Here are the 10 most popular posts of NewYorkTheater.me from 2019, and below that some good reads from the year. Then: the top five posts of the decade!
10 Most Popular Posts From 2019
Some Good Reads From 2019
The strange doings in Virginia have brought blackface back in the news…It is probably not a coincidence that almost all these newly confessed incidents involved the impersonation of entertainers. Consciously or not, they were plugging into an old tradition of blackface as one of the main features of what was for many decades the most popular form of stage entertainment in America: the minstrel show…
Andy Warhol was a Broadway producer – the lead producer of a musical that opened at Broadway’s Little Theater (now called the Hayes) in 1975. It’s a mind-boggling story that, like many Andy Warhol stories, involves a lot of name-dropping: Neil Armstrong, the Mamas and the Papas, Hair, A Chorus Line, Star Wars, and Clive Barnes – and we might as well throw in Elvis and Bowie…
Ten of the 34 shows that opened on Broadway during the 2018-2019 season began life Off-Broadway. I was struck by how sharply different my reactions were to seeing the Off-Broadway and Broadway versions of four of these shows – Be More Chill, Hadestown, Oklahoma!, and What The Constitution Means to Me. This was true even though all four were considered transfers, most of them with little change in the casts and no change in the creative teams. The biggest change in some of these was the context — and that could make all the difference….
Where are the American plays about unions, or workers, or even just workplaces? Of some 200 new plays I’ve seen or read since I first asked that question exactly a year ago, on the last Labor Day — a legal holiday created by Congress in 1884 to celebrate the labor union movement — I can count no more than a half dozen that could reasonably be considered workplace dramas, or at least plays about working.
Life is not all that’s gone online in a major way. So has theater.
Three generations of black, queer theater artists – actor André De Shields, 73; playwright Kevin R. Free, who is 50; and director Zhailon Levingston, 25 — are collaborating on a play about a black, queer character inspired by August Wilson’s Century Cycle, “A Hill on Which To Drown”
Top 5 New York Theater Posts of the Decade
(not including 2019)
The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years
Quiz: Which Character in Hamilton Are You?
Broadway’s Best Dance Numbers
Broadway’s Most Entertaining Shows About Serious Social Issues
Social Media On Stage: Theater Meets Twitter,Facebook,Youtube, Tumbler, Soundcloud…