June 11, 2013 — As is the custom, two days after the Tony Awards, Actors’ Equity Association gathers together its Council for a meeting in which policy is discussed. The “opening acts” of the session, held each June in the Council Room at Equity’s New York offices, are the presentations of The Clarence Derwent Awards […]
Mint gives first class production to A Picture of Autumn
The Mint Theatre, under the artistic directorship of Jonathan Bank, produces worthwhile plays from the past that have been lost or forgotten. It’s an invaluable part of the New York theatre scene, for it gives us a look into the tastes and talents of a former generation or two; it reminds us what interested American […]
Broadway celebrates its biggest night with a spectacular Tony Awards
Last night’s Tony Awards show deserves its on Emmy. Right now. In case you missed it, here’s Neil Patrick Harris and the casts of nearly every musical on Broadway doing the opening number: Quick rundown: Kinky Boots won Best Musical and Pippin, Best Musical Revival. Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won […]
Far from Heaven
From a warmly remembered film of the same name, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, together with director Michel Greif, have fashioned a warm and loving musical play.
The new Cinderella on Broadway is wonderful
A phoenix has risen on Broadway. Out of the ashes of a very pleasant TV Special by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, once thought of as enchanting, but now considered something of a relic from the days of black and white TV, has risen a Broadway musical filled with imagination, romance and panache, not […]
Guess the Tony winners on TrueTheatergoer for a chance to win $150
Think you know who will take home a Tony on Broadway’s biggest night? TrueTheatergoer, the Web site where audiences rate and recommend shows in DC and New York, is holding a contest to see who can best guess who the Tony judges will choose.
Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife on Broadway
In 1949 Clifford Odets, after years of cashing in on his early successes with the Group Theatre, returned to Broadway with The Big Knife, which was to be his bitter comment on the price he paid for leaving the theatre to take Hollywood money for turning material into screenplays for the masses.
The Trip to Bountiful
Cicely Tyson now joins Laurette Taylor in the small pantheon of actresses who have given us monumental performances onstage; Ms. Taylor of course, for her Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, the memory of which is still vividly alive for all of us who were fortunate enough to experience it. Judith Anderson might join the ladies, […]
Tony Awards: The four Broadway shows nominated for Best Orchestrations
One of the most interesting lists in the announcement of this year’s Tony Award nominees is the nominations for Best Orchestrations. The range is as wide as the types of shows involved.
Nikolai and the Others
I feel I’ve had to do almost as much research as the actors who perform in the Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of Richard Nelson’s Nikolai and the Others. That’s because so many of the 18 characters who inhabit it are major figures in the world of music and ballet in the America of the late […]
2013 Tony Award nominees announced with some familiar performances on the list
Nominations for the 2013 Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards were announced today.Three productions first seen here were among the honorees: Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? at Arena Stage, Holland Taylor’s solo show Ann, the story of Governor Ann Richards presented at the Kennedy Center, and Carolee Carmello’s portrayal of Aimee Semple McPherson in […]
Drama Desk 2013 nominees include shows with ties to the Washington area
The 2013 Drama Desk nominees were just announced by Linda Lavin and John Lloyd Young at 54 Below. Among the productions receiving multiple nominations which Washington audiences have been able to see are Giant by John LaChiusa, which debuted at Signature Theatre in 2009 and Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? the […]