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
"Bronx Bombers," Eric Simonson's new drama exploring past and present players of the Yankees, which just finished an Off-Broadway run, will transfer to Broadway's Circle in the Square in January. Peter Scolari and Tracy Shayne, who are married, are set to take over as Yogi Berra and Carmen Berra. Those were roles played by Richard Topol and Wendy Makkena in the Off-Broadway mounting. Topol... » more
"A Time to Kill," based on the 1989 John Grisham novel that was then adapted into the popular 1996 film, delivers exactly what you'd expect: a pulp and plot-heavy, old-fashioned courtroom drama full of racy subject matter, legal strategy and plainly one-dimensional characters.
This apparently marks the first time that any Grisham work has been done onstage. The production is even... » more
The recently canceled, Broadway-themed television series "Smash" will lead to a staged concert of a fictional musical featured on the show -- just not the one you think. On Dec. 9, 54 Below will present two staged concerts of "Hit List," the rock musical written by Jeremy Jordan's character that competed against the Marilyn Monroe vehicle "Bombshell." It will star Jordan... » more
"Thanks, but no thanks" has become the new mindset when approaching revivals of antiquated, rarely seen dramas at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre.
While no one wants only the tried-and-true classics to be produced, there are countless forgotten plays that simply aren't compelling, relevant or interesting enough to sustain a full-scale Broadway revival.
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