2018 Tony Awards nominations revealed this morning

Screen Shot of 2018 Tony nominationsIt pays to be “mean” and “square” on Broadway, according to the 2018 Tony Awards committee, with Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants each with 12 nods, including Best Musical.

Close was The Band’s Visit (with 11 nominations) and trailing behind is Frozen (earning three nods). The list was revealed this morning (May 1).

The 72nd annual Tony Awards ceremony is scheduled forJune 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban  co-host. Continue reading 2018 Tony Awards nominations revealed this morning

Two River Theater expands its footprint, public outreach

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Next fall the Two River Theater Company will celebrate its 25th season and this week it announced a plan to build a three-story Center for New Work, Education and Design.

It’s  all part of its goal to become one of the best regional theaters in the country. And I have no doubt that it will succeed. Continue reading Two River Theater expands its footprint, public outreach

‘Be More Chill’ gets second staging at NYC’s Signature Theatre

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The Two River Theater Company has attracted lots of attention from  Broadway and off-Broadway actors, directors,  playwrights, set, lighting and costume designers who have  worked there.

Now “Be More Chill,” a pop-rock musical first produced by the Red Bank-based theater that commissioned  and produced in 2015,  is attracting world-wide attention for going to NYC. Continue reading ‘Be More Chill’ gets second staging at NYC’s Signature Theatre

Chill with Joe Iconis & Family at fundraiser for Two River Theater

Joe Iconis, an acclaimed New York City-based musical theater writer whose “Be More Chill”  premiered at Two River Theater Company in 2015, is returning to headline a fundraiser for the much-admired  regional theater in Red Bank, NJ.

“An Evening with Joe Iconis and Family” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and will benefit the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater, the 350-seat main stage space named after the theater’s founders.  All proceeds will support programs for the development of new musical theater. The company, which is scheduled to announce its 25th anniversary season on April 23,  also stages works in its 99-seat black box theater.

A combination of rock ‘n’ roll jamboree and musical cabaret, the evening  also includes classic tunes, new numbers, and works-in-progress written by Iconis. Continue reading Chill with Joe Iconis & Family at fundraiser for Two River Theater

PBS RELEASES DATES FOR STARS IN CONCERT SERIES

To watch video, click here.
To watch video, click here.

As part of their series Live from Lincoln Center, PBS has released the air dates for the Stars in Concert series. The series will include special one-hour concert performances from Broadway stars Sutton Foster, Leslie Odom Jr., Stephanie J. Block, and Andrew Rannells.

World premiere musical ‘The Sting’ releases first production shots

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Production photos giving us a first look at the upcoming Broadway-bound world premiere musical “The Sting,” featuring Harry Connick Jr. at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, were released today. Continue reading World premiere musical ‘The Sting’ releases first production shots

‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ opens in two weeks at Two River Theater

Poster image for "Dancing at St. Patrick’s Day is in the rearview mirror but two weeks from today Brain Friel’s  “Dancing at Lughnasa,” winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play, begins performances at Two River Theater in Red Bank. Opening night is April 20.

Friel’s play — set in the summer of 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa — is considered a modern masterpiece about the Mundy sisters, five unmarried women who live together in County Donegal, on the west coast of Ireland. Their brother, Father Jack, has just returned from 25 years as a missionary in Uganda.

The story is based on the memories of the narrator, Michael, the grown-up illegitimate son of one of the sisters. He also speaks the lines of his 7-year-old self about that summer, when everything seemed to be on the brink of change. Continue reading ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ opens in two weeks at Two River Theater

Two River adjusts season so Santiago-Hudson can helm NYC ‘Othello’

Exterior of Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ.
Exterior of Two River Theater Company in
Red Bank, NJ.

Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, is swapping out  “Ooo-Bla-Dee,”  written by Regina Taylor and the last play of the season  (June 9-July 1), for “Songbird,” written by Michael Kimmel with music and lyrics by Lauren Pritchards, so that Ruben Santiago-Hudson  can make his directorial debut at Shakespeare in the Park with “Othello” in Manhattan.

Well that certainly beats “My dog ate my script” excuse. And congrats Mr. RSH. Hope to snag one of those free tickets this summer

Santiago-Hudson was nominated in 2017 for a Tony for Best Direction of a Play for “Jitney,” which also featured Two River Theater regular Brandon J. Dirden. Continue reading Two River adjusts season so Santiago-Hudson can helm NYC ‘Othello’

McCarter Theatre reveals 3 world premieres for diverse 2018-2019 season

From left, Douglas McGrath, Dominique Morriseau, Ken Ludwig, Eleanor Burgess, and David Hare all have plays being staged at McCarter Theatre in Princeton next season.
From left, Douglas McGrath, Dominique Morriseau, Ken Ludwig, Eleanor Burgess, and David Hare all have plays being staged at McCarter Theatre in Princeton next season.

Let’s cut to the chase …

The Theater Series in order:

— Douglas McGrath’s world premiere adaptation of “The Age of Innocence,” Edith Wharton’s classic gilded age love story, directed by Doug Hughes.

— Dominique Morisseau’s incendiary “Detroit ’67,”  directed by Jade King Carroll

— World premiere of Eleanor Burgess’ “The Niceties,” a riveting look at race and history directed by Kimberly Senior

— World premiere of Ken Ludwig’s “The Gods of Comedy,” directed by Kathleen Marshall

— David Hare’s Tony Award-winning “Skylight,” directed by Emily Mann, McCarter’s Theatre artistic director and resident playwright Continue reading McCarter Theatre reveals 3 world premieres for diverse 2018-2019 season

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