The city that never sleeps also boasts a theatre scene that never sleeps. With the summer now behind us, this is an overview of all that’s coming to New York stages this fall (spoiler alert: it’s a lot).
All tagged Tony Kushner
"The Ferryman" and "What the Constitution Means to Me" are New York Drama Critics Circle’s best plays; "Carmen Jones" tops the Lortel Awards; Broadway.com "Audience Choice" award nominees; "Jagged Little Pill" books Broadway's Broadhurst; Diane Paulus to direct a 2021 Broadway revival of "1776"; "All My Sons" extends; Vanessa Carlton to make Broadway debut in "Beautiful"; "The Prince of Egypt" to open in London; "Pretty Woman" to tour; Roundabout to present Adam Gwon's musical "Scotland, PA"; RIP Harlan Bengel, David Winters, Terry Allen Kramer, and Dave Bova
Fans of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s “Caroline, or Change” who are eager to see this 2003 musical masterpiece on stage should check out the Astoria Performing Arts Center’s ambitious and well-executed production. While the trimmings are simple and the vocal performances vary in quality, the strength of the story still radiates.
James Corden to host the 73rd Tony Awards; "Gary" postpones opening night; "Kiss Me, Kate" extends; Yanni books the Lunt Fontanne Theatre; Anna D. Shapiro to direct "The Devil Wears Prada" musical; "Jekyll & Hyde" musical to receive a film adaption; "Fiddler on the Roof" documentary to premiere this summer; Trump budget threatens to eliminate NEA; Shoshana Bean leads "Waitress" cast; Jeremy Jordan joins April 8th; Brian d'Arcy James to play Officer Krupke in "West Side Story" film adaptation
"Sunset Boulevard" film headed to production with Glenn Close; injury forcesAndrea Martin out of "Gary"; Morrissey to play Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre; "Tea at Five" will play Boston prior to Broadway; "One Man, Two Guvnors" will be adapted for film; Cynthia Erivo to star in new Rip van Winkle-inspired movie musical; NYPL for the Performing Arts to host Hal Prince exhibit; all female "Glengarry GlenRoss" still in the mix; Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater working on six new musicals; "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" musical to premiere in London; GOT prequel musical to receive workshop; TV series "Nashville" to be adapted for the stage; "To Kill a Mockingbird" licensing controversy; Olivier Award nominations; RIP André Previn and Katherine Helmond
By my count, I’ve attended 246 performances of theatre, dance, music, opera, and cabaret during 2018. Out of a field that large, it’s hard to pick just ten, but nevertheless, here are my top ten favorite shows I saw in New York (including no new musicals and only three Broadway shows!).
On my recent trip to London, I caught six shows—a mix of musicals, plays, and dance, both new and in revival. Here I offer a roundup “look left” at “Caroline, or Change”, “A Christmas Carol”, “The Inheritance”, Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake”, “TINA: The Tina Turner Musical”, and “War Horse”
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical" books the Al Hirschfeld Theatre; BC/EFA awards $225k for fire relief; League of Professional Theatre Women report finds gender equality progress Off-Broadway; "The Ferryman" extends 20 weeks; "The Secret Life of Bees" cast announced; Norbert Leo Butz, Laura Osnes, and Ethan Slater join Fosse/Verdon on FX; "If I Forget" to air on PBS; tickets on sale for Lincoln Center's "American Songbook" series; Astoria Performing Arts Center to present "Caroline, or Change"; producer Jerry Frankel dead at 88; writer William Goldman dead at 87
Capping an unusually gay year for New York theatre, I take a look at what many consider to be the first gay play (“The Boys in the Band”) and what might be the newest gay play (“Log Cabin”). Catch the former if you can (tickets are scarce and expensive); skip the latter.
Tony Kushner’s 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece “Angels in America” is back on Broadway in a transcendent and timely production sleekly staged by Marianne Elliot and featuring a superb ensemble cast; one of the greatest plays ever written and certainly the most important of the past 25 years, get tickets now or live to regret it.