Thursday, January 13, 2022

Matt Doyle and the Gender Flipped Tongue Twister That’s Lighting Up Broadway by Harry Haun

In the revival of Sonheim's 'Company,' Doyle shines with his rendition of the complicated 'Getting Married Today.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:00PM
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

A Star Among the Stars, Cecily Strong Searches for Intelligent Life by David Cote

Wagner’s message is a simple but deeply humanistic one: We’re all specks in the universe, random, unknowable bio-containers, and who knows where my atoms end and yours begin?

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:00PM
Monday, January 3, 2022

Mobilization Director of Actors’ Equity, Stefanie Frey, Talks Organizing Theater by Annie Levin, Annie Levin

Frey told Observer, “The labor movement was becoming hot, so to speak, and members were really getting activated and needed a way to organize and funnel that energy.”

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:03AM
Monday, December 27, 2021

Letters From Sondheim and the Offstage Magic of Mail From an Idol by Brijana Prooker, Brijana Prooker

“It’s a lesson in humanity and connection,” Tom Kitt tells Observer. Kitt, a Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer (Flying Over Sunset, Jagged Little Pill) credits Sondheim …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:48AM
Friday, December 24, 2021

Remarks by Broadway League President Enrage Theatre Community by Annie Levin, Annie Levin

Broadway has been roiled by controversy following contentious remarks made by Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:14PM
Wednesday, December 22, 2021

No Total Lockdown for Broadway During Omicron Surge by Annie Levin, Annie Levin

Gooen describes the Omicron spike coming with a new set of restrictions for Broadway, with increased vigilance during “mask up shifts” and some theaters now requiring PCR testing and vac…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:53AM
Monday, December 13, 2021

‘Flying Over Sunset’ Tries for Introspection but Achieves Self-Indulgence by Rex Reed

It's better than 'Mrs. Doubtfire', but you will not be singing these tunes as you walk home from the theater — unless you love to rhyme "penis" and "Venus" or "smelly" and "Botticelli.”

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:05PM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Rise! Rise! Rise! This Gender Swapped ‘Company’ Wins Our Hearts by David Cote

One thing I am certain of: 'Company' is the most sophisticated fun I’ve had in a theater in ages.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:00PM

Sweet Sixteen Has a Bitter Edge in New Musical ‘Kimberly Akimbo’ by David Cote

It’s a downbeat fable about escaping the toxic narcissists who created your body.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:39AM
Monday, December 6, 2021

Aiming for Big Tent Family Fare, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Is Just a Drag by David Cote

It’s a patriarchal pangender fantasy that simultaneously de-centers and re-centers cishetero masculinity. Fancy lingo for: kinda outdated and icky.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:49AM
Sunday, November 28, 2021

Stephen Sondheim (1930–2021): Master of the Modern Musical by David Cote

He will continue to shape the future of musical theater because he trained our ears, set the bar high, and new composers and lyricists will study his work. For a hundred who try, misguidedly…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:33AM
Thursday, November 18, 2021

‘Trouble in Mind’ Makes a Triumphant Broadway Debut by David Cote

You absolutely must see it if you care about Black work on Broadway, American theater, and the evolving state of our “canon.”

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:00PM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

‘Diana: The Musical’: Tacky Tribute to a Great Woman by David Cote

Who knows if musical fiascos such as 'Diana' exist solely for the bitter amusement of theater critics?

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:00PM
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

‘Morning’s at Seven’ Revives a Timeless Story About Pretending to be Content by Rex Reed

Old-fashioned in the best way, 'Morning's at Seven' is about the sense of isolation and failure that hides beneath the surface.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:17PM
Monday, November 15, 2021

American Psychos: ‘Assassins’ Takes Wobbly Aim Off Broadway by David Cote

I can’t be the only Sondheim nerd sick of respectful, minimalist approaches.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:46AM
Thursday, November 11, 2021

‘While You Were Partying’: Sick Theater for Queasy Times by David Cote

Embracing absurd and cringe humor while bringing it to theater, 'While You Were Partying' is for theater lovers who grew up online.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:04PM
Thursday, November 4, 2021

“The Mother” and The Wooster Group’s Identity Crisis by Juan A. Ramírez, Juan A. Ramírez

Its respectful treatment of the material may be the fallout of a theater troupe meeting their spiritual maker.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:39PM
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Time to Properly Value the Great Wealth of ‘Caroline, or Change’ by David Cote

I’m not actually 100% sure we are worthy of this show, but we need its complexity and density.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:00PM
Thursday, October 21, 2021

David Byrne Shows Us His—and Invites Us to Build Our Own—’American Utopia’ by Billy McEntee, Billy McEntee

David Byrne's 'American Utopia' gives audiences a chance to reflect on the world they want to see.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:28PM
Monday, October 18, 2021

Deirdre O’Connell Holds Us Utterly Captive in ‘Dana H.’ by David Cote

Here’s the thing about this harrowing fugue state of a play, written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Les Waters: O’Connell never speaks.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:44AM
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

‘Is This A Room’ Brings Downtown Weird to Broadway by David Cote

The world is getting weirder by the day. I think the audience is ready for it now.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:28AM
Friday, October 8, 2021

Ruben Santiago-Hudson Makes Music of the Past in ‘Lackawanna Blues’ by David Cote

On at the Manhattan Theatre Club, 'Lackawanna Blues' explores survival and finding heart in your own life, backed by harmonica.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:21AM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Jeremy McCarter: From Drama Critic to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Co-Author by Harry Haun

After working on a best-selling at the behind-the-scenes stories of "Hamilton," the multi-hyphenate McCarter is back with a look at "In the Heights."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:36PM
Monday, October 4, 2021

These Queens Will Rock You in Broadway’s ‘Six’ by David Cote

There’s no plot to Six, just an agreement among the ex-wives to compete (in song) for who had the hardest time.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:42AM
Friday, September 24, 2021

This Fall Black Theater Takes New York City by David Cote

The fall 2021 season is bustling with excellent theater about Black stories, experiences, and joy. From the experimental to new favorites.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:24PM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Broadway Makes Its Long-Anticipated Return, But How Does It Feel? by Helen Holmes, Helen Holmes

Jubilant audiences reportedly indulged in multiple standing ovations and even wept in their seats.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:47AM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Shakespeare Gets a Harlem Renaissance in ‘Merry Wives’ by David Cote

Playwright Jocelyn Bioh's 'Merry Wives' marvels audiences at Shakespeare in the Park with a modern approach to the canon.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:48AM
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Broadway Drama Is Back With the Scorching ‘Pass Over’ by David Cote

Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu's "Pass Over" has the makings of a modern and Black retelling of "Waiting for Godot" yet stands alone, moving.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:53AM
Friday, August 13, 2021

Broadway Star Laura Osnes Allegedly Removed from Show for Vaccine Refusal by Annie Levin, Annie Levin

Tony nominated star Laura Osnes has been booted from a performance after revealing to a castmate that she was not vaccinated.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:23AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Actors’ Equity Moves to Diversify Theatre by Opening Access to Membership by Annie Levin, Annie Levin

Actors’ Equity has opened its policy to grant membership to any theatre worker with experience in acting or stage managing in the US.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:57AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

In-Person Arts Events Are Back and Pandemic Accessibility Is Quietly Disappearing by Brijana Prooker, Brijana Prooker

The way non-disabled people felt during the pandemic is how disabled people feel in a world that doesn’t want to accommodate us.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:40PM

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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre