Revues of Stephen Sondheim songs generally don't work. Given how carefully integrated his songs are into the shows for which they were originally written, they lose impact in a different context.
Yet "A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair," which marks an unusual collaboration between Sondheim and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, manages to provide a great deal of vibrant entertainment... » more
Manhattan’s Hudson Square neighborhood is getting a $27 million upgrade.
With funds from the New York City Economic Development Corp. and the City Council, plus matching funds from the Hudson Square Connection Business Improvement District, public spaces including sidewalks and outdoor venues will be refashioned to reflect the area’s current status as a hub for advertising, architectural,... » more
The fall season of wall-to-wall Shakespeare, which so far has offered more misfires than hits, no doubt reaches its high point with the Globe Theatre’s double bill of “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III.” Both are directed by Tim Carroll in an “original practices” style and feature a terrific all-male cast led by the extraordinary Mark Rylance.
The traditional ambience of London’s Globe has been... » more
Two new Broadway shows that received less-than-enthusiastic reviews and failed to catch on with ticket buyers posted closing notices on Wednesday afternoon. The courtroom drama "A Time to Kill," which marked the first John Grisham novel to be adapted to the stage, will close on Nov. 17. The musical "First Date," which depicts a young pair meeting up at a bar, will also shutter,... » more
Two years ago, City Center's highly successful Encores! series teamed up with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to present "Cotton Club Parade," a breezy and elegant 90-minute revue celebrating the heyday of nightclub entertainment in 1930s Harlem with an all-black cast.
The following year, it returned to City Center for an encore run, and now it has finally transferred to Broadway... » more
Let's just come right out and say it: The Foundry Theatre's production of Bertolt Brecht's rarely-seen 1943 morality drama "Good Person of Szechwan," which premiered at La MaMa last winter and is now receiving an encore run at the Public Theater, is the best production of a Brecht play in years.
Brecht, the most revolutionary political playwright of the 20th century, has been receiving... » more
'A Doll's House,' Baryshnikov, Dafoe set for BAM in spring
Brooklyn Academy of Music unveiled its spring season this week. In addition to "King Lear" with Frank Langella, BAM will also present a production of Ibsen's "A Doll's House" as well as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe in "The Old Man."
Disney eyeing musical of 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'
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Just in case one long Wallace Shawn play wasn't enough for all the brave experimental theater aficionados out there, the Public Theater and Theatre for a New Audience, which co-produced a revival of Shawn's "The Designated Mourner" this summer, now present the New York premiere of his new work "Grasses of a Thousand Colors."
Shawn, who appeared in "The Designated Mourner"... » more
If the mind-boggling rumors are true, tickets to Mike Nichols' revival of Harold Pinter's 1978 relationship drama "Betrayal," starring married couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz as another married couple, are being sold by scalpers for thousands of dollars.
If you're lucky, maybe you can snag an orchestra seat at the box office for just under $150.
Although the unemotional,... » more
Even if it does not ultimately move to Broadway, Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's "Fun Home," based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel, may prove to be the most beautiful and groundbreaking new musical of the season. It features a fascinating setup of an adult woman viewing herself as a child and teenager (three actresses are employed for this effect), terrific music by Tesori... » more