Fast News, The Minutes, Penelope, Los Otros and Epiphany – Times Square Chronicles
Fast News: Broadway will maintain its mask and vaccine requirements through April 30, the Broadway League has announced. off broadway The Phantom of the Opera is expected to close in 2023 to make way for Phantom Prequel. Nikki Renee Daniels will star as Bobbie in Company and the fabulous Tally Sessions will continue as Harry. The caricature of Tony Award winner Aaron Tveit has been added to the Sardis image wall.
Steppenwolf’s production of Tracy Letts’ new play Minutes begins performances today, Saturday, April 2, with an official opening night set for Sunday, April 17 on Broadway at Studio 54 (254 West 54and Street).
The cast of Minutes includes Ian Barford, Blair Brown, Cliff Chamberlain, K. Todd Freeman, Tracy Letts, Danny McCarthy, Jessie Mueller, Sally Murphy, Austin Pendleton, Noah Reid, Jeff Still.
Minutes, Steppenwolf Theater Company‘s record-breaking hit production, takes a close look at the inner workings of a town council meeting and the hypocrisy, greed and ambition that come to the surface when a newcomer to the small town of Big Cherry starts asking the wrong questions. Why did someone from the council mysteriously disappear? What happened to all those bikes? Are there any shenanigans going on with the city’s finances? What is the problem with the parking space available? What’s going on with the Lincoln Smackdown? And why are the minutes of the last meeting kept secret? “Nothing in this explosive 90-minute play is what it seems.
York Theater Company World Premiere Penelope or how the Odyssey was really writtenassess performance. This new musical, with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (York’s Desperate measures), music by Stephen Weiner (The rivals), directed and choreographed by Emily Maltby (York’s Lolita, my love), with musical direction and orchestrations by David Hancock Turner (York’s Cheek to cheek, desperate measures) and vocal arrangements by David Hancock Turner, Steve Delehanty and Stephen Weiner.
In the casting, Philippe Arroyo (Aladdin) as Telemachus, Leah Hocking (Billy Elliot) like Eurycleia, Cooper Howell (Emojiland) like Antinous, Ben Jacoby (Wonderful) as Ulysses, David LaMarr (Boys jersey) as Mileter, Jacob Alexander Simon (A chorus line) as Bassanio, Britney Nicole Simpson (The beauty and the Beast) as Penelope, George Slotin (High Button Shoes) as Haius, Sean Thompson (sunset boulevard) as Barius, Maria Wirries (Dear Evan Hansen) as Daphne, with Bebe Browning (Miss Saigon) and Constantin Pappas (In the woods).
PREMIERES NYC (Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director), the New York-based musical theater organization whose mission is to “shed light on new musical theatre”, is proud to announce the expansion of its biannual series of INNER commissions. VOICES with the New York premiere production of Los Otrosa one-act musical with a book and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated Ellen Fitzhugh (Grind, paradise found) and the music of five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild, Giant Party). Previews begin Wednesday, August 24, 2022, for a limited time until Saturday, October 8, 2022at ART/New York Theaters – Mezzanine Theater (502 West 53rd Street – between 10th and 11th avenues). Opening night is Wednesday, August 31, 2022.
Through a series of beautiful and intimate moments, two Californians, Lillian and Carlos, explore meaningful moments in their lives, discovering that they are connected in unexpected ways. Semi-autobiographical, Los Otros captures a universal story of interconnectedness, love, risk and revelation through the lens of the lives of two people. Famous director Noah Himmelstein (The Lucky Star; I am Harvey Milk) is directing the New York premiere of this unique musical which will be directed by J. Oconer Navarro (Caroline or Change). Los Otros received its first East Coast production in 2017 at the Everyman Theater in Baltimore, MD under the direction of Himmelstein.
The cast of Los Otros is three-time Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Carolee Carmello (Parade, Finding Neverland) and Javier Munoz (In the heights, Hamilton). The production and creative team will be announced at a later date..
“PREMIERES is thrilled to be ‘back in business’ after a long hiatus for the past two years,” said Artistic Director Paulette Haupt. “We thought it was fitting to take a look back and expand our INNER VOICES series for the first time. Los Otros started like Tres Ninasone of three solo pieces presented in our inaugural 2008 season. Michael and Ellen have created a beautiful and moving two-voice work and we are happy to welcome Carolee and Javier to the family to share theirs.
The Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of André Bishop) is pleased to announce its upcoming production of Epiphanya new play by Brian Watkins, directed by Tyne Rafaeli. Epiphany will begin previews Thursday, May 19 and open Thursday, June 16 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street).
An unusual evening. The snow is falling slowly. A passionate host brings together old friends in an attempt to resurrect a forgotten tradition. But when the guest of honor is exceptionally late, the group becomes unmoored and thirsty for answers. And there may not be enough wine, or goose, or time to push back the long-neglected questions that now haunt their souls.
Epiphany will have sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Montana Levi Blanco, lighting by Isabella Byrd, original music and sound by Daniel Kluger. Roxana Khan is the stage manager.
Brian Watkins’ games include Wyoming, Evergreens, In the earth with you, My daughter keeps our hammerand High Plains among others. More recently, he is the creator, showrunner and executive producer of the upcoming series Outdoor beach with Josh Brolin, premiering April 15 on Amazon Prime Video. His plays have been produced by Druid Theater at Galway International Arts Festival under Garry Hynes, Flea Theater and Lesser America under Danya Taymor, and Williamstown Theater Festival, The Juilliard School, Edinburgh Fringe, Creede Repertory , and more. His plays have been developed with Lincoln Center Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, New York Theater Workshop, LAByrinth, Rattlestick, Ensemble Studio Theatre, CATF, Intar and Seven Devils, among others. Watkins is a recipient of an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Jerome Foundation, a Stavis Playwriting Award nominee, a Sundance Lab and O’Neill finalist, a recipient of the John Osborne Award for the Performing Arts, a Heideman Award finalist and is under commission of the Denver Center Theater Company. He is Juilliard Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow and Resident Playwright of New Dramatists. Upcoming film work includes an independent feature with Circle of Confusion for which he is a writer and producer. Currently, Watkins is writing an original screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin. Epiphany will be Mr. Watkins’ Lincoln Center Theater debut and mark his first professional New York production.