With a Mess of Fabrics, Broadway’s Costume Shops Return to Work

The work spaces at Parsons-Meares Ltd., one of New York City’s premier costume shops for Broadway shows, tend to be a spectacular confusion of satin and silk, lace and lamé, milliskin and muslin, scraps of brown paper in unique and strange shapes. Each surface seems on the verge of being

Virus Fears Prompt a Major New York Theater to Postpone Its Return

Signature Theater, a prominent Off Broadway nonprofit, has postponed its return to the stage over concerns about the persistent coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first major New York theater to take such a step. The theater’s leadership announced the postponement Friday afternoon, just days before rehearsals were to begin for “Infinite

Review: In ‘Seize the King,’ ‘Richard III’ Goes to Harlem

Have you been ravenous, lo these many shutdown months, for the layered richness of live theatrical design? The Classical Theater of Harlem has just the thing to sate your hunger. Ambitious design is one of the hallmarks of this company, and it is an absolute joy to encounter it again

Processing the Pandemic at the Manchester International Festival

The annual arts event in the north of England suggests that focusing on community and inclusiveness could be a natural, post-pandemic outcome for artists. By Roslyn Sulcas MANCHESTER, England — “Your City, Your Festival.” The slogan is emblazoned on the 2,000-odd posters strung up around the city center here, above

Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! No, Really, You Gotta!

One would think that everyone involved in the parody series “Schmigadoon!” was in love with the sometimes hokey, sometimes magical musical genre. Not quite. By Laura Collins-Hughes The director Barry Sonnenfeld has never been a theater guy. “I am not a fan of Broadway musicals,” he grumped affably over the

‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Review: Pride and Pole Dancing Behind Glass

Sex and spectacle are on the menu in “Seven Deadly Sins,” a sumptuously staged, deliciously outfitted exploration of vice performed in the meatpacking district, once home to slaughterhouses and sex clubs, though now more about trendy dining and swanky shopping. Yet this feast for the eyes — bringing to life

Does the Devil Wear Prada in Indiana?

CARMEL, Ind. — What do the performers Christy Altomare and Corey Cott do during a weekend in this midsize Central Indiana city in between workshops for a Broadway-aimed musical? They get cake. And steak. In that order. “I’m pretty sure Corey lived in the Cake Bake Shop this week,” said

Third Time Lucky? The West End Reopens, Hoping It’s for Good.

London’s theater scene re-emerged with “The Mousetrap,” Agatha Christie’s long-running murder mystery, which has changed little from its debut in 1952, let alone from before the coronavirus. By Alex Marshall LONDON — At 8:30 p.m. on Monday, two friends were huddling outside St. Martin’s Theater in London’s West End doing

When Does the Curtain Rise on Your Favorite Broadway Shows?

Here are the plans for 23 productions so far, including old favorites, brand-new musicals and some that were just getting started. By Peter Libbey After being closed for more than a year, Broadway is showing signs of life. Several long-running musicals, including “The Lion King” and “Wicked,” have recently announced