This Week on Broadway for May 21, 2017: Pacific Overtures and WOOLF Casting


James Marino, Michael Portantiere and Jan Simpson review Pacific Overtures @ Classic Stage Company, The New Group’s production of The Whirligig, Seven Spots on the Sun @ Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and The Mint Theater Company’s production of The Lucky One. We discuss the controversy surrounding an Oregon production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Shoebox Theatre director Michael Streeter.


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JAN SIMPSON is Co-director of the Arts and Culture Journalism program at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism, and also writes for TDF Stages and American Theater.

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JS: Pacific Overtures @ Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13th Street, through June 18, 2017

MP: The New Group’s production of The Whirligig @ Signature’s Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street, through June 18, 2017

JS: Seven Spots on the Sun @ Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, through June 4, 2017

JS + MP: The Mint Theater Company’s production of The Lucky One @ The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, through through June 25, 2017

— Off Broadway Reviews – The Lucky One: Theatre Review by Michael Portantiere – May 18, 2017



BWW: Controversy Erupts After Albee Estate Objects to Casting of Black Actor in WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?


Playbill: August Wilson Assails Colorblind Casting

NYT: Barlett Sher to Direct “Porgy and Bess” at the Met in 2019-2020


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Two selections from PORGY AND BESS, from the recording of the Houston Grand Opera production that played on Broadway in 1976

1-01 Introduction – Jasbo Brown Blue

2-11 Oh, I Can’t Sit Down

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