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Why Boys Doing Ballet Should Be No Big Deal
By JUAN MICHAEL PORTER II
Monday, August 26, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
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Quashing the bullying isn't enough to lift the stigma. Boy dancers need to be championed --- Unless you've been on vacation on a remote island with no cell service since last Friday, you're aware of the outrage Good Morning America host Lara Spencer sparked by mocking 6-year-old Prince George for enjoying ballet. Over the past 72 or so hours, her...
Why Theatre Row's Makeover Is More Than Façade Deep
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, August 23, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
Fri Aug 23, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    4 comments Share This
How the overhauled multi-theatre complex plans to help nonprofit companies while attracting new audiences --- Earlier this summer after months of work, the six-stage Theatre Row complex on West 42nd Street raised the curtain on its renovation. But while the glass storefront, modernized interior and refurbished lounge are all pretty snazzy, the upgrades...
Why 'Hercules' Needs Puppets of Mythic Proportions
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, August 22, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 22, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How Obie winner James Ortiz is helping to bring Disney's animated movie to the stage --- When The Public Theater hired James Ortiz to design puppets for its Public Works' adaptation of Hercules, the first thing he did was rewatch the source material. It had been years since he'd seen Disney's 1997 animated movie, and he wanted to get a sense of which...
Why Alan Ariano Is Overjoyed to Finally Play a Filipino on Stage
By DIEP TRAN
Wednesday, August 21, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 21, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Ma-Yi Theater Company presents the first musical created by Filipino Americans in NYC --- Throughout his three-decade career, Filipino-American actor Alan Ariano has played a wide variety of roles, notably Broadway stints in the original productions of M. Butterfly and Miss Saigon, and the most recent revival of The King and I. But there's one thing...
How Hal Prince Changed My Life as an Audience Member and an Artist
By CHRISTOPHER MASSIMINE
Tuesday, August 20, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Aug 20, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
A former producer of Yiddish Fiddler recalls his quarter-century friendship with the late legend --- A Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish -- sounds crazy, no? No crazier than the story of how I, a nice Catholic boy, ended up running the century-old National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and executive producing the show at the Museum of Jewish Heritage last...
The Most Important New York Playwright You've Probably Never Heard Of
By BILLY MCENTEE
Monday, August 19, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Aug 19, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A Mac Wellman festival at The Flea hopes to earn the venerable dramatist new fans --- "It wasn't my idea at all but it's fine with me!" says Mac Wellman about the ten-week festival of his plays kicking off this Saturday at Tribeca's Flea Theater. Despite being an incredibly prolific (40-odd plays and counting), lauded (three Obie Awards) and influential...
5 Theatres You Need to Know: Harlem Theatres
By REGINA ROBBINS
Friday, August 16, 2019  •   5 Theatres to Know  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Aug 16, 2019  •   5 Theatres to Know  •    0 comments Share This
Where to see dance, music and theatre performances in the uptown Manhattan neighborhood --- For the past decade or so, the media has raved about the new Harlem Renaissance. But longtime locals know the neighborhood never stopped being a cultural hot spot, even during the lean years. Of the five Harlem theatres we're highlighting today, three have...
Swarovski Crystals Are a Girl's Best Friend in 'Moulin Rouge!'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, August 15, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 15, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How Tony-winning costume designer Catherine Zuber helps make this spectacular spectacular --- One of the most heartbreaking moments in Moulin Rouge! The Musical comes in Act II, when the villainous Duke of Monroth (Tam Mutu) forces his conflicted courtesan Satine (Karen Olivo) to change out of a lush maroon gown that fits her like a second skin. In...
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