Theater

Christopher Wheeldon has enjoyed success on both sides of the footlights: as a dancer with the Royal Ballet and New York City Ballet and now as a choreographer.

With its rows of dancers in white tutus and throbbing Tchaikovsky music, Swan Lake is our most iconic of classical ballets.

Best known for creating the role of Mark Cohen in Rent on Broadway (1996) and the film version (2005), Anthony Rapp returns to Broadway this month in If/Then.

The other night I took a friend—a die-hard Yankee fan—to see Bronx Bombers, the new Broadway play about baseball’s most famous franchise.

Actor/singer/writer/composer/pianist: Joe Kinosian is a man of many parts. And in Murder for Two, the hit Off-Broadway musical comedy whodunit he co-authored with Kellen Blair and in which he now appears, he takes on many, many more, playing every suspect in the murder investigation. He’s the victim’s widow and mistress, a shrink, a feisty older couple, a 9-year-old boy. Audience heads may be spinning with each lightning-fast, uproarious change in persona, but, offstage, in conversation, Kinosian is anything but the wacky schizophrenia he portrays so well. Calm, cool, thoughtful and quick to laugh, he is sanity itself. Just don’t let your cellphone go off when he’s onstage. Everyone has a hot button, and that’s his.

Sir Richard Eyre, one of the world’s busiest and most acclaimed directors, moves easily between theater and TV, film and opera. On Feb. 18, the Metropolitan Opera premieres his new production of Jules Massenet’s tragic romance Werther. Here journalist Robin Tabachnik chats with Eyre about his love for this relatively unperformed work and how he has made it relevant for audiences today

Producer Fran Kirmser steps up to home plate when her latest Broadway production, Bronx Bombers, begins previews on Jan. 10 for a Feb. 6 opening night at the Circle in the Square Theatre. The play by Eric Simonson celebrates a century of New York Yankees greatness, with a cast of characters second to none. Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin, Derek Jeter—generations of the Yankee family are onstage. Sports on Broadway? It’s a home run, says Kirmser.

Bartlett Sher is one of Broadway’s busiest directors. A Tony Award winner for the 2008 revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, his current project is the eagerly anticipated new musical, The Bridges of Madison County, which begins previews Jan. 17 for a Feb. 20 opening night. A true man of the theater, Sher also enjoys a parallel career in opera, most notably at the Metropolitan Opera, where his productions of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (2006), Offenbach’s Tales of Hoiffman (2009), Rossini’s Le Comte Ory (2011) and, most recently, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys (2013) have opened to acclaim.

Earlier this month, on a freezing cold day, noted photographer Jordan Matter followed artists from Cirque Éloize as they performed their amazing feats on the city’s mean streets, from Herald Square to Grand Central Terminal to the New York Public Library. Check out the photos, then head over to the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, where the troupe from Montréal is appearing in Cirkopolis, the mindbending contemporary circus/performance piece—and a surefire holiday treat—thru Jan. 5.

Earlier this month, on a freezing cold day, noted photographer Jordan Matter followed artists from Cirque Éloize as they performed their amazing feats on the city’s mean streets, from Herald Square to Grand Central Terminal to the New York Public Library. Check out the photos, then head over to the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, where the troupe from Montréal is appearing in Cirkopolis, the mindbending contemporary circus/performance piece—and a surefire holiday treat—thru Jan. 5.

Friday, Dec. 13 was not an unlucky day for me. Quite the opposite: I had the privilege of attending a rehearsal of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, currently in its annual season at New York City Center, thru Jan. 5. What a brilliant way to spend an afternoon.

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