A good news, bad news week. IF approved by federal regulators, a vaccine could start arriving in New York City next week, and, say both Dr. Anthony Fauci and impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber, IF enough people get vaccinated, Broadway should be able to reopen September 2021 or earlier.
The bad news is that the virus is surging — “On Friday, a national single-day record was set, with more than 226,000 new cases.” — and likely to worsen at least through January. “Pandemic fatigue” is real, and, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams has said, largely to blame for the surge.
Please everyone get vaccinated so live theater can return to New York City and help the economy rebuild. But will tourists be tested when they enter the city?
— David Low (@ydavey) December 2, 2020
Week in Theater Reviews
Before Herman J. Mankiewicz wrote Citizen Kane (as we see in “Mank”), he wrote the elegiac obituary for Eleanor Duse, a disappointed review of George M. Cohan’s “autobiography” and a snide review of a book by a press agen.t Read excerpts from his theater writing;
Week in Theater News
Playwright Jeremy O. Harris and the New York Theatre Workshop have announced the Golden & Ruth Harris Commission which will be two $50,000 commissions for new theatrical work
When I signed the contract w/ @HBO I wanted to make a commission that was bigger than any other I had seen…one for an artist like I had been a yr before (never produced in NYC) and one who was late career.
I named them after my grandparents. https://t.co/8YaZWCK6a5
— MOST TONY NOMINATED ONEHIT WONDER Jeremy O. Harris (@jeremyoharris) December 4, 2020
Ideas about creating some type of symbiotic system between Hollywood and the American theatre started from these readings. https://t.co/Ah32NiSyaa
— MOST TONY NOMINATED ONEHIT WONDER Jeremy O. Harris (@jeremyoharris) December 5, 2020
— MOST TONY NOMINATED ONEHIT WONDER Jeremy O. Harris (@jeremyoharris) December 6, 2020
On Late Night With Seth Meyers a second time, December 7, 2020, repeating his call for a new Federal Theater Project.. Asked whether he feels optimistic, Harris said “there’s a lot of reason to feel despondent right now…but in this moment we get to reframe and reimagine who theater is for, how we get it to them, and how to change the dynamics of theater that makes it so difficult to get to.”
“On the topic of getting theaters reopened safely worldwide, Lloyd Webber is a Pied Piper, testifying at government hearings, pressing industry leaders, giving interviews — participating in vaccine trials.
“He’s so invested in how to envelop theatergoers in a protective antiviral cocoon that he spent a fortune bringing to his 2,200-seat London Palladium devices from South Korea that emit antibacterial mist as ticket holders pass through them. He said he was about to install them — as they had been used for a Seoul production of “The Phantom of the Opera” — when authorities from Public Health England stopped him out of concern that the spray might damage contact lenses or cause skin rashes….
“….’I think we’re likely to see things get much better come about April. I’m reckoning for getting into rehearsal with ‘Cinderella’ in March and opening in May. And I want ‘Phantom of the Opera’ to open in June here. It would be good to think it could open on Broadway again — and we could get Broadway up earlier than people are saying. There’s talk of September, but maybe it can be earlier now that the vaccine exists.'”
“There has been improvement since the 2017 study — meaning there has been more equitable distribution of contracts and earnings –but most improvements have been extremely gradual and inconsistent across geographical areas.”
Broadway & Beyond: Access For Stage Managers Of Color – was founded by Lisa Dawn Cave, production supervisor for Disney’s Frozen; Beverly Jenkins, production stage manager, Hadestown; and Jimmie Lee Smith, stage manager with Disney Theatrical Group, Aladdin
News leaked out about the actions of The Flea Theater through a new parody/guerrilla Twitter account, @FleaTheater, which expressed its outrage at the actions in every Tweet:
The movie of “In The Heights” will be released on HBOMax
at the exact same time as in the movie theaters, sometime in summer 2021. (This is an adaptation to the pandemic that will apply to all Warner Bros. pictures in 2021.)
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) December 5, 2020
Watch any part of the telethon you missed, through 6 p.m. December 8.
The Reverb Theater Arts Festival, representing the voices of artists with disabilities on the virtual stage, will be conducting a Q&A Session for applicants via Zoom on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12–1pm EST
The story of how @TheWilmaTheater “created the season’s hottest show in a quarantine bubble in the woods”
(said show @willarbery‘s Pulitzer finalist Heroes of the Fourth Turning)https://t.co/iKETicCOdU
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) December 2, 2020
This remarkable theater publication to which I’m grateful to have contributed will shut down at the end of the month after more than 15 years and 10,000 reviews. https://t.co/Ir7vOXQQIk
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) December 4, 2020
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) December 6, 2020
Rest in Peace
Pamela Tiffin, 78, actress
“Her sole appearance on Broadway was in a revival of the Kaufman and Ferber comedy “Dinner at Eight” (1966). She played Kitty Packard, the flashy and most obviously out-of-place dinner guest, played by Jean Harlow in the 1933 film.”
Week in Theater Videos
— A Late Show (@colbertlateshow) December 3, 2020
I’ve been privileged to sing with Broadway legends in my career but this duet with my wife and @barfythecarrot is my crowning achievement. Mon Dec 7th is voter registration deadline. Mind Dec 14th early voting begins. Tues Jan 5th is voting day to elect #OssoffWarnock https://t.co/HwjX4Qf0zF
— Mandy Patinkin (@PatinkinMandy) December 6, 2020