#Snowday Updates New York Theater

Times Square, 10:30 pm, March 21, 2018, shiny and empty

A winter storm shut down city schools, but all Broadway shows (matinees and evenings) played as scheduled on Wednesday.

(A handful of Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway shows were canceled. See below.)

For general answers to theatergoer questions, complete with links, check out “Broadway and the Blizzard: Questions and Answers”
Specific updates below as the day unfolded, including snow day cancellations and snow day discounts:

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Cynthia Nixon Runs for Governor. Lin-Manuel and Ben Platt Duet for Gun Control. Week in NY Theater

Cynthia Nixon, two-time Tony winning actress best-known for portraying lawyer Miranda Hobbes in the “Sex and the City” TV series and movies, has officially entered the race for governor of New York against incumbent Andrew Cuomo.

Nixon as Regina in The Little Foxes

New York Times: “If elected, Ms. Nixon would become the first female governor in New York history. She would also be the state’s first openly gay governor.”

“I have always been pretty willing to try things,” Nixon told me in November, 2015. She was talking about having become a theater director. I guess she wasn’t kidding.

Cynthia Nixon on stage — in The Little Foxes , , directing “Steve,” directing “Rasheeda Speaking”

At last year’s Tony Awards she gave one of the few political speeches,  while accepting the award as best featured actress for “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes.”  She quoted a famous line from the play  ‘There are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it, other people who just stand around and watch them do it,” She then added: “My love, my gratitude and my undying respect go out to all the people in 2017 who are refusing to just stand and watch them do it.”

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Begins: Pics Inside The Lyric Theater

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” begins previews tonight at the Lyric Theatre, which has been newly co-designed by Christine Jones and Brett J. Banakis.

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Admissions Review: White people’s privilege and ambivalence

In “Admissions,” an aggressively provocative play by Joshua Harmon at Lincoln Center, a white admissions officer (Jessica Hecht), who is committed to increasing diversity at an elite prep school, comes face to face with her hypocrisy when her 17-year-old son Charlie (Ben Edelman) isn’t accepted into Yale, while his black friend and classmate Perry is.
In the playwright’s essay about his play on the Lincoln Center website, Harmon (the playwright of “Bad News” and “Significant Other”) says “Admissions” is not really about applying to college – not, in other words, about affirmative action. “At its core, this play is an examination of whiteness: white privilege, white power, white anxiety, white guilt, all of it.” Read more of this post

Escape to Margaritaville: Pics and Review

Escape to Margaritaville, the new Broadway musical with songs by Jimmy Buffett, promises much the same experience as the week long tropical resort vacation that it depicts — fun, relaxation, even romance. As with such resorts, the musical, opening at the Marquis, has its disappointments, but it largely delivers; all it asks of you in return is that you put your brain on hold.

Full review on DC Theatre Scene

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Ruthie Ann Miles. Rise is Not Glee. Bard Bombshell. Week in New York and Cincinnati Theater

In the week since the horrendous car crash in Park Slope that killed two young children, including the four-year-old daughter of Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles, and put her in the hospital, almost 8,000 people raised more than $400,000 to help her family.

The driver who ran the red light has chronic illnesses, and was “cited on four previous occasions for running red lights and another four for speeding through a school zone.”

Here she is in 2015 singing Something Wonderful from The King and I, a role for which she won a Tony Award.

This week in New York theater: The Prom gets a date; Hamilton breaks another record, playwrights Lucas Hnath and Suzan Lori Parks get rich. A preview of “Rise”, the new TV series about a high school drama class. And two startling revelations from Shakespeare scholars in Cincinnati.

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Frozen on Broadway: 5 Portraits, 3 New Songs

Frozen, the Broadway musical based on the animated film, is currently in previews and will open March 22 at the St. James Theater. Below are photographic portraits of the five principal cast members by Andrew Eccles, and videos of three new songs by composers Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez — including the latest, “Dangerous to Dream” — released by the hard-working publicity department at Disney Theatrical.

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