Wednesday, August 16, 2017

California Today: California Today: ‘Hamilton’ Sweeps Through the State by Mike McPhate

Wednesday: A hit musical arrives in Los Angeles, a white supremacist’s San Jose upbringing, and traces of Russia’s legacy in California.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 07:12PM

Hard Truths or Easy Targets? Confronting the Summer of Trump Onstage by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Alexis Soloski

Theater has quickly taken on the Trump presidency. Whether what’s onstage can change minds or spark action is open to debate.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 04:06PM

For Stephen Adly Guirgis, the Long Road Back to a First Love: Acting by Laura Collins-Hughes

The playwright is preparing to return to the stage as an actor in “American Buffalo” at the Dorset Theater Festival.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 12:54PM

Tom Stoppard’s ‘Travesties’ Will Return to Broadway by Andrew R. Chow

The play is transferring from London and so will the star Tom Hollander.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 09:06AM
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Michael Moore Takes His Broadway Audience on Buses to Protest Trump by Sarah Maslin Nir

Mr. Moore’s Broadway plan has made Donald J. Trump the target of his rumpled, moral ire. On Tuesday, he bused his audience to Mr. Trump’s door.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 09:42PM

Broadway’s ‘Groundhog Day’ Will Close Sept. 17 by Michael Paulson

Despite some strong reviews, the musical, based on the popular 1993 movie, failed to draw large enough audiences to support its running costs.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 06:33PM

Broadway Revival of ‘Children of a Lesser God’ to Open in April by Michael Paulson

The play will star Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff, who played the lead roles this summer in a Berkshire Theater Group staging.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 01:24PM

Brantley in Britain: Retrogressing in London With Meat Loaf and Adrian Mole by Ben Brantley

Stage adaptations of “Bat Out of Hell” and “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾” allow the middle-aged to retreat to the age of innocence.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 10:33AM

‘Hamilton’ Tries New Sales Method to Battle Bots and Scalpers by Michael Paulson

The show is the third on Broadway to declare that it will use Verified Fan, the Ticketmaster technology that scrutinizes potential ticket buyers.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 10:33AM

Footsteps: August Wilson’s Pittsburgh by John L. Dorman

Exploring the world Wilson wrote about isn’t easy: many of the hubs of black life he chronicled are gone. But the changing world is what defined his works.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 05:18AM
Monday, August 14, 2017

Critic's Notebook: A First-Time Visitor Inhales Stratford’s Theatrical Perfume by Jesse Green

Canada’s renowned repertory theater shows off a versatile troupe of actors in plays as varied as “Timon of Athens” and “Guys and Dolls.”

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 05:04PM

‘Gettin’ the Band Back Together’ to Open on Broadway Next Summer by Michael Paulson

This new musical comedy is scheduled to open in August 2018 at the Belasco Theater. The early announcement shows the hot competition for audiences and space.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 02:04PM
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Abrons Arts Center Season Includes a Parody of an Albee Classic by Joshua Barone

Elevator Repair Service, the innovative theater company, will stage an irreverent play inspired by “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 01:48PM
Friday, August 11, 2017

In Barbara Cook’s Final Days, Her Friends Came to Sing at Her Bedside by Sopan Deb

Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis, and others came to sing by Ms. Cook’s bedside as she lay dying. Others sent audio and video recordings to say goodbye.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 12:06PM

‘For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday’ Takes One Last Trip to Neverland by Laura Collins-Hughes

Sarah Ruhl’s play, which she wrote for her mother, is about five adult siblings confronting mortality.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 09:36AM
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: Michael Moore, Bragging on Broadway, in ‘The Terms of My Surrender’ by Jesse Green

The impish provocateur makes his Broadway debut in a show that’s less post-traumatic Trump therapy than self-aggrandizing autobiography.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 11:04PM

Michael Moore Hits the Stage, Then Hits Trump

The director Michael Moore talks about his one-man show, “The Terms of My Surrender,” which opens on Broadway on Aug. 10. It focuses on the Trump presidency and activism.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 02:04PM

‘Jersey Boys’ Is to Reopen Off Broadway by Michael Paulson

A slimmed-down version of the musical will run at New World Stages in Midtown Manhattan, starting in November.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 12:48PM

Bill Murray Attends ‘Groundhog Day’ Again, and It Feels Like ... Well, You Know by Sopan Deb

Bill Murray took in the musical “Groundhog Day” for the second night in a row. This time, he went alone.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 11:48AM

London Theater Reviews: A ‘Night Music’ of Heightened Harmony, and Pub Theaters That Put Actors First by Matt Wolf

The staging of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical not only sounds different from most revivals but also looks startlingly fresh.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 07:04AM
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

‘Bandstand’ to Close Next Month on Broadway by Andrew R. Chow

The post-World War II swing musical will close after 166 performances.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 02:24PM

Barbara Cook Could Make You Feel Grateful to Be Alive by Stephen Holden

The cabaret singer’s voice mixed regret with acceptance and consolation. At the end of a song, you’d feel warm — and know that all would be forgiven.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 01:33PM

Bruce Springsteen Is Bringing His Music and His Memories to Broadway by Ben Sisario

Tickets to the intimate shows at the Walter Kerr Theater will be sold via a new technology called Verified Fan in an attempt to cut down on scalping.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 01:06PM

Replicate or Reinvent? Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Moves to the Stage by Michael Paulson

This Disney juggernaut is going from the big screen to Broadway. But first, a stop in Denver.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 05:18AM
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bill Murray Relives a Role, Seeing Broadway’s ‘Groundhog Day’ by Sopan Deb

Mr. Murray attended the musical for the first time on Tuesday night.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 11:24PM

‘Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812’ to Close on Broadway by Joshua Barone

The musical, which had more Tony nominations than any other show last season, has struggled to overcome the recent casting controversy.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 07:18PM

Reviving a South African Musical That Once Promised So Much by Roslyn Sulcas

A new production of “King Kong,” which originally starred Miriam Makeba, is a reminder of the nation’s apartheid past.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 06:12PM

Review: Aspiring Writers Meet Acerbic Teacher in ‘The Workshop’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In this play, Austin Pendleton portrays a playwright who alternates between taking his students to task and spinning hilarious self-serving tales.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 05:04PM

Barbara Cook, Broadway Star Who Became a Cabaret Mainstay, Dies at 89 by Robert D. McFadden

Ms. Cook, a Tony Award-winning leading lady in Broadway musicals of the 1950s and ’60s, grappled with alcoholism and obesity before reinventing herself.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 12:33PM

7 Shows for President Trump to Watch on His Vacation by Neil Genzlinger, Mike Hale, Margaret Lyons and Ben Brantley

The president is spending 17 days in New Jersey and New York. A few of our critics weigh in with recommendations of shows to watch (besides the news).

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 10:12AM
Monday, August 7, 2017

A Word With: For Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer, a Last Romance by Alexis Soloski

With “Cymbeline,” the troupe’s founder has now directed the canon.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 05:06PM