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Ramin Karimloo, Keira Knightley, Hamilton 1.0 and 2.0: Six Years of New York Theater

On the sixth anniversary of NewYorkTheater.me, a look at the six most popular photographs to be posted on the site since it began, and the most popular posts in each of the past six years.

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Hats Off to Royal Couple

Harry and Meghan got married this morning. Prince Harry is now the Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Meghan Markle will be known as Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex. Many guests and spectators wore hats.

Me and My Girl Review: Wonderful and Disappointing, Like Encores

Christian Borle clowns like an old-time vaudevillian, Laura Michelle Kelly sings like a classic chanteuse, and director Warren Carylyle choreographs the topnotch cast like a 1930s showman; they’re tap-dancing on tabletops!  “Me and My Girl,” closing out the 25th anniversary season of Encores!, shows off what’s most wonderful about this “concert series,” but also what’s disappointing about it.

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night at BAM with Jeremy Irons: Review, pics

By the end of the Broadway revival of Long Days Journey Into Night two years ago, when Jessica Lange as mother Mary Tyrone rejoins her family, she is an ethereal ghost, her mind and body numbed by the morphine to which she is addicted. Now, at the same moment on stage in Brooklyn, Lesley Manville’s Mary practically does a jig. Hers is one of the unusually physical performances in the Bristol Old Vic production of Long Day’s Journey into Night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this month. Eugene O’Neill’s domestic dance feels like a literal dance at times in this version directed by Sir Richard Eyre in a cast led by Jeremy Irons. The four members of the Tyrone family, stand-ins for O’Neill’s own, jostle each other violently; pounce and push, hug and jab; raise their arms in the air in drunken triumph; stretch their bodies oddly, as if the play’s long running time has caused a few cricks…

The distinctive touches of the production, some at variance with the playwright’s conception, don’t wind up seriously detracting from what most matters about Long Day’s Journey into Night. In the Bristol Old Vic’s version as in every other I’ve seen, the play is a powerful and insightful tragedy…

Full review on DC Theatre Scene

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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.

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

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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.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway: Review, pics

Click on any photograph by Manuel Harlan or Matthew Murphy to see it enlarged and read the captions.

What if Harry Potter hadn’t existed until now? What if Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the five and a half hour play now on Broadway about two generations of Potters and their friends and enemies, was the first in the franchise — not preceded by J.K. Rowling’s seven novels published between 1997 and 2007 that so far have sold some half a billion copies, nor the eight film adaptations between 2001 and 2011 that have so far grossed $7.7 billion? …Surely, there are some Potter novitiates who would be confused if not outright perturbed by a play that doesn’t pretend it stands alone….But whatever the extent of your Potter training, prepare to be dazzled.  The special effects are awe-inspiring…The illusions are just one part of the extraordinary stagecraft.

Full review on DC Theatre Scene

My Fair Lady Review: Unromantic Eliza in Lavish Revival

Lincoln Center’s sumptuous fourth Broadway revival of “My Fair Lady,” the supremely tuneful and witty 1956 Lerner and Lowe musical adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s pointed 1913 play “Pygmalion,” features a revelation and a looming question for those who know the musical.
The revelation is Lauren Ambrose as Eliza Doolittle, and the question is: Does the story still work if we see no romantic feelings develop between Eliza and Henry Higgins, her bullying speech teacher?

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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Review and Pics

The real Donna Summer

Summer features 23 of Donna Summer’s songs, including such dance hits as “Hot Stuff” and “Last Dance,” that a talented cast performs in glitzy disco drag. That may be all some fans need from this thin Broadway musical that purports to tell the life story of the singer born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, who had a wildly successful career from the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s.

“With her doe eyes, cascade of hair and sinuous dance moves, Ms. Summer became the queen of disco,” an obituary writer summed up Summer when she died six years ago from cancer at the age of 63.

It’s probably inaccurate to say that most theatergoers would be disappointed by Summer: The Donna Summer Musical – because few would expect much in the first place from yet another commercial bio drama jukebox musical.

Full review on DC Theatre Scene