Broadway Season Preview Updated: Denzel, Etc. Trump’s Artists RESIST. RIP Jerry Lewis. Week in NY Theater

My Broadway 2017-2018 Preview Guide has been updated, thanks to a flurry of new shows announced, a couple this past week:

Denzel Washington will lead the 20-member cast for the fifth Broadway production of The Iceman Cometh, for a 14-week Broadway run starting March 22, and opening April 26, 2018.


A revival of Children of a Lesser God, starring Joshua Jackson,and Lauren Ridloff, the first Black Miss Deaf America, will open at Studio 54 on April 11, 2018. The Tony-winning play, which will be directed by Kenny Leon, is about the romance between a hearing man and a deaf woman.

In 1917 Zurich, an artist, Tristan Tzara; a writer, James Joyce; and a revolutionary, Lenin, collide.


Broadway Poll: Favorite Fall 2017 Show?

Vote for which show you’re most looking forward to.


Two for one tickets on sale NOW. (Hot shows go fast.)


The Week in Politics and Theater


Trump’s entire arts committee resigns with secret message — RESIST


Tonya Pinkins as Caroline and Veanne Cox as Rose   in a scene from CAROLINE, OR CHANGE

From Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s @2004 Caroline or Change, prescient subplot about Confederate monument



That old copper statue by the courthouse downtown
Honoring the brave Confederate soldier,
The South’s defender, the Civil War,
Ain’t there no more, it ain’t there no more.
Last evenin’ somebody heist the hateful thing,
Unscrewed it, carried it away.


Standin’ there 100 year, now that statue he just disappear.
Things change everywhere, even here.


The Week in New York Theater

Groundhog Day will play its final performance Sept 17, after 176 performances and 32 previews. It joins Great Comet and Bandstand in announcing its closing in September.


Most Underrated Shows on Broadway (listed alphabetically)


Ben Platt as Evan Hansen

Ben Platt, widely acclaimed and Tony winning for his title role in “Dear Evan Hansen,” will leave the show  on November 19. The show plans to go on.

A musical based on the old TV show The Honeymooners will play at Papermill Playhouse, from September 28 to October 29, with Michael McGrath as Ralph Kramden, Michael Mastro as Ed Norton, Leslie Kritzer as (“To The Moon…”) Alice Kramden, and  Laura Bell Bundy as Trixie Norton,

Opening on Broadway’s Belasco August 13, 2018 (a year from now!):  Getting The Band Together


Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf,” an Edward Albee spoof by the Elevator Repair Service theater company, is part of the Abron’s Arts Center 2017-18 season.



Brandy Norwood has returned to @ChicagoMusical now through Aug 31. Here she is first time around:

First five months of Frozen almost sold out within hours. Some seats on secondary market for $10,000. Musical begins on Broadway Feb 22


Second annual #TheatreFestNYC, introducing students to non-profit theaters, at Signature Theater Center August 29.


Lights to dim on Tues for Stuart Thompson, six-time Tony winning producer (Book o fMormon etc) and general manager, who died Thursday at 62






Video Fun

New video promo from The Band’s Visit

Taking a tip from Joan Crawford, @FeudFX star @JackieHoffman16 telephones her Emmy competition

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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