Wednesday, May 5, 2021

A Rare Peek Inside a Semi-Secret ‘Secret Garden’ by Sarah Bahr

The 2018 workshop for a possible revival of the lush musical was never meant to be seen by the public, but will now stream as a benefit this weekend.

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Review: Walking in Light on the High Line by Brian Seibert

Okwui Okpokwasili’s processional is a homage and farewell to Simone Leigh’s giant bronze bust, “Brick House.”

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Broadway Is Reopening. But Not Until September. by Michael Paulson

Even as New York City begins to reopen this summer, Broadway will not resume performances until Sept. 14. Here’s why.

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Jacques d’Amboise, Charismatic Star of City Ballet, Is Dead at 86 by Roslyn Sulcas

He helped popularize ballet with an all-American style, combining the nonchalance of Fred Astaire with the nobility of a classic male dancer. Hollywood came calling, too.

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Only Connect: Yearning for the Intimacy of a Danced, Onstage World by Russell Janzen

Russell Janzen of City Ballet misses the physical and emotional closeness forged onstage, which are lost on Zoom and in socially distanced dancing.

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These Four Stage Directors Know Just What Needs to Change by Scott Heller

The pandemic pause has prompted a prizewinning cohort to ask hard questions about salaries, working in other media and choosing collaboration over “scarcity.”

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Nancy Lassalle, Longtime Promoter of Ballet, Dies at 93 by Penelope Green

In 1941 she studied at George Balanchine’s fledgling dance academy. She was not destined to be a ballerina, but she dedicated her life to Balanchine’s legacy.

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Jacques d’Amboise, a Ballet Star Who Believed in Dance for All by Gia Kourlas

The New York City Ballet legend, who went on to form National Dance Institute, lived to the fullest — and danced with that same spirit.

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Sofia Coppola’s Challenge: To Convey the Feeling of Live Dance by Roslyn Sulcas

Coppola and Justin Peck talk about how they approached making a film for New York City Ballet’s digital spring gala.

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Back in the Girdle Again: Getting Fitted After a Year Untouched by Melissa Errico

Confessions of an actress seeking reassurance — and sleeves — as she steps before a live concert audience again.

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‘Pass Over,’ About Black Men Trapped by Dread, Heads to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The play, by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu, has previously been staged at several prominent theaters and filmed by Spike Lee for Amazon.

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‘Pass Over,’ About Black Men Trapped by Dread, Heads to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The play, by Antoinette Nwandu, has previously been staged at several prominent theaters and filmed by Spike Lee for Amazon.

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Look to Dance to Understand the Everyday, and Other Lessons From Gia Kourlas by Gilbert Cruz

The Times’s Culture editor has questions. Our critic has answers.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

‘La Bamba’ and the Lives It Changed by Yolanda Machado

The actor Lou Diamond Phillips, and the writer-director Luis Valdez look back more than three decades at how the biopic did and didn’t make waves in Hollywood.

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The Play Is Coming From Inside the House by Alexis Soloski

Three new virtual productions, set in haunted homes and an interactive hotel, give you the excitement of exploring spaces that are off limits.

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Jacques d’Amboise, an Early Male Star of City Ballet, Dies at 86 by Roslyn Sulcas

He embodied an all-American style, combining the nonchalant elegance of Fred Astaire with the nobility of a classic male dancer. Hollywood came calling, too.

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American Ballet Theater Announces Summer Tour by Peter Libbey

The company will travel from Nebraska to New York City — through 14 states — in six sleeper buses and three production trucks.

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

With Her Final Album, Rebecca Luker Bids a Fond Farewell by Jesse Green

The much-loved Broadway soprano, who died in December, had one more miracle up her sleeve.

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Olympia Dukakis, Oscar Winner for ‘Moonstruck,’ Dies at 89 by Anita Gates

A veteran of the stage known for playing worldly wise and world-weary characters, she was cast in mature roles as early as her late 30s.

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BAFTA Suspends Award for Actor Noel Clarke Amid Harassment Allegations by Elian Peltier

The British actor and director has been accused of sexual assault, harassment and bullying by 20 women in a published report.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

‘Black Feminist Video Game’ Review: Pixels and Polemics by Maya Phillips

Live performances via Zoom mix with actual game footage in this well-intentioned but preachy play by the poet Darrel Alejandro Holnes.

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ Meets the Hot Vax Summer by Maya Phillips

A lusty new production is both an enticement and a warning as we tentatively explore intimacy after a year of forced solitude.

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Review: Trisha Brown’s Dances Find a Home at Judson Church by Gia Kourlas

As part of a digital program presented by the Joyce, the Trisha Brown Dance Company focuses on early movement invention.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Anthony Powell, Oscar-Winning Costume Designer, Dies at 85 by Richard Sandomir

He was honored for “Travels With My Aunt,” “Death on the Nile” and “Tess.” He was also renowned for the outlandish outfits he created for Glenn Close as the evil Cruella de Vil.

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How to Breathe New Life Into Martha Graham’s Dances? Infuse Them With Art. by Gia Kourlas

As part of GrahamFest95, the choreographer’s dance company celebrates its 95th anniversary with four films pairing dances with works by Hauser & Wirth artists.

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‘Fat Ham’ Review: A Queer, Black ‘Hamlet’? Ay, There’s the Spice Rub. by Jesse Green

Set at a Southern barbecue, James Ijames’s hilarious update on Shakespeare sees a recipe for liberation in the story of family disaster.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

‘Taxilandia’ Review: The Mouth is Running, but Not the Meter by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Modesto Jimenez, known as Flako, has turned cab theater into a genre, and his latest show takes place on a ride through Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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Theater to Stream: A Musical Throwback and ‘The Normal Heart’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Highlights include concerts by Melissa Errico and Sutton Foster, and an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves.”

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‘Great Gatsby’ Musical Sets Creative Team by Sarah Bahr

The production will feature lyrics by Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine and a book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok.

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Rediscovering France’s Early Female Playwrights by Laura Cappelle

A growing movement within French theater is reclaiming the work of forgotten female artists, and reviving a lost concept: le matrimoine.

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Renée Fleming Was Back Onstage. Here’s What Happened First. by Julia Jacobs

To pull together a 85-minute indoor concert at the Shed with the opera star and three musicians, everything had to go according to plan.

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Sep 14, 2021: BROADWAY REOPENS
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre