Monday, January 24, 2022

#Stageworthy News This Week: Harry Potter Fired. Antisemitism on Stage by New York Theater

The current rise of antisemitism is suddenly getting stage time. Last week: “Witness,”  which explored the doomed 1939 voyage of the German Jewish refugees aboard the St. Louis and exp…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 12:58PM
Thursday, January 20, 2022

Addressless Theater Review. The Game of Finding an Apartment in NYC by New York Theater

In “Addressless,”  the audience helps three characters navigate the tricky path to getting an affordable apartment in New York City. This is a daunting challenge for anyone. But it’s…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 10:48PM
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Reopening The Broadway Revival on PBS. The Downside to #BroadwayisBack Boosterism  by New York Theater

In “Reopening: The Broadway Revival,” an hour-long documentary on PBS that’s a bit painful and embarrassing to watch, actor Andrew Rannells compares the start of the shutdown of Broa…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 11:52AM
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Broadway Week! A Strange Loop and The Kite Runner! Ariana DeBose and Lynn Nottage! Digital! #Stageworthy News This Week. by New York Theater

Broadway Week launches today, but this has not been Broadway’s week.  Two more Broadway shows joined “Mrs. Doubtfire” in announcing a hiatus. “To Kill A Mockingbird” ended its r…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 01:15PM
Monday, January 17, 2022

Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Instinct Speech: “Say that I was a drum major for justice” by New York Theater

Below is a recording and the text of a sermon that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered on February 4 1968 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia exactly two months before h…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 10:22AM
Sunday, January 16, 2022

Theater Reviews: Witness and This Beautiful Future. Two takes on the Holocaust, indirectly by New York Theater

The night I saw “Witness,” a rabbi and several members of his congregation were being held hostage in a synagogue near Fort Worth, Texas. The live scene of the police gathered on the str…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 03:43PM
Friday, January 14, 2022

Digital Theater To Watch This Weekend: 5 Top Picks, and 10 others worth checking out by New York Theater

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand do Shakespeare….online. Uzo Aduba is villainous simultaneously on Broadway…and online. A celebration of Sondheim; horrid, strange and theatrical m…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 02:17PM
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Kevin R. Free appointed artistic director of a SECOND theater. “I’m never not busy” by New York Theater

Kevin R. Free, who is one of the busiest theater artists I know– actor, playwright, director, producer, mentor, teacher, audiobook narrator – has taken on two new jobs…. both of them a…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 11:03PM
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe Review. Cecily Strong Takes Over Lily Tomlin’s Characters by New York Theater

Trudy, a crazy bag lady who is one of the 11 characters that Cecily Strong portrays in this one-woman play originally performed by Lily Tomlin, tells us she brought her “space chums” —…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 07:55PM
Monday, January 10, 2022

Theater Triumphs on Screen. Amid In-Person Cancellations, Digital Theater Makes A Comeback. #Stageworthy Week by New York Theater

Given all the cancellations and delays caused by the Omicron variant surge (see news below),  digital theater is suddenly looking good again (see reviews below.) If the theater news this w…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 02:12PM
Sunday, January 9, 2022

Sidney Poitier: The Measure of A Man by New York Theater

Sidney Poitier wasn’t expected to live long; he was born prematurely in Miami, where his parents, who were tomato farmers from the Bahamas, happened to be visiting in order to sell their p…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 09:18PM
Saturday, January 8, 2022

1st Irish Festival Review: Duck Duck Goose. A play about a rape accusation by New York Theater

“I haven’t done anything wrong,” Chris Quinn says again and again in Caitriona Daly’s play, which focuses on an accusation of rape. Chris is not the one accused. His friend Davey is,…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 10:02AM
Thursday, January 6, 2022

Running for My Life. A play about the January 6 riot on its anniversary by New York Theater

“Sweetheart, I’m fine, and I’m running for my life, I cannot talk to you right now,” Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif) recalls telling her son, when he telephoned her while she was scrambl…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 08:02AM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Clyde’s Simulcast. Broadway Goes Digital! by New York Theater

Immediately after I watched the first-ever “simulcast” of a Broadway play   — the exact same live performance of Lynn Nottage’s “Clyde’s” on my computer screen that the audi…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 01:14PM
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Theater Blog Roundup: Reviewing 2021 in a mix of emotions by New York Theater

Was 2021 a cause for celebration or for sorrow? Was it a time for gratitude, grief or gall? Yes, say the theater bloggers in the roundup below. The strange mix of emotions might be summed u…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 12:42PM
Monday, January 3, 2022

Broadway on Edge in 2022. 2021 in Review.  #Stageworthy Week. by New York Theater

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on Broadway, with “Ain’t Too Proud” becoming the fourth Broadway show in little more than a week to announce it was shutting do…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 11:37AM
Sunday, January 2, 2022

New York Theater Openings Scheduled for January 2022 by New York Theater

Below is a day-by-day selection of theater openings scheduled for January organized by opening date*, featuring a Broadway play, “Skeleton Crew,” and several intriguing shows Off and Off…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 07:20PM
Saturday, January 1, 2022

Reynaldo Piniella: Thoughts of a Sudden Broadway Actor on a Year of Triumph and Trauma by New York Theater

Reynaldo Piniella made an abrupt Broadway debut portraying a go-getting actor in 2021 under strange and trying circumstances; “It’s been such a crazy time,” he says. “Within like a 2…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 01:13PM
Friday, December 31, 2021

Ring IN The Old in 2022: Broadway Veterans 90- 104 by New York Theater

Let us celebrate surviving to a new and surely better year, by honoring these dozen Broadway veterans aged 90 to 104. Click on any photograph to see it enlarged and read the caption.

SOURCE: New York Theater at 04:09PM
Thursday, December 30, 2021

Year End Theater Quiz: A Look Back at 2021 by New York Theater

How much do you remember of this unusual year in theater?  Answer these 20 questions to find out. Loading…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 07:17PM
Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Theater Books of 2021 to Read in 2022 by New York Theater

Below is a list of theater books to read in 2022, most of which were published in 2021.‡ Click on the titles to find more information and to purchase these books, grouped under four categ…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 01:01PM
Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Top Posts and Best Reads of 2021: Broadway Reopening, Musicals on Screen by New York Theater

Below are some of the year’s best reads and the most popular posts of 2021, which, not surprisingly, were largely about the reopening of Broadway, although the number 1 post was about the …

SOURCE: New York Theater at 01:53PM
Monday, December 27, 2021

The Good Theater News of 2021. #Stageworthy Week. by New York Theater

There were good things that happened in 2021 – in general (vaccines became widely available, Britney was freed, the coup failed, Derek Chauvin was convicted, Juneteenth was made a nati…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 12:28PM
Sunday, December 26, 2021

Reopening Night. The Making of “Merry Wives”  by New York Theater

A positive test in the company canceled what was supposed to be opening night. A torrential thunderstorm had canceled the first preview.  “It’s been harrowing, harrowing, harrowing, the…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 11:53PM
Saturday, December 25, 2021

In Memoriam: Theater Community Members Who Died in 2021 by New York Theater

Below are some of the people from the theater community who died in 2021, listed alphabetically. Click on any photograph to read the caption, most of which link to an obituary.

SOURCE: New York Theater at 05:26PM
Friday, December 24, 2021

15 Memorable Moments on Stage in 2021 by New York Theater

Three of the most memorable moments on a New York stage in 2021 were of characters getting high; can you blame them, given the year we’ve had? Among the moments represented in the photo ga…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 03:19PM
Thursday, December 23, 2021

Book Review: Theater of Lockdown by New York Theater

In “Theater of Lockdown: Digital and Distanced Performance in a Time of Pandemic”  (Methuen Drama, 247 pages), Barbara Fuchs attempts to chronicle what she calls “the fundamental tran…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 06:27PM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Top 10 Lists of Top 10 Theater in 2021. Best NYC stage plays and musicals by New York Theater

The Broadway debut of “Trouble in Mind” some three decades after playwright Alice Childress’ death is the most popular choice among critics whose lists of top 10 New York theater for …

SOURCE: New York Theater at 07:34AM
Monday, December 20, 2021

Broadway and Omicron: Cancellations “Out of An Abundance of Caution.” #Stageworthy News by New York Theater

A third of all Broadway shows were canceled on Sunday because members of the company or crew tested positive for Covid, the latest in “a raft of cancellations unlike any in history,” evi…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 09:21AM
Sunday, December 19, 2021

7 Theater Trends Revisited, Again by New York Theater

While others were busy assessing the trends in New York theater of the decade that had just ended, on January 1, 2020, I asked: What will be the trends of the future? I had a list of seven q…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 10:01PM
Saturday, December 18, 2021

Healthy at Last. What NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ vegan book may say about his tenure by New York Theater

It shouldn’t surprise anybody who followed the race for New York City mayor that Eric Adams, who won and will take office on January 1, 2022, has a book out called Healthy at Last: A Plant…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 03:45PM

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Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
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Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre