Attention all of our wonderful New York blog readers!
The magnificent King’s Theatre in Brooklyn, New York has reopened and has scheduled a number of tours, twice monthly into May.
This incredibly opulent theatre was opened in 1929 as one of the five original Loew’s Wonder Theatres. Kings Theatre was initially a movie palace offering movie together with stage shows supporting the film attractions, which was the standard at that time in film exhibition in large prestige theatres.
Closed in 1979, a victim of changing entertainment tastes, population changes and its own vast size (3055 seats), it lay forgotten, unused and deteriorating for decades. Thankfully in 2013 a comprehensive multi-million dollar restoration began and it reopened in 2015 with live music performances.
The 75-minute tour unveils historical and architectural highlights, beginning in the majestic grand lobby. You’ll be shown through ornate speakeasy lounges and both levels of the huge auditorium. Music fans will be treated to an up-close glimpse of the fabulous Robert Morgan Wonder Organ as well as hearing about the daily workings of the theatre. Tour members have the chance to upgrade their experience with two drinks and access to one of the theatre’s private speakeasies for a post-tour chill-out.
Tours take place on selected Saturdays until 28 May at 1.00pm local time. Please note that proof of COVID vaccination is required to join these tours. Standard tickets cost $20.00 plus fees.
If I were in New York, I’d jump on this before they all sell out.
You can find more information and tickets availability at the Kings’ website here
Here’s another interesting free (donations requested) online event happening on Thursday 27th January at 6.30pm GMT from Kensington and Chelsea Libraries and presented by Anthony Robins. For any of our friends joining from New York itself, your local start time is 1.30pm.
BEHIND THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: The Fabulous Broadway Theatres is presented by architectural author Anthony Robins and will definitely be worth a watch.
Visitors to New York invariably find their way to the Broadway theatre, drawn by long-running musicals, showy imports, and occasional straight plays.
What many never realize is that Broadway offers another artistic and historical resource that is unique to New York City: the theatres themselves.
With three-quarters of a century of history behind them, the forty surviving theatres are largely intact, and stand as stunning works of art in themselves, as well as monuments to the lively history of American theatre.
This will be a Zoom webinar. All those who book will get the LINK TO JOIN 24hrs and on the day of the event.
In a highly-disrupted year on Broadway as elsewhere, it is good to finally discover the nominations for the 2020 Tony Awards.
Musicals-wise, the Alanis Morissette musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL earned 15 nominations, with at least one nomination in every eligible category (including six for the show’s principal performers). MOULIN ROUGE! followed, earning 14 nominations. TINA;THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL rounds out the nominees in this year’s Best Musical category.
Play-wise, Matthew Lopez’s THE INHERITANCE and Jeremy O. Harris’ SLAVE PLAY earned 11 and 12 nominations, respectively. Also nominated are Bess Wohl’s GRAND HORIZONS, Adam Rapp’s THE SOUND INSIDE, and SEA WALL / A LIFE by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne.
Currently the date for the virtual awards presentation has not been decided, but when it is I shall let you know.
You can find a complete list of the 2020 Tony Award nominations here
Douglas Carter Beane’s acclaimed Tony Award-nominated play The Nance, produced by Lincoln Center Theater, stars stage and screen actor Nathan Lane. The play tells of a headline “nance” in the twilight of New York burlesque’s era living and working in the secretive and dangerous world of 1930s New York.
Nathan Lane gives the performance of a lifetime as Chauncey Miles, who faces a changing world and his own self-loathing in 1930s New York. The play tells the story of a headline nance (a parody of a gay man) in the twilight of New York burlesque’s era, who is homosexual. Integrating burlesque sketches into his drama, Douglas Carter Beane paints the portrait of a homosexual man, living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of 1930s New York, whose outrageous antics on the burlesque stage stand in marked contrast to his offstage life.
With a touching love story at its core, the Tony Award-nominated play is also a fond and funny tribute to the golden age of burlesque. The play received five Tony Award nominations, including a Best Actor nod for Lane. In addition, the cast boasts Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jenni Barber, and Jonny Orsini.
This recording of the 2014 production is available now, in fair quality from a third party source (as the Lincoln Center version is promoted but seems to be unavailable, despiet being announced back in June).
Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the Lincoln Center to enable it to reopen after this crisis has passed.