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Review: Screwball Eggheads Tear Up the Library in ‘Travesties’

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:01 GMT

Sara Topham and Tom Hollander in Tom Stoppard’s “Travesties,” directed by Patrick Marber at the American Airlines Theater.This exuberant revival of Tom Stoppard’s 1974 comedy of the intellect, starring Tom Hollander, is one of the sweetest and strangest defenses of art.

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Review: Hot Stuff Turns Cold in ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:45:04 GMT

LaChanze, center, as the title character in her prime in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.”The late Queen of Disco and pioneer of electronic dance music gets the Broadway jukebox treatment.

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Review: ‘Transfers’ and the Anguished Art of the College Interview

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:12:23 GMT

Ato Blankson-Wood, left, as Clarence Matthews, and Juan Castano as Cristofer Rodriguez, who explode into memoir monologues that inevitably melt into tears in Lucy Thurber’s play “Transfers.”Lucy Thurber’s compassionate but clunky play follows the bids of two young men from the Bronx to win scholarships at a New England college.

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Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Raises the Bar for Broadway Magic

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 01:45:07 GMT

A scene on Platform 9¾ in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Lyric Theater. From left, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger, Susan Heyward, Paul Thornley, Brooklyn Shuck, Benjamin Wheelwright, Sam Clemmett, Poppy Miller and Jamie Parker as Harry Potter.J.K. Rowling’s ever-popular boy wizard is all grown up in this enthralling two-part play, directed with seamless magic by John Tiffany.

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Review: Is There a Method to the Madness of ‘Seagullmachine’?

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:43:47 GMT

From left: Emily Caffery, Gaby Resende, Jax Jackson, Layla Khosh and Daniel Maseda in “Seagullmachine.”A razzle-dazzle mash-up of “The Seagull” and “Hamletmachine” at La MaMa has a ramshackle feel.

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Review: Rhyme Gone Wild in ‘The Metromaniacs’

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:06:23 GMT

From left, Dina Thomas, Christian Conn and Adam LeFevre in “The Metromaniacs” at the Duke on 42nd Street.A French verse craze inspired a 1738 farce and now a comedy in couplets by David Ives.

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Term of Affection? Ethnic Slur? Theater Union Decides That ‘Gypsy’ Must Go.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:49:30 GMT

Jeremy Davis, center, a member of the ensemble in “Cats,” wearing the Gypsy Robe during a 2016 ceremony.While performers who go from show to show embrace the identity, Actors’ Equity has decided that a ceremony celebrating them needs to be renamed.

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Review: Whose ‘Fair Lady’? This Time, Eliza’s in Charge

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:06:51 GMT

Lauren Ambrose, at center, letting loose at the racetrack in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of “My Fair Lady.”Lauren Ambrose stars as a newly empowered flower girl in a gorgeous revival that transforms the classic musical into an ur-text for the #MeToo moment.

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Parkland Survivors Get a Broadway Master Class in Healing

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:52:07 GMT

Cameron Kasky, 17, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, rehearsing “Spring Awakening” while members of the original Broadway cast watched.Florida students began rehearsing “Spring Awakening” before the Feb. 14 shooting at their high school. They wanted to keep going. The show’s original cast came to support them.

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Review: A Spanish Stage Provocateur Makes a Blood-Dripping Debut

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:25:27 GMT

Angélica Liddell in her challenging but transfixing theater work “Esta Breve Tragedia de la Carne (This Brief Tragedy of the Flesh).”New York-area audiences finally have a chance to see Angélica Liddell, a darling of European theaters, in “Esta Breve Tragedia” at Peak Performances.

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Ellen Burstyn Honors a Friendship With a Futurist

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:00:05 GMT

Ellen BurstynMs. Burstyn talks about “The House of Tomorrow” and her relationship with Buckminster Fuller, her coming directorial debut and her own #MeToo story.

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Bette Midler to Return to ‘Hello, Dolly!’ This Summer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:28:45 GMT

Bette Midler won a Tony Award for her role as Dolly Gallagher Levi, a human steamroller out to land a rich husband in 19th-century New York.Ms. Midler, who won a Tony for her performance, will close out the last six weeks of the hit show.

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15 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:00:04 GMT

Ben Caplan in “Old Stock,” which closes on Sunday at 59E59.Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Carousel’ Dances Are a New Feather in the Enigmatic Justin Peck’s Cap

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:45:44 GMT

Amar Ramasar, far right, leads a male ensemble in the high-energy “Blow High, Blow Low” number.Mr. Peck’s dances for the musical’s revival on Broadway are exuberantly executed, but, our critic says, they don’t stay with him.

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The Underworld Will Stop in London en Route to Broadway

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:00:04 GMT

Amber Gray and the cast of “Hadestown” in a production last year at the Citadel Theater in Edmonton, Alberta.The musical “Hadestown,” a new take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, will open on Broadway after a run at the National Theater in London.

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Table for Three: Passing the Torch: Denzel Washington and Michael B. Jordan

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:47:14 GMT

Michael B. Jordan (left) and Denzel Washington chat at the Lambs Club in Manhattan. When Mr. Jordan made his breakthrough in the movie “Fruitvale Station,” he was compared to a young Denzel Washington.Mr. Washington, next in “The Iceman Cometh” on Broadway, and Mr. Jordan, the “Black Panther” star, discuss their idols, black superheroes and #MeToo.

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London Theater Reviews: In ‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,’ a Pop Star’s Life as Victory Parade

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:32:03 GMT

The 2016 Tony nominee Adrienne Warren storms the London stage in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.”Two London stage productions bring some razzle dazzle to the city: a musical biography of Tina Turner and the return of “Chicago.”

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Review: Matthew Broderick Finds His Inner Satan in ‘The Seafarer’

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:00:05 GMT

Matthew Broderick, left, as Mr. Lockhart, and Andy Murray as Sharky, a man trying to stay away from the bottle, in Conor McPherson’s “The Seafarer.”In the Irish Repertory Theater’s solid revival of Conor McPherson’s Christmas classic, the Devil sits down for Yuletide wassail and a game of cards.

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Review: In ‘We Live by the Sea,’ a New Neighbor Disrupts the Routine

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:15:04 GMT

Alexandra Brain in “We Live by the Sea,” directed by Alex Howarth, at 59E59 Theaters.Two teenage sisters share a life where the extraordinary can be ordinary in this play directed by Alex Howarth.

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He’s the Producer. She’s the Talent. Who Owns the Hit Record?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:41:48 GMT

“I know what it’s like to be in a room with a rock star,” said Joe Penhall, whose new play “Mood Music” is about the recording industry.Joe Penhall’s new play, “Mood Music,” has real-world echoes in its story of a battle between a young singer-songwriter and her record producer.

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Get In Free if You’ll Wear a Swastika: A German Theater’s Provocation

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:14:05 GMT

“By breaking a taboo, one must bring back the debate,” said Christoph Nix, center, of Theater Konstanz.Producers said the symbols were crucial to a performance highlighting the dangers of fascism. But the opening-night offer has prompted complaints to the police.

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Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles to Host Tony Awards

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:07:26 GMT

Sara Bareilles as Mary in “Jesus Christ Superstar” live on NBC. She announced Wednesday that she would be cohosting the Tonys.The two, who recently made their own Broadway debuts, will host the ceremony on June 10; much of it will be broadcast on CBS.

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