Frozen on Broadway, Pics, Videos and Review

What most engaged me about Frozen, if I’m honest, is Sven the reindeer. This said more than I initially realized about the Broadway musical adaptation of the highest-grossing animated film of all time.
“Frozen” features a terrific 40-member cast, led by Caissie Levy as Elsa the princess with the chilly ice-making powers, and Patti Murin as Anna, her younger and more sociable sister. The show doesn’t neglect “Let It Go,” the Oscar-winning song and pop music phenomenon composed by the extraordinary songwriting team, the married couple, EGOT winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit.)

Full review at DC Theatre Scene 

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Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber!

Today Stephen Sondheim turns 88 (the number of keys on the piano!) and Andrew Lloyd Webber turns 70.  Sondheim made his Broadway debut at the age of 26 in 1956 , Lloyd Webber at 23 in 1971, and, along with John Kander (who turned 91 four days ago), and Jerry Herman (who turns 87 on July 10th) they are at the very least the dominant musical theater composers of their generation, inspiring new generations of theater makers, their work continually produced around the world and in New York — Sondheim, currently with Sweeney Todd; Lloyd Webber, with Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock.

Occasionally their music is heard together — such as in the recent Prince of Broadway and in this vid


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#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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