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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Hello Dolly!

Dear Friends,

Our recommendation this week in our Summer Series is Hello Dolly!.

While a departure from the somberness of most of our first recommendations, Hello Dolly! is a heavy hitter on Broadway right now thanks in large part to its star—the incomparable Ms. Bette Midler, who won a Tony for her performance.

In 1970, after a record breaking 2,844 performances Hello Dolly! closed its run at the St. James Theatre.  It only took 37 years for a revival to finally make its way back to Broadway and with it 10 Tony nominations and 4 Tony Awards:  Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Bette Midler), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Gavin Creel), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Santo Loquasto). 

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It’s currently playing at the Shubert Theatre and starring Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, and Kate Baldwin and is directed by Jeffrey Zaks.
This is definitely not a show to miss! Click here for tickets.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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Orange Alert

Dear Friends,

When you visit the website for  Michael Moore’s Broadway show, Terms of My Surrender, you will see that it has issued an Orange Alert in honor of our current President, about whom the show focuses.

Previews start this Friday, July 28th, at 8:00pm.
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Tickets start at $29, and can be purchased here.
This is a limited engagement—and one that you don’t want to miss!

Best regards,
Philp and Marilyn

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Me The People

Dear Friends,

We want to share an off-Broadway musical with you today called Me The People: The Trump America People.  It is currently showing at the Triad Theatre on West 72nd Street.

It is “just what the columnist ordered—an uproarious take on the craven, self-dealing Trump agenda intent on tearing down our government and building a stupid wall. The show delivers a topical, up-to-the minute mockumentary of red-white-and-orange America.”
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Sarah Downs from Front Row Center says that it is “a clever, satirical revue set to tunes from the Supremes to the Eagles to CeeLo Green. The talented quartet of Aisha Alia Dukes, Mitchel Kawash, Richard Spitaletta and Mia Weinberger sing with exuberance and commitment, doing hilarious impressions of everyone from Sigmund Freud to Jared Kushner to Hillary Clinton.”

Tickets are on sale through September 02, 2017—you definitely don’t want to miss this!  To learn more or buy tickets, click here.

Best regards,
Philp and Marilyn

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