While spring may be the busiest time in the world of New York theater, this winter has provided stage-lovers with plenty to see.
The Tony Awards, to be held on Sunday and to be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will include showdowns between Nina Arianda in "Venus In Fur" and Tracie Bennett in "End of the Rainbow"; and Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Corden in the Best Actor category. "Once" will also be going up against "Newsies" for the Tony for best musical.
The new year is right around the corner. As 2011 comes to a close, WNYC reached out to theater critics to find out what's worth seeing on the Great White Way. Their picks include "The Book of Mormon," "Follies" and "Chinglish."
Adam Feldman, theater critic at Time Out New York, discusses regional summer Shakepeare productions. Check out the list below for links to local Shakespeare fun and feel free to add a comment if we missed your company!
Adirondack Shakespeare Company | Boomerang Theater Company | Brave New World Repertory Theater | Classical Theater of Harlem | Curious Frog Theater | Hip to Hip Theater Company | Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival | Hudson Warehouse | Inwood Shakespeare Festival|Manhattan Shakespeare Project | New York Classical Theater | Pulse Ensemble Theater | Resonance Ensemble | Royal Shakespeare Company | Shakespeare in Central Park | Shakespeare in the Parking Lot | Shakespeare on the Sound | Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey | Theater 2020
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.
At least 11 new musicals are scheduled to open on Broadway this year. Some critics say this will be the fall of the has-been and the rehashed. But others say that's true only if you stick to Broadway plays.
It's been on the rise for a few years, but 2010 marks a tipping point: Cabaret and variety shows are everywhere right now. Involving elements of jazz, stand-up, dance, acrobatics, and risqué, circus-like theatrics, the shows can be found at major international festivals (including the New York Fringe Festival, underway this week) and in smaller settings like the “Spiegeltent” at the Bard Music Festival.