Final Chance!

Dear Friends,

Just a reminder that Prince of Broadway will be closing its limited run in only 12 more performances–with its final performance on 10/29/2017!

It showcases the life and times of our dear family friend, Harold Prince, including some of his greatest productions, like:

West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Evita, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and The Phantom of the Opera to name a few!

You definitely do not want to miss out on this spectacular show!  Click here for your last chance at tickets!
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Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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Courage in Reporting

Dear Friends,

An amazing thing happened to us a few days ago when we watched a reporter, Ronan Farrow, reading a long, fascinating article that he wrote about film producer, Harvey Weinstein.

What struck us so much about this was the fact that Ronan is someone that we knew very well at the age of 3-4 years old, when he lived in Newtown, CT with his wonderful mother, the extraordinary Mia Farrow.

Mia is a wonderful lady who has raised—and dedicated herself—to seeing that children without parents could still have a happy family life.

Now here is Ronan, 29 years old—with so many degrees and abilities—commanding the air waves.  His report, published in The New Yorker, “Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories,” was the result of nearly a year of researching facts and working to find someone willing to publish it.  Originally he went to NBC, for whom
he worked at the time, and was told it wasn’t “reportable.”  Thankfully The New Yorker thought it was.
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It takes courage to stand up and never stop believing in what you are working on—and we are so proud of Ronan for having the courage to not back down and not give up until his story was heard.

To read the terrific article he wrote in The New Yorker, click here.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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The Iceman Cometh Back To Broadway

Dear Friends,

Today we are writing to you about Eugene O’Neill’s play The Iceman Cometh, which will be returning to Broadway this spring starring Tony and Academy award winner Denzel Washington!!
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Having originally produced this play on Broadway, we are so very excited that it is coming back–and with such a wonderful actor playing the lead!  This is one of O’Neill’s greatest plays and we remember having it here in New York—an unbelievable evening!

It  has also reminded us about the other Eugene O’Neill plays that The Theatre Guild produced in New York in the 1920s-1950s.  They were:

  • Marco’s Millions
  • Strange Interlude
  • Dynamo
  • Mourning Becomes Electra
  • Ah, Wilderness!
  • Days Without End

In addition, The Guild had a very personal relationship with O’Neill and helped him in other aspects of his life.

Nowadays, it is very difficult to mount serious plays and we salute the theatres, like the Roundabout and the Jacobs Theatre, that are making an effort to keep these plays going!

The Iceman Cometh opens April 26, 2018, with previews starting on March 22nd.  It will be playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.  To read more or purchase tickets, click here.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

We believe this will be the greatest play of this season!

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Good-bye Bette!

Dear Friends,

Time is running out to see the truly great actress, Bette Midler, in her Tony-Award winning performance as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly!.   Bette’s last performance is scheduled for January 14, 2018.

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She will be replaced by the lovely Bernadette Peters, who officially steps into the iconic role on February 22, 2018.

You can read more about Bette departure from and Bernadette’s return to the stage in these articles from the Playbill:

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To purchase tickets or read more about the show, visit the Hello Dolly! website.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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More Off-Broadway

Dear Friends,

We wanted to share with you another comedy appearing Off-Broadway this fall.

It is School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, which is a story of teenage girls in Ghana.

It is “buoyant and biting comedy [that] explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.”  It is written by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Tony Awarding Winner Rebecca Taichman.

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School Girls will be playing November 02-December 10, 2017 at the MCC Theatre MCC (at The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014).  Click here to read more and purchase tickets.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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“Me” Off-Broadway

Dear Friends,

We have just returned from our wonderful vacation—it was so nice to spend some quality time with our daughter and granddaughters.

As the summer winds down and we’re gearing up for an exciting Fall season, we just wanted to take a moment to recommend an off-Broadway musical for you: Me The People.

The zingy songs aim at the misguided, hypocritical and tragically unfit people who rep us in Washington remind us how important satire is at a time of national upheaval. The rousing finale is nothing short of brilliant. It alone is worth the price of admission.”—The Huffington Post

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It is showing at the Triad Theatre on 72nd Street and they are currently selling tickets through October 01, 2017.  I know that we’ve said it before, but this is a show you definitely do not want to miss!

Click here to buy tickets or learn more!
Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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The Show Must Go On!

Dear Friends,

While we are on vacation, we thought we’d share with you some of our favorite posts over the years.  This was our very first post, which we thought we’d share for some of our newer members.

Of course, it reminds us of plays of Ancient Greece that are still circulating today!

We hope that you are well and enjoying these last few weeks of summer!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

 

The theatre is such a wonderful happening!

We had an unbelievable evening a few weeks ago when we saw Beautiful: The Carol King Musical.  It lifted us so—from our ordinary daily lives we were brought to an evening of heaven.

And it led us to an exciting idea: staring this website to share with you the theatre that we know and love so well.  The events, the history—all of the past, present, and future!

We (my talented wife, Marilyn Clark, and I) have lived our lives in the theatre: Marilyn from the time she was an actress at 15.  And my parents were writers and producers, so I literally grew up in theatre.  Now as we reminisce a lot about all the trials and tribulations and success and stars, we decided to start this website—a place where theatre lovers everywhere can come together and find both information about the American Theatre, and personalization of the theatre as well.

So to start off: perhaps you knew that theatre as we know it began 2,500 years ago in Ancient Greece. BUT! Did you know that there are still 11 plays currently circulating that were written at that time by Aristophanes?  And it’s fascinating that three of them (in bold!) were about women’s rights.  They are:

  1. The Archarnians (425 BCE) about the formation of a peace treaty.
  2. The Knights (424 BCE) an attack on Cleon, an Athenian statesmen and general.
  3. The Clouds (423 BCE) criticising Socrates for corruption and sophistry.
  4. The Wasps (422 BCE) poking fun at the Athenian jury system and the Athenians’ preoccupation with litigation.
  5. Peace (421 BCE) on the peace with Sparta.
  6. The Birds (414 BCE) where birds construct a new city in the sky and better the gods.
  7. Lysistrata (411 BCE) where women across Greece go on a sex strike to compel their men to make peace.
  8. The Poet & The Women or Thesmophoriazusae (411 BCE) where women debate the elimination of Euripides
  9. The Frogs (405 BCE) where Dionysos visits Hades and judges a poetry competition between Aeschylus and Euripedes.
  10. The Ecclesiazusae (c. 392 BCE) where women take over Athens and make all property communal.
  11. Plutus or Wealth (388 BCE) where the god of wealth regains his sight and no longer distributes riches at random.

[from http://www.ancient.eu.com/Aristophanes/ ]

Theatre then went on to Rome, then France, England, and finally to America.  Now we have it ON BROADWAY and beyond—to every state in the country and every country in the world.

Of course, just like the theatre, our Theatre Guild website is a work in progress!  But here are some of the things that we want to focus on:

  •  Recommendations for plays—what is fun and enjoyable and hot right now!
  • Suggestions on getting the best seats and the best bargains for great theatre.
  • New plays that are coming to the theatre or revivals making a comeback (HINT: it is NOT Cats!)
  • Theatres worth checking out all over the country
  • History of American Theatre—we’ve lived it and want to share it with you!
  • And of course, the actors!  We’ll be looking at some of the greats, those who will be sorely missed, and those to keep our eyes on—so we can say that we knew them when they were just starting out!

What would we like from you?  Participation!  We want to know what interests you about the theatre—be it a play, or actor/actress, or theatres or history.  What ideas and things would you like to see?  We have a lot of information to share and we’d love ideas of things that you’re interested in!

And now, but of course the show must go on, we pull back the curtain and invite you in to our world of theatre!

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Summer Vacation!

Dear Friends,

It’s that time of the year—the last weeks of summer when we pack up and head down to the Jersey Shore with our daughter and two granddaughters for 10 days of beachside views and a happy vacation!

As we do every year, we thought we would repost a couple of our favorite newsletters that we have shared with you in the past, so that our newest members can read them as well.  But first we thought we’d leave you with a picture of one of our cats, Undine, who is obviously ready for vacation!

Best regards!
Philip & Marilyn

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Spreading the Word.

Dear Friends,

This week’s Summer Series recommendation is a show that Ben Brantley of the New York Times (who has seen it four times!) calls the best musical of this century: The Book of Mormon.

It is written and composed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q).  It is the satirical story of two young Mormon missionaries who are sent to Uganda to spread the word of God.
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It has won 9 Tony Awards and they just released additional seats for this fall.  This is great news because you do not want to miss out on this show—it’s a comical way to end the summer (or start the fall or anytime you want to see it!).

To read more and purchase tickets, click here.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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Prince on Broadway

Dear Friends,

In December we posted the news about our recommendation for this week in our Summer Series: Prince of Broadway.  It is currently in previews and will open August 24th.

It is a musical that celebrates the career of Broadway legend, and our dear friend, Harold Prince.

In fact, when we wrote Hal to wish him the best of success, he very kindly replied that he considers himself “a continuum of everything Lawrence and Armina Langner gave to the theatre. They were my idols and I remember them not only for their extraordinary accomplishments, but their generosity. As a kid, they always made me feel welcomed and encouraged me.”

Over the span of his career, Hal has received 21 Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton.  His long list of productions have helped shape Broadway with shows such as Fiddler on The Roof, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeney Todd, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Follies, A Little Night Music, and Show Boat to name a few!
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This is one show you absolutely do not want to miss!  Click here to order tickets or to learn more.

We are so happy for Hal—and wish him the best of success for this exciting show.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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