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OCC Nominees

THE NOMINEES FOR THE 71ST ANNUAL OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS COMMEMORATING THE 2021-22 BROADWAY & OFF-BROADWAY SEASON

April 26, 2022: The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), the official organization of writers on New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers and national publications, are pleased to announce the nominees for the 71st Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, honoring the 2021-2022 Broadway and Off-Broadway season.

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Reviews

Hangmen ****, The Minutes ****

Alfie Allen (Mooney), Gaby French (Shirley) in “Hangmen”.

 By: David Sheward

April 24, 2022: Dark humor pervades two new Broadway productions, both delayed years by the COVID crisis and finally opening in an atmosphere of disquiet and insecurity. Both plays address injustice and political turmoil with satire and conclude we live in nasty times with little brightness to look forward to. Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen premiered in London in 2015, transferred to Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company in 2018 where it won Best Play from the New York Drama Critics Circle and was supposed open on Broadway just as the theaters were closing in 2020. It was cancelled permanently, but has been resurrected. Tracey Letts’ The Minutes had a production at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater in 2017 and was announced to open on Broadway before the pandemic but there were hold-ups in addition to the health crisis. The pair are worth the long wait and feature spectacular staging and tight-knit ensembles.

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Broadway Update

Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in the original “Some Like It Hot” Credit: United Artists

Broadway Update: Some Like It Hot; Robert Morse Dies; Drama Desk Dates

By: David Sheward

April 21, 2022: Some Like It Hot, a new musical version of Billy Wilder’s 1960 film classic about two musicians who don drag to escape the mob, will be coming to Broadway this winter. Previews begin Nov. 1 at the Shubert Theater prior to an opening of Dec. 11. The book will be Matthew Lopez (The Inheritance) and Amber Ruffin (The Amber Ruffin Show) with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray). Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten) directs and choreographs. The cast will be headed by Tony winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten) and J. Harrison Ghee (Mrs. Doutfire) as the cross-dressers and Adrianna Hicks in the Marilyn Monroe role of Sugar, the alluring star feature of the all-female orchestra the boys join. Also in the cast will be Kevin Del Aguila as Osgood, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Sweet Sue, Adam Heller as Mulligan and Mark Lotito as Spats. 

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HamptonsLife - At the Galleries

Johnathan Nash Glynn Opening

Jonathan Nash Glynn, Susan Bratton and Jonathan Gordon

Jonathan Nash Glynn Solo Show at Colm Rowan Fine Art in East Hampton

April 24, 2022: Over 100 people attended the opening reception of Jonathan Nash Glynn’s abstract paintings at Colm Rowan Fine Art in East Hampton, on Saturday, April 23. This was his first solo show at this three-year old gallery, located at 55 Main Street in East Hampton, in the walkway next to the Ralph Lauren barn. Art lovers milled around the gallery and into the walkway and courtyard. Among them were musician G.E. Smith and former East Hampton Town Councilman Jeff Bragman. 

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Reviews

The Minutes ***1/2

Noah Reid (pictured center) with (l to r): Jessie Mueller, Jeff Still, Tracy Letts, Cliff Chamberlain in “The Minutes”.

Have you read “The Minutes”? Do you concur?

By: Isa Goldberg

April 25, 2022: In Tracy Letts’ confrontational new play, “The Minutes”, some characters question the facts. “History is a verb” Mayor Superba of Big Cherry (Tracy Letts) opines. Double meanings abound in this new work. 

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Reviews

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf **** Birthday Candles **

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is enuf

By: David Sheward

April 22, 2022: In this theater season when African-American women playwrights such as Lynn Nottage, Dominique Morriseau, Antoinette Chinoye Nwandu and the late Alice Childress are receiving major productions of their work, it’s appropriate that we are also seeing the first Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange’s 1976 choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. First produced in a women’s bar near Berkeley, California, then Off-Broadway at the New Federal Theater and the Public, and on Broadway at the Booth where the revival is now playing, for colored girls was only the second play by an African-American woman to open on the Main Stem. (The first being Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.) Apart from changing a reference from Vietnam to Afghanistan, there has been no updating, but the issues of racism and sexism raised are still tragically relevant. This new vibrant, energetic production from director-choreographer Camille A. Brown celebrates the play’s spirit of sisterhood with joyous movement and magnificent acting. 

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BroadwayHD

Hana Ichijo (Meg), Anastasia Martin (Beth) and Mary Moore (Amy)

World Premiere of West End’s Little Women to stream exclusively on BroadwayHD

April 21, 2022: BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for live theatre, announced that they will be bringing Little Women to their platform for its exclusive worldwide debut on April 21.  

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Interviews

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart Shares His New Cabaret Show Ahead of a Performance at NJPAC

By: Iris Wiener

April 21,2022: Due to his remarkable, distinct talent, James Monroe Iglehart steals every show in which he is cast. His head-turning, Tony Award winning performance in Aladdin and his breakout spot in Memphis were only the beginning of an illustrious career which now spans stage and screen. Not many entertainers can boast performing in two Broadway shows running simultaneously (see last year’s Freestyle Love Supreme and Hamilton), nor can they say they worked on Disney movies and guest roles throughout the pandemic (see Disenchanted and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, respectively). However, despite a laundry list of credits that demonstrate his versatility, what truly sets Iglehart apart from the rest is his enormous heart. He takes center stage in his new concert, The JMI Show, premiering at the NJPAC on April 22nd as part of the American Songbook series. He spoke with Theaterlife about returning to cabaret, sharing a bill with Jim Dale, and his latest guest-star turn with the ladies of Girls5Eva.

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Reviews

Take Me Out ****, To My Girls **

By: David Sheward

April 20, 2022 Second Stage is currently offering a fascinating dual perspective on the gay experience in America. On Broadway at the the company’s Hayes Theater, there is a powerful revival of Richard Greenberg’s 2002 Take Me Out which focuses on a major league baseball player coming out of the closet. Off-Broadway at the Tony Kiser Theater, a totally different view of the gay scene is presented with J.C. Lee’s To My Girls, a comedy about a group of friends sharing a Palms Springs AirBnB after the devastating COVID crisis and sexual betrayal. The former is a complex chronicle of our attitude towards gayness, sports, masculinity, and even religion. The latter is a silly sitcom about trivial stereotypes.

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Reviews

The Little Prince ***

Laurisse Sulty (The Rose) and Lionel Zalachas (The Little Prince)

By: Isa Goldberg

April 21, 2022: Nothing can replace the book, “The Little Prince,” not really replace it, especially when it’s one of the first books you ever read. As immediately engrossing as it is upon first encounter, it left a lasting impression. But that was then, when I felt like I lived on another planet, and I needed a friend. 

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Birthday Candles ****, The Patsy ****

Debra Messing (Ernestine Ashworth), Christopher Livingston (Billy/John), Susannah Flood (Alice/Madeline/Ernie) in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Birthday Candles.

By: Isa Goldberg

Two classic works, “Birthday Candles” at the Roundabout Theatre on Broadway and “The Patsy,” in revival by the Transport Group off Broadway at the Abrons Arts Center, bring to light the innate divergence between Broadway and off Broadway. While both plays reflect on the life of domesticity, the importance of family, and the meaning of love, they come to their divergent conclusions in very unusual ways. 

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The Little Prince *1/2

By: Alix Cohen

On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. (“One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”)

April 18, 2022: Published in 1943, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince is a tender and original classic in written form. The story appears at first glance to be meant for children, but addresses loneliness, friendship, love, and loss in such wise, universal fashion, it’s been translated into over 300 languages, gifted by those of all ages. At least two films, an opera and a musical interpretation precede this “iteration.”

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Harmony ***1/2

Steven Telsey, Sean Bell, Blake Roman, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Eric Peters

By: David Sheward

April 17, 2022: Harmony, the long-gestating musical about the Comedian Harmonists, a real-life German singing group destroyed by the Nazis, isn’t exactly harmonious. There are several revelatory moments when Warren Carlyle’s inventive staging combines with the clever, moving score by pop icon Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman to create new reactions to the oft-told tale of genocidal horror. But there are also some overbaked melodramatic turns. Fortunately, the startling and innovative outweighs the cliched in this tuneful and harrowing musical.

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To My Girls ***

Britton Smith, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and Maulik Pancholy

Three flamboyant gay men vacation in a Palm Springs Airbnb.

By: Patrick Christiano

April 17, 2022: If JC Lee’s new comedy, To My Girls, reminds you of Mart Crowley’s 1968 ground-breaking play, The Boys in the Band, about a group of self-loathing, catty, gay men, I would not be surprised. To My Girls, which recently opened in a Second Stage production, like Crowley’s play puts a group of thirty something gay men together, however this time the setting is a garish Palm Springs Airbnb, where they have come to let loose for the weekend.

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