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Theatre News: Beetlejuice is Back, New York Theatre Festival, Birthday Candles, NY Theatre Artists for Ukraine and for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Theatre News: Beetlejuice is Back, New York Theatre Festival, Birthday Candles, NY Theatre Artists for Ukraine and for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Beetlejuice comes back to life tonight, Friday, April 8, in a triumphant Broadway return to blow the roof off the Marquis Theatre (210 West 46th Street).  The Ghost-with-the-Most will launch the Beetlejuice’s digital lottery powered by Broadway Direct on Sunday, April 10th for a limited number of $45 tickets at

Beetlejuice’s digital lottery will be open from 9am to 3pm the day prior to the performance. Winners will be notified by email shortly after each drawing and have 60 minutes to claim and pay for tickets online. Tickets will be delivered via email the day of the performance. Seat locations and number of tickets awarded by the lottery are subject to availability. Lottery seats may be partial view. Maximum 2 tickets per entry.

Beetlejuice stars two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman, Elizabeth Teeter, Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler, David Josefsberg, Obie Award Winner Adam Dannheisser, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Michelle Aravena, Gabi Campo, Kelvin Moon Loh, Zonya Love, Danny Rutigliano, and Dana Steingold, and features Kate Bailey, Will Blum, Ryan Breslin, Julian De Guzman, Natalie Charle Ellis, Brooke Engen, Eric Anthony Johnson, Andrew Kober, Katie Lombardo, Elliott Mattox, Mateo Melendez, Ramone Owens, Commodore C. Primous III, Nevada Riley, and Graham Stevens.

It’s showtime, folks! The ghost-with-the-most makes his Broadway return in this edgy and irreverent musical comedy based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film. Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and Beetlejuice, a demon with a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on Beetlejuice to scare away anyone with a pulse, this double-crossing specter unleashes a (Nether)world of pandemonium, and the biggest sandworm Broadway has ever seen.


The New York Theatre Festival is accepting submissions for their 18th consecutive season. Over  1,100 plays and over 260 musicals have been give a chance to be seen and win  prizes worth $7,500. There are also prizes for Best actress $500 • Best Supporting Actress 500 • Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor $500, Best Director $500 • Singer $500 • Best Short $500 • Most Creative Play or Musical $500 • Best Music Score $300 • Best Choreography $200.

The plays and musicals must be unproduced or produced before 2017 in which case the run must include a completely new cast and crew.

Submit to be among the plays and musicals in a Festival/Competition that is wowing New Yorkers. Festival Submissions »

Debra Messing

Roundabout’s Birthday Candles starring Debra Messing opens on Broadway Sunday at the American Airlines Theatre. The cast also features  Enrico Colantoni as “Kenneth,” Tony Award nominee John Earl Jelks as “Matt/William” with Crystal Finn as “Joan/Alex/Beth,” Susannah Flood as “Alice/Madeline/Ernie,” and Christopher Livingston as “Billy/John.”

An award-winning television star, Debra Messing was last seen on Broadway in John Patrick Shanley’s play Outside Mullingar opposite Brían F. O’Byrne. Enrico Colantoni makes his Broadway debut this season; he most recently appeared in HBO Max’s “Station Eleven” and Nat Geo’s “The Hot Zone: Anthrax” and opposite Tom Hanks in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” John Earl Jelks was last seen on Broadway in Sweat by Lynn Nottage and received a Tony Award nomination for his work in Radio Golf by August Wilson. Roundabout Theatre Company welcomes the return of Crystal Finn who has appeared in the Roundabout Underground productions of Kingdom Come and Bobbie Clearly, and Christopher Livingstonwho appeared in the Underground production of Something Clean. Susannah Flood returns to Roundabout after most recently appearing in The Cherry Orchard on Broadway.

NY Theatre Artists for Ukraine – 12 hour online screenings with 24 NY theatre organizations April 16.

The New York Theater Community will come together for 12 hours on Saturday, April 16, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM for 24 online readings and conversations on  We will share our outrage at the bombing of the Donetsk Drama Theater Mariupol, where 300 people died while seeking shelter in a space that is sacred to all of us. 

Using the words of playwrights, poets and novelists we will express and share our deep sorrow in response to this shocking and devastating tragedy.  By showing our empathy and compassion, we will let the world know that the New York Theater Community cares deeply about the victims, survivors and families of the Mariupol catastrophe and that Ukraine is on our minds.  This is not a fundraiser.  We anticipate that listeners from over 20 countries will tune in.  The national Public Broadcasting Station of Ukraine will live-stream the gathering for all Ukrainians. 

With: Abrons Arts Center; CUNY STAGES; HERE Arts Center; HowlRound; La Mama / Yara Arts Group; Mabou Mines | Performance Space; Ma-Yi Theater Company; New York Theater Workshop (TBC); Nuyorican Poets Cafe; PEN America; PS21; The Park Avenue Armory; Theatre Without Borders; The Brooklyn Academy of Music; The National Black Theater; The Noor Theatre; The Play Company; The Public Theater; The Segal Theatre Center; The Shed; Torn | Page; Ukranian Actors of New York; The Watermill Center | Robert Wilson.

For schedule updates please check here:

Saturday April 16, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Schedule  (subject to radical change):


10:00    PEN America10:30    The SHED11:00     HERE ARTS CENTER  11:30     Ma-Yi Theater Company

PM12:00     PS2112:30     The Brooklyn Academy of Music1:00        The Watermill Center | Robert Wilson1:30        St. Ann’s Warehouse 2:00        CUNY STAGES2:30        Torn | Page 3:00        The Park Avenue Armory3:30        Abrons Arts Center4:00        HowlRound Commons5:00        The National Black Theater5:30        The Play Company 6:00        The Public Theater6:30        La Mama 7:00        Nuyorican Poets Cafe7:30        Yara Arts Group8:00        The Noor Theatre8:30        Mabou Mines | Performance Space9:00        Ukrainian Actors of New York 9:30        Theatre Without Borders

The Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, directed and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island, Choir Boy, co-director and choreographer of Fire Shut Up in My Bones), has announced a special American Sign Language performance on Friday, April 15th.

American Sign Language plays a key creative role in for colored girls… as it features Alexandria Wailes (Lady in Purple), an actor and dancer who is Deaf and has been an advocate for accessibility within the theatre, film and television communities. Wailes recently served as one of the two Directors of ASL on the Academy Award-winning film, CODA. In for colored girls… Wailes melds dancing and ASL to deliver a commanding and memorable performance.

Select orchestra seats for the signed performance can be purchased here with the Code: FCGASL22. There will be additional ASL signed performances announced throughout the show’s run.

The show marks Camille A. Brown’s directorial debut on Broadway. Brown, who served as choreographer on the Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk award-winning 2019 production of the play at The Public Theater, will also continue in her role as choreographer on Broadway, making her the first Black woman to serve as both director and choreographer on a Broadway production in more than 65 years.  

for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, opens on Wednesday, April 20 at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street). Tickets are on sale for the 20-week limited engagement at

The cast stars Amara Granderson as Lady in Orange, Tendayi Kuumba as Lady in Brown, Kenita R. Miller as Lady in Red, Okwui Okpokwasili as Lady in Green, Stacey Sargeant as Lady in Blue, Alexandria Wailes as Lady in Purple, and D. Woods as Lady in Yellow. Rachel Christopher, Treshelle Edmond, McKenzie Frye, Kala Ross and Alexis Sims join the company as standbys and understudies.




Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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