Award Fever! Rylance! Rent! Aaron Tveit in Summer Sondheim! Week in NY Theater


Four major New York theater awards announced their winners this past week — and Oslo is doing very well, as is The Band’s Visit, even though it closed Off-Broadway in January.


Jennifer Ehle and Jefferson Mays in Oslo
(l-r) Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk in The Band’s Visit

Lucille Lortel: Oslo, The Band’s Visit

Outer Critics: Oslo, Come From Away, The Band’s Visit

New York Drama Critics Circle: Oslo, The Band’s Visit

2017 Theatre World Awards

2017 Tony Awards – Who YOU Want

Week in New York Theater Reviews


With his new play “Arlington,” playwright and director Enda Walsh presents an unusual love story set against a future dystopian society, which might shock New York theatergoers who know Walsh only as the Tony-winning book writer for the charming Broadway musical “Once.” It will be less shocking to those who attended “Lazarus,” Walsh’s collaboration with David Bowie at the New York Theater Workshop in 2015, with which it shares a general theatrical approach. “Arlington” invests more attention on sensory stimulation than clarity or coherence.

Happy Days

Another happy day,” Dianne Wiest exclaims as Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s bleak, comic and compassionate play, written decades before Groundhog Day, but similarly focused on somebody who is trapped in an endlessly repeated day. But Winnie is also buried up to her waist in a mound of dirt. And then, in Act 2, it gets worse for her.

It’s a role, Wiest has said, that is “the ‘Hamlet’ for women….I had wanted to do ‘Happy Days’ for 30 years — I was terrified of it.”

Lindsay Mendez (Helen) and Barton Cowperthwaite (Paris)

The Golden Apple

The Golden Apple, a 1954 Broadway musical, got the Encores! treatment at its most glorious over the weekend – with a sonorous 31-piece orchestra directed by Rob Berman, and a splendid 40-member cast including such go-to musical theater talents as Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Silverman, as well as two thrilling newcomers. It’s hard to picture a more apt musical for the long running “concert series”

Week in New York Theater News

Mark Rylance returns to Broadway in “Farinelli and the King, ” a new ,play by Claire Van Kampen about famed castrato, from Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, running at the Belasco December 5 to March 25
Rylance is portraying King Philippe V of Spain, not the castrato singer who enchanted him.

“Rebecca” producers were awarded $90,000 from publicist Marc Thibedeau, far short of $10.6 million they sought.Both sides claim victory

The Glass Menagerie with will end May 21, some six weeks earlier than planned.

Elizabeth McGovern, best known now for her role in Downton Abbey, will be back on Broadway after 25 years in Roundabout’s “Time and the Conways” Sept 14-Nov 26, 2017. Written in 1938 by J. B. Priestley, the  time-traveling play begins in 1919 Britain, when “Mrs. Conway is full of optimism during her daughter’s lavish twenty-first birthday celebration. The Great War is over, wealth is in the air, and the family’s dreams bubble over like champagne. Jump nineteen years into the future, though, and the Conways’ lives have transformed unimaginably.” The production, the play’s first Broadway revival, will be directed by  Rebecca Taichman (Indecent.)

Rent, original cast

Fox announced it will broadcast two live musicals, A Christmas Story the musical in December, with composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul writing additional songs, and Jonathan Larsen’s Rent (date as yet undetermined)


FREE concert in Shubert Alley, (west of 7th Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets) June 2, 1 pm of these Broadway shows (so far!)
Aladdin, Anastasia, Bandstand,
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, A Bronx Tale, Cats,
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chicago, Come From Away,
Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day the Musical, Kinky Boots,
Miss Saigon, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,
On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan,
The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock the Musical,
Sunset Boulevard, Waitress, War Paint, Wicked
With additional appearances from*: Falsettos, Jitney, The Little Foxes, The Play That Goes Wrong, Six Degrees of Separation, Sweat

Past Stars in the Alley




Playwright Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman will be at talkbacks after Indecent May 16-18

Vogel will also offer a free playwriting workshop at the Vineyard Theater May 22

Summer season at Barrington Stage will feature Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal, Catch Me If You Can, Grease Live)  as Bobby in Sondheim’s Company (as well as Kunstler, Speech & Debate, Ragtime etc)

Ghostlight Records will release War Paint’s Original Broadway Cast Recording in digital formats on May 26.

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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