2016, Good Riddance. 2017, Good Luck. Week in New York Theater

“There may be trouble ahead
But while there’s music and moonlight and love and romance
Let’s face the music and dance.”
– Irving Berlin, 1936

After Mariah Carey blamed technical glitches for her disastrous New Year’s Eve performance in Times Square seen around the world, she wrote a Tweet that can serve as a succinct summary both of 2016 and 2017.

Many Americans are nervously anticipating those 2017 headlines. Theater activists, girding for what many see as a year requiring resistance, have announced  The Ghostlight Project, which will be begin with a gathering outside theaters of all sorts across the nation on the eve of the Presidential inauguration. Locally, a new winter theater festival called The Resister Project, with 10 new plays created in response to “a divisive political campaign,” promises to be one of many such efforts.



Broadway Poll: Favorite Spring 2017 show?


Theater Books to Read in 2017

Broadway Closings

Closed December 31:
Fiddler on the Roof

Closed January 1, 2017:
The Illusionists
Something Rotten


Closing January 8, 2017:
The Color Purple
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
The Encounter

Closing January 15, 2017:
Jersey Boys
The Humans
Holiday Inn

Closing January 22
Oh Hello

Closing January 29
The Front Page

(If tickets are not available through the box office, try buying tickets here)

The Drama Book Shop , a favorite theater hangout, begins its 100th year


Year-end Theater Quiz

Top Theater Stories of 2016


Memorable Moments on Stage in 2016


Ring IN The Old: Broadway stars aged 90 to 104




Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

The Wit of Carrie Fisher



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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