Monday, February 19, 2024

SPEAK FOR THEM: ARTISTS THEY CAME FOR (February 5th – 19th, 2024) by Robert Shuman

The recent death of Alexei Navalny, a courageous dissident and symbol of hope for freedom in Russia, is a stark reminder of the fragility of human rights and the chilling price paid by those…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:31PM
Thursday, February 15, 2024

***** ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’ REVIEW – CHARACTERS MASH, WORLDS INVERT AND FLAMES BURST FROM FINGERS by Robert Shuman

(Mark Lawson’s article appeared in the Guardian, 2/14, 2024; Drawing a younger audience … Mathew Baynton as Bottom and Pyramus. Photograph: Pamela Raith.) Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stra…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:48AM
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

SCRAP TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR THEATRE AUDIENCES, SAYS RALPH FIENNES by Robert Shuman

(Neha Gohil’s article appeared in the Guardian, 2/11; Photo: Britannica.) Audiences should be ‘shocked and disturbed’ by the impact of theatre, says Schindler’s List and Harry Potter…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 11:28AM
Monday, February 12, 2024

EDDIE IZZARD’S ‘HAMLET’ (REVIEW FOM NEW YORK) by Robert Shuman

By Bob Shuman In Act 3, Scene 2 of Hamlet, the melancholy, introspective Dane instructs the newly arrived players, who will be acting before his new father’s court, “to hold the mirror u…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:42PM
Sunday, February 11, 2024

THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, ON STAGE VOICES: 2/4/2024 – 2/11/2024 by Robert Shuman

The past week’s international stage highlights, brought to you via the world’s foremost journalism.  Gemini, the large language model from Google AI, and Perplexity, provided informatio…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:54PM
Saturday, February 10, 2024

NOW ON BROADWAY: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2024 (NEW SHOWS ROUNDUP) by Robert Shuman

(Bard (Gemini), the large language model from Google AI, and Perplexity AI, the innovative AI search engine and knowledge discovery platform, provided information, insights, and materials fo…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 12:45PM
Friday, February 9, 2024

THE RUB: THEATRE CONFRONTED, FEBRUARY 2nd – FEBRUARY 9th, 2024 by Robert Shuman

A look at current issues, challenges, and controversies spilling beyond the proscenium. The following three stories, discussed by prominent stage journalists, provided tension and debate wit…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:40PM
Thursday, February 8, 2024

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (159) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: The false acting of passions, or of types, or the mere use of conventional gestures,—these are frequent faults in our profession. But you m…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:11AM
Wednesday, February 7, 2024

‘I HOPE IT WILL SEND A MESSAGE’: MUSICAL RENT TO BE REIMAGINED WITH DEAF ACTORS by Robert Shuman

(Caroline Butterwick’s article appeared in the Guardian, 2/7; Photo: Jonathan Larson, the creator of Rent, who died in 1996. Photograph: AP. ) Using an ensemble cast of deaf and hearing a…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:34PM

BROADWAY DEBUT: ‘THE THREEPENNY OPERA’ PREMIERES (A DAY IN THEATRE) by Robert Shuman

On February 7, 1933, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s groundbreaking musical The Threepenny Opera graced the stages of New York City’s Adelphi Theatre. Despite its brief initial run of on…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:20AM
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

MONOLOGUE FROM BOB SHUMAN’S ‘TEMPEST’ PREQUEL by Robert Shuman

If you enjoyed Sycorax: the Untold Story, you might like playing her in a class, audition, or even a full production (or know someone who would). Whether you’re an actor seeking a powerful…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:09PM

VENETIAN MASKS AT CARNIVAL – DUO FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO – VIOLIN CELLO by Robert Shuman

(via You Tube; Photo: Craftsmanship magazine) The sparkling music of the violin and cello accompanies the vision of the wonderful masks present at the famous CARNIVAL of Venice.

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:04AM
Monday, February 5, 2024

SPEAK FOR THEM: ARTISTS THEY CAME FOR (FEBRUARY 5, 2024) by Robert Shuman

In the past two weeks, the world witnessed continued attacks on artistic expression and free speech. From playwrights censored for challenging authority to musicians harassed for their songs…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 11:43AM
Sunday, February 4, 2024

EXILED CHINESE ARTIST AI WEIWEI: ‘CENSORSHIP IN WEST EXACTLY THE SAME AS MAO’S CHINA’ by Robert Shuman

(from Sky News) The 66-year-old dissident told Sky News’ Sunday Morning with Trevor Phillips that “society becomes so timid, to really avoid any kind of questioning or argument.  “Tod…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:23PM

THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, ON STAGE VOICES: 2/4 – 1/10, 2024 by Robert Shuman

The past week’s international stage highlights, brought to you via the world’s foremost journalism.  Bard, the large language model from Google AI, provided information, insights, and m…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:30PM
Saturday, February 3, 2024

MORE MUSIC FROM NEW MUSICAL ‘THE VILLAGE OF VALE’ by Robert Shuman

(via Jane Dubin) Hi all, I was so moved by your responses to Rooted One to All, the first single released from Village of Vale, the new musical I am producing. Another song from the show i…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:09PM

NOW ON BROADWAY: SUNDAY, JANUARY 29TH – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2024 (NEW SHOWS ROUNDUP) by Robert Shuman

(Bard, the large language model from Google AI, provided information, insights, and materials for this article.) ON BROADWAY: White Rose: The Musical About: An uplifting musical telling the …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 11:39AM
Friday, February 2, 2024

NEW SHOW DAZZLES AT BERLIN’S FRIEDRICHSTADT-PALAST by Robert Shuman

(Christine Lebert’s article appeared on DW, 2/2. Photo: DW.) “Falling in Love” is the title of the new show at Berlin’s Friedrichstadt-Palast, Europe’s biggest revue theater. The g…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:57PM

THE RUB: THEATRE CONFRONTED, JANUARY 27TH – FEBRUARY 2ND, 2024 by Robert Shuman

A look at current issues, challenges, and controversies spilling beyond the proscenium. The following three stories, discussed by prominent stage journalists, provided tension and debate wit…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:44AM
Thursday, February 1, 2024

***** ‘TILL THE STARS COME DOWN’ REVIEW – YOUR INVITATION TO THE WEDDING OF THE YEAR by Robert Shuman

(Arifa Akbar’s article appeared in the Guardian, 2/1/2024; Photo: Heady … Black as Hazel with Derek Riddell as John. Photograph: Manuel Harlan.) Dorfman theatre, London Beth Steel’s n…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:28PM

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (158) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: On the stage there cannot be, under any circumstances, action which is directed immediately at the arousing of a feeling for its own sake.  …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:42AM
Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Bi-2 SINGER ARRIVES IN ISRAEL AS BANDMATES FIGHT DEPORTATION TO RUSSIA by Robert Shuman

(Ray Furlong’s report appeared on Radio Free Europe, 1/31; Photo:  Bi-2 production shot.) A Russian singer arrived in Israel while his bandmates remained in detention in Thailand on Janua…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:08PM

SHAKESPEARE’S SWAN SONG: A BARD’S FAREWELL (A DAY IN THEATRE) by Robert Shuman

On January 31, 1606, the renowned Globe Theatre in London witnessed the final performance of William Shakespeare’s King Henry VIII. The play, co-authored with John Fletcher, marked the Bar…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:31AM
Tuesday, January 30, 2024

CHITA RIVERA, ILLUSTRIOUS BROADWAY STAR, DIES AGED 91 by Robert Shuman

The actor, dancer and singer starred in musicals including West Side Story and Chicago (Chris Wiegan’s article appeared in the Guardian, 1/30; Photo: Chita Rivera arrives at the 72nd annua…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:58PM

LEN CARIOU IN SEA DOG’S POIGNANT “TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE” (March 1-23) by Robert Shuman

(via DARR Publicity; Photo: Jeremy Varner) Broadway legend Len Cariou, Sweeney Todd himself, joins Sea Dog Theater‘s Artistic Director Chris Domig (their friendship echoes Morrie & Mit…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:20PM
Monday, January 29, 2024

‘DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES’ REVIEW – 60s MARITAL DRAMA BECOMES BROADWAY MUSICAL WINNER by Robert Shuman

(Lauren Mechling’s article appeared in the Guardian, 2/29; Photo:  Brian d’Arcy James/Photograph: Joan Marcus.) Studio 54, New York Song-heavy adaptation of the bruising 1962 Blake Edw…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 12:40PM
Sunday, January 28, 2024

THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, ON STAGE VOICES: 1/21/2024 – 1/28/2024 by Robert Shuman

The past week’s international stage highlights, brought to you via the world’s foremost journalism.  Bard, the large language model from Google AI, provided information, insights, and m…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:01PM
Saturday, January 27, 2024

NOW ON BROADWAY: SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 (NEW SHOWS ROUNDUP) by Robert Shuman

(Bard, the large language model from Google AI, provided information, insights, and materials for this article.) ON BROADWAY: Days of Wine and Roses: About: A tragic exploration of alcoholi…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:17AM
Friday, January 26, 2024

KRAPP’S LAST TAPE REVIEW – STEPHEN REA IS HAUNTINGLY GOOD IN BECKETT’S MASTERPIECE by Robert Shuman

(Helen Meany’s article appeared in the Guardian, 1/19; Photo: ‘Minute flickers of emotion’ … Stephen Rea in Krapp’s Last Tape, directed by Vicky Featherstone, at Project Arts Centr…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:29PM
Thursday, January 25, 2024

MoMA SUED BY ARTIST WHO PERFORMED NUDE IN MARINA ABRAMOVIC WORK by Robert Shuman

(from The New York Times, 1/24; via The Drudge Report; Photo: The New York Times.) A performance artist has sued the Museum of Modern Art, saying that officials neglected to take corrective …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 11:17AM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards