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Review: ‘Frozen’ Hits Broadway With a Little Magic and Some Icy Patches

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:00:38 GMT

Caissie Levy wears the pants as Elsa in “Frozen,” the stage adaptation of the hit animated film.The neurotic stage musical adaptation of the animated blockbuster raises questions about how Disney transforms its biggest hits.

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Chris Evans, a.k.a. Captain America, Comes Back Down to Earth

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:50:41 GMT

“People don’t recognize me at all,” Chris Evans said of the mustache he’s grown for his “Lobby Hero” role. “It’s like I’m invisible.”Why the linchpin of Marvel’s “Avengers” movies — and walking image of American fortitude — is giving it all up to play a villain on Broadway (and learn to tap dance).

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Review: Divine Decadence Revisited in ‘Grand Hotel’

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:43:23 GMT

Irina Dvorovenko as an aging ballerina and James Snyder as an aristocratic thief in the Encores! production of “Grand Hotel” at City Center.This sumptuous if uninvolving Encores! production invites you to wallow with the beautiful and damned in old Berlin.

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Making Magic Out of Thin Air

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:21:05 GMT

Christina Gelsone, left, and Seth Bloom, a duo known as Acrobuffos, during a performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.How do married clowns make wordless wizardry with balloons, umbrellas, packing peanuts and fabric? Turn on those electric fans.

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Sammy Williams, Tony Winner in ‘A Chorus Line,’ Dies at 69

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:18:36 GMT

Sammy Williams, right, with other 1976 Tony Award winners during the presentation ceremony at the Shubert Theater. The others, from left, are Edward Herrmann (“Mrs. Warren’s Profession”), Carole Bishop (“A Chorus Line”) and Shirley Knight (“Kennedy’s Children”).As a tormented young gay man aspiring to be a Broadway dancer, he delivered a wrenching monologue. But his career soon took a downturn.

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Bruce Springsteen Signs Up for More Time on Broadway

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:10:34 GMT

“Springsteen on Broadway” is largely a solo show, though the singer’s wife Patti Scialfa joins him for two songs.His solo show will run through Dec. 15, but tickets are available only to those who tried to get them earlier.

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Review: In the Mood for ‘Prurience’? Speak Up

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:20:09 GMT

Christopher Green (in baseball cap) leads a self-help session for pornography addicts in the immersive show “Prurience,” which turns actors and ticket-buyers into members of the group.At this encounter group, the porn addict to your right or left may be an actor. If only the show’s creators had more self-control.

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London Theater Reviews: Double, Double: Two Troublesome Takes on ‘Macbeth’

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:51:47 GMT

Christopher Eccleston in “Macbeth” by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.Why is “the Scottish play” so hard to get right? Two productions in Britain show why Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy is also his trickiest.

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Oleg Tabakov, Revered Russian Actor and Teacher, Is Dead at 82

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:04:36 GMT

Oleg Tabakov, whose film career spanned six decades, in 2010. He also was an actor and director at the Moscow Art Theater and led its theater school.Mr. Tabakov was well known for scores of films, but his biggest impact was in the theater, as an actor, director and mentor of future stars.

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We Asked 7 Lawyers to Untangle the Broadway Fight Over ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:33:10 GMT

Gregory Peck, left, who played Atticus Finch, meets with the author Harper Lee in 1962 when the film version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” was released.Here is how our panel of lawyers looked at key issues in a lawsuit over Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel.

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Basil Twist’s Fantastic Feathered World (With Tinsel and Berlioz)

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:51:10 GMT

A submerged feather.The musical puppetry of Mr. Twist’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” returning to HERE for a three-month run, blurs the line between eye and ear.

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Works in Progress: The Actor Incorporates

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:21:39 GMT

James Yaegashi chose to incorporate, but “in a year or two, things may look very different,” he said.Anticipating the new tax law — which gets rid of deductible expenses — actors are looking into becoming corporations.

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17 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:00:08 GMT

Terrence Mann as Jerry Springer in “Jerry Springer — The Opera,” which closes April 1. When the New Group extended the musical’s run, Matt McGrath replaced Mr. Mann, who had to fulfill a previous obligation.Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano to Star in ‘True West’ on Broadway

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:03:37 GMT

Ethan Hawke, who will be starting in a Sam Shepard play, directed an Off Broadway production of Mr. Shepard’s “A Lie of the Mind” in 2010.Roundabout Theater Company announced Tuesday that its new production of “True West” will begin previews in December at the American Airlines Theater.

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Review: ‘Distant Observer’ Shifts Shape as Authors Take Turns

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:45:21 GMT

From left, Kyle Griffiths, Claire Buckingham and Samuel Im in “Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence,” Reality and identity are mutable things in “Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence,” by Takeshi Kawamura and John Jesurun, at La MaMa.

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Goes From Stage to Page

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:54:15 GMT

The musical "Dear Evan Hansen" at the Music Box Theater.In an inversion of the usual adaptation process, the creators of the hit musical are releasing a novel based on the play.

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Review: ‘Old Stock,’ an Immigrant Love Story Set to Klezmer

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:37:58 GMT

The singer-songwriter Ben Caplan narrates “Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story,” which runs through April 22 at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan.In this spry and winning show, a Canadian playwright links the story of her great-grandparents to the refugee crisis of the present.

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Review: ‘Leonora and Alejandro’ and One Rather Trippy Encounter

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:27:27 GMT

Amanda Miller as the Pajaro and Jennifer Johnson as Leonora Carrington, with Carlos Uriona as Alejandro Jodorowsky in the shadows, in “Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro,” at Montclair State University.A new show draws on the art and writings of Leonora Carrington and Alejandro Jodorowsky, and gives viewers a peek into an expansive world.

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On Comedy: Introducing a Major New Voice in Comedy (Who Also Attacks Comedy)

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:48:36 GMT

Hannah Gadsby in a scene from her SoHo Playhouse show, “Nanette.”The Australian stand-up Hannah Gadsby examines a culture that excuses abuse and takes on comedy’s pieties. Laughter is not good medicine, in her view.

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Mighty Women Warriors, Resurrected From an Ancient Epic

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:09:51 GMT

A rehearsal of “Forty Girls” in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The musical retells an ancient epic of female warriors in Central Asia who resisted male invaders, fighting to the death rather than submit to the victors.The new telling of “Forty Girls,” which mixes video, songs and traditional and modern music, is a bold departure for a Muslim country, especially Uzbekistan.

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Review: Hopscotching Between Worlds in ‘My Dear Brooklyn’

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 01:45:06 GMT

Modesto Jimenez checking in with his mother on FaceTime in “¡Oye! For My Dear Brooklyn.”In an overstuffed one-man show, Modesto Jimenez recalls a personal journey that includes gang life, a liberal-arts college and experimental theater.

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Review: In ‘The Wholehearted,’ Old Wounds Feel Angry and New

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:00:06 GMT

Suli Holum as Dee, a champion boxer, in “The Wholehearted.”A boxing champ who survived an attempt on her life prepares to seek revenge in this multimedia play at Abrons Arts Center.

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