“The drama, the laughter, the tears just like pearls”: lyrics to the song “Let Me Be Your Star,” yes, but also what we’ve come to expect from the theater itself, onstage and off. New York City’s theater industry is often dazzling, absurd, cruel, heartbreaking, and ridiculous all at once. For every show that becomes a sensation, so many others flop, and even ones that seem like hits might not actually be making money. It’s a baffling tangle, but good news for us: Behind the scenes or in the footlights, there’s always something interesting to talk about.
We’ll be covering all the highs and lows with our relaunched weekly theater newsletter, Stage Whisperer. Starting Wednesday, September 27, we’ll talk about the upcoming season, the chatter about what’s working and what isn’t, the promising (or potentially disastrous) productions that you likely haven’t seen yet, and what’s exciting about the ones you already have. Sign up to receive all the latest reviews, interviews, box-office news, staff chats, scene reports, and more.