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Nathan Lane in Taylor Mac Broadway debut; Andrew Lloyd Webber makes EGOT. RIP Burt Reynolds, theater visionary. The Week in NY Theater

Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin will star on Broadway in “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” a new comedy marking the Broadway debut of acclaimed theater artist Taylor Mac (A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, Hir.)  Directed by  George C. Wolfe, “Gary” is set just after the blood-soaked conclusion of William Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. Civil war has ended and the country is in the hands of madmen. Casualties are everywhere; two Lane and Martin portray servants charged with cleaning up the corpses. The play is set to open at the Booth Theater April 11, 2019

Andrew Lloyd Webber

With the 2018 Emmy® Award win in the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) category for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” Andrew Lloyd Webber joins a distinguished list of artists who have won Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys — EGOT —  as do John Legend and Tim Rice

Below: News about Be More Chill, Beetlejuice; Al Roker and Tatiana Maslany make Broadway debuts. Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrates his friends and neighbors in a TV commercial Also: Remember public funding for the arts? And: how Burt Reynolds made a mark on live theater.

The Week in NY Theater Reviews

The real Irving Berlin

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

Private Peaceful

Carolyn Johnson-White as soloist.

Gospel at Colonus

Singing morale-boosting songs during World War II: Karen Ziemba, Derek Smith, Raphael Nash Thompson, Tom Hewitt, Kimberly Immanuel, and Lenny Wolpe,

Heartbreak House

Remember Public Funding for the Arts?

THE AЯTS”

Scene from THE AЯTS

The Culture Wars in America began on May 18, 1989, according to a new show entitled “THE AЯTS” that launches the new season at La MaMa, when Senator Al D’Amato of New York ripped up an art gallery catalogue on the floor of the Senate, and Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina called artists jerks….

“Something happened to us after that,” says Kevin Doyle.  “We’ve forgotten the bold, beautiful arguments that created the NEA and the NEH [National Endowment for the Humanities] in the first place.”

The Week in NY Theater News

Beetlejuice will open at Broadway’s Winter Garden in April, 2019.

Be More Chill will transfer to Broadway, opening at the Lyceum March 10, 2019

Off Broadway Week on sale now, 2-for-1 tickets to 38  Off-Broadway productions, for performances from  September 24 through October 7.

Tatiana Maslany joining Network, which will open at the Belasco

TV weatherman Al Roker to play Joe the cook in Waitress

Rosemary Harris steps into the role of Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Ladybeginning tonight.

New York Stage and Film artistic director Johanna Pfaelzer will become the new artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre beginning September 1, 2019. S

 

Burt Reynolds has died at 82. A good ol boy movie star (Deliverance, Smokey and The Bandit, Boogie Nights), and 70s sex symbol, he performed once on Broadway – in “Look, We’ve Come Through,” written by Hugh Wheeler, in 1961 which lasted 5 performances.
But he also bolstered theater in Florida; his Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, in tiny Jupiter, Fla. ran for more than a decade, until 1989, and presented 116 productions. It has since become the Maltz Jupiter Theater Florida’s “largest award-winning regional theatre”

“I want a theater for people who haven’t seen live theater, at prices they can pay,” Reynolds said, when he launched the theater.
“I also want to have a place where actors, friends of mine who most producers don’t have access to, can work… . I’ve made friends who grew up in theater. They just don’t want to get clobbered by the New York critics. They want to have fun….You really aren’t an actor till you’ve been on the stage.”

 

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Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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