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Friday, October 22, 2021

How Broadway’s set-making guru is tackling the comeback — from mold in stage fog to costumes that don’t fit anymore by Peter Marks

As show openings pile up, there’s a flurry of deadline, behind-the-scenes work for Neil A. Mazzella’s Hudson Scenic Studio.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18AM
Friday, October 15, 2021

‘Hadestown’ ushers Broadway back to the Kennedy Center in style by Peter Marks

The first musical in 19 months starts up in the Opera House.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:18PM
Thursday, October 14, 2021

With the opening of ‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ Broadway just got smarter — and more exciting by Peter Marks

The epic saga of Lehman Bros. becomes a sublime 3 1/2-hour dash through the history of American capitalism.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

On Broadway, ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ and ‘Lackawanna Blues’ deliver stories that defy stereotypes by Peter Marks

Individual perspectives are at the heart of crowd-pleasing works by Keenan Scott II and Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:18PM
Monday, October 11, 2021

Reality Winner’s arrest transcript becomes a scintillating Broadway show in ‘Is This a Room’ by Peter Marks

The gut-grabbing drama stars Emily Davis as the NSA contractor convicted of leaking classified documents.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:06PM
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Albert Einstein and Marian Anderson were good friends. But a new play at Ford’s Theatre only scratches the surface. by Peter Marks

Deborah Brevoort’s “My Lord, What a Night” restarts a hallowed D.C. institution, while at Woolly Mammoth, “Teenage Dick” reimagines Shakespeare.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:24PM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

American Shakespeare Center cancels fall season amid reports of internal strife by Peter Marks

A theater company in Virginia shifts to introspection about equity and diversity issues.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM
Sunday, October 3, 2021

‘Six’ is the pulse-quickening pleasure trove that Broadway has been waiting for by Peter Marks

The long-delayed musical, minted in Britain, gets its New York opening night.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:36PM
Friday, October 1, 2021

‘Six’ was shut down on the day it was set to open. It’s finally getting its big Broadway night. by Peter Marks

“The whole energy of it is different,” a co-director says. “The whole experience is going to be bigger.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:06AM
Monday, September 27, 2021

The Tonys brought back the fanfare, but Broadway still faces many challenges by Peter Marks

Amid calls for inclusivity and equity, these Tony Awards campaigned hardest for the return of theatergoers.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:32AM

Tony Awards 2021: ‘Moulin Rouge’ wins best musical, and ‘The Inheritance’ snags best play by Peter Marks

The delayed awards celebrate Broadway shows that opened in the 2019-20 season before the coronavirus shutdown.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:03AM
Thursday, September 16, 2021

How cast and crew of ‘Come From Away’ brought their story of human kindness back to Broadway by Peter Marks

“It was always about when we come back. It was never about if,” producer Sue Frost says of the Tony-winning musical, which shut down with the rest of Broadway in March 2020 and reopens S…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48AM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

‘The Lion King,’ ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Wicked’ return to Broadway — and it’s the heart that sings by Peter Marks

Tuesday was the biggest night yet for theater’s revival, with five shows starting up in Times Square.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:06PM
Saturday, September 11, 2021

A Broadway musical on the National Mall opens hearts to memories of 9/11 by Peter Marks

A stirring free concert performance of “Come From Away” draws a crowd of thousands.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM
Friday, September 10, 2021

After a devastating lull, theater is coming back big by Peter Marks

With a revival of “Rent,” a new play by Lynn Nottage and the Broadway opening of “Six,” the fall season is poised to crackle.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:36AM
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Playwright Richard Nelson ends his epic cycle of hyper-realistic drama with — what else? — a global pandemic by Peter Marks

‘What Happened? The Michaels Abroad’ brings Nelson’s Rhinebeck Panorama to a profound and beautiful close.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:12PM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Restaged in front of the AFL-CIO’s national headquarters, ‘Working’ the musical labors to be a vehicle for activism by Peter Marks

The show’s outdoor revival was conceived as a launchpad for social education.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:12PM
Friday, September 3, 2021

‘KPOP, the Musical’ won’t get its Broadway tryout in Washington after all by Peter Marks

The show’s cancellation is the second setback for a Signature Theatre collaboration with the Anthem.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:42AM
Sunday, August 22, 2021

‘Pass Over’ opens — the first Broadway play in what feels like forever. And it’s funny and poignant. by Peter Marks

The “Godot” update, once an off-Broadway hit, joins “Springsteen on Broadway” in Times Square.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:18PM
Saturday, August 21, 2021

Actress Holly Twyford has been teaching acting to 90-year-olds during the pandemic — and learning a few things about living by Peter Marks

Through a lively Theater J program, actors and directors have found work in the midst of a shutdown.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03AM
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Folger Theatre names Public Theater’s Karen Ann Daniels as new artistic director by Peter Marks

The San Diego native will head up theater, concerts, screenings, public talks and more at the venerable institution.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:24PM
Sunday, August 15, 2021

Shakespeare returns to Central Park with a ‘Merry Wives’ that lives up to its title by Peter Marks

Jocelyn Bioh adapts the play as an up-to-the-minute Harlem farce.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM
Friday, August 13, 2021

These 3 new D.C. shows show why online theater is more interesting than ever by Peter Marks

“Detroit ‘67,” “The Blackest Battle” and “Side-Walks” come to a laptop near you.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM
Thursday, August 12, 2021

An ‘Our Town’ for our time, staged in the New England community that inspired it by Peter Marks

The Peterborough Players, which first performed Thornton Wilder’s play in 1940, brings a diverse cast and a whole new outlook to its latest production.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:32AM
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Lincoln Center announces groundbreaking appointment of top artistic leader by Peter Marks

Shanta Thake, 41, is a longtime top official of off-Broadway’s Public Theater.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:18PM
Friday, July 30, 2021

Broadway to require vaccinations and masks as theaters reopen by Peter Marks

The new mandates will affect 21 shows running between now and Oct. 31.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:42PM
Thursday, July 29, 2021

How Broadway is working to ensure covid doesn’t bring the curtain down again by Peter Marks

“Pass Over,” the first play coming back, is one of many productions examining a variety of mitigation efforts — including a vaccination mandate.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:36PM
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

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