Broadway Canceled. Anne Hathaway + Julie Taymor. Art+Business=Juilliard. Week in New York Theater

TimesSquareFrozen?Here I stand In the light of day
Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway

Easy words from a cartoon character. But given the weather forecast, New Yorkers are sure to be bothered by what may be the worst snowstorm in New York City in at least a century.

As of 3 p.m. on Monday, all Broadway performances have been canceled for Monday night.  That is only three shows (most of Broadway is dark on Mondays.)

Follow developments in my continually updated post, Broadway and the Blizzard of 2015.

Below, news of theatrical collaborations between Ann Hathaway and Julie Taymor, Laura Benanti and Josh Radnor, and Stephanie J. Block and Seb Arcellus — actually that last is a baby.

Week in New York Theater, January 19-25, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mount Holyoke students “retired” The Vagina Monologue for not including transgendered. Eve Ensler replies

Hilton Als of the New Yorker offers his culture moments 2014

Tuesday, January 20


Laura Benanti and JoshRadnor to star in She Loves Me revival in 2016.

She Loves Me productions

Here’s my personal piece on “She Loves Me: The Broadway Musical That Changed Our Lives”

The Heart of Robin Hood, set to begin on Broadway March 11, now delayed at least a month, reportedly because Toronto sales are better than Broadway.

Jessie Mueller leaves Beautiful on  March 6; then Chilina Kennedy (who was on Broadway previously in Jesus Christ Superstar) becomes Carole King.

 Live from Lincoln Center schedule

Billy Porter Friday, April 3, 2015

Norm Lewis Friday, April 10, 2015


My review of Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1900s to 1950s

Mac’s plan is to present a 24-hour marathon concert delivering popular songs from 1776 to 2016.  Last week, at New York Live Arts as part of the Under the Radar festival, he presented the 1900s-1920s leg of the marathon; this week he is presenting the 1930s-1950s….
A signature of Mac’s concerts, and at times the edgiest thing he does, is his use of the audience as collaborators; all of the audience

Full review of Taylor Mac

Wednesday, January 21

Anne Hathaway will star in a new play directed by Julie Taymor, Grounded, written by George Brant, at the Public Theater, April 7 to 23.  Hathaway will play an Air Force pilot assigned to drones.

Tony Awards Statuette Tony Awards calendar:

4/23 – eligibility cut-off. (All shows must open by this date to be considered)

4/28 – nominations announced

6/7 – 69th Annual TonyAwards, at Radio City Music Hall

Whorl Inside a Loop, new play by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott, with Scott as actress teaching inmates, will be presented at Second Stages starting in August

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Rajiv Joseph wins the Laurents/Hatcher Award; he gets $50,000, and another $100,000  goes to The Atlantic Theater for his play The Guards at the Taj, which opens in May

Yes, art and business mix! Juilliard has been given five million dollars to create the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship

Wiesenthal by Tom Dugan will close Off Broadway February 22, then tour LA,Chicago,Dallas,Canada

Into The Woods
Into The Woods

My review of Into the Woods

“Into The Woods,” Stephen Sondheim has told us, was in part inspired by his desire to create  “a quest musical along the lines of The Wizard of Oz,” and although that was just the initial spark,  the Sondheim/Lapine musical mishmash of classic fairy tales resembles Oz in at least one way — it’s presented over and over again, at an accelerating pace…Now it is opening in Roundabout’s Off-Broadway venue, in a production by the Fiasco Theater, an ensemble known for their inventively bare-bones interpretations of the classics…The Fiasco version is fun, in a child-like way.

Full review of Into The Woods

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Flea Theater season

February 19 – April 6:

THE NOMAD A World Premiere Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth Swados and Erin Courtney Composed and Directed by Elizabeth Swados

Swados and Erin Courtney’s desert musical. Join holy men, kief smokers, spies, soldiers and tribes of nomads in her legendary journey.

March 4 – April 5: THE FEAST A World Premiere Written by Cory Finley Directed by Flea Resident Director Courtney Ulrich Featuring The Bats

Matt and Anna’s relationship is going swimmingly, until the sewers under their apartment open up and begin to speak.

May 27 – June 28: THE OLD MASTERS A New York Premiere Written by Sam Marks Directed by Flea Resident Director Brandon Stock Featuring The Bats

Frustrated artist Ben Schmitt discovers the paintings of an old friend who mysteriously disappeared 3 years ago. After sharing them with his agent, the art world suddenly falls under the spell of the work and the artist’s disappearance. Ben is left to ponder: what about me?

Late night at The Flea continues with #serials@theflea


Playwright Robert Askins of Hand to God is a bartender at Lobo in Brooklyn. “I can’t even afford a ticket to my own Broadway show”

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Ann Harada: Congrats @StephanieJBlock and @SebArcelus on birth of Vivienne! I wish you so much love and occasional sleep!


My review of Film Chinois

femmesfatales“Film Chinois,” a new play by Damon Chua presented by the Pan Asian Repertory Theater that takes place in Beijing in 1947, follows many of the basic rules of film noir, translated to the stage. Stylish and dark, it reeks (as film critic Roger Ebert once described this particular movie genre) “of the night, of shadows, of alleys, of the back doors of fancy places.” Men in fedoras and trench coats carry guns, tail their prey, and deliver or receive packages. There is not just one but two femme fatales in bright red lipstick. The characters smoke cigarettes and wear silk, the stage is scented with sex and mystery, and there is the unmistakeable sense that things won’t turn out well. Above all, like some of the best-known film noir, more than half the time I didn’t know what the hell was going on.

Full review of Film Chinois

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Stop demonizing largest theaters; celebrate smaller 1s producing new plays~#SethRozin of @InterActThtrCo

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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