2018-19 Broadway/Off-Broadway Season

2018-19 Broadway/Off-Broadway Season Forecast

By: David Sheward

June 22, 2018:  The Tony Awards have been handed out and the 2017-18 New York theater season has drawn to a close. The big winners were The Band’s Visit and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Band swept the evening with a near-record ten wins including Best Musical (only two shows The Producers and Hamilton have won more). Harry Potter took six accolades including Best Play and most of the design categories. Because Band played Off-Broadway last season it was ineligible for all the other theater awards this season. The Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle went for SpongeBob SquarePants while the New York Drama Critics Circle opted to give no award for Best Musical. The NYDCC and Drama Desk skipped over Harry Potter to name Off-Broadway plays, Mary Jane and Admissions respectively, the best of the season.

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OBA Award Winners

Ceremony at Sardi’s honors 8th Annual Broadway Alliance award winners

June 20, 2018:  The Off-Broadway Alliance President, Peter Berger hosted a ceremony at Sardi’s where the winners of the 8th Annual OBA Awards were presented with their awards. Peter was joined by Jo Bonney, Andre de Shields, David Rabe, Carol Rosegg, and stars from winning productions including Harry Clarke’s Billy Crudup, The Government Inspector’s Michael Urie, Desperate Measures’ Lauren Molina, Peter Kellogg, David Friedman, Transfer’s Lucy Thurber and more to celebrate the 2017-2018 Off-Broadway season.

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War Of The Roses

Matt de Rogatis as Richard 111

AUSTIN PENDLETON DIRECTS AND ADAPTS WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III 

June 21, 2018:  Tony nominated theatre luminary Austin Pendleton directs and adapts a new stage version of Richard III, Shakespeare’s greatest villain, in WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III, which begins performances August 1st at the 124 Bank Street Theatre.  The play combines texts from William Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 3 and Richard III, to create a version, which has never been seen before.

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Tony Awards

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro, Donald Trump, and the Tony Awards

By: David Sheward

June 14, 2018:  It had been one of the better Tony Awards in recent memory. The hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles were funny and charming, and not the disastrous Kevin Spacey of the year before or the over used Neil Patrick Harris or Hugh Jackman. The pop duo even wrote their own original musical material. The numbers from the nominated musicals showcased their respective shows with wit and precision.

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Richard Hambleton at ACA

Richard Hambleton: Eternity on view June 14 through July 27, 2018

June 13, 20018:  ACA Galleries, 529 West 29th Street in the Gallery district hosted an opening reception for Richard Hambleton: Eternity , on view at ACA  June 14 through July 27, 2018. The exhibition showcases major paintings and works on paper from Hambleton’s two signature series – Shadowmen and Horse & Rider.  Widely considered the “Godfather of Street Art”, his contemporaries included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol.

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Live Out Loud

Leo Preziosi, Jr. (Founder /Executive Director Live Out Loud), Hailie Sahar, Nick Adams

17th Annual Young Trailblazers Gala honors Brent Miller of Proctor Gamble.

June 11, 2018:  Live Out Loud held the 17 Annual Trailblazers Gala hosted by Ariana DeBose, Tony nominated for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, on Monday at The Times Center in New York, where Broadway star, Nick Adams, was a special performer and Hailie Sahar, from FX’s Pose, was a special guest presenter.

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Bruce Springsteen @ Tony Awards

Bruce Springsteen will make a rare television appearance at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, when he takes the stage to perform live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS on Sunday, June 10th, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay).

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Cirque du Soleil ‘s Volta 

Cirque du Soleil ‘s Volta Pitches Tent in Long Island
May 17 – July 1

By: Ellis Nassour

May 16, 2018:  The new big top show from international entertainment behemoth Cirque du Soleil, Volta, with an energy-jolting focus on space-age extreme sports, plays Long Island May 17 – July 1. Its new eco-friendly white and grey “grand chapiteau” has risen adjacent to NYCB Live/Nassau Veterans Coliseum in Uniondale. The show is so colossal it took 16 creators to assemble it.

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Me and My Girl

Laura Michelle Kelly, Christian Borle

Five Reasons Encores!’ Me and My Girl Is Ripe for Broadway

By: Iris Wiener

May 13, 2018:   A throwback to old musicals with extraordinary humor and wit (albeit slightly anti-feminist), the New York City Center Encores! production of Me and My Girl is delightful at all turns. Here are just a few of the reasons the criminally short-lived show is so very much deserving of an extravagant, lengthy run on Broadway.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Five Reasons Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two Transcends Traditional Theatre

By Iris Wiener

May 12, 2018:  According to Harry Potter’s one-time foil and adversary, Draco Malfoy, “People say parenting is the hardest job in the world. It isn’t. Growing up is.” With the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, New York audiences are at the very least reminded that they don’t ever have to grow up (entirely, at least), and that the magic of theatre can help to keep the imagination youthful and alive. Because the production is so phenomenal in part due to its well-kept secrets, here we recognize only a few of many reasons the show is a profound experience. (Warning: Wizarding jargon ahead!)

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Frances Ruffelle

Frances Ruffelle

May 10, 2018: Frances Ruffelle is once again bringing her one-woman show FRANCES RUFFELLE LIVE(S) IN NY to the Greenroom 42 on May 20,  2018 at 7pm.  Ms. Ruffelle originated the role of Eponine in Les Miserables. Frances sat down at the famed Lambs Club and talked about her show and  stage  roles she had created.
Video: Magda Katz

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2018 Lucille Lortel Awards

May 7, 2018: The 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement of Off-Broadway were awarded in 19 categories at NYU Skirball Center. Hosted by Laura Benanti and Jason Jones, the Off-Broadway League event served as a benefit for The Actors Fund. Eve Ensler was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Michael Freidman will be posthumously inducted onto the famed Playwrights’ Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel  Theatre on Christopher Street. WP Theater will be awarded as an institution for their Outstanding Body of Work.

The 2018 Lucille Lortel Winners Are……..

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Outer Critics Circle Winners

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced today its award winners for the 2017-18 season in 27 categories.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Tops Win List with 6 Awards! Followed by “My Fair Lady” with 5 Awards, “SpongeBob SquarePants” with 4 Awards, “Angels in America” & “Carousel” with 3 Awards Each! 

May 7, 2018:  Broadway stars Jenn Colella, Jim Dale, Christine Ebersole and Martha Plimpton will serve as gala award presenters at the upcoming 68th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony on May 24th (3PM) at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

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Moniker Art Fair

By:Janet Lehr

May 4, 2018: Art is Forever…and Moniker Art Fair is just two Ferries from Frieze, at 73 West Street, in the historic “Greenpoint” neighborhood of Brooklyn. For ‘landlubbers’, connect between Fairs using VIA, the most flexible option.

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Indivisible: Liberty and Justice for Who?

A SHOW ABOUT THE STATE OF OUR DEMOCRACY:

May 5, 2018:  Indivisible, written and performed by the cast, examines the political state of our nation and its epidemic of xenophobia, sexism, and racism. Indivisible asks the question: What can we do to create a nation that provides liberty and justice for us all?

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