Debate! Politics and Theater. The Week in New York Theater

Political theater gets new meanings — and new attention — just six weeks before the Presidential election….and less than three weeks before the cut-off for voter registration.

Avenue Q holds a mock debate today with puppet candidates. But other shows are leaving “mock” behind:


The cast of Hamilton will register people to vote outside the Richard Rodgers September 28 & October, from 5 to 7 pm #Ham4GivingADamn

Even the Broadway Flea on Sunday had its share of politics:


(Notice Christine Pedi at the far right of the photograph. This table sold mostly Newsical memorabilia but, as the man in the Hillary t-shirt put it, “This is the first time the union” — he meant Actors Equity — “has ever endorsed a candidate for President.

The Week in New York Theater News

Ramin Karimloo in Les Miserables
Ramin Karimloo in Les Miserables

Remember Ramin Karimloo’s Broadway debut in Les Miserables (Who can forget?) He joins cast of Anastasia as Gleb. The musical is set to open April 24.

Bette Midler
Bette Midler

Theatergoers bought $9 million worth of tix to Hello, Dolly with Bette Midler, breaking record for first day of Broadway advance sales

Watercolor costume sketch by Lemuel Ayers for the musical St. Louis Woman, starring Pearl Bailey, 1945
Watercolor costume sketch by Lemuel Ayers for the musical St. Louis Woman, starring Pearl Bailey, 1945

The new National Museum of African-American Culture and History in D.C. features hundreds of theater-related items in its permanent collection.



Succeeding Leona Lewis as Grizabella in Cats: Broadway vet Mamie Parris, currently in School of Rock


Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, theater artist and educator Anne Basting are among among 2016 MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellows


Cast of #LastBlackMan by Suzan Lori Parks (Opens Nov 13):





The pod people: Bernardo Cubria interviews playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis


Winner’s corner at the 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction?

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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