Toby Zinman reports monthly for Philly theater fans about what’s new and next on New York’s theater scene.
The New York Shakespeare Exchange organizes ShakesBEER pub crawls, wherein actors perform scenes from Shakespeare at a succession of bars. The next one is from 3 to 6 p.m. May 18 beginning at the Gaf (401 W. 48th St.), in Hell’s Kitchen.
Tickets are $49 and include four drinks (beer, wine, and select cocktails), or you can buy $25 admission-only tickets using the discount code “SOBER.” Details are at NYSX.org.
As theater geeks likely know by now, the 2019 Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast at 8 p.m. June 9 on CBS with James Corden hosting. The Late Late Show host, famous for “Carpool Karaoke,” also has a hilarious YouTube series of “Crosswalk Musicals,” featuring traffic-stopping scenes from shows like Grease, Cats, On the Town, Phantom of the Opera, and more.
Hugh Jackman. Zendaya, and Zac Efron costar with Cordon in an especially funny entry filmed in the crosswalk at 53rd and Broadway just before the movie musical The Greatest Showman opened in 2017. Cars are honking and taxi drivers are glowering, and some ordinary New Yorkers are ignoring it all with their usual nothing-shocks-me sangfroid.
And speaking of Tony Awards, a special Tony Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to the men and women of FDNY’s Engine 54/Ladder 4/Battalion 9, on Eighth Avenue between 48th Street and 49th Street in the heart of the Theater District.
The company, established in 1865, is an integral part of the theater community, conducting fire inspections in each of the Broadway theaters and having one of the fastest response times in the city.
The “Pride of Midtown” lost 15 firefighters on 9/11, the most of any firehouse in the city. The fallen are honored in a memorial outside the firehouse, where tourists often take photos.
Walking east on 42nd Street from Port Authority on Eighth Avenue, I am always shocked by whatever weirdness is drawing crowds outside Madame Tussauds, the wax museum of international fame. Mme T is about to launch a new, live-action “immersive backstage experience” showcasing props and sets and the rest of what goes into making a Broadway show.