Friday, September 21, 2018

Why Are Two Casts Performing One Show Simultaneously? - A new bilingual production is performed in English and American Sign Language

A new bilingual production at Playwrights Horizons is performed in English and American Sign Language---Craig Lucas' new play I Was Most Alive with You at Playwrights Horizons is about a fam…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

This Play Is About More Than Autism - The radical inclusiveness of Catya McMullen's 'Agnes'

The radical inclusiveness of Catya McMullen's Agnes---"I didn't set out to write about autism," says Catya McMullen about her world-premiere play Agnes at 59E59 Theaters. When she started on…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Classical Dance for Broadway Lovers - New York City Ballet pays tribute to Jerome Robbins in honor of his 100th birthday

New York City Ballet pays tribute to Jerome Robbins in honor of his 100th birthday---New York City Ballet's month-long fall season kicked off this week, and the eclectic lineup includes piec…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

5 Theatres You Need to Know: Asian-American Companies in NYC - Discover new-to-you theatre companies through our new series of themed roundups

Discover new-to-you theatre companies through our new series of themed roundups ---In life, it's easy to stick with what you know. But you should never do that -- especially when it comes to…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Making 'Uncle Vanya' Real, Not Overwrought - Jay O. Sanders stars in a stripped-down mounting of the Chekhov classic at a brand-new theatre company

Jay O. Sanders stars in a stripped-down mounting of the Chekhov classic at a brand-new theatre company---Don't be surprised if you find yourself leaning in as you watch playwright-director R…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Which Real-Life Politician Is Michael McKean Playing This Time? - The actor discusses his new role opposite Edie Falco in 'The True'

The actor discusses his new role opposite Edie Falco in The True---Although Michael McKean made his name on TV (he was Lenny on Laverne & Shirley) and in Christopher Guest mockumentaries…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

How Do You Dramatize the Downfall of an Autocrat? - In 'The Emperor,' Haile Selassie's servants tell his story, and they're all played by Kathryn Hunt

In The Emperor, Haile Selassie's servants tell his story, and they're all played by Kathryn Hunter---The audience never sees His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie in The Emperor, Colin Teevan'…

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

How Well Do You Know Irving Berlin? - Hershey Felder examines the legendary songwriter's life and work in his new solo show

Hershey Felder examines the legendary songwriter's life and work in his new solo show---Pianist, performer and playwright Hershey Felder has made a career out of chronicling the lives and mu…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Can 'Antigone' Help Communities Heal? - Why Sophocles' play speaks to the Black Lives Matter movement

Why Sophocles' play speaks to the Black Lives Matter movement---When Antigone in Ferguson opens this week, it will be the second Black Lives Matter-infused take on Sophocles' tragedy to play…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Your Broadway Fall Preview! 2018 Edition - A guide to 17 upcoming (or recently opened) productions

Although the 2018-2019 Broadway season officially began when The Boys in the Band opened back in June, it kicks into high gear this fall with 15 new productions bowing on the boards. (We've …

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Seeing War Through a Teenager's Eyes - How director Simon Beale translated Michael Morpurgo's novel 'Private Peaceful' to the stage

How director Simon Reade translated Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful to the stage---You know from the outset that the titular character of Private Peaceful dies at the end. But disc…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Making 'Spaces' for Different Styles of Dance - Jazz at Lincoln Center kicks off autumn with the return of a powerhouse collaboration

Jazz at Lincoln Center kicks off autumn with the return of a powerhouse collaboration---Dance and jazz have an illustrious intertwined history. But Spaces -- a full-evening collaboration bet…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

You've Never Seen 'Heartbreak House' Like This - How the late Hermione Gingold inspired this new take on Shaw's antiwar comedy

How the late Hermione Gingold inspired this new take on Shaw's antiwar comedy---The spirit of Hermione Gingold permeates the new mounting of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House at Off-Bro…

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Eleven Collaborators, Three Playlets, One Singular Experience - Theater Mitu's new show explores war and death from many angles

Theater Mitu's new show explores war and death from many angles---How do you create a multimedia meditation on war, death and loss by artistic consensus? That's what Brooklyn-based company T…

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Is This the Most Diverse Show Off-Broadway Right Now? - Two of the actresses in 'Collective Rage' discuss their roles

Two of the actresses in Collective Rage discuss their roles---When's the last time you saw five diverse women headlining a major play? I mean a group of actresses truly heterogeneous in term…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

WATCH: Backstage at the Autism-Friendly Performance of 'SpongeBob SquarePants' - Broadway cast members share why they love doing these special perform

Last month, we kicked off our autism-friendly performances for the 2018-2019 season with SpongeBob SquarePants. We were thrilled to get a chance to share this exuberant musical with families…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Black Survivors Matter - Geraldine Inoa explores the traumatic aftermath of a police killing in 'Scraps'

Geraldine Inoa explores the traumatic aftermath of a police killing in Scraps---Ever since the Black Lives Matter movement came to prominence after a white police officer fatally shot Michae…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Have You Ever Seen a Show in a Bathtub? - WalkUpArts presents a radically intimate solo show in an unlikely venue

WalkUpArts presents a radically intimate solo show in an unlikely venue---Philip Santos Schaffer pulls back the curtain and introduces himself as "your server and savior" to me and the only …

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

I Know You Love That Musical, But Please Don't Sing Along - The theatre is not your shower or a karaoke bar

The theatre is not your shower or a karaoke bar---Has this ever happened to you at a Broadway musical? House lights dim, stage lights go up, actors begin singing the opening number… a…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Creating New Opportunities for Asian-American Actors in 'Henry VI' - Why NAATCO is mounting Shakespeare's rarely done epic

Why NAATCO is mounting Shakespeare's rarely done epic---Mia Katigbak has wanted to stage Shakespeare's three-part history saga Henry VI ever since she saw a production at the Public Theater …

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Monday, August 20, 2018

If It Doesn't Rhyme, I Don't Mind - In defense of musical theatre lyrics with imperfect rhymes

In defense of musical theatre lyrics with imperfect rhymesI'm a hard-core musical theatre nerd and I don't understand why so many people gripe about lyrics featuring imperfect rhymes. They d…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

How Do You Direct Two Musicals at Once? - Andy Sandberg opens 'Neurosis' and 'R.R.R.E.D.' Off-Broadway

Andy Sandberg opens Neurosis and R.R.R.E.D. Off-Broadway---Working on two shows simultaneously has driven Andy Sandberg to drink -- large quantities of Pepsi Max. "The actors frequently teas…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

What Does a Show Starring Everyday New Yorkers Look Like? - How the Public Theater's Public Works initiative is creating new artists and new audiences

How the Public Theater's Public Works initiative is creating new artists and new audiences---Usually a theatre producer's primary worry is how to get butts in the seats. But when the Public …

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Even When I See a Show Solo I'm Never Alone - One theatre lover reflects on the impact other audience members have on his experiences

One theatre lover reflects on the impact other audience members have on his experiences---Usually, I wait to criticize a show until after I've left the theatre. But I once loathed a producti…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

She's the Other 'Pretty Woman' in this Musical and She's Fierce - Tony nominee Orfeh returns to Broadway as another sexy sidekick

Tony nominee Orfeh returns to Broadway as another sexy sidekick---When director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell needed to cast the brassy, belting bestie in Broadway's Pretty Woman: The Musical…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

When Color-Blind Casting Get Complicated - A black theatre fan argues that certain white roles shouldn't be played by actors of color

A black theatre fan argues that certain white roles shouldn't be played by actors of color---I've loved musical theatre as long as I can remember. When I was young, I would listen to my orig…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Meet the Hardest Working Man in New York Theatre - Between acting, directing, writing and teaching, Austin Pendleton is always busy

Between acting, directing, writing and teaching, Tony nominee Austin Pendleton is always busy -- and that's how he likes it---While most of his industry peers take a break during the dog day…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

He Wants You to Crack Up at His Breakup - Gianmarco Soresi analyzes his love life and his art in 'Less Than 50%'

Gianmarco Soresi analyzes his love life and his art in Less Than 50%---When it comes to romance, playwright and stand-up Gianmarco Soresi admits he's a bit cynical, like many of his fellow m…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Seeing My Story in 'Avenue Q' - In honor of the musical's 15th anniversary, a fan looks back at how the musical continues to impact her life

In honor of the musical's 15th anniversary, a fan looks back at how the musical continues to impact her life---I was already in my mid-thirties when Avenue Q debuted Off-Broadway in 2003 at …

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

How a Nashville Songwriter Penned a New Jersey Rock Musical - Mark Allen makes his Broadway debut with 'Gettin' the Band Back Together'

Mark Allen makes his Broadway debut with Gettin' the Band Back Together---Nashville-born Mark Allen published his first song when he was just ten years old and spent his early years collabor…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Did You Go to See Shows with Your School? - We want to hear your theatre education stories in honor of TDF's 50th anniversary

We want to hear your theatre education stories in honor of TDF's 50th anniversary---My husband and I grew up within a few miles of each other in New York City, but our experiences were world…

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