New Broadway Marquees. Michael C Hall as Hedwig. Broadway Baby Joan Rivers. Rosie Perez! The Week in NY Theater

What’s fun about Broadway in September — the marquees go up for the Fall season, even if the shows won’t be opening for months.


The Week in New York Theater, Sept 1 – 7



Theater trumps TV on exploring “the big issues,” says this UK TV journalist. True in US too?


Jayne Houdyshell, Rosie Perez, Jonny Orsini and more join Larry David in the cast of his play Fish in the Dark, which opens on Broadway in March.

Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin

Tonight, Andrea Martin returns as a lusty grandma upside down on a trapeze singing in Pippin

Absolutely Filthy, winner of Overall Excellence at 2014 New York Fringe
Absolutely Filthy, winner of Overall Excellence at 2014 New York Fringe

Added to 2014 Fringe Encores, which begins this week: Absolutely Filthy, Peanuts cartoon parody

Why listening to music is the key to good health  (Is watching people tap dance the key to happiness?)


David Hare’s “Skylight” to be revived on Broadway with Carey Mulligan as schoolteacher visited by ex, portrayed by Bill Nighy. Opens March 16 at John Golden.

Lisa D’Amour (Detroit) is finally on Broadway with  “Airline Highway,” her dark comedy of pals hanging in a parking lot. Opens Apr 23

From left to right: Laura Osnes, Harriet Harris, Marla Mindelle and Ann Harada
From left to right: Laura Osnes, Harriet Harris, Marla Mindelle and Ann Harada

Cinderella will close on Broadway January 3, 2015 after 41 previews and 770 regular performances.


Kaley Ann Voorhees, 20 years old, will play Christine in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway starting in December – the first to be born after the show debuted on Broadway.

Other Phantom news: Norm Lewis is staying on until Jan 31, 2015. Mary Michael Patt is succeeding Sierra Boggess from now until December.

Creativity has come to mean productivity,argues Joshua Rothman in the New Yorker, who prefers the Romantic idea of creativity


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Headshot Portrait Of Joan Rivers
Comedian Joan Rivers has died at age 81, a week after a routine procedure went awry.
She performed in three Broadway shows — and wrote two of them. “Acting is my true love. I would like to have been a serious actor, and I plan to in the next life. I’m going to be Meryl Streep Rivers.”


Joan Rivers’ mark on the Great White Way

Remembering my boss

Joan Rivers’ love of NYC and the theater:

There’s nothing like Broadway at night, and I try to go to Mamma Mia! if possible, because I like to watch 15,000 Japanese tourists in the audience trying to sing “Waterloo.” If you don’t go to Broadway, you’re a fool. On Broadway, off Broadway, above Broadway, below Broadway, go! Don’t tell me there isn’t something wonderful playing. If I’m home in New York at night, I’m either at a Broadway or an Off Broadway show. We’re in the theater capital of the world, and if you don’t get it, you’re an idiot.

Come in a wheelchair, and they’ll put you in an aisle. I know how to get around New York! A wheelchair will always get you a good seat. And the cast will come out to you to say hello if you’re in a wheelchair. You don’t have to go backstage. If you need a wheelchair, I usually just push a handicapped person out of one. And I love to hang around the Broadway area, because I offer the cops 50 bucks. If you offer a policeman 50 bucks, he will stop and frisk you.


The 897 selected as MacArthur Foundation “geniuses” since 1981 move more often than general population:  Do creative people move more?


AR Gurney By Gregory Costanzo

My interview with A.R. Gurney

More than a decade ago, A.R. Gurney, who had written some forty plays over forty years, wondered whether he would be forced to retire. “I thought I had told the world everything I wanted to tell the world.” But even when he did finally come up with a new idea, he couldn’t find a producer or theater interested in it. Now, at age eighty-three, Gurney has shows in both the new Broadway season, and the new Off-Broadway season. Revivals of two of his plays open within the next two weeks—Love Letters on Broadway, and Wayside Motor Inn Off-Broadway. He has become a playwright-in-residence at the Signature Theatre, which has committed to two more of his plays, including a new one entitled Love and Money.

Ask Gurney what happened to change things around, and his answer is succinct: Off-Off Broadway saved him.

Full article about A.R. Gurney

Sally and Phil
Sally and Phil

My review of The Wayside Motor Inn

A.R. Gurney was surprised at the Signature Theater’s choice for the opening play in his playwright-in-residence season with them.

“The Wayside Motor Inn was dismissed by the critics when it opened, and it’s never really worked before,” Gurney told me in an interview 

Whether this 1977 play works now depends on how satisfied you can be by a well-staged production that presents five dramatically underwhelming stories in a theatrically inventive way.

Full review of The Wayside Motor Inn

My review of My Manana Comes

he four busboys who work in the kitchen of a tony Upper East Side restaurant in the well-acted, superbly directed new play by Elizabeth Irwin, “My Manana Comes,” bring home a cruel irony of the $30 billion New York City restaurant industry that employs about one out of every 10 New Yorkers: Many restaurant workers can barely afford to feed themselves… “My Manana Comes,” produced by the Playwrights Realm theater company at the Peter Sharp Theater, is no didactic tract on the exploitation of restaurant workers. It is a spot-on recreation of the “back of house” of a fancy restaurant.

Full review of My Manana Comes


Ron Shelton of Bull Durham the musical, now in previews @alliancetheatre “Broadway is obviously everyone’s goal & intention,” “There’s no musical-theater equivalent for the closeup in a movie…That has to become a scene with a song.




The Fall Arts Season, including six articles about theater.


Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter
Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter

Closing September 20th after five weeks: Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter

Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard on pals Hoffman & Williams; writing his first novel;how America is “on our way out, as a culture” etc


Sarah Ruhl chats with Polly Carl about her new book of essays and how theater is about language and listening

Madeleine Bundy & Stephen Stout in SMOKE at The Flea

Smoke Review

Christopher Fitzgerald (with guitar)
Christopher Fitzgerald (with guitar)

My review, and photographs, of The Winter’s Tale 

The Realistic Joneses Lyceum Theatre

Michael C. Hall (here pictured in The Realistic Joneses) will be the next Hedwig (also at the Belasco), staring October 16.

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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