W.H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Benjamin Britten and Gypsy Rose Lee are among the bohemian denizens of a 1940s Brooklyn boarding house in this new musical by Gabriel Kahane and Seth Bockley, the first commission of the Public Theater’s Musical Theater Initiative. Davis McCallum directs.
Once upon a time, summer was the time when things slowed down on New York’s stages. The Tony Awards had been given out; theater shows had shuttered or else were settling into comfortable runs; and everybody headed out to the Hamptons or upstate to recharge their batteries. No longer. Now the summer seems as busy as the rest of the year. You have the annual smorgasbords, from the high-class international fare of Lincoln Center Festival to the avant-garde high jinks of Ice Factory and the Fringe free-for-all. Off Broadway institutions such as Atlantic Theater Company and Playwrights Horizons don’t sleep out the hot months. And then there’s the Public Theater’s beloved Shakespeare in the Park. Actually, this year it’s partly Sondheim in the Park, with a revival of Into the Woods. Read on to see our top picks for the best plays, musical, circus acts and festivals.
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