Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger
in To Kill a Mockingbird
Broadway Update: Mockingbird, Mormon, Love Supreme Return
By: David Sheward
June 17, 2021: The new Broadway calendar is almost complete. Two more shows shuttered during the pandemic have announced their reopenings and another will have a return engagement. This means nearly every 2020 production has definite dates for a comeback. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Book of Mormon, two shows formerly under the aegis of producer Scott Rudin, have posted their return dates. Rudin has withdrawn from producing due to reports of workplace harassment and toxicity. Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the highest-grossing straight play in Broadway history, will resume performances at the Shubert Theater on Oct. 5. Jeff Daniels will return to the role of Atticus Finch and Celia Keenan-Bolger takes up the part of his young daughter Scout through Jan. 2, 2022.
Broadway Update: Springsteen, Skeleton Crew, Paradise, etc.
By: David Sheward
June 10, 2021: The 2021-22 Broadway and Off-Broadway season continues to take shape with new productions and those postponed from previous seasons announcing dates and theaters. In the latest round of updates, Bruce Springsteen returns to Broadway, Manhattan Theater fills out its roster, a new musical set during the Civil War is slated, and The Lehman Trilogy finally makes the transfer from Off-Broadway to on with one cast change.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Musical In the Heights Is Adapted for the Screen
By: Ellis Nassour
June 9, 2021: The creator of the theatrical blockbuster Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the director of the comedy blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, Jon M. Chu are debuting one of Summer’s biggest and most anticipated films, In the Heights (Warner Bros.) , down from New York’s Upper Upper West Side Washington Heights, “where the streets are made of salsa music and little dreams become big,” to a cinema near you this weekend.
Hot lineup of New titles features BKLYN-The Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, On the Town and a special playlist to Celebrate Pride Month.
June 7, 2021: BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans, is kicking off the Summer months with a sizzling hot lineup of iconic theater productions, films and documentaries. Leading the slate on June 1st is Tony Award winner John Cameron Mitchell’s vibrant rock odyssey film Hedwig and The Angry Inch and, On the Town,starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin as three fun-loving sailors who have 24 hours of shore leave in New York City and want to make every second count. Hot to Trot, a feature documentary film about the fascinating world of same-sex competitive ballroom dance, comes to BroadwayHD on June 3rd.
Tovah Feldshuh, Director Scott Schwartz, Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Photo: Barry Gordin
By: Patrick Christiano
Renowned sex therapist, Dr. Ruth, attended the opening night of Becoming Dr. Ruth at Bay Street theater in Sag Harbor.
June 6, 2021: The re-opening of Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor drew the renowned sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who attended the opening night of Becoming Dr. Ruth, the theater’s first post-pandemic production. The play, also, re-unites the six-time Tony and Emmy Award-nominee, Tovah Feldshuh, who stars as Dr. Ruth, with her Broadway, Golda’s Balcony’s director, Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater Artistic Director. Becoming Dr. Ruth, a one-woman play by renowned playwright, Mark St. Germain, chronicles, the remarkable life of the noted psychologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer and will play at Bay Street Theater through June 27th.
John Michael Hill and Namir Smallwood
in “Pass Over”
By: David Sheward
June 3, 2021: The new post-quarantine Broadway season keeps getting earlier and earlier. Pass Over, Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s play focusing on two African-American men dealing with pervasive discrimination, will now begin performances at the August Wilson Theater on Aug. 4 with an opening set for Sept. 12. The production will have a limited run until Oct. 10.
June 2, 2021: Playwright and Emmy-winning actress Dorothy Lymon takes on the illuminating words from her own pen for the next monthly digital presentation of We Have To Hurry. Paired with the previously announced Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominated actor Alfred Molina, Ms. Lyman’s new play about two mature people rediscovering life’s simplest joys streams live via Broadway on Demand for two performances only, Saturday, June 5th at 8pm and Sunday, June 6th at 3pm.
Final two weeks of Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama will play final performance Sunday, June 6th.
June 1, 2021: Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama, one of first new show to come in after the pandemic, will play its final Off-Broadway performance at The Theater Center on Sunday, June 6 week earlier than previously announced. Previews began on Wednesday, May 5 with an official opening night on Monday, May 17.
Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons breaks ground on FOREVER HOME: An expansive history making state-of-the-art building project and renovation.
May 28, 2021: Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons hosted an historic ground-breaking for their new expansion, FOREVER HOME. The community celebration for East End animal lovers was held from 4-6pm on Saturday, May 28th at the ARF Campus 124 Daniel Hoe Road, East Hampton. Specially trained canines dug the first hole for the dramatic new expansion.
Songs from Tony Award winning musicals Part Three.
May 29, 2021: Set your DVRs to catch Jamie deRoy & friends’ Songs from Tony Award winning musicals Part Three. Jamie deRoy & friends now airs on Spectrum HD Channel 1993 and Verizon FIOS Channel 37 every other Monday. The next show is Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 8PM.
May 28, 2021: For the past year, most of us have been taking refuge in our homes. Now that we’re at last venturing out, it seems like a perfect time to explore the many meanings of home. Tiffany Mills Company’s “Home Project (excerpts-in-process)” celebrates the home through video, dance, music and spoken word. The performance is now streaming as part of LaMaMa Moves! Dance Festival on Demand.
The Tony Awards Return with Special Four Hour Telecast on CBS Sunday, September 26
By: Ellis Nassour
May 26, 2021 — You knew Broadway was coming back. You just weren’t sure when. Now, you know. You knew there were delayed 2019-2020 Season Tony Awards nominations. And you knew the Tony Awards would be back. You just didn’t know when. Now, you do. CBS, the American Theatre Wing, and the Broadway League announced that the long-delayed (since June) due to Covid-19 the 2021 Tonys, the 74th such event, will be air in a special four hour evening on Sunday, September 26, very shortly after Broadway has begun its long-awaited reopening.
Since my last Broadway update, several more shows have announced firm opening dates and one has leapt ahead of all the others. Hadestown, the 2019 Tony Best Musical, will reopen its gates at the Walter Theater on Sept. 2, nearly two weeks before the big-ticket, box-office blockbusters Hamilton, Lion King Wicked, and Chicago do on Sept. 14.