Paris – City of Lights

Paris: Splendors of the City of Lights and Amour

By: Ellis Nassour

Paris – City of Lights: it’s called this because Paris was one of the first cities to become fully electrified. It’s called City of Amour because, well, simply put, the French know something about amour. Any visitor leaves forever remembering the sites – and the sites in the night lights.

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Harlem Rep Presents Jamaica

Harlem Rep Presents 60th Anniversary Production of Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, and Fred Saidy’s Jamaica

 By: Ellis Nassour

The Harlem Repertory Theatre, under the direction of founding artistic director Keith Lee Grant, presents a rare revival of Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, and Fred Saidy’s colorful musical Jamaica, for 17 Saturday evening performances from July 29th – March 24th at the Tato Laviera Theatre (240 East 123rd Street).

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2017 Tony Awards

2017 Tony Awards: Kevin, Bette, Christine, James Earl, Patti, and Stars Galore and Much More –  Sunday, Live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall

By: Ellis Nassour

The 71st annual Tony Awards, presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will have enough star power to light not only 50th Street and Avenue of the Americas but also all of Times Square. The Award will be telecast live on Sunday over three hours from Radio City Music Hall from 8 -11 P.M. (ET/PT time delay) on CBS. Like last year, there will be a lot of social media action throughout the program.

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Broadway Goes to the Beach for 2017-18

The Spongebob Musical Credit: Joan Marcus

By: David Sheward

Broadway is headed to the beach for the 2017-18 season. Two new musicals with seaside settings, The Spongebob Musical and Escape to Margaritaville, have just announced definite dates for the fall. The Spongebob Musical, based on Spongebob Squarepants, the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series, will wash up at the Palace Theatre for previews beginning Nov. 6 before it officially docks for a Dec. 4 opening.

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More Critical Shrinking: Rex Reed Out at the Observer

By: David Sheward

Just as Trump has pulled out of the Paris climate change accords, New York-based media is pulling out of theater coverage. As I have noted in previous blogs, print and web outlets are cutting back on stage critics or eliminating them altogether. Someone on Facebook said being a theater critic these days is like being in a long, slow version of Ten Little Indians, the Agatha Christie murder mystery where guests on an isolated island are picked off one by one. Rex Reed, the longtime film critic of the New York Observer,

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Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

BroadwayHD will live stream delightful Of-Broadway musical

BroadwayHD will live stream the Off-Broadway New York premiere of Ernest Shackleton Loves Me on June 7 at 8 PM EDT with a pre-show feature featuring interviews with the cast and creative team beginning at 7:45 PM. The charming new musical is currently playing the Tony Kiser Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street, through June 11, 2017, and can be seen on BroadwayHD.com for an on-demand encore until June 24.

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2017 Tony and Drama Desk Award Predictions

Dear Evan Hansen with Ben Platt will clean up at the Tonys, but is ineligible for Drama Desks. Credit: Matthew Murphy

By: David Sheward

Usually the results of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards are pretty much the same, even though the Tonys are only for Broadway shows and the DDs combine on and Off-Broadway. The 120 or so DD voters, a group of theater critics, reporters, and editors, usually vote for Broadway with occasional departures for Off-Broadway hits such as Hamilton when it played the Public.

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Take Broadway Home!

Take Broadway Home! – Tony and Drama Desk Nominated Musicals; and from Off Broadway and the West End, Too

 By: Ellis Nassour

How many of these shows have you seen?  There are tickets available for most. However, if seeing is not in the picture, hearing certainly is. The featured original cast albums of the season’s new shows allow you to enjoy the experience of shows you’ve seen or whet your appetite for those you hope to see.

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Ticket Resales

Desperate to See Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Hello Dolly!?  Be Prepared to be Ripped Off By Sites Reselling Tickets

By: Ellis Nassour

This rip-off business of some theater ticket sites selling “resale tickets” at outrageous prices by “bots” is now illegal; but the resale of tickets purchased by individuals at posted box offices prices to sites for enormous mark-ups, appears to be legal. Both practices are highway robbery. Interestingly, though this moneymaking scheme creates a great loss for producers, they have done nothing to stop sites from individual ticket reselling.

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The Best of the Rest

Beth Behrs, Lisa Emery, Jacqueline Sydney, Erik Lochtefeld in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City” Photo: Mathew Murphy

By: Iris Wiener

With the 2016-2017 award season coming to a close, we thought it an apt moment to give honorable mentions to some of the Off-Broadway work that didn’t receive recognition. Here are some of our favorites that were overlooked:

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A Hunger Artist

Sinking Ship Productions Presents Jonathan Levin in Rare Revival of Kafka’s A Hunger Artist

By: Ellis Nassour

A man sits alone in a cage, starving himself for your entertainment. That’s the premise of the all-but-forgotten Kafka opus A Hunger Artist, based on his 1922 short story. You’ll have the rare opportunity to experience its uniqueness with Joshua William Gelb’s production at the Connelly Theatre (220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B) June 1-27.

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Callen-Lorde Benefit

Stars and NYC Nightlife Denizens Gather May 22 to Skewer Journalist Michael Musto for Callen-Lorde Health Center in Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back

By: Ellis Nassour

Beware, Michael Musto: It’s payback time! Remember the gossip you wrote about so-and-so and so-and-so? That roster of all-in-good-fun [actually – not always!] items is much too long to recount. Now, the tables will be turned, and the spit will be spinning over hot coals as media and stage stars and denizens of NYC nightlife gather to roast nightlife king, TV personality, and author Musto.

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Theatre World Awards

73rd  Annual Theatre World Award Honorees Announced
for June 5. Glenn Close to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor

By: Ellis Nassour

The annual Theatre World Awards (TWA) is one of the most anticipated events of theater season’s end – and one of immense joy as actors – young to older – making their Broadway debuts are honored for their standout performances. In what has become an often touching tradition, 12 previous winners serve as presenters, and often relive moments from past ceremonies and share tales rarely heard at award shows.

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The Boy Who Danced on Air

Hit San Diego Musical The Boy Who Danced on Air to Be a First For Off Broadway’s Abingdon Theatre

By: Ellis Nassour

Following its successful run in San Diego, the musical The Boy Who Danced on Air, a modern-day love story set in rural Afghanistan, which one critic termed “An absolute must for lovers of new musical theater at its most innovative and exhilarating,” will become the first musical presented at New York’s Abingdon Theatre Company.

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