A solid night of theater. Hearing impaired accessible.
A solid night of theater. Hearing impaired accessible.
Get INTO playwright Stephen Adly Guirguis. You won’t be sorry!
A courageous and original new play.
Incredible writing! Dear Evan Hansen’s Kristolyn Lloyd!
Get this thing to NYC ASAP, please!
Must-see immersive theater.
There’s a reason it was on so many people’s Top 10 lists last year…and it’s coming back in October.
Theater doesn’t get much better than this.
The luminous Condola Rashad as Joan of Arc.
“Frivolity with a second layer…” - Randy
Clean, crisp, and accessible classic theater.
Banner Image: Joan Marcus
by Brookelynn Mason
The whole world is all kinds of fucked up over the newest #Hamildrop, “First Burn”. Twitter is blowing up, Facebook's on fire, and Instagrammers can’t decide how many hashtags to use to accurately describe the world we live in now. If you’re as completely SHOOK as I am, don’t fret—we’re going to break this down and go on this journey together. Listen to the track here while you read along...or listen as you watch the behind-the-scenes video below.
A little background info: “First Burn” is the first draft of the song “Burn” from Hamilton, as sung by Arianna Afsar, Julia Harriman, Lexi Lawson, Rachelle Ann Go, and Shoba Narayan. Yep, an alumni of Elizas past and present. Oh, and let’s take a moment to gush about the absolute genius of Alex Lacamoire, because it needs to be mentioned that these women weren’t in the same room (where it happened) together recording this piece of magic. Yeah, nbd, Lac gonna Lac, all day err' day. Five different Elizas, all portraying the kaleidoscope of emotions Eliza goes through during this moment, in one badass track? Abso-fuckin'-lutely.
Let’s break it down. Eliza comes out SWINGING, wasting no time to put Alex in his place with “Don’t take another step in my direction”. It’s the beginning of a motif that runs throughout the whole song, which is written in such a way that we can imagine Eliza interrupting Hamilton’s words and actions while he tries to make excuses for himself. It changes the story—instead of a silent decision to rid herself of his written word, she confronts him face to face and DESTROYS HIM. This whole stanza totally fucks you up in the best way:
Heaven forbid someone whisper
"He's part of some scheme"
Your enemy whispers
So you have to scream
I know about whispers
I see how you look at my sister
So here we have an Eliza consumed with fury, just totally wrecking Alex with everything she can possibly throw at him. “Fuck it, here are all the ways in which you are an absolute shit human being” should be the subtitle of this song. She’s not just burning his letters; she’s setting the whole world on fire and then walking away with her middle finger in the air. Just when you think she’s roasted Alex to a charred-black shell of a man, she even muhfuggin' takes it a step further:
And when the time comes
Explain to the children
The pain and embarrassment
You put their mother through
When will you learn
That they are your legacy?
We are your legacy
You tell him, Eliza!
Want more of “First Burn”? The most recent episode of The Hamilcast has commentary and an EXCLUSIVE listen at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s original demo, that you cannot find anywhere else except the podcast. Listen here!
The classic American play starring an up-and-coming actor named Denzel Washington.
by Sam Maher
There’s a whiplash-inducing amount of awards during the NYC theater season, which is every Spring. You’ve got Off-Broadway’s vastly underrated Lortel Awards, the Obies, the Drama League Awards, the OBA Awards, the OCCs, and then the Drama Desk Awards leading up to the Tonys. The 2018 Tony Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 1 and the Drama Desk nominations are often a forecast of what to expect.
However, there’s plenty of Off-Broadway (and beyond) shows in Drama Desk categories as they celebrate excellence in *all* of NYC theater...which is especially remarkable this year, as the official 2018 Broadway season is generally agreed upon to be quite lackluster. That being said, there are indeed some gems on Broadway this year...and it's great to see the Drama Desks recognizing them.
1. Jocelyn Bioh. She was nominated as both a playwright AND as actress! She wrote the superb School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play , which is up for Outstanding Play and she was nominated for her performance in Signature Theatre's In The Blood. NYC theater thrives on artists like Jocelyn Bioh, so it's really exciting to see her celebrated from all angles. Oh, and the entire cast of School Girls was awarded a special Drama Desk Ensemble Award for their portrayals. Good thing it's coming back to NYC this October! Don't sleep on tickets this time.
2. Ethan Slater. Ethan is most certainly giving one of the best 55 performances of the season, if not THE best, as our hero in SpongeBob SquarePants...so it's very alarming that the Drama League snubbed him by not including him as one of their 55 Distinguished Performance nominations. Doesn't matter, though, because the Drama Desks have him in the Outstanding Actor in a Musical category, and the show itself got 11 nominations total, including a nomination for director Tina Landau. Her direction of SpongeBob will make you full-on believe in magic again, so you can imagine we say YeeeesssssBroadway to Tina's Drama Desk nomination.
3. KPOP all over the place. Yas, yas, and more yas to the 7 nominations for this ridiculously good musical (it was #7 in our Top 10 Favorite Theater of 2017 list for a reason!), including Outstanding Director of a Musical for Teddy Bergman. At this point, the show is swimming in so many award nominations that it would be silly for a producer not to pick it up for future life. It was awesome, plain and simple!
5. Miles For Mary. Okay, it's only April...but Miles For Mary is my favorite show of the year so far (I saw SpongeBob last year!). This hilarious Off-Broadway knockout got a nomination for director Lila Neugebauer as well as for Outstanding Play. This show was straight up theatrical electricity and DEFINITELY needs a future life. Ahem, Yes...Broadway?
6. Lesli Margherita. I Escaped To Lesli Margheritaville with her because, well, she's just the best! This future sitcom star (she's in LA shooting a pilot as I type!) was nominated for her performance as Cindy Lou Who In Who’s Holiday, for which she was also nominated for a Lortel. Lesson? Cast Lesli Margherita in everything.
7. Kenita R. Miller. Her performance in Once On This Island will invigorate your soul and break your heart at the same time. It's great to see that awards committees are paying attention to her. She's definitely a force to be reckoned with!
8. Miss You Like Hell. Both 40 Under 40 star Gizel Jimenez and co-star Daphne Rubin-Vega were nominated for their performances in this awesome Off-Broadway musical. And both the music and the book were nominated as well. This one runs through May 13 at the Public Theater, so you still have a chance to see it in all it's Drama Desk-nominated glory!
9. Juan Castano. Sometimes, there are performers rocking it so hard that you have to skip any sort of nominations and give them a special award. Juan will be awarded the Sam Norkin Award because his "varied performances this season in Oedipus El Rey, A Parallelogram, and Transfers not only make a complex statement about American life but also indicate great things to come for this talented performer." I agree...and you will, too, when you see him in action in Transfers, which plays through May 20 at MCC Theater.
10. James McArdle. Everyone is buzzing about Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane's performances in Angels in America, and deservedly so, but the sleeper hit performance of the season is James McArdle's deliriously good performance of Louis. Awards categories involving multiple Angels nominations will be close calls as the show excels in just about every single way possible. It's awesome, though, to see James get some recognition for his EXTREMELY good performance just in case the actual awards end up in this hands of his co-stars.
Michael Urie will host the 2018 Drama Desk Awards for the third year in a row on June 3 (which is the Sunday before the Tony Awards).
Disco Donna(s) will have you dancing in the aisles!
This show is EVERYTHING. Confirmed for Broadway in 2019!
Lynn Nottage's new play at The Public Theater
The hype alert of all hype alerts!
Joshua Jackson on Broadway. #StartListening
It's everything you want it to be: grool, fetch, and pink AF.