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What to See on Broadway Thanksgiving Week 2017

Scroll below for the Broadway schedule for Thanksgiving week.

On Thanksgiving Day this year, theater lovers will be able to see “SpongeBob SquarePants”  twice — both as a balloon and as the Broadway musical in the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What we won’t be able to see on Thanksgiving Day is the Broadway musical on Broadway. It’ll be dark that day.

BUT

A number from that show, along with one from Tony-winning musical  “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Once on This Island” will be on NBC and Telemundo.

That’s a cranberry pie on her head.

“Waitress” WILL be performing on Broadway that day — AND you can also watch its cast during the parade, on CBS.

And Thanksgiving WEEK is full of performances — extra ones on the Monday before and the Friday after turkey day.

Below is the Broadway schedule for Thanksgiving Week, and my recommendations for new shows that have opened this season so far, and for evergreens suitable for young children.

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School Girls Or The African Mean Girls Play Review: Beauty As Deep as White Skin

MaameYaa Boafo as mean girl and beauty pageant wannabe and Zainab Jah as Miss Ghana 1966

Paulina is the most popular, the most ambitious and by far the meanest girl in the Aburi Girls Boarding School at the outset of Jocelyn Bioh’s often unsubtle but ultimately stimulating new play. Paulina is confident that she will be crowned Miss Ghana of 1986, until Ericka enrolls in the school. Ericka effortlessly wins over the beauty pageant recruiter because of an advantage with which Paulina can never compete – lighter skin.
“School Girls, or The African Mean Girls Play,” whose title is almost longer than its running time, was inspired by a true story. Read more of this post

Hot Mess Review: Bisexual Meets Standup In Slight Romantic Comedy

For some theatergoers wondering whether to see the hour-long romantic comedy bravely entitled “Hot Mess,” it might be enough to know that Max calls his girlfriend “Poopy Pants.” Or that his girlfriend Elanor calls Max “Jive Turkey.” Others may drop off after learning that an earlier version of this play, written a decade ago by married couple Dan Rothenberg and Colleen Crabtree and reportedly inspired by their courtship, was entitled “Regretrosexual.”

Those who ignore such warning signs will discover an innocuous play performed by an appealing three-member cast that has the slightest of plots. Read more of this post

John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons on Broadway: Review, Pics, Video

The ushers are wearing “Ghetto Scholar” sweatshirts in Studio 54, where for his sixth solo show John Leguizamo stands in front of a blackboard and lectures on the history, politics, culture and demographics of the 70 million Latinos in the United States. But Leguizamo is too much of an anarchic comic spirit, master mimic and candid memoirist to be merely erudite. “Latin History for Morons” exists on three planes – fascinating nuggets of actual history mixed with political commentary, eclectic comic shtick, and a funny, tender story of the performer’s efforts to connect with his family.

Full review at DC Theatre Scene

Leguizamo gives the keynote speech at the Immigration Arts Summit, July 17, 2017

The Migration Review: The African-American Exodus In Painting and Dance

Millions of African-Americans moved from the rural South to industrial cities in the North in the decades after World War I, one of the largest migrations in the history of humanity, ignored by most newspapers (except the black press), but famously captured by a 23-year-old painter named Jacob Lawrence. In 1941, he created The Migration Series, 60 paintings that depict the mass exodus of African-Americans from the South. The series caused a sensation. In 2011, a dance company called Step Afrika! created The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence, turning visual art into dance theater. The 80-minute show — it, too, in its own way sensational —  is now on stage through November 26 at New Victory Theatre.

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The Lion King Turns 20 on Broadway

Today is the 20th anniversary of the opening of “The Lion King.” Now the third-longest running show in the history of Broadway, the musical is worth celebrating.

 

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Back in Hamilton. King Kong Meets Harry Potter. Week in New York Theater

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s efforts to aid Puerto Rico in recovering from Hurricane Maria took the logical next step during his visit there this past week, when he announced his return to his starring role in Hamilton, in a production in Puerto Rico, scheduled to run from January 8 to 27, 2019 at the University of Puerto Rico’s Teatro UPR. “I have a year and a bit to remember the words.”

Hamilton’s costume designer Paul Tazewell will also have time to make him a new outfit. His original was donated to the Smithsonian, and will be on display there starting in March.

If any number of stars, directors and producers might be described as Broadway’s proverbial 800-pound gorilla (they can sit wherever they want), that odd phrase is getting a literal meaning, with the announcement that King Kong the musical is finally scheduled for Broadway, featuring a very heavy puppet. Below, details on this and other announcements — about Kelli O’Hara, Daphne Rubin Vega, Mabou Mines, Stephen Sondheim’s long-remembered advice, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s next and “most boring” project.

 

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