Watch: Top 12 New York Theater Videos of 2017

The dozen videos below were the most viewed of those I posted on my YouTube channel, New York Theater, in 2017.

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Theater books of 2017 to read in 2018

Below is a list of theater books, most of which were published in 2017. Click on the titles to find more information and to purchase these books, grouped under four categories: 1. Scripts, including all the plays that are scheduled to be produced on Broadway in Spring, 2018. 2. Coffee Table Books. 3. Theater History, Biography, Criticism. 4. For Fans and For Fun

Please also check out 15 great books about the theater, a list compiled with the assist of readers of New York Theater
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Memorable Moments on Stage in 2017

There were so many memorable theater-related moments this year that were not part of any scripted show that they threatened to upstage any moments on stage. Even some of the most encouraging of these off-stage moments – such as the Town Hall held at the Public Theater on sexual harassment in the theater, or Lin-Manuel Miranda’s efforts on behalf of hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, including the song “Almost like Praying” – were silver linings in a largely cloud-filled year.
Still, even in 2017, there were plenty of worthwhile moments in shows that ran in New York this year to help us to escape from, or inspire us to engage in, the world outside the theater.
They happened unexpectedly, in shows you might not otherwise care for, and they happened in every month.

Click on any photograph below to see it enlarged and to read the extensive caption that explains the memorable stage moment. (In a few examples, the only photograph available was about the show, not the specific moment.


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Best-read posts in 2017 on Hamilton again!

Anything about “Hamilton” was still popular on in 2017, nearly three years after the musical first opened, Off-Broadway.


1. The 50 Best Plays of The Past 100 Years

Hamilton Broadway 9

Front row: Jordan Fisher as John Laurens, Javier Munoz as Alexander Hamilton, Seth Stewart as the Marquis de Lafayette and Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan (who is leaving this month) Top row: Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Hamilton, Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton.

2. Hamilton Broadway New Cast:

What Has Changed?

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New Year’s Eve in New York City 2018 Last Minute Plans

My annual New Year’s Eve last-minute guide features the Broadway show schedule for New Year’s week, and other theater, as well as parties, concerts,intimate dinnerscruises, and quiet or healthy alternatives that are still available to do on New Year’s Eve 2018 (when 2017 turns into 2018) in New York City. Some events are free, some are outdoors — and then there are TV listings

Only eight percent of Americans reportedly plan to go out on New Year’s Eve. For those New Yorkers (and New York visitors) who haven’t made those plans yet, here are some ideas:

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Top New York Theater Stories of 2017: Reeling, Resisting and Persisting

It was a year of shocks. In 2017, we got Hurricane Harvey and Harvey Weinstein, indecency in the White House and terror in Times Square. Meryl Streep began the year speaking out against Donald Trump’s bullying and ended the year accused of remaining silent about Harvey Weinstein’s bullying. To many in America, to borrow half of Charles Dickens’ famous phrase, 2017 was the worst of times, an age of foolishness, an epoch of incredulity. And the theater community was far from immune. But it was also far from passive. This was also a year of standing up and speaking out, resisting and persisting. Below are some of the top New York theater news stories of 2017, presented chronologically month by month, including prominent theater people who died. As you’ll see, in many of the months, a different new (or newly renovated) theater building had its ribbon cutting ceremony. Nearly every month, resisters held a protest or a spoof of the White House went viral

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Favorite New York Stage Performances in 2017

My ten favorite individual performances in New York stage shows that opened in 2017 are listed alphabetically, with explanations for my choices largely excerpted from my reviews, but let’s begin with three noteworthy ensembles:

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Poll: Best Cast Recording of 2017

It’s no secret that original cast albums were the gateway drug for many lifelong theater addicts. Just ask Lin-Manuel Miranda or Todrick Hall.

Choose your favorite recording from among the 10 below, listed alphabetically, which were released in 2017.
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#AChristmasStoryLive on Fox. Ranking Live TV Musicals

When A Christmas Story is broadcast live tonight on Fox (starting at 7 p.m. ET), a reworked version of the Broadway musical by Pasek and Paul, it’ll be the latest example of a trend that began four years ago, with NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood.

How has this new trend/tradition fared?

Below is a ranking of nine of these live musicals, with links to my recaps/ reviews (and/or features or photo galleries), and the shows’ scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

Update: Rotten Tomatoes has now included A Christmas Story, and it isn’t pretty. Preliminary reports also reveal the show had the lowest viewership of any of the live musicals since 2013.

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Top 10 Lists of Top 10 Theater 2017: The Band’s Visit, Doll’s House, Bruce, Bette.

“The Band’s Visit” and “A Doll’s House, Part 2” are the favorites of the drama critics whose top 10 lists for New York theater in 2017 are listed below; both shows were chosen by nine of the 11 critics. (“The Band’s Visit” has a slight edge, since the only two critics to omit it from their list this year put it on their top 10 lists last year when the musical based on an Israeli indie film was Off-Broadway. It opened on Broadway last month.)  Also popular this year among the critics: “Springsteen on Broadway,” “Hello, Dolly” and “Mary Jane” (on five lists each) and “Jitney”  (on four.)

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