James Earl Jones To Receive Special Tony

James Earl Jones Photo: Barry Gordin

JAMES EARL JONES TO BE HONORED WITH THE 2017 SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATRE

Two-time Tony Award winner and icon of stage and screen James Earl Jones will be this year’s recipient of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

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The Little Foxes *****

Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon in “The Little Foxes”

By: Paulanne Simmons

It’s an old play. And it could have been written yesterday. Lillian Hellman penned The Little Foxes in 1939. Set in a small town in Alabama in 1900, it chronicles the struggles of the avaricious Hubbards over who will control the family business. They are ruthless, deceitful and conniving. They know they will inherit the earth. And if you look around today, you may be convinced they are right.

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BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet Competition

BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet Competition Raises Record-Breaking $6,379,572

By: Ellis Nassour

Broadway audiences and show auctions helped Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS break another fund-raising record with their donations: $6,379,572. Results were announced and awards were presented at Tuesday’s Easter Bonnet Competition finale at Nederlander’s Minskoff Theatre, home to The Lion King. The total far surpassed last year’s record-setter of $5,528,568.

The top overall fundraising award went to Glenn Close and company of Sunset Boulevard, which raised a jaw-dropping $509,246.

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War Paint **** Little Foxes ****

Cynthia Nixon as Birdie and Laura Linney as Regina in “The Little Foxes”

By: David Sheward

The new musical War Paint and the revival of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes (1939) featuring alternating leading ladies represent more than just two spectacular rounds of dueling divas—though that would be reason enough for rejoicing. Both productions afford fascinating takes on the shifting role of powerful women and how they are portrayed in popular media.

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The Play That Goes Wrong ***

Jonathan Sayer, Greg Tannahill, Henry Lewis, Dave Hearn, Charlie Russell

Transfer of West End farce opens at Lyceum Theatre.

By: Patrick Christiano

The setting is an isolated mansion in a snowstorm with the owner’s corpse in the drawing room, and his killer at large. Enter a bumbling group of actors, who create a manic slapstick whodunit that is relentlessly hysterical, or is it?  One thing for sure the London import is relentlessly well performed. The entire ensemble is brilliant as they pull out all the stops in a physical comedy that never lets the air out for a second while delivering a persistent attack on our funny bone.

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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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Amelie ***

Adam Chanler-Berat, Phillipa Soo

Phillipa Soo stars in musical adaptation of beloved French film at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

By: Patrick Christiano

The French film Amelie enchanted audiences in 2001 winning five Oscar nominations, including one for Best Foreign Language Film. And now last week a whimsical new musical adaptation, starring Tony nominee Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) in the title role, opened on Broadway directed by Pam MacKinnon with a lovely, yet bland score by Daniel Messe that features precious lyrics by Nathan Tysen.

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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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Diva: Live from Hell ***

Sean Patrick Monahan

A demented Diva’s downfall plays out in a dark musical satire by Sean Patrick Monahan and Alexander Sage Oyen

By: Patrick Christiano

The immensely gifted Sean Patrick Monahan is Desmond Channing, a demented teenager with delusions of grandeur, in his new musical, Diva: Live from Hell, a dark comedic sendup of madness directed with smart intensity by Daniel Goldstein at Theater for the New City’s Community Space through April 9th. Monahan also wrote the book and plays all the characters in Diva with more than serviceable music and lyrics by Alexander Sage Oyen. One ballad concerning unrequited love is excellent. Musical accompaniment is a nifty trio of Sammy Wags (drums), Rob Taylor (double bass), and Evan Tylor (piano and sound mixer).

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“Angry Young Man” Opens

Rami Margron, Nazli Sarpkaya, Max Samuels, Christopher Daftsios

Urban Stages, Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director brings American Premiere of critically acclaimed British comedy to New York.

Angry Young Man, a timely comedy by award winning playwright Ben Woolf about a Middle Eastern surgeon, who’s arrival in London is fraught with witty mishaps, opened at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street in New York.  A superb cast meticulously helmed by Stephen Hamilton with comic panache keeps the fast-paced tale moving at a delirious pace for a brisk 75 minutes. The gifted ensemble features Christopher Daftsios, Rami Margron, Max Samuels, and Nazli Sarpkaya.
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Hello Dolly

Bette Midler

Hello, Dolly!, starring legendary performer Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly! began preview performances at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street) on March 15, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017.  

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The Glass Menagerie ** – Sweeney Todd **** – Man from Nebraska ****

Joe Mantello and Sally Field in The Glass Menagerie

By: David Sheward

“Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve,” says Tom, the melancholy narrator of Tennessee Williams’ beloved The Glass Menagerie. “But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” In the new Broadway revival, the seventh since its 1945 premiere, director Sam Gold has stripped this delicate memory play of the magic Tom evokes. The stage is bare, the walls of the Belasco Theatre are exposed, there are few props, and Adam Silverman’s lighting is as unforgiving as the naked lightbulb which exposes Blanche DuBois’ true age.

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The Penitent ***1/2

Rebecca Pidgeon Chirs Bauer

By: Isa Goldberg

Victim or victimizer? In David Mamet’s new play The Penitent, off Broadway at The Atlantic Theater Company, a mass murderer, whom we never meet, is the central figure. But he’s not the one who is on trial here, anyway. It’s his psychiatrist, Charles (Chris Bauer), who becomes the object of the inquisition that surrounds the murder of ten innocent people. In the metaphorical sense, Charles, his wife Kath (Rebecca Pidgeon), and his attorney (Jordan Lage) count foremost among the triage. Their lives are ruined.

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