What To Watch July 24th To Take Away The Blues
Shakespeare in Vegas, Starring Karen Ziemba and Patrick Page By TheatreWorks. Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Contact, Curtains, Prince of Broadway) and Tony Award nominee Patrick Page (Hadestown) will head up a dynamic cast when TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents a benefit online reading of Shakespeare in Vegas, a rollicking comedy by Suzanne Bradbeer.
Presented by TheatreWorks’s New Works from Home program in partnership with Vegas Theatre Company, this comedy shines a spotlight on an unlikely pairing, as a wiseguy producer with a dream and a despondent New York actor join forces in their attempt to bring the Bard of Avon to Sin City.
Helmed by Las Vegas native and TheatreWorks’s Artistic Associate and Director of New Works Giovanna Sardelli, Shakespeare in Vegas will be offered via video streaming from 6pm (PT), Thursday, July 23, 2020 until 6pm (PT), Monday, July 27, 2020.
A link to stream the show will be available at TheatreWorks.org for no charge, although donations are encouraged to support the 2019 Regional Theatre Tony-winning TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, which like theatres across America has been forced to cancel in-theatre performances to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960.
12pm: Lang Lang
1pm: College Theatre Auditions: Marymount Manhattan College and Manhattan School of Music Faculty from theatre programs at Marymount Manhattan College and Manhattan School of Music will go live to answer your questions about their specialized college theatre experiences, audition tips, and more.
1pm: StillHERE Online: Queen of the Nile Born out of the news of journalist Lara Logan’s sexual assault in Egypt, Queen of the Nile is a soundscape performance – an inquiry that explores everyday absorption of cataclysmic trauma. This hybrid utilizes extended vocal techniques, spoken word, tonal chorus, vocal landscapes, incantations and musical harmonies, and merges original and adapted text from Logan’s interviews, media posts and Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.
This piece has been developed with the Dorset Theater Festival’s Women Artist Writing Group (DTF WAW). Starring Kimberly Gambino, Elizabeth M. Kelly, Michael Markham, Mariana Newhard and Kamala Sankaram
2pm: Broadway Weekends: Lily James a 90 minute class, Lily will lead you through her very own pre-show warmup – the same she used every night before going on stage for All About Eve on the West End! There will then be individual monologue coaching for four participants.
2:30: Songs For A New World The Other Palace Jason Robert Brown’s first musical is presented online by this UK company with a starry cast: Rachel John, Ramin Karimloo, Cedric Neal and Rachel Tucker, “Filmed entirely in isolation” Tickets: £12.50
3pm: Toruk Cirque du Soleil, inspired by the James Cameron film “Avatar.” TORUK – The First Flight, get transported to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses with Amaluna, and enjoy fan-favorite acrobatics from Dralion!
3pm: The Early Night Show with Joshua Turchin
4pm: Inside The Ensemble: Peter Maloney & Mary Beth Peil By Atlantic Theater Company A pair of Atlantic Theater Company Ensemble members discuss the history of our company, and how their work has evolved since those early days. Featuring Ensemble members Peter Maloney & Mary Beth Peil.
4pm–9:30pm: Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar Tonight’s scheduled pianists are Tonight’s scheduled pianists are Kenney Green (@KenneyGreenMusic) and Adam Michael Tilford (@Adam-Tilford-1).
5pm: Julie Halston: Virtual Halston Broadway actress/comedienne Julie Halston is coming to a laptop near you! After ranting and raving on stages and cocktail parties, the comedy queen will launch “Virtual Halston,” a weekly half-hour gab-fest spotlighting her famous friends. This week it’s stage and screen star Marilu Henner (Taxi, Gettin’ The Band Back Together, Grease) and Broadway artist Justin Squigs Robertson.
7pm: Mambo Sauce The New Group. Part of the Facing the Rising Tide digital festival of plays, Daniella De Jesús writes about strange doings at the zoo on Cargill Island.
7pm: Our Voices. Our Votes. Our Time. By Black Theatre United Two-time Tony winner and Oscar winner Viola Davis will moderate the second town hall from the newly formed Black Theatre United coalition. Titled Our Voices. Our Votes. Our Time., the panel will feature Davis in conversation with former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, the founder of Fair Fight and Fair Count, and Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean, the vice president of Fair Count.
Fair Count partners with hard-to-count (HTC) communities to achieve a fair and accurate count of all people in the nation in the 2020 Census and strengthen the pathways to greater civic participation.
7:30pm: Verdi’s Falstaff Verdi finished his sublime final opera when he was almost 80 years old, capping a fruitful career with a bawdy adaptation of scenes from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV. His classic operatic farce charts a knight’s gold-digging efforts to seduce two married women, leading to belly-flopping failure on both counts. The score, meanwhile, is a complete tour de force, demonstrating the old master’s still-youthful panache, as well as his profound insight into human nature.
8pm: Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Virtual Mock Trial By Shakespeare Theatre Center an encore performance of its Virtual Mock Trial. Broadway star Tracie Thoms (Rent) moderates the proceedings.
The Virtual Mock Trial presents an appellate argument before a panel of judges, based on a legal issue arising out of a re-imagined plot point from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In a case of art imitating life, the scenario from the Bard’s comedy focuses on a canceled performance of Pyramus and Thisbe and the legitimacy of the force majeure clause. Expect Shakespearean puns, judges donning their best robes, political jokes, and even an understanding of Athenian law.
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $10 for law clerks, and free for current students. Click here for more information.
The special stars attorney Kathryn Ruemmler as the Petitioner for Theseus, the Duke of Athens, who lost expected revenue after the canceled performances, and paid an advance to the acting company of Rude Mechanicals.
Defense and trial lawyer Abbe Lowell acts as the respondent for the playing company, contending that turning the lead actor into a donkey is indeed an act of God and they should not be liable for any losses.
Judge Merrick B. Garland, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit presides over the case, and is accompanied by Judge Patricia A. Millett, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Judge Amy Berman Jackson, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and Judge Neomi Jehangir Rao, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
8pm: Stars in the House Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Reunion is the daily live streamed concert series by Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley. Rachel Bloom (Rebecca Bunch), Skylar Astin (Greg), Donna Lynne Champlin (Paula), Scott Michael Foster (Nathaniel), Pete Gardner (Darryl), David Hull (Josh Wilson), Vella Lovell (Heather), Vincent Rodriguez III (Josh Chan), and Gabrielle Ruiz (Valencia) will reunite for the first time since last year’s finale.
8pm: The Weir By Irish Repertory Theatre In a remote country pub in Ireland, newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there. With a whiff of sexual tension in the air and the wind whistling outside, what starts out as blarney soon turns dark as the tales drift into the realm of the supernatural. Then, Valerie reveals a startling story of her own….
Conor McPherson’s The Weir is a haunting, evocative evening in the theatre you will never forget. This new production has been filmed remotely from quarantine and designed for a digital experience; it is the third Irish Rep production of The Weir. The 2013 Irish Rep production of The Weir was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival. Due to audience demand, The Weir was revived again in Irish Rep’s 2015 season.
Written by Conor McPherson
Directed by Ciarán O’Reilly
Starring Dan Butler, Sean Gormley, John Keating, Amanda Quaid, and Tim Ruddy
8pm: Ole White Sugah Daddy Aye Defy’s Kilroys Series by Obehi Janice. A young Black female coder wrestles with love, identity, and the tension between striving and thriving as she tries to get her startup off the ground. How can you fully be yourself in spaces where no one can see all the sides of you.
8pm: Beginning Days of True Jubilation by Mona Mansour conceived by Society theater troupe with New Ohio Theater. An inaugural entry of the newly online Ice Factory Festival. It tells the story of the early euphoria of a new start-up through to its epic crash and burn.
8pm: over easy She NYC Theater Festival Abaigeal O’Donnell’s play follows four egg donors from recruitment to extraction, as they learn that donating eggs is not always what it’s cracked up to be.
9pm: Evening at Pops: John & Bonnie: First Raitt Pops By PBS John Williams leads the Boston Pops in a concert highlighted by John and Bonnie Raitt in the father and daughter’s first joint television performance, with an appearance by Nashville fiddler Mark O’Connor.
9pm: She Loves Me PBS Great Performances. The 2016 Broadway revival starring Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski, Gavin Creel and Byron Jennings.
9pm: Under 30 Lab: Job By IAMA In downtown San Francisco, a young woman holds a gun to her therapists head. How did it come to this? The answer is complicated but it involves Google, Xanax, grizzly bears, performative activism, the state of Wisconsin, gaslighting, and what it means to have a job in 2020.
Job, was written by Max Wolf Friedlich and directed by Casey Stangl and is part of IAMA’s Under 30 Playwrights Lab Series
Jessica Chastain Strips Down Bare A Doll’s House and is Luminescent
In watching Jamie Lloyd’s version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, it feels like a scene study class. The set is stripped bare, there are no props, no costumes, no curtain, no children except their voices and no touching. On the wall is written 1879 and what was three acts is now one hour and fifty minutes, no intermission.
Jessica Chastain, is Nora who enters and sits on a wooden chair as the turntable circles about 15 minutes before the play starts. Slowly the other characters enter and sit with their backs to Nora.
The play starts as her husband Torvald (Arian Moayed), has been given a promotion at the bank where he works. At first Nora seems frivolous spending money they do not have yet for Christmas presents, for everyone but herself. She is scolded, then indulged as her husband controls her world, as do all the men around her. When Kristine (Jesmille Darkbouze), an old childhood friend returns needing a job, she makes Nora also feel like her life is trivial, until Nora confesses she secretly borrowed money years ago when Torvald was sick and has been paying it off. Torvald is about to fire Krogstad (Okieriete Onaodowan), but we find out he was who loaned Nora the money and that she forged her father’s name on the promissory note, which is a crime. If this secret gets out it will ruin the whole family.
Nora turns to her her husband’s best friend Dr. Rank (the wonderful Michael Patrick Thornton) for help. Their chemistry is undeniable, but he tells her he loves her breaking the boundries and she can not confess to her indiscretion with the signature. Dr Rank sees Nora for who she is and tells her he is about to die pushing her to the edge.
Trying her best to stop what is inevitable Nora decides to commit suicide. She is sure Torvald will give up everything due to his love for her. Instead she learns and wakes up to the truth. She has and will always be controlled by men. The pattern started with her father and when Torvald learns the truth, instead of being on her side, he berates her with hate. When Krogstad has a change of heart and decides not to blackmail the family, Torvald turns back to wanting his wife, but the truth has opened up her eyes to a world she does not and can not live it.
Chastain starts off low key and like an onion, peels down to the core. She subtly steals your heart and has you cheering for her. She is seriously one fabulous actress, with her face conveying everything. She should win the Tony for this performance. Moayed as Torvald comes off as weak and ineffectual. You never understand why Nora has given everything to this man. Onaodowan gives off villainy vibes until he shows us Krogstad pain and heart. Thornton as Dr Rank, steals nearly every scene.
The language feels too contemporary and Lloyd’s directing choices are not always effective, but Amy Herzog’s adaptation really made me feel the power of the text.
The end made me want to break out and sob. Men, still really do not see us or the small sacrifices we make or the large ones done in secret to better their lives. We love them, but we need to start loving ourselves.
A Doll’s House: Hudson Theatre, 141 West 44th Street until June 10th
Theatre News: Smash, I Need That, Good Night, Oscar, Funny Girl, This Beautiful Lady and In The Trenches: A Parenting Musical
The NBC television series Smash is coming to Broadway for the 2024-2025 season. Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron and Steven Spielberg will produce. The musical will feature a book co-written by three-time Tony Award nominee Rick Elice and Tony winner Bob Martin. Tony and Grammy winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Some Like It Hot). The team earned three Emmy nominations for their songs from the “Smash” series will pen the score, which will feature numbers from the TV show.
Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (New York, New York) will direct and Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse will choreograph.
The series was created by Theresa Rebeck and Spielberg, launch the series. Spielberg is also one of the co-producers of Good Night, Oscar, which begins performances at the Belasco Theatre on April 7.
Official dates, theater, creative team and casting for the “Smash” stage musical will be announced at a later date.
Speaking of the Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Theresa Rebeck, Danny DeVito and Lucy DeVito are set to star in her new play I Need That at the Roundabout. The new comedy will be directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel which will open at the American Airlines Theatre in October. The cast will also include Ray Anthony Thomas. … Also newly announced for Roundabout’s new Broadway season is a spring 2024 revival of Samm-Art Williams’ 1980 Tony-nominated play “Home.” Tony winner Kenny Leon will direct
Speaking of Good Night, Oscar, Doug Wright’s play was named finalist for 2023 new play award by The American Theatre Critics Association. The other six finalists for the 2023 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award include: Born With Teeth by Liz Duffy Adams, the ripple, the wave that carried me home by Christina Anderson, Sally & Tom by Suzan-Lori Parks, Spay by Madison Fiedler and
Swing State by Rebecca Gilman.
Paolo Montalban and Anne L. Nathan are joining Lea Michele in Funny Girl as Florenz Ziegfield and Mrs. Strakosh. Montalban and Nathan will replace original cast members Peter Francis James and Toni DiBuono, who take their final bows on March 26th.
Elizabeth Swados’ This Beautiful Lady will play at La MaMa this May. Previews will begin May 5 for the Off-Broadway run ahead of the May 8 press opening, with performances set through May 28 in the Ellen Stewart Theatre.
In The Trenches: A Parenting Musical, with book, music, and lyrics by Graham & Kristina Fuller, will receive industry readings on Friday, March 24th at 11am & 3pm at Ripley Grier Studios. The readings will be directed by Jen Wineman (Dog Man: The Musical) and will feature music direction by Rebekah Bruce (Mean Girls) and arrangements by Dan Graeber, Graham & Kristina Fuller.
The cast of In The Trenches features Amanda Jane Cooper (Wicked), Jelani Remy (The Lion King, Ain’t Too Proud), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Caesar Samayoa (Come From Away), Max Crumm (Grease, Disaster!), and Vidushi Goyal.Join two bleary-eyed young parents as they trudge through the trenches and discover their new post-baby identities. In an evening of new-parent greatest hits, a foul-mouthed toddler zeroes in on “the most dangerous thing in the room”, tap dancing towards bleach, knives, and tide pods; a chronically-overlooked younger sibling sings the “second child blues”; a mom trio celebrates yoga pants in an R&B love song to the “official mom uniform”; dad discovers he’s not the “ice-cream and movie-night cool parent” but rather the “do your homework real parent” amid a kiddo sugar-crash; and mom retrieves a sticky, hair-covered pacifier from the floor of a LaGuardia bathroom while her baby screams bloody murder and her flight boards without her.
Foul Play on Broadway
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According to Page Six a serial pooper has been leaving presents in the aisle of the Shubert Theater. The last incident happened near Hillary and Chelsea Clinton during a performance of Some Like It Hot.
According to a theater staff member other presents have appeared.
I am thrilled to announce that the show has been attracting VIPs including Steven Spielberg, Martin Short, Debbie Allen, Bo Derek, Eddie Izzard, Hank Azaria, Kristin Chenoweth and more.
Some Like It Hot, has some of the best songs, choreography, direction and performances on Broadway, so I am thrilled the audiences are finally noticing.
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