Final Fringe Binge. Harry Potter and Hamilton vs. Ticket Resellers. Week in New York Theater

“The Sound of Music” told from the point of view of a gay Nazi; biographies of three African-American men — W.E.B. Du Bois, Stokely Carmichael, and Richard Pryor. These are among the most intriguing shows I’ve seen at the Fringe, which runs for one more week, until Sunday, August 28th.

The Week in New York Theater Reviews


The Radicalization of Rolfe



Honour 2a

Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan

W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man For All Times

W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man For All Times

Meshaun Labrone as Stokely Carmichael
Meshaun Labrone as Stokely Carmichael

Power! Stokely Carmichael


Pryor Truth


If a five-year-old can review plays, why not a 95-year-old? On her 95th birthday, Muriel Mandell reviews Hamilton etc.

The Week in New York Theater News


“Come From Away,” a musical about planes landing in a small town in Newfoundland during September 11, 2001, is set to open on Broadway on March 12, 2017.


John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht will star in the Roundabout’s revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price, February 16-May 7 2017

Groundhog Day the musical in UK

Flush from good reviews for Groundhog Day, the musical in UK created by the Matilda team (composer Tim Minchin, director Matthew Warchus) and starring Andy Karl (Rocky), its producers re-announce plans to transfer to Broadway, though they don’t say when.


Fall 2016 Irish Rep:

Melissa Errico  in Finians Rainbow

Afterplay by Brian Friel

Pigeon in the Taj Majal by Laoisa Sexton

Ex-theater agent Roland Scahill is charged with raising $165,000 for fake Broadway play  (Shades of The Producer?)

Second Stage Theatre has less than two years to repay a $16.5 million mortgage on its new Broadway home.

laura benanti

Laura Benanti is writing a book of essays entitled “I Stole Your Boyfriend, and Other Monster Acts on My Way to Becoming a Human Woman,” aiming for publication in 2017.

30-second Hairspray Live promotional video

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory turns the Big Apple into the Big Candy Apple

The arts are missing from the political debate

Tickets for the Harry Potter play are fetching as much as $6,400 for ticket resellers; the New York resellers have gotten as much as $8,000 for “Hamilton.”  The producers of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and “Hamilton” are battling these ticket resellers in very different ways.

“The secondary-ticket market is an industry-wide plague,” Harry Potter producer Sonia Friedman says, “and one which we as producers take very seriously.”

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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