Top Posts and Best Reads of 2019: Hamilton Reconsidered, Nicole Fosse on Fosse/Verdon, André De Shields in Gay August Wilson Play; Mrs. Maisel’s Broadway Mistakes…

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

Poll: Worst Broadway Show of the Decade

Hamilton on Broadway 2019: New Cast, New Clarity

Nicole Fosse on her parents Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and Fosse Verdon TV series

Broadway 2019-2020 Season Preview Guide

What The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Gets Wrong About Broadway

Top 10 New York Theater of the Decade to be Grateful for

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy Review: Ben Whishaw as Marilyn Monroe! Renee Fleming! Euripides! But…

The Courtroom. A deportation trial turned into theater, Ruthie Ann Miles presiding

Beetlejuice Review

New York Theater Awards 2019: Calendar and Guide

Some Good Reads From 2019

arranged chronologically

Blackface on Stage: The Complicated History of Minstrel Shows

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 from A To Broadway: That Time Warhol Produced a Broadway Musical

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…

What The Constitution Means to Me poster Off Broadway vs. Broadway marquee

Are Off Broadway Shows Redeemed or Ruined on Broadway?

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….

To The Bone,2014: Liza Fernandez, Annie Henk and Lisa Ramirez working in the poultry plant

A Question for Labor Day: Why is there so little theater about labor?

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.

Broadway Live on Netflix and Audible and…

Life is not all that’s gone online in a major way. So has theater.

“A Hill On Which to Drown” actor André De Shields, director Zhailon Levingston, and playwright Kevin R. Free

André De Shields as the Gay Character August Wilson Left Out

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”

What is immersive theater? The six elements that define it

 

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…

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Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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