Halloween Fun from BroadwayHD

Night of the Living Dead in its London debut is available on BroadwayHD beginning October 29 just in time for Halloween.

October 27, 2020: BroadwayHD is celebrating Halloween with a collection of horror titles that will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! The include Night of the Living Dead™Live!, Toxic Avenger, Ibsen’s Ghosts, Ruthless, and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet.   

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Presents the Fourth and Final Episode of their all Free Radio Plays William Shakespeare’s The Tempest

October 21, 2020: West End vets have teamed up with Broadway and Hollywood stalwarts for the fourth and final episode of the all-free radio play production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest which airs Thursday, October 22nd at 7PM EST. Transcribed from Shakespeare’s original first folio of works having just sold at Christie’s for nearly $10 million dollars, this production of Jersey City’s Shakespeare@,  is adapted and directed by Artistic Director Sean Hagerty.

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Show Boat on BroadwayHD

San Francisco Opera, Showboat, Francesca Zambello

San Francisco Opera’s stunning production of Oscar Hammerstein & Jerome Kern’s renowned musical, Show Boat, debuts October 15th on BrodwayHD.

October 14, 2020— BroadwayHD, the premier streaming service for theater fans, announced that it will bring. the San Francisco Opera’s critically acclaimed 2014 performance of Show Boat exclusively to their platform.  This dynamic production of the iconic hit, directed by Francesca Zambello, will be available on the service beginning October 16.  Show Boat is only the latest addition to BroadwayHD’s expanding library of hit Richard Rodgers titles, many created with Oscar Hammerstein, including Oklahoma! Starring Hugh Jackman, The King and I and Carousel starring Kelli O’Hara.  This is also part of BroadwayHD’s ongoing effort to build a comprehensive library that includes beloved, well known titles in addition to new discoveries.

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The 2020 Tony Award Nominations

By: Ellis Nassour

October 15, 2020: For the first time in years, the Tony Awards Nominating Committee has expanded several of the acting categories. In another rare occurance, the Committee chose to only nominate one actor in the Leading Actor, Musical category. This might have taken Sean Allan Krill, who plays the father in Jagged Little Pill, a bit by surprise as it sure seems he’s in a Lead Actor Role and not a Featured Role.

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Tony Awards Announcement

James Monroe Iglehart Photo: Barry Gordin

October 15, 2020: Click Here for the Nominees

October 9, 2020: Tony Award Productions will announce the nominations for American Theatre Wing’s 74th Annual Tony Awards® on Thursday, October 15th. The Tony Awards Nominating Committee will meet to vote on this year’s nominations on Tuesday, October 13th. The nominations announcement will be hosted by Tony Award-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart on the official Tony Awards YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/tonyawards at 12:00 noon ET. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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The Panic Defense

October 13,2020: The Panic Defense, written and directed by Sam Affoumado, is a docudrama spotlighting the inequalities of the criminal justice system as it pertains to the staggering rise in hate crimes perpetrated against members of the LGBTQ+ community. The play was inspired by and loosely based on four characters who were victims of actual, hate-filled, murders.

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On This Day in New York Theater: October 11 in the 1920’s and 1930’s

By: Samuel L. Leiter

(No. 15 in the series)

October 11, 2020 After a several week hiatus, I’m finally digging my way out of a huge pile of suddenly accumulated personal responsibilities that have taken up more time than I would have liked. These forced me to postpone the next in my series of reports of what shows opened on specific dates over the course of the twenties, thirties, and forties, but I’m happy to be back with this survey in which I touch on close to 20 shows that opened on October 11. 

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Faith Ringgold: Ancestors & Antecedents

Installation view of ACA Galleries’s booth at Frieze London 2020.

ACA Galleries presents Faith Ringgold, with Ad Reinhardt, Jacob Lawrence, and Robert Gwathmey at the FREIZE viewing room through October 16.

October 11, 2020: ACA Galleries is presenting Faith Ringgold: Ancestors & Antecedents at the FREIZE viewing room now through October 16.The Frieze Masters, Main Sector features works by Faith Ringgold, with Ad Reinhardt, Jacob Lawrence, and Robert Gwathmey.

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Shakespeare@ Home Part 2

October 6, 2020: West End vets team up with Broadway and Hollywood stalwarts in the second episode of the all-free radio play production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest which airs Thursday, October 8th at 7PM EST. Produced by Jersey City’s Shakespeare@, the audio production is adapted and directed by Artistic Director Sean Hagerty, with original music and sound design, and is available to download and stream at no cost.

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Ghost Hunt: The Hall-Mills Double Homicide

Props master Ashley Basile paints a geocache for the Ghost Hunt project in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

By: Paulanne Simmons

September 28, 2020: In 2017, J.M. Meyer and Karen Alvarado, co-artistic directors of Thinkery and Verse, had a son. After some discussion, they decided to baptize him at The Church of St. John the Evangelist in New Brunswick, NJ. It was only after the event that the godparents informed them their son had been baptized at the “Murder Church.” Here’s the backstory.

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Shakespeare@ Home

September 23, 2020: West End vets team up with Broadway and Hollywood stalwarts in an all-free radio play production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, produced by Jersey City’s Shakespeare@. 

Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Sean Hagerty, with original music and sound design, the first episode of The Tempest launches Thursday, October 1st at 7PM and is free to download and stream. 

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BC/EFA Flea Market & Grand Auction Goes Online 9/20

By: Ellis Nassour 

September 19, 2020: Unique Flea Market finds, one-on-one video meet-and-greets with stars, stars, stars, and prized items and one-of-a-kind experiences will be available to Broadway fans everywhere when the annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auctiongoes live online for the first time Sunday, September 20, 2020 The event is produced by and benefits the multitude of programs of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS not only in New York but across the nation. 

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On This Day in New York Theater: September 12 in the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s

(No. 14 in the series)

By: Samuel L. Leiter

September 12, 2020: As readers of “On This Day in New York Theater” know, this series seeks to survey the most productive days for theatrical production for our inclusive decades. Our last installment having looked at August 31, we now rush into September, which, with summer’s heat gradually backing off and milder temperatures arriving, has always signaled a natural increase in the number of new openings. While that was true, overall, for the twenties, thirties, and forties, it wasn’t the mad rush of shows one might have expected. Still, September 12, the most prolific of days during those three decades, provides us with 17 openings, too many too cover here. Thus, what follows remains rooted in the twenties, with a brief overview at the end of the next two decades.

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BroadwayHD Debuts Happy Birthday Doug

Drew Droege

Hilarious Off-Broadway Comedy, Happy Birthday Doug, begins streaming on BroadwayHD September 24th

September 2, 2020:  BroadwayHD, the premier streaming service for theater fans, announced that they are bringing Happy Birthday Doug, from producer Michael Urie, exclusively to their platform. The hilarious hit comedy had a brief, but successful run at SoHo Playhouse that ended prematurely due to the Pandemic.  The acclaimed production was written and performed by Drew Droege (the Internet’s “Chloë,” “Drunk History,” “Bob’s Burgers,” RuPaul’s “AJ and the Queen” on Netflix) and directed by Tom DeTrinis.  The comedy was filmed during quarantine in an effort to bring theater to audiences during this unprecedented time. Jim Hansen directed and edited the film that was produced in association with Zach Laks.

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On This Day In New York Theater: August 31 in the 1920/s, 1930’s and 1940’s

By : Samuel L. Leiter

(No. 13 in the series)

August 31, 2020: A survey of the most active dates for theater openings in late August during the twenties, thirties, and forties turns our attention to the last three days of the month. As noted in previous installments of this column, August was the weakest of each season’s months during our focal decades, July being a close second. In fact, there were years, like 1938, 1939, and 1947, in which only one show opened in August; even more shockingly, not a single August show opened in 1940, 1941, 1945, or 1946. Wherever people were spending their sizzling summers—traveling, the country, or the beach—it wasn’t at un-air-conditioned theaters. 

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