Adele and Paul McCartney were among the winners of the Creative Arts Emmys announced over the weekend, which means, for an EGOT (Emmy Grammy Oscar Tony), they only now need…a Tony. McCartney has been working on a musical adaptation of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and Adele was previously voted the star that theatergoers must would like to see on Broadway.
Several already-Tony winners and nominees took home Emmys, including Laurie Metcalf, Colman Domingo and a first for Nathan Lane, who had the dubious distinction as being the most-nominated guest actor in TV history. Before he win, he told The View “my pronouns are he, him and his and apparently my adverbs are almost, nearly and not quite.”
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Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford will both return to Broadway this spring to star in the third Broadway revival of Sondheim and Wheeler’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, directed by Thomas Kail, which will begin performances on February 26, 2023, and open on March 26, 2023, at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theater.
Playco‘s 2022-2023 season:
Hound Dog, music and lyrics by Melis Aker & the Lazours, directed by Machel Ross, at Greenwich House October 6-November 5, 2022. A Turkish musician investigates her grieving widowed father’s strange pilgrimage to Graceland.
Lunch Bunch, by Sarah Einspanier, directed by Tara Ahmadinejad, March 15-April 16, 2023 (My review of a previous production.) A prime example of a Labor Play
9 Kinds of Silence, written and directed by Abhishek Majumdar. September 2023. “On the coast of a nation that has waged war for decades, an elder woman employed by the armed forces processes the reentry of a young man returning from the field. Allowed to communicate only via words and sounds approved by the state, how can a person returning from war describe their experience?”
SITI Company‘s Finale 30th Anniversary Season concludes with a Radio Play tour, “a series of three theatrical works inspired by the groundbreaking radio shows Orson Welles created with the Mercury Theatre in the late 1930s.” Radio Macbeth at NYU Skirball, Oct 19-22; War of the Worlds – The Radio Play at Laurie Beechman Theatre at the Westbank Cafe, Oct 26–Nov 5; A Christmas Carol at Fisher Center, Dec 16-18
Letters to the Editor in the New York Times: 1. Bring back masks! 2. Consider streaming!
To the Editor:
Re “Stars Return to Fill the Stage, But Gaze at Many Empty Seats” (front page, Aug. 22):
As a 77-year-old passionate theatergoer, I was thrilled to return to Broadway when masks were being required. Once that mandate was dropped, I stopped going and, in fact, even requested and received a refund for tickets I purchased long ago to “The Kite Runner.” However, when I learned that show was introducing Friday night mask-required performances, I eagerly went online and purchased tickets for one of those evenings.
I have continued to enjoy Off Broadway and Lincoln Center shows during this period because many of them have continued to require audience members to wear masks.
So, here’s a hint to Broadway producers: Bring back mask requirements and watch your older audience members flock to fill those empty seats!
To the Editor:
Because I have a compromised immune system and heart disease, my wife and I have not only stopped going to plays, movies and concerts — which we loved doing — but we haven’t even set foot inside a supermarket since the start of the pandemic (based on my doctor’s advice).
A possible partial solution for some venues to increase revenues: Try more streaming of performances. We have paid to stream live lectures from the 92nd Street Y, along with some staged play readings and musical performances from regional theaters. We would love to have more choices of these types of events.
This Week’s Theater Video
“Six” cast and musicians perform on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert