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