Theater Updates

Lincoln Center Theater had hoped to reopen its productions of the new opera Intimate Apparel at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater and the new musical Flying Over Sunset at the Vivian Beaumont Theater this coming spring 2021, but now hopes to reopen both productions in the fall of 2021.  The two productions were forced to suspend performances this past March 12th when theaters were closed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as a precaution against the outbreak of the virus.

 The opera Intimate Apparel has music by Ricky Ian Gordon, a libretto by Lynn Nottage, based on her play, and direction by Bartlett Sher.  The musical Flying Over Sunset has a book and direction by James Lapine, music by Tom Kitt,  lyrics by Michael Korie, and features  choreography by Michelle Dorrance.

In addition to Intimate Apparel and Flying Over Sunset, LCT plans to produce additional productions in the Vivian Beaumont Theater and Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in spring 2022, as well as LCT3 productions during the 2021-2022 season in the Claire Tow Theater.

Broadway’s Best Shows announced the spring season of the “Spotlight on Plays” series will feature four new productions by playwrights Adrienne KennedyLarissa FastHorseSarah Ruhl and Pearl Cleage.  Additional details below. All proceeds for these events will benefit the Actors Fund, to aid during this time of unprecedented need.

The “Spotlight on Plays” series is live streamed and begins this week with GORE VIDAL’S THE BEST MAN on Wednesday, October 14 at 8PM EST/ 5PM PSTvisit Broadways Best Shows Spotlight on Plays.

West End vets team up with Broadway and Hollywood stalwarts in the third episode of  the all-free radio play production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest which airs Thursday, October 15th at 7PM EST and again on October 22nd. Produced by Jersey City’s Shakespeare@, the audio production is adapted and directed by Artistic Director Sean Hagerty, with original music and sound design, and is available to download and stream at no cost.  Hagerty hascrafted The Tempest intofour weekly parts and partnered with the Emmy winning team at Sonic Designs to capture the lost art and thrill of radio drama. Shakespeare@ made an auspicious live debut in 2019 with Hamlet starring Jonathan Forbes and released their first ‘radio’ play of the season with Richard II for their newly created Shakespeare@ Home this summer. To listen to The Tempest online, visit www.shakespeare-at.org. The production will also be available subsequently on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.  The performance is free to all listeners on all platforms.  Episode One of the Tempest, including past productions are also available.

The York Theatre Company Show (and Tell!) virtual cast renunion “Taking A Chance on Love” (2000) October 19 at 7 pm – the lyrics of John Latouche. www.yorktheatre.org

Acclaimed mentalist Jason Suran, in his new virtual show Reconnected, is an unforgettable evening of psychological astonishments. Your mind is his playground! The show’s performances will be held every Friday and Saturday, entirely on Zoom, with previews beginning on October 16 at 8:30 PM ET, ahead of an opening night on November 14, 2020.

Reconnected is an intimate, interactive and irresistible experience where sophisticated acts of mind-reading and unique immersive elements meet, bringing you a show that asks you to engage with yourself and your fellow audience members. There are no muted mics and no back-row seats. So, come together with friends old and new for an experience that you will never forget…and no one else will believe. Tickets are available at jasonsuran.com/reconnected 

Parsons Dance and Friends and Family of Howell Binkley announce Howell Binkley: A Celebration of Light and Love, a video tribute in memory of lighting designer Howell Binkley created by Suspension Productions. Available for viewing on www.howellbinkley.com beginning Sunday, Oct 25 at 8 pm ET

The 60-minute tribute, honoring Binkley’s award-winning career, beginning in 1978 until his death on August 14, 2020, features dance and Broadway luminaries discussing his impact on their lives and on their professional communities. Binkley designed the lighting for fifty-two Broadway shows. He received 9 Tony Award nominations and won 2 Tony Awards.  Info: parsonsdance.org/howell

Justin Austin – The Threepenny Opera

City Lyric Opera’s Live Virtual Performance of The Threepenny Opera on Thursday-Sunday, Oct 29-Nov 15, 2020, at 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET Here: Tune in to wwwcitylyricopera.org  

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