Love, Sorrow, Barks, And Videotape. The Week in New York Theater

Edwin Booth as Hamlet
Edwin Booth as Hamlet

BroadwayBarksAdoptMe“Life is a mercurial thing; it goes up, it goes down,” the Tony winning performer Chuck Cooper told me in an impromptu sidewalk  interview this past week — a week that all by itself illustrated his point. The community was in the midst of mourning the death of Cirque performer Sarah Guyard Guillot when we learned of the sudden death of Glee performer Cory Monteith.

But there were all sorts of other reminders of the particular joy that comes from a life as a theater lover — which is to say, both theater makers and theatergoers. I write about the show, “She Loves Me,” that first got me on stage (in middle school) and what happened when I saw it again at Caramoor festival this summer.

This is a week I finally figured out how to use my video camera, and went crazy with it. Below are videos (or links to videos) of  1. Broadway in Bryant Park performances from “Pippin,” “Cinderella,” “Stomp,” and “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” 2. Video interviews with Ann Harada, currently in “Cinderella”, and 3. Chuck Cooper, soon in “Romeo and Juliet.” 3. Broadway Barks.


The Week in New York Theater

Monday, July 8, 2013

nymusicaltheatrefestivalNew York Theatre Musical Festival opens, running through July 28th. Preview of ten of the shows.


The Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson has been extended through October 9, 2013


The New York Philharmonic will perform Sondheim’s ‪Sweeney Todd with Bryn Terfell next season, March 5-8, 2014. 13


Did disappointing Tonys affect ‪Matilda at the box office? NO. It’s sold out (100%) every week since. The average ticket price has now climbed to $114.


Tony-winning 1997 musical Titanic will get a one-night only concert at ‪Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall Feb 17, 2014. Cast TBA

Stephen Schwartz is working on “Schikaneder,” a German-language musical about Mozart’s librettist,aiming for Vienna 2015. ‪#NotWicked

Sarah Guyard Guillot, 1981-2013
Sarah Guyard Guillot, 1981-2013

“For Sasoun” pays tribute to ‪Cirque de Soleil artist/mother/teacher Sarah “Sasoun” Guyard-Guillot who died at 31

The accidental death is the latest of the troubles plaguing Cirque  ‪

AnniedocumentaryonlineMiss ‪the PBS documentary “Annie: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage“?  The full hour-long documentary is now online

Even if my career doesn’t go well as an actress, I’ll always have academics. But this has always been my dream~Junah, age 9

Best boy–>girl pickup line, says Mary McCabe (‪@Purpleviolin91):
I like musicals
and I’m straight
and I’ll sing with you

Sean Bryan ‏‪@seanjbryan: I fulfill the first two, but I really shouldn’t sing. That’ll end the relationship fast.

She Loves Me productions

She Loves Me, The Musical That Changed Our Lives

For the first time in its 68-year history, the Caramoor Summer Music Festival, located some 45 miles north of New York City’s theater district, decided to present a complete Broadway musical and cast top-notch Broadway performers. The festival chose “She Loves Me,” which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.  I had not seen “She Loves Me” since I was cast as the lead the I.S. 70 production

Robert LoBiondo ‏‪@Bobster427 I love it too (performed at NYU)

Alexandra Silber ‏‪@alsilbs (one of the stars of She Loves Me) Very sweet. We had such an amazing time.

Julia Murney ‏@JuliaMurney  (actress: Wicked on Broadway, Falling, etc.): Just came across your essay about She Loves Me & IS70. As an IS44 grad (also gobbled up by other schools), may I say thanks.


Clockwise from top left: Cher, Mother Teresa, JFK, Dorothy Parker, Joan Rivers, Michael Jackson.
Clockwise from top left: Cher, Mother Teresa, JFK, Dorothy Parker, Joan Rivers, Michael Jackson.

Cher or Mother Teresa? Whose life story should be on Broadway? ‪ (So far, Cher is leading.)

Before the parade passes by
I’ve gotta get some life back into my life~
Happy 82nd birthday Jerry Herman (Hello,Dolly; Mame etc)


My review of Monkey Journey To The West


Broadway in Bryant Park

AnnHaradaAnn Harada sings from Cinderella, and talks about her career (Smash, the 10th anniversary of Avenue Q)


Three songs from the Off-Broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”


Pippin Corner of the Sky


Gwydion Suilebhan sums up Howlround chat about art and technology: Greek root of technology ( “techne”) MEANS art.

Kickstarter gave more arts-related grants last year ($300+ million) than did ‪the National Endowment for the Arts ($146 million) ‪

NYC audiences  “appreciates a good show – and show healthy enthusiasm for a bad one,too”~ envious Aussie critic


PeterPaninStarcatcherPeter Pan is hot. Peter Pan and the Starcatcher is still at New World Stages, and TWO Peter Pan musicals are  reportedlyaiming for Broadway, says NYP: Finding Neverland, based on the Johnny Depp movie,  and  Fly, a musical with a book by Rajiv Joseph, who wrote the play “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” starring Robin Williams.

Disney, Warner Brothers, MGM, Sony & Universal all have screen-to-Broadway operations. Now 20th Century Fox will too… Now 20th Century Fox is partnering with Kevin McCollum (Rent, ‪@AvenueQMusical, ‪@MotownMusical) to turn its movies into Broadway musicals Lots of talk of what 20th Century Fox movie would make a good musical. Ice Age could work. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, not.

Itamar Moses on why there’s no Reality Theater: “You can’t put nonactors onstage w/ no script…It’s easier to forget a camera” than it is the people in an audience
Tony Kushner: Musicals should not be about success alone,they can (citing Auden) “sing of human unsuccess/in a rapture of distress”


Tony Winner Chuck Cooper On What It Takes



15th annual Broadway Barks


CoryMonteithvideosR.I.P. Cory Monteith: Video Remembrance. Nine videos of him singing, acting, and answering questions in interviews.


My review of Forever Tango 

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 “Love, Sorrow, Barks, And Videotape. The Week in New York Theater

  1. I just found you and i love your blog. Not sure how i have missed this. I just ended a 30 year career of teaching theatre. That means i can come to NY more often now.

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