Magazine Offers 28 Reasons NY Theatre Is Thriving

News   Magazine Offers 28 Reasons NY Theatre Is Thriving
What reasons would you pick?
Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Cassie Beck, Sarah Steele and Arian Moayed in <i>The Humans</i>
Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Cassie Beck, Sarah Steele and Arian Moayed in The Humans Joan Marcus

In a story dated March 7, New York magazine listed 28 reasons and seven performances that show why New York theatre is ”improbably thriving.”

Written by Jesse Green and headlined with the Hamilton quote, ”How Lucky We Are To Be Alive Right Now,” the story outlines why ”New York theater seems to be entering a Golden Age — or let’s call it a Second Mini Sorta Golden Age With Caveats.”

Some of the ”reasons” are just individual shows, including Fun Home, The Humans, The Flick and the inevitable Hamilton.

Here are a few excerpts from the others:

* ”This is an unusual moment when younger playwrights offering good (and challenging) work are getting big-time productions.”

* ”Whatever their own backgrounds, members of the rising junior class of theater writers are more comfortable addressing race, gender, religion, and the universal problems of poor old humanity (like poverty and old age) than ever before.”

* ”Over the past decade or so, Adam Guettel and Scott Frankel and Michael Korie and Jason Robert Brown and Michael John LaChiusa have been reimagining what a musical can be.”

* ”The age of the Jerome Robbins–like star choreographer has ended; instead, theatrical dance has widened its scope, putting all sorts of other movement worlds in play.”

* ”Musicals have always had their fabulous female stars — the Ethel Mermans and Mary Martins — but were there ever so many who were as versatile as today’s? ”

* ”Multiplatform carpet­baggers like Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Bernadette Peters, and Laura Benanti, and Michael Cerveris, Matthew Morrison, and Jonathan Groff, sing their hearts and guts out onstage, go make a bunch of money doing something on NBC or Amazon or Netflix, then come back and perform for New Yorkers again.”

* ”New performers are stunningly well trained — sometimes too well, but there are worse problems to have.... Spend five minutes watching any ensemble of a Broadway musical, and you get the sense that half of them could blow away their predecessors from a generation ago.”

* ”The business model that’s making Broadway profitable again depends on theatergoers who’ll pay a fortune for premium seating. But there are also myriad ways for the rest of us to get cheap tickets.”

Read the entire article here.

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