This Week on Broadway for January 19, 2020: My Name is Lucy Barton

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Jan Simpson talk about My Name is Lucy Barton, Miss America’s Ugly Daughter, How to Load a Musket, Timon of Athens, and Jagged Little Pill


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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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JAN SIMPSON is the Director of the Arts and Culture Journalism Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, and also writes for TDF Stages, American Theater and has her own blog at Broadway & Me. She sits on the executive board of the Outer Critics Circle and is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association.

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PF + JS: My Name is Lucy Barton @ Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street, through February 29, 2020

Award-winning actress Laura Linney returns to Broadway in the American premiere of a haunting new solo play adapted by Rona Munro from the bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout. A sold-out sensation originally produced by the London Theatre Company at the Bridge Theatre in London, Ms. Linney was hailed as “luminous” by the The New York Times, “genuinely phenomenal” by Time Out London, and the play was called “deeply affecting and heartbreaking” by The Guardian.

Linney plays Lucy Barton, a woman who wakes after an operation to find – much to her surprise – her mother at the foot of her bed. They haven’t seen each other in years. During their days-long visit, Lucy tries to understand her past, works to come to terms with her family, and begins to find herself as a writer. This spellbinding story is directed by five-time Olivier Award winner Richard Eyre “with a keen-eyed compassion.” – The New York Times.

By Elizabeth Strout
Adapted by Rona Munro
Directed by Richard Eyre

Starring Laura Linney

Scenic & Costume Design by Bob Crowley
Lighting Design by Peter Mumford
Sound Design by John Leonard
Video Design by Luke Halls

PF + JS: Miss America’s Ugly Daughter @ The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, 10 West 64th Street, through March 1, 2020

Miss America’s Ugly Daughter
Bess Myerson & Me
WITH Anna Holbrook
DIRECTED BY Eve Brandstein

JS: How To Load A Musket @ 59e59, through January 26, 2020

By Talene Monahon
Directed by Jaki Bradley

With Carolyn Braver, Adam Chanler-Berat, David J. Cork, Ryan Spahn, Andy Taylor, Lucy Taylor, Richard Topol, and Nicole Villamil

Every year, across the country, thousands of historical reenactors stage the bloodiest, most divisive battles fought on American soil. Pursuing total authenticity, they fire muskets, chew hardtack, and wear handmade period clothing in brutal weather.

Drawing on a series of interviews begun by playwright Talene Monahon in 2015, the play weaves together verbatim conversations with Revolutionary and Civil War reeanactors. How to Load a Musket offers a unique look at this all-consuming hobby and the people who practice it as they find themselves caught in the crosshairs of a national battle over how history is told.

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Pronunciation: TIE-MON
PF: Theater for a New Audience’s production of Timon of Athens @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, through February 9, 2020

This is a co-production of Theatre for a New Audience and Shakespeare Theatre Company in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

By William Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton
Edited by Emily Burns and Simon Godwin
Directed by Simon Godwin

A Co-Production with Shakespeare Theatre Company
In Association with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Cast: Shirine Babb, Arnie Burton, Helen Cespedes, Liam Craig, Zachary Fine, Yonatan Gebeyehu, Kathryn Hunter, Adam Langdon, Kristen Misthopoulos, Elia Monte-Brown, Julia Ogilvie, Daniel Pearce, Dave Quay, John Rothman

JS: Jagged Little Pill @ Broadhurst Theatre

JAGGED LITTLE PILL on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 W 44th St., NYC). Featuring lyrics by seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette and music by Morissette and six-time Grammy winner Glen Ballard, JAGGED LITTLE PILL is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin) and features an original story by Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody (Juno, Tully). Movement Direction & Choreography is by Olivier Award winner and frequent Beyoncé collaborator Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and Musical Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements are by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot).

JAGGED LITTLE PILL is an exhilarating new musical inspired by the themes and raw emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette’s seminal album of the same name. The Healys appear to be a picture-perfect suburban family — but looks can be deceiving. As secrets threaten to break them apart, the Healys must embrace difficult truths about themselves, and find the strength and love in each other to move forward, together. The original story is ignited by Morissette’s groundbreaking music – including such hits as “You Oughta Know,” “Head Over Feet,” “Hand In My Pocket,” and “Ironic” – plus brand-new songs written expressly for the show by Morissette.

Starring as “The Healys” in the Broadway production are Drama Desk Award Nominee Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town) as “Mary Jane,” Sean Allan Krill (Honeymoon in Vegas) as “Steve”, Celia Rose Gooding as “Frankie” and Derek Klena (Anastasia) as “Nick”; alongside Kathryn Gallagher (Spring Awakening) as “Bella,” Lauren Patten (Fun Home) as “Jo,” and Antonio Cipriano as “Phoenix,” all of whom reprise their roles from the musical’s world premiere at A.R.T. Completing the cast are Annelise Baker, Yeman Brown, Jane Bruce, John Cardoza, Ken Wulf Clark, Laurel Harris, Logan Hart, Zach Hess, Max Kumangai, Heather Lang, Ezra Menas, Kelsey Orem, Yana Perrault, Nora Schell, Kei Tsuruharatani and Ebony Williams.


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Post Script:

Outer Critics Circle’s panel has great lineup of playwrights: Donja Love, Ming Peiffer and Bess Wohl.

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