Broadway Mayoral Faves. “Lackawanna Blues” the 24th Broadway Opening Announced! Meanwhile: What about nonprofit and digital theater? #Stageworthy News of the Week

In a series of video interviews with the leading candidates for mayor of New York City, the New York Times asked each for their favorite Broadway show. (Shaun Donovan said that his high school put on a production of “Oliver” at the Shubert Theater without actually choosing the musical as his favorite.) Separately, here are the transcripts of interviews with each of the candidates by the Times editorial board. The Democratic primary is on June 22; for the first time there is ranked voting, meaning New Yorkers can choose up to five candidates ranked in order of preference.

In early April, Artnet asked each of the eight major candidates how they planned to support the arts and culture.

Broadway 2021-2022 Season Preview Guide

Over the last ten days, a total of twenty-four Broadway shows have announced specific opening or reopening dates starting in September; the latest, this morning: “Lackawanna Blues” scheduled to open September 28. Another 19 have yet to reschedule.

May 2021 Theater Openings, Week 3: Art in Odd Places, In-person AND Online.


Howard Sherman deconstructed that statement in a long Twitter thread, in which he said, in part: “First, the League is not restarting an industry. They are restarting Broadway, which has been dormant for a year. However, there are many more theatres in the United States than just Broadway. Off-Broadway theatres & regional companies are more numerous. They’re in the industry….As for dormant, let’s not forget about the creativity shown by countless artists and companies, who found ways to serve their audiences – and thanks to the internet, audiences everywhere – with both live work and recorded work created for streaming by theatre artists.”

American Theatre Magazine editor Rob Weinert-Kendt Tweeted:

I noted:

So now, the question becomes: What will happen to digital theater once physical buildings reopen their doors? And will we miss it?

The Week in Theater Reviews

A Dozen Dreams. A dozen women playwrights’ pandemic reveries, nightmares, fears and hopes turned into an art installation.

Tiny Beautiful Things: Still-consoling Advice on Love and Grief and Life.

Bad Jews. The Unmarvelous Mr. Maisel?

#Miscast21: Creel and Tveit reunite. LaChanze as Aaron Burr. Star Wars’ Kelly Lee Tran as both Book of Mormon Missionaries.

The Week in Theater News

New bill seeks to get rid of “dynamic pricing” of Broadway tickets (Forbes)

Ticket sellers would be “prohibited from charging greater prices for tickets in similar sections and rows that are subsequently offered for sale to the general public after the original date they were placed on sale.” In other words, if Broadway producers wait to measure market demand before releasing certain tickets, then they must sell the new tickets at the same price as the original tickets. Producers will no longer be able to jack up the prices of new tickets released in a prior block following victories at the Tony Awards.

Theater reopening around the world (Reuters)

Intimate Apparel,” a new opera with music by Ricky Ian Gordon, a libretto by Lynn Nottage (based on her play) and direction by Bartlett Sher, is now scheduled to begin performances Jan 13, 2022 and open on Thursday, Jan 27 in Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

Tony winner and Theater Hall of Famer (and ok, Cosby Show star) Phyllicia Rashad has been named the dean of the College of Fine Arts at  Howard University, her alma mater.

Hollywood is adding companion podcasts to its films and TV series  (Would this work for theater?)

Rest in Peace

Norman Lloyd, 106, actor,producer,director in movies, TV (Dr. Auschlander in St Elsewhere), radio; 13-time Bway vet who made his debut in 1927! Worked w/ Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Bertolt Brecht, John Houseman, Jean Renoir. 

The Week in Theater Videos

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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