Week in NY Theater: Kavanaugh as Shakespearean Villain. Annette Bening in Arthur Miller revival. Broadway 2018-19 Shaping Up

Shakespeare knew Kavanaughs well: “Say what you can, my false o’erweighs your true”

The 2018-2019 Broadway season, launching in earnest this week with two plays, is shaping up after several exciting announcements. Check out the preview guide

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2018 Theater Hall of Famers. RIP Marin Mazzie. Lear and Mockingbird Casts Complete. The Week in NY Theater

2018 Theatre Hall of Fame inductees:
Actors Rene Auberjonois, Christine Baranski, Cicely Tyson

Playwrights Maria Irene Fornes, David Henry Hwang, Adrienne Kennedy

Director Joe Mantello

Producer James Houghton, posthumously.

Below: Complete casting for Glenda Jackson’s King Lear and To Kill a Mockingbird; highlights reel from Marin Mazzie’s career.
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Nathan Lane in Taylor Mac Broadway debut; Andrew Lloyd Webber makes EGOT. RIP Burt Reynolds, theater visionary. The Week in NY Theater

Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin will star on Broadway in “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” a new comedy marking the Broadway debut of acclaimed theater artist Taylor Mac (A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, Hir.)  Directed by  George C. Wolfe, “Gary” is set just after the blood-soaked conclusion of William Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. Civil war has ended and the country is in the hands of madmen. Casualties are everywhere; two Lane and Martin portray servants charged with cleaning up the corpses. The play is set to open at the Booth Theater April 11, 2019

Andrew Lloyd Webber

With the 2018 Emmy® Award win in the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) category for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” Andrew Lloyd Webber joins a distinguished list of artists who have won Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys — EGOT —  as do John Legend and Tim Rice

Below: News about Be More Chill, Beetlejuice; Al Roker and Tatiana Maslany make Broadway debuts. Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrates his friends and neighbors in a TV commercial Also: Remember public funding for the arts? And: how Burt Reynolds made a mark on live theater.

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Bye Village Voice. Hello Fall Off-Broadway Season, Broadway Week. Week in NY Theater


The Village Voice shut down on Friday after 63 years. The Obie Awards, honoring Off & Off-Off Broadway, which the Voice launched in 1955 and still co-sponsored, will continue, according to Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theater Wing, which began co-presenting the Obies in 2015.

The final issue of the Voice (just digital, since they shut down the print edition last year) features Bob Dylan, who seems to be saying goodbye. But he is also saying hello. A new musical featuring his music is one of the many shows scheduled for Off-Broadway this season.

Off Broadway Fall 2018 Preview Guide

Below, news about “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Gettin’ My Band Back Together,”  “Be More Chill,” “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico, plays for Labor Day, September theater openings, and the monthly New York theater quiz. In this week in New York theater, Times Square abuzz, literally.

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RIP Playwright Neil Simon et al. The Week in NY Theater

Playwright Neil Simon, who dominated Broadway with his many comedies for more than two decades, died on Sunday at the age of 91.  Broadway will dim its lights in his honor on Thursday, August 30 at exactly 6:45pm for one minute.

His is the latest death of a theater artist in a week full of them: Actress Barbara Harris, director Vivian Matalon, actor Brian Murray, producer Craig Zadan.
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The Week in NY Theater: Fringe 2018. Broadway Remembers Aretha. Critics Are Not The Enemy.

For 20 years, August was the month when New Yorkers who hated the beach and couldn’t afford to travel could have a “staycation” sampling some 200 shows at the New York International Fringe Festival. That ended last year, when Fringe went on hiatus.
Now details have been announced for the 21st annual Fringe, and it’s two festivals in one, FringeNYC, and FringeBYOV – which are taking place in all five boroughs…in October.
Explanation and examples below, along with news of Keri Russell from “The Americans” debuting on Broadway, Gina Gershon as Melania Trump; the cover of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new book; Broadway remembers Aretha;  and a plea: Critics are not the enemy of the (theater) people.

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The Week in New York Theater: All-Female Mamet. Snoop Dogg in a Play. Bryan Cranston Is Mad As Hell.

With two Broadway shows opening this week — “Gettin The Band Back Together” and “Pretty Woman” — it’s hard to say we’re in the Dog Days of August. Yet, these hot and humid days do encourage thoughts of the Dogg Days of October: See below for details about Snoop Dogg’s theatrical debut in Brooklyn.

Also below: news of Bryan Cranston’s return to Broadway, Michael C. Hall’s to Off-Broadway, a Maria Irene Fornes festival for free; a Tony-winning actor (Christian Borle) turning into a director, and a Tony-winning director (David Cromer) returning to acting; a musical turning into a novel; and an all-male macho Mamet play turning all-female. I guess theater really is transformative!

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Women Center Stage, NYMF Award Winners, Singing Truth to Power: The Week in NY Theater

Ruthie Anne Miles performed for the first time after her terrible loss, Julia Roberts visited the musical adaptation of the movie that made her a star, Rosie O’Donnell is leading a busload of Broadway performers to protest in front of the White House, and the theater community said goodbye to Charlotte Rae. Details below.

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The Lin-Manuel Miranda Weekly Chronicle. Brantley vs. Them. The Week in New York Theater

Soon after this…

…this was announced

Also: Lin-Manuel Miranda has been cast, along with James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson, in the BBC’s forthcoming series “His Dark Materials,” based on the bestselling fantasy novels by British author Philip Pullman.


Miranda sets up arts fund for Puerto Rico, the Flamboyan Arts Fund

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Goes Hollywood. Hamilton Too? The Week in NY Theater

Lin-Manuel Miranda is making his film directorial debut in a movie version of “Tick,Tick…Boom!” an early, semi-autobiographical musical by “Rent” composer Jonathan Larsen about a struggling musical theater writer. Miranda performed in a production of the show at City Center’s Encores! in 2014 (pictured above with his Hamilton co-star Leslie Odom, Jr.). Listen to him comment on the gig in the video below (at around the 10:20 mark)

But that’s not the only film news involving Miranda. We already know about his starring role in “Mary Poppins Returns,” which will be in movie theaters in December, and the plans to turn his musical “In The Heights” into a film, aiming for completion in 2020.

Then Variety has reported that Miranda is one of the executive producers on a TV series for FX about the life of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams

Now there is a report in  the Wall Street Journal,that “Hamilton” may also be coming to the local cineplex: “Hollywood studios are currently bidding for the big-screen rights to Lin-Manuel Mirandas hit musical…But in an unusual twist, the ‘Hamilton’ movie won’t be a filmed adaptation. Instead, it is a recording of the show made in 2016 with its original cast, including Mr. Miranda in the lead role.”

Bidding could go as high as $50 million, which seems reasonable considering that the show reportedly has grossed nearly $400 million in New York alone since opening in 2015.

Meanwhile, the composer, director and actor prepares to take “Hamilton” to Puerto Rico, as he explains in this interview on the Today Show.

Below more news about filmed theater, involving Bruce Springsteen and Jennifer Hudson, among others, as well news as about staged theater — the latest theater awards, the closing of an Andrew Lloyd Webber show, the new seasons at Lincoln Center, The Flea, The Bushwick Starr, a “critic’s corner” that features some (more) sad news and some controversy; and an unusual break for the over-40 theatergoer. Read more of this post