The Band’s Visit on NPR’s Tiny Desk

Eighteen minutes from The Band’s Visit, via NPR. The first Broadway musical ever to get the Tiny Desk concert treatment.

“Omar Sharif”
“Answer Me”


2018 Tony Awards – Who YOU Want As Winners

Here are the results of the survey in which I asked you to pick your personal preferences (not predictions) in 15 of the 26 categories in the 72nd Annual Tony Awards.

Best Play

Nominated: The Children’;Farinelli and The King;Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two; Junk; Latin History for Morons

Your preference:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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2018 Tony Award Winners — YOUR Pick?

2018 Best Musical Tony Award nominees, and 2018 Best Play Tony Award nominees

Make your pick in the survey below for 15 of the 26 categories in the 72nd annual Tony Awards, honoring Broadway’s best. The awards ceremony will take place on June 10th at Radio Music Hall in New York City. Most of it will be broadcast live on CBS.
This is for who and what YOU want to win, not who you think the Tony voters will pick — preference, not prediction. I’ll post the results later this month.

Scenes from nominees for Best Revival of a Play

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How Broadway Responded to #MeToo, #NeverAgain, The Past, in 2017-2018 Season

Some theatergoers objected to the changes in “My Fair Lady,” which made it more in line with the #MeToo era — Eliza more independent, and neither she nor Henry Higgins romantically inclined toward one another. Others objected that “Carousel” didn’t change enough — there’s still that abusive relationship between Billy and Julie

In my article in HowlRound, Broadway in a Year of Reckoning,
I look at these and six other shows that opened on Broadway during the 2017-2018 season, and how they adjusted (if at all) to our current age of reckoning, which goes beyond #MeToo, to gun violence (#NeverAgain) and racism (#BlackLivesMatter.) Indeed, we as a society are engaged in a reckoning with a range of stubbornly antiquated values that don’t (yet?) even have a #hashtag.

Full article:  Broadway in a Year of Reckoning


2018 Tony Nominees Meet The Press: Photographs

Some of the 2018 Tony Award nominees who spoke to (or at least pose for) the press. The winners will be announced on June 10th.
Click on any photograph to see it enlarged, and find out who they are.

2018 Tony Awards Quiz

Take this quiz about the nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards, which were announced Tuesday. How well do you know the nominees. How much were you paying attention to the season?
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2018 Tony Award Nominations: Mean Girls, SpongeBob lead




Mean Girls’ and `SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical’ lead nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards, with 12 nods each, followed by Angels in America, The Band’s Visit And Carousel, each with 11.

The winners of the 72nd Tony Awards will be announced in a June 10 ceremony, with hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, at Radio City Music Hall, broadcast live on CBS.

Complete list of the 26 categories, plus special awards, below:

Best Play
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The Iceman Cometh with Denzel Washington: Review, pics

Yes, Denzel Washington is the reason audiences are drawn to the fifth Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, just as the hopeless drunks who inhabit Harry Hope’s saloon are drawn to Hickey, the character Washington is portraying. Hickey is a happy-go-lucky traveling salesman who arrives every year on Harry’s birthday to buy them all drinks and lift their spirits.

Hickey disappoints the barflies this year; he’s stopped drinking, and is on a mission to turn them all sober and make them face their delusions.

But, in this production directed by George C. Wolfe…the barflies themselves do not disappoint.  A strong ensemble cast of 19, mostly veteran actors with familiar faces (some with familiar names), persuasively play a dive full of colorful characters..

Full review on DC Theatre Scene

Click on any photograph by Julieta Cervantes to see it enlarged

Saint Joan Review: Condola Rashad as Shaw’s Teenage Martyr Resurrected Once Again on Broadway

In the ninth Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan,” director Daniel Sullivan has assembled a skillful cast of 19 to offer what feels like a straightforward history lesson about Joan of Arc, the 15th century teenage soldier turned martyr and then saint. The lesson is intelligent, competent, at times intriguing, but also talky, statically staged, and a long three hours long.

Click on any photograph by Joan Marcus to see it enlarged.

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Travesties Review: Silly and Serious History and Art via Tom Stoppard

In the first scene of Tom Stoppard’s “Travesties,” the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, the Irish novelist James Joyce, and the Romanian avant-garde artist Tristan Tzara are all sitting in a library in Zurich, Switzerland in 1917, when Tzara takes a manuscript he’s just finished writing, cuts it with a pair of scissors into small strips of paper, and sticks the pieces of paper into his hat. Then he empties his hat onto the table and reads some of the pieces.

It’s exactly the sort of thing that Tzara, one of the early twentieth century founders of the Dada “anti-art” movement, would do. It’s also more or less the same approach that Stoppard takes in his brilliant, clever and mind-boggling collage of a play.

Luckily, the first Broadway revival of Stoppard’s 1974 play turns this challenging exercise in virtuosity into an often-hilarious entertainment, with lively direction by Patrick Marber and a spot-on eight-member cast led by the terrific Tom Hollander. This production of “Travesties,” which originated at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and is running at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater through June 17th, ultimately can even provide some enlightenment, if you let it.

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