Broadway’s 2019 Fall Season

Broadway’s 2019 Fall Season – Bigger Than Ever — Is Off to a Roarin’ Start —  Headlining Acclaimed Stars, Playwrights, and Directors

By: Ellis Nassour

September 27, 2019: There’s something new or old due any day. Wait! No, it’s already here. Broadway’s 2019-2020 Season leaped out of the gate no sooner than the 2018-2019 season ended, even before the Tony Awards. And now you can contemplate all the new and revived works coming or, actually already here, on Broadway this Fall with stellar casts, writers, and directors. 

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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

A New Side to West Side Story?

September 24, 2019: Theater lovers have been and should be delighted that West Side Story is once again being revived on Broadway. The production, directed by Ivo van Hoveand featuring all-new choreography by “Belgian modern dance luminary” De Keersmaeker, will officially open Feb 6, 2020. And already we are being told by producer Scott Rudin “This is not like any West Side Story anybody has seen.”

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Broadway Back To School Gala

Chita Rivera


September 23, 2019: Broadway legend Chita Rivera, Tony Award winners Laura BenantiGavin Creel, and Celia Keenan-Bolger, Tony nominees Hunter Bell, John Cariani, and Megan Hilty, Broadway stars J. Harrison Ghee, and Will Pullen, tap dancer Evan Ruggiero, and honorees (and Tony winners) Marc Shaimanand Scott Wittman, and more celebrated the Fifth Annual Broadway Back To School Gala @ The Edison Ballroom in NYC.

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2019-20 Broadway Update: Creative Casting

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick will star in a revival of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite”

By: David Sheward

September 15, 2019: Creative casting distinguishes two new Broadway productions. Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker are not the first two stars that come to mind when thinking of leads for Neil Simon’s 1968 three-part comedy Plaza Suite. The real-life couple are comedic talents but they’re not exactly versatile.

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ACA Galleries

Music is the Message: 20th Century Paintings and Drawings on view through October 5.

September 6, 2019: ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street in the Chelsea Gallery district, hosted an opening reception for Music is the Message: 20th Century Paintings and Drawings. Featured artists included Romare Bearden Philip Evergood Robert Gwathmey Luis Jimenez Jack Levine James McGarrell Francis Luis Mora Irene Hardwicke Olivieri Joseph Peller Faith Ringgold and others. The exhibition, which consists of works form the ACA inventory, is truly spectacular and will be on view through October 5, 2019.

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2019-20 Broadway, Off Broadway Updates


2019-20 Broadway and Off-Broadway Update: LSD, Cary Grant, Princess Di, and Barry Manilow

By: David Sheward

August 22, 2019: As the summer dwindles down, the number of announcements for the upcoming Broadway and Off-Broadway season begins to pick up in volume. In the past few weeks, eight new shows have been confirmed for Broadway runs plus a number of Off-Broadway productions have been released or we’ve gotten more information on casting and dates.

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Rendezvous with Marlene

Ute Lemper

Preview: Ute Lemper’s Rendezvous with Marlene

By: Paulanne Simmons

August 22, 2019: This September, internationally renowned singer and actress Ute Lemper will perform her solo show, Rendezvous with Marlene, five nights at The York Theatre. But the beginnings of that show go back thirty years. The story includes Lemper’s fascination with the music of the Weimar Republic and her admiration for one of its greatest composers, Kurt Weill.

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Harold Prince RIP


July 31, 2019: The Broadway community mourns the loss of prolific producer, director, writer, and the individual recipient of the most Tony Awards® in multiple categories in history, Harold Prince, who passed away on July 31, 2019 at age 91. To commemorate his life and work, the Committee of Theater Owners will dim the lights of Broadway theaters in New York for one minute on Wednesday, July 31 at exactly 7:45pm

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2019-20 Broadway/Off-Broadway Updates

Mark Murphey, Jack Willis as LBJ and Peter Frechette in The Great Society at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Credit: Jenny Graham

By: David Sheward

July 28, 2019: Since the last update, new on and Off-Broadway productions for 2019-20 have been announced, plus several Off-Broadway theater companies have revealed their seasons. In the past including these theaters’ rosters has been a challenge since they seldom have booked specific opening dates, only the beginning of previews. In order to give as complete a calendar of the New York theater season as possible, starting preview dates are listed when no opening date has been announced.

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2019-20 Broadway Season Forecast

By: David Sheward

July is here and that means the 2018-19 Broadway season is officially done with and the next one is underway. Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, the revival of Terrence McNally’s 1988 two-hander, was the first official production of the season, opening in May.

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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

Playwrights and Politics

June 28, 2019: In “George Orwell’s Unheeded Warning,” George Packer’s insightful review of a new biography of the English writer in the July Atlantic, Packer states, “Unfreedom today is voluntary” and the acceptance of “contradictions that are the essence of doublethink” can be seen on both the right and the left. His example of this phenomenon among progressives is especially interesting to theatergoers.

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Broadway SIngs For Pride

Emmy Winner Susan Lucci & Broadway’s Best will headline “Fearless” NYC Pride Event! Tony Winner Cady Huffman, Hamilton Alum “Drag Race”, more!

On Monday, June 24, 2019, award-winning non-profit Broadway Sings for Pride will premiere their 9th annual Pride charity concert event. Emmy award-winner Susan Lucci will join a bevy of performers from stage, screen and sports to celebrate LGBTQIA Pride, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion!  The night will include appearances by Tony Winner Cady Huffman, Broadway favorite Telly Leung, RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Yuhua Hamasaki and more to kickoff PRIDE Week in New York City!  

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List / 2019 Tony Award Winners

Anais Mitchell Best Original Score (Music and / Or Lyrics) Written For The Theatre “Hadestown”

June 9, 2019: Winners of the 2019 Tony Awards, where Hadestown dominated the evening winning 8 awards, including Best Musical; The Ferryman was named Best Play.

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Tony Honors Cocktail Party

Adam Driver, Robin Dearden, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Rosemary Treado


June 4, 2019: The Tony Awards held its annual Tony Honors Cocktail Reception at the Sofitel New York. This year’s Tony nominees gathered to celebrate recipients of the 2019 Special Tony Awards and Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre. The evening opened with a moving performance by Broadway Inspirational Voices.

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Theatre World Awards

75th Annual Theatre World Award Honorees Announced. Nathan Lane Receives John Willis Lifetime Achievement Honor

By:  Ellis Nassour

June 4, 2019: Well, there are Tony’s, the blacktie gala event to honor Broadway shows and creatives, but undoubtedly the awards most looked forward to are the TWAs – the Theatre World Awards, and not just because of the after party at the Copacabana. It’s one of the most anticipated events of end-of-theater season because of the joy of seeing established stars – most former TWA honorees, come to the stage and honoring in glowing and, more often than not, hilarious terms actors – young to older – standing out in their  Broadway and Off Broadway debuts.

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