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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Memorable stories of Love & Romance on BroadwayHD 

January 27, 2023: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and BroadwayHD has a perfect lineup of titles on love and romance for theatre fans. There are stories about star-crossed lovers, forbidden love, and even a fairy tale romance. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at the most  Romantic time of the year and maybe rekindle some old flames, if necessary. If you’re still thinking about what to watch around Valentine’s day, check out the titles below, all available on BroadwayHD for streaming from the comfort of your home.

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Anthony Rapp’s Without You

Anthony Rapp

January 26, 2023: Anthony Rapp opened his solo show, Without You, at New World Stages on January 25th, 2023, to a house filled with his Rentfamily and friends. Based on his New York Times Best Selling Book of the same name, Without You follows Rapp’s journey to Rent, its profound impact on his life, and the simultaneous losses of Jonathan Larson and his mother. Opening night marks 27 years to the day that RENT had its first public performance at New York Theatre Workshop.

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Broadway Update

Adrienne Warren

Broadway Update: Making ‘Room’ and Changes to the OCC Awards

By: David Sheward

January 25, 2023: The 2023 Broadway spring season is getting more crowded. The latest entry is Room, Emma Donoghue’s stage adaptation of her best-selling novel. She also adapted the work for the 2015 film version for which Brie Larsen won a Best Actress Oscar. Tony winner Adrienne Warren (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) will star as the young woman who is held captive by a sexual predator with her son in a shed. The play which features songs by Scottish songwriters Kathryn Joseph and Cora Bissett and direction by Ms. Bissett, will begin preview performances at the James Earl Jones Theater on April 3, prior to an April 17 opening. Room has had previous production in London (both in England and Canada), Dublin, Glasgow, and Toronto. Additional cast members will be announced.

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ACA Galleries

John Baeder, Market Tower, 2007 Oil on canvas, 30 x 48 in.

John Baeder:  Looking Back (1972-2018) on view at ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street, November 6, 2022 through February 18,2023.

October 31, 2022:  ACA Galleries and MB Abram announced John Baeder’s first exhibition at the gallery. Comprising five decades of work from 1972 – 2018 the show includes the last remaining paintings from the artist’s personal collection alongside his final series of Matchbook Cover paintings as well as his luminous still life photographs.

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Reviews

The Appointment ***1/2

Lee Minora, Alice Yorke, Brett Ashley Robinson, and Katie Gould.

By: Isa Goldberg

January 23, 2023: The theatrical revue, once a mainstay of the Off Broadway theater, hasn’t soared in these parts since Gerard Alessandrini’s “Forbidden Broadway” was on the boards. That sense of parody, in the well-appointed hands of Philadelphia’s Lightning Rod Special theater troupe, brings us “The Appointment,” a reprisal of their 2019 New York City production – currently playing at the WP Theater.

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Off-Broadway Update

Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick in “Days of Wine and Roses”

Off-Broadway Update: Days of Wine and Roses. Musical

By: David Sheward

January 22, 2023: A musical version of the 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses will open Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company with previews starting May 5 and continuing till June 25. An opening date has not yet been announced. The show is a hot item because of its stars and the creative team. Tony winners Kelli O’Hara ( The King and I ) and Tony nominee and Drama Desk winner Brian d’Arcy James ( Sweet Smell of Success, Shrek ) will plays the leads, a young couple battling alcoholism played by Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon in the film (Piper Laurie and Cliff Robertson starred in the original 1958 TV play.) The score is by Adam Guettel (Richard Rodgers’ grandson and Mary Rodgers’ son) and Craig Lucas pens the book based on JP Miller’s screenplay. Michael Grief (Rent ) directs. Guettel and Lucas previously collaborated on The Light in the Piazza, both winning Tonys, which starred O’Hara.

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Bryce Edwards Frivolity Hour

Bryce Edwards Frivolity Hour – A Good Time Was Had By All

By: Alix Cohen

January 23, 2023: Embodying performance style of another era risks becoming an acquired (audience) taste. My response? I’ve discovered a great one. Bryce Edwards inhabits the 1920s/1930s like a bespoke suit. The multifaceted musician plays at least the five instruments proffered tonight and sings in nasal, megaphone-like, wah-wah and eef fashion popular at the time.

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Audra McDonald in “Lady Day”.

Celebrate Black History Month with Award -Winning productions on BroadwayHD.

January 20, 2023: BroadwayHD is honoring Black History Month with the voices of indelible stars like Audra McDonald and Montego Glover starring in Award-winning Broadway productions. The incredible stories of music, laughter, and community include Porgy & Bess, Memphis, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill and Pipeline. Below is more detailed information about each of these mesmerizing productions.

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Barbra Streisand

Nostalgic finds from Broadway Babe Randie Levine-Miller feature Barbra Streisand, Johnny Carson, and Fred Astaire with Ethel Merman.

The Friars Roast of Johnny Carson

January 22, 2023: This is real show business history where you see many of the comedic greats of yesteryear… From 1968, “The Friars Roast Of Johnny Carson,” with a star-studded cast of legendary performers who, unfortunately, are no longer with us. Then Mayor John V. Lindsay (looking movie star gorgeous) introduces the Roast. Carson is the guest of honor and is roasted by Roast Master and former Alan King and other comic legends including Groucho Marx, Don Rickles, Flip Wilson; along with Ed McMahon, Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan. Friars tradition is “you only Roast the ones you love” and that comes through on this show. After Carson is roasted, he then comes back at them with his barbs.  This entertaining Roast was not X-rated, which was the tradition of the Roasts, as it aired as part of the Kraft Musical series on NBC-TV, but it is still quite wonderful, and very watchable.

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Martin Luther King Tribute @BAM

By: Isa Goldberg

January 17, 2023: The 37th Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King, on the morning of January 16th, 2023, at The Brooklyn Academy of Music delivered a wham bang wake up call. Contemporary gospel-style music performed by the youthful voices of the Harlem Sings Choir made the morning soulful.

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Reviews

Ohio State Murders ****

Audra McDonald

By: David Sheward

January 15, 2023: The celebrated African-American playwright Adrienne Kennedy makes her belated Broadway debut with a mystifying, powerful production of her 1991 work Ohio State Murders featuring a stellar turn from six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald. Unfortunately, there is no mystery as to why it took so long for the 91-year-old author, the winner of several Obie Awards, to have a production on the Main Stem and why it’s closing earlier than its original limited run. It’s only recently that African-American authors have been represented in large numbers on Broadway and Kennedy’s works examine difficult and painful issues of race in America in a non-straightforward, sometimes abstract manner. Her works are like disturbing dreams where bits of information and stark images collide in a hazy, uncertain atmosphere. You have to work to figure them out. And if you look too closely, the answers to the hard questions she poses are not exactly comforting. Not your typical Broadway fare for predominantly white audiences seeking escapist entertainment. So, despite McDonald’s star wattage, Ohio State Murders had an abbreviated run on Broadway.

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Broadway/Off-Broadway Update

Jose Llana and Ruthie Ann Miles in the Off-Broadway production of “Here Lies Love”.

Here Lies Love and Hamlet

By: David Sheward

January 13, 2022: The new year has barely begun, but there are already theatrical plans for summer 2023. Here Lies Love, the immersive disco musical based on the career of the infamous Imelda Marcos and the rise of the People Power Revolution of the Philippines, will make its Broadway debut and the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park series at the Delacorte will present yet another production of Hamlet, this time set in a post-COVID contemporary America.

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The Collaboration ***

Paul Bettany & Jeremy Pope.

By: Samuel L. Leiter

January 9, 2023: Plays about the creative process of artists, regardless of their field—from the visual to the performing arts to literature—are nothing new; many, like Anthony McCarten’s The Collaboration, now at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre after a run at London’s Young Vic Theatre, focus on famous exemplars. When the artists are also well known for their personal lives, the potential for audience interest is increased, a curiosity that expands exponentially when rival real-life artists are involved. This applies to The Collaboration, which pits two renowned, American, avant-garde artists, Andy Warhol (Paul Bettany, “WandaVision”) and Jean Michel-Basquiat (Jeremy Pope, Choir Boys), against each other.

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Kiss Me Kate to stream Exclusively on BroadwayHD beginning January 15, 2023.

January 6, 2023:  BroadwayHD, the premier streaming service for live theatre, announced that they will be bringing the 1999 revival of Cole Porter’s masterpiece, Kiss Me Kate to their platform for a exclusive worldwide release on January 15, 2023. The charming musical comedy, winner of five Tony Awards® and recipient of 8 Olivier Award nominations was filmed during its West End run.The romantic comedy starring Broadway veterans Brent Barrett and Rachel York, centers around the hilarious misadventures both on and off the stage between a pair of squabbling couples during a production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

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Broadway Update

Micaela Diamond and Ben Platt in “Parade” which will transfer to Broadway after it NYCC run.

Broadway Update: ‘Parade’ Revival with Ben Platt 

By: David Sheward

January 10, 2023: Tony winner Ben Platt will return to Broadway in a revival of Parade, reprising his role from the New York City Center limited run of the musical based on the 1913 trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager who was accused of raping and murdering his employee 13-year-old Mary Phagan. Platt who won a Tony for Dear Evan Hansen will be joined by his City Center co-star Micaela Diamond (The Cher Show) who plays Frank’s wife. Parade opened at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont Theater in 1998 and ran for 84 performances. It was nominated for nine Tonys and won for Alfred Uhry’s book and Jason Robert Brown’s score, and won six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical. Platt is also currently filming Richard Linklater’s screen version of Merrily We Roll Along.

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