Let The Awards Begin. Loving Santino, Anika. The Week(s) in New York Theater

TheaterAwardslogos2014Judgment is nigh; now that the theater season has ended,  the awards season begins. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama has already been bestowed (see April 14 below.) The winners will be announced tonight, May 4th, for the Lucille Lortel Awards for Off-Broadway (Lortel nominees). Lortel winners. Then:

New York Drama Critics Circle: May 5

Outer Critics Circle: May 12, announced (ceremony May 22). Outer Critics Circle nominees

Drama League Awards: May 17. Drama League nominees

OBIEs: May 19

Drama Desk Awards: June 1 Drama Desk nominees

Tony Awards: June 8. Tony Award nominees

The Theatre World Awards, for performers making their Broadway debuts, will be announced soon as well.

For a run-down of the differences in these awards, please see my 2013 Theater Awards Roundup and Guide. For my take on theater awards, see my piece for Howlround: Tony Snubs, Pulitzer Flubs, Theater Award Excitement

The Week(s) in New York Theater

Monday, April 14, 2014

ouisa Krause and Aaron Clifton Moten in an awkward touching and funny moment in Annie Baker's "The Flick" at Playwrights Horizons
Louisa Krause and Aaron Clifton Moten in an awkward touching and funny moment in Annie Baker’s “The Flick”

2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Winner: Annie Baker’s The Flick 

Now that it’s won the Pulitzer, The Flick will reopen at Barrow Street Theater, says producer.

Pulitzer finalists:

Fun Home

Fun Home 7

The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence

Watson the robot
Watson the robot



Santino Fontana’s Act One, The Unluckiest Lucky Actor in New York


Ofmicenandmen3O'Dowd, Franco-Photo by Richard Phibbs
My review of Of Mice and Men: James Franco, Chris O’Down Relive The Great Depression


Meryl Streep’s advice to new actors: “…educate yourself in everything but acting. Learn about the world”

Act One Vivian Beaumont Theater

My review of Act One: Moss Hart’s Beloved Theater Memoir Brought To Broadway


Broadway trivia, courtesy of Broadway Trivia:

1. The lead of Funny Girl was originally offered to Carol Burnett, who turned it down.

2. Hair was the first Off Broadway musical to move to Broadway. #Broadwaytrivia

3. Two people who have played roles of the opposite gender won Tony Awards: Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray), Mary Martin (Peter Pan)

4. Away We Go, a musical based on the play Green Grow The Lilacs, changed its title to its most popular song, Oklahoma.


My review of The Cripple of Inishmaan: Daniel Radcliffe Back on Broadway

Joshua Henry, Sutton Foster and Colin Donnell
Joshua Henry, Sutton Foster and Colin Donnell

My review of Violet: Sutton Foster on a Bus to Beautiful



Jonathan Lethem’s novel The Fortress of Solitude will be a musical by Itamar Moses & Michael Friedman, at the Public Theater, from September to November.


My review of The Velocity of Autum: Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella Fight, Age


2014 Outer Critics Circle Nominations: Gentlemen’s Guide, Aladdin, Fun Home Lead. 

Hedwig & the Angry InchBelasco Theatre

My review of Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Neil Patrick Harris Rules, and Rocks, and Licks


Rude Mechs in Stop Hitting Yourself
Rude Mechs in Stop Hitting Yourself

The most prolific playwright in New York City this season — Kirk Lynn – lives in Texas.


Sex, Death, Marriage, Greed and Football: The Plays of Kirk Lynn


Shakespeare at 450

He isn’t personally eligible for #TonyAwards, but his plays have earned 71 nominations & 9 Tonys.

The first Shakespeare performed in NYC was King Richard III in 1750. The latest on Broadway was Macbeth, in Jan.

Boys from Syracuse, Kiss Me Kate, West Side Story, Two Gentleman of Verona, The Lion King: What do these musicals have in common?

Ran, 10 Things I Hate About You, O, She’s The Man, Deliver Us From Eva, Forbidden Planet. What do these movies have in common

Drama League 2014 Nominations 

Larry Pine and Patrick Page
Larry Pine and Patrick Page

My review of Casa Valentina: Straight Men in Dresses on Broadway


James Earl Jones will star in revival of Moss Hart-Kaufman 1936 comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” starting in August.

More than 20 Broadway shows will perform in #StarsinTheAlley Shubert Alley, Wed May 21, 11am-12:30 pm rain or shine.

Brian Stokes Mitchell,John Glover join Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater in Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare in the Park June 3-July 6


Time Mag’s 100 Most Influential People include Diane Paulus, and Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

To director Diane Paulus, writes Audra McDonald, “nothing is sacred and everything is sacred… she’s willing to try anything.”


Cabaret Willkommen

My review of Cabaret: Second Cumming on Broadway


2014 Drama Desk Awards Nominations



Shakespeare deniers are not just harmless; their contempt for scholarship is toxic, argues Fintan O’Toole.



Hollywood beckons to characters on Broadway shows The Cripple of Inishmaan, Of Mice and Men, Violet, and Act One.


My review of Bullets Over Broadway: Woody Allen’s Contempt for Theater


Signature Theater is the first-ever New York City theater to win the Regional Tony Awards.

NBC has competition: Fox says it will broadcast a 3-hour live version of “Grease” with (unnamed) “young ensemble cast”



Complete Tony nominations, with links to my reviews.

9 am: Estelle Parsons Tony- nominated for The Velocity of Autumn. 4 pm: Show announces closing Sunday.

April 30

Leslie Odomjr joins Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo in Jonathan Larsen’s tick,tick..BOOM June 25-28 Encores! Off-Center.

New “special guest stars” After Midnight:

Patti LaBelle, June 10 – 29

Gladys Knight July 8 – Aug 3

Natalie Cole (making her Broadway debut August 5 – 31


May 1, 2014

Tony Snubs, Pulitzer Flubs, Theater Award Excitement.



Back on Broadway in September: Matthew Broderick as nervous playwright,Nathan Lane as backbiting pal in Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play

Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale
Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale

What a shame:  The Bridges of Madison County will close May 18 after just 137 performances.

Randy Harrison has joined the cast of Atomic, about the creation of the atomic bomb, June 26-Aug 16 Theater Row.

Congratulations to musical theater creators Nathan Tysen and Arthur Perlman for their $100,000 Kleban Prize

April 2014 Quiz

April 2014 Theater Quiz


May openings

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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