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1984 in 2017. Super Bowl LI for Broadway Lovers (Hamilton!) Week in NY Theater

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The original Schuyler sisters of “Hamilton” – Phillipa Soo (soon to be back on Broadway in Amelie),  Renee Elise Goldberry, and Jasmine Cephas Jones —  sang “America the Beautiful” before Super Bowl LI, which kicked off at 6:30 p.m. on Fox. Lady Gaga is headlining the Super Bowl LI halftime show.

On its Twitter feed, The Tony Awards have been helpfully interpreting the Super Bowl for Broadway fans.

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(By the way, the New England Patriots play the Atlanta Falcons.)

With dystopian novels all suddenly best-sellers again — 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale, Animal Farm, It Can’t Happen Here, Fahrenheit 451 – it seems fitting that a London stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 is coming to Broadway’s Hudson Theater starting June 22, 2017.

Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin are producing the adaptation by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, a UK hit that was presented last year in several theaters in the U.S. as well. Casting has yet to be announced.

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February 2017 theater openings

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January 2017 New York theater quiz

Week in New York Theater Reviews

Stefania Lavie Owen and Lucas Hedges

Stefania Lavie Owen and Lucas Hedges

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Yen, a bleak British play that opens tonight Off-Broadway, stars Lucas Hedges, Oscar-nominated last week for his role in Manchester by the Sea, and Justice Smith, of the Netflix hip-hop drama The Get Down, as two teenage brothers living alone, with no school, no friends, little food and one t-shirt to share between them….….Playwright Anna Jordan leaves little doubt that her play is meant to explore the damage caused by a lack of love….Particularly absorbing is the interaction between Justice Smith and Lucas Hedges, with their contrasting characterizations. …

The TV series stars Judd Hirsch (right) as Arthur Przybyszewski and Jermaine Fowler (left) as Franco Wicks.

The TV series stars Judd Hirsch (right) as Arthur Przybyszewski and Jermaine Fowler (left) as Franco Wicks.

In the play, Jon Michael Hill portrayed Franco Wicks and Michael McKean was Arthur Przybyszewski

In the play, Jon Michael Hill portrayed Franco Wicks and Michael McKean was Arthur Przybyszewski

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A new TV series, starring Judd Hirsch and Jermaine Fowler that is based on the Broadway play by Tracy Letts that I reviewed in 2009, calling it sitcom-like.  I reprint my Broadway review, which focuses on how different the play was from Letts’ previous work.

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China on Stage

Three recent productions in New York City—Made in ChinaConfucius, and Caught— explore US-China relations.

More New York Theater News

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Alison Wright (the duped FBI secretary in the TV series “The Americans”) has been hired as the ninth and final cast member of “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage. She is the only member of the Broadway cast who didn’t also perform the show Off-Broadway.

Tina Landau (with microphone) speaking at the Ghostlight Project in Times Square

Tina Landau (with microphone) speaking at the Ghostlight Project in Times Square

Actors on Activism

Watch videos from the Actors and Activism panel of BroadwayCon, with Celia Keenan-Bolger, Hamilton’s Okieriete Onaodowan, Shuffle Along’s Amber Iman (who founded Broadway for Black Lives Matter), In Transit’s Margo Seiberg (who co-founded Racket) – and director Tina Landau, who helped found The Ghostlight Project.

“Last Days of Judas Iscariot” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, will be performed at La MaMa March 9-26, directed by Estelle Parsons, artistic director of the Actors Studio, where the production originated.  “We plan to do most of the plays of Stephen Adly Giurgis,” Parsons said, “because they are brilliant & don’t get done much”

 

 

 

The Actor’s Fund’s Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts opens in theater district in March

 

 

 

Trailer for the film adaptation of Stephen Karam’s first hit play, “Speech & Debate”

Cast portrait from Roundabout’s revival of Arthur Miller’s ThePrice , starring Jessica Hecht, Tony Shalhoub, Danny DeVito making his Broadway debut, and Mark Ruffalo. The play begins Feb 16, opens March 16.

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

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