New York Theater Week, July 16-23, 2012

Batman and Robin on Wicked soundtrack vs. cast recording
Batman knows from Broadway

Monday, July 16, 2012
One more cast addition to Sondheim’s Into The Woods this summer at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park: Glenn Close will be the voice of the Giant.

Yes, 15 percent of drama majors go on to earn less than $15,000 a year. But 15 percent of business majors also make that little. On average drama majors (not just actors) earn $46,000,says “Theater Careers: A Realistic Guide,” by Tim Donahue & Jim Patterson

New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman loves Lincoln Center’s new Clare Tow Theater, a “floating jewel” at night, with a “wondrous new rooftop deck” that should be open to the public at large, not just ticketholders.

Drilling Company’s Merry Wives of Windsor

My review of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’s Merry Wives of Windsor

The distractions that come from outdoor Shakespeare are different in a parking lot on the Lower East Side than in the Globe Theater in England or even in the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The night I attended “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” the latest in the two-decade history of the “Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot” free summer theater, a fire truck blasted by at ear-injuring volume, followed half an hour later by a police-car siren and then by a member of the audience who took at least 30 photographs using a rapid-fire, highly illuminating flash.Most of these distractions (I’ll except the photographer) were a fitting complement to director Hamilton Clancy’s crowd-pleasing production, as he has moved the play’s setting to the Lower East Side and turned Shakespeare’s convoluted tale of sexual misadventure into a fight over the neighborhood’s gentrification.

Full review of Merry Wives of Windsor 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tribes at Barrow Street Theater, written by Nina Raines and directed by David Cromer, has been extended until January, 2013.

10 mistakes theaters/arts organizations make on Twitter — 1. always retweeting praise.  via UK’s A Younger Theatre.

Can you sing and dance like Michael Jackson? Little Stevie Wonder? Berry Gordy wants YOU to audition for his Broadway-aimed Motown the Musical — via Youtube. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess will end a week earlier than planned, September 23. At 322 performances, it’ll be the longest-running of the eight productions of Porgy and Bess that have been on Broadway.

NYP: James Lapine, on commission from Andre Bishop of Lincoln Center Theater, has adapted Moss Hart’s theater memoir Act One for the stage

In season 2 episode 1 of web series Pzazz101, Tony winner Beth Leavel has unhealthy issues with her Tony medal

Poor Kevin Yee. He created  “Jeremy Lin the Musical” video in February.Maybe a Houston theater will be interested

The lights of Broadway marquees dim tonight in honor of Celeste Holm (1917-2012), the original Ado Annie in “Oklahoma,” and the playwright’s wife in “All About Eve.”

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Complete list of Emmy nominations

Playbill: Theater-related nominees include songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray” “Smash”), London stage star Benedict Cumberbatch for the miniseries “Sherlock,” Broadway’s Jim Parsons, currently of Harvey, for “The Big Bang Theory,” Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the late Kathryn Joosten, Edie Falco, Ty Burrell, Bobby Cannavale, Maggie Smith, Julianna Margulies, Kathy Bates, Michael C. Hall, Christine Baranski, Denis O’Hare,etc.

Kathie Lee Gifford announced on Today today: Her musical “Scandalous,” on evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, opens on Bway November 15. She has been working on the book and lyrics for 13 years, she said.

Katie Holmes (soon no longer Mrs. Cruise) is returning to Broadway in Dead Accounts by Theresa Rebeck, set for the Fall.

From Broadway cast of Wicked: Donna Vivin, Kate Fahrner, Broadway in Bryant Park
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Watch Wicked Broadway cast members Donna Vivino and Kate Fahrner sing “Wizard and I,” “Popular” and “For Good”

Ghost the Musical Broadway stars Caissie Levy, Richard Fleeshman and Da'Vine Joy Randolph
Ghost stars

Watch Ghost the Musical Broadway cast members Richard Fleeshman, Cassie Levy and Da’Vine Joy Randolph sing three songs from the musical, and answer questions from the press.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The UK hit Matilda from The Royal Shakespeare Company will open at the Shubert April 11, 2013

Traces is ending its NY run September 2 and then going on tour. Acrobatic act worth seeing: My review when it opened

Feeling frustrated is essential to the creative process.Before there can be a breakthrough, there has to be a block~Jonah Lehrer

Andre De Shields, director,performer,choreographer,writer, lyricist, composer–never waiter!– explains how not to have a day job:

Sunday, July 22, 2012
The ninth Broadway production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” ends its limited run. Also ending today: “Freud’s Last Session,” which lasted an improbable two years Off-Broadway.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

2 thoughts on “New York Theater Week, July 16-23, 2012

  1. The Andre de Sheilds video really says nothing about how to avoid a day job except some vague thing about not getting pigeon-holed and “re-inventing” oneself. Not terribly useful for those young actors who are the most likely to be waiting tables and hating it. More useful suggestions might be
    1. Reduce your monthly expenses as much as possible, most importantly, rent, but also unfortunately, social activities.
    2. Audition for EVERYTHING for which you are even remotely appropriate. You don’t have to accept everything, but audition for everything.
    3. In addition to focusing on the kind of work you really want to do – Shakespeare, new musicals, new plays, whatever – have another branch of your work focus on well-paying gigs: try to get a commercial agent or TV agent or voice-over agent, even if you are not really interested or think they are distasteful. They still allow you to practice some elements of your craft and landing one job could pay your expenses for 6 months.

    There are more, but that’s a much better start than mr De Sheilds little talk.

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