Hamilton Sweeps Olivier Awards. Theater Concussions. Week in New York Theater

Hamilton takes home seven Olivier Awards – not a record (matched by Matilda and beaten by Harry Potter), but not a bad showing. More on the Oliviers below.


The Week in New York Theater Reviews

Feeding the Dragon

Sharon Washington’s delightfully acted memoir about an enchanted childhood spent literally living in a branch of the New York Public Library

Symphonie Fantastique

None of the many puppets in Basil Twist’s show conform to any recognizable animal or vegetable or even mineral….The twentieth-anniversary production of Twist’s innovative abstract puppet concert is being presented at HERE, the theatre where it debuted in 1998 to great acclaim.

The Week in New York Theater News

Boston is back as a Broadway tryout! Aaron Tveit, Karen Olivo, Danny Burstein, Tam Mutu, et al in cast of world premiere of Moulin Rouge, based on 2001 Baz Luhrmann film, at Emerson Colonial Theater June 27-August 5


Janet McTeer will star as the great 19th century stage actress Sarah Bernhardt essaying the role of Hamlet in “Bernhardt/Hamlet” by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, September 1 – November 18, 2018 Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater.

Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) will portray the real-life woman baseball player in the Negro Leagues in “Toni Stone,” a new play by Lydia Diamond, directed by Pam McKinnon. At Roundabout’s Off-Broadway Laura Pels theater beginning May, 2019.

Debora L. Spar, the former president of Barnard College, has announced her resignation as president of Lincoln Center, just one year after succeeding Jared Bernstein, who was forced to resign. “Moving from academia to the performing arts world pushed me to think, learn and lead in new ways…While we have achieved a lot together over the past year, I have also questioned whether the role is right for me.”

2018 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations: KPOP leads

The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes will be announced on April 16  at 3 PM.

Exciting 2018-2019 New York Theatre Workshop season
What the Constitution Means to Me
By Heidi Schreck
Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris
Hurricane Diane by Madeleine George
Sanctuary City by Martyna Majok
Plus, a new work (unspecified) by Anna Deavere Smith
Specific dates and casts to be announced

The planned film of In The Heights has escaped the clutches of The Weinstein Company bankruptcy proceedings, with rights reverting back to creators Quiara Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda

School Girls Or The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh is returning to MCC Theater at Lucille Lortel in October.

Turning Off the Morning News, a new dark and deranged comedy by Christopher Durang (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) May 4 – June 3 at McCarter (Princeton) Cast includes John Pankow, Kristine Nielsen

Mint Theater Company to present Conflict by William Miles Malleson, which combines the playwright’s two great passions: sex and politics. May 25-July 8, Theatre Row.

Every Act of Life, documentary about the life and work of playwright Terrence McNally, will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23rd.

What do football and the theater have in common? Both occupations appear to have frequent occupational head impacts. Some two-thirds of theater personnel surveyed received at least one theater-related head injury, according to a study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 

Theater head injuries often go unreported.


The Museum of the City of New York has received a grant of $140,000+ from the National Endowment for the Humanities to restore  and put online about 700 playbills mostly from 19th-century New York theater performances, such as the one above from 1877.

Olivier Awards

Angels in America, now on Broadway, won Best Revival. The Ferryman, which is opening on Broadway on October 21, picked up three awards, including Best New Play.

Bryan Cranston won Best Actor for Network, and blasted American attitudes towards the arts.
“There is a trend in the United States, when faced with fiscal challenges, to look immediately at the arts as the first red line.
“I think it’s very short-sighted because to support children’s imagination and ability to grow in a social, emotional way, is more important, I would contend, than learning dates of a war.”

Full list of winners

“The whole thing just seems so old-fashioned – a peril of all awards ceremonies. “- Sarah Crompton in What’s on Stage





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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