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Last Chance for Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Lange, Laura Benanti, Frank Langella: Broadway Shows Closing Soon

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The following five shows are closing within the next ten days. Each of them I found worth seeing for one reason or another.

 

Pascale Armand, Lupita Nyong'o, and Saycon Sengbloh star in Danai Gurira's Eclipsed.

Pascale Armand, Lupita Nyong’o, and Saycon Sengbloh star in Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed.

Eclipsed – closing June 19

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) is making her Broadway debut in this play by Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), a forceful drama about the effect of war on five women in Liberia. What could easily have been a noble, grim and largely unwatchable testament to man’s inhumanity towards woman in wartime turns out to be a well-acted ensemble piece and a thought-provoking drama that is surprisingly vibrant, and sometimes even whimsical. Nominated for six Tony Awards, it won for Clint Ramos’s costume design.

Frank Langella with Hannah Cabell

Frank Langella with Hannah Cabell

The Father – closing June 19

Frank Langella  just won his fourth Tony Award for his performance as a man with dementia in this deliberately disorienting new play, and he is the main reason to see it.

Jessia Lange

Jessia Lange

Long Day’s Journey into Night – closing June 26

Jessica Lange won her first Tony for her portrayal of Mary Tyrone, whom she makes the center of attention in this sixth Broadway production  of Eugene O’Neill’s most personal play. She is not just a fading ethereal figure, but a robust woman whose entire life unfolds before us—alternatively innocent, skittish, coquettish, sneering, full-out furious, resigned. Gabriel Byrne, John Gallagher Jr. and Michael Shannon co-star. Nominated for seven Tonys, it also won for Natasha Katz’s lighting design.

 

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Bright Star – closing June 26

The score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell of this tuneful, well-performed display of American roots music almost makes up for the preposterous if occasionally moving story.

The King and I

The King and I

The King and I -closing  June 26

It’s baffling that this luscious production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical, which won four Tonys a year ago, is closing after only 15 months. (Such is Broadway.) I have not seen the new leads, Daniel Dae Kim and Marin Mazzie, but terrific featured performers Ruthie Ann Miles and Conrad Ricamora are still in it, as are the glorious costumes and sets.

 

Of the three scheduled to close in July, I recommend:

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti

She Loves Me — closing July 10, 2016

Even somebody who has never heard of this romantic musical comedy could fall in love with this revival, thanks to the gorgeously melodic score, David Rockwell’s jewel box of a set, which won for him a Tony Award, and the stand-out performances by Laura Benanti and Jane Krakowski as two lovelorn shopgirls in an elegant European parfumerie. The production was nominated for eight Tony Awards.

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Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

One Response to Last Chance for Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Lange, Laura Benanti, Frank Langella: Broadway Shows Closing Soon

  1. Alan Smason says:

    Jonathan, although I did see most of the original cast of “The King and I” – Jose Llana had taken over the role of the king for Ken Watanabe – I am a bit inconsolable with not being able to see “Bright Star” and, especially, “She Loves Me.” Of course, “She Loves Me” will be making Broadway history on June 30, when for the first time a current production will be seen streaming via the Internet (on Broadway HD). At less than $10 the cost is something of a bargain too.

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