Archive for the ‘Broadway’ Category

Outer Critics Circle Awards

12th May 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Outer Critics Circle in New York has announced the winners of its 59th Annual Awards.

The following are the categories of particular interest for our members:

Outstanding New Broadway Play
God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
Irena’s Vow by Tovah Feldshuh
Reasons To Be Pretty by Neil LaBute
33 Variations by Moises Kaufman

Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Billy Elliot the Musical
Rock of Ages
Shrek the Musical
A Tale of Two Cities

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Ruined by Lynn Nottage
Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo
Farragut North by Beau Willimon
Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself) by Donald Margulies
Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
The Toxic Avenger
Rooms A Rock Romance
What’s That Smell? The Music of Jacob Sterling

David Pearse won the award for Outstanding Feature Actor in a Play for The Cripple of Inishmaan. A full list of all the categories and the winners are available on the web site.

2009 Tony Awards

5th May 2009 by Maura McHugh

The nominees for the 2009 Tony Awards have been announced.

Of particular interest to our members:

Best Play

  • Dividing the Estate by Horton Foote
  • God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
  • Reasons to Be Pretty by Neil LaBute
  • 33 Variations by Moisés Kaufman

The full list of all the nominees is on the web site.

Broadway Up in 2008

13th January 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Stage reports that despite a global recession last year’s takings on Broadway were up in 2008, compared to 2007.

Commenting on the totals, Charlotte St Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, noted: “Even though the last few months of the year were challenging, these last two weeks encompassing the Christmas and new year’s holidays grossed nearly two million dollars more than the same two-week period last year. This reflects that even in tough economic times, theatregoers go to the theatre.”

While more shows than usual are closing on Broadway as 2009 dawns, there is a lot of product coming up in the next few months and St Martin is optimistic about 2009. Among the shows set to open on Broadway in 2009 will be Impressions with Jeremy Irons, Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury, Waiting for Godot with Nathan Lane, and Mary Stuart with Janet McTeer – the latter a London transfer.

1st Irish in NY

3rd September 2008 by Maura McHugh

The New York Times recently reported on the forthcoming 1st Irish Theatre Festival, which will be going on in New York City from September 6 – 28, 2008.

Among the groups taking part in 1st Irish 2008 is the Tir Na Theater Company of Boston; it is presenting the New York premiere of the Northern Irish playwright Owen McCafferty’s “Mojo Mickybo,” the story of two boys, one Protestant and one Catholic, in 1970 Belfast. The Washington company Solas Nua is bringing New York its first production of Enda Walsh’s “Disco Pigs,” about two characters who were born on the same day. Mr. Walsh’s most recent play, “The New Electric Ballroom,” was a critical hit at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. That play, Charles Isherwood wrote in The New York Times, “affirms Mr. Walsh’s growing reputation as a contender to take his place in the long, distinguished line of great Irish playwrights.”

Liam Heylin’s “Love, Peace and Robbery,” a three-hander about two men adjusting to life out of prison, is being presented by the Keegan Theater, also from Washington. “Ireland is changing,” said Kerry Lucas, the play’s director. “These plays need to be seen because there is a whole global thing happening. If the Irish are grappling with an American-type dream of success, still there are a lot of people that is not happening to.”

John P. Waters, director of graduate and undergraduate Irish Studies at New York University, said, “We need to see new theater, because we have a new Ireland.” Mr. Waters will participate in a panel on contemporary Irish theater at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University on Sept. 11.

“Ireland has been blessed with rapid, bewildering challenges in recent years, and drama is guiding the conversation,” Mr. Waters said.

Check out the 1st Irish web site for the full listing of all the events.

Irish Off-Broadway

19th November 2007 by Maura McHugh

The New York Times features an article about Irish playwright, Abbie Spallen, and her forthcoming off-Broadway play, Pumpgirl.