Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere speak with Arnie Burton about his upcoming performance in Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors. Reviews include Public Works’ The Tempest, Forbidden Sondheim @ Don’t Tell Mama, Pay the Writer @ Signature, Album Review: A Collective Cy: Jeff Harnar Sings Cy Coleman, The Fantasticks @ The Provincetown Theater, and 18 Minutes of Fame, Barbara Minkus @ York Theatre.
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What a show last week! Thinking about doing it again in December, so stay tuned.
Jan Simpson’s ALL THE DRAMA out on Patreon. 1931 Pulitzer winner “Alison’s House” by the criminally neglected playwright Susan Glaspell. The original Pulitzer criteria included — raising the standard of good morals…
Arnie Burton. Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors. Photo by Maria Baranova
Interview: Arnie Burton
ARNIE BURTON. Broadway: Peter And The Starcatcher, The 39 Steps, Machinal, A Free Man Of Color, Amadeus. Off Bway includes, Lewiston/Clarkston (Drama Desk nomination featured Actor), The Government Inspector (Calloway Award), The Mystery of Irma Vep (Drama League nomination), The Temperamentals (Drama Desk Award ensemble), The New Yorkers (Encores), Timon Of Athens, The Explorers Club, Tail! Spin!, Fairycakes, Mere Mortals, Lives of The Saints. TV and Film includes, “The Other Two” (season 3 recurring), “Evil,” “WeCrashed,” “Jessica Jones,” “Search Party,” “Elementary, “Murphy Brown,” “Frasier,” The Greatest Showman, The Invention of Lying, Igby Goes Down.
Drew & Dane Productions presents Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen in a limited 18-week engagement, September 4 – January 7, at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). Opening night is September 18. Directed by Gordon Greenberg (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Geffen), Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors features a company of fearless actors including Jordan Boatman (Medea at BAM, The Niceties), Arnie Burton (The 39 Steps, Peter and The Starcatcher), James Daly (Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Hulu’s “Letterkenny”), Ellen Harvey (How To Succeed, Present Laughter) and Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Disney’s Newsies, Tuck Everlasting). Tickets are now on sale at Telecharge.com, (212) 239-6200.
Bram Stoker’s horror classic gets a riotous makeover in this lightning-fast comedic reimagining that celebrates goth, camp, sexuality, and the magic of live theatre. This 90-minute, gender-bending, quick-change romp features a pansexual GenZ Count Dracula in the midst of an existential crisis. When he sets his sights on the brilliant young earth scientist Lucy Westfeldt, he meets his match for the first time – as well as a slew of other colorful characters including vampire hunter Jean Van Helsing, insect connoisseur Percy Renfield and behavioral psychiatrist Wallace Westfeldt, whose British country estate doubles as a free-range mental asylum. With a cast of brilliant quick take comedians, this Dracula will make you scream… with laughter.
For more information, visit www.DraculaComedy.com.
(l-r) ARNIE BURTON, JORDAN BOATMAN,, ELLEN HARVEY, ANDREW KEENAN-BOLGER, JAMES DALY. Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors. photo by Maria Baranova
MP: Public Works’ The Tempest @ The Delacorte Theater (Central Park)
August 27 – September 3, 2023
By William Shakespeare
Music & Lyrics by Benjamin Velez
Choreography by Tiffany Rea-Fisher
Directed by Laurie Woolery
As we continue to rebuild out of the pandemic, Public Works enters its second decade by revisiting the play that launched the program, William Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST. In The Public’s decade-long tradition of bringing together a diverse ensemble of both professional and community members from across New York, this Public Works production examines what it means to be isolated and how we find our way back to one another. With music and lyrics by Benjamin Velez and directed by Obie Award winner and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, this ambitious work of participatory theater explores the grief of being cut off from community, the desire for retribution, and the healing power of love.
Forced from their home, Prospero and her daughter Miranda have survived for 12 years among the ruins of an abandoned island. As Prospero grows closer to getting the justice she desires, she witnesses her daughter fall in love, listens to the wisdom of spirit ancestors, and discovers that sometimes forgiveness is the only way to break cycles and right the course for the next generation. Hilarious fools, magical spells, and ancestral spirits dance through this production as we all come together to celebrate what it means to be human.
The Equity cast of THE TEMPEST will include Tristan André (Sebastian), Brianna Cabrera (Spirit Ancestor Lead Singer), Sabrina Cedeño (Trinculo), Anthony Chatmon II (Antonio), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Prospero), Jo Lampert (Ariel), Patrick O’Hare (Spirit Ancestor Lead Singer), Joel Perez (Stephano), Edwin Rivera (Spirit Ancestor Lead Singer), and Theo Stockman (Caliban).
MP + PF: Forbidden Sondheim @ Don’t Tell Mama
Marcia Cross as Lana Holt, Bryan Batt as Bruston Fischer, and Ron Canada as Cyrus Holt in Pay the Writer, directed by Karen Carpenter, photography by Jeremy Daniel
MP: Pay the Writer @ The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater at The Pershing Square Signature Center, through September 30, 2023
By Tawni O’Dell
Directed by Karen Carpenter
PF: Album Review: A Collective Cy: Jeff Harnar Sings Cy Coleman @ PS Classics
Peter’s review of The Fantasticks: This Week on Broadway for June 5, 2022: The Fantasticks @ Flint Repertory Theatre
PF: 18 Minutes of Fame, Barbara Minkus @ York Theatre
Peter’s Trivia Section
Granted, if this leading character in a Tony-winning musical were still working today, she’d be quite old. But if she were still in the same job — and if she sent out emails to her underlings in which she wrote in all capital letters — what expression might the employees repeat which they actually had sung during her first number in the show?
Michael’s Musical Moment
Opener: Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville
Closer: They Were You
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