10 Memorable Tony Moments. Watch All 9 Musical Numbers Plus Taylor Mac. #Stageworthy News of the Week

From Ali Stroker tearfully dedicating her Tony to “every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability” to Elaine May’s wry explanation for her win to Andre De Shields’ three rules of longevity: Here are some  memorable moments at the 73rd annual Tony Awards — moving, funny, wise.  Click on each photograph to read the captions. Below that, watch all nine numbers from nominated shows and Taylor Mac describe “Gary”
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2019 New York theater award season summed up


The Week in New York Theater Reviews

Little Women

In her stage version of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 19thcentury novel, Kate Hamill promises a “radical adaptation” and a “conscious explosion” of “the archetypes found in the novel.”  But there’s no pointless demolition in Primary Stages’ production of Hamill’s “Little Women,” which is playing through June 29that the Cherry Lane.  Portrayed by a first-rate, racially/ethnically diverse cast, Hamill’s four March sisters may be in one way 21st century women, facing issues like postpartum depression and sexual harassment, or waving a flag for gender fluidity. But they are also very much recognizable as the distinctive characters from the novel..

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Public Servant

Following up on her play “The Cake,” about a baker in North Carolina who struggles to accept her lesbian goddaughter, playwright (and “This Is Us” producer-writer) Bekah Brunstetter now gives us a local politician in North Carolina who struggles with the question: Can politics really help people?

That is the question that two other characters in “Public Servant” ask newly elected County Commissioner Ed Sink (Chris Henry Coffey) directly, indirectly and repeatedly in this worthy and worthwhile new play produced by Theater Breaking Through Barriers at Theatre Row.

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Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune

In its ultimately lovely if overlong Broadway revival, “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” begins with loud grunting and shrieking, amid glimpses of breasts and buttocks in the dim light of a dingy tenement apartment, as Audra McDonald as Frankie and Michael Shannon as Johnny go at it on her fold-out bed. Immediately after they’ve finished having sex, Johnny tells Frankie a long anecdote about farting, and then Frankie retreats to the bathroom,  keeping the door open and visibly sitting on the toilet….Rhe unusually graphic earthiness of the opening seems to be director Arin Arbus’s attempt to co-opt one of the two criticisms that this production seemed likely to receive. The director at the get-go is downplaying the inherent glamour of her two performers

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The Week in New York Theater News

The Inheritance is coming to Broadway in the Fall. The Olivier-winning two-part play by Matthew Lopez re-envisions E. M. Forster’s Howards End, following three generations of gay New Yorkers. It begins Sept 27 at Ethel Barrymore.

Another amazing-sounding season coming up at The Public Theater, with revivals from Ntozake Shange and Tony Kushner, a new musical by David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori, and another by the Next to Normal team, and new plays by Mona Mansour and Richard Nelson, among others.

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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