Stars on Stages To Come. Sex, Crazy, Lightning. The Week in New York Theater

Many stars made themselves known this week – for shows we’ll be seeing after summer is over.  One Broadway revival alone featured a rotating cast of nine little-seen celebrities including Carol Burnett, Mia Farrow and Diana Rigg. We found out who the Peter Pan will be on NBC. And we were awash in preview pictures – of An American in Paris, Into The Woods, even The Real Thing with Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal:

(There seems to be interest in this show; look how many people Retweeted the photograph.)

But it wasn’t all just future promise. Several (good!) shows opened this week: Sex with Strangers, Between Riverside and Crazy, and the Lightning Thief.

The Week in New York Theater


Ofmicenandmen3O'Dowd, Franco-Photo by Richard Phibbs

Of Mice and Men closes today


Daily News editorial calls Times Square “red fur district” because of the 80+ costumed “hucksters”


John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown FREE tonight Central Park



sheldonharnickFiddler on the Roof’s lyricist Sheldon Harnick, 90, reminisces as the show turns 50.
“People told us we were brave to be doing a very specifically Jewish show. I used to tell them I spent three years in World War II in the army fighting Hitler. Maybe that was brave: this was just Broadway.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber is suing Michael Cohl for “unilateral decision to cancel” US tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Brian Stokes Mitchell to star in Band Wagon, stage adaptation of 1953 Fred Astaire movie musical about Broadway, at CityCenter in November.

“The point of a musical is for the song to push the narrative forward. Hip-hop does that better than average”~ Saul Williams



Jersey Boys

Ryan Molloy, the original Frankie Valli in the West End production of Jersey Boys, stars on Broadway tonight through October 19


An actress for eight years, Ali Ewoldt earns as much as $100,000 some years and less than $30,000 other years. Because of this uncertainty, she works as a babysitter





Allison Williams (Marnie in Girls on HBO) has been cast as Peter Pan in the NBC live musical set for December 4

James Corden and Meryl Streep
James Corden and Meryl Streep

Into the Woods film: Preview in Photographs

Sex With Strangers Second Stage

Sex with Strangers Reviews and Photographs



Love Letters, the two-hander by A.R. Gurney returns to Broadway with a starry rotating cast
Cast Schedule:
Saturday, September 13, 2014, through Friday, October 10, 2014
Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow
Saturday, October 11, 2014, through Friday, November 7, 2014
Carol Burnett and Brian Dennehy
Saturday, November 8, 2014 through Friday, December 5, 2014
Alan Alda and Candice Bergen
Saturday, December 6, 2014, through Friday, January 9, 2015
Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg
Saturday, January 10, 2015, through Sunday, February 1, 2015
Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen

"The Lightning Thief" IMG 0261

The Lightning Thief Review

It isn’t easy being 12 years old and a demigod with dyslexia. Percy Jackson may be the son of Poseidon, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting expelled from school after school.   Jackson began life as the hero of a series of bedtime stories that Rick Riordan created for his son, then became the protagonist on the pages of Riordan’s bestselling novels, and graduated (or was demoted?) to screen time in a couple of blockbuster movies starring Logan Lerman. Now he is on the stage of the Lucille Lortel Theater, in a free, hour-long musical for children, alongside his best best friend Grover,  a satyr (half man, half goat), and his rival/love interest Annabeth, the “half-blood” daughter of the goddess Athena.

Full Review of The Lightning Thief



Between Riverside and Crazy Reviews



If London in general has higher prices than NYC, why is its theater much less expensive? Some answers

Albert Innaurato, hit playwright in 1970s (Gemini),returns to NYC after “exile” with one-act “Doubtless” at 59E59

 Lifted from @LauraBenanti: “36 Tweets That Prove Laura Benanti Is A Comic Genius”


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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