Memorable Moments on Stage in 2017

There were so many memorable theater-related moments this year that were not part of any scripted show that they threatened to upstage any moments on stage. Even some of the most encouraging of these off-stage moments – such as the Town Hall held at the Public Theater on sexual harassment in the theater, or Lin-Manuel Miranda’s efforts on behalf of hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, including the song “Almost like Praying” – were silver linings in a largely cloud-filled year.
Still, even in 2017, there were plenty of worthwhile moments in shows that ran in New York this year to help us to escape from, or inspire us to engage in, the world outside the theater.
They happened unexpectedly, in shows you might not otherwise care for, and they happened in every month.

Click on any photograph below to see it enlarged and to read the extensive caption that explains the memorable stage moment. (In a few examples, the only photograph available was about the show, not the specific moment.

 

Links to more photographs and reviews of shows whose moments I mention above:

January:
Confucius
Made in China

February:
Beardo

March
Sweeney Todd
Significant Other

April
Groundhog Day

May
Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
Venus

June
Julius Caesar

July
Cost of Living
Hamlet

August
Antigone in Ferguson
Prince of Broadway

September
A Clockwork Orange

October
People, Places and Things

November
The Band’s Visit

December
Glass Guignol
The Parisian Woman
Once on this Island
Farinelli and the King

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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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