1. Fun Home
2. Something Rotten
3. The King and I
Last week, Skylight opened. This week, it’ll be:
Hand to God
Wolf Hall, Parts 1 and 2
And we’re only getting started. I’ll be reviewing them all, which makes me a theater critic, although I don’t say things like the critic depicted in Birdman:
Why are critics villains? — which links to my larger piece in Howlround:
Below, news about a new musical by David Bowie, a new play about Maya Angelou, a stage adaptation of a Bill Murray movie
The Week in New York Theater News
Honeymoon in Vegas ends its run today, Sunday April 5, less than three months after it opened
Gene Saks, actor and director of 33 Broadway shows, best-known as Neil Simon’s director, has died at age 93.
“3C, ” playwright David Adjmi’s parody of the sitcom “Three’s Company”, does not violate copyright, a federal judge rules, permitting any and all future productions.
The Wiz” will be the next NBC live musical (December 3), in partnership with Cirque de Soleil, and directed by Kenny Leon. Then it’s on to Broadway! This is not normal. (Cinderella did that, sort of, but different productions 56 years apart) Harvey Fierstein will create new material for the production, which originated on Broadway in 1975, winning seven Tonys, including best musical, then was turned into an all-star, widely ridiculed movie in 1978 (pictured.)
Kenny Leon is also working on a play about Maya Angelou, a stage adaptation of Tavis Smiley’s new book, My Journey with Maya
Lazarus,by David Bowie and Enda Walsh (Once), inspired by The Man Who Fell to Earth, and directed by Ivo van Hove, will be presented by the New York Theatre Workshop sometime before the end of 2015. Bowie played the lead character in the 1976 movie director Nicholas Roeg made of the novel by Walter Tevis, a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. Lazarus will feature new songs composed by David Bowie as well as new arrangements of his old songs.
Week in Theater-Related Developments
— Jonathan Mandell (@NewYorkTheater) April 2, 2015
New reality series on Discovery Family to feature animal trainer William Berloni, whose animals have been in 19 Broadway productions
Week in Theater Arguments
It’s time for a better Sound of Music, writes Lawrence Downes, which emphasizes its cruelty and carnality.