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Bette! Sutton! Patti! August Wilson At Last! John Leguizamo! Week in New York Theater

“What we do deeply, deeply matters,” George C. Wolfe, director and book writer of Shuffle Along, told a group of out-of-town theater owners and presenters in another week focused on the season just passed — even as we learned some exciting news about the season to come.

Week in New York Theater Awards

Astaire Awards – Hamilton, On Your Feet and Shuffle Along in three-way tie for choreographer!

Our bodies are instruments and we are able to change lives through dance~Judith Jamison

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Drama League Awards

 

Week in New York Theater Reviews

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Indecent

While Broadway is reacquainting audiences with Shuffle Along, Off-Broadway is opening our eyes to another landmark Broadway show from the 1920s – this one an all-Jewish, lesbian-themed drama that led to a criminal prosecution.Indecent is both a fascinating history lesson written by Pulitzer-winning Paul Vogel, and a cleverly staged entertainment directed by Rebecca Taichman.

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Turn Me Loose

One leaves this 90-minute play about comedian and activist Dick Gregory thinking of it as a stand-up comedy routine more than a biographical drama. This is in part because the play doesn’t emphasize the biography, going into few details.  But it’s mostly because of Joe Morton, an accomplished stage and film actor best known now as Olivia Pope’s father in the TV series Scandal, who turns out to have terrific comic delivery.

 

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Half Moon Bay

The beginning of “Half Moon Bay”…. does not promise a great romance. But it winds up delivering something almost as sweet – a charmingly-acted, quirky, subtly comic, touching look at the tentative, fumbling effort by two characters to make a connection.

Week in New York Theater News

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“Jitney,” the only one of the ten plays that make up August Wilson’s American Century Cycle that has never been presented on Broadway, will finally get there in December (opening January 19, 2017), at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater, directed by long-time Wilson interpreter Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Here are Santiago-Hudson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Clarke Peters and others explaining the continuing appeal of August Wilson at the opening three years ago of the stage readings of all ten plays.

 

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2016 NYC Summer Theater Festivals

2016-17 Public Theater season features
Sweat by Lynn Nottage
Latin History for Morons by John Leguizamo
Saint Joan by David Byrne
Harvey Fierstein in a new play by Martin Sherman (Bent)

 

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Sutton Foster will star in 1966 Fosse/Gwen Verdon musical Sweet Charity with  new choreography by Josh Bergasse, November 2016 The New Group

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2016 2017 New Group season

 

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Jaime Camil (of Jane The Virgin) is the next Billy Flynn in Chicago, May 31-July 3

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Director Evan Cabnet (Do I Hear A Waltz, Gloria, Therese Raquin) named artistic director of Lincoln Center’s LCT3,  which focuses on experimental works at the Claire Tow Theater.

Neil LaBute’s new play Reasons to Be Pretty Happy (third in trilogy), one-night-only benefit reading, June 20

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Returning as Wicked’s Elphaba August 1: Jenny DiNoia, Elphaba veteran on Broadway, in Chicago, Korea, and Australia.

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Grand Paradise has been extended to September 4.

Week in New York Theater Quotes

“I start writing from a place of outrage. Hope and love are found along the way.” –
Danai Gurira, Eclipsed

“I aspire to be the role model that I was looking for at 7 years old.” – Ali Stroker, cast member of Spring Awakening

“It’s our job as theater-makers and theater-producers to say we all belong.” –
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“What we do deeply, deeply matters.” -George C. Wolfe, director, book writer of Shuffle Along

“When you make a path, you have to bring a sister behind you.”– Jeanine Tesori, composer of Fun Home.

 

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BroadwayCon. Blizzard, Bette Back on Broadway. Week in New York Theater

Undeterred by the second biggest blizzard that New York has experienced since 1869 – which shut down the city and Broadway too — they came from Canada and Florida, Las Vegas and down the block, dressed in the Hilton Hotel as the Hilton Sisters from Side Show, or King George III from Hamilton (several of those) or Tracy Turnblad from Hairspray.

The nearly 6,000 theater fans who attended the first-ever BroadwayCon – which an organizer described as “like Comic Con but with more jazz hands and green face paint” – were treated over three days to some 36 hours of meet-ups, sing-alongs, panel discussions, theater celebrity signings and sightings, and an hour-long original musical about the origins of BroadwayCon, using jokey songs (“The Con Where It Happens” sung to Hamilton’s “The Room Where It Happens”) with a cast of Broadway professionals that included Rob McClure and Ann Harada, with a curtain call attended by Tommy Tune and Ben Vereen.

What’s the difference between a theater fan and a theatergoer? Andy Mientus, Ann Harada, and BroadwayCon co-founder Anthony Rapp weigh in, along with several costumed attendees, in the video below:

 

 

More on BroadwayCon from DC Theatre Scene

80 articles on BroadwayCon by Playbill, sponsors of the event.

 

Blizzard on Broadway

For the second January in a row, Broadway was shut down because of a blizzard — this time on a Saturday, and due to more than TWO FEET of snow.  Broadway and the Blizzard of 2016

 

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Times Square, January 23, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

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Broadway, January 23, 2016, at 4 p.m.

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Times Square, Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

45th Street before January 24, 2016 Sunday matinees.

45th Street before January 24, 2016 Sunday matinees.

 

The Week in New York Theater Reviews

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Adesola Osakalumi in Skeleton Crew

Skeleton Crew

Dominique Morisseau was moved to write Skeleton Crew, her compelling play about a group of Detroit auto workers, after the playwright met a woman who was reduced to living in her automobile – especially infuriating and heartbreaking in Motor City, where people are supposed to manufacture cars, not live in them.

 

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Mother Courage and Her Children

Kecia Lewis is nearly heroic as Mother Courage in the Classic Stage Company’s production of Brecht’s anti-war epic – not the way she’s playing the character, but the actress herself, because she agreed to take over from Tonya Pinkins, who left two days before the show’s planned January 7th opening.

..As it turns out, in Kecia Lewis’s hands Mother Courage is indeed strong – both fierce and earthy as an itinerant merchant who tries to make a profit over whichever side is winning the war at the moment. She is also, as Brecht wrote her, delusional…

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Linda Lavin, John Procaccino

Our Mother’s Brief Affair

Our Mother’s Brief Affair begins with Linda Lavin in a mother’s deathbed confession to her grown gay twin children, but by the end two hours later playwright Richard Greenberg has sprung several surprises. The biggest surprise is how much the play feels like a first draft for a better play…or notes for several other plays.

 

The Week in New York Theater News

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Bette Midler will return to Broadway as Dolly Levi in Hello,Dolly, scheduled to open April, 2017, with Jerry Zaks directing. It will be the fifth time for the musical on Broadway and the fifth time for the Divine Miss M (if you include her Broadway concerts.)

 

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A revival of Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber is set to open at Broadway’s Neil Simon August 2, directed by Trevor Nunn, and choreographed by Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler

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The Week in Endings

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Flowers and other items honoring David Bowie outside the New York Theatre Workshop

Bobby Moreno and the rest of the cast of “Lazarus” performed it for the final time on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the New York Theatre Workshop, where,  every night, the flowers and other items in tribute piled up outside the theater doors.

 

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Sun setting on Broadway after a long week.

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