Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In Hell, Damning That Accursed Howard Sherman by Howard Sherman

I cannot claim that I was completely surprised. By the same token, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. A press release first made me aware of Diva: Live From Hell, and I lingered on it …

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Monday, February 27, 2017

 Zeros and Ones Don’t Add Up To Live Action by Howard Sherman

For those who work in the theatre, the idea of defending the term “live action” would seem an unnecessary task. But as movie marketers, abetted uncritically by the entertainment press, s…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Supposition Is No Support As NEA Is Threatened by Howard Sherman

Let’s start with the positive, though I’m afraid that won’t last long. In her New York Times article, “Might Ivanka Trump Speak Up If Her Father Guts The Arts?,” Robin Pogrebin mak…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Long Before “Ragtime,” Musical Lessons From Lynn Ahrens by Howard Sherman

Two weeks ago, the musical Ragtime came under fire at a high school in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for its deployment of racial slurs in telling a anti-racism story that is intended to evoke th…

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Times Square Weirdness: 2016 In Review by Howard Sherman

Given that it was merely a stray amusement that became a popular offshoot of my photography hobby, "Times Square Weirdness" went worldwide this year with my discovery of Mike Hot-Pence (ak…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Of Pleas, Pants, Race, Rights and Lin-Manuel: My Top Blog Posts of 2016 by Howard Sherman

In some ways, it might make more sense if I wrote this post about some of my least-read pieces of 2016, because I value almost everything I write equally and never quite know why some get w…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Considering An Unsweetened “Charity” Review   by Howard Sherman

Last week was not the first time I’ve been puzzled by Hilton Als’s writing on theatre. I didn’t understand the rather cruel rationale by which he described the late playwright Wendy Wa…

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Incredibly True Origins of Mike Hot-Pence, Times Square Icon by Howard Sherman

For those unfamiliar with “Times Square Weirdness,” my series of photos of the odder denizens of Times Square, shared frequently on my Facebook page, you may be surprised to learn of my …

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Monday, November 14, 2016

The 24 Hour Plays On Broadway: Warren Leight, Christopher Oscar Peña and Jonathan Marc Sherman by Howard Sherman

Having spent 13 of the past 21 hours embedded at the American Airlines Theatre with The 24 Hour Plays, I'm reaching my natural state of exhaustion, without the participatory exhilaration of …

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The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway: From Hansol Jung, David Lindsay-Abaire & Bess Wohl by Howard Sherman

The best laid plans: any effort to write meaningfully about being embedded with The 24 Hour Plays will have to wait. All I can manage to do is process some of the many photos I've taken – …

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The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway: Meet and Greet by Howard Sherman

Having long been intrigued by the 24 hour play concept, it was a stroke of fortune that when I affiliated with The New School a year ago, I was provided with office space that is shared with…

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Friday, November 11, 2016

At An NYC Bat Mitzvah, “Hamilton” Becomes A Hymn by Howard Sherman

How to describe how I’ve felt this week? In approximate order: anxious, worried, heartsick, afraid, resolved, exhausted, embraced. But it wasn’t until this morning that I felt something …

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Post-Election Plea, To The Theatre And Its Artists by Howard Sherman

I wish that I could write a play, but I haven’t the talent. I wish that I could compose a musical score, but I haven’t the gift. I wish that I could dance, but I have neither the freedom…

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Jeanine Tesori: “Press Against The Thing That Divides Us” by Howard Sherman

On November 4, composer Jeanine Tesori was the keynote speaker at the fourth annual "Stage The Change: Theatre as a Social Voice" event, co-sponsored by the Tilles Center at Long Island Univ…

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Overwhelming Disruptors To Make A Joyful Noise at Juilliard by Howard Sherman

New York, NY, November 3, 2016 – Music students at The Juilliard School gave a well-received sunrise performance – “God Loves Jazz” – this morning on West 65th Street, on the easte…

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Questioning Fugard About “Master Harold,” 28 Years Later by Howard Sherman

After its US debut at Yale Repertory Theatre in March 1982, and before it opened on Broadway in early May of that year, Athol Fugard’s MASTER HAROLD…and the boys played a one-week engage…

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

I Really Was a Teenage Singing Zombie by Howard Sherman

Long after I stopped acting in school productions (which was November 1981 at the University of Pennsylvania, to be precise), my mother would periodically say how much she wished that my sho…

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Before Broadway’s “Falsettos,” Hartford Stage’s Changed Lives by Howard Sherman

When I speak about it with people who saw it, the phrase that comes up most often is, “It was life-changing.” When I speak about it with people who have read about it, but didn’t see i…

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

In New Musical About Amputee, Faking Disability by Howard Sherman

If you look at photos or video from Marathon of Hope, a new musical that just premiered in Waterloo, Canada, about an hour outside Toronto, something seems off. The musical is based on the l…

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

When Deaf Voices Are Left Out Of “Tribes” by Howard Sherman

“Unfortunately, no deaf actors showed up to the auditions.” The statement above was made yesterday in a public statement to the Deaf and hard of hearing community by Leslie Charipar, art…

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Wells Fargo to Arts Kids: Abandon Your Dreams by Howard Sherman

O-ho the Wells Fargo Wagon is-a comin’ down the street, and apparently it’s not interested in doing business with kids who aspire to the arts, their parents, their teachers, or arts orga…

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Quiara Alegría Hudes (and Lin-Manuel Miranda) on Casting “In The Heights” by Howard Sherman

The casting of the upcoming production of In The Heights at Porchlight Music Theatre in Chicago, in particular a non-Latinx actor in the leading role of Usnavi, has provoked a great deal of …

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Rolling Canvases of New York City by Howard Sherman

Thanks to smartphone technology, we all walk around with cameras in our pockets or bags, but tend to pull them out to take pictures of events, of friends, of ourselves. As someone trained on…

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For Stan Freberg, Whose Parodies and Satires Live On by Howard Sherman

To a particular subset of junior comedy nerds, of which I was an unapologetic member, 1976 was a watershed year, for a reason only tangentially connected to the official Bicentennial celebra…

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Frightened Arrogance Behind “It’s Called Acting” by Howard Sherman

  It is quite possible that, when the English stage was officially opened up to allow women to perform alongside men, most likely in 1660 when Margaret Hughes played Desdemona, some arg…

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda: “Life’s a gift, it’s not to be taken for granted” by Howard Sherman

“I knew y’all would come. It’s the rest of the world I couldn’t have anticipated.” That was what Lin-Manuel Miranda admitted about his extraordinary recent success with the musical…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

57 Theatre Critics Sitting Around Talking by Howard Sherman

If you’re looking for critical consensus, you won’t find much of it in the new book The Critics Say…: 57 Theater Reviewers in New York and Beyond Discuss Their Craft and Its Future (Mc…

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

See Muhammad Ali in His Broadway Musical, “Buck White” by Howard Sherman

While much will be written about the passing of Muhammad Ali, he does leave us with a theatrical footnote. I’m speaking of his single Broadway role, as the lead in the musical Buck White. …

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Oh, And The Guy In The Wheelchair Commits Suicide by Howard Sherman

Before you start shouting about spoiler alerts, let me point out that the headline of this piece does not indicate in what context this suicide occurs. Could be real life. Could be a play, a…

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Alan Ayckbourn: “Take the work seriously, but never yourself” by Howard Sherman

Since 2005, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, the British playwright and director, has been bringing plays – often two or even three at a time – to 59E59 Theaters in New York from his home base at the…

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Music Ed Head Casts Doubts on Diverse Student Talent by Howard Sherman

The statements, on their face, are utterly startling. “Blacks and Latinos lack the keyboard skills needed for this field.” “I don’t have to take this. Yes, my board is all white, and…

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