"The Band's Visit" to close April 7th; "Anastasia" to close March 31st; Public Theater announces summer line up in the Park; "Oklahoma!" joins the Gun Neutral Initiative; Fox cancels "Hair"; USPS issues Gregory Hines stamp; buzz builds for transfer of British musical “Six”; Laura Collins-Hughes defends physical, printed programs; photos of the Mark Hellinger Theatre

REVIEW: Encores! “Call Me Madam” with Carmen Cusack

Carmen Cusack shines in Encores! revival of its 1995 landmark revival of Irving Berlin’s “Call Me Madam” (1950), originally written as a vehicle for Ethel Merman.  A topical piece of light satirical fare that’s more about comedy and songs than plot, this simple but well-performed production is Encores! at its truest: a concert revival of a classic musical that would not otherwise be seen on stage again. 

"Jagged Little Pill" to open on Broadway this fall; "Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough" will play Chicago before Broadway in 2020; "Magic Mike" will premiere in Boston before Broadway in 2020; La Jolla Playhouse to present Broadway-bound musical "Fly"; London cast of “Hadestown” announced for Broadway; "Dreamgirls" may be headed to Broadway; "Choir Boy" extends to March 10th; "Fosse/Verdon" premieres April 9th; 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards to be held June 2nd; RIP Michel Legrand and Jojo Smith

REVIEW: A kaleidoscopic look at life in “Joan”

In “Joan”, playwright Stephen Belber ambitiously sets out to tell one, non-linear story of a woman’s life that slowly creates an absorbing and dramatically effective portrait, at once banal and spellbinding.  Johanna Day is exquisite as the titular character, supported by two chameleons who play all the supporting roles.  The drama is straightforward, and the production taut.

REVIEW: “The Convent”

In Jessica Dickey’s new play “The Convent” a group of women participate in a retreat at a medieval convent in the South of France; the play boasts a promising and intriguing setup that is, unfortunately, bungled in execution due to underdeveloped characters and an imbalanced tone.

Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon to star in "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" on Broadway; "American Son" to be adapted for Netflix; Michael C. Hall to star in an original musical commercial for Skittles; Broadway's "Frozen" announces new cast; Melissa Etheridge composing "Mystic Pizza" musical; David Henry Hwang penning live action Disney remake of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"; Tony Hawk is spearheading a musical adaptation of Nick Hornsby's 2007 novel "Slam"; Jason Robert Brown's new musical "Farewell My Concubine" to get a reading; "The Band's Visit" marks 500 performances on Broadway; RIP Kaye Ballard