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American Theatre Wing Centennial Concert

THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING CENTENNIAL GALA with Performances By Broadway Favorites Heather Headley, Norm Lewis, Brian Stokes Mitchell and more! NOW STREAMING on BroadwayHD

Broadway favorites Natalie Cortez, Evie Dolan, Santino Fontana, Heather Headley, Rebecca Luker, Norm Lewis, Beth Malone, Howard McGillin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes, Taylor Trensch and more, perform as part of the celebration of the centennial of the American Theatre Wing. 

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Escape To Margaritaville

Lisa Howard as Tammy, Alison Luff as Rache, Paul Alexander Nolan as Tully and Eric Petersen as Brick in “Escape to Margaritaville”.

5 Reasons Not to Escape From Margaritaville

By: Iris Wiener

Yes, it was completely shut out of the Tony Awards race, and yes, critics have not been incredibly kind to the Jimmy Buffett extravaganza, and it is with good reason. Due in large part to a highly problematic, lazy book from television vets Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, Escape to Margaritaville is a scatterbrained, hallucinatory hodgepodge of nonsensical mayhem. However, its few redeeming qualities are like diamonds in the ruff, thus deserving recognition. Here, we celebrate these gems:

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John Mellencamp @ ACA Galleries

On view April 26 through June 2 John Mellencamp: Life, Death, Love, Freedom.

April 26, 2018: ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District hosted an opening reception for contemporary artist John Mellencamp’s new exhibition, Life, Death, Love, Freedom, which will be on view through June 2. This is Mellencamp’s second  solo exhibition with ACA, and will showcase two bodies of work: Mellencamp’s sculptural assemblages and series of portraits.

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Reviews

Carousel ****, Mean Girls ****, Children of a Lesser God **

Grey Henson, Barrett Wilbert Weed and Erika Henningsen in “Mean Girls”

By: David Sheward

April 27, 2018:   A classic and a new musical offer contrasting views on abusive relationships while a revival of a Tony-winning Best Play deals with the struggles of the hearing-impaired community. Both Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel and the musical version of Tina Fey’s 2004 cult teen comedy Mean Girls depict women coping with oppressors and Mark Medoff’s Children of a Lesser God also has a downtrodden heroine. The tuners are exhilarating and entertaining while the play shows its age.

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2018 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski Photo: Barry Gordin

2018 DRAMA DESK AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
Awards will be presented Sunday, June 3rd at The Town Hall www.DramaDeskAwards.com

 April 26, 2018:  Nominations for the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced this morning at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jane Krakowski (She Loves Me, Nine, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“) and Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”).
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Chicago Lyric Opera Presents North American Premiere of London’s 2017 Olivier-winner Production of Jesus Christ Superstar

By: Ellis Nassour

What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happening. The buzz right now is at Chicago Lyric Opera (20 North Wacker Drive) where the much-lauded house, soon to celebrate its 65th anniversary, is presenting the North American premiere of the Regent’s Park 2016 Olivier Award-winning production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, through May 20. The production also won the 2016 Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical [voted by listeners].

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Reviews

Carousel *****

Joshua Henry in “Carousel”

By: Isa Goldberg

April 24, 2018 – Revivals of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel are infrequent indeed. And this production, directed by Jack O’Brien, is a brilliant reimaging of this classic, boasting such memorable songs as June is Bustin’ Out All Over, and You’ll Never Walk Alone. That they are performed here to a full orchestra is also rare.

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Sara Bareilles & Josh Groban to Host Tony’s

Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles

BROADWAY STARS SARA BAREILLES AND JOSH GROBAN TO HOST THE 72ND ANNUAL TONY AWARDS®

Tony Awards to Broadcast Live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 10th 

 April 18, 2018 – The Tony Awards announced today that singer, songwriter and Tony nominee Sara Bareilles and Tony Award nominated actor, singer and songwriter Josh Groban will host together the 72nd Annual Tony Awards® live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Sunday, June 10th (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. This will be both Bareilles and Groban’s first time hosting the show. Both starred in Broadway shows last year – Bareilles in the hit show “Waitress,” which she also composed the music and lyrics for, earning her first Tony Award nomination.  Groban starred in “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.   Click Here for Our Tony Awards Hosts’ Video Announcement

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Outer Critics Circle Nominations

68th Annual Awards Outer Critics Circle Announce 2017-18 Season Nominees

“SpongeBob SquarePants”Heads the List with 11 Nominations! Followed by “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” with 10 Nominations! & “My Fair Lady” with 9 Nominations!

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Goldstein ***1/2

Aaron Galligan-Stierlle, Jim Stanek, Megan McGinnis, Amie Bermowitz

By: Isa Goldberg

April 24, 2018 – In this small stage musical, Goldstein, a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, grapples with his feelings about his parents, his family, and growing up. By reinventing the fictions that he heard as a child; Louis, the charming Zal Owen, attempts to weed out the family lies, and deceits, to achieve an understanding of himself, and his heritage.

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Carousel ***1/2

Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry in “Carousel”

By: Paulanne Simmons

April 23, 2018 As Carousel is my second favorite musical of the 20th century (Showboat comes first), there’s pretty much nothing anyone could do to make me dislike a Carousel revival. And the current one, directed by Jack O’Brien, certainly has much to be commended.

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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

By: Paulanne Simmons

Let’s Talk About Intermissions

April 22, 2018 – Most of the time when the intermission is over, the house lights go off and the play resumes. But a while ago something unusual happened. Although the orchestra began playing, the lights stayed on as people filed back and found their seats.

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Benjamin Scheuer

Benjamin Scheuer

April 19, 2018 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and playwright Benjamin Scheuer will release a limited edition 7-inch single featuring two new songs, “Hello Jemima” and “Silent Giants,” on April 20.

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Drama League Announces Nominees

THE DRAMA LEAGUE ANNOUNCES THE NOMINEES FOR  THE 84TH ANNUAL DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS  CEREMONY SET FOR FRIDAY, MAY 18th  AT THE MARRIOTT MARQUIS TIMES SQUARE

 April 18, 2018 – The Drama League (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director) today announced the 2018 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award.

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Children of a Lesser God ****

Lauren Ridloff, Joshua Jackson

By: Paulanne Simmons

April 17, 2018 – When Mark Medoff’s Children of a Lesser God first landed on Broadway in 1980, the main questions it elicited were about who should speak for the deaf and if American Sign Language should be considered as legitimate a form of communication as spoken language. 

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