Monday, December 4, 2023

Jews and Theater: Jesse Green’s Straight Talk Hanukkah Gift. Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Jewish theater artists in the three alternate magazine covers: Clockwise from left: Jesse Eisenberg, Matthew Broderick, Sam Gold, Amy Herzog, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer and Joel Grey.Ha…

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Sunday, December 3, 2023

Holiday Shows in NYC 2023 by New York Theater

While there are always new shows in December (see December 2023 New York Theater Openings), the heart of theater during the month is in many ways the annual holiday shows — plays, ballets,…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 03:22PM
Saturday, December 2, 2023

Broadway Spring 2024 Preview Guide by New York Theater

Eddie Redmayne, Jessica Lange, Kelli O’Hara with Brian d’Arcy James, Tyne Daly with Liev Schreiber, Jeremy Strong with Michael Imperioli are all performing in shows on Broadway — and …

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Friday, December 1, 2023

December 2023 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

Below is a day-by-day calendar of theater opening* in December, a month that features two Broadway openings — a play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins starring Sarah Paulson (see December 18th), a…

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Spain Review. Art or Propaganda? by New York Theater

A thick smoke billows over the stage as a character sings Spanish operatically in one of the last scenes of “Spain,” a play by Jen Silverman that purports to tell the cloak-and-dagger ba…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 11:34PM

Theater Quiz for November 2023: A month of crises, and Barbra by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the theater news, views and reviews in November? Take this ten-question quiz and find out. Loading…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 01:54PM
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Here in the Dark by Alexis Soloski by New York Theater

Alexis Soloski, a theater critic for the New York Times, has written a novel about a theater critic, but if that’s the lure, beware:  “Here in the Dark” (Flatiron Books, 256 pages) is…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 10:12AM
Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Giving Tuesday 2023: A List of NYC Theaters and Theater Charities by New York Theater

On this twelfth annual #GivingTuesday (created in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y), consider donating to theater in New York. Below, an alphabetical list of more than 100 New York theaters and t…

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Monday, November 27, 2023

Cyber Monday for Theater Lovers 2023. Whence Cyber Theater? Stageworthy News of the Week. by New York Theater

Cyber Monday ticket deals in theater still exist in 2023 (see below) although they are harder to find now, in part because of Elon Musk’s relentless degradation of the social media platfor…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 09:06AM
Sunday, November 26, 2023

Fixing the Musical: How Technologies Shaped the Broadway Repertory by New York Theater

Theater may be an ephemeral experience on stage, but the ways we have presented and attempted to preserve American musicals everywhere else – the printed page, photographs, the cast album,…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 08:54AM
Saturday, November 25, 2023

Top 10 Theater to be Grateful for in 2023 by New York Theater

My yearly list of New York stage shows for which I’m most grateful, which I started posting every Thanksgiving more than a decade ago, returns more or less to normal this year, as the t…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 04:31PM
Friday, November 24, 2023

Holiday Gifts for Theater Lovers 2023 by New York Theater

My twelfth annual theater gift guide below features links and information on shopping for theater tickets,theater subscriptions/memberships,cast recordings,play scripts and books about the …

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Thursday, November 23, 2023

Watch Broadway at Thanksgiving Day Parade 2023 by New York Theater

Below are videos from the Broadway casts who performed at the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: “& Juliet, “Spamalot,” “Shucked” “How To Dance in Ohio,” and rehearsal …

SOURCE: New York Theater at 10:46AM
Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Amid Falling Walls Review. Holocaust Songs of Cheek and Worry and Rage by New York Theater

Long before Liza Minnelli and Joel Gray sang “The Money Song” in the musical “Cabaret,” set in a cabaret in Nazi Germany, a performer sang a similarly satirical song about money in a…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 09:21PM
Tuesday, November 21, 2023

The Gardens of Anuncia Review: The Anti Evita Musical by New York Theater

Graciela Daniele, a Broadway luminary for six decades, directs this lovely and peculiar musical written by her good friend Michael John LaChiusa, who uses Daniele’s life as the inspiration…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 12:54PM
Monday, November 20, 2023

Spamalot and Harmony: A Jew’s View. Steve Carell, Jeremy Strong, Tammy Faye on Broadway. Anna Deavere Smith’s New Play. Stageworthy News of the We by New York Theater

Of the eight shows I reviewed this past week, I probably reacted to two of them differently than I would have without the rise in antisemitism over the last six weeks.About the Broadway revi…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 11:52AM
Sunday, November 19, 2023

Broadway Thanksgiving Week Schedule 2023 by New York Theater

Below is the Broadway schedule for Thanksgiving Week 2023, which differs from the usual week’s schedule: Only two shows of the 26 currently playing have performances on Thanksgiving Day (T…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 10:47PM

Hell’s Kitchen Review: An Alicia Keys musical by New York Theater

“Hell’s Kitchen,” opening tonight at the Public Theater, is not a musical biography of Alicia Keys, nor, despite the title, is it about the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood where she grew…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 09:24PM
Saturday, November 18, 2023

A Good Day To Me Not To You Review by New York Theater

About halfway through Lameece Issaq’s solo show, a younger man named Gabe dressed as an angel, in a wig and women’s makeup, arrives at the home of the unnamed woman at the center of the …

SOURCE: New York Theater at 05:01PM
Friday, November 17, 2023

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding: The Perks and Pitfalls of seeing it on Broadway Live via your Computer by New York Theater

For only the third time in Broadway history, you can see a play this weekend live as it’s being performed on stage even if you live thousands of miles away. “Jaja’s African Hair Braid…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 03:01PM
Thursday, November 16, 2023

Spamalot Broadway Review by New York Theater

In its first Broadway revival, “Spamalot” is high-stepping, low-brow and often hilarious. The cast, featuring such comic royalty of the Rialto as Christopher Fitzgerald, Michael Urie and…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 07:53PM
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Scene Partners Review. Dianne Wiest as a maybe delusional movie star by New York Theater

In “Scene Partners,” we first see Dianne Wiest in close-up on a screen, as pink and bejeweled as a movie star, though more nervous than one, as she says: “Hello! I’m Meryl Kowalski,…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 08:53PM
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Waiting for Godot Review: Paul Sparks and Michael Shannon as Beckett’s latest Didi and Gogo by New York Theater

On this, the seventieth anniversary year of the signature work of Nobel Prize winning author Samuel Beckett, a play in which (as one Beckett scholar famously put it) “nothing happens, tw…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 08:48PM
Monday, November 13, 2023

Harmony Broadway Review by New York Theater

When Barry Manilow’s musical finally debuted in New York last year, I was thrilled. I had just one small reservation. On my second viewing of “Harmony,” which opens tonight on Broadway…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 10:53PM

Sad Boys in Harpy Land Review by New York Theater

Alexandra Tatarsky’s solo show should probably come with a warning. This is not because she keeps on taking things out of her crotch, including a Styrofoam head to which she’s apparently…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 05:23PM

The Heart of New York Theater. Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

It’s been a week of what Broadway-goers might consider alternative theater  — above all, the announcement that “Sleep No More” and “Here Lies Love” are closing, which prompted …

SOURCE: New York Theater at 10:35AM
Sunday, November 12, 2023

Sleep No More is soon no more. But no more immersive theater? NO by New York Theater

It came as a shock to lovers of immersive theater, and reportedly even to the people who work on  “Sleep No More,” the show by the British theater company Punchdrunk that launched New …

SOURCE: New York Theater at 12:10PM
Saturday, November 11, 2023

Honoring Veterans Day with General Sophocles by New York Theater

The most enduring theater of Western Civilization was created by combat veterans. “Ancient Greek drama was a form of storytelling, communal therapy, and ritual reintegration for combat vet…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 11:42AM

The 5 Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Nominations 2024 by New York Theater

Five albums have been nominated for the best musical theater album, all of them of current or recent Broadway shows (like last year, but unlike the year before.). The 66th annual Grammy Awar…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 08:39AM
Friday, November 10, 2023

Watch Bring Them Home: A Broadway Prayer for The Oct 7 Hostages by New York Theater

In the video below, dozens of Broadway performers have recorded the song from “Les Miserables” with a slightly altered title on behalf of the more than two hundred people who were kidnap…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 10:36AM
Thursday, November 9, 2023

The Sound of (Black) Music, and Borrowed Landscape. 2 Musical Theater One-Offs by New York Theater

Electric Root’s version of “The Sound of Music” and BlackBox Ensemble’s newly translated version of “Borrowed Landscape”  each separately gave one-night-only performances this…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 11:39PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater