The Tony Awards 2020 Calendar. Utopia Returning to Broadway. A Director Assesses The Candidates. #Stageworthy News of the Week

The calendar for the 74th annual Tony Awards,:

Thursday, April 23rd: Official cut-off for 2019-2020 Tony Eligibility

Tuesday, April 28th: Nominations announced

April 30th: Meet the nominees press reception

May 19th: Nominees luncheon

June 1: Tony Honors reception

June 7: The 74th Annual Tony Awards

“As a director I’ve watched thousands of actors audition,” Jeff Zinn writes in Arts Fuse. “You can tell whether or not someone is of interest within the first 60 seconds.” His assessment of five of the major Democratic presidential candidates in the captions (and the current president in the article. Oddly, Zinn omits Biden.)

Presidents on stage over the past century.

The current president of the United States has been depicted largely satirically on out-of-the-way New York stages, but nearly every past president has made it to Broadway over the last century, as this photo essay makes clear.

 

Broadway Theater Quiz

Ageism on stage – an international issue
The international theater journal Critical Stages offers a special issue on ageism and theater, with nine articles in seven different parts of the world, including the U.S.

David Byrne’s American Utopia, which closed on Sunday, will return to Broadway’s Hudson Theater September 18, 2020 through January 17, 2021, with an opening date to be announced. Spike Lee has directed a filmed version of the show, planned for a released sometime in Fall 2020, “in collaboration with the Broadway hit,” whatever that means.

The complete cast for Mrs. Doubtfire, which opens April 5 at the Stephen Sondheim, includes Cameron Adams (My Fair Lady), Akilah Ayanna (Broadway debut), Calvin L. Cooper (Broadway debut), Kaleigh Cronin (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), Casey Garvin (King Kong), Maria Dalanno (Broadway debut), David Hibbard (Something Rotten!, Cats), KJ Hippensteel (The Book of Mormon), Aaron Kaburick (Hello, Dolly!), Erica Mansfield (Kiss Me, Kate), Brian Martin (Broadway debut), Alexandra Matteo (A Bronx Tale), Sam Middleton (Broadway debut), Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet), LaQuet Sharnell Pringle (Lysistrata Jones), Jaquez André Sims (King Kong), Lily Tamburo (Broadway debut), Travis Waldschmidt (Kiss Me, Kate) and Aléna Watters (The Cher Show).

They join the previously announced Rob McClure as Daniel Hillard/Euphegenia Doubtfire, Jenn Gambatese as Miranda Hillard, Peter Bartlett as Mr. Jolly, Charity Angél Dawson as Wanda Sellner, Mark Evans as Stuart Dunmire, J. Harrison Ghee as Andre Mayem, Analise Scarpaci as Lydia Hillard, Jake Ryan Flynn as Christopher Hillard, Avery Sell as Natalie Hillard and Brad Oscar as Frank Hillard.

The cast of American Buffalo, opening Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss, opening April 14

Cassie Levy and Patti Murin end their run in Frozen

Broadway theater goers hit with pepper spray-type irritant at ‘Jagged Little Pill’ matinee

60 Minutes: West Side Story behinds the scenes

How Instagram is shaping the theater industry

Do You Hear the People Sing?
, the defiant chorus from the musical Les Misérables, has become a song of protest in Hong Kong and, more recently, mainland China…The authorities have responded to the song’s incendiary impulse by removing it as an individual number and scrubbing it from the soundtrack albums

Rest in Peace

Lynn Cohen 86, well-known actress on screens large (Golda Meir in Munich) and small (Magda in Sex and the City) but a long-time fixture in New York theater, as both performer and theatergoer.
I talked to her frequently about shows we happened to see together.
This one stings.

A lovely appreciation of Lynn Cohen by Catherine Cusick, which ends:

“A proper tribute to Lynn wouldn’t be complete without a nod to her impeccable timing. Of course she died on Valentine’s Day. Of course she died on an unforgettable day to lose someone you love. “

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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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