Friday, January 17, 2020

Opera review: Glory Denied, a heartbreaking story of the Vietnam War and its aftermath by Susan Galbraith

For many of us in the audience of UrbanArias’ new production, Glory Denied, the Vietnam War is not distant history.  Like the characters in this opera by Tom Cipullo, we carry that war in…

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Pianist Yefim Bronfman dazzles, while NSO disengages under guest conductor Gemma New by Whitney Fishburn

Nature, nuance, or its lack thereof, were central themes when the National Symphony Orchestra welcomed fledgling conductor Gemma New, pianist Yefim Bronfman, and the young composer Salina Fi…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

“The audience won’t like him.” Family man Haysam Kadri on playing the villain in the Afghan play A Thousand Splendid Suns by Julian Oquendo

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel encompassing the lives of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, living in war-torn Kabul and both married to the same man, Rash…

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Rock of Ages in Hollywood makes dinner theater sexy again: Review by Maureen Lee Lenker

The words “dinner theater” usually conjure up images of linen-covered tables, black-tie-wearing waiters, and productions of classic fare like Hello, Dolly! or Showboat. But a new immersi…

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Frank Skinner: Showbiz review – statesman of standup shows no sign of stiffening by Paul Fleckney

Garrick theatre, LondonHis scattergun style leaves little room for depth, but the veteran gagsmith is still wonderful company as he tackles middle age There’s a pleasure to watching Frank …

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Concert Review: ‘‘SWonderful’ by Olney Big Band by Cordelia Dreisonstok

The Olney Big Band plays swing music from the 1930’s-1940’s era.  Yet the fact it is  able to play in different styles and perform diverse material makes its unique repertoire accessib…

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Richard Jordan: To keep great memories of theatre alive stay off your phones by Richard Jordan

David Byrne made an announcement to the audience before his Broadway show, American Utopia. He told them that he believed they would

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Laura Linney makes memory mesmerizing in My Name is Lucy Barton: Review by Allison Adato

Although it is a one-woman show, there are several very fine storytellers at work in My Name Is Lucy Barton, a new play based on the 2016 Elizabeth Strout novel of the same name. At least…

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Every Soul’s a Cabaret: Betsy Parrish Makes Musical Magic at Pangea by Chris Barlow

By Fay Simpson Occasionally one encounters, while sitting in the audience, a performer who is so fearless and unselfconscious that one can truly relax and let the messages being expressed on…

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Is the musical theater podcast the new concept album? by Maureen Lee Lenker

5,6,7…podcast? Musical theater has always made superb use of aural formats, with original Broadway cast albums filling the gap for theater-goers who can’t shuffle off to the Great White …

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Oh How We Love You: Watch Tina's Adrienne Warren Perform 'River Deep, Mountain High' on The Late Show by Michael Appler

Simply the best! Adrienne Warren shimmied her way up to the Ed Sullivan Theater on January 13 to perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Warren, who plays Tina Turner in the smash…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Zoetic’s American Son Harrowingly Documents Racial Tumult In America Today by Bill Hirschman

American Son at Zoetic Stage doesn’t offer solutions to the complexity of race so much as explore with increasing intensity the exact craggy contours of the gulf. Christopher Demos-Brown…

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Watch Jimmy Fallon Tell Matthew Lopez and Kyle Soller About Crying During The Inheritance by Michael Appler

Jimmy Fallon attended the opening day of the The Inheritance on Broadway, and Matthew Lopez found him in tears after the curtain fell, the playwright said on The Tonight Show. Lopez appe…

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I Interview Playwrights Part 1071: Chloé Hayat by Adam Szymkowicz

Chloé Hayat Hometown: Roosevelt Island, NYC Current Town: Astoria, Queens! (I moved all of eight minutes away from my home-neighborhood, but the bar and restaurant options are so much be…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

The 'Broadwaysted' Podcast Welcomes NEWSIES, BEAUTIFUL, THE FLAMINGO KID Star Ben Fankhauser

This week, the Broadwaysted Crew is inviting you back in time to join the audience of 'Broadwaysted Live!' at the special evening brought to you by TodayTix Presents and the Broadway Podcast…

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‘A complete delight of a musical’: ONCE – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The audience can't hep but be attentive throughout as Once has the magical ability to completely wrap them up and take them on a journey that is pure and delicate.

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BREAKING: Tony Awards Add New Category Honoring Best Lighting by Cell Phone Cameras in the Audience by Broadway Beat

by Erin Corbo. NEW YORK, NY - The Tony Awards Administration Committee shocked fans around the world today when they announced that the 2020 Tony Awards will include a new category celebrati…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Closed Caption Glasses Extend The Audience Experience by Artsjournal

The glasses are aimed at D/deaf audiences and offer personal captioning, flashing the production’s dialogue in front of the wearer’s eyes as the actors say it. They were developed by the…

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Joaquina Kalukango on Why She Needs to Go on Vacation After Slave Play by Michael Appler

Joaquina Kalukango currently stars as Kaneisha in Slave Play on Broadway, Jeremy O. Harris’ exploration of race and trauma. Slave Play’s intricate discussions about the lingering prese…

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Smithsonian To Release Series Of Comic Books On American History by Artsjournal1

“One series will include books for middle-school readers inspired by Time Trials, a set of videos from the National Museum of American History that introduces figures from the past, like t…

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English National Ballet: Le Corsaire review – firecracker dancing by Lyndsey Winship

Coliseum, LondonWhile its story of slavery and exotica is dubious, ENB’s virtuoso dancers sparkle as much as the fake jewels Perhaps because ballet as an art form is so unreal, it’s eas…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Bay Area Theatre Cypher Builds a Community Where Hip Hop Meets Theatre

by Rotimi Agbabiaka Anyone concerned about the future of hip hop in theatre can look past the recent closing of Chicago?s Hamilton to the Bay Area, where Brecht is inspiring nascent rap sta…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Top 10 of 2019 by Nicole Serratore

By the numbers for 2019:174 shows seen (down from 203 last year)27% of work seen by artists of color (up from 25% last year) 62% of work seen by underrepresented artists (up from 50% last ye…

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A front-row sofa at the theatre: binging on VR fringe shows by Chris Wiegand

LIVR allows subscribers to catch up on theatre in 360-degree virtual reality. How does it compare with the fringe experience? I’m having a beer and enjoying an Edinburgh fringe show from t…

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David Byrne on the Star-Studded Audiences Who've Visited American Utopia on Broadway by Michael Appler

More than a few A-list celebrities have been flocking to David Byrne's American Utopia, the Oscar-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-winning songwriter told Seth Meyers on January 6. Amy Schumer, Je…

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Freestyle Love Supreme Is a Broadway Hit: Production Recoups Investment After 14 Weeks by Andy Lefkowitz

Freestyle Love Supreme, the high-energy show that blends hip-hop, improvisational theater, music and vocal stylings, has recouped its Broadway investment after 14 weeks, producers announced …

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See Real Housewives Star Erika Jayne & Tony Winner Paulo Szot Take Their First Bow in Chicago by Diep Tran

The names on everybody's lips are Erika Jayne and Paulo Szot! The two stars took their first bows on January 6 in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago. Jayne plays Roxie Hart, the femme …

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Seeing Your Stories In The Audience by Joe Patti

If you want to see a good example of a show that is answering people’s need to see themselves and their stories on stage, check out Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. The show is on Netflix, b…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Judgment Day - The Degrees of Responsibility by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander The idea that every person is responsible for their own actions is a basic tenet in most societies. However, when those actions are called into question, uncoveri…

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Teatr Brama’s “Ghost Dance” by Sarah Magill

In the main Sala of the Vorpommen Theater in Greifswald, northern Germany, a row of bare-footed actors in simple clothing introduce themselves, one by one, to the audience. Their reserved po…

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Thursday, January 2, 2020


New year, new feature! Starting this month, we will feature a Broadway Show of the Month, with weekly installments covering such things as the plot, its origins, the show's stats, cast, crea…

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