Lin-Manuel Miranda Freestyling on Broadway, BOOMing on Netflix, Vending in the Heights. Mueller Report Play Streaming Live! The Week in New York Theater

An all-star cast will perform a live reading of The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts, Robert Schenkkan adaptation of the Mueller Report. This one-night only event, beginning at 9:00 p.m. EDT will be performed in front of a live audience in New York’s Riverside Church and simultaneously live-streamed here.

Also tonight — the 11th annual Jimmy Awards, celebrating high school musical performers, at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre, with host Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) and presenters Derek Klena (Jagged Little Pill) and George Salazar (Be More Chill), as well as Jimmy Awards alumni and current Broadway stars Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen), Renee Rapp (Mean Girls), Kyle Selig (Mean Girls), and Stephanie Styles (Kiss Me, Kate). This too will be live-streamed (above)

AND Jason Robert Brown with Special Guest Stephen Sondheim featuring Katrina Lenk at Town Hall. This won’t be live-streamed

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is back on Broadway, as producer and occasional performer for his rap improv group Freestyle Love Supreme. The show will run for four months, September to January at the Booth Theater, occasionally joined by Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson , and James Monroe Iglehat.The show combines singing, rapping, comedy, beat-boxing with the performers taking suggestions from the audience to create “humorous bits, instantaneous songs and riffs, and fully realized musical numbers.” Here is Miranda giving a taste on The Tonight Show:

In other Lin-Manuel news,
Netflix has secured the rights to the tick, tick…BOOM! movie, to be written by Steven Levenson and directed by Miranda.

Miranda will play Piraguero—the Washington Heights local who sells flavored ice from a cart – in the In The Heights movie scheduled for a June 2020 release.

 

The Prom is closing August 11th, having played 23 preview and 310 regular performances. It will go on tour Feb 2021. Will it be remembered for the lesbian kiss broadcast from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade AND The Tony Awards?

Be More Chill will also close August 11th, having played 30 preview & 177 regular performances at Broadway’s Lyceum. Propelled by its teenage fans, its two-week run at a New Jersey theater that received mixed reviews became a viral sensation.

Todrick Hall as as Ogie joins Colleen Ballinger as Dawn in Waitess
August 20 – Sept 15

Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others …And You! will play on Broadway at Hudson Theater for one day only, Tuesday, November 5th, a benefit for Only Make Believe.

The 54 members of The Tony Awards 2019-2020 nominating committee have been announced. Newcomers include actor/producer Pun Bandhu, actress Kathleen Chalfant,playwright Antoinette Nwandu, songwriter Benj Pasek, and the Flea Theater’s artistic director Niegel Smith, among others.

 

The Kilroy’s Fifth Annual List
featuring 33 unproduced works (or with no more than one production) by women, transgender, and non-binary writers.

Founded in 2013, The Kilroys are named after the iconic graffiti tag “Kilroy Was Here” that was first left by WWII soldiers in unexpected places, a playfully subversive way of making their presence known. Some 100 plays it has named have been produced or promised productions, and one, “Cost of Living” by Martyna Majok, won a Pulitzer Prize.

A sampling:

Behind The Sheet by Charly Evon Simpson, which received a Drama Desk-nominated production at Ensemble Studio Theater this year, is based on the true story of pioneering gynecologist Dr. George Barry, who experimented on enslavd black women.

Lipstick Lobotomy by Krista Knight  imagines a friendship between JFK’s little sister Rosemary Kennedy and the playwright’s great-aunt Ginny at an exclusive high-end sanitarium for women in the fall of 1941.

POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are 7 Women Trying to Keep Him Alive by Selina Fillinger, whose Something Clean was on stage in New York.

There’s Always the Hudson by Paola Lázaro
T and Lola met in sexual abuse survivor’s support group and the support group ain’t doing sh*t for them. So, tonight they have decided to take it upon themselves to right the wrongs that have been done to them

How To Defend Yourself by Lily Padilla
Seven college students gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. Padilla won the Yale Drama Series Prize and was a finalist for the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

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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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