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Broadway at the Golden Globes. Season Previews. The Week in NY Theater.

Broadway veterans who won Golden Globes:

Rachel BrosnahanJames Franco, Allison Janney, Nicole Kidman, Martin McDonaghFrances McDormand, Ewan McGregor, Elisabeth Moss, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Sam RockwellSaoirse Ronan, Oprah Winfrey

Complete list of winners

“For the males in the room,” host Seth Meyers began, “this is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to have your name read aloud.” The women in attendance (and many of the men) wore black to register a protest against sexual harassment.

It’s been a cold first week of the new year, in more ways than one: New accusations of sexual harassment in the theater industry, along with news of greed.
But there are warm spots too. Below are season previews, and a calendar of hopeful events coming up in January, as well as  Oprah’s speech at the Golden Globes, just because.

“…I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics, and they’re our soldiers in the military…”

Season Previews

Off Broadway Spring 2018 Guide

Poll: Favorite Spring 2018 Broadway Show?

January openings (including individual festival shows)

January Guide to Theater Festivals

The Week in New York Theater Reviews

A Room in India

Under the Radar: How to Be a Rock Critic

Under the Radar: After

The Week in New York Theater News

Not-for-profit theaters contributed more than $2.3 billion to the U.S. economy and attracted 31 million attendees, according to TCG’s Theatre Facts 2016, just released

Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, at Ars Nova in 2012

Ars Nova, the company that incubated Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, will be the resident theater company of the 199-seat theater in Greenwich House on Barrow Street in the Village (where Sweeney Todd is currently performing.)  Beginning in 2019, it will displace Barrow Street Theater, which has been producing shows at Greenwich House since 2003. Ars Nova will keep its current home on 54th Street, which is about half the size of Greenwich House Theater, as a secondary venue focusing on nurturing new talent.

Greenwich House began as a settlement house in 1902 to improve the living conditions of the immigrant population of Greenwich Village. Social services remain its primary focus, but it became a hot venue for cutting edge theater since the hit production of “Gross Indecency” in 1997.

The cast of Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, January 30-March 11, Signature Theater: Katie Finneran, Robert Sean Leonard, Paul Sparks

New New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson fought a proposed theater tax aiding smaller theater companies after receiving $16,000 bundled by Jujamcyn’s Jordan Roth with contributions from the Shuberts and the Nederlanders too

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art changes its 50-Year admissions policy: Non-New Yorkers must pay $25 (You need an ID to prove you’re a New Yorker and can still “pay-as-you-wish”)

The Met Museum’s new pay policy diminishes New York City

 


Ben Vereen accused of sexual misconduct while directing a production of Hair in Florida in 2015.

Albert Schultz has resigned from Soulpepper, the Canadian theater he co-founded and led, after lawsuit from four actresses accusing him of sexual harassment and assault. (Soulpepper took over New York’s Signature Theater Center last summer for a month-long presentation of its shows.)

Board of Soulpepper: “All of us on the Board take our oversight responsibility very seriously. Unfortunately, we did not know that Albert Schultz was alleged to have engaged in any harassment. No such complaints ever made their way to the Board.”

Soulpepper artists: “The Soulpepper Artists listed below acknowledge there has been an unhealthy workplace culture for a long time. Unequivocally, the behaviour described in the allegations is not acceptable and has no place at Soulpepper.”

Actors Equity President and former Miss America Kate Shindle, a target of sexist attacks by ex Miss America CEO, is joining the Miss America board. “The women who were the targets are now in charge of the organization.”

Sara Bareilles, composer and one-time star of “Waitress,”  has been cast as Mary Magdalene opposite John Legend in NBC’s special event Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert to be aired Easter Sunday, April 1.

January Calendar of Events:

January 12: Theater and Resistance Symposium, the Segal Center.

Broadway Week January 16-Feb 4

 

January 19:

January 22: Women in Theatre: Resetting the Stage, Roundabout’s Facebook page

BroadwayCon confetti at opening musical in 2016

January 26-January 28: third annual BroadwayCon

January 28: Celebrating the return of the Grammys to New York City after 15 years, the Recording Academy will feature a special Broadway tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein, sung by Patti LuPone and Ben Platt

Broadway and the Blizzard: Questions and Answers

 

Solo show by Darian Dauchan at Bushwick Starr, Feb 14-March 17 “One hundred years from now, a race of Hip Hop androids known as Brobots will form a unit, The Tribe Called Space Quest, to spread their message of peace, love, and dopeness all over the universe”

Deirdre O’Connell and Reynaldo Piniella star in Gabriel Jason Dean’s Terminus, at New York Theatre Workshop Next Door, February 17-March 10, about a woman woman with a racist past and her mixed-race grandson.

 

Which is a good segue to Trump and theater 2017, a quiz

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About 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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