Broadway on TV. Another Audra Award. Week in New York Theater

The nominees for the 69th annual Emmy Awards include, as usual, many whom theatergoers like to claim as our own. All the Emmy-nominated performers pictured above are Broadway veterans, although (let’s be honest), how many can we say are committed theater artists?


In any case, PBS will be broadcasting recordings of recent Broadway shows every Friday in the Fall. (See schedule below.)

This week in New York theater, Audra McDonald and Tommy Tune each got yet more theater awards; Hillary Clinton told of the healing power of Broadway; John Lithgow and Condola Rashad announced new starring roles on stage; Mandy Gonzalez dedicated a new Lin-Manuel Miranda song to Dreamers, and Barry Diller killed his dream of a floating theater in the Hudson.

Broadway 2017 – 2018 poll

Hilary Clinton says Broadway helped her recover after her election defeat

Audra McDonald accepts her sixth (record-breaking) Tony Award, in June

Audra McDonald has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, along with Matthew Broderick, Oskar Eustis, Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, Marin Mazzie, Daryl Roth and the late critic Ernie Schier.

Tommy Tune, Bandstand, Great Comet Among 2017 Chita Rivera Award Winners

“John Lithgow: Stories by Heart” comes to Broadway December 21-March 4, 2018. The veteran actor portrays some dozen characters in telling personal stories about his family, and reading classic short stories. Lithgow has performed some version of this evening since 2008, first at Lincoln Center, and touring it around the country.

MTC is reviving Shaw’s Saint Joan, starring Condola Rashad,  opening on Broadway’s Samuel Friedman Theater April 25, 2018

Barry Diller has killed Pier 55, his $250 million planned futuristic performing arts center near The Highline

Broadway’s Best on PBS

10/20 She Loves Me
10/27 Falsettos
11/3 Present Laughter
11/10 In The Heights documentary
11/17 Indecent
11/24 Holiday Inn


Goodbye Groundhog Day and Bandstand



RIP Sir Peter Hall, 86, founder of The Royal Shakespeare Company, Tony-winning director of Amadeus and The Homecoming

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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