#NewYorkValues. RIP Alan Rickman Et Al. #Ham4Ham Indoors. Week in New York Theater

Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lin-Manuel Miranda went back to his elementary school for his second indoor #Ham4Ham:

Here’s his first the day before, with Alan Menken

The Week in Hamilton

The past week in New York theater could be called the Week in Hamilton. That may describe most weeks these days, but this one marked both Alexander Hamilton’s 261st and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 36th birthday

Hamilton Musical’s Celebrity Signings


Counterfeit Hamilton tickets
Fake tickets show up at the door almost daily.



“Everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro- gay-marriage, focus around money and the media,” Ted Cruz said at the sixth Republican presidential debate.

But New Yorkers have a different understanding of what our values are. Much of it has to do with culture.

Much of it has to do with a tradition of acceptance.

And ok, we take no shit from nobody.


The Week in New York Theater Reviews

David Furr, Andrea Martin and Jeremy Shamos
David Furr, Andrea Martin and Jeremy Shamos

Noises Off

Ross DeGraw as Joseph Stalin and Brian J. Carter as Mikhail Bulgakov
Ross DeGraw as Joseph Stalin and Brian J. Carter as Mikhail Bulgakov



Key Change

samedi detente 2 Dorothée Munyaneza

Under the Radar Festival: Samedi Detente

Week in New York Theater Previews

Flyer Guy Picture

David Lawson, New York Theater Guy, Times Square Flyer Guy

David Lawson is a New York theater person, which is to say he makes his art for the stage, but, like thousands of others, he makes his living doing something else. He hands out flyers in Times Square, working alongside and getting to know The Painted Topless Ladies, and The Naked Cowboy (who says he makes $34,000 — a month) and Racist Elmo (who used to work for the Girl Scouts)….Lawson tells funny stories from his life as a Times Square flyer guy in “Flyer Guy”

Elmore James performing in Soul to Soul
Elmore James performing in Soul to Soul

Soul to Soul, comparing African-American and Yiddish folk music traditions.

Elmore James, who sings with two Jewish blondes and another African-American man in the “Soul to Soul” concert, grew up in Harlem and made his Broadway debut in the black gospel musical “Your Arms Too Short to Box With God.” So it seems only natural that he would fall in love with Yiddish music.
“I first heard Yiddish music sung by Paul Robeson,” James says. “It resonated with me.”

Week in New York Theater News

Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman

RIP great actors Alan Rickman (69), David Margulies (78), Brian Bedford (80), Richard Libertini (82) and Billie Allen (90)


Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are the central characters of  Nerds, a new musical opening at Broadway’s Longacre Theater on April 21, 2016. No cast has been announced yet.

Oscar 2016 nominees

Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd) to star in “Broadway and the Bard, an evening of Shakespeare and song,” Theatre Row, Jan 28-Mar 6

Nick Cordero
Nick Cordero

Nick Cordero (“Bullets Over Broadway”) to join Jessie Mueller in Waitress. Opens April 24

Michael C. Hall
Michael C. Hall

New York Theatre Workshop is charging $1,000 to $2,500 per ticket for final performance of David Bowie’s Lazarus January 20, to benefit its education dept.

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is working on a report to be released this month on how well museums and performing-arts groups reflect city’s diversity

Sharyn+RothsteinSharyn Rothstein is the winner of ATCA’s $10,000 Primus Prize for an emerging woman playwright, for her play By The Way at MTC

The 61st annual Obie Awards, now under the American Theatre Wing, is set for May 23rd at Webster Hall, with Lea DeLaria once again the host.

Marie and Rosetta,  by George Brant (Grounded), about legendary rock-n-roller Sister Marie Rosetta, is scheduled for the Atlantic Theater’s 2016-17 season

NBC plans to make Hairspray its next live TV musical


Full cast for Tuck Everlasting, which is scheduled to open April 26, 2016

TuckEverlastinglogo2Pippa Pearthree as “Nana,” with an ensemble of Timothy J. Alex, Jonathan Burke, Callie Carter, Chloe Campbell, Benjamin Cook, Deanna Doyle, Brandon Espinoza, Lisa Gajda, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Christopher Gurr, Neil Haskell, Matt Meigs, Heather Parcells, Justin Patterson, Marco Schittone, Brooklyn Shuck, Jennifer Smith, and Kathy Voytko. They join previously announced three-time Tony Nominee Carolee Carmello as “Mae Tuck” (Finding Neverland), Outer Critics Circle nominee Andrew Keenan-Bolger as “Jesse Tuck” (Newsies), two-time Emmy Award winner Michael Park as “Angus Tuck” (How To Succeed…),three-time Tony Nominee Terrence Mann as “The Man in the Yellow Suit” (Pippin), Fred Applegate as “Constable Joe” (The Last Ship), Robert Lenzi as “Miles Tuck” (South Pacific),Michael Wartella as “Hugo” (Wicked), Valerie Wright as “Betsy Foster” (Elf The Musical), and introducing 11-year-old Sarah Charles Lewis as “Winnie Foster”.


Open letter from Marlee Matlin upon leaving Spring Awakening

There is still a long way to go in terms of accessibility for theatergoers who are Deaf or hard of hearing …I’m able to watch TV, surf the internet on my mobile device or see a film (even opera!) with the benefit of captions…  [But] millions of Deaf and hard of hearing people like me who come to New York City and want to see a Broadway show… are told they’d have to make accommodations that hearing people do not.”


Theaters sell a cup of wine for $24 — and some 500 theatergoers go for it at every performance.


“The appeal of performing in general. It’s being able to express very private, personal things that you can disavow as soon as the lights go up at the end. You have plausible deniability from the time the applause starts.” ~ Michael Cerveris

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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