundup: 2020 in Hindsight by New York Theater

Stars in the House, Sondheim and his 90th birthday concert, Be An #ArtsHero (photo by Howard Sherman), nude body painting in Times Square (ditto), the chance to reinvent the American theater…

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Review: Ratatouille The Tik Tok Musical. Many cooks for this flavorful Broadway broth. by New York Theater

From the first song (“Anyone Can Cook”) to the final line of dialogue (Anton Ego the critic: “I didn’t like this musical…I loved it”), “Ratatouille” traces the journey not ju…

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Friday, January 1, 2021

Watch All By Myself: Irving Berlin’s Anthem for 1921 and 2021 by New York Theater

Irving Berlin wrote “All By Myself” in 1921, for “The Music Box Revue” in his then brand new Broadway theater, popularized in the decades to come by Al and Bing and Ethel and Ella. A…

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Watch New Year’s Eve 2021: The Times Square Ball Drop, Concert For Peace, Natalie Douglas by New York Theater

Miss New Year’s Eve 2021? Watch it below  — the festivities at Times Square, the annual Concert for Peace at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the annual Natalie Douglas New Year’…

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Ring IN The Old: Broadway Veterans age 89-106 by New York Theater

At a time when matters of mortality are taking center stage, let’s ring in the new (and hopefully far better) year by saluting  Broadway veterans who are aged 89 to 106, many of them stil…

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Watch 20 Stunning Broadway Music Videos from 2020 by New York Theater

Below are ten stunning music videos put together by Broadway stars, often for a political cause,  some just for kicks (literally.) Then below those:  ten of the most popular videos I poste…

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Year-End Theater Quiz: A Look Back at 2020 by New York Theater

How much do you remember of this unprecedented year in theater?  (How much would anybody want to remember of 2020?) Answer these 20 questions to find out. Loading…

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Theater Books of 2020 To Read in 2021 by New York Theater

Below is a list of theater books to read in 2021, most of which were published in 2020.‡ Click on the titles to find more information and to purchase these books, grouped under five categ…

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Monday, December 28, 2020

2020 as a Year of Sondheim. 2021 as a Year of Reinvention. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

The year that’s ending was one of shock and sorrow, but more uplifting to think of it as a year full of Sondheim — starting from the  New York Philharmonic’s  “Celebrating Sondheim…

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Top Posts of 2020: Hamilton on Stage, On Screen and in Japanese. Broadway from A to Z. 11 Interviews on What We’ve Lived Through by New York Theater

Below are some of the most popular posts and the best reads in 2020, starting with 11 interviews with theater makers and news makers about the theater-related issues and events in this most …

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

New Year’s Eve 2021 in New York City: Last Minute Plans by New York Theater

This is my annual New Year’s Eve last-minute guide to events that are still available on New Year’s Eve 2021 (when 2020 turns into 2021) in New York City. Times Square. theater. concerts…

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Friday, December 25, 2020

Rest in Peace: Theater Community Members Who Died in 2020 by New York Theater

Below are some of the people from the theater community who died in 2020, listed alphabetically. Click on any photograph to read the caption. Also: In Memoriam to New York City’s frontline…

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