Broadway and Off-Broadway were represented at the 77th annual Golden Globes; click on photographs for details. (Full list of 2020 Golden Globe winners and nominees.)
Theater is an art form that looks forward and backward simultaneously, so that in 2020, we ring IN the old, with a photo essay on Broadway veterans age 88 to 105, many of them still working, while we consider what may be the major theater trends of the future.(e.g. the stage equivalent of binge-watching?)
and, since there are 20 shows schedule for Broadway, I pick 20 in my Off-Broadway preview, although, unlike Broadway, the shows are generally far more…unfamiliar.
The Week in New York Theater News
NYMF is no more. After 15 years and more than 400 shows, the New York Musical Festival is shutting down immediately. “The Board and donors have been valiantly subsidizing NYMF operations for 15 years, but looking ahead, we do not see a clear path forward,” They filed for bankruptcy. The staff had been working without pay. The artists from the 2019 festival have not been paid. It sounds like a mess. It’s also a shame. The festival gave a chance to musical theater artists to develop such work as, most famously, the Pulitzer-winning “Next to Normal,” and, most recently, “Emojiland,” which is opening Off-Broadway this month.
Jake Gyllenhaal will produce Fun Home as a movie, and star as the closeted gay father Bruce Bechdel
The 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards will bring back the category of outstanding Broadway production. The LGBTQ advocacy organization hasn’t included this category in their annual awards since 2014 for reasons unexplained, but will do so when they hod the 2020 ceremony in March.
What the Foundry’s Melanie Joseph and Playwrights Horizons’ Tim Sanford mean to theater by L.A. Times critic Charles McNulty.
The long-term artistic stewards of these organizations have decided to move on after immeasurably enriching our contemporary theater with their visionary leadership.
A Sundance Film Festival program designed to increase diversity among people covering the eventin Utah has given travel stipends to 51 journalists this year. The writers are women (61%), LGBTQ (49%), minorities (84%) and people with disabilities (25%).
Would this work for the theater?
They’ve made it official: actress Michelle Williams (Cabaret, Fosse/Verdon) and director Tommy Kail (Hamilton, Fosse/Verdon) are having a child together and engaged to be married. I hope this means she’ll be doing more theater, rather than he’ll be doing less.
A memorial for Rip Torn, who died last year at the age of 88, will take place Sunday, February 2, at Greenwich House, with his widow Amy Wright as the host. A limited number of seats will be available for the public.