London’s West End 42nd Street

London’s West End Gives the 42nd Street Danceathon Revival a Five-Star Welcome

By: Ellis Nassour

The billboards all over London have it right: 42nd Street, “Broadway’s biggest show on London’s biggest stage.” The lavish revival at the historic (1812) Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it premiered in 1984, winning the Olivier for Best Musical, has been given a royal welcome not only by critics and audiences but also by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

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Theater in London – Part One

Theater in London: Home-grown Classics; Broadway Drama, Comedy, Musicals, and Epics

By: Ellis Nassour  

Many are aware of Shakespeare’s works and his Globe, first built in 1599 for the opening of the Bard’s Henry V. However, maybe not as many know of the Rose “playhouse” on London’s Bankside. It’s where for over 50 years, during the reigns of Elizabeth I, James I, and Charles I, an early theatreland thrived – from the 1570s to the closure of theatres in 1642, with the outbreak of civil war..

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Theater in London – Part Two

Theater in London: Home-grown Classics; Broadway Drama, Comedy, Musicals, and Epics

By: Ellis Nassour

American theatrical footprints are all over London theater – just as West End footprints are all over Broadway.

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Olivier Awards

Olivier Awards: Top Prizes Go to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Groundhog Day

By: Ellis Nassour

Going in, U.K.’s Olivier Awards, handed out yesterday at London’s Royal Albert Hall, looked to be a Harry Potter-dominated affair. It turned out to be true. On the West End’s biggest theater occasion, John Tiffany’s smash two-part production of J.K. Rowling’s book Harry Potter and the Curse Child led the pack with a record-breaking 11 nominations. It won nine: Best New Play, Director, Best Actor – Jamie Parker, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Costumes, Design, Lighting, and Sound.

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American Musicals Dominate London

American Musicals Dominate London’s West End
By: 
Ellis Nassour

Broadway is big business on London’s West End, and not just because of U.S. and Asian tourists. Soon there’ll be 11 musicals which originated here.

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Drama Desk Awards

Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti (She Loves Me, Gypsy) and Javier Muñoz (Hamilton, In the Heights) will announce the nominations for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 W. 54th Street), announced by Charles Wright, Drama Desk President and  Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania.com.

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Patsy Cline

PBS/THIRTEEN’s American Masters: Patsy Cline

By: Beau Jared 

The legendary country and pop star of the late 50s and early 60s has finally gotten a quasi-good biography in the form of PBS/THIRTEEN’s American Masters: Patsy Cline, which premiers on March 4, to kick off Women’s History Month. Marks the 43rd Anniversary of Cline’s death (March 5, in a plane crash and the 85th anniversary of Cline’s birth (September 8, 1932).

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The Strangest

The Strangest: Theatrical Event Invites Audiences to Experience Pre-Shakespeare Arabic Storytelling

By: Ellis Nassour

The Strangest is a unique theatrical event that invites audiences to experience centuries old lArabic storytelling that predates Shakespeare by entering a world theatergoers might never access. That’s particularly true now when it’s difficult for Arab artists to perform here.

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Theatre District Menu:

Theatre District Menu: Fresh, Tasty Five-Star Options

By: Ellis Nassour

Here are resources to help you find reliable, clean, and distinguished restaurants in and around the Theatre District that stress highest quality, friendly service, and use the freshest ingredients in traditional recipes. All have extensive wine lists, from affordable California and international vintages to, well, ones you might consider when you hit the Lottery. Both are great for before-and-after dinner and when you’re looking for a place to dine on a special occasion.

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Academy Awards

The Best of 2016 Vie for the Gold at the Very Diverse 89th Academy Awards Telecast Sunday on ABC

By Ellis Nassour

The 89th Academy Awards will telecast live from L.A.’s Dolby Theatre Sunday, hosted by late night’s Jimmy Kimmel and presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, recognizes excellence in cinematic achievements in the film industry as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. But … and there always is one … there’s the rub. 

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I’ll Eat You Last

Jodi Stevens Headlines as Sue Mengers in John Logan’s I’ll East You Last at Music Theatre of Connecticut

By: Ellis Nassour

John Logan’s biting, sometimes brutal eavesdrop into an evening at the home of Hollywood’s pioneering first female mega agent, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, will star Jodi Stevens as the much-feared and, at least to a coterie of, much-loved powerbroker. It runs February 24-March 5 at Norwalk’s Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) (509 Westport Avenue), celebrating its 30th Anniversary season.

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Entrance Applause

By: Paulanne Simmons 

The theater is hushed. The house lights go off. Hugh Jackman walks onstage and the audience bursts into riotous applause

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Broadway Update

Headlong and Almeida Theater’s stage version of 1984 is coming to Broadway

Broadway Update: Theatre Responds to Trump
By: David Sheward

Donald Trump has only been President two weeks, but theater is already responding to his controversial (to put it mildly) regime.

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NY Metro Fest Salutes Beatles

NY Metro Fest Salutes Beatles and 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

By: Beau Jared

The infectious spirit of Beatlemania will dominate the 43rd annual NY Metro Fest, March 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City (2 Exchange Place). The event commemorates the legacy of the Fab Four and the  50th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. A huge roster of Beatles-related guests will be participating along with fans from 30 states.

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Broadway Update: “Butterfly” and “Prada”

Clive Owen

Clive Owen will star in M. Butterfly on Broadway this fall
By: David Sheward

Clive Owen, last seen on Broadway in Harold Pinter’s Old Times, will return in a new production of David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly, directed by Julie Taymor in her first Broadway staging since being dismissed from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. (Her interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream played Off-Broadway.)

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