Thursday, April 23, 2015

Airline Highway on Broadway by New York Theater

Airline Highway, Lisa D’Amour’s loving look at the makeshift family of misfits that hang out at a seedy motel along the old Airline Highway in New Orleans, is not a musical, but it is fu…

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The Visit on Broadway with Chita Rivera by New York Theater

When the wealthiest woman in the world returns to her bankrupt hometown in The Visit, reactions range from “Her dress, her jewels…like a great film star!” to “half-Jewish, half-gypsy…

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2015 Drama Desk Award Nominations: Hamilton, An American in Paris Most Nominated by New York Theater

Hamilton and An American in Paris received the most nominations for the 60th annual Drama Desk Awards, which honors achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and …

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Something Rotten on Broadway by New York Theater

By the end of the show, despite the cleverness of its concept, Something Rotten as executed simply hasn’t added up to a completely satisfying musical. Its choreography seems too repetitive…

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Doctor Zhivago on Broadway by New York Theater

I had hoped that a major benefit of winning the Cold War would be no longer having to sit through a show like Doctor Zhivago, a musical adaptation of Pasternak’s novel that presents the Ru…

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Watch #MakeItFair Video: Celebrity entertainers promote gender equality in the arts…and everywhere by New York Theater

Seventy women including Rita Wilson, Mamie Gummer and Kathleen Chalfant promote gender equality in the arts and entertainment through this three-minute #MakeItFair Video. (They sing at the e…

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2015 Drama League Award Nominations by New York Theater

Below is the full list of the nominations for the 2015 Drama League Awards, which select winners in five competitive categories, and also give special awards. The winners will be announced…

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Monday, April 20, 2015

2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Between Riverside and Crazy,by Stephen Adly Guirguis by New York Theater

Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirguis has won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, In another one of Stephen Adly Guirguis’s quintessential plays about New Yorkers on the margins…

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2015 Outer Critics Circle Nominations by New York Theater

Nominations for the 65th annual Outer Critics Circle awards will be announced today starting at 11 a.m. in the following categories: OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MU…

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fun Home on Broadway by New York Theater

“My Dad and I both grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town. And he was gay and I was gay,” Alison explains in the remarkable musical Fun Home.  “And he killed himself, and I …

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The King and I Broadway Reviews, Pics, Video by New York Theater

The King and I, starring Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara, is the fifth Broadway production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens, who becomes …

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Finding Neverland on Broadway by New York Theater

Is it pointless to pan Peter? Are we helpless in the face of the massive Peter Pander/Pandemic/Pandemonium (pick your Peter Pan pun.) Shortly after “Peter and the Starcatcher” an…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It Shoulda Been You Review: The Worst Wedding on Broadway by New York Theater

The singular accomplishment of “It Shoulda Been You,” a musical comedy about a wedding that tries hard to be a farce, is that it abruptly swerves in a completely unexpected direction, an…

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An Actor Assassinates President Abraham Lincoln 150 Years Ago by New York Theater

Actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theatre in Washington,D.C. on April 14, 1865. Wilkes had access to the theater because of his profession. He was a …

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

An American in Paris on Broadway by New York Theater

Both Gigi and An American In Paris are adapted from Oscar-winning 1950’s movie musicals directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron. Both take place in Paris. Both have revised…

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Hand to God. Gigi. Wolf Hall. RIP Judith Malina. Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

Opening this week on Broadway: An American in Paris It Shoulda Been You Finding Neverland The King and I Check out April openings for details. The Week in New York Theater Reviews Hand to Go…

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Judith Malina, co-founder of the Living Theatre, June 4, 1926 – April 10, 2015 by New York Theater

“Tremble:your whole life is a rehearsal for the moment you are in now”~Judith Malina Judith Malina died this morning at age 88. Malina and Julian Beck began the Living Theatre in…

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What Makes The Ideal Critic, And Other Questions About Theater Criticism by New York Theater

What would be your ideal theater critic? What makes a critic “professional” these days? What is the proper training for a critic? Should a critic write about a show if he or she …

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wolf Hall Parts 1 and 2 on Broadway by New York Theater

It’ll be another three months before the American Revolution arrives on Broadway, with the hip-hop musical Hamilton. In the meantime, the Great White Way has been pledging allegiance to th…

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Gigi On Broadway: Visually Splendid, Emotionally Threadbare by New York Theater

Gigi, an imitation French confection of a musical starring High School Musical sweetheart Vanessa Hudgens, is based on a novella by Colette about two aging prostitutes grooming their illegit…

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hand to God Broadway Reviews by New York Theater

In “Hand to God,” good-hearted teenager Jason is forced to confront Tyrone, a violent, foul-mouthed bully, who just happens to reside on Jason’s left arm. Tyrone is a hand …

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Honeymoon is Over. April Avalanche Begins. Bowie! The Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

Of the 14 shows opening on Broadway in April, the most anticipated, according to my poll so far, are 1. Fun Home 2. Something Rotten 3. The King and I Last week, Skylight opened. This week, …

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Friday, April 3, 2015

La Mama’s perfect storm in getting foreign artists on its American stage by New York Theater

Performers from more than 70 countries have had gigs at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company since it began in 1961, but one could be excused for seeing this season as the perfect storm for …

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Skylight Broadway Reviews by New York Theater

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic rest…

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Lucille Lortel Award Nominations 2015: Hamilton, Sondheim, Between Riverside Score Big by New York Theater

Hamilton has received a record-breaking 12 nominations for the 30th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway.  The Off-Broadway League awards will be handed o…

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What Broadway Show in April 2015 Has You Most Excited? by New York Theater

Fourteen shows are opening on Broadway this month. Take this poll to choose the one are most looking forward to. Arranged chronologically by opening date. For more details on the shows, chec…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Why Are Critics Villains? by New York Theater

A theater critic is a “malicious, cowardly” person who cannot see the beauty in a flower because she cannot put a label on it. That is what the ex movie star turned first-time Broadway d…

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April 2015 Openings Broadway, Off and Off Off Broadway by New York Theater

April is the month to binge-watch on Broadway.  Fourteen shows are opening on Broadway within 21 days — set in Paris, London, Bangkok and Moscow; and Cypress, Texas;  Airline Highwa…

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Monday, March 30, 2015

New York Theater March 2015 Quiz by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the New York theater news in March? Answer these 12 questions and find out.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Binge Watching on Broadway! Theater Critics DO Like Theater. The Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

The annual April Broadway marathon begins this coming week — 14 openings in 21 days, with two of these shows opening on the Tony eligibility cut-off date of April 23, 2015. The shows …

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Nether Playwright Jennifer Haley: Merging Online With On Stage by New York Theater

Jennifer Haley did not set out to become the first major playwright of the digital age, but that is what has happened. “The Nether,” which imagines a future where people lose th…

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