A New Home and a New Show for a Venerable Queens Theatre Company
Friday, February 08, 2019  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 8, 2019  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Astoria Performing Arts Center mounts its first production in its new space --- Last Labor Day weekend, as most New Yorkers basked in the last vestiges of summer, a Queens theatre company was saying goodbye to its decade-long home. The folks at Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) had known for months that their lease at the Good Shepherd United...
Why Are These Ballet Dancers Wearing Sneakers?
Thursday, February 07, 2019  •   Dance  •    4 comments Share This
Thu Feb 7, 2019  •   Dance  •    4 comments Share This
NYCB presents sneaker ballets by Jerome Robbins and Justin Peck --- When Justin Peck's The Times Are Racing premiered two years ago at New York City Ballet, it offered an exciting jolt. There wasn't a pointe shoe or ballet slipper in sight. Instead, the dancers wore sneakers and outfits (designed by Humberto Leon) you might see young folks wearing...
Looking for a New Life at a Funeral Home
Wednesday, February 06, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 6, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How City of No Illusions explores the connection between death and immigration --- In City of No Illusions, a young Syrian refugee named Saad takes a job in a Buffalo, NY funeral parlor run by two elderly sisters. As he makes his way around the coffins, he's shocked to come face-to-face with Agent Ramirez from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Saad...
Victoria Clark on Her Latest Role: Director
Monday, February 04, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 4, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony-winning actress helms Strindberg's The Dance of Death for Classic Stage Company --- Victoria Clark has been job hunting lately, but not in a desperate way. A celebrated Broadway performer since the '80s (Tony nominations for Sister Act, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and Gigi; a win for The Light in the Piazza), she's rarely idle. Yet,...
Your Broadway Spring Preview! 2019 Edition
Friday, February 01, 2019  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
Fri Feb 1, 2019  •   Broadway  •    3 comments Share This
A guide to 16 upcoming productions The Broadway season is about to kick into high gear with 14 new shows opening between now and the end of April, plus two big summer entries. Highlights include buzzed-about musicalizations of the movies Beetlejuice, Tootsie and Moulin Rouge; revivals of Oklahoma! and Kiss Me Kate; stars getting steamy in Burn This...
Giving the Black Man in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' a Stronger Voice
Thursday, January 31, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jan 31, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Why TV star Gbenga Akinnagbe's Broadway debut feels so personal and important --- Most wouldn't see a link between stone-cold killer Chris Partlow from HBO's The Wire, flashy pimp-turned-porn-star Larry Brown on HBO's The Deuce and Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird. But Gbenga Akinnagbe,...
What Does Gen Z Look for In a Musical?
Wednesday, January 30, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jan 30, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How Be More Chill, The Prom and Dear Evan Hansen are attracting teens and young adults --- "A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have." That mysterious message, used in the promotional materials for Dear Evan Hansen since its 2015 D.C. tryout, immediately captivated teenager...
When's the Last Time You Saw Asian-American Southerners On Stage?
Tuesday, January 29, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 29, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Leah Nanako Winkler on her new play God Said This --- Leah Nanako Winkler started writing God Said This while keeping her cancer-stricken mother company during chemotherapy sessions in Kentucky. "It just came out," the playwright recalls -- though not all at once. Each week Winkler traveled between the Bluegrass State where she grew up and her current...
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