Mint Theater Company (Jonathan Bank, Producing Artistic Director) will return to live performances in 2022 with a new production ofThe Daughter-in-Law by D.H. Lawrence, first produced by the Mint in 2003. Performances will begin February 3rd at New York City Center Stage II (131 West 55th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues), again under the direction of Martin Platt. This limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through March 20th only. Opening Night is set for Thursday February 17th. Tickets now on sale! Cast will be announced shortly. www.MintTheater.org
New York Theatre Barn presents a reading of Everyone Comes to Elaine’s, a new musical about iconic restaurateur Elaine Kaufman with Mary Testa (Oklahoma, The Gardens of Anuncia) in the title role. Directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, Bonnie and Clyde, Big River), the reading will take place on December 16th, 2021 in New York City.
With book by writer-actor Asa Somers (Dear Evan Hansen, Next to Normal) and music/lyrics by Robert Morris, Steven Morris, and Joe Shane (Once Around the Sun, White Noise), Everyone Comes to Elaine’s tells the untold story of Elaine Kaufman, fabled doyenne of NYC nightlife. A brassy, larger-than-life legend, Elaine ruled with an iron fist while also inspiring fierce loyalty among her regulars. The cast also includes Jill Abramovitz (Beetlejuice), Jillian Butler (Les Miserables, Wicked), Stephen Carlile (The Lion King), Stephen DeRosa (The Nance, Hairspray), Hannah Florence (My Fair Lady), Alex Joseph Grayson (Girl from the North Country), Cooper Grodin (The Phantom of the Opera), Mel Johnson, Jr. (Eubie!, Kiss Me Kate, Jekyll and Hyde), Mauricio Martínez (On Your Feet!), T. Oliver Reid (Hadestown, Once on this Island), and Paul Whitty (Come From Away, Once). www.nytheatrebarn.org
Slave Play, by Tony Award® nominee Jeremy O. Harris under the direction of Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara, announced its digital lottery in partnership with Lucky Seat. The strictly limited return engagement of Slave Play is now in previews ahead of a Thursday, December 2 opening night at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). A limited number of tickets will be available for every performance of Slave Play for $25 per ticket. Digital lotteries will begin each Monday at 12 PM ET and close the day prior to the performance at 9:59 AM ET. Winners will be notified at approximately 11 AM ET the day prior to the performance via email and SMS. Once notified, winners will have four hours to claim and pay for their ticket(s).
Lottery entrants must be 18 years or older. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change. For additional rules, and information on how to enter, visit https://www.luckyseat.com/shows/slaveplay-newyork. Slave Play tickets are also available at www.seatgeek.com/slave-play-tickets or by visiting the August Wilson box office.
BroadwayHD is welcoming an exciting new lineup of classic movie musicals this month that every theater fan will love. Starting December 1, the 2004 movie The Phantom of the Opera, starring Gerard Butler in the title role, and Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae will make its way to the library. Cult classic The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which follows a group of drag queens as they journey across the Australian Outback, starring Terance Stamp and Guy Pearce, will join the platform on December 9. Then on December 28, William Shatner Gonzo Ballet, a unique production by award winning choreographer Margo Sappington set to the music of William Shatner and Ben Folds from their album, Has Been, joins the platform. Theater lovers can get their fix of Broadway royalty Liza Minnelli on New Year’s Eve, as two filmed concerts Liza with a Z and Liza in New Orleans make their debut on December 31. www.BroadwayHD.com
Italian playwright Stefano Massini’s sweeping saga of family and finance “The Lehman Trilogy,” a hot ticket on Broadway in a Sam Mendes-directed adaptation, is being developed as a TV series for the international market by Italy’s Fandango, the prominent shingle behind Elena Ferrante skein “The Lying Life of Adults” for Netflix.
In Memoriam: Arlene Dahl, successful and beautiful movie actress in the 1940s and ’50s, died Monday November 29 in her Manhattan home at the age of 96 said her husband Marc Rosen. She developed an even more successful career as an author, beauty expert, astrologist, and fashion and cosmetics entrepreneur. She had previously been married to Lex Barker (who played the role of Tarzan) in the 1950s, divorced after two years she then married Fernando Lamas, having a son Lorenzo Lamas. She then divorced Lamas and had two other marriages before marrying Mr. Rosen (a perfume bottle designer) in 1984.