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Summer Theatre in NYC: Fests and More
(June 23, 2017) - While Broadway shakes off its residual Tony Night stardust, I suggest adding to your wish list of Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, and Miss Saigon some of Off-Broadway’s summer plays, musicals, and festivals—performed indoors and out. Imagine: shows poised to take on Broadway in a year or two...stars keeping it real in the classics…parodies with wild ride guarantees…thought-provoking…unorthodox…and sometimes free! (read the story...)


106.7 LITE FM Brings Free Broadway Back to Bryant Park for Summer
(June 20, 2017) - The best performers and biggest shows from NYC's Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters will be returning for free lunchtime performances at Bryant Park throughout July and August. (read the story...)


Tony Awards: The Aftermath Commences (The Latest Closings and Extended Runs)
(June 14, 2017) - Once the Tonys pass, Broadway tongues will get to wagging on closings, extended runs, and all the other fallout from the awards show. An annual inevitability? State of the Arts tradition? Or maybe, a simply worded cliché: let's get this show on the road. Any way you tweet it, it happens as a direct result of the Tony Awards. (read the story...)


Take It Sleazy: Jon Jon Briones in Miss Saigon’s First Broadway Revival
(June 14, 2017) - The acclaimed Broadway revival of Miss Saigon brings back the tragic love story of Chris (Alistair Brammer), an American soldier, and Kim (Eva Noblezada), a 17-year-old Vietnamese bargirl, shortly before United States troops evacuate Saigon in 1975. As for the third key player in this compelling musical, look to “The Engineer”—the sleazy opportunist who runs the bar-and-brothel where Kim and other young women work. Dressed in shades of purple and red, his long hair looking sweaty, Jon Jon Briones captures The Engineer’s shadiness from his first seconds onstage. (read the story...)


Notes From the Tony Trenches: 2017 Award Wrap Up
(June 12, 2017) - As far as the 2017 Tony Awards go, color me saturated. From the schvitzy red carpet prequel to the protracted opening number to mega musical performances to playwright synopses to backstage commercial lead-ins to assorted comedic tidbits to thank-you speeches laced with pokes at the current administration’s disdain for the arts…it was a wild ride. (read the story...)


Church & State: Catch It Pronto, Before It Goes!
(May 26, 2017) - The Off-Broadway play Church & State grew from Jason Odell Williams’s visceral reaction to three gun-related tragedies. Catch it before it closes, June 4th. (read the story...)


"The Band's Visit" Plans a Stay on Broadway
(May 24, 2017) - If, like me (#mortified), you missed The Band’s Visit -- aka a “Best of the Year” pick by multiple media sources, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post -- during its initial mini-run (12/8 /16 to 1/8/17) at Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater, get ready for a second chance: it will be punching Broadway’s fall clock starting October 7th with an official opening date of November 9th. (read the story...)


Ali Ewoldt, Phantom’s First Asian-American Leading Lady
(May 19, 2017) - The half-mask, the chandelier, the powerful organ refrain—“Phans” of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stirring classic, The Phantom of the Opera, know these iconic elements well. And as the musical approaches its 30th anniversary next January, it remains as vibrant as ever for Broadway cognoscenti…and those who want to be. (Just listen to the murmurs from the audience at the first strains of “Think of Me” and “Angel of Music.”) (read the story...)


Broadway's Latest Buzz, From Glenda Jackson to King Kong
(May 19, 2017) - It’s reassuring to know a couple of this season’s VIP players have signed on for Three Tall Women, slated to hit Broadway next spring. Joe Mantello, whose run as alongside Sally Field’s Amanda in The Glass Menagerie ends its run this coming Sunday, will be directing Laurie Metcalf, a Tony nominee for her current five-star run as Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House, Part 2. Oh yes, also appearing with Metcalf will be two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson who returns to Broadway after a 30 year absence. [The youngest tall woman – and non-speaking Boy character – remain floating about the murky casting realm of TBA..] (read the story...)


Tony Nominations 2017: Picks & Pronouncements
(May 11, 2017) - Red carpet madness is just around the corner of Manhattan’s 5lst Street and Sixth Avenue, where Radio City Music Hall is buffing up its Deco sizzle and glam in preparation for Broadway’s biggest (televised) event: The 71st Annual Tony Awards. (read the story...)


Broadway Exits and Entrances: Farinelli and the King, Time and the Conways, and More
(May 10, 2017) - Broadway bids farewell to Amélie and The Glass Menagerie, gets ready to welcome Farinelli and the King and Time and the Conways. (read the story...)


Broadway's 'Amelie, A New Musical' to Close This Month
(May 05, 2017) - The musical version of the French film Amélie starring Hamilton alumna Phillipa Soo has achieved the annual – and dubious -- honor of being the first up-and-running-open-ended show of the 2016-2017 season to suffer the slings and arrows of zero Tony nominations. Well-intentioned and sweet, the musical was a hard-sell to tourists who comprise a big and important chunk of ticket buyers. Closing date is set for May 21st. (read the story...)


They're Here! Tony Nominations 2017: The Good, The Great, The Dissed
(May 02, 2017) - The official announcement leading to Broadway’s Annual A-List Face-Off is now out, marking the first rung on the Tony Awards ladder. (read the story...)


Michael Moore Surrenders to Broadway
(May 01, 2017) - He’s an Oscar-winning filmmaker, Emmy-winning television creator, best-selling author and a boon to every talk show with the chutzpah to book him. And now, with his quiver heavy with disgruntled pragmatism, controversy and hard-core humor, Michael Moore is priming his rhetoric for an unrelenting game of political Whack-A-Mole in his theatrical debut in his latest work, The Terms of My Surrender. I, for one, cannot wait. (read the story...)


Broadway's Summer Kicks Off with Red-Hot Star Clout
(April 28, 2017) - June 11ths’s red carpet leading into the 71st Tony Awards may be a month and change away from being unfurled, but New York’s 2017-2018 theatre season has already begun stacking its theatrical Jenga blocks, starting with Scott McPhereson’s Marvin’s Room, making its Broadway debut on June 8th at the American Airlines Theatre. (read the story...)


Theatre NYC: Shaken and Stirring on Broadway
(April 26, 2017) - Basketball fans eyeing the finals have nothing on theatre aficionados—and the stakes are just as high now that Tony season is upon us. And while you might think landing a shiny statuette is the carrot that entices big name players to Broadway each season, this just isn’t the case. (read the story...)


Beautiful Music: Abby Mueller Channels Carole King on Broadway
(April 19, 2017) - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical has become something of a sister act. First Jessie Mueller portrayed the singer-songwriter—and won the Tony Award for best actress in a leading role in a musical. (When Mueller left to star in Waitress, Chilina Kennedy stepped in.) But this past March, the stage of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre was back in the Mueller family when Jessie’s older sister, Abby—fresh from playing King in Beautiful’s national tour—took over the lead on Broadway. (read the story...)


Kevin Spacey to Host 2017 Tony Awards
(April 18, 2017) - Radio City Music Hall will be welcoming Kevin Spacey back into Broadway’s inner circle on June 11th when he steps onto the iconic stage as host of the 71st Annual Tony Awards. (read the story...)


Avenue Q: NYC’s Part-Puppet, Part-Human, Off-Broadway Sensation
(April 10, 2017) - Thought puppets were for kids? Think again. Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the ageless story of a bright-eyed college graduate arriving in New York City with big dreams and a near-empty bank account — and it’s not necessarily the type of show you want to take your children to see (the storyline touches on issues like sex, drinking, and porn-surfing). Part-puppet, part-person, next time you’re looking for a show that will have your sides aching from so much laughter, Avenue Q is your stop. (read the story...)


Broadway's Gideon Glick and the Search for a Significant Other
(March 28, 2017) - It’s been more than a few weeks since I saw Gideon Glick in playwright Joshua Harmon’s funny, poignant, strikingly human Significant Other which—as it spiraled beyond its heartfelt conclusion into curtain call—left a young woman sitting behind me in tears. The kind of heavy-duty tears that speak to an emotional connection with the characters that inhabited our hearts for the previous two hours and fifteen minutes. (read the story...)


Jonathan Freeman and Aladdin's 'Whole New World' on Broadway
(March 22, 2017) - In Aladdin, there is no doubt about the source of all infamy: Jafar, the sultan’s manipulative vizier scheming for control of the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah. And without question, Jonathan Freeman—who has played Jafar for a quarter century, in Disney’s animated film version and its sequel, television series, and video games—personifies Jafar’s fiendishness. (read the story...)


Broadway Goes Full Throttle for Spring
(March 22, 2017) - It happens every spring: Broadway’s rip-roaring, all-star running of the new show bulls. And April, my theatre-craving friends, is mondo month for taking in previews and openings as the shows stampede towards June 11th’s Tony Awards. (read the story...)


Circus 1903: A Golden Age Returns at Madison Square Garden
(March 17, 2017) - Think back for a minute to the golden age of the circus, when traveling acts went from town to city hoisting up their tents and bringing a memorable spectacle to ticket-holders time and time again. It might be 2017, but Madison Square Garden is about to recreate some of that early twentieth century magic with Circus 1903: The Golden Age of the Circus. Serving as an ode to unforgettable decades when circuses ruled the entertainment world, Circus 1903 brings back to life the circus in all its glory in the heart of New York City. (read the story...)


Bit Parts: Breaking Theatre News & Reviews in a New York Nutshell
(March 06, 2017) - The latest gossip on this spring's newest Broadway shows-with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon, Allison Janney, and more. (read the story...)


Stomp: Off-Broadway's Finest Spectacle
(February 28, 2017) - If you’ve never bothered to see an Off-Broadway show during your time in New York City, then we think it’s fair to say that you’re missing out… big time. STOMP, a spectacular theatrical performance is one of Manhattan’s most beloved resident performances with its musical presence, and as you’re about to learn, it’s a show that everybody must see at least once in their lives (if not many, many more times). (read the story...)



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