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Broadway Gender Benders: Glenda Jackson as King Lear; Santino Fontana as Tootsie. The Week in NY Theater

 

Summer’s here, it’s time for theatergoers to take stock of the 2018-2019 Broadway season line-up taking shape; to attend NYC summer theater festivals or to plan theatrical weekend trips out of town; to pick some theater books to read, or to avoid reading (here are two new Broadway biographies); and to express our patriotism by protesting the latest Trump administration outrages, which is what many did this week at the End Family Separation rallies, including Lin-Manuel Miranda. “We’re here because there are parents who can’t sing lullabies to their kids,” Miranda said, before singing the lullaby “Dear Theodosia” from Hamilton.

See the video of his singing below, along with Broadway United’s “We Are The World” video, and theater reviews and news of the week: Glenda Jackson and Santino Fontana switch genders; RIP two fabulous theater artists, Liliane Montevecchi and Gillian Lynne.

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BroadwayCon! Broadway at the Grammys, Oscars, and Empire State Building! Week in NY Theater

The third annual BroadwayCon demonstrated that theatergoers can be as creative as theater makers — witness above the trio of cosplay artists as (left to right) Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet, or the winner of the Cosplay Fashion Show, dressed as Squidward Tentacles from Spongebob Squarepants, complete with a homemade costume with four legs.

But this week in theater was also a series of showcases for the professionals — with Broadway’s distinct presence at the Grammys (Watch below Patti LuPone sing in tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Platt in tribute to Leonard Bernstein), and at the Oscar nominations, the Phantom at 30  celebration, and sneak peeks of forthcoming Broadway shows BroadwayCon. At its tenth reunion, original cast members of “In The Heights” sang songs that didn’t make the final cut.

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