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Week in Review 5.19.17

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It's an Honor
Lilly Awards—Tony nomineeDenee Benton (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812) and others are among this year's Lilly Award honorees. These awards recognize women's contribution to American theatre, and the women will be feted at the May 22 ceremony. Playbill has more.

Mark Twain Prize for Humor—Funny man and former late night weirdo David Letterman has been named the 2017 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Letterman will be honored at the Kennedy Center in October, and an edited recording of the tribute will likely air on PBS later in the year. Rolling Stone has more.

Broadway.Com Awards—Winners of the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards were announced, and the fans loved Dear Evan Hansen. The musical won eight awards, including Favorite New Musical and Favorite Lead Actor, Ben Platt. Visit Broadway.com for the full list of winners.

Off-Broadway Alliance Awards—Honoring excellence in off-Broadway, the Off-Broadway Alliance Award winners …

Week in Review 5.12.17

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Mark Rylance Sets Broadway Return
The three-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award winner will return to Broadway this winter. Rylance (Twelfth Night, Bridge of Spies) leads the cast of Farinelli and the King, a new play by Clair van Kampen that premiered at Shakespeare's Globe in 2015. As noted in the announcement on Playbill, Farinelli and the King is "inspired by the true story of the Italian castrato opera singer," and includes many Handel arias. Previews at Broadway's Belasco Theatre (where Rylance was last in the dual Twelfth Night/Richard III productions) begin December 5, with opening night set for December 17. The limited engagement is scheduled to conclude March 25, 2018.

Casting News
This is not a drill: Aaron Tveit will play Bobby in Company this summer! The stage and screen vet (Next to Normal, Graceland) will take on the lead role of Stephen Sondheim's musical at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA, August 10-September 2. Visit the Barri…

New York City Ballet: New Ratmansky

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The New York City Ballet Here/Now Festival continues, and on Saturday, May 6, I got to see program five, which includes the newest from Alexei Ratmansky, Odessa. Herein, some notes about all five ballets that are part of the program.


Jeu de Cartes—For a ballet that's supposed to be light, the choreography is heavy, it feels—in many sections—grounded. This Peter Martins ballet, which is set to Igor Stravinsky's eponymous composition, is meant to be an abstract representation of a card game. Megan Fairchild is the Queen of Hearts, and she's joined along the way by Harrison Ball, Joseph Gordon, and Aaron Sanz as the Kings of Spades, Diamonds, and Clubs (respectively). The estimable ensemble are also dressed as the various suits.

For all that frivolity, it's just an uninteresting ballet. It's not bad or off-putting, but it's also not engaging, despite, on Saturday, a talented cast. Gordon was fine if a little one-dimensional; Sanz was appropriately playful; and Bal…

Week in Review 5.5.17

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Scroll down for some exciting news about these grand dames.
Coming Up
Atlantic Theater 2017-2018 Season—The Atlantic Theater Company has announced its 2017-2018 season. In addition to two Atlantic for Kids productions, the off-Broadway company will present:
On the Shore of the Wide World, by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time); this runs August 23-October 1, and is a New York premiere; Neil Pepe (Marie and Rosetta) directsDescribe the Night, by Rajiv Joseph (Guards at the Taj); this runs November 1-December 17, and is a world premiere co-production with Alley Theatre; Giovanna Sardelli (The North Pool) directs The Homecoming Queen, by Ngozi Anyanwu; this runs January 10, 2018-February 11, and is a world premiereHangmen, by Martin McDonagh (The Cripple of Inishmaan); this runs January 18-March 4, and is a US premiere; Matthew Dunster directsThis Ain't No Disco, a musical with a book by Rick Elice (Peter and the Starcatcher) and music and lyrics by Steph…

71st Tony Award Nominations

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The nominees for the 71st annual Tony Awards have been announced. The full list of nominees is below, beginning with the big four categories. Thereafter are the nominees in the play categories followed by the nominees in the musical categories. Tune into the Tony Awards on CBS June 11 to find out who will walk away with a statue.
Best Musical
Come From AwayDear Evan HansenGroundhog DayNatasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 There were 13 new musicals this season, necessarily leaving several off this list. That said, from what I've seen and heard, these are the right choices. (A fifth nominee was possible if a certain number of shows earned a certain percentage of the vote, but, clearly, that didn't happen.) What's notable is that two of the four musicals, Dear Evan Hansen and The Great Comet, opened in the fall. All too often, shows that open in the fall either quickly close, or, if they're still open, are forgotten by Tony nominators amid the glut of spring shows.…