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BroadwaySpring2013FinalTony Awards StatuetteThe Tony Awards will take place this coming Sunday, and, if nothing else, they are the best way to sum up the Broadway season.

How else to do it? In facts and figures?

Broadway 2012-13 season saw the debut of 46 shows (26 plays, 15 musicals, five “specials”), according to the Broadway League. All shows on Broadway grossed $1.1 billion; there were 11.57 million people who attended a show. Both figures show a decline from the previous season.

Sebastian Stan as the drifter in Picnic on Broadway

How about Best Abs – Sebastian Stan in Picnic won the Best Abs Award in a season full of shirtless actors

Given the alternatives, a theater awards ceremony seems preferable, which is why there are so many of them — two on the Monday night before the Tonys: the 31st Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards and the 69th Annual Theatre World Awards. But let’s face it, it’s the 67th Annual Tony Awards that gets the most attention, because it’s television,  even if they never seem to do justice to the straight plays.

Below are links to the new cast recordings of several of the Tony-nominated musicals this year.

Here again are my Tony Picks — which is to say, my preferences — who SHOULD win — not my predictions.

Week in New York Theater

 May 28, 2013

TV commercial for 2013 Tony Awards Broadcast
TV commercial for 2013 Tony Awards Broadcast

New Tony Ads

Kinky Boots:  Want to listen to the new KINKY BOOTS cast recording on @Spotify now? We thought so.

First listen to cast albums for



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Kinky Boots

Pippin 4


RebeccaHallClark Gable made his Bway debut in Machinal in 1928.Now the UK’s Rebecca Hall, best known at the moment for her role in Iron Man 3,  will make HER debut in the Roundabout’s production of Machinal, which is set to open January 16


Check out the revamped website 


Our Town opens tonight – in Sing Sing Correctional Facility, where the inmate-actors start seeing the beautiful in the mundane, making prison less miserable. My interview with director Kate Powers.



Les Miserables will be back on Broadway, opening March 23, 2014 at the Imperial Theater, where it ran for 5244 performances (~13 years)

The 4th annual Lilly Awards (named after Lillian Hellman) honors a dozen women in the theater, including actresses Lois Smith and Jessica Hecht, and playwright Paul Vogel 

Cast album of  Kathie Lee Gifford’s Scandalous with Carolee Carmello is  available now for digital download; CD released on June 15.

I’ll Eat You Last with Bette Midler recoups its $2.4 million capitalization after just 8 weeks


“To have great poets, there must be great audiences.” ~ Walt Whitman, born on this date in 1819.


My review of the Giacomo Variations

“I want a woman,” John Malkovich as the dying lover Casanova shouts elegantly from the stage of City Center, while in the audience – in the row right in front of me – a young man has two: He kisses one on the lips, one on the cheek; he squeezes both during Act I. They leave at Intermission.

I envy them.

Full review

June 1, 2013

Opening in Broadway’s Circle in the Square August 15: Soul Doctor, a show about soulful 60’s songwriter Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach


Smash dead. Slings & Arrows revived? No, BUT….The three creators of “Slings & Arrows” discuss the future.

Gatz at Gatsby:  Members of  the Elevator Repair Service who had performed in Gatz, gathered together in a Times Square movie theater to see the new Great Gatsby film – and got stuck in the elevator.


Jean Stapleton, known best for her role as Edith Bunker in All in the Family but respected Broadway vet (Damn Yankees,Rhinoceros,Funny Girl) has died at age 90


Theater quiz includes questions involving Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee.
Theater quiz includes questions involving Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee.

May Quiz — how well were you paying attention? Answer these 10 questions and find out.

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My review of Far From Heaven

To enjoy “Far From Heaven” without reservation, it might help to stay away from Netflix.

The new musical about two forbidden loves (gay and interracial) in 1950s suburban Connecticut has opened at Playwrights Horizons with a first-rate cast of 18 led by the awe-inspiring Kelli O’Hara (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza.)….The problem is that the original 2002 film achieves both an original artistic vision and a form of political commentary…

Full review of Far From Heaven

Author: New York Theater

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

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