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With Be More Chill at the Signature Theatre taking the theatre community by storm, Here’s a look at what’s coming off Broadway and what we think will be the sure fire must sees.

Days to Come: The Beckett Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street. This is staged by the Mint Theater Company who is on a role with producing some really excellent revivals. Days to Come, is a rare revival written by Lillian Hellman and starring the wonderful Mary Bacon, Janie Brookshire, Larry Bull, Chris Henry Coffey, Dan Daily, Ted Deasy, Roderick Hill, Betsy Hogg, Kim Martin-Cotten, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, with Evan Zes and directed by J.R. Sullivan. In previews, opens August 26th.

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties: Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street. Meet five different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck. Oh, and one has decided to stage a production of that play-within-a-play by… that old English guy, what’s his name? Ah, forget it. In Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, five women collide at the intersection of rage, love, and the “thea-tah,” provoking each other to take a look in the mirror and face the person they didn’t know they could be. This New York premiere comedy invites us all to be a little braver, live a little louder, laugh a little harder, and unleash our inner Betty. Written by Jen Silverman, directed by Mike Donahue and staring Dana Delany (Betty 1), Lea DeLaria (Betty 4), Adina Verson (Betty 2), Ana Villafañe (Betty 3), and Chaunté Wayans (Betty 5). Previews start August 16th, opens September 12th.

The True: Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd. Street. When it comes to Dorothea “Polly” Noonan – a blunt, profane, decades-long defender of Albany’s Democratic Party machine – politics is only personal, especially now that her hero, “mayor for life” Erastus Corning II, is battling for party control while at the same time fighting the fiercest primary challenge of his life. The True is an intimate portrait of the bounds of love, loyalty, and female power in the male-dominated world of 1977 patronage politics.Written by Share White, directed by Scott Elliot and starring. Austin Cauldwell (as Bill McCormick), Edie Falco (as Dorothea Noonan), Glenn Fitzgerald (as Howard C. Nolan), Michael McKean (as Erastus Corning II), John Pankow (as Charlie Ryan) and Peter Scolari (as Peter Noonan). Previews start September 4th, opens September 20, 2018

Girl From The North Country

Girl From The North Country

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Girl from the North Country: Public Theater, 425 Layette Street. The Public Theater presents the North American premiere of Conor McPherson’s Girl from the North Country, featuring the songs of Bob Dylan. Girl from the North Country originally premiered at London’s Old Vic. The show stars Todd Almond (as Elias Burke), Jeannette Bayardelle (as Mrs. Neilson), Stephen Bogardus (as Nick Laine), Sydney James Harcourt (as Joe Scott), Caitlin Houlahan (as Kate Draper), Robert Joy (as Dr. Walker), Marc Kudisch (as Mr. Burke), Luba Mason (as Mrs. Burke), Tom Nelis (as Mr. Perry), David Pittu (as Reverend Marlowe), Colton Ryan (as Gene Laine), Kimber Sprawl (as Marianne Laine), and Mare Winningham (as Elizabeth Laine), with Matthew Frederick Harris, John Schiappa, Rachel Stern, and Chelsea Lee Williams. Previews start September 11th, opens October 1, 2018

Final Follies: Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street.  To honor A.R. Gurney, Primary Stages kicks off its 2018-2019 season with a uniquely curated selection of three one-act plays: The Love CourseThe Rape of Bunny Stuntz and the titular Final Follies. The Love Course, an observation of the culminating meeting of an undergraduate romantic literature course, co-taught by two of academia’s most eccentric professors; The Rape of Bunny Stuntz, an enigmatic story of an overburdened woman anxiously trying to keep her personal life from the throes of chaos while leading a rowdy community meeting; and the titular Final Folliesthe last chapter in Gurney’s oeuvre of short plays examining WASP life in America, about a forlorn Manhattanite searching for the key to adulthood in the most truly, and literally, adult place imaginable. Directed by David Saint, starring Betsy Aidem (as Professor Carroway/Wilma), Colin Hanlon (as Nelson/Mike), Mark Junek (as Walter), Piter Marek (as Professor Burgess/Howie), Greg Mullavey (as Grandfather), Rachel Nicks (as Tanisha/Sally), and Deborah Rush (as Bunny Stuntz). Previews start September 12, opens October 2nd.

On Beckett: Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 22nd Street. Bill Irwin can’t escape Samuel Beckett. He has spent a lifetime captivated by the Irish writer’s language. In this intimate 90-minute evening, Irwin will explore a performer’s relationship to Beckett, mining the physical and verbal skills acquired in his years as a master clown and Tony Award-winning actor. Irwin’s approach to the comic, the tragic, to every side of Beckett’s work – including Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Texts for Nothing – will allow audiences to experience the language in compelling new ways. Whether you’re encountering the Nobel Prize winner’s writing for the first time, or building on a body of Beckett knowledge. Staring Bill Iriwn, with Finn O’Sullivan. Previews start September 26th, opens October 3rd.

Christian Borle

 

 

 

 

 

**Popcorn Falls: Davenport Theatre, 354 West 45th Street. Two-time Tony Award winner and Broadway favorite Christian Borle makes his New York directorial debut in James Hindman’s comedy about a small town with two actors playing over twenty roles in under ninety minutes. Welcome to Popcorn Falls, a small American town, whose only claim to fame – their namesake waterfall – has dried up. Now bankrupt, their last chance is a large grant that can only be used if the town produces a play in a week. Led by the Mayor and the local handyman, the enterprising townsfolk try to rise to the challenge and prove that art can save the world. Staring Adam Heller and Tom Souhrada. Previews start September 14th, opens October 8, 2018

Black Light: Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow Street. We loved  Black Light at Joe’s Pub from February 12 to March 25, 2018, the Public Theater production of Black Light, created by Daniel Alexander Jones and starring his alter ego Jomama Jones, returns to off-Broadway for a limited engagement at the re-christened Greenwich House Theater. Previews start September 24th, opens October 10th.

Fireflies: Atlantic Theater Company – Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street. World premiere of Donja R. Love’s Fireflies, directed by Saheem Ali. Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky is on fire. A pregnant Olivia’s fierce speech writing is the sole force behind her charismatic husband Charles and his successful Movement to galvanize people to march towards freedom. When four little girls are bombed in a church, Olivia and Charles’ marriage is threatened – as this tragedy and years of civil unrest leave Olivia believing that “this world ain’t no place to raise a colored child.” Starring Khris Davis (as Charles) and DeWanda Wise (as Olivia). Previews start September 26th, opens October 15th.

Stockard Channing , Hugh Dancy, Apoligia

 

 

 

**Apologia: Roundabout Theatre Company – Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 West 46th Street. Following an acclaimed run in London’s West End in 2017, Tony & Emmy Award winner Stockard Channing stars in Roundabout Theatre Company’s off-Broadway premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s Apologia, directed by Daniel Aukin. You do not mess with Kristin Miller. In the 1960s, she was a radical activist and political protester. Now a celebrated art historian, the publication of her memoir threatens to split her family apart. But Kristin has never been one to shy away from a fight. Apologia is a passionate, human and humorous clash of generations and beliefs—a lively look at yesterday’s rebels living in today’s reality. Stockard Channing (as Kristin Miller), Hugh Dancy (as Peter and Simon), Megalyn Echikunwoke (as Claire), Talene Monahon (as Trudi), and John Tillinger (as Hugh). Previews start September 27th opens October 16th.

Glenn Close

Glenn Close

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Mother of the Maid: Public Theater, 425 Layette Street. New York premiere of Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid, directed by Matthew Penn and starring six-time Academy Award nominee and three-time Tony & Emmy Award winner Glenn Close as the mother of Joan of Arc. Mother of the Maid tells the story of Joan of Arc’s mother, a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing peasant woman whose faith is upended as she deals with the baffling journey of her odd and extraordinary daughter. This riveting play is an epic tale told through an unexpected and remarkable new perspective and is a deeply moving drama about the glories and challenges of raising an exceptional child. Previews from start September 25th, opens October 17th.

**Ordinary Days: Clurman Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street. New York revival of Adam Gwon’s musical Ordinary Days, directed by Jonathan Silverstein. Ordinary Days, a refreshingly humorous and inspiring musical about making simple connections in a chaotic city, tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect in unexpected ways as they search for success, happiness, love, and taxis. Previews start October 2nd, opens October 17th.

Christine Lahti

Christine Lahti

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Gloria: A Life: Daryl Roth Theatre, 20 Union Square East. A new play about Gloria Steinem as a symbol of past, present and future change, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and starring Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Christine Lahti. Gloria: A Life weaves together personal and history-changing moments of the past fifty years, from consciousness among a few women, to the majority tipping point of national and global consciousness that we are now witnessing. Starting with Gloria’s early adventures as a rare female reporter, the revelations of the play include stories of the people who inspired her and led her to inspire others. Previews start October 2nd, opens October 18th.

Plot Points in Our Sexual Development: Lincoln Center Theater – Claire Tow Theater, 150 West 65th Street. Theo and Cecily want to be honest about their sexual histories, but what happens when telling the truth jeopardizes everything? A contemporary queer love story, Plot Points in Our Sexual Development explores gender, intimacy, and the dangers of revealing yourself to the person you love. Starring Jax Jackson and Marianne Rendon. Previews start October 6th, opens October 22nd.

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls PlayLucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street. A special return engagement for Jocelyn Bioh’s hit comedy. Previews start October 16th, opens October 22nd.

India Pale Ale: New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street. This is the world premiere of India Pale Ale, written by Jaclyn Backhaus and directed by Lucille Lortel Award nominee Will Davis. In a small Wisconsin town, a tight-knit Punjabi community gathers to celebrate the wedding of a traditional family’s only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away and open a bar. As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing, one generation’s cherished customs clash with another’s modern-day aspirations, and ghosts and pirates from the family’s past linger in everyone’s thoughts – until one sudden event changes everything. Previews start October 2nd, opens October 23rd.

The Niceties: New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street. The Niceties, written by Eleanor Burgess and directed by Kimberley Senior. At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They’re both liberal. They’re both women. They’re both brilliant. But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they’re in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen – and facing stunning implications that can’t be undone. Previews start October 12th, opens October 25th.

Eve’s Song: Public Theater, 425 Layette Street. This world premiere is written by Patricia Ione Lloyd and directed by Jo Bonney. Eve’s Song is a stunning, genre-bending new drama about the haunting of a black family in America. In the aftermath of a messy divorce and a daughter coming out as queer, Deborah is trying to keep things normal at home. But as black people continue to be killed beyond their four walls, the outside finds its way in, blurring the lines between family dynamics, politics, and the spirit world. How long can family dinners keep the dangers outside at bay? Filled with dark humor and boiling suspense, Eve’s Song examines our present racial climate through the eyes of a regular American family. Previews fstart October 23rd, opens November 7th.

Michael C. Hall, Lazarus

Michael C. Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thom Pain (based on nothing): Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd. Street. Written by Will Eno and directed by Obie Award-winner Oliver Butler. This surreal and very real one-man show follows Thom Pain as he desperately, and hilariously, tries to save his own life…or at least make it into something worth dying for. Starring Michael C. Hall (as Thom Pain). Previews start October 23rd, opens November 11th.

**A Chorus Line – Gala Presentation: New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street. One night only, led by the musical’s original co-choreographer Bob Avian and original cast member Baayork Lee (who played Connie). In 1975, the stories of seventeen Broadway dancers were brought to life when A Chorus Line opened Off-Broadway. The musical was born of workshop sessions with actual Broadway dancers (eight of whom appeared in the original cast) who laid bare their personal stories and the challenges they faced in pursuit of their dreams. November 14th.

Wild Goose Dreams: Public Theater, 425 Layette Street. Written by Hansol Jung and directed by Leigh Silverman. Minsung is a “goose father,” a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible? Wild Goose Dreams ​is a strikingly original play with music about two people, from two cultures, forced to choose between family and freedom. Previews start October 30th, opens November 14th.

Tim Daly, Tyne Daly

Tim Daly, Tyne Daly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Downstairs: Cherry Lane Theatre,  38 Commerce Street. Theresa Rebeck’s gripping new family drama, Downstairs, starring real-life siblings Tyne and Tim Daly, who will be appearing together on the New York stage for the first time ever. In Downstairs, Teddy is a bit lost and has found himself staying in his older sister Irene’s unfinished basement, which has infuriated her husband Gerry. As Irene and Teddy struggle with this less-than-ideal living arrangement, they quickly find themselves grappling with the burden of their family’s troublesome history. While trying to mend the past, the pair unearths a foreboding danger threatening to break the perilously thin bonds holding them together. Previews start November 7th, opens November 18th.

The Hard Problem: Lincoln Center Theater – Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 West 65th Street. The New York premiere of Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem, directed by Jack O’Brien. Hilary is a young psychology researcher at the Krohl Institute for Brain Science where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is “the hard problem” facing science, and for Hilary the possibility of genuine altruism, without a hidden Darwinian self-interest, depends on the answer. Meanwhile she is nursing a private sorrow. She needs a miracle and is prepared to pray for one. Staring Eshan Bay, Adelaide Clemens, Nina Grollman, Katie Beth Hall, Chris O’Shea, Tara Summers, and Karoline Xu. Previews from October 25th, opens November 19th.

The Emperor’s Nightingale: Clurman Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street. The New York premiere of Damon Chua’s The Emperor’s Nightingale, directed by Chongren Fan. The Emperor’s Nightingale is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Nightingale,” set in 18th-century China, bringing to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong who befriends a magical bird who helps him learn what he must do to be King. The play employs traditional Chinese lion dance, puppetry, and a pair of tigers and pandas to tell this fun, thrilling tale. Previews start November 26th, opens December 2nd.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. One of Dr. Seuss’ most loved (and loathed) characters returns to the New York stage for the 2018 Holiday season as How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical plays a limited engagement from December 13 to 30th.

**Blue Ridge: Atlantic Theater Company – Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street. The world premiere of Abby Rosebrock’s Blue Ridge, directed by Taibi Magar and starring Tony Award nominee Marin Ireland. A progressive high-school teacher with a rage problem retaliates against her unscrupulous boss and is sentenced to six months at a church-sponsored halfway house, where she attends to everyone’s recovery but her own. Set in Southern Appalachia, Blue Ridge is a pitch-dark comedy about heartbreak, hell-raising and healing. Previews start December 12th, opens January 7th.

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: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Pascale Roger-McKeever and Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is  filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. This particular episode was filmed in two parts at different times due to the weather and extenuating circumstances.

 

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Pascale Roger-McKeever and Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton.
We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms.

Austin Pendleton, Suzanna Bowling

Suzanna Bowling, Pascale Roger-McKeever

I am so grateful to my guests Pascale Roger-McKeever and Austin Pendleton. for joining me.

Austin Pendleton, Rommel Gopez, Suzanna Bowling

Rommel Gopez, Suzanna Bowling, Pascale Roger-McKeever

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

Austin Pendleton

Suzanna Bowling, Pascale Roger-McKeever, Craig J Horsley

Suzanna Bowling

Pascale Roger-McKeever will be starring in Fingers and Spoons directed by Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton. Soho Playhouse 15 Vandam Street. starting on April 25th.

Roger Sichel, Austin Pendleton, Rommel Gopez, Suzanna Bowling

You can catch us on the following platforms:

Pandora:

https://www.pandora.com/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/PC:1001084740

Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/show/1084740

Spotify:

Amazon:

https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/e3ac5922-ada8-4868-b531-12d06e0576d3

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/id1731059092

We hope to see you there on April 17th. We will be announcing our guests tonight.

All photo’s except for the picture with Roger are by Roger Sichel.

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Theatre News: OCC Nominations, Our Town, Hadestown, Romeo and Juliet, Here We Are, Hello Girls and Hell’s Kitchen 

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Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez will announce the 2024 73rd Outer Critics Circle nominations on April 23 at 3:30 p.m. at the Museum of Broadway. The OCC awards ceremony will take place on May 23. Radcliffe, Groff and Mendez were all nominated for the 2022 Off-Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along, with Groff and Mendez winning for Lead Performer and Featured Performer, respectively, in an Off-Broadway Musical.

Now here’s a revival that is star studded. Jim Parsons, Ephraim Sykes, Zoey Deutch, Katie Holmes and more will lead the revival of Our Town. This will star 28 actors of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Tony Award winner Kenny Leon will direct the show, which starts first-preview date of September 17 and an opening night of Oct. 10 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Four-time Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons is the Stage Manager, with Tony and Grammy Award nominee Ephraim Sykes as George Gibbs and Zoey Deutch as Emily Webb. The company will also feature Katie Holmes as Mrs. Webb, Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas as Mr. Webb, Tony nominee Michelle Wilson as Mrs. Gibbs, Billy Eugene Jones as Dr. Gibbs, Isabelle Stevenson Award recipient Julie Halston as Mrs. Soames and Donald Webber Jr. as Simon Stimpson. Rounding out the cast will be Ephie Aardema, Heather Ayers, Willa Bost, Bobby Daye, Safiya Kaijya Harris, Doron JéPaul, Shyla Lefner, Anthony Michael Lopez, John McGinty, Bryonha Marie, Kevyn Morrow, Hagan Oliveras, Noah Pyzik, Sky Smith, Bill Timoney, Matthew Elijah Webb and Nimene Sierra Wureh. Two additional actors will be announced at a later date

Hadestown launches singing sweepstakes for their 5th Anniversary celebration! Until  Tuesday, April 9th, fans can upload a video of themselves singing a song from the show for a chance to win a custom Gibson guitar, two tickets to attend Hadestown on the eve of the show’s 5th anniversary, and two tickets to attend an exclusive 5th anniversary celebration with the Hadestown company, past and present, on Tuesday, April 16. Audience Rewards will host a lottery allowing fans to win a chance to attend the one-night-only 5th anniversary celebration in New York City on Tuesday, April 16th.

Tom Holland in Romeo & Juliet, directed by Jamie Lloyd will head to Broadway after its London run. The Spider-man star, starred in Billy Elliot The Musical as a boy sold tickets out in under two hours. Francesca Amewudah-Rivers is Juliet. Amewudah-Rivers previously appeared in two seasons of BBC series Bad Education and three short films. She has stage experience in productions at the Globe and Lyric Hammersmith among other venues and is making her West End debut.

Concord Theatricals Recordings announced today that the original cast recording of Here We Are, David Ives and Stephen Sondheim’s critically-acclaimed new musical, will be released on CD and digital platforms worldwide on Friday, May 17. The album will be available on 2-LP, 180g baby blue vinyl on Friday, September 6.

You can preorder the album on CD and vinyl HERE.

The album will feature the cast of Joe Mantello’s celebrated world premiere production: Francois Battiste, Tracie Bennett, Bobby Cannavale, Micaela Diamond, Amber Gray, Jin Ha, Rachel Bay Jones, Denis O’Hare, Steven Pasquale, David Hyde Pierce and Jeremy Shamos.

Watch a sneak preview from the recording session HERE.

“This show is Steve’s final gift to us all, a brilliant, hilarious and always inventive collaboration with playwright David Ives and director Joe Mantello, performed by an incredible cast and band,” said Flahaven and Rosenfield. ”It was a privilege and genuine pleasure to record it.”

Here We Are (Original Cast Recording) has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, and music supervision and additional arrangements by Alexander Gemignani, conducting a 14-piece orchestra. The album was recorded and mixed by Ian Kagey and mastered by Oscar Zambrano. The album packaging was designed by Derek Bishop.

Prospect Theater Company (Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director; Melissa Huber, Managing Director) will present two special concert presentations of their hit musical The Hello Girls: Tony Award Honor recipient Ben Davis (New York, New York; La Bohème), Lisa Helmi Johanson (POTUS), Savy Jackson (Bad Cinderella), Asher Muldoon (Dear Evan Hansen), Laura Jean Spineti (The Oldenburg Suite), Matthew Weatherhead, and Kat Wolff will join the previously announced members of the world premiere actor-musician cast, including Ellie Fishman (Into the Woods) as ‘Grace Banker’, Arlo Hill (The Phantom of the Opera), Chanel Karimkhani (The Goree All Girl String Band), Andrew Mayer (The Great Comet of 1812), Ben Moss (OBIE Award, Oratorio for Living Things), and Lili Thomas (Chicago).

Original company percussionist Elena Bonomo (Six) and bass player Jordyn Davis will join the on stage ensemble of musicians. Fernanda Douglas will serve as Associate Music Director, and Kate Semmens as Assistant Director. Veronica Aglowis the Production Stage Manager, and Hollace Jeffords is the Assistant Stage Manager.

As previously announced, The Hello Girls will play Washington, DC for one night only on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:30pm in the Terrace Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2700 F Street, NW), in a special staged concert presented by the Doughboy Foundation. Tickets, starting at $40, are now on sale and can be purchased at www.kennedy-center.org or www.prospecttheater.org.

The production will also receive a special one night only presentation as part of Prospect’s IGNITE Series in New York City on Sunday, May 12 at 6:30pm at the Peter Norton Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, at 95th Street). Tickets, starting at $30 for students with ID (includes facility fee), are on sale now, and can be purchased at www.symphonyspace.org or www.prospecttheater.org.

The critically-acclaimed musical tells the story of the first women soldiers in the U.S. Army, who served on the front lines during World War I, acting as bi-lingual Signal Corps Telephone Operators. Deployed to France, they connected over 26 million calls and remained to assist during the post-war period, including at the Treaty of Versailles that officially ended the war. Colloquially known as the ‘Hello Girls’, over thirty of the women received individual commendations, including Grace Banker who received the Distinguished Service Medal. Despite their key role in the American combat effort, when they returned home the women learned that the War Department did not consider them military veterans. They fought for their rights valiantly until 1977, when congress finally acknowledged their veterans’ status.

The show features music and lyrics by award-winning composer Peter Mills, with script by Mills and Cara Reichel. Choreography is by Christine O’Grady and music direction is by Ben Moss, and the production is directed by Cara Reichel.

The Broadway premiere of the new musical Hell’s Kitchen, the new musical from 16-time Grammy® Award winner Alicia Keys, is now in performances and will officially open on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street.)

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On Your Mark, Get Ready, and GO!!! 

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Spring is here, and with it comes the inevitable rush of shows opening, but perhaps more importantly, shows that may have slipped by your notice and are closing soon.  Also included are some recommendations for things coming up that you should know.  

Corruption — This power-packed examination of the phone-hacking scandal that rocked the Murdoch empire in the previous decade is a must see for anyone who cares about politics, journalism, and decency and ethical behavior within both. Bartlett Sher has once again masterfully directed a piece that in lesser hands could be boring but clips along in a way that leaves one almost breathless.  The entire cast is splendid, most notably Toby Stephens as one of the pivotal characters.  The set by Michael Yeargan gets the audience revved for what is to follow, and playwright J.T. Rogers, who also wrote Oslo, has once again delivered an important play for our times. Catch it at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center before it closes on April 14. 

Dead Outlaw Photo by Matthew Murphy (2024).

Dead Outlaw – Also closing on April 14 is this musical based on a most unlikely true story.  It was conceived by David Yazbek, who also wrote the music and lyrics with Erik Della Penna and written by Itamar Moses.  The music is of the hillbilly/country variety, and the set and costumes appropriately gel with that.  While this is not–as was said in the Sixties—my thing, I was clearly in the minority.  The audience was loving it to bits, and you probably will as well.  Catch it quick at the Minetta Lane Theatre in the Village. 

Do Re Mi – J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company is presenting this Comden, Green and Styne show from the 1960s from April 19 – 28.  Comden and Green always bring a zaniness to their shows, a lightheartedness that seems out of fashion today, but is just what we need right now.  The winner song from this show is “Make Someone Happy”.  Make yourself happy and get a ticket.  This same company is also doing Lucky Stiff from May 3 – 12, the first musical by Flaherty and Ahrens, the genius team that brought us Ragtime.  It is described as a musical farce, which sounds like a perfect antidote for whatever might be ailing you.  Being presented in tandem with these shows are cabarets will feature an all-star cast and will be presented at 7:30 PM on the second Tuesday during each musical’s run (April 23rd, May 7th).   This company has produced several revivals of beloved musicals in the last few years, and each one was a joy! 

I’ll Leave It To You – Deviating a bit from their mission of promoting George Bernard Shaw, the Gingold Theatrical Group is presenting Noël Coward’s first play on April 29 at Symphony Space.  If you don’t know this company already, you are well served to check them out. 

Wicked Little Letters – Can we ever get enough of Olivia Coleman?  Methinks not.  If you agree, see her latest film before it evaporates from sight, like so many great films do. 

Craig Rubano

Craig Rubano — After selling out the Laurie Beechman Theatre in March with his show “Take the Moment”, Craig has added an extra performance on June 12, in addition to the two already scheduled on April 13 and May 19.  This performance is a perfect Mother’s and Father’s Day treat, or an occasion to share with friends.  As said previously, “Rubano made his return to the stage of the Laurie Beechman slowly, dramatically, and expressively, with the reverence of a cleric. The masterful leadership of Jeff Harnar’s direction enabled Craig Rubano to deliver an exceptional performance.” 

Calling All Porterphiles! — If you love Cole Porter and his music, you should know about these two events.  To celebrate his birthday every year, his hometown of Peru, Indiana has a Festival.  This year it runs from June 6 – 9 and is jampacked with entertainment and education for every fan.  Check it out at www.coleporterfestival.org. 

For the true aficionado, there’s a trip planned for late October, beginning in New York and visiting Porter locations is Venice and Paris.  More details as they develop. 

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The 2024 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations Announced

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Wet Brain, produced by Playwrights Horizons and MCC Theater, has the most nominations with 8; followed by Playwrights’ Stereophonic and Atlantic Theater’s Buena Vista Social Club with 7 – the latter being the most nominated musical.

Nominations for the 39th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were announced today by Amber Iman and George Abud, two of the stars of the new Broadway musical, Lempicka. The 2024 Awards will be presented at the annual ceremony which will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at NYU Skirball beginning at 7:00pm. The event will once again be open to the public, with tickets available for purchase beginning April 11 at tickets.nyu.edu or at the NYU Skirball box office Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm. As always, the Lortel Awards are a benefit for the Entertainment Community Fund, and fans are encouraged to make donations at LortelAwards.org. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League and Lucille Lortel Theatre, with additional support provided by TDF.

Alicia Keys earned a Lortel Award nomination for her semi-autobiographical new musical, Hell’s Kitchen, which recently transferred to Broadway. David Adjmi’s Stereophonic – nominated for 7 Lortel Awards – is also currently in performances on Broadway. All in all, for the 2023 – 2024 Off-Broadway season, 39 of the 75 eligible productions earned at least one Lortel Award nomination.

As previously announced, special honorees this year include Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Playwrights’ Sidewalk inductee Dominique Morisseau, and Ars Nova, who will be honored for their Outstanding Body of Work.

2024 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Julio Monge in Wet Brain. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Outstanding Play

The Comeuppance

Produced by Signature Theatre

Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Plays For The Plague Year

Produced by The Public Theater

Written by Suzan-Lori Parks

Primary Trust

Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company

Written by Eboni Booth

Stereophonic

Produced by Playwrights Horizons

Written by David Adjmi

Wet Brain

Produced by Playwrights Horizons and MCC Theater

Written by John J. Caswell, Jr.

Jared Machado, Kenya Browne, and Olly Sholotan in ATC’s Buena Vista Social Club. Photo by Ahron R. Foster.
Outstanding Musical

(pray)

Produced by Ars Nova and National Black Theatre

Created by nicHi douglas, with music by S T A R R Busby and JJJJJerome Ellis

Buena Vista Social Club

Produced by Atlantic Theater Company

Book by Marco Ramirez, Music by Buena Vista Social Club

Dead Outlaw

Produced by Audible Theater

Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek & Erik Della Penna, Book by Itamar Moses, Conceived by David Yazbek

Hell’s Kitchen

Produced by The Public Theater

Music and Lyrics by Alicia Keys, Book by Kristoffer Diaz

Teeth

Produced by Playwrights Horizons

Book and Music by Anna K. Jacobs, Book and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson

Julia Lester (up on the table) and the cast of CSC’s production of I CAN GET IT FOR YOUWHOLESALE. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.
Outstanding Revival

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

Produced by Play Hooky Productions, Seaview, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Jayne Baron Sherman, Stella La Rue, Roth-Manella Productions, Sony Music Masterworks, Jillian Robbins, David Binder, Folk Productions, Antonio Marion, Daniel Schwartz, Wessex Grove, Stephanie Choate, Hillary Wyatt

Written by John Patrick Shanley

I Can Get It for You Wholesale

Produced by Classic Stage Company

Book by Jerome Weidman (based on his novel), Music and Lyrics by Harold Rome, Book revisions by John Weidman

Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Produced by Irish Repertory Theatre Company

Written by Brian Friel

Sunset Baby

Produced by Signature Theatre Company

Written by Dominique Morisseau

Translations

Produced by Irish Repertory Theatre

Written by Brian Friel

Patrick Page in All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.
Outstanding Solo Show

All The Devils Are Here – How Shakespeare Invented the Villain

Produced by Mara Isaacs, Thomas M. Neff, Willette and Manny Klausner, 42nd.Club, Daryl Roth

Written and Performed by Patrick Page

I Love You So Much I Could Die

Produced by New York Theatre Workshop

Written and Performed by Mona Pirnot

Make Me Gorgeous!

Produced by triangle productions!

Written by Donnie, Additional Material by Wade McCollum

Performed by Wade McCollum

Sorry For Your Loss

Produced by Audible

Written and Performed by Michael Cruz Kayne

Triple Threat

Produced by Brendan Gaul, Brett Henenberg, James T. Lane, and T32 Theatrical

Written and Performed by James T. Lane

Trent Saunders, Andrew Durand, and Eddie Cooper in Audible Theater’s World Premiere of Dead Outlaw at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Photo by Matthew Murphy (2024).
Outstanding Director

Daniel Aukin – Stereophonic

David Cromer – Dead Outlaw

nicHi douglas – (pray)

Eric Ting – The Comeuppance

Dustin Wills – Wet Brain

Outstanding Choreographer

Camille A. Brown – Hell’s Kitchen

Graciela Daniele and Alex Sanchez – The Gardens of Anuncia

Patricia Delgado and Justin Peck – Buena Vista Social Club

nicHi douglas – (pray)

Raja Feather Kelly – Teeth

Gabby Beans and Hagan Oliveras in RTC’s Jonah. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Outstanding Lead Performer in a Play

Christopher Abbott – Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

Gabby Beans – Jonah

William Jackson Harper – Primary Trust

Nicole Ari Parker – The Refuge Plays

Josh Radnor – The Ally

A.J. Shively – Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Paco Tolson – The Knight of the Burning Pestle

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Play

Arnie Burton – Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors

Eli Gelb – Stereophonic

Carmen M. Herlihy – The Apiary

Florencia Lozano – Wet Brain

Julio Monge – Wet Brain

Bubba Weiler – Swing State

Frank Wood – Toros

Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Jordan Boatman, James Daly, Ellen Harvey, and Arnie Burton in DRACULA, A COMEDY OF TERRORS. photo by Matthew Murphy.
Outstanding Lead Performer in a Musical

Natalie Venetia Belcon – Buena Vista Social Club

Jeb Brown – Dead Outlaw

Andrew Durand – Dead Outlaw

Santino Fontana – I Can Get It for You Wholesale

Priscilla Lopez – The Gardens of Anuncia

Alyse Alan Louis – Teeth

Maleah Joi Moon – Hell’s Kitchen

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical

Shoshana Bean – Hell’s Kitchen

Rodrick Covington – Rock & Roll Man

Kecia Lewis – Hell’s Kitchen

Jessica Molaskey – The Connector

Steven Pasquale – Teeth

Mel Semé – Buena Vista Social Club

Thom Sesma – Dead Outlaw

Steven Pasquale (Center) and the cast in Playwrights Horizons’ Teeth. Photo by Chelcie Parry.
Outstanding Ensemble

(pray)

Ariel Kayla Blackwood, S T A R R Busby, Ashely De La Rosa, Tina Fabrique, Satori Folkes-Stone, Amara Granderson, Taylor Symone Jackson, Ziiomi Louise Law, Aigner Mizzelle, Gayle Turner, Darnell White, D. Woods

The Comeuppance

Brittany Bradford, Caleb Eberhardt, Susannah Flood, Bobby Moreno, Shannon Tyo

Flex

Brittany Bellizeare, Christiana Clark, Eboni Edwards, Renita Lewis, Erica Matthews, Ciara Monique, Tamera Tomakili

Outstanding Scenic Design

Jason Ardizzone-West – shadow/land

Arnulfo Maldonado – Buena Vista Social Club

Arnulfo Maldonado – Dead Outlaw

Kate Noll – Wet Brain

David Zinn – Stereophonic

Patrice Johnson Chevannes in NYTW’s The Half-God of Rainfall. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Outstanding Costume Design

Dede Ayite – Buena Vista Social Club

Enver Chakartash – Stereophonic

Linda Cho – The Half-God of Rainfall

DeShon Elem – (pray)

Lux Haac – Manahatta

Outstanding Lighting Design

Amith Chandrashaker – The Comeuppance

Jiyoun Chang – Stereophonic

Jen Schriever – Spain

Cha See – Wet Brain

John Torres – Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

Marin Ireland and Andrew Burnap in 2ST’s SPAIN. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Outstanding Sound Design

Tei Blow & John Gasper – Wet Brain

Jonathan Deans – Buena Vista Social Club

Palmer Hefferan – The Comeuppance

Ryan Rumery – Stereophonic

Mikaal Sulaiman – (pray)

Outstanding Projection Design

59 Productions – Corruption

Nick Hussong – Wet Brain

Jared Mezzocchi – Poor Yella Rednecks

Jared Mezzocchi – Russian Troll Farm

Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew – The Connector

D. Woods (center) appears in (pray), directed by nicHi douglas, for Ars Nova at Greenwich House Theater. Photo by Ben Arons.

HONORARY AWARDS

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee

Dominique Morisseau

Outstanding Body of Work

Ars Nova

Mary Beth Fisher and Bubba Weiler in Rebecca Gilman’s Swing State. Photos by Liz Lauren. Taken at the Goodman Theater (2022)

NOMINATIONS BY SHOW

Wet Brain8

Buena Vista Social Club7

Stereophonic7

(pray)6

Dead Outlaw6

Hell’s Kitchen5

The Comeuppance5

Teeth4

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea3

I Can Get It for You Wholesale2

Philadelphia, Here I Come!2

Primary Trust2

The Connector2

The Gardens of Anuncia2

All The Devils Are Here – How Shakespeare Invented the Villain1

Corruption1

Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors1

Flex1

I Love You So Much I Could Die1

Jonah1

Wade McCollum in the triangle productions! of Make Me Gorgeous!. Photo by Maria Baranova.

Make Me Gorgeous!1

Manahatta1

Plays For The Plague Year1

Poor Yella Rednecks1

Rock & Roll Man1

Russian Troll Farm1

shadow/land1

Sorry For Your Loss1

Spain1

Sunset Baby1

Swing State1

The Ally1

Juan Castano in 2ST’s TOROS. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The Off-Broadway League’s Lortel Awards Producing & Administration Committee (Jeremy Adams, Alana Canty-Samuel, Tisa Chang, Carol Fishman, George Forbes, Kenneth Naanep, Ralph Peña, Catherine Russell, Michael Sag, Jonathan Whitton, Casey York, and Jeffrey Shubart, Chair) and the Lucille Lortel Theatre (George Forbes, Jeffrey Shubart, Nancy Hurvitz, Alana Canty-Samuel, Maura Le Viness, and Karla Liriano) produce the Lortel Awards Ceremony. Acclaimed writer/director Michael Heitzman directs the Lortel Awards with Terry Berliner as Co-Director. Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, United Scenic Artists, the Lucille Lortel Theatre, in addition to theatre journalists, academics and other Off-Broadway professionals, serve on the Voting Committee.

ABOUT THE LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS

The Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were created in 1985 by the Off-Broadway League. The Lortel Awards recognize excellence in Off-Broadway by honoring the invaluable contribution of artists to the theatre community. Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, United Scenic Artists, the Lucille Lortel Theatre, in addition to theatre journalists, academics and other Off-Broadway professionals, serve on the Voting Committee. Awards may be given in the following categories: Play, Musical, Solo Show, Revival, Alternative Theatrical Experience, Director, Choreographer, Lead Performer in a Play and Musical, Featured Performer in a Play and Musical, Ensemble, Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound, and Projection Design. The following honorary awards may also be given: Lifetime Achievement Award, Body of Work (awarded to an institution), Edith Oliver Service to Off-Broadway Award, and induction onto the Playwrights’ Sidewalk in front of the historic Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City. For more information, please see www.LortelAwards.org.

ABOUT THE OFF-BROADWAY LEAGUE

The Off-Broadway League was founded in 1959 to foster theatrical productions produced in Off-Broadway theatres (productions in Manhattan in venues with 76-499 seats), to assist in the voluntary exchange of information among its members, and to serve as a collective voice of its membership in pursuit of these goals. In recent years the League has grown to represent an average of 150 individual members and theatres and 100 non-for-profit and commercial shows per season.

Josh Radnor in The Ally at The Public Theater. Photo credit: Joan Marcus.

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Pascale Roger-McKeever and Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton

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I am so pleased to announce our guest for next Wednesday’s show on April 10th are Pascale Roger-McKeever and Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton talking about their off Broadway show Fingers & Spoons.

Pascale Roger-McKeever

Playwright and performer Pascale Roger-McKeever is a mid-40s mom accepts her husband’s invitation to an open marriage. Provocative in its exploration of human vulnerability, the play acknowledges and embraces the acute discomfort of living out our inescapable sexuality – a shameless exploration of shame itself, this one-woman play turns many notions of self-empowerment on their head.

Fingers & Spoons is written and performed by Pascale Roger-McKeever and directed by Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton. The show begins previews on Thursday, April 25, 2024, and is set to open on Thursday, May 2nd, 2024, at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City.

Pascale Roger-McKeever studied acting in London with the likes of Rosa Cyrota from The Moscow Arts Theatre, and Joachim Tenschert from The Berliner Ensemble before moving to New York City for the American dream. Theater credits include Rosannah in Cindy Lou Johnson’s Brilliant Traces, May in Sam Sheperd’s Fool For Love, lead roles in Tennessee Williams’ This Property Is Condemned, Talk to Me like the Rain and Let Me Listen, I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow. Film credits include Dark Phoenix, Quitters, Deadly Garage Sale, The Last Smile. Directorial credits include Carole Frechette’s The Four Lives of Marie and 7 Days in the Life of Simon Labrosse. Plays written and produced include Family In Church, Love From Behind, and Milk No Sugar. Her screenplay The Way I Am is currently being shopped around in Los Angeles and France.

Austin Pendleton has an extensive career as a film, television, and stage actor, a playwright, theater director, and a teacher of acting. He has worked on and off Broadway and is a Tony Award nominee, recipient of Drama Desk and Obie Awards, Screen Actors Guild award winner, and ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company. He wrote Orson’s Shadow, Uncle Bob, and Booth and the adaptation for A Minister’s Wife. Recent acting work includes the Broadway production of Tracy Letts’s The Minutes. Recent directing credits: Between Riverside and Crazy on Broadway (two Tony Award Nominations for that), Three Sisters, and Uncle Vanya at Classic Stage Company. He has made more than 100 film and television appearances.

“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents ”, is a new show filmed in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our first episode click here second episode click here,  third episode click here, fourth episode click here, fifth episode here, six episode here and our seventh episode here.

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