Theater

Why Be More Chill is the Dear Evan Hansen of the 21st century

Coming-of-age stories have always featured plenty of drama, outrageous characters and over-the-top settings — so why are they just now trending on Broadway? The last couple years have seen the genre become a hugely popular niche in musicals, with Dear Evan Hansen racking up six Tony Awards in...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:05pm

One to Watch on Broadway: George Salazar of Godspell

On Nov. 7, Stephen Schwartz’s Godspell was revived at Circle in the Square Theatre — and George Salazar made his debut on Broadway. The lead soloist on Light of the World, Salazar also adds humor to the show with quips, imitations and physicality that prove he’s a talent who won...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 4:59pm

VIDEO: Bette Midler gets a massive ovation at Hello, Dolly!

The Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! was missing its original leading its lady, but even Bette Midler was surprised by how much. The revered Ms. Midler, who is such a part of what made the revival so successful that the New York Times review was simply titled Bright, Brassy and All Bette, is back...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 2:33pm

Tevye Served Raw is the honest version of Fiddler on the Roof

You probably know Tevye, the father torn between tradition and his daughters’ happiness, from the hugely successful Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. But the show was only a snapshot in the life of a man created by Sholem Aleichem, who wrote several stories starring him — and there...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 6:06pm

Cross Swan Lake with The Matrix and you've got Ninja Ballet

You’d think a performance group called Ninja Ballet would have enough to do combining two totally different styles of movement. But it’s actually even more spectacular than it sounds: dancing, fighting, circus tumbling, dueling with weapons and even using fire to fuse the worlds of...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 8:50pm

The Best Things to Do in NYC, February 2018 Edition

We may be looking at six more weeks of winter, but you shouldn't spend them indoors. Here's our guide to everything New Yorkers need to put on their calendar in February 2018.   A post shared by Fraunces Tavern® (@frauncestavern) on Jan 18, 2018 at 11:...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 1:34pm

The full (and surprising!) list of the 2018 Tony Awards nominees

It’s a tie for the most-nominated show of the 2018 Tony Awards. The American Theatre Wing and Broadway League have revealed who will be competing for the top prize in theater, with two musicals leading the way: Tina Fey’s adaptation of Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants, both scoring...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 3:16pm

‘Lucky Chick’ brings a wild-but-true life story to the stage

From running rampant on the then-gritty streets of New York City as a technically feral child to being plucked from the audience by the Grateful Dead to become the underage beau of guitarist Bob Weir to run-ins with drug cartels, Felicity Seidel’s wild-but-true life of sex, drugs and rock...

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 9:19am

Boston Conservatory alum takes the stage for ‘The Sound of Music’

You might have heard of the main protagonist Maria from “The Sound of Music,” and of course, the von Trapp family,  but when the curtains open this season at the Wang Theatre, the first person you’ll see is Lauren Kidwell as Mother Abbess. A graduate of the Boston...

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:11am

How Jamie Parker found his way to Harry Potter on Broadway

Jamie Parker has been playing the title role in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” for over 200 shows, starting with the play’s 2016 premiere in the West End and now at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre. Yet he still remembers the moment he realized the enormity of the role....

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 12:07pm

NYC launches fund to help women's film and theater projects

New York City wants to see more women on screen — and behind the camera.  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that the city is launching a $5 million fund to support film and theater projects that are “by, for or about women.” The effort is spearheaded Mayor’s...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 11:56am

It's nothing but blockbusters on Broadway for 2018

It couldn’t be more of a blockbuster season on Broadway. Spring debuts some long-awaited shows offering fresh takes on movie fans’ favorites, whether it’s the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, adding an eighth installment to the beloved book series, or a...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 8:52pm

10 bunny-free things to do in New York City on Easter weekend

MUSIC Bowie Soundtrack This Thursday, the Brooklyn Museum hosts a fabulous mashup of classic ‘80s rock and contemporary instrumental music with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber. The soul, jazz and hip-hop band will play experimental covers of David Bowie’s hits. “Bowie...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 5:01pm

After 30 years, Beetlejuice is resurrected as a Broadway musical

After three decades, pop culture's favorite undead charmer Beetlejuice is being resurrected for Broadway. Unlike some head-scratching musical adaptations, this one makes sense. The 1998 film already has one of the most iconic musical scenes, a dinner scene where the Michael Keaton gleefully...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 11:06am

Frozen on Broadway is a grown-up version of the Disney movie

Sure, Frozen is a Disney classic, but trying to sell weary parents on yet more of the musical — this time on Broadway at the St. James Theatre, opening March 22 — is not an easy task. Despite the movie having come out in 2013, Let It Go remains in heavy rotation in the homes of every...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:51am

Profane and profound, Jerry Springer: The Opera arrives off-Broadway

If you had to pick two forms of entertainment at opposite ends of the artistic spectrum, you couldn’t get much further than The Jerry Springer Show and operas. But think of it another way, and they have more in common than it seems. “There were eight people screaming, you couldn...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:49pm

What's playing at Shakespeare in the Park 2018?

William Shakespeare hasn’t been more exciting in recent memory than in the hands of the Public Theater, whose free Shakespeare in the Park productions resonated way beyond Central Park last summer. From its modern-day Julius Caesar with the lead as Donald Trump to same-sex couples in As You...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 3:05pm

Legendary rock critic Lester Bangs lives again in 'How to Be a Rock Critic'

Lester Bangs may have died 36 years ago, but the legendary music journalist will be alive, well and manic as ever in the East Village once again as part of The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. “How to Be a Rock Critic” was conceived by Jessica Blank, who directs, and...

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 2:37pm

Soaring Wings: How China nearly lost the 'bird of good fortune'

The climate change movement has the polar bear. China’s conservation activists have the crested ibis. How the Northeast Asian “bird of good fortune” was brought back from the brink of extinction and became an icon of environmental protection is the story of Soaring Wings, a lush...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 6:58pm

Christmas classic gets street cred with OG emcee Kurtis Blow in The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a holiday classic and it's been reinvented, glammed up, dressed down and even got a little sexy, but 12 dancers are laying down cardboard and spinning Tchaikovsky's classic on its head. And special guest emcee Kurtis Blow (ya know, the hip-hop pioneer who mentored Rev....

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 7:51pm