Independent theater companies are working to stengthen New York City's parks. Find out where to catch free theater in the parks this summer.
Far from the jazz hands and high kicks of Broadway, two stalwart downtown theater festivals open this week with productions that range from Wagner's Ring Cycle to the predictions of Nostradamus.
When a disgruntled cast member of P.S. 122's Octoroon sent out an email trashing and satirizing the very show he was a part of ("I would like to invite you to a train wreck," the missive began), and the Village Voice posted it online, the downtown theater community responded. And they were not pleased.
One night every year, Broadway pulls out all the stops for the Tony Awards. If Twitter is a barometer of the zeitgeist, it worked. Emcee Sean Hayes and attendee Catherine Zeta-Jones were trending in the top 10, despite competition from the NBA Finals, a potential no-hitter in Chicago, and the season premier of True Blood. Whether that bodes well for the theaters, struggling to sell tickets in a down economy, is yet to be seen. In the meantime, here are the top 5 things to take away from the Tonys.
Every August, the sprawling International Fringe Festival brings 1200 performances from over 200 countries to 20 venues around the city (or thereabouts.) In the meantime, there are a number of smaller festivals popping up with promising new fare.
WNYC takes you behind the scenes of one of the city's major theatrical institutions. Watch the video for details.
Get the lowdown on the best of the bard in New York this summer.
29-year-old playwright Annie Baker was the big winner at Monday's Obie Awards, which honor the best of Off-Broadway.
No more tickets at TKTS? Not to fear. Visitors heading to Times Square to see a show can now be a part of one.
Arguing over aesthetics can make for good drama. Painters from Vermeer to Pollock have been subjects of biopics. Both Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George (selection of which are featured in Sondheim on Sondheim) and Art by Yasmina Reza reaped Tony Awards, and a number of current plays are trying to repeat their success.
Whether it’s cross-dressing, drag, or transgender characters, the New York stage has welcomed all kinds of gender ambiguity. Of course the theater has blurred lines between the sexes even before Shakespeare cast men as his female leads.
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Director Michael Mayer discuss the Broadway musical, American Idiot, which was based on the band's music. Watch the video.
The new rock musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" takes a School House Rocks-approach to the U.S. president. Watch the video.