Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere review Tootsie, The Poor of New York @ Metropolitan Playhouse, The Christians @ Bristol Riverside Theatre, The Franca Rame Project @ Irondale Center, Fosse/Verdon update, Max von Essen’s new CD, “Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard” @ LML Music, The Evolution of Mann (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording) @ Yellow Sound Label, and a brief discussion of Theater World Awards and Tony Award Nominations
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PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, his most recent is, “The Great Parade”, available everywhere. His play, God Shows Up began performances April 6, 2019 at The Actor’s Temple Theatre on 47th Street with an opening night on May 13. His columns appear at MTI, Masterworks Broadway, Broadway Select and many other places.
Theater World Awards
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MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at FollowSpotPhoto.com.
Celia Keenan-Bolger, who plays Scout Finch in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, will be the focus of an exclusive Drama Desk interview/Q&A program on Friday, May 10 at 5:30 pm. The event will take place at Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave (between 36th and 37th Streets), on the 16th floor (Rm. 16-FG), and will be moderated by Drama Desk member Michael Portantiere (BroadwayStars.com, TalkinBroadway.com). Limited seating is available for the general public at $5 per person. Email [email protected] for reservations; please type “RSVP Celia Keenan-Bolger event” in the subject line.
Notes and links for the podcast.
MP: Tootsie @ Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway
JM: Hillary and Clinton @ Golden Theatre, 252 West 45th Street, through July 21, 2019
PF: The Poor of New York @ Metropolitan Playhouse, 220 East Fourth Street, through May 19, 2019
PF: The Christians @ Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, PA, through May 19, 2019
PF: The Franca Rame Project @ Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, April 24 – May 4, 2019
With M. Bazeed, Cynthia LaCruz, Laura Lassy Townsend *, Niki Morrissette and Yu Ling Wu.
Written by Italian playwrights, actors and activists Franca Rame and Dario Fo at the height of the second feminist wave in the 1970s, The Franca Rame Project is a satirical depiction of past and present conditions of women in context of institutionalized patriarchy. From farce to tragedy, the texts frontally address pressing women issues, such as sexual politics, financial and psychological dependence, motherhood, prostitution, abortion, abuse, and rape, bringing political resistance and the fight for women’s rights onto the stage. Originally written in Italian, Rame and Fo’s texts find new life as performed by five female and non-binary identifying people in English, with selected passages in French, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese.
MP: Fosse/Verdon update, Michael asks John Rubinstein about his feelings on the TV show
MP: Max von Essen’s new CD, “Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard” @ LML Music
Theater World Awards
Tony Award Nominations
The Faces of the 2019 Tony Nominees Laurie Metcalf, Jeremy Pope, Jeff Daniels, and more.
By Jackson McHenry@McHenryJD Photographs by Erik Tanner
Michael’s Music Moment:
MP + JM: King Lear @ Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street, through July 7, 2019
MP + JM: 42nd Street on BroadwayHD
Max von Essen’s new CD, “Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard” @ LML Music
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