This Week on Broadway for November 17, 2019: The Inheritance

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about the announcement of FOLLIES movie based on 2018 NT production, The Inheritance, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, DruidShakespeare production of Richard III, and The New York Philharmonic: Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and Bryce Dessner.


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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

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Sheet music: Michael “Sheets” Lavine email address [email protected]

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A Film Adaptation of FOLLIES Is In the Works

If you were on Twitter or briefly browsing the entertainment news last night, you might’ve noticed some buzz about Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s FOLLIES. It turns out, The Hollywood Reporter ran an article announcing the news that a movie adaptation of the musical is currently in the works before pulling the article, leaving fans who caught it to speculate.

Until, give or take another hour or so, the news was back up and made official: Heyday Films and BBC Films have nabbed the film rights to the Broadway musical, which is now in the works from Dominic Cooke, the director of the 2017 West End revival at London’s National Theatre.

In a statement, Sondheim said, “Over the years, there have been many attempts to bring Follies to the screen, but not until Dominic Cooke’s brilliant production at the National Theatre of Great Britain did it seem like it could be a real movie. I’m more than delighted, I’m thrilled, that it’s finally going to happen.

Said Cooke, “James Goldman’s skillful book nods as much to the golden age of movie musicals as to Broadway, so it feels like natural material to turn into a movie.”

The London revival, which initially ran until January 2018 before mounting a return engagement this year, was nominated for 10 Olivier Awards and won two, including Best Musical Revival.


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PF: The Inheritance, a new play by Matthew Lopez, directed by Stephen Daldry @ the Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street,

The Inheritance is performed in two parts, over the course of one day.

Matthew Lopez’ two-part play, THE INHERITANCE, asks how much we owe to those who lived and loved before us, and questions the role we must play for future generations. Brilliantly re-envisioning E. M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End to 21st-century New York, it follows the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men searching for a community of their own – and a place to call home.

The cast of THE INHERITANCE includes Jordan Barbour, Jonathan Burke, Andrew Burnap, Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr., Dylan Frederick, Kyle Harris, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Carson McCalley, Lois Smith, Kyle Soller, and Arturo Luís Soria.

The creative team for THE INHERITANCE includes scenic and costume designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Jon Clark, co-sound designers Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid, and music by Paul Englishby.

MP: Tina – The Tina Turner Musical @ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street

TINA stars Adrienne Warren with Daniel J. Watts, Dawnn Lewis, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Myra Lucretia Taylor and Steven Booth, Nick Rashad Burroughs, Gerald Caesar, Holli’ Conway, Kayla Davion, Leandra Ellis-Gaston, Charlie Franklin, Judith Franklin, Matthew Griffin, Sheldon Henry, David Jennings, Ross Lekites, Robert Lenzi, Gloria Manning, Rob Marnell, Mehret Marsh, Jhardon DiShon Milton, Destinee Rea, Mars Rucker, Jessica Rush, Justin Schuman, Alyssa Shorte, Carla Stewart, Jayden Theophile, Skye Dakota Turner, Antonio Watson and Katie Webber

From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, TINA features choreography by Anthony van Laast, with set and costume designs by Mark Thompson, musical supervision, additional music and arrangements by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Jeff Sugg, orchestrations by Ethan Popp and casting by Telsey + Company.

Ike Turner @ Wikipedia

PF: DruidShakespeare production of Richard III @ (Ireland’s Druid theater company) @ Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, part of the 2019 White Light Festival

DruidShakespeare:Richard III (U.S. production premiere)
Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm (preview performance)
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm (preview performance)
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

The premiere of DruidShakespeare: Richard III directed by Garry Hynes, starring Aaron Monaghan

For its tenth anniversary season, the 2019 White Light Festival features events presented in eight venues across the city, including U.S. and New York premieres and the return of festival favorites, through November 24.

“The resonance of the White Light Festival has only deepened during its first decade, as we have moved into far more challenging times here and around the world,” said Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director of Lincoln Center. “The Festival’s central theme, namely the singular capacity of artistic expression to illuminate what is inside ourselves and connect us to others, is more relevant than ever. This 10th anniversary edition spanning disparate countries, cultures, disciplines, and genres emphasizes that the elevation of the spirit the arts inspires uniquely unites us and expands who we are.”

The darker side of human nature is on display in DruidShakespeare: Richard III, a chilling story of power and ambition in a wickedly comic production from Ireland’s Druid theater company and director Garry Hynes, opening on November 9. The production stars Aaron Monaghan, who appeared as Estragon in Druid’s acclaimed Waiting for Godot in the 2018 White Light Festival.

As in prior years, the 2019 White Light Festival will offer opportunities for audiences to delve further into the themes of the festival with pre- and post-performance artist talks, as well as a special panel discussion moderated by John Schaefer. White Light Lounges follow many performances: these receptions are exclusive to White Light Festival ticketholders and provide opportunities to mingle with artists and fellow audience members while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine or sparkling water.

Tickets for the 2019 White Light Festival are available online at, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the David Geffen or Alice Tully Hall Box Office (Broadway and 65th Street).

The White Light Festival is one of many programs offered by Lincoln Center that annually activates the campus’s indoor and outdoor spaces across a wide range of the performing arts. Additional presentations include the Mostly Mozart Festival, Great Performers, American Songbook, Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, ongoing free performances at the David Rubenstein Atrium, and Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts that reach beyond the iconic campus. Lincoln Center also presents a myriad of education programs and presentations for families throughout the year.

Directed by Garry Hynes
Produced by Druid
Starring Aaron Monaghan as Richard III
Francis O’Connor, set and costume design
James F. Ingalls, lighting design
Gregory Clarke, sound design
Conor Linehan, music
David Bolger, movement and fight choreography
Doreen McKenna, co-costume design

MP: The New York Philharmonic: Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and Bryce Dessner @ David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza







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