Hamilton in Puerto Rico. What The Constitution Means to Me on Broadway. Beetlejuice, Tootsie, Hadestown at BroadwayCon. #Stageworthy News of the Week.

Xander wore a different costume each of the three days of BroadwayCon 2019: Lola from Kinky Boots on Friday, Aubrey II and Seymour from The Little Shop of Horrors on Saturday (left), and Usnavi from In The Heights on Sunday (right). Scroll to bottom for Scenes From BroadwayCon

Miranda in Puerto Rico“When the actor made his entrance, during the introductory number, “Alexander Hamilton,” it was the audience that stopped the show, with a prolonged, thunderous ovation. At the curtain call nearly three hours later, Miranda once again brought down the house, with a teary speech that ended with him pulling a large Puerto Rican flag from under his costume and holding it aloft.”- An emotional opening for ‘Hamilton’ in Puerto Rico — not just for Lin-Manuel Miranda but an island still reeling from a storm (Scroll below for a video report from Reuters)

 

The Week in New York Theater Reviews

Blue Ridge

In Abby Rosebrock’s “Blue Ridge,” a comedy that morphs into an intensely acted drama…Marin Ireland’s remarkable performance brings out the full range and force of Alison’s personality with every gesture and expression. And she is not alone. Rosebrock’s script feels flawed at times in two contrary ways — sometimes aimlessly meandering, sometimes abruptly implausible. But under the direction of Taibi Magar (Is God Is), the production serves as a stellar showcase for some riveting acting by all six members of the cas

Choir Boy

Pharus Jonathan Young is black, gay and gifted, like the playwright who created him, Tarrell Alvin McCraney, best known for the Oscar winning film Moonlight. McCraney is making his Broadway debut with Choir Boy, his sweet, sad, substantive play. With nimble direction by Trip Cullman and a lively cast mostly of Broadway newcomers performing some soulful music, it doubles as a glorious entertainment

Under the Radar:


Minefield

In an extraordinary work of theater put together by Argentine director Lola Arias, six veterans who fought on opposite sides of the 1982 war between Argentina and Great Britain met and, under Arias’ guidance, pieced together a show. “Minefield”…is ultimately a powerful and moving endeavor. It is also deeply odd.


Chambre Noir

Valerie Solanas, the mentally ill woman who shot Andy Warhol in 1968, has had a remarkably long run. Her SCUM Manifesto (Society for Cutting Up Men), which called for the overthrow of the government, the elimination of the money system, and the destruction of the male sex, has reportedly been translated into more than a dozen languages.  She has been the subject of books, plays, musical compositions, TV shows and movies; both Lilli Taylor and Lena Dunham have played her.

And now, 30 years after her death at the age of 52 in a hotel in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, the Norwegian-French company Plexus Polaire, led by extraordinary artist Yngvild Aspeli, has turned Valerie Solanas into a puppet. Several puppets, actually.

It’s the best thing they could have done. Puppetry redeems “Chambre Noire,” as it does “King Kong” and “Frozen,” except more so, because nobody is likely to accuse those Broadway shows of glorifying a fictional reindeer or a giant ape.

The Week in New York Theater News

What the Constitution Means to Me, Heidi Schreck’s play about her personal connection to the founding document, will come to Broadway this spring for 12 weeks, beginning March 14, at the Helen Hayes Theater

Emily Mann, artistic director and resident playwright at McCarter, has announced her retirement in 2020, by which year she will have led the Tony-winning theater for three decades. Mann’s work as a writer and director is frequently presented on New York stages, currently “Gloria: A Life”

Patricia Kalember is the new star of that play about Gloria Steinem.

Fosse/Verdon trailer: Sam Rockwell is Bob Fosse. Michelle Williams is Gwen Verdon. FX’s new limited series is coming soon.

Scenes from BroadwayCon 2019

Watch Beetlejuice, Hadestown, Tootsie, Kiss Me Kate: First Look

How They Create Their Characters: Watch Anthony Rapp, Donna Murphy and Melissa Errico

 

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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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