Broadway veterans who won Golden Globes:
Rachel Brosnahan, James Franco, Allison Janney, Nicole Kidman, Martin McDonagh, Frances McDormand, Ewan McGregor, Elisabeth Moss, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Oprah Winfrey
“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…”
January openings (including individual festival shows)
The Week in New York Theater Reviews
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
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”)
Ben Vereen accused of sexual misconduct while directing a production of Hair in Florida in 2015.
— Ben Vereen (@BenVereen) January 5, 2018
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
— THIRTEEN (@ThirteenWNET) December 30, 2017
January 22: Women in Theatre: Resetting the Stage, Roundabout’s Facebook page
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
How do I get on the committee for naming storms? Because I’d like to name them all after characters in Broadway musicals. #winterstormBarnaby
— 👒 I stand for motherhood, ERICA, & a hot lunch 🥟 (@efisler) January 4, 2018
What would you call this one? Elphaba, because it’s wicked? Elsa, because it will turn to ice? https://t.co/pVaINNpOYY
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) January 4, 2018
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.
I’m almost halfway through reading #FireAndFury. In one #Broadway-related moment, @MichaelWolffNYC compares @realDonaldTrump to Norma Desmond in #SunsetBoulevard: in complete denial of his own demise. #iambigly pic.twitter.com/iQkl8gFGb1
— Laura Heywood (@BroadwayGirlNYC) January 6, 2018
Which is a good segue to Trump and theater 2017, a quiz