appreciation

‘I Was Always Astounded by the Level of Constant Invention’: On Terrence McNally

The playwright’s broad palette and essential humanity.
the business of theater

“There Is No ‘Surplus’ in Nonprofit”: How Off Broadway Is Coping With Closure

At all but the largest downtown institutions, a few weeks’ closure can wipe out years of exhausting work.
coronavirus

Arts Organizations Are Heading Into Crisis. A Few Things Might Mitigate It.

Performers and staff, already living close to the edge, have little margin for a long layoff.
  1. vulture lists
    Even More Things to Stream While Broadway Is Shut DownDid you know that the SpongeBob musical is on Amazon Prime?
  2. fleabag
    Now Is Your Chance to Stream the Stage Version of Fleabag OnlinePhoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman stage show will stream via Amazon and the Soho Theatre.
  3. theater
    Hamilton Cast Reunion Happens in Separate RoomsAll thanks to John Krasinski’s new YouTube show, Some Good News.
  4. coronavirus news
    In Drama School, the Spring Showcase Is Everything. Now What?Everything that agents and bookers might see has been canceled.
  5. coronavirus
    Sara Bareilles Says She Had the Coronavirus and Is ‘Fully Recovered’Her Waitress costar Gavin Creel previously said he thought he had it, but did not want to use a test.
  6. theater
    Livestreaming and Labor: A Clash of Good Intentions at Red Bull TheaterA dispute with Actors’ Equity shuts down a virtual production.
  7. quarantine diary
    Darren Criss Is Learning Japanese and Playing With LEGOs in QuarantineHe was supposed to be doing David Mamet’s American Buffalo on Broadway. Here’s how he’s keeping himself occupied instead.
  8. streaming
    You Can Now Start Streaming National Theatre Productions at HomeStarting with One Man, Two Guvnors on April 2.
  9. quarantine diary
    Debra Messing Is Baking and Watching Love Is Blind in QuarantineThe star of Birthday Candles, which was scheduled to start previews April 2, on what she’s doing since she’s not onstage.
  10. first listens
    Listen a New Song From the Stage Version of The Prince of Egypt“Footprints on the Sand” serves as his new act one solo.
  11. vulture recommends
    What to Stream While Broadway Is Shut DownSuggested substitutes for the shows you’re missing while theaters are dark.
  12. for good?
    Like a Seed Dropped by a Skybird, the Wicked Movie Is Delayed Yet AgainUniversal has replaced Elphaba with Sing 2.
  13. coronavirus news
    Even the $2 Trillion Rescue Isn’t Great for the ArtsA few crumbs for a significant part of the economy.
  14. appreciation
    ‘I Was Always Astounded by the Level of Constant Invention’: On Terrence McNallyThe playwright’s broad palette and essential humanity.
  15. theater
    Tony Awards Postpone, With Plans to Reschedule Once Broadway ReturnsThe ceremony was officially set to air June 7.
  16. roll clip!
    Watch Michael Shannon Monologue at Home With a Perfect Camera AngleShannon performed it as part of 24 Hour Plays’ “Viral Monologues” series.
  17. theater
    Playwright Terrence McNally Dead at 81 From Coronavirus ComplicationsThe author of Love! Valour! Compassion! and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.
  18. honey you mean hunkcules
    The Hercules Musical Is Coming to Some Stage, Somewhere, SomedayComposer and songwriter Alan Menken told Rosie O’Donnell during a livestream fundraiser.
  19. the theatre
    Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen Won’t Open On Broadway Post-CoronavirusProducers say they don’t have the “economic resources” to sustain the production through Broadway’s closure.
  20. yay!
    The New York Arts Scene Is Getting Some Much-Needed Financial ReliefA multi-foundation effort to save nonprofits has begun.
  21. jimmy awards
    Oh No, Sorry, Theater Teens, the Jimmy Awards Have Also Been CanceledNo official word from the Tonys yet, though.
  22. coronavirus
    How One Theater Company Is Facing a Dark SpringA snapshot from downtown.
  23. roll clip!
    Andrew Lloyd Webber Is Here to Calm You With a Little Phantom Piano Serenade“It’s alright, it doesn’t come from Cats,” he tells his dog.
  24. jellicle cats come out tonight
    Watch Cats With Us on Instagram Tonight … PleaseAt 7 p.m. ET, the Jellicle Ball begins.
  25. benefit concerts
    The Rosie O’Donnell Show To Return For One Night Only Benefit PerformanceAccompanied by (almost) every single Broadway star you can possibly imagine.
  26. coronavirus
    The Show Won’t Go on for the Olivier AwardsDue to the coronavirus, they “no longer feel that it is feasible to host the ceremony.”
  27. the show must go on
    Missing Broadway? PBS Would Like to Remind You They’ve Got the GoodsTheaters may be dark, but you can stream PBS’s performing arts library from the comfort of your own anywhere.
  28. the business of theater
    “There Is No ‘Surplus’ in Nonprofit”: How Off Broadway Is Coping With ClosureAt all but the largest downtown institutions, a few weeks’ closure can wipe out years of exhausting work.
  29. stress relief
    Lin-Manuel Miranda Tries to Distract From Pandemic With Unreleased Hamilton SongA nice gesture.
  30. coronavirus
    Arts Organizations Are Heading Into Crisis. A Few Things Might Mitigate It.Performers and staff, already living close to the edge, have little margin for a long layoff.
  31. coronavirus
    Broadway Theaters Shut Down As New York Governor Bans Gatherings Over 500As the coronavirus continues to spread, the billion-dollar industry has been resistant to shutting down. Now, it’s likely on the brink of closure.
  32. theater review
    If You’re Leaving the House, Head West to TumachoPlus, 72 Miles to Go …
  33. coronavirus
    Broadway Usher Tested Positive for CoronavirusThe shows where the individual worked will go on as scheduled.
  34. coronavirus
    Close the Theaters. Close the Opera. Close the Concert Halls. Now.Yes, it will be brutal to the performing-arts economy. It’s also necessary.
  35. coronavirus
    Some Broadway Shows Are Slashing Ticket Prices in Response to CoronavirusWest Side Story, To Kill a Mockingbird, and more.
  36. theater review
    Every Day a Little Death: Endlings and Unknown SoldierA pair of plays that (very differently) evoke the ultimate.
  37. theater review
    That’s Really Mom Up There: Suicide Forest and SKiNFoLKTwo plays involving very present mothers.
  38. theater review
    Girl From the North Country Has No Direction HomeOpportunity blown; so much told and not shown.
  39. marriage stories
    How Six Created Its 16th-Century Pop-Star QueensThe musical imagines all of Henry VIII’s wives in a singing competition about who had the worst go of it.
  40. children will listen
    I Don’t Know Who Needs to Hear This But There’s a Sondheim Disco AlbumWest Side Story, but make it groovy.
  41. i love the '80s
    Please Allow The Cast of Sing Street to Satisfy Your Eighties NostalgiaA Vulture exclusive.
  42. theater review
    Lifeboats and Lifelines: Two Musicals Make the Case for Not Giving Up’We’re Gonna Die’ and ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown.’
  43. theater review
    Lucas Hnath’s Dana H. Is the Real ThingRipped not from the headlines but straight from life.
  44. theater review
    Men to Watch in Cambodian Rock Band, Blues for an Alabama Sky, and The HeadlandsPerformers who hold your attention, even with uneven material.
  45. casting
    Aspiring Character Actor Chris Evans in Talks to Play the Dentist in Little ShopTaron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson are the potential leads.
  46. theater review
    Horror Stories of Womanhood: Dracula, Frankenstein, and Anatomy of a SuicideThe horrors.
  47. off broadway
    Steve Buscemi, Chris Messina, Everyone Else You Can Think of Doing Three SistersWith Oscar Isaac, Greta Gerwig, and … Ben Sinclair?
  48. theater review
    In the New West Side Story, When You’re Onstage You’re Onscreen All the WayFrom your first tracking shot to your last camera play.
  49. broadway
    Broadway’s The Inheritance Will Close March 15, Not Quite Living Up to That HypeThe two-part gay drama won acclaim in London, but couldn’t translate that into success in New York.
  50. theater
    Tracy Letts and Armie Hammer Swear Their New Political Play Isn’t About TrumpIt was a Pulitzer finalist in 2018.
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