As March madness turns into April avalanche, the marathon begins. In the next 25 days, 15 shows will open on Broadway, much of the Spring 2013 Broadway season. This coming week, Tom Hanks debuts on Broadway in “Lucky Guy” and Cyndi Lauper makes her Broadway songwriting debut with “Kinky Boots.”
Opening Off-Broadway this week: Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, and Michael Urie in Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer and Cellar.
The Week in New York Theater
March 25, 2013
Natasha,Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 returns May 1, to a venue created specifically for it, wedged between the Highline and the Standard Hotel.
One-Minute Play Festival: Moments That Reveal A Community’s Mind
The motto of the festival — 1,000+ Plays. 300+ Playwrights. 10 Cities. 1 Minute. A talk with its founder Dominic D’Andrea
Orphans begins performances. Win two free tickets: Orphans Ticket Giveaway Contest
On 50th anniversary of Patsy Cline’s death, Crystal Bowersox will star in Ted Swindley’s “Always… Patsy Cline.” It is set to open in August on Broadway
“Don’t look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you’ll know you’re dead.”~Tennessee Williams, born 3/26
Lerner and Loewe’s Gigi, a film musical adapted for the stage, with a new book, aims for Broadway as early as 2013-14.
Italian playwright Dario Fo’s World Theatre Day message attacks Catholic Church for having banned theate
Meanwhile, a Catholic group pickets outside first preview of Testament of Mary, blasting it as blaphemous
Extended through September 1: Ann, written by and starring impressive the impressive Holland Taylor.
51 Reasons To Love New York Theater
Richard Griffiths, star on Broadway in The History Boys and Equus, but best-known as Vernon in Harry Potter films, has died at age 65.
Prince of Broadway, the musical about director Harold Prince’s career “will not be presented on Broadway this fall,” a spokesman tells Playbill
A Streetcar Named Desire was written for a cast of 12, Death of A Salesman for 13, Our Town 51! Average cast now? Four. Terry Teachout laments smaller casts.
kathy janich @theaterkatATL Anybody care to name their favorite play with 6 characters or less?
Terry Teachout @terryteachout Classic: “Godot.” Contemporary: “This Is Our Youth.” Honorable mention: “Entertaining Mr. Sloane.”
kathy janich Among mine: “1:23” by Carson Kreitzer
Jonathan Mandell Many forget Godot has four characters (not two.) But Beckett was the exception to large cast plays from the start.
Enter for a chance to win 2-day trip to Actors Theater of Louisville Humana Festival of New Plays.
Ending today: Cat on A Hot Tin Roof with Scarlett Johansson As Maggie The Cat.
Jessie Mueller has taken over for Kelli O’Hara
Helen Mirren says she expects to play the Queen on Broadway next year, in Peter Morgan’s play The Audience (currently in UK)