This is a week for Black women — Ariana DeBose’s Oscar win, and the opening of two plays Off-Broadway: “Confederates” by Dominique Morisseau starring Michelle Wilson and Kristolyn Lloyd, and “Help” by Claudia Rankine starring April Mathis; my review of a new biography of Lorraine Hansberry. (see below.)
Deaf West Theater Company is adapting the now Oscar-winning “CODA” into a stage musical! The movie is about the hearing child of deaf adults (coda) wanting to become a singer.
See videos of DeBose and Kotsur acceptance speeches below.
Spring 2022 Broadway Preview Guide: At Last
There are now SEVENTEEN openings in the remaining five weeks of the Broadway 2021-2022 season. (“POTUS, Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive” has moved up its opening from May to April 27th.)
The Week in Theater Reviews
The Week in Theater News
“Girl from the North Country” the Bob Dylan musical that was the last Broadway show to open before the pandemic, will return to the Belasco Theatre for 50 performances only, beginning April 29 until June 11.
The Drama Book Shop announced the launch of its online shop, which makes the thousands of scripts and theater books to be found at the New York store available worldwide.
The Lucille Lortel Awards to Make Live Return May 1. Actor Deirdre O’Connell will receive the Lifetime Achievement with playwright, David Henry Hwang is this year’s Playwrights’ Sidewalk inductee.
“SIX” the musical welcomed Keri René Fuller in the role of Jane Seymour, Joy Woods as Catherine Parr, and alternate Hana Stewart to the cast. Fuller will remain in the cast while Abby Mueller takes a medical leave of absence. Stewart will serve as an alternate for the Broadway cast now through April 10
Lauren Pazienza, an event organizer, 26, has charged in the death of vocal coach Barbara Maier Gustern (NY Times)
The Humana Festival been canceled since 2020, and may never happen again. (NY Times)
The Broadway community will dim their lights at 6:30 p.m. in honor the memory of Tony-winning producer Elizabeth Ireland McCann on March 29, which would have been her 91st birthday