Coming to Broadway: Angels in America, Mean Girls, To Kill A Mockingbird. Week in NY Theater


This is a time of natural disasters, which dwarf everything else, including the steady assault of man-made disasters (even major anniversaries), if only for the moment. Of course, people are debating how much of the natural disasters ARE man-made.

Kristen Bell sings from Frozen to a group shelter full of evacuees from Hurricane Irma

1984 2 Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

In Dramatizing Dystopia, I list how much popular literature of oppressive societies has been adapted for the stage – not just 1984, currently on Broadway, but The Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World, A Clockwork Orange, and more – and wonder why this trend exists. The easy and most common answer is that it’s a response to American political events. One commenter perhaps unintentionally raised a provocative thought: Are more and more people viewing stories like 1984 as an increasingly plausible reality, the fear and threat of such an outcome causing more of us to embrace us-versus-them extremism and eschew nuance?

A Clockwork Orange at New World Stages 1

A production of “A Clockwork Orange” is opening this month Off-Broadway, one of the several September New York theater openings that feature sex and violence — also sex, drugs and rock n roll.

Angels in America is coming back on Broadway, with Andrew Garfield, and Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn. It opens March 21 at Neil Simon Theater, a transfer from the UK’s National Theatre.

“Mean Girls” will open on Broadway April 8, 2018 at the August Wilson. Previews begin March 12.

Based on Tina Fey’s 2004 movie, this new musical (which will try out in Washington D.C.’s National Theatre in the Fall), pits a newcomer to high school against a triumvirate of classmates who are, well, mean girls, labeled the Plastics.

Check out updated Broadway 2017-2018 Preview Guide

Erin Wilhelmi, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Julie White, and Jayne Houdyshell, the latest cast of A Doll’s House Part 2. Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

A Dolls House Part 2 will close on September 24, after 30 preview & 173 regular performances. (My review of A Doll’s House Part 2 with the original cast.)

To Kill a Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation, aims for Broadway opening of December 18, 2018, directed by Bartlett Sher.

Sense of Occasion, memoir by Hal Prince, published this week by Applause Books. My review.

Manhattan Theatre Club will host post-show conversations with Harold Prince following Prince of Broadway performances on September 19, September 28, October 3, and October 12. Harold Prince biographer Foster Hirsch will moderate the discussion

Donna Murphy

Donny Murphy, who’s been Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly every Tues since June,will leave Jan 9. (Bernadette Peters will to play all eight performances a week)

RIP Composer Michael Friedman 41

Watch videos, listen to audio, and read excerpts from reviews of the work of this theater artist with such wide-ranging talented it’s hard to contain it under the label composer


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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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