March on Broadway

March Broadway openingsThere will be 17 Broadway openings from March 15 to April 26th, an astonishing turnover with only 40 theaters on the Great White Way, almost too overwhelming to consider.
So let’s focus just on March instead, with its far more manageable four:
Death of a Salesman (opening March 15)
Once (March 18)
Jesus Christ Superstar (March 22)
Newsies (March 29)

Two are revivals, two are adaptations. Which of these are you most looking forward to? Take the poll

Twitter Badge (.gif)Welcome to the 91st edition of The Week in New York Theater Tweets

Monday, February 27, 2012
Composer Al Menken has EIGHT Oscars, no Tonys. Soon, he’ll get another shot, when both his “Newsies” and “Leap of Faith” join Sister Act on Broadway. (See 60 Minutes profile of him here)

Elizabeth Taylor would have turned 80 years old today (She died last March). She appeared on Broadway twice: The Little Foxes and Private Lives

The World’s Most Beautiful Theaters
My new Pinterest board — 27 and counting.
Sample:
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Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, built in 1897, has housed “The Phantom of the Opera” since 1986, the second-longest running musical in the history of the West End.

Ivy: I just want to feel safe
Derek: Then go back to the chorus. There’s nothing safe about being a star. Smash, episode 4, The Cost of Art

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
BloodKnot2My review of Blood Knot
Apartheid was virulent and ignored outside South Africa in 1961 when Athol Fugard wrote “Blood Knot,” launching his international career. The American anti-apartheid movement was in full force in 1985, when the play was revived on Broadway. Now, apartheid dead for 18 years, “Blood Knot” is back in New York…. Blood Knot has the feel of a classic. Full review

Why does Mark Espiner do his plays in darkness? He quotes Saul Bellow: “the emergence from distraction is aesthetic bliss”..Sensory deprivation, he writes in The Guardian, is the reason why The Artist was so popular.
Mark Espiner (@soundnfurymark): Hope to bring “Going Dark” to New York City.

Bernadette Peters was born today in 1948. Yes, we still love you when you’re 64. Happy Birthday Bernadette!

Topher Grace will star in the Second Stages premiere of Paul Weitz’s “Lonely, I’m Not” about a man without a job or a date for four years. Opens May 7.

A year after resigning as executive director of The Public Theater, Andrew D. Hamingson has been hired to do the same job at St. Anns Warehouse.

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My review of Assistance
“Assistance” is “The Devil Wears Prada” without the Meryl Streep character, “9 to 5” without Dabney Coleman, almost “Star Wars” without Darth Vader….Leslye Headland, who also wrote the play “Bachelorette” and describes herself as a screenwriter and TV scriptwriter (“Terriers” on FX), has talked of her experiences as an assistant to film entrepreneur Harvey Weinstein”
Full review

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Stephen Sondheim is reportedly working on a new musical with David Ives (Venus in Fur). He’s written 30 minutes of it. No news what it’s about.

Davy Jones (12/30/45-2/29/12) was best-known for The Monkees. But at age 18, he originated the role of the Artful Dodger in Oliver on Broadway

The American Theatre Critics Association has selected six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, specifically for plays that debut outside New York City, with a top prize of $25,000.
“Annapurna,” by Sharr White (Magic Theatre, San Francisco)
“Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them,” by A. Rey Pamatmat (Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville)
“On The Spectrum,” by Ken LaZebnik (Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis)
“Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World,” by Yussef El Guindi (ACT Repertory in Seattle)
“A Twist of Water,” by Caitlin Montanye Parrish (Route 66 Theatre in Chicago) “Water By The Spoonful,” by Quiara Alegria Hudes (Hartford Stage).

March 1, 2012
Six shows that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama are back on a New York stage this season:
1. Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris on Broadway
2. How I Learned To Drive by Paula Vogel at Second Stages
3. Beyond the Horizon by Eugene O’Neill at the Irish Rep
4. Death of a Salesman on Broadway
5.Lost in Yonkers at TACT
6. Harvey at the Roundabout

Chita Rivera will star in revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood as part of Roundabout’s 2012-13 season. Also planned: a revival of Picnic by William Inge.
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Carrie.Lucille Lortel TheatreMy review of Carrie
he MCC Theater version of “Carrie” scrupulously avoids most of the original howlers. There are no buckets of blood; the humiliation scene at the prom is done with red lighting instead. There is no more pig snorting and loud oinking voice-overs (oink-overs?). There are no levitating prom dresses. Until the climax, Carrie’s telekinetic powers are now displayed subtly (if you can possibly evoke the concept of subtlety to describe telekinetic powers); there is a smashed light here, a tripped bully there.
This is a “Carrie” that is toned-down, with a spare set, low-key effects, mostly underplayed performances. It is downright tasteful – and thus sure to disappoint lovers of camp and aficionados of car crashes… Full review

Friday, March 2, 2012
Original cast recording for Frank Wildhorn’s Bonnie and Clyde will be available April 24

Audition advice from West End Producer:Don’t tell me that you’re ill. Unless I can see a flesh wound I’ll assume you’re lying.

The Greatest Theater Street in America
Tweets91SignatureCenterThe new Pershing Square Signature Theater Center is on 42nd Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues, not so long ago a no-man’s land of $5 porno emporiums. It is now arguably the single most vibrant block for theater in all of New York…
Top ticket price for Book of Mormon TWENTY times higher than tickets WILL BE at the Signature Center in 2022…
For all the outsized attention to Broadway, there are quiet booms happening throughout the city, not just on 42nd Street, even something of a theater building boom.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
Kenny Leon is working on “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” a new musical that will be inspired by and feature the music of Tupac Shakur

“If you write plays because you want them to be liked, you have to lie too much. People like theater that is safe”~Edward Albee, in a story about the revival of a play that flopped, “The Lady from Dubuque”

Sunday, March 4, 2012
“There really was a newsboy strike in 1899 that unsettled” press empires. The real story behind Newsies

My review of “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” by Stephen Adly Guirgis (best-known now for The MotherF** With The Hat)
T. Schreiber Studio & Theater’s revival of Guirgis’ 2005 play, directed by famed acting teacher Terry Schreiber, arrives in a season that seems full of the apostle who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Judas is featured in the Broadway revivals of “Godspell” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” and is even the subject of a Lady Gaga song. The Judas in “Last Days” is by far the most layered but also the most belabored.
Full review

Youtube of entire play “8″ reading with George Clooney,Brad Pitt,Jane Lynch, etc. (starts at 0:30:25)

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