Dear theatre friends,
I’ve been accused of giving short shrift to New York theatre, in favor of British, so I’ll start with those to stream from my dear city, albeit recently hobbled.
Beginning Friday, June 5th, 8pm, you can see Lincoln Center’s production of “Carousel,” accompanied by the New York Philharmonic– for one week. Entitled “Broadway Fridays,” the program will continue with “The Nance” on the 12th, starring Nathan Lane. On the 19th, you’ll be able to view “Act One,” from Moss Hart’s book of the same name, adapted by James Lapine.
From the off-Broadway jewel, The Irish Rep, comes a digital program for summer beginning with “The Gifts You Gave to the Dark,” with the incomparable Marie Mullen. This is a world premiere, written specifically in response to the virus crisis, by Darren Murphy.
Mark your calendars– June 20th, 8pm, for Miscast20 from MCC theatre company. It will be the first time their gala is streamed– Broadway stars will sing songs from roles for which they would never have, could never, have been cast! It should be joyous. Remember, this is ordinarily a fundraising event– and now, more than ever, they need your donation.
Now from across the Atlantic, more joy for any children afoot, and all feeling childlike– Christopher Walken stars as Captain Hook in “Peter Pan” from Friday, June 5th, 2pm, for 48 hours. Part of “The Shows Must Go On”– see one each week from Andrew Lloyd Webber with all proceeds going to charities.
And, one of Shakespeare’s silliest comedies, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” is now on the Globe YouTube station. This updated version was not so well reviewed due to a complete “lack of gravitas”– however, it may be just what you need!
The Old Vic will be presenting “A Monster Calls” from June 7th on their YouTube site. This production, directed by Brit superstar, Sally Cookson, received unanimously fine reviews. It’s an adaptation of the Patrick Ness book.
Lastly, a reminder, not to miss Tom Hiddleston in “Coriolanus” beginning Thursday, June 4th– for one week, from National Theatre Live. Josie Rourke’s direction was particularly fine on the small Donmar stage, according to this four star Guardian review.
These NTL productions and broadcasts are so fine– we feel as if we have great (theatre) seats. When they announce future shows, I’ll be filling you in!
That’s all for now– as I receive news I’ll pass it along. But don’t completely fill your calendars yet– more shows are continuing to find their way to our screens.
Aren’t we fortunate to be living during this plague and not Sophocles’? Or, are you overwhelmed by choice?
Again, if you discover other theatre-related news– please get in touch: Carol.
And, need I reiterate? I’d like to continue to write because so many have expressed their enjoyment of reading– but I must have content!Please send other theatre related information, or do try to recall a story you’d like me to post.
Carol Tambor publishes a monthly newsletter, which announces worthy shows coming to New York, along with occasional information about London theatre and, of course, the Edinburgh Fringe.