Theatre

Producers for ‘Indecent’ change their minds; hold show till August

In a rare decision, the producers of “Indecent,” the Tony Award-winning play that describes the controversial mounting of Sholom Aleichem’s play in the 1920s, have decided to rescind their closing notice that would have shuttered the play in early July.

The decision has been made to keep the play running...
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SLT’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ a surefire hit

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By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

For those who truly love classic Broadway theatre, there are few shows that pack as much firepower as Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun.” It was a tour de force for Ethel Merman, perhaps the greatest belter known on the Great White...
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‘Oslo,’ Bette Midler and Ben Platt take Tony Awards

(JTA) — “Oslo,” a play about the 1993 Oslo Accords, won the Tony Award for best new play and its Jewish lead actor, Michael Aronov, was recognized as best featured actor in a play.

Bette Midler, the veteran Jewish actress and singer, won for best actress in a musical for...
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Tonys 2017: The 7 Jewish shows to watch

(JTA) — This Sunday is the biggest night of the year for theater lovers: It’s the Tony Awards.

Unfortunately, our crystal ball is at the shop for repairs — so we can’t say with certainty who the winners will be. But there’s one thing that’s for sure: The past year has...
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‘Yiddishe Shtunde’ concluding its run Sat. night

“Yiddishe Shtunde,” a play written by Elliott Raisen and based on the old Yiddish radio shows he grew up with in New York, will enjoy its final two performances tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. at the Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Avenue.

The play with some...
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Josh Radnor, beyond ‘How I Met Your Mother’

By CURT SCHLEIER

(JTA) — Josh Radnor is starring these days in Richard Greenberg’s off-Broadway play “The Babylon Line.” For the 42-year-old actor, it is the latest in a long and impressive list of credits.

However, the odds are that no matter what else he accomplishes in life, for most...
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Alessi is sensational as Fanny Brice in ‘Funny Girl’

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

When Barbra Streisand tackled the challenge of playing Fanny Brice in Funny Girl in 1964, she had been seen on the Broadway stage only once previously. Her role as Miss Marmelstein in I Can Get It For You Wholesale had garnered attention for her...
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Stop the presses! Nathan Lane, Goodman star in ‘Front Page’

Nathan Lane, as Walter Burns, matches wits with John Goodman as Sheriff Hartman in "The Front Page." (Photo by Julieta Cervantes)

By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Critic, WYES-TV (“Steppin’ Out”)

There’s little doubt that the nature of the ensemble cast of The Front Page could draw large audiences for the entirety of its strictly limited run on paper (pun intended). First, there’s Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Jefferson Mays as headliners and New...
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New Orleans underbelly exposed in ‘Airline Highway’

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out”)

There is an overwhelming tendency in Lisa D’Amour’s Airline Highway for characters to talk over one another. This is apparently how our native daughter hears the conversations of the real life New Orleans figures upon whom she has based her fictional account....
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Boe’s star rises with ‘Pictures of Marilyn’

Courtney as Marilyn 2[2]

By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Critic, WYES-TV (“Steppin’ Out”)

With its current production Pictures of Marilyn now playing weekends at BB’s Stage Door Canteen, the National World War II Museum has taken a bold step in a new theatrical direction. Courtney Boe, the blonde Victory Belle who has been a leading player...
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