After ‘Clyde’s,’ Lynn Nottage Just Has Two Shows Onstage. ‘Whew!’

With one play closed, Nottage can focus on “MJ” on Broadway and “Intimate Apparel” at Lincoln Center Theater. And maybe even catch her breath.

#aduba-uzo, #clydes-play, #intimate-apparel-play, #jones-ron-cephas, #mj-play, #nottage-lynn, #theater

Now Is the Winter of Broadway’s Discontent

Curtains are rising again after the Omicron surge caused widespread cancellations, but attendance has fallen steeply. Nine shows are closing, at least temporarily.

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #aint-too-proud-the-life-and-times-of-the-temptations-play, #american-utopia-play, #broadway-league, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #flying-over-sunset-play, #hadestown-play, #isaacs-mara, #morisseau-dominique, #mrs-doubtfire-play, #shindle-kate, #st-martin-charlotte, #theater, #thoughts-of-a-colored-man-play, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #viertel-jack

Paul Carter Harrison, Whose Ideas Shaped Black Theater, Dies at 85

In his essays and plays, he provided a framework that linked playwrights like August Wilson to African rituals and mythologies.

#art, #black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #harrison-paul-carter, #race-and-ethnicity, #theater, #writing-and-writers

Terry Teachout, Arts Critic With a Wide Range, Is Dead at 65

He called himself a “well-informed amateur,” and he wrote about everything from bluegrass to ballet.

#books-and-literature, #conservatism-us-politics, #culture-arts, #deaths-obituaries, #music, #teachout-terry-1956-2022, #theater, #wall-street-journal

One Indelible Scene: When the Show Must Go on in ‘Drive My Car’

Through a staging of “Uncle Vanya,” the director Ryusuke Hamaguchi creates an intimacy for his characters that lets the artifice of cinema fall away.

#chekhov-anton, #drive-my-car-movie, #hamaguchi-ryusuke, #movies, #theater, #uncle-vanya-play

Clare Barron on ‘Shhhh’ and How Playwriting Is Her ‘Kink of Exhibitionism’

The playwright says her semi-autobiographical works, including her new play for Atlantic Theater Company, help to provide a measure of clarity about painful experiences.

#atlantic-theater-co, #barron-clare, #content-type-personal-profile, #shhhh-play, #theater, #writing-and-writers

‘Mockingbird,’ Once a Broadway Smash, to Pause Production Amid Omicron

“Girl From the North Country,” a musical using the songs of Bob Dylan, also closed, with hopes of reopening in the spring, as the surge in virus cases continues to upend the theater industry.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dylan-bob, #girl-from-the-north-country-play, #theater

Love, Trust and Heartbreak on Two Stages

The musical “Hadestown” and the opera “Eurydice” aim to offer new twists on a Greek myth. But when it comes to their heroine, they only go so far.

#aucoin-matthew-1990, #carney-reeve, #eurydice-opera, #hadestown-play, #metropolitan-opera, #mitchell-anais, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #noblezada-eva, #opera, #page-patrick, #ruhl-sarah, #theater

‘Intelligent Life’ Review: Cecily Strong’s ‘Awerobics’ Workout

Taking Lily Tomlin’s roles in a revival of Jane Wagner’s metaphysical comedy, the “Saturday Night Live” star is put through her paces.

#shed-manhattan-ny, #silverman-leigh, #strong-cecily, #the-search-for-signs-of-intelligent-life-in-the-universe-play, #theater, #tomlin-lily, #wagner-jane-1935

Why I Still Love ‘West Side Story’

Yes, it has flaws. No, remaking it wasn’t a mistake.

#in-the-heights-play, #internal-sub-only-nl, #miranda-lin-manuel, #puerto-rico, #spielberg-steven, #theater, #west-side-story-2021-movie

When Axel Webber Was Rejected from Juilliard, TikTok Stepped In

The 22-year-old actor documented his audition process for the world to see and became a star along the way.

#atlanta-ga, #east-village-manhattan-ny, #harris-jeremy-o, #juilliard-school, #puth-charlie-1991, #social-media, #theater

After Its Odds-Defying Run, John Cariani Says Bye to ‘Caroline, or Change’

The pandemic shutdown gave the actor time to reconnect with his clarinet, helping him fully realize his character, a lost-in-grief musician.

#cariani-john, #caroline-or-change-play, #clarinets, #content-type-personal-profile, #kushner-tony, #longhurst-michael, #music, #studio-54, #tesori-jeanine, #theater

A Season to Savor a Cherished Musical Again and Again (and Again)

Our critic didn’t set out to see “Caroline, or Change” seven times, but amid so much uncertainty the show turned out to be just what she needed.

#actors-and-actresses, #caroline-or-change-play, #clarke-sharon-d, #music, #roundabout-theater-co, #studio-54, #theater

LaChanze on Alice Childress’s “Trouble in Mind”

Since October, the actress has been performing the lead role of Wiletta Mayer in the Broadway debut of Childress’s 1955 play.

#actors-and-actresses, #black-people, #childress-alice, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #lachanze, #randolph-wright-charles, #theater, #trouble-in-mind-play

‘Emily in Paris’ Isn’t the Only Clichéd Show in This Town

Netflix doesn’t qualify as a solo offender when it comes to Gallic stereotypes, as three musical theater works on the city’s stages show.

#emily-in-paris-tv-program, #france, #lacroix-christian, #offenbach-jacques, #paris-france, #porter-cole, #theater, #theatre-du-chatelet

Welcoming Back Live Theater Doesn’t Mean Agreeing About All of It

Two critics on the joys (and pains) of a tentatively hopeful fall season.

#caroline-or-change-play, #clydes-play, #company-play, #flying-over-sunset-play, #kimberly-akimbo-play, #merry-wives-play, #pass-over-play, #sanctuary-city-play, #selling-kabul-play, #six-play, #theater, #trouble-in-mind-play

Reign of Coney Island’s ‘Mayor’ Ends in a Sideshow by the Sea

Dick Zigun, who spent decades restoring the Brooklyn enclave to its carnivalesque glory, is forced out of the organization he helped create.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #barnum-p-t, #circuses, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #coney-island-mermaid-parade, #coney-island-museum, #coney-island-usa, #restoration-and-renovation, #theater, #zigun-dick-d

Coronavirus Is Surging. Avant-Garde Arts Festivals Are Closing.

Under the Radar, Prototype and the Exponential Festival, annual January beacons of experimental work, have canceled their in-person offerings.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #music, #public-theater, #theater, #under-the-radar-festival

12 Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward to in 2022

‘Better Call Saul’ returns, Cecily Strong stars in a one-woman show, and Faith Ringgold gets an overdue retrospective.

#art, #arts-year-in-review-2021, #better-call-saul-tv-program, #carnegie-hall, #casel-ayodele, #comedy-and-humor, #dancing, #don-carlos-opera, #downton-abbey-a-new-era-tv-program, #eggers-robert-filmmaker, #fellowes-julian, #flying-lotus, #movies, #music, #odenkirk-bob, #opera, #ringgold-faith, #saba, #strong-cecily, #tanowitz-pam, #television, #the-northman-movie, #the-search-for-signs-of-intelligent-life-in-the-universe-play, #the-thing-about-pam-tv-program, #theater, #tomlinson-taylor-1993, #two-thousand-twenty-two, #verdi-giuseppe, #zellweger-renee

Theater 80 in New York City Could Become Another Pandemic Casualty

Battered by a coronavirus lockdown and conflict over a loan, Theater 80 could become another New York City casualty of the pandemic.

#east-village-manhattan-ny, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #mortgages, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shutdowns-institutional, #theater, #theater-80

Our Favorite Arts Photos of 2021

These are the pictures that defined an unpredictable year across the worlds of art, music, dance and performance.

#art, #arts-year-in-review-2021, #dancing, #movies, #music, #photography, #television, #theater, #two-thousand-twenty-one

On Broadway Stages, the Beautiful Rooms Are Empty

In recent musicals, hyperdesign is outstripping writing and direction for clarity, expressiveness and excitement.

#christie-bunny, #company-play, #diana-play, #flying-over-sunset-play, #kimberly-akimbo-play, #long-william-ivey, #schreier-dan-moses, #six-play, #theater

Beleaguered by Omicron, New York Operates at Half Speed

From subway lines to medical clinics to libraries, city businesses and services have been curtailed because of Covid.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #de-blasio-bill, #fire-department-nyc, #hochul-kathleen-c, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #new-year, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #subways, #theater

Jeanine Tesori’s Gift: Conjuring the Storytelling Potency of Music

In shows like “Caroline, or Change” and “Kimberly Akimbo,” the composer excels at translating her astute insights about characters into music.

#caroline-or-change-play, #content-type-personal-profile, #kimberly-akimbo-play, #music, #tesori-jeanine, #theater

Neil Marcus, Whose Art Illuminated Disability, Dies at 67

A playwright and actor, he saw his life as performance art. He was best known for his play “Storm Reading.”

#deaths-obituaries, #disabilities, #marcus-neil-1954-2021, #storm-reading-play, #theater, #writing-and-writers

‘Ain’t Too Proud’ to Close on Broadway as Covid-19 Takes Its Toll

The jukebox musical about the powerhouse Motown group will end its run on Jan. 16. It is now the fourth show to announce a closing in the last eight days.

#aint-too-proud-the-life-and-times-of-the-temptations-play, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #temptations-the-music-group, #theater

Mike Faist on Playing Riff in ‘West Side Story’

The actor, a star of Broadway musicals like “Dear Evan Hansen,” talks about playing the leader of the Jets in Steven Spielberg’s remake.

#dear-evan-hansen-movie, #faist-mike, #movies, #theater, #west-side-story-2021-movie

What Three Broadway Shows Tell Us About Racial Progress

The female protagonists in “Trouble in Mind,” “Caroline, or Change” and “Clyde’s” show the richness that comes from having a multitude of Black voices onstage.

#actors-and-actresses, #black-people, #caroline-or-change-play, #clydes-play, #race-and-ethnicity, #theater, #trouble-in-mind-play, #women-and-girls

Catherine Was Great. But Was She a Girl Boss?

In seeking to turn historical women into yassified contemporary heroines, pop culture creators are narrowing what female success can look like.

#catherine-ii-empress-of-russia, #dickinson-tv-program, #dickinson-emily, #hulu-com, #marlow-toby, #moss-lucy, #six-play, #smith-alena, #television, #the-great-tv-program, #theater, #women-and-girls

Sardi’s Is Back After 648 Days, Its Fortunes Tied to Broadway

The caricatures are back up. But many shows are canceling performances just as Sardi’s reopens, a hurdle for a restaurant catering to the theater crowd.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #klimavicius-max, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #restaurants, #restoration-and-renovation, #sardi-vincent-sr, #sardis-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #schumacher-thomas, #shubert-organization, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #wankel-robert-e

On Broadway, Newly Vital Understudies Step Into the Spotlight

As Omicron spreads, shows are relying on replacement actors more than ever. And productions without enough of them have had to cancel performances.

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #broadway-league, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #theater

Two More Broadway Shows Close as Omicron Takes a Toll on Theater

“Thoughts of a Colored Man” and “Waitress” became the latest productions to end their runs because of coronavirus cases among their cast or crew.

#a-christmas-carol-play, #broadway-league, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foster-sutton, #the-music-man-play, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #thoughts-of-a-colored-man-play, #waitress-play

Sally Ann Howes, Star of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,’ Dies at 91

The English-born actress captivated children in the 1968 film, which became a holiday favorite. It was one of around 140 productions she appeared in during a six-decade career.

#actors-and-actresses, #brigadoon-play, #chitty-chitty-bang-bang-movie, #deaths-obituaries, #howes-sally-ann, #movies, #my-fair-lady-play, #the-king-and-i-play, #theater

Continuing ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’

Lily Tomlin, who first performed this comically cosmic play, and Jane Wagner, its author, discuss a new production with Cecily Strong and Leigh Silverman, its new star and director.

#actors-and-actresses, #comedy-and-humor, #shed-manhattan-ny, #silverman-leigh, #strong-cecily, #the-search-for-signs-of-intelligent-life-in-the-universe-play, #theater, #tomlin-lily, #wagner-jane-1935, #writing-and-writers

The Breakout Stars of 2021

In a year that offered glimmers of hope across the world of arts, these performers and creators rose to the occasion.

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The Best (and Worst) Theater in Europe in 2021

The Times’s three European theater critics pick their favorite productions of the year — plus a turkey apiece for the festive season.

#berliner-ensemble, #comedie-francaise, #deutsches-schauspielhaus-hamburg-germany, #mc93-theatre, #munchner-kammerspiele, #pinter-harold-theater-london-england, #southwark-playhouse-london-england, #teatro-nacional-d-maria-ii-lisbon-portugal-theater, #theater, #volksbuhne

‘Selling Kabul’ Holds Up a New Mirror After the Taliban Takeover

Sylvia Khoury’s play, which takes place over one night in Afghanistan in 2013, has only deepened after a pandemic postponement.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-refugee-assistance-project, #kabul-afghanistan, #khoury-sylvia, #playwrights-horizons, #rafaeli-tyne, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #selling-kabul-play, #taliban, #theater, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #visas, #williamstown-mass

For This Theater Leader, a Mission That Goes Beyond the Stage

Sarasota’s Westcoast Black Theater Troupe is getting back to live shows and community outreach after multiple shutdowns.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-reopenings, #jacobs-nate-theater-director, #sarasota-fla, #theater, #westcoast-black-theater-troupe-theater-co

Broadway Is Canceling Shows Due to Positive Covid Tests

Broadway, where cancellations were once vanishingly rare, has seen a raft of them as positive coronavirus tests among cast and crew members have upended productions.

#actors-equity-assn, #ailey-alvin-american-dance-theater, #aint-too-proud-the-life-and-times-of-the-temptations-play, #aladdin-play, #broadway-league, #chicago-play, #chickenbiscuits-play, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dancing, #freestyle-love-supreme-music-group, #harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-play, #little-shop-of-horrors-play, #metropolitan-opera, #miranda-lin-manuel, #mrs-doubtfire-play, #new-york-city, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #st-martin-charlotte, #theater, #theater-development-fund, #theaters-buildings, #tina-the-tina-turner-musical-play, #tkts-booth-nyc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Met Opera to Mandate Booster Shots for Staff and Audiences

It is the first major performing arts institution to require boosters, as concern mounts over rising coronavirus cases and the spread of the Omicron variant. The rule will take effect Jan. 17.

#american-federation-of-musicians, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gelb-peter, #metropolitan-opera, #new-york-city, #opera, #organized-labor, #theater, #vaccination-and-immunization

Review: First the Party, Then the Crash, in a ‘Cabaret’ Revival

A London production starring Eddie Redmayne pulls the audience into a hedonistic milieu. Then things get dark.

#buckley-jessie-1989, #cabaret-play, #frecknall-rebecca, #redmayne-eddie, #theater

‘The Music Man’ Once Had a Disabled Character. Then He Was Erased.

At the urging of producers, Meredith Willson cut a boy in a wheelchair from the early scripts for his 1957 musical. A look back shows what was lost.

#actors-and-actresses, #apothetae-the, #disabilities, #national-disability-theater-theater-co, #the-music-man-play, #theater, #theater-breaking-through-barriers, #willson-meredith

‘Porgy and Bess’ Isn’t Black Opera. It’s American Opera.

A touchstone on the path to America’s classical music.

#black-people, #classical-music, #internal-sub-only-nl, #native-americans, #theater

Review: In ‘Flying Over Sunset,’ Getting High With the Stars

A new musical imagines the all-singing, all-dancing LSD trips of Aldous Huxley, Clare Boothe Luce and Cary Grant.

#cusack-carmen, #dorrance-michelle, #flying-over-sunset-play, #hadden-paton-harry, #kitt-tom, #korie-michael, #lapine-james, #theater, #yazbeck-tony

What Did Stephen Sondheim Really Think of ‘Rent’?

The composer served as something of a mentor to Jonathan Larson and spoke frankly about the show after the younger man’s death.

#larson-jonathan, #movies, #rent-movie, #sondheim-stephen, #theater, #tick-tick-boom-play

Patti LuPone on ‘Company,’ Stephen Sondheim and More

“Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh, I’ll drink to that!” she belts onstage in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” as Broadway reopens. So. Will. We.

#actors-and-actresses, #company-play, #deaths-obituaries, #evita-play, #juilliard-school, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #lloyd-webber-andrew, #lupone-patti, #madonna, #manhattan-nyc, #murphy-ryan, #patinkin-mandy, #shutdowns-institutional, #sondheim-stephen, #stritch-elaine, #theater, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #women-and-girls

Review: In a Gender-Flipped Revival, ‘Company’ Loves Misery

Bobby is now Bobbie in this confusing, sour remake of the 1970 musical by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth.

#company-play, #elliott-marianne, #furth-george, #jacobs-bernard-b-theater, #lenk-katrina, #lupone-patti, #sondheim-stephen, #theater

Remember Emmet Otter and His Jug Band? They’re Back, and Onstage.

The Jim Henson TV special was a hit in 1978. Now its furry creatures return in a new theatrical production in Manhattan, just in time for the holiday season.

#emmet-otters-jug-band-christmas-tv-program, #gattelli-christopher, #henson-jim, #jim-hensons-emmet-otters-jug-band-christmas-play, #mcdonald-timothy-allen-playwright, #music, #new-victory-theater, #puppets, #television, #theater, #williams-paul-1940

I Cherish This Lifeline to My Parents

Al Hirschfeld’s drawings of Stephen Sondheim’s shows were a gift.

#hirschfeld-al, #into-the-woods-play, #sondheim-stephen, #sunday-in-the-park-with-george-play, #theater, #west-side-story-play

Al Hirschfeld’s Drawings Captured Stephen Sondheim Better Than Any Photo

These nine portraits of Sondheim musicals, from “West Side Story” and “Gypsy” to “Into the Woods” and “Passion,” sparked this theater-goer’s memory.

#broadway-manhattan-ny, #hirschfeld-al, #music, #sondheim-stephen, #theater