Features : Archive for Theater

Comic Book Theater Festival Brings Superheroes to the Brick's Stage

Friday, June 03, 2011

Spider-Man isn't the only comic book character hanging out onstage this summer. The first-ever Comic Book Theater Festival, which runs through July 1 at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, features nearly a month of plays that bring beloved pen-and-ink figures to life in front of an audience.

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Technology Helps Deaf and Blind Experience Broadway Theater

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

On June 8, you won't necessarily need vision or hearing to experience the musical “Catch Me If You Can” on Broadway. The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts is spending $240,000 to outfit four Broadway theaters with two pieces of technology called I-Caption and D-Scriptive that will expand theater-going options for the deaf and the blind.

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Comedy, Poems and Puppets at the Lower East Side Arts Festival

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Lower East Side returns to its swinging 1960's roots on Friday by hosting its 16th annual festival of music, poetry, puppets and dance. More than 100 artists will show work at the festival from Friday through Sunday. Check out images of festivals past here.

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City Council Debates Mayor Bloomberg's Proposed Arts Cuts

Monday, May 23, 2011

On Monday, City Council committees held hearings on the mayor’s proposed $43 million cuts to the Department of Cultural Affairs.


And the Obie Award Goes To...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows got the spotlight on Monday night at the 56th Annual Obie Awards. A star-studded group of hosts and presenters gave out the awards. Click here to see a full list of this year's winners. Plus, tell us who you wanted to win an Obie here.

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Union Fights 'Priscilla' Producers Over Live Music

Monday, May 16, 2011

A new dispute has risen up between Local 802, the union that represents Broadway musicians, and the show’s producers over the number of live musicians included in the production


The Producers of 'Spider-Man' Turn On the Lights

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The latest revamped iteration of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" re-opens for previews on Thursday.


Playwright of 'West Side Story' and 'Gypsy,' Arthur Laurents, Dies at 93

Friday, May 06, 2011

Laurents died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan due to complications from pneumonia. Watch videos of his work here.


CUNY Board of Trustees Holds Emergency Meeting to Reconsider Tony Kushner's Honorary Degree

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The board's chairman called for the meeting, saying that politics should not play a part in awarding honorary degrees and that he was concerned about the last-minute nature of the board's decision.

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New Productions on Broadway Sweep Tony Nominations

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

There's no shortage of recognizable plays on Broadway--from "The Adams Family" to "Mary Poppins" to "The Lion King." But this year, newness was one of the themes of the Tony Award nominations.


Vote for Your Favorite Tony Nominee!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Tony winners Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose announced the nominations for this year's Tony Awards at 8:30 A.M. on Tuesday. Who do you want to win in this year's Tony Awards?

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Just In Time for Earth Day, the Big Green Theater Festival Hopes to Make Bushwick Greener

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bushwick has some of the lowest recycling rates in the city. Residents are hoping to change that with education and theater.


More and More Broadway Musicals Start Out On the Silver Screen

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

“Sister Act”, the musical, opens on Broadway on Wednesday. It's one of several film adaptations on Broadway right now.


The Secret Language of Puppets: 'War Horse' Comes to Lincoln Center

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Handspring Puppet Company’s production of "War Horse" opened at Lincoln Center on Thursday night. The powerful adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel challenges notions of puppetry while teaching us about love and war.

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Brooklyn Judge Blocks St. Ann's Warehouse From Building New Dumbo Home

Monday, April 11, 2011

St. Ann’s Warehouse had hoped to relocate to a building located in the ruins of a mid-19th century tobacco warehouse.

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Museum of Art and Design Honors Ivorian Harlem Actor Isaach de Bankolé

Friday, April 08, 2011

Beginning on Friday, the museum will honor de Bankolé for three decades of acting.


Spring Theater: Drag Queens, Wizards and Tigers, Oh My

Friday, April 08, 2011

Theater critics Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Post and Adam Feldman of Time Out New York agree that this spring is the best theater season they've seen on Broadway in a long time. But that may be the only thing they agree on. Listen to their conversation with WNYC host Richard Hake about spring shows on Broadway.


LGBT Theater Group Address Issues for the Queer (And Also Straight) Community

Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Purple Repertory Theater Company's "Gay Plays For Straight People (And Also Gay People)" opens on Friday. The production is actually two shows that take on issues around gender, sexuality and marriage equality.

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Highbrow Theater on the Cheap

Monday, April 04, 2011

Even as ticket prices to most Broadway shows are soaring, some big-name theater companies offer productions suitable for the theater's more thrifty crowd.

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Theater 167 Celebrates Diversity in Queens with 'You are Now the Owner of This Suitcase'

Saturday, April 02, 2011

The newly-minted theater company Theater 167 celebrates the neighborhood's diversity with its second play "You are Now the Owner of This Suitcase." The show closes on Sunday.