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Putting Out the Broadway Welcome Mat in Song

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:03:31 GMT

Alan Cumming, center, as the M.C., performing the “Willkommen” number in the musical “Cabaret.”These days, once you take your seat, the performers thank you for being there and let you know what to expect. In rhyme!

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Review: In ‘The Children,’ the Waters Rise and a Reckoning Comes Due

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:52:06 GMT

Deborah Findlay and Ron Cook as married physicists visited by a former colleague in Lucy Kirkwood’s play “The Children.”In Lucy Kirkwood’s chilling play, the meltdown of a nuclear power plant is not just an environmental crisis, but an existential one.

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He Was a Snob About Musicals. Then He Tried Out to Play Hamilton.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:00:16 GMT

Barely a year out of drama school, Jamael Westman was cast in the title role of “Hamilton,” which has begun performances in London.The 25-year-old Londoner Jamael Westman has definitely come around, now that he’s starring in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop smash.

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Review: ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ Is a Holiday Treat Worth Savoring

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:27:44 GMT

Matt Roper, as Silly Simon, in the Abron Arts Center production of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”The British panto tradition finds a welcoming home on the Lower East Side.

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London Theater Reviews: The Paranormal Turns Pedantic in ‘The Twilight Zone’ Adaptation

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:14:14 GMT

The cast of “The Twilight Zone,” directed by Richard Jones at the Almeida Theater in London.This mash-up of eight stories from the TV series, refashioned for the stage, wears its tendency to lecture like a misplaced badge of honor.

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An Unexpected New Stop on the Road to Broadway: Edmonton

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:16:55 GMT

Foreground, from left: Vance Avery, Tara Jackson, Reeve Carney, Hal Wesley Rogers and Andrew Broderick in “Hadestown” at the Citadel Theater.Smaller and out-of-the-way theaters are increasingly presenting musicals angling for the big time. For the creators of “Hadestown,” the path veered way north.

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Review: Detoured From ‘La La Land’ for a Comic Stop in ‘Boulder City’

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:14:02 GMT

Jimmy Fowlie, as Emma Stone’s character in “La La Land,” heading west for the big time in “So Long Boulder City” at SubCulture in Manhattan.Jimmy Fowlie’s one-man show satirizes the struggling, self-involved actress played by Emma Stone in the movie.

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Review: In This ‘Cruel Intentions,’ High School Schemers Sing the Best of the ’90s

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:45:14 GMT

Lauren Zakrin portrays a manipulative teen queen with a taste for goth fashion in “Cruel Intentions — The ’90s Musical Experience.”The choice lines and the soundtrack hits are there in this enjoyable adaptation of the movie. Now it’s time to make a full-fledged show out of a quasi concert.

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Review: In ‘Today Is My Birthday,’ Love Is a Butt Dial

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:17:39 GMT

Susan Soon He Stanton’s new play uses only audio interactions, from voice mail to intercom, to tell a story about the breakdown of intimacy.

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‘He’s All Impulse’: Making Disney’s ‘Pinocchio’ Naughty Onstage

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:30:18 GMT

Joe Idris-Roberts, center, as the title character in “Pinocchio,” a National Theater adaptation of the animated Disney movie.The National Theater’s adaptation of this animated classic adds more music and mischievousness — all in the hands of the director of the new Harry Potter show.

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Review: Finding Serenity in a Tempest-Tossed ‘Twelfth Night’

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:45:26 GMT

From left, Jessie Austrian as Olivia, Emily Young as Viola and Noah Brody as Orsino in the Fiasco Theater’s “Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” at the Classic Stage Company.Fiasco Theater’s agreeable production of a much-performed play finds the clarity in a comedy of confusion.

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In a Play, Rafael Nadal Inhabits a New Role: Gay Icon

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:07:35 GMT

Juan Arturo, left, playing a fictional version of Rafael Nadal in “The Rafa Play,” with Olli Haaskivi, who plays a fictional version of the playwright Peter-Gil Sheridan. In the play, Gil-Sheridan imagines a romance with Nadal.Peter Gil-Sheridan, a gay playwright, imagines a love affair with Nadal in “The Rafa Play,” which ends its run in New York on Saturday.

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What’s New in NYC Theater

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:43:29 GMT

Billy Crudup in “Harry Clarke.” See listing below.Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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London Cancellation of Play About Abuse of Power Draws Criticism

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:06:21 GMT

Max Stafford-Clark, who was a co-director of a production of “Rita, Sue and Bob Too” that was slated for a short run at the Royal Court Theater in January.The Royal Court Theater has pulled a staging of “Rita, Sue and Bob Too” after allegations of misconduct by its co-director emerged.

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Chrissy Metz Will Make Her Stage Debut in ‘Fat Pig’

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:14:17 GMT

Chrissy Metz will take on the role of Helen in Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig,” who is mocked relentlessly by her boyfriend’s colleagues.The Emmy-nominated actress from “This is Us” has been cast in an updated version of Neil LaBute’s play.

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‘The Season of Womyn’ Is Coming to the Flea Theater

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:56:47 GMT

The Flea Theater’s upcoming season will include a play about heartbreak and a musical parody of women’s prison dramas.The nonprofit theater in TriBeCa will offer three world premieres in its coming season, starting with a new play by Steph Del Rosso on Jan. 22.

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‘M. Butterfly’ Will Close This Sunday on Broadway

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:37:25 GMT

A scene from “M. Butterfly” at the Cort Theater, which will close on Sunday.The revival, directed by Julie Taymor and starring Clive Owen, failed to draw an audience and will end its run even earlier than expected.

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‘Head Over Heels’ Sets Sights on Broadway, After San Francisco

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:00:13 GMT

From left, Tala Ashe, John Tufts and Britney Simpson in “Head Over Heels” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015.The musical, which marries a 16th-century romance with the songs of the Go-Go’s, had its first production in 2015.

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Celebrating Barbara Cook’s Life With Songs and Stories

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:44:56 GMT

Barbara Cook performing at her 85th birthday concert at Carnegie Hall in 2012.“A Tribute to Barbara Cook” will honor her life and work with a night of songs, stories and speeches on Dec. 18. Ms. Cook died this year at age 89.

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Review: A Gothic Tennessee Williams Mash-Up in ‘Glass Guignol’

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:51:00 GMT

Greg Mehrten and Maude Mitchell in “Glass Guignol: The Brother and Sister Play,” which stitches together various Tennessee Williams works, including “The Glass Menagerie” and “The Two-Character Play.”The venerable experimental troupe Mabou Mines incorporates “Frankenstein,” fetishwear and puppetry in excavating the playwright’s obsessions.

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Your Week in Culture: Thom Yorke, JCVD, ‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:00:18 GMT

Thom Yorke will perform a rare solo set at the Day for Night festival in Houston this month.Also the week of Dec. 10: Nicholas Nixon’s “Brown Sisters” portraits in Boston; Merce Cunningham alumni in Brooklyn.

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