John Lithgow Stories from the Heart: Pics, Review

John Lithgow, a Tony winner for his very first Broadway show in 1973, has decided to devote his 24th to the reading of two old short stories, Ring Lardner’s “Haircut” and “Uncle Fred Flits By” by P.G.Wodehouse. But “John Lithgow: Stories By Heart” differs from your basic library storytelling hour…Lithgow doesn’t just read the two stories; he performs them…Before each story, Lithgow also tells us at some length why they matter to him. These amount to something of a memoir of his father, and it is no denigration of the short stories to say that Lithgow’s well-told personal anecdotes are what provide much of the heart in Stories by Heart.

Full review on DC Theatre Scene


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins rehearsals for Broadway. Meet entire cast

Rehearsals have begun for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will open at the Lyric Theater on Broadway on April 22, following up on J.K. Rowling’s characters 19 years after her last novel, The Deathly Hallows. Click on the first photograph above to get the list of names of the entire cast.

Broadway Poll: Favorite Spring 2018 Show?

Choose the show that you are most looking forward to. The list below is for shows that have opening dates on Broadway in the Spring 2018 as of this writing, and they are listed chronologically by opening date.

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Broadway Spring 2018 Preview Guide: A Season of Strong Women

Yes, there will be stars on Broadway in the Spring – Denzel Washington, Diana Rigg (after an absence from Broadway of 24 years), Glenda Jackson (after an absence of 30 years), Laurie Metcalf, Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield,  Condola Rashad, Tina Fey making her Broadway playwriting debut, and more. But what distinguishes the 16 shows scheduled (so far) is how many are themselves the stars — the Harry Potter play and the “Frozen” musical hotly anticipated by legions of fans of J.K. Rowling’s novels and Disney’s animated movie respectively; the first Broadway revival of the landmark, two-part “Angels in America”; the fifth Broadway revival of Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” and the sixth Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel.”
There is even a suggestion of a timely theme emerging — the season of strong women: Read more of this post

Farinelli and the King: Review, Pics of Mark Rylance as Mad King

Four years after their splendid debut on Broadway, Shakespeare’s Globe returns to the beautiful Belasco Theater with a show that in a few glorious ways resembles their spectacular Twelfth Night. Their production of Farinelli and the King, an original play by Claire Van Kampen based on an odd true story about an opera singer whose music helped heal a mad king, gives us the gift of another opulent set and authentic-looking period costumes, and of another fine British cast again starring the always watchable Mark Rylance.

If Van Kampen’s script unsurprisingly falls far short of Shakespeare, Farinelli and the King also features what should count as a secret weapon — the singing of Iestyn Davies, a countertenor who provides what surely is the closest possible version in modern times to the arias sublimely rendered by the superstar castrati of the 18th century such as Farinelli.

Full review on DC Theatre Scene

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

Heavenly Voices: Legacy of Farinelli

The Children Review: A Quiet Apocalypse, A Surprise Reckoning

“The Children” begins as what seems like a small, slow domestic drama about three aged friends in an English seaside cottage, but turns into an unsettling meditation on some very large themes — life, death, the responsibility of one generation to the next, the poisoning of the planet.

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Poll: Worst Broadway Show 2017

Welcome to my sixth annual Worst Broadway Show poll. Pick the show you thought was the worst to open on Broadway in 2017.
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