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Tony Nominee Jenn Colella Came From Away – And Landed On Broadway

The first time I saw Come From Away, an early preview at the Schoenfeld Theatre, the musical had an air of optimism that set my critical faculties on alert: I had no idea how Broadway would respond to a musical that drew positive vibes, joyful music and, well, hope for mankind in a story set on September 11, 2001 and the days immediately following – especially New Yorkers, including myself, for whom the memory of that day remains a scarred, if not festering, memory. One… Read

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Review: Amber Tamblyn Wreaks Havoc In ‘Can You Forgive Her?’

“Marry the man today/And change his ways tomorrow,” Adelaide advises Sarah in Guys And Dolls. That’s not good enough for Tanya, who chooses Halloween night to tell her somewhat aimless, twice-divorced boyfriend Graham that if he wants her hand in marriage, he needs to prove he’s got the cojones can support her. Tanya and Graham are the central, and least likable, characters in Gina Gionfriddo’s Can You Forgive Her?, a Victorian tale (what’s a girl with few prospects gotta… Read

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‘Oslo’ Continues Awards Spree; ‘Indecent’s Paula Vogel, Too: The Obies

The Obie Awards, founded in 1955 by the Village Voice to the nascent off-Broadway theater movement, recognized the original production of Oslo currently a contender for the best play Tony after moving to the Broadway-designated Vivian Beaumont Theater. The Obies, which were announced this evening, also gave playwright Paula Vogel (Indecent) her second lifetime achievement award in as many weeks, following the New York Drama Critics Circle. J.T. Rogers’ play about the… Read

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Who’s Afraid Of Edward Albee? Dramatists Guild Backs ‘Virginia Woolf’ Playwright In Casting Dispute

A proposed revival of Edward Albee’s landmark 1962 drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? has renewed a long-simmering debate about freedom of expression and the frequently fuzzy line between the rights of creative versus interpretive artists. At issue is the Albee estate’s decision to decline a license for the revival after the Portland, OR, director announced the casting of an African-American actor to play Nick, a young academic at a tony New England college who with… Read

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Review: In Hamish Linklater’s ‘The Whirligig’, Zosia Mamet Plays Another Bad-News Girlfriend

Zosia Mamet, the lethally annoying Shoshanna late of Girls, has braved some challenging stage roles, none more so than Trish in the world premiere of Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig, which opened tonight in a New Group production at the Signature Theatre Center. Trish’s former best friend Julie (Grace Van Patten, Netflix’s Tramps) is dying a junkie’s death at home in the Berkshire Mountains, where her estranged parents can do little more than dance a jitterbug of… Read

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An Indifferent Broadway Says Au Revoir To Love-Struck ‘Amélie’

This afternoon’s performance will be the last chance Broadway audiences have to see Amélie, a sweetheart of a musical that left most critics, and most tickets, unmoved following its opening last month at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The show, with a score by Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen and book by Craig Lucas, closes after just 83 performances including previews. Its fate was sealed May 2, when the Tony Awards nominations were announced absent a single nod to the… Read

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Glenda Jackson Will Return To Broadway In ‘Three Tall Women’

Glenda Jackson, absent from the Broadway stage since 1988, will lead a revival next spring of the late Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Three Tall Women. Producer Scott Rudin announced Thursday evening that the play, which had a celebrated run beginning at the Vineyard Theatre off-Broadway in 1994, will begin previews February 27, 2018 and open March 29, at a Shubert theater yet to be determined. The production will be staged by Joe Mantello (Wicked) and co-star… Read

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‘King Kong’ Swings Into Shuberts’ Broadway Theatre In Fall 2018

King Kong will take the New York stage next year, hitting the Shubert Organizations’s Broadway Theatre in the fall of 2018. Producers Global Creatures and Roy Furman announced the booking today, and said casting, opening date and ticketing details will be set in the coming months. The big ape will arrive at the Shubert following the limited engagement of Miss Saigon, which will begin its North American tour in September 2018. King Kong was written by Jack Thorne, who… Read

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Review: ‘Sojourners’ And ‘Her Portmanteau’ Add A Rich New Voice; Derren Brown’s A Mental Case

The New York Theatre Workshop, led by James Nicola, ranks very high among those irreplaceable off-Broadway institutions that, to use Donald Trump’s famed expression, prime the pump delivering fresh voices to our stages and invaluable perspective on our times. Here is where Rent was launched, as well as Once, Caryl Churchill’s devastating Mad Forest and David Bowie’s last project, the astonishing Lazarus. Often those voices are exposed early in their development, given… Read

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ABC Enters Live Musical Game With ‘Little Mermaid’ Special In October

ABC is reviving its dormant The Wonderful World of Disney brand and getting into the hot live-musical space at the same time. The network announced its fall schedule this morning which included this nugget: a two-hour special event, The Wonderful World Of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live!, on October 3 that will meld Disney’s animated classic The Little Mermaid with live musical performances in a live action/animation hybrid presentation. The special, The Wonderful World Of… Read

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Review: ‘Venus’, Pulitzer Winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ Drama Revived

Her name was Saartjie (Sarah) Baartman, but in the years of her fame she was called the “Venus Hottentot,” much like Joseph Merrick who, some decades later, would become famous as the “Elephant Man.” Both were human beings exhibited as freaks in 19th-century London, attracted the attention of the medical establishment and, through the rear-view mirror of social history, have become icons of cruel exploitation. Saartjie Baartman deserves a film incarnation as magnificently… Read

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Review: Alec Baldwin Segues Smoothly From Trump To Tillerson; ‘Golden Apple’ Revived

Shape-shifting seamlessly from his Saturday Night Live alter-ego as pouty President Trump to Boy Scouts-loving Secretary of State designee Rex Tillerson, Alec Baldwin led an all-star cast Thursday night in a live performance of testimony from the recent Senate interrogations of four Trump cabinet nominees. With timing that would have been comical had it not been so chilling in light of the week’s headlines out of Washington, All the President’s Men? Scenes from the Senate… Read