Celebrating Broadway…Off Stage. Booting Beetlejuice. #Stageworthy News of the Week

Theatergoers are a loyal lot even when they’re not at the theater: We listen to Broadway albums (vote for your favorite in 2019 below), we look for the theater content in movies (such as “Marriage Story”) and we celebrate screen awards like the nominations this week for the 77th Golden Globes by looking for those nominees who have performed at some time during their career – it doesn’t have to be right away– on a New York stage. Complete list of Golden Globe nominations 


Poll: Best Broadway Cast Album of 2019

10 Reasons Marriage Story is Also a Theater Story

The Week in New York Theater Reviews

Celia Rose Gooding as Jackie and Lauren Patten as Jo

Jagged Little Pill

As heartfelt a musical about a troubled family as “Next To Normal,” as full of jaunty and jumpy rock rebellion as “Rent,” it’s hard to dismiss “Jagged Little Pill” as just another jukebox musical, even though its score is made up largely of the songs from Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album of the same name. The show is both tuneful and socially conscious, with some startlingly memorable lyrics, There are moments that are exhilarating. But even the most exhilarating number in the show helps illustrate the problems that seem inherent in fitting a new story around old hits.

The Week in New York Theater News

Beetlejuice is closing on Broadway, forced out by the Shubert Organization from the Winter Garden Theater on June 6 to make way for the revival of The Music Man.
The producer said a move to another Broadway theater would cost some $4 million because of all the involved tech.

Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey,” “The Heiress”) will star as the mysterious stranger Mooney in the Broadway cast of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen, scheduled to open March 19, 2020 at the Golden. Also announced in the cast: Tracy  Bennett, Ewen Bremner, Owen Campbell, Gaby French, John Hodgkinson, Richard Hollis, John Horton.

“Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” will feature Jennifer Damiano, Ana Nogueira, Joél Pérez and Michael Zegen who join join Duncan Sheik, in The New Group’s world premiere production of this musical adaptation of the 1969 movies, which opens February 4 at Signature.


Noah Galvin will star in Manhattan Concert Productions’ Joseph and the Amazing Colored Dreamcoat, replacing replace Ari’el Stachel, who had to withdraw due to an unforeseen conflict, David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center on February 17, 2020.

Austin Durant will step in for the injured Danny Burstein in “Moulin Rouge”

Barry Manilow’s “Harmony” pushed Back to 2021 at Museum of Jewish Heritage”

Aaron Sarkin had help in the dialogue for the racist Bob Ewell in the Broadway adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird
“Every line of dialogue of Bob Ewell’s is something from a Breitbart commenter, that I took from the Breitbart comment section.”

Beth Leavel will play Miranda Priestly in the world premiere of “The Devil Wears Prada musical. Leavel will play opposite Taylor Iman Jones,who takes on the role of Priestly’s assistant Andy Sachs. The production will make its premiere at Chicago’s CIBC Theatre from July 13 through Aug. 15, 2021, one year later than previously announced.

Preview of “Diana”

Oklahoma’s “The Farmer and the Cowman”
in 3-D video

Rest in Peace

Ron Leibman, 82,  originated the role of Roy Cohn in the Broadway debut of Angels in America, and also gave memorable performances in the films “Norma Rae” and “Slaughterhouse-Five”

René Auberjonois, 79, best known for his screen roles —  “Benson,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Boston Legal” on TV,  Army chaplain Father John Mulcahy in Robert Altman’s 1970 “M*A*S*H. – but also a 13-time Broadway veteran, nominated for four Tony Awards, and winning for Coco in 1970.

William Luce, 88, playwright of The Belle of Amherst, about Emily Dickinson, Lillian, and Barrymore 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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