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Lazarus, the David Bowie musical: Review, pics

Lazarus, the hottest ticket right now in New York, is a startling new musical, featuring 18 songs written by David Bowie (four of them new), a production directed by auteur-du-jour Ivo van Hove that’s a sensory stimulation chamber, and a plot that might as well be from a different planet…..Given the right frame of mind – it helps to be a Bowie fan, and to have seen the movie or read the book – the story is a tantalizing mystery.

One need not be a specialist, however, to enjoy the music – delivered by a terrific band placed behind a glass wall, and sung by a cast (especially Michael C. Hall) as if they had received extensive voice lessons from Bowie himself. .

Full review at DC Theatre Scene 

Click on any photograph by Jan Versweyveld to see it enlarged.

 

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New Broadway Marquees. Michael C Hall as Hedwig. Broadway Baby Joan Rivers. Rosie Perez! The Week in NY Theater

What’s fun about Broadway in September — the marquees go up for the Fall season, even if the shows won’t be opening for months.

 

The Week in New York Theater, Sept 1 – 7

 

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Theater trumps TV on exploring “the big issues,” says this UK TV journalist. True in US too?

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Jayne Houdyshell, Rosie Perez, Jonny Orsini and more join Larry David in the cast of his play Fish in the Dark, which opens on Broadway in March.

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Tonight, Andrea Martin returns as a lusty grandma upside down on a trapeze singing in Pippin

Absolutely Filthy, winner of Overall Excellence at 2014 New York Fringe

Absolutely Filthy, winner of Overall Excellence at 2014 New York Fringe

Added to 2014 Fringe Encores, which begins this week: Absolutely Filthy, Peanuts cartoon parody

Why listening to music is the key to good health  (Is watching people tap dance the key to happiness?)

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David Hare’s “Skylight” to be revived on Broadway with Carey Mulligan as schoolteacher visited by ex, portrayed by Bill Nighy. Opens March 16 at John Golden.

Lisa D’Amour (Detroit) is finally on Broadway with  “Airline Highway,” her dark comedy of pals hanging in a parking lot. Opens Apr 23

From left to right: Laura Osnes, Harriet Harris, Marla Mindelle and Ann Harada

From left to right: Laura Osnes, Harriet Harris, Marla Mindelle and Ann Harada

Cinderella will close on Broadway January 3, 2015 after 41 previews and 770 regular performances.

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Kaley Ann Voorhees, 20 years old, will play Christine in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway starting in December – the first to be born after the show debuted on Broadway.

Other Phantom news: Norm Lewis is staying on until Jan 31, 2015. Mary Michael Patt is succeeding Sierra Boggess from now until December.

Creativity has come to mean productivity,argues Joshua Rothman in the New Yorker, who prefers the Romantic idea of creativity

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Comedian Joan Rivers has died at age 81, a week after a routine procedure went awry.
She performed in three Broadway shows — and wrote two of them. “Acting is my true love. I would like to have been a serious actor, and I plan to in the next life. I’m going to be Meryl Streep Rivers.”

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Joan Rivers’ mark on the Great White Way

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Joan Rivers’ love of NYC and the theater:

There’s nothing like Broadway at night, and I try to go to Mamma Mia! if possible, because I like to watch 15,000 Japanese tourists in the audience trying to sing “Waterloo.” If you don’t go to Broadway, you’re a fool. On Broadway, off Broadway, above Broadway, below Broadway, go! Don’t tell me there isn’t something wonderful playing. If I’m home in New York at night, I’m either at a Broadway or an Off Broadway show. We’re in the theater capital of the world, and if you don’t get it, you’re an idiot.

Come in a wheelchair, and they’ll put you in an aisle. I know how to get around New York! A wheelchair will always get you a good seat. And the cast will come out to you to say hello if you’re in a wheelchair. You don’t have to go backstage. If you need a wheelchair, I usually just push a handicapped person out of one. And I love to hang around the Broadway area, because I offer the cops 50 bucks. If you offer a policeman 50 bucks, he will stop and frisk you.

 

The 897 selected as MacArthur Foundation “geniuses” since 1981 move more often than general population:  Do creative people move more?

 


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My interview with A.R. Gurney

More than a decade ago, A.R. Gurney, who had written some forty plays over forty years, wondered whether he would be forced to retire. “I thought I had told the world everything I wanted to tell the world.” But even when he did finally come up with a new idea, he couldn’t find a producer or theater interested in it. Now, at age eighty-three, Gurney has shows in both the new Broadway season, and the new Off-Broadway season. Revivals of two of his plays open within the next two weeks—Love Letters on Broadway, and Wayside Motor Inn Off-Broadway. He has become a playwright-in-residence at the Signature Theatre, which has committed to two more of his plays, including a new one entitled Love and Money.

Ask Gurney what happened to change things around, and his answer is succinct: Off-Off Broadway saved him.

Full article about A.R. Gurney

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Sally and Phil

My review of The Wayside Motor Inn

A.R. Gurney was surprised at the Signature Theater’s choice for the opening play in his playwright-in-residence season with them.

“The Wayside Motor Inn was dismissed by the critics when it opened, and it’s never really worked before,” Gurney told me in an interview 

Whether this 1977 play works now depends on how satisfied you can be by a well-staged production that presents five dramatically underwhelming stories in a theatrically inventive way.

Full review of The Wayside Motor Inn

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My review of My Manana Comes

he four busboys who work in the kitchen of a tony Upper East Side restaurant in the well-acted, superbly directed new play by Elizabeth Irwin, “My Manana Comes,” bring home a cruel irony of the $30 billion New York City restaurant industry that employs about one out of every 10 New Yorkers: Many restaurant workers can barely afford to feed themselves… “My Manana Comes,” produced by the Playwrights Realm theater company at the Peter Sharp Theater, is no didactic tract on the exploitation of restaurant workers. It is a spot-on recreation of the “back of house” of a fancy restaurant.

Full review of My Manana Comes

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Ron Shelton of Bull Durham the musical, now in previews @alliancetheatre “Broadway is obviously everyone’s goal & intention,” “There’s no musical-theater equivalent for the closeup in a movie…That has to become a scene with a song.

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The Fall Arts Season, including six articles about theater.

 

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Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter

Closing September 20th after five weeks: Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter

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Sam Shepard on pals Hoffman & Williams; writing his first novel;how America is “on our way out, as a culture” etc

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Sarah Ruhl chats with Polly Carl about her new book of essays and how theater is about language and listening

Madeleine Bundy & Stephen Stout in SMOKE at The Flea

Smoke Review

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Christopher Fitzgerald (with guitar)

My review, and photographs, of The Winter’s Tale 

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Michael C. Hall (here pictured in The Realistic Joneses) will be the next Hedwig (also at the Belasco), staring October 16.

Denzel, Menzel, Michael C. Hall. RIP Mickey Rooney. The Broadway Effect. NYC on Stage. Week in New York Theater

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If/Then with Idina Menzel, A Raisin in the Sun with Denzel Washington and The Realistic Joneses  with Michael C. Hall opened on Broadway; Adrian Lester gives a star turn portraying the first African-American actor to play Othello in Red Velvet. The actor, Ira Aldridge, performed the role in London in 1833, but he was a native New Yorker.

New York is the setting for nearly half the shows of Broadway’s Spring 2014 season (See April 1 below, but it’s no joke.)

Of course, Broadway is not the only place for shows in April. Here is a list of April New York theater openings — more than one per day.

Also, check out the update Broadway 2013-2014 Season Guide: What’s closed, what’s opening; reviews,

 

The Week in New York Theater

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With a  few exceptions (shows with “rock” in the title), Broadway shows have trouble attracting men. Men now comprise just 32 percent of Broadway audiences. Men and women go in equal numbers to sports events, rock concerts, even movies. Why not theater?

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Neil Patrick Harris AS Hedwig, Complete With Blonde Wig, Custom Heels

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My review of Red Velvet

When Ira Aldridge played Othello in London, they were still debating whether it was a good thing to end slavery in the British colonies. Aldridge is the real-life African-American actor portrayed by Adrian Lester in “Red Velvet,” the fascinating play written by Lester’s wife Lolita Chakrabarti in a production by London’s exquisite Tricycle Theatre now opened at St. Ann’s Warehouse through April 20th. It manages not just to dramatize a little-known 19th century figure but provide insight into the art of acting and of theater.
Aldridge was a native New Yorker who left the United States as a teenager in order to pursue a career on stage, becoming a successful actor throughout Europe, specializing in Shakespearean roles.

Full review of Red Velvet

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My review of If/Then

In “If/Then,” Idina Menzel portrays two different versions of the same character Elizabeth, and at the beginning of the musical, I was feeling like two versions of myself as well.  Elizabeth as Liz pursues love, and as Beth goes after a career as a city planner, in order to try to make a difference in the world.  I, Jonathan, initially felt both like Joe and Nathan – as Joe, irritated at the premise, and as Nathan, excited by the promise of entertainment from so much proven stage talent,  with various past successes in Next to Normal, Rent and Wicked.

By the end, we (I) could agree: The way the premise plays out is more intelligent than it at first seems. The entertainers themselves deliver on their promise. It is terrific to see (and hear) Idina Menzel back on Broadway after an absence of nine years.  She is employed wisely — on stage nearly all the time, she’s given songs that emphasize character as much as vocal gymnastics; we must wait for the occasional  full-steam pop arias like “Always Starting Over”; making them all the more flooring.

But this is a story that would have worked better as a novel, or perhaps a serial on Netflix.

Full review of If/Then

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March 2014 Theater Quiz

New York Theater March 2014 Quiz

Stars in the Alley, The Broadway League’s annual concert, returns to Shubert Alley 11 a.m. to 12:30 pm Wednesday, May 21

More on Maries Crisis, a theater piano bar where nobody knows your name, but they know Ethel Merman’s http://bit.ly/PcxY30

Theater artists, don’t give up! Expand your skills, redefine success, bond with your network, says Jennifer Lane.

How do YOU keep from giving up as a theater artist? (Or shouldn’t I ask this on a Monday morning?)

Harriet: @harriet75
I have given up on the dream if being on bway but now I find community theatre is my outlet.

 

Sinisha Evtimov ‏@SinishaEvtimov Just move to Europa… give it a try somewhere where it is truly appreciated

Aleisha Force ‏@aleishaforce  remembering that this is my work, not my entire life.

April 1, 2014

Nearly one half of all Broadway shows in Spring 2014 are set in New York City.

“This is probably a sure way to get applause in New York, but I was born in Brooklyn,” Jessie Mueller as Carole King says from the stage of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre at the beginning of Beautiful.
These are the first spoken words in this Broadway musical, which is set in locations around New York City. The line about Brooklyn does get applause, without fail.
New Yorkers may be applauding a lot this season. Nearly half the shows opening on Broadway in spring 2014 are set wholly or mostly in New York City.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence,” says Brian Yorkey, who, with composer Tom Kitt, has written the book and lyrics for If/Then, which stars Idina Menzel as a city planner who moves to New York. “New York is our home, and it’s what we know, and what we love.” That’s true, he says, of many of the other writers of shows set in the city this season, from Woody Allen to James Lapine.

Full story: The Many New Yorks This Season on Broadway

Rosie O’Donnell to receive 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award for her commitment to arts education through her org Rosie’s Theater Kids

Touring stage productions that hold their tech rehearsals in upstate theaters to get tax break.

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Noah Hinsdale, Griffin Birney, and Sydney Lucas in Fun Home

Nominations for 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards: Fun Home; Here Lies Love; Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 get the most nominations.

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Cast recording for Here Lies Love coming April 22, a week before show opens again at the Public Theater.

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Courtney Love wants to see a Broadway musical about Kurt Cobain

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Artists are more educated and more unemployed than the general workforce. Sixty-five percent have BAs or higher (v. 32% overall). 7.1% are unemployed

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A preview of The Flea’s epic irreverent The Mysteries — 48 playwrights adapt tales from The Bible

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My review of A Raisin in the Sun

“… a masterpiece on just about every level…Much of the reaction from the moment this new production was announced concerned Denzel Washington’s age. He is 59; the character he is portraying, Walter Lee Younger Jr., is supposed to be 35…His age doesn’t bother me.  Consider it a new form of innovative casting — age-blind casting… Director Kenny Leon has rethought this play, in ways that work better, and perhaps a few ways that don’t work as well. Denzel Washington works better…”

Full review of A Raisin in the Sun

 

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The Broadway Effect

The musical Aladdin on Broadway has gotten rid of Abu, Aladdin’s trusted if mischievous monkey companion, as well as the pet tiger Rajah, both of whom were in Disney’s 1992 animated film. In Rocky on Broadway, you cannot see the real streets of Philadelphia, nor in Les Miserables on Broadway can you see the performers’ nostrils; both loomed large in the film versions.

About a third of the forty two new shows in the 2013-2014 Broadway season were either adapted from a movie or so closely associated with one that the film serves both to lure an audience into the musical, and to raise audience expectations—the former a godsend for the producers, the latter a terror for the creative team. How do you offer something both comforting and exciting, familiar and surprising; what can Broadway offer as compensation for the loss of Abu, Philadelphia and Hugh Jackman’s shapely nose?

The answer is what we can call The Broadway Effect

over the past few decades have entered the standard Broadway playbook of stage effects:

Stage smoke/fog

Confetti shot out of (on-stage or off-stage) cannons

Banks of bright lights shining directly in the audience’s eyes

Shimmering stars against a deep black night (I mean the celestial bodies, but of course celebrities are also now standard.)

Weather (usually rain), accompanied by somber black umbrellas or loud crashing noises.

Magically moving scenery (via computer automation)

Video projections

It’s not just such stage special effects that contribute to the Broadway Effect; one must include Broadway’s traditional elements that continue to thrive, such as massive synchronized ensemble tap-dancing.

Complete story on The Broadway Effect

 

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Paul Rudnick on straight men and theater: A straight guy’s ‘I want” song is “I want to leave at intermission”

ATCA New Play Award

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“I was a 13-year-old boy for 30 years” — Mickey Rooney, who has died at age 93. The movie star was on Broadway twice. Sugar Babies is said to have made him a star once again.

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My review of The Realistic Joneses

Ninety minutes and a dozen scenes after it began, this often comic, sometimes cosmic and thoroughly cryptic play by Will Eno, a downtown playwright making his Broadway debut, was over….Fans of Michael C. Hall expecting “Dexter”-like intrigue and plenty of plot, or those of Marisa Tomei hoping for a light comedy like “My Cousin Vinny” are likely to be disappointed, and baffled by “The Realistic Joneses.” Actually, most people are likely to be baffled by “The Realistic Joneses.” But not everybody will be disappointed. Those who know Will Eno’s work will be in familiar unfamiliar territory.

Full review of The Realistic Joneses

The Realistic Joneses Review: Michael C. Hall, Marisa Tomei, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts On Broadway With Beckett Light

In “The Realistic Joneses,” a kind of “Endgame” reoriented to the American suburbs, Michael C. Hall and Marisa Tomei as a couple named Jones pay an unexpected visit to introduce themselves to their new neighbors, also named Jones and portrayed by Tracy Letts and Toni Collette.

“This was fun,” one Jones says to another at the end of that first scene. “I mean, not fun, but definitely some other word.”

Not long afterwards, a moment of clarity occurred, which was also a moment of dread: “The Realistic Joneses” is not going to be realistic, I realized, and it’s not going to go anywhere.

Ninety minutes and a dozen scenes after it began, this often comic, sometimes cosmic and thoroughly cryptic play by Will Eno, a downtown playwright making his Broadway debut, was over. Here is what we know:

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John and Pony Jones (Hall and Tomei) have just moved into the semi-rural community where Bob and Jennifer (Letts and Colette) have lived for some time.  Both men are suffering from the same rare degenerative neurological disease, which isn’t really a coincidence: A specialist in the disease has his office in this small town.  The men have reacted differently: Bob leans on Jennifer; John hasn’t even told Pony. The wife of one of the couples and the husband of the other have apparently compared fears and exchanged bodily fluids. The disease affects language.

Fans of Michael C. Hall expecting “Dexter”-like intrigue and plenty of plot, or those of Marisa Tomei hoping for a light comedy like “My Cousin Vinny” are likely to be disappointed, and baffled by “The Realistic Joneses.” Actually, most people are likely to be baffled by “The Realistic Joneses.” But not everybody will be disappointed. Those who know Will Eno’s work will be in familiar unfamiliar territory.

Eno has been a distinctive presence in New York theater for a decade, making a splash with “Thom Pain (based on nothing)” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Eno’s plays are generally less concerned with plot or character – with any kind of linear coherence – than they are with language.  He is intrigued by the banalities, awkwardness and outright weirdness of everyday language, injecting his own brand of word play, non-sequiturs and outright nonsense.  Here is an exchange from The Realistic Joneses:

 Pony Jones: I never know what he’s talking about. Say one of your things.

John Jones: Oh, this is a good one. So, if you take the letters from the words “The United States of America,” and you scramble them all up, it doesn’t spell anything. It’s just gobbledygook, total nonsense.

Bob Jones: So don’t scramble them up.

One can argue that Enos playfulness with language has found a good match in the story of two men afflicted with a disease that affects language. There is a suggestion in “The Realistic Joneses” that human beings face the cosmic questions like mortality and ultimate meaning by retreating into pedestrian chatter; that words fail to create connections. I suspect the trick to appreciating “The Realistic Joneses” may be to resist the attempt to find its overall meaning, and hone in on specific moments.  Aficionados of modern art revel in an abstract painting’s specific textures; Eno enthusiasts can enjoy specific exchanges in his absurdist play’s text, helped along by the four starry cast members’ fine performances, wrangling many moments of humor and even a few of feeling. Letts is particularly good in delivering lines so that they somehow resonate:

 “I don’t think anything good is going to happen to us. But, you know, what are you going to do. I forgot, I grabbed some mints at the restaurant. I like mints. Mint.”

While it is clear that Eno is influenced by Samuel Beckett, “The Realistic Joneses” has little of the haunting, apocalyptic quality of Beckett’s post-war plays. Perhaps the playwright isn’t trying for this; times, after all, are different.

Theatergoers can take heart in that even the characters don’t seem to know what’s going on:

“I get what you’re saying,” Bob says to John about midway through “The Realistic Joneses.”

“You don’t get what I’m saying,” John replies. “Not your fault. Words don’t really do it for me anymore, anyway. It’s all just bodies and light. People say it’s death and taxes, which, of course, are great, but, no, it’s bodies and light. Appearance, disappearance, that’s the whole thing….”

Ok, if you say so.

 The Realistic Joneses

Lyceum Theater

By Will Eno

Directed by Sam Gold

Scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design by Leon Rothenberg

Cast: Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Marisa Tomei

Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Tickets: $39.00 – $135.00

The Realistic Joneses is set to run through July 6, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe, Hugh Jackman, Frozen Heading to Broadway. Week in New York Theater

Week in New York Theater Jan 19Disney is turning its animated film “Frozen” into a Broadway musical, and NBC has chosen “Peter Pan” as the successor to “The Sound of Music” for its December holiday “live theater” broadcast. Both Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman are returning to Broadway (scroll to 16) as is Titanic. They’re soon to rename Broadway, Super Bowl Boulevard.And the first universally praised play of 2014 has opened on Broadway — written in 1928.

Week in New York Theater, Jan 13-19, 2014

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Disney is planning to turn the movie Frozen, a HUGE hit (almost $700 million in earnings and  counting), winner last night of a Golden Globe, into a Broadway musical.

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Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses will open April 6 (no theater yet.) The play about two couples named Jones stars Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei,Michael C. Hall, and Tracy Letts

MichaelUrieBuyerandCellarMichael Urie is leaving Buyer and Cellar March 16 to tour the show in Chicago and LA. It’ll continue Off-Bway with someone else until August 31.

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Larry David: “I’ve written a play.”

Showbiz411: A play? For, like, Broadway?

Larry David: “Yes.”

SB: And Jerry would star in it?

Larry David: “Maybe. We’re talking about it.

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Valisia LeKae has left the cast of Motown to focus on her battle against ovarian cancer, but the cast hasn’t left her. They composed a song for her, and sang it en masse: “I Am Here”

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SatchmoattheWaldorfOne show Terry Teachout won’t be reviewing. His “Satchmo at the Waldorf,” starring John Douglas Thompson as Louis Armstrong, opens March 4 at the Westside Theater.

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Lincoln Center’s Act One looking even better: Andrea Martin and Chuck Cooper join Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub in the cast.

Although it’s not open yet, Hedwig and the Angry Inch has been extended four weeks. This doesn’t surprise me, since it’s one of the two front-runners in the poll of most anticipated shows on Broadway in Spring 2014

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Edwin Lee Gibson, cast member of Death of Bessie Smith. He traveled from his home in Pittsburgh to be in the play.

Edwin Lee Gibson, cast member of Death of Bessie Smith. He traveled from his home in Pittsburgh to be in the play.

Can Edward Albee save Brooklyn’s Interfaith hospital? (Can theater change the world?)

Legendary theater director Peter Brook in conversation w/ his son Simon, and sneak preview of documentary by the son about his father.  at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, January 29.

Broadway Musicals 1915-1939 sung by Tonya Pinkins, Julia Murney, Stephanie J Block, Beth Leavel, Carolee Carmello, among other Broadway stars, on February 24 at Town Hall.

Christian Borle, Jay Johnson, Erin Mackay and others to join Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in the cast of Sweeney Todd at the New York Philharmonic, March 5-8

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Complete list of 2014 Oscar nominations includes both Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts for A:OC

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN by MARTIN McDONAGHDaniel Radcliffe returns to Broadway, in Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, which is slated to open April 20 at the Cort.

Hugh Jackman at Tony'sHugh Jackman is returning to Broadway in “The River,” a play by Jez Butterworth (a playwright whose “Jerusalem” was on Broadway starring Mark Rylance). Dates and theater not yet determined.  The River is a spiritually searching drama about a trout-loving loner in a remote cabin and two of the women in his life.

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Titanic the musical revived: 1-night concert Avery Fisher Hall on Feb. 17, AND different production on Bway sometime Fall 2014

Yet another Broadway revival of “Noises Off,” Michael Frayn’s backstage farce, slated by the Roundabout for January, 2015.

Rebecca Hall in Machinal with Jason Loughlin and Ryan Dinning

Rebecca Hall in Machinal with Jason Loughlin and Ryan Dinning

My review of Machinal

Machinal, now opened in a stunning production at the American Airlines Theater, is the first Broadway revival of Sophie Treadwell’s haunting 1928 play, inspired by the murder trial of housewife Ruth Snyder, who enlisted a corset salesman to do in her husband….Machinal means machine-like, and director Lyndsey Turner has taken the title to heart, with startling effect. This may be the best-staged play of the season, certainly one of the most aptly designed.

Complete review of Machinal

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My review of Frank Langella in King Lear

Terrific stab at explaining Pinter’s No Man’s Land, by Newsweek (Ignore the pandering lead)

Efforts to lure football fans here for the Super Bowl (Feb 2 in New Jersey)  include turning Broadway into “Super Bowl Boulevard” theme park.  The cast of Jersey Boys, for example, will perform for free on Broadway on January 29th.

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Green Porno

“Why does sex exist?” asks Isabella Rossellini, the Parisian-bred actress, model and director, the glamorous daughter of the Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman and the European filmmaker Roberto Rossellini.

Her answer is a 75 minute lecture, both erudite and hilarious, animated by a series of short films familiar to fans of the Sundance Channel online, in which she acts out the reproductive habits of marine animals and insects.

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My review of Year of the Rooster

Has there ever before been such a touching love scene between poultry? … Such fowl doings make up for the frequently foul-mouthed brutality of the human characters.

NBC has chosen follow-up to Sound of Music. Next December’s live “theater” broadcast: Peter Pan. (Will it star Kelly Clarkson?)