Summer begins officially next month, but the summer theatergoing season launches this week with the first two of 13 annual New York summer theater festivals. Clubbed Thumb, which has been offering three new plays annually since 1996, is open for business again starting Friday; the first annual Moliere in the Park debuts Saturday! Following in the weeks ahead will be Free Shakespeare in the Park starring Danielle Brooks; the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts; Ars Nova’s Ant Fest, and the River to River Festival, which this year features two avant garde works by Yoko Ono. Check out the schedules.
Tonight: Fosse Verdon Episode 6, with Brandon Uranowitz (Burn This) portraying Dustin Hoffman as Lenny Bruce, and Bianca Morroquin portraying Chita Rivera as Velma Kelly.
The Week in New York Theater Awards
2019 Outer Critics Circle Award Winners: The Ferryman, Hadestown, White Noise. Santino Fontana, Stepanie J. Block
Two artistic directors will receive Obie Awards for lifetime achievement: James C. Nicola of the New York Theater Workshop and Jeffrey Horowitz of Theater for a New Audience. The Obies take place next Monday May 20
2019 Tony Awards — Who YOU Want.
Poll results of your preferences, NOT predictions
We’re halfway through the New York theater awards season (New York Theater Awards 2019 Calendar and Guide.)
Week in New York Theater News
Irish Rep presents “Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom” adapted for the stage from James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, starring Aedin Moloney, June 7 to July 7. (A new way to celebrate #Bloomsday, June 16th!)
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles@RainTribute July 16 – 21 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
The show was last on Broadway in 2011, though also kind of in 2013
(I explain https://t.co/y7NZbL7WMb) pic.twitter.com/8aymHbZw39
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) May 8, 2019
Are Off-Broadway shows ruined or redeemed on Broadway?
A consideration of five of the 10 Broadway shows this past season that began life Off-Broadway.
Every night racists kill me; then I leave the theater for a world of danger, writes @GbengaAkinnagbe , who plays Tom Robinson in @mockingbirdbway , in a @washingtonpost essayhttps://t.co/9d8dXbghZS
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) May 11, 2019