'Tis the Season for Cats, Carols, Fun Home and More Must-Do Events for the Week of December 16 to 22

Source: | Posted: December 15 2019 @ 12:00 pm

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and Hanukkah, with a rush to wrap last-minute gifts and celebrate with family and friends. Enjoy our final list of must-do events for 2019, covering December 16 through 22. We’ll see you at the start of a brand-new decade. Happy holidays!


For a jolt of pure holiday happiness, head uptown to Symphony Space for "Seasons of Inspiration," an all-new concert starring 2019 Tony Honoree Michael McElroy and the Broadway Inspirational Voices. The show includes selections from the gospel choir’s Grammy-nominated album Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas and its follow-up, Great Joy II: Around the World. Featuring 50 of Broadway’s best singers, BIV brings its unique mix of gospel and theatricality to traditional holiday songs ("O Holy Night," "Away in a Manger") as well as carols from France, Italy, Ireland and more. We double-dare you to spend an evening with McElroy and company and not emerge brimming with the spirit of the season.
INFO: 7:30PM at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street). Tickets start at $35. For more details, click here.



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There *Is* A Reason Sondheim Is In All Of Our Movies Now

Source: | Posted: December 15 2019 @ 10:30 am

It’s not just a coincidence or an accident: “Sondheim references and homages are hardly new. While there happens to be a bit of a pile-up at the moment, that’s because Sondheim’s songs have passed into the public vernacular in a way that few theatre composers’ works manage to nowadays: they have become standards.” – The […]

Hungary’s Theatres Protest Orban’s Culture War And Attempted Control

Source: | Posted: December 15 2019 @ 8:00 am

Actors and audiences alike participated in protests against Viktor Orban’s new law around who controls theatre funding. “The change comes as Mr. Orban’s government has become increasingly authoritarian and eroded democratic institutions. It has widened its control over the news media and education, and has given allies roles in overseeing the country’s cultural institutions. And after winning a third term last year, […]

Hannah Elless Talks Bringing A Christmas Carol to Broadway and Playing in the 'Ebesneezers'

Source: | Posted: December 13 2019 @ 6:06 pm

We all know the story of A Christmas Carol well — the miserly Ebenezeer Scrooge embarks on a ghost-led Christmas journey to become a kinder man and more generous friend to Tiny Tim. Adapted by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s Jack Thorne and directed by Tony-winning director Matt Warchus, Broadway’s first ever — yes, first — A Christmas Carole arrives as a fully realized play, inflecting an immersive, theatrical depth to the holiday classic.

In a #LiveAtFive interview with Managing Editor Beth Stevens, Hannah Elless, who plays Jess in the new production, spoke about the process of adapting A Christmas Carol to Broadway and bringing audiences closer to a story they know well.

Hannah Elless, who plays Jess in Broadway's "A Christmas Carol."

“I think one of the biggest things that Matthew Warchus, our director, really wanted was this feeling that everybody was welcome, that everyone’s a part of the story,” she said. “Everything in this story feels immersive,” she added, thanks to designer Rob Howell, whose scenic design featuring 700 lanterns has transported the Lyceum Theatre back in time to old England.

While Broadway’s A Christmas Carol is a play, the production weaves 12 traditional Christmas songs arranged ...

Cost Of The Edinburgh Fringe Is Shutting Out Working Class Artists

Source: | Posted: December 13 2019 @ 5:04 pm

“So, who can afford to perform at the Fringe regularly? Who can absorb a grand loss every year? Who can work unpaid for 17 weeks at a time? The answer is people who already have money. People who have the financial resources to take that hit year-in and year-out while they build a profile, while […]

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