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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Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

Award-winning Improvisers Star in Unscripted Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

By: Ellis Nassour

May 29,2019: Right Angle Entertainment (currently, The Office: A Musical Parody) is presenting the troupe of award-winning and celebrated improvisers and their revival of the Off Off Broadway hit Broadway’s Next Hit Musical at the Jerry Orbach Theatre (1627 Broadway at 50th Street, elevator entrance) four Thursdays through June 27 at 7:30.

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Lone Star

May 23, 2019: Back by popular demand, the acclaimed revival of James McLure’s comedy LONE STAR begins performances Thursday, June 6th at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre (50 W 13th St- between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) for eight performances only: June 6th, June 7th, June 8th, June 13th, June 14th and June 15th at 7:30 pm with matinees on June 9th and June 16th at 3:00 pm.

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64th Annual Obie Awards

David Henry Wang, Heather Hitchens

(May 20, 2019: The American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President and CEO) and The Village Voice (Peter Barbey, President and CEO) announced the winners of the 64th Annual Obie Awards®. Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me, produced by New York Theatre Workshop, received the Obie Award for Best New American Play, which was accompanied by a $1,000 prize. Artistic Director of New York Theatre Workshop, James C. Nicola, and Artistic Director and founder of Theatre For A New Audience, Jeffrey Horowitz received a special Obie Awards for Lifetime Achievement. Golden Globe® winning “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” creator and star Rachel Bloom hosted this year’s ceremony, which was held at Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street). A complete list of the awards is listed below.

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The York Theatre Company

Entertaining Revival of Enter Laughing: The Musical opens 50th Anniversary Season at The York.

May 17, 2019: A loving revival of Enter Laughing: The Musical, The York Theatre Company’s 2009 hit Off-Broadway show with music and lyrics by Stan Daniels, opened Thursday evening. The pitch-perfect staging by York veteran, Stuart Ross features top-notch musical direction and choreography by Phil Reno and  Jennifer Paulson-Lee, respectively.

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2019 OCC Winners

Hadestown wins 6 Awards including Outstanding Musical and The Ferryman named Outstanding Play.

May 13, 2019: Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre, announced today its award winners for the 2018-19 season in 27 categories.

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