He’s BAAAAAACK!!! Mark Rylance will star in Farinelli and the King on B’way
May09

He’s BAAAAAACK!!! Mark Rylance will star in Farinelli and the King on B’way

Producers Sonia Friedman, Shakespeare’s Globe and Paula Marie Black have announced that three-time Tony Award winner and Oscar winner Mark Rylance will return to Broadway in a transfer of the West End hit Farinelli and the King. The Shakespeare’s Globe production will begin previews at the Belasco Theatre on December 5, 2017, before an official opening on December 17 and a strictly limited engagement through to March 25, 2018.

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LOVE LETTERS
Apr28

LOVE LETTERS

“Love Letters” is a love letter to letters themselves. Dan Lauria and Wendie Malick render the handwritten voices of their iconic characters with subtlety, humor, and honesty at a 3-night benefit for NJ Repertory Company in Long Branch.

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2017 DRAMA DESK AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
Apr27

2017 DRAMA DESK AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

2017 DRAMA DESK AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED  Awards will be presented Sunday, June 4th at The Town Hall  www.DramaDeskAwards.com (Thursday, April 27, 2017) – Nominations for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced this morning at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Laura Benanti (She Loves Me, Gypsy) and Javier Muñoz(Hamilton, In the Heights). The nominations announcement was streamed live on www.TheaterMania.com. The full...

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Public Theatre Upcoming Shows and Shakespeare In The Park 2107
Apr25

Public Theatre Upcoming Shows and Shakespeare In The Park 2107

Lions and Tigers and – oh, I mean SHAKESPEARE. Oh my. If this is summer a comin’, it must be Shakespeare.

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Carousel Returns and the 2018 Tony Landing Strip Prepares
Apr18

Carousel Returns and the 2018 Tony Landing Strip Prepares

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Carousel will return to Broadway in 2018, featuring Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Waitress) as Julie Jordan, Tony nominee Joshua Henry (Hamilton) as Billy Bigelow and opera star Renee Fleming as Nettie Fowler. Three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien will direct the revival, set to open on March 23, 2018 at a theater to be announced.

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Latin History for Morons – A Second Look
Apr14

Latin History for Morons – A Second Look

By Massimo Iacoboni What’s a father to do when he finds out his teen age son is being bullied at school? How do you grow up Latino and proud in contemporary America? Are today’s bullies just another incarnation of yesteryear’s Spanish Conquistadores? These are just some of the questions asked and answered, in his trademark agitator style, by performer and writer John Leguizamo, who unleashed his considerable wit, as well as scores of...

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“FIND YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER AT SIGNIFICANT OTHER” ON BROADWAY
Apr04

“FIND YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER AT SIGNIFICANT OTHER” ON BROADWAY

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS – “FIND YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER AT SIGNIFICANT OTHER” ON BROADWAY    NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS: “FIND YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER AT SIGNIFICANT OTHER” ON BROADWAY View this email in your browser FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alana Karpoff/Rachael Singer/Irene Gandy   “FIND YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER ATSIGNIFICANT OTHER” ON BROADWAY ON THURSDAY, APRIL 13THAT THE BOOTH THEATRE;NOW ACCEPTING...

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Interview with Robert Creighton, Creator and Star of Cagney
Mar17

Interview with Robert Creighton, Creator and Star of Cagney

The past year has been a good one for Robert Creighton, the creator and star of Cagney. The project that has been his passion for nearly 20 years has just celebrated its first year Off Broadway and,  although it is closing at the West Side Theatre, there are plans for future productions.  It started back when Creighton’s teacher, Jack Melanos, at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts told Creighton he looked like Cagney.  This sent Creighton off to research Cagney, and he pretty much fell for the guy.

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Show Up
Feb21

Show Up

Look, I don’t like “fun” per se. I know a lot of you do, but for the most part what other folks consider “fun” I find puzzling. Sitting outside getting third degree burns watching baseball. Hopping on a sail boat to sail to nowhere before you turn around and head back home. Strapping long narrow pieces of metal onto you feet and purposely going to the top of a snowy mountain so that you can figure out how to, well, slide down – and then do it over and over again. No. No thank you.

Also on my list of things I do not like is Audience Participation of any kind. Entertain me. Do not ask me to work for you.

I was, therefore, PLEASANTLY surprised to enjoy myself in the extreme….

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BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 3
Jan31

BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 3

By Stanford Friedman For the second year in a row, BroadwayCon coincided with a severe storm. But this time, instead of a blizzard, a fierce political wind raged through the city, with thousands taking to the streets in protest. At the Javitz Center, in keeping with theater tradition, the show went on. And what a show it was. Sunday morning brought out a dozen of the industry’s most talented artists. First, there were the...

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INTERVIEW with Andy Walmsley, production designer
Jan31

INTERVIEW with Andy Walmsley, production designer

British born Andy Walmsley designed the West End/Broadway musicals “Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story” and “Blood Brothers”. He created the set for the globally syndicated TV game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”. His set design has been widely seen on “Pop Idol” and “American Idol” for which he won an Emmy, as well as on current TV shows “America’s Got Talent”, “The Biggest Loser”, and “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Here is our interview with Andy Walmsley.

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BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 2
Jan29

BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 2

I arrived earlier than planned tho BroadwayCon on Saturday morning,so I snuck into the end of a discussion on cosplay because, really, how could one not? On the dais, a princess, a cat, and a Phantom of the Opera held forth. The audience was full of assorted Schuyler sisters, and various characters from Wicked. The conversation was a rather fascinating mix of gender politics and tips on buying fabric; surely it was the only outlet at BroadwayCon where Goodwill shops and transgenderism were simultaneously getting proper recognition for their merits.

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BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 1
Jan28

BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 1

Flocks of theater kids heading west, dressed as Matilda or The Little Mermaid or a Newsie can mean only one thing: BroadwayCon 2017 has arrived. After launching the convention last year, during a blizzard, in the comparatively intimate Hilton Midtown, this year the organizers have gone full throttle, relocating to the Javits Center and offering more than 200 hours of programming with nearly 500 “special guests” spread across three days.

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Book Review:  Un/Masked:  Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour
Jan10

Book Review: Un/Masked: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour

Throughout this memoir, Kaz collapses the various layers of her life – thwarted actress, budding writer, latent activist, undiscovered feminist – to step out from behind the mask of her personal history. She declares: I’m still here and I like it. And I’m not going away.

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PANGEA’S JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS – SONGS OF PROTEST
Jan06

PANGEA’S JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS – SONGS OF PROTEST

A month of protest at Pangea!

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2016 Critics’ Picks
Dec30

2016 Critics’ Picks

READ OUR CRTICS’ PICS for 2016 – Look, the theatre is a temple. It is a living breathing entity that grabs you like no other art form. You do not sit idly by and observe. It requires you to breath in concert with the performers. And when it all works, it is little short of a communion.

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NO FILTER: a LOVE STORY
Dec01

NO FILTER: a LOVE STORY

The aura ran madcap through the hallways at The Pit Loft Sunday night where Solocom was in full swing for the fourth straight day. Tell me another time when the words “Make sure your cell phones are turned on” began a show.

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IN THE FRAME
Nov21

IN THE FRAME

Sometimes you see something you wish everyone could see. I’m thinking not only of playwright Donald Steele’s writing, which is always engaging, but also of how it was staged tonight, in an elegant apartment in the west village, where actors Shauna Bloom and John Lampe plied their trade in the most noteworthy fashion.

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Thank You Dear Reader from the Irish Rep Lobby
Aug05

Thank You Dear Reader from the Irish Rep Lobby

By Tulis McCall The other night I was at the theatre (surprise), and as I gave my name to the woman at the Box Office, I overheard someone say, “Are  you with Front Row Center?” Yes, Yes I am. “I read it every day,” she said.  “I love it.” Do you subscribe? “Nope,” she said.  “I get too many emails.  I’d rather just go there.” Whatever works, says I. There are a lot of...

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Cherry Lane Theatre Closes  OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES
Jul14

Cherry Lane Theatre Closes OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES

Angelina Fiordellisi, Founding Artistic Director of the Cherry Lane Theatre, has issued the following statement regarding the premature closing – effective immediately – of Israel Horovitz’s comedy OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES

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