All stories by Peter Marks on BroadwayStars

Saturday, July 24, 2021

With three new musicals this fall, D.C. is reasserting its status as a premier Broadway tryout town by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company are teaming up with Broadway producers, with all three shows running during the holiday season.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:36AM
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Lincoln Memorial will light up the Mall on eve of 9/11, with a Broadway musical noting an arts rebirth and a solemn anniversary by Peter Marks

“Come From Away” comes back to D.C. in a unique one-night concert version, free to all.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48AM
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Signature Theatre names Matthew Gardiner as new artistic director by Peter Marks

The 37-year-old succeeds founder Eric Schaeffer, who retired in the wake of harassment allegations. He will be the youngest leader of a major Washington-area theater.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:36PM
Sunday, July 11, 2021

Broadway, and the rest of New York’s cultural life, is on the cusp of a vibrant rebound by Peter Marks

With covid cases on the decline, a capital of the arts is finding its mojo again, with a big slate of shows returning in record time.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18AM
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Ann Dowd, the twisted Aunt Lydia of ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ beguiles in a new take on Ibsen’s ‘Enemy of the People’ by Peter Marks

Newfangled storytelling is the name of the game, as theater emerges from the pandemic shutdown.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:24PM
Sunday, June 27, 2021

Bruce Springsteen turns the lights of Broadway back on. And the effect is electric. by Peter Marks

“Springsteen on Broadway,” a master showman’s amalgam of great music and emotional storytelling, is the first show back after the coronavirus shutdown.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:06PM
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Van Gogh’s images move in the cinematic ‘Immersive Van Gogh.’ But will the show move New Yorkers? by Peter Marks

A new way to look at art arrives in the city — and producers hope the concept has legs.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:18AM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The tango is back. And it’s never felt more vital. by Peter Marks

Intimacy has been restored to the D.C. stage with GALA Hispanic Theatre’s “Ella Es Tango,” a celebration for post-pandemic times.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:12AM
Sunday, June 13, 2021

Signature Theatre’s ‘After Midnight’ has Christopher Jackson in it, but misses that live, in-person heat by Peter Marks

The production, directed and choreographed by Jared Grimes, is available until Aug. 4.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:54PM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ sets an Oct. 5 Broadway return, with original star Jeff Daniels and a new producer replacing Scott Rudin by Peter Marks

Orin Wolf, of the Tony-winning “The Band’s Visit,” takes over from Rudin, who stepped aside amid allegations of abuse.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:42AM
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Theater on the Nats Park jumbotron? It’s a whole new ballgame in arts presentation. by Peter Marks

Arena Stage will relaunch in-person performances with the story of Toni Stone, the Negro Leagues’ first female player.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:54PM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Broadway’s relaunch now set for Aug. 4 with the scalding drama ‘Pass Over’ by Peter Marks

Antoinette Nwandu’s play moves into the inaugural slot on theater’s biggest platform, before the big, long-running musicals.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:48PM
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Britney Spears and . . . Shakespeare Theatre? Built on an unlikely coupling, a musical with her songs might be bound for Broadway. by Peter Marks

The premiere of “Once Upon a One More Time” in November will break the mold for D.C.’s Tony-winning classical theater.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42AM
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

At last, the Tonys set the date: The theater awards will be handed out Sept. 26 on CBS by Peter Marks

The pandemic-delayed ceremony will come 11 months after the 2019-2020 nominations were announced.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:06PM
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Some of the most progressive and insightful theater in America is happening in Colonial Williamsburg. Really. by Peter Marks

Stories of women and people of color are gaining prominence in one of the nation’s premier sites for experiencing U.S. history.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:36AM
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Cue the lights: Broadway is back Sept. 14 with ‘Hamilton,’ ‘The Lion King’ and more by Peter Marks

The lifting of pandemic capacity restrictions repaves the Great White Way.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:42AM

Broadway reopening at 100% capacity this fall with ‘Hamilton,’ ‘The Lion King’ and more by Peter Marks

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is removing all capacity restrictions as of May 19, so theaters are planning to fully reopen in September. Whether or not patrons will fill the seats remains to be…

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:34AM
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

D.C. theater is taking cautious steps back to ‘live’ with plexiglass screens and plays on headphones by Peter Marks

“Blindness” at Shakespeare Theatre Company and “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter” at GALA Hispanic Theatre are leading the way

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:03PM
Monday, May 3, 2021

New York Gov. Cuomo stuns Broadway and cultural world with lifting of pandemic capacity restrictions on May 19 by Peter Marks

Theaters, bars, restaurants, museums, retail stores, gyms and more come under the order.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:03PM
Thursday, April 29, 2021

‘City in Transition’ is an exhilarating journey across Washington through the eyes of Black artists by Peter Marks

Theater alliance devises a landmark piece for the Web, with four plays across the city’s quadrants.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:24PM
Saturday, April 17, 2021

As hopes rise for a return to the stage later this year, D.C.-area theaters sing: We’re still here! by Peter Marks

Surviving the shutdown with loans and donations, theater leaders look to the future and how to bring people back to shows.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:48AM
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Kennedy Center plans massive season of in-person theater, including ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Hadestown’ by Peter Marks

Beginning in October, the lineup features 12 musicals playing to theaters at full capacity. Fingers crossed.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:18PM
Friday, April 9, 2021

At 63, she enrolled at the university that sold her enslaved ancestors. Now she’s starring in a play about them. by Peter Marks

“Here I Am” is Mélisande Short-Colomb’s story, written at Georgetown University and premiering Tuesday.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:36AM
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

I wondered what it would be like to be vaccinated and back in a theater. My panic lifted as soon as the lights went down. by Peter Marks

In New York, performance spaces are slowly opening up with severe restrictions and safety protocols.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:36PM
Sunday, April 4, 2021

Enter Nathan Lane and Savion Glover, as Broadway opens its doors for the first time in almost 13 months by Peter Marks

A pilot program tests theater safety protocols as part of the ongoing NY PopsUp festival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:06PM
Friday, April 2, 2021

As live stages await their big comeback, theater on camera is getting better and better by Peter Marks

Three Washington companies are experimenting with more visually complex work online.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:03PM
Friday, March 26, 2021

‘A Boy and His Soul’ is an actor’s valentine to Aretha, Marvin Gaye, and Earth, Wind & Fire by Peter Marks

Round House Theatre brings Colman Domingo’s memory play online. It’s streaming through April 18.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:18PM

Ethan Hawke and John Leguizamo take on ‘Godot,’ hoping it’s a powerhouse online by Peter Marks

Off-Broadway company the New Group launches an innovative digital era with its Off Stage programming.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:48AM
Sunday, March 21, 2021

Desperate for cash, strapped arts venues wait out delays in federal covid relief by Peter Marks

The Small Business Administration has $16 billion to give in Shuttered Venue grants, but applications don’t open until April.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:24PM
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Give this folk rock duo 27 minutes. They’ll give you a musically heartbreaking world. by Peter Marks

The Bengsons’ “My Joy Is Heavy!” debuts online as the first in Arena Stage’s series of filmed musicals.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:42PM

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