Tag: Theater

Blackout Bruises Broadway Box Office

The Saturday night blackout took a bite out of Broadway. The five-hour power failure appears to have cost producers about $3.5 million in revenue — overall the 30 shows running last week grossed $30.6 million, down from $34.1 million the previous week, according to figures released on Monday by the Broadway League. The outage, on […]

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Rewriting Greek Tragedies as Immigrant Stories

Luis Alfaro didn’t expect to find the heroine of a Greek tragedy at a juvenile hall in Tucson, Ariz. As a traveling playwright teaching a workshop for teen felons in 1999, he met a promising student: a 13-year-old Mexican-American girl who, he learned, had killed her mother for putting out a hit on her father, […]

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Blackout Darkens Broadway, but Songs Brighten Sidewalk Scenes

Nightly at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theater, Hades, the king of an industrial underworld, boasts of his “power chords and power lines” before bellowing, as the lights flash, “I conduct the Electric City!” But on Saturday night, even the title character of “Hadestown” turned out to be powerless. The blackout that darkened parts of Manhattan’s West […]

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How ‘Oklahoma!’ Revolutionized the Cast Album

When Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” debuted on Broadway in April 1943, everything was going its way — except that it opened smack-dab in the middle of a calamitous recording strike. Eight months earlier, the American Federation of Musicians had enjoined its members from entering any recording studio, and the music industry was scrambling with halfhearted […]

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When Theater Is a Religious Experience

On the unadorned stage of a black-box theater two flights below Bleecker Street, the actor Ken Jennings had only a single prop: a compact Bible, worn with use. He was there, on a Sunday evening in late June, to perform his version of the Gospel of John — not as a sendup or radical rethink, […]

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9 Great Theater District Restaurants for Before or After Your Show

New York City is full of top-tier theater and restaurants, just not necessarily in the same area. Even before soaring rents killed off beloved locals like Cafe Edison and Azuri Kitchen, the average restaurant in the theater district generally prioritized expediency and atmosphere over quality food. But if you’re looking for a bite before or […]

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The Boys in the Band Get to Broadway. Why Not the Girls?

Recent Broadway revivals of “Angels in America,” “M. Butterfly,” “The Boys in the Band” and “Torch Song”— shows dealing with the gay experience — have attracted star power, awards and attention. Earlier this year, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed Broadway debut, “Choir Boy,” focused on a charismatic gay youth who runs into trouble at his boarding […]

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For Struggling Actors, No More Waiting Tables. The New Side Gig: Brand Ambassador

Chérie Celeste Malone was a struggling actor who had been piecing random jobs together — waitress, barista, rental property manager. Then she saw a casting call on Backstage, a jobs website for actors. She went to the audition, but to her confusion, didn’t have to read any scenes. She was hired immediately. But she had […]

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They Didn’t Speak for Nearly a Decade. Then They Made a Show About It.

This is what Norbert Leo Butz remembers about the first time he saw Sherie Rene Scott: “She was extremely vivacious and beautiful and funny and hip and she smoked with me.” “That’s not true,” said Ms. Scott, from the other end of the sofa. Ms. Scott and Mr. Butz, each a bright star in the […]

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David Cale Has a New Story to Tell: His Own

These are the facts, more or less: On Dec. 5, 1975, Ronald Egleton, of Luton, England, killed his wife, Barbara Egleton, bludgeoning her with a hammer and leaving her in the bathtub to drown. Convicted of her murder, he served 18 months in various prisons, then returned home, prompting his older son, David Egleton, to […]

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What Do You Get When You Cross Mark Morris With Samuel Beckett?

DUBLIN — A large portrait of Samuel Beckett — peaked hair, deeply furrowed brow, piercing blue eyes — looms over the public area of the Palace Bar, an 1823 watering hole long loved by journalists and writers. At midday, the bar was all dark wood and filtered light, muttering male voices, and the faint whoosh […]

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Into Their 60s and ‘Into the Woods’

It’s a half-hour to curtain, and a wicked stepsister in an emerald dress and an updo dashes through the lobby of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It’s a distinctive run: a cautiously teetering, toe-heavy canter you might resort to when you’re in heels, on the far side of 60 and about […]

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Her Kind of Comedy: Lewd, Vulnerable and Self-Aware

The comic Jacqueline Novak doesn’t like the term “oral sex.” “It’s very dental,” she said with a note of disdain over lunch near the Cherry Lane Theater, where her solo show “Get on Your Knees,” a cerebral stand-up meditation on the sexual act, begins performances on July 10. “It’s also like saying, ‘You know how […]

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Writers Who Worked on Idris Elba Play Say They Have Been Erased

LONDON — It should have been a moment of celebration for Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley, two British playwrights. On Thursday, “Tree,” a play they worked on for several years in collaboration with the actor Idris Elba, is set to have its world premiere at the Manchester International Festival. It is directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, […]

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Review: ‘Rock of Ages’ Returns, Scaled Down but Big Hair Intact

Are you ready to down Jell-O shots, headbang and play air drums, New York? Because “Rock of Ages” is back in town for a 10th-anniversary run, and it’s time to get happily stoopid. That last part is not easy to pull off for a show, mind you; you don’t score five Tony Award nominations and […]

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The ‘Les Misérables’ Revolving Stage Is Going. Fans Are in a Spin.

LONDON — For the past six months, a drama has been playing out in London’s West End with all the heightened emotions of a musical. In January, Cameron Mackintosh, the theater producer, announced that “Les Misérables,” which has been running in the West End since December 1985 — and holds the Guinness World Record for […]

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Review: ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Burns With New Fire

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The moment finally arrives — and you just knew it was coming — when Robert O’Hara burns a hole right through “A Raisin in the Sun.” It occurs well into the second half of Mr. O’Hara’s always absorbing revival of this watershed play, which opened Saturday on the Main Stage of the […]

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Review: Hugh Jackman Isn’t Quite the Greatest Showman in an Arena

Hugh Jackman is a shape-shifting master of showbiz: as the big-screen Wolverine, ripped and brooding; as a charismatic song-and-dance man, ripped and Broadway. Arena concert tours, though, are their own special beast, and in the vastness of Madison Square Garden on Friday night, where he performed with a 22-piece orchestra and a team of acrobatic […]

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How Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon Got Intimate

Naked on a Broadway stage, Audra McDonald is on high alert, all of her senses sharpened. She likens it to a fight-or-flight response, and it happens eight shows a week: her body’s reaction to being so exposed, center stage in a 1,200-seat house. “Maybe strippers get real used to it,” she said recently in her […]

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P-Valley: Loretta Devine to Portray Everybody’s ‘Grandmuva’ in ‘Trap Music Meets Film Noir’ Adaptation

Loretta Devine attends the 28th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards on June 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Amy Sussman (Getty Images) Whenever I sum up Loretta Devine’s highly respected, dense and ongoing career, I cite her as “Everybody’s Mama.” No one can portray a matriarch quite like Ms. Devine can. Don’t believe me? Clock […]

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