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Stage Injuries. New Broadway Every Day. Carousel Returns. Week in NY Theater

Over the next ten days, nine shows will open on Broadway – four new musicals (plus one musical revival), two new plays (plus two play revivals.)

How to Get Discount Tickets to Broadway’s Newest Shows 

The Week in New York Theater Reviews

War Paint

In “War Paint,” Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole are sharing a Broadway stage for the first time in their careers, portraying rival cosmetic industry pioneers Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. If I might have preferred they be given a rivalry as grand as the talents of these extraordinary performers – say, Queen Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots, whom she beheaded – they do much to help make this new musical both entertaining and fabulous. No, they can’t make it great.

Daniel Oreskes, Michael Aronov, and Anthony Azizi (foreground) with Daniel Jenkins and Jeb Kreager (background).

Oslo

Last year, “Oslo,” a fascinating if talky play about the surprising story behind the first peace accord between the Israelis and Palestinians, ran for a couple of months Off-Broadway. Now it is on Broadway — it’s moved  from the Mitzi Newhouse in the street level of Lincoln Center theater one flight up to the larger Vivian Beaumont on the plaza level, with cast and creative team intact…and a top ticket price 50 percent higher.

The Week in New York Theater News

Andy Karl is injured three days before the opening of Groundhog Day in which he is starring. He will perform during the opening night, according to the producers. Karl’s injury is the latest in a long line of Broadway injuries.

Andy Karl at Groundhog Day curtain call Friday night after his injury forced a halting of the show. he returned to finish it with a cane.

History of Infamous Broadway Injuries

Sweat receives Pulitzer Prize in Drama.


Finalists were Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music and The Wolves by Sarah DeLapp

The New Yorker’s Hilton Als won the Pulitzer in criticism, just the second theater critic to do so.

The original Broadway cast recording of “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” with Joshua Groban to be released by Reprise Records  May 19.

In Transit, Broadway’s first cappella musical, closed on Sunday, after 181 performances

On Oslo’s opening night on Broadway, they announced that the show written by J.T. Rogers will be turned into a film by Marc Platt, producer of LaLa Land (and Ben Platt‘s Pop) and directed (as is the play) by Bartlett Sher

Spamilton is moving June 2 to 47th Theater,down the street from Hamilton, the musical it spoofs. Versions exist in Chicago and will soon in L.A.

Alex Brightman, Broadway’s original Dewey Finn in School of Rock, takes back the role from April 14 to April 30 (while Eric Petersen is on vacation.)

CapsLockTheatre’s #Pussypersists, “111 artists,48 monologues about the body” Access Theater April 20-23

A middle school puts on Legally Blonde, The Musical in this Saturday Night Live spoof

Their actual names:
Andy Blankenbuehler, director and choreographer of Bandstand
Okieriete Onaodowan, actor who originated Mulligan/Madison in Hamilton, soon in The Great Comet
Adam Chanler-Berat, male lead in Amelie
Phillipa Soo, star of Amelie
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, director of Present Laughter
John Wyszniewski, theater publicist

RIP Linda Hopkins, 92, show-stopping Tony-winning singer, actress and writer. Black & Blue; Me & Bessie

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