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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Praise for Stephen Sondheim at ‘Company’ and ‘Assassins' by Matt Stevens, Sadiba Hasan and Julia Jacobs

“I would ask you to sit back and luxuriate in his extraordinary words and music,” the director John Doyle said before Friday’s performance of the “Assassins” revival.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

The Last Word: Stephen Sondheim by Matthew Orr, Mervyn Rothstein and Robin Stein

In a never before seen interview, Stephen Sondheim sat down with The New York Times in June 2008 to talk about his life, career and accomplishments.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Little Amal, a Refugee Puppet, Looks for Home by Alex Marshall, Carlotta Gall and Elisabetta Povoledo

In “The Walk,” a 12-foot tall, 9-year-old Syrian girl named Amal trekked from Turkey to Britain to find her mother. In a politically divided continent, were any minds changed?

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

S2 E2: Russell Tovey, actor by Grace Dent, Leah Green, Emma Roberts, Cathy Drysdale and Sami El-Enany

Next round to Grace’s dining room is the actor Russell Tovey. Over a bowl of his favourite childhood treat, he tells Grace about his upbringing in Essex, embarrassing acting scenes, reconn…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM
Monday, September 27, 2021

For a Broadway Torn by a Pandemic, a Split-Personalities Tonys by Jesse Green, Elisabeth Vincentelli and James Poniewozik

The streaming part of the ceremony actually did a better job conveying the electricity of being in a theater than the CBS special billed as “Broadway’s Back!”

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The Best and Worst Moments of the Tony Awards by Jesse Green, Stella Bugbee, Maya Salam, Sarah Bahr and Nancy Coleman

Despite an evening split between streaming and TV, the message on Sunday night was clear: Broadway is back.

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Finally! Get ready for a new season of culture by Presented By Nosheen Iqbal With Arifa Akbar, Ammar Kalia and Ben Beaumont-Thomas; Produced By Hannah Moore and Axel Kacoutié; Executive Producers Phil Maynard and Archie Bland

New albums, new TV series, and actual live shows – the culture taps might have run dry during the pandemic, but this autumn they are switching on again at last. Our critics give their pick…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Friday, September 17, 2021

Driving Ms Margolyes – A hilarious road trip through Europe in lockdown by Lucy Darwin, Noah Anderson, Annabel Kipnis, Elmaz Ekrem, Tony Sage, Phoebe Clothier, Noah Payne-Frank, Joseph Pierce and Charlie Phillips

At the height of Europe’s spring Covid wave in 2021, the filmmaker Lucy Darwin offered to drive the actor and national treasure Miriam Margolyes from her home in Italy to London so that sh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

How Indonesian Young Creative Workers in Yogyakarta Stay Productive Amid the Pandemic by Oki Rahadianto Sutopo, Annisa R Beta, Arian Utomo, Gregorius Ragil Wibawanto, and Novi Kurnia

Danastri Rizqi Nabilah, a filmmaker from Yogyakarta – a city in Indonesia known for its education and art – has no choice but to sell snacks after losing up to 40% of her income during t…

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Hamlet, Cabaret and a fistful of Romeos: the best theatre, comedy and dance of autumn 2021 by Arifa Akbar, Brian Logan and Lyndsey Winship

Cush Jumbo tackles the troubled prince, Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne head for 30s Berlin, while standup favourites and dance spectaculars burst back on the stage Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12AM
Friday, August 13, 2021

We Used Performing Arts to Map Out Gender Violence in Sierra Leone. What We Found by Aisha Fofana Ibrahim, Helen Shutt and Laura S. Martin

It’s been more than two years since Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency over sexual and gender-based violence. The declaration followed a public outcry over a spate of high-profile …

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Friday, August 6, 2021

The First Play Returning to Broadway Is Doing Things Differently by Dodai Stewart, Michael Paulson, Anna Martin, Tracy Mumford, Theo Balcomb, Phyllis Fletcher, Wendy Dorr and Corey Schreppel

The playwright Antoinette Nwandu is making her Broadway debut with “Pass Over” — and trying to change long-held precedents in the process.

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

As New York Reopens, It Looks for Culture to Lead the Way by Michael Paulson, Ben Sisario and Robin Pogrebin

Culture is part of the lifeblood of New York — a magnet for visitors and residents alike that will play a key role if the city is to remain vital. There are signs of hope everywhere, as va…

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As New York Reopens, It Looks for Culture to Lead the Way by Michael Paulson, Ben Sisario and Robin Pogrebin

The arts scene, from Broadway and nightclubs to museums and concert halls, is coming back to life after the pandemic shutdown. Getting it right will be vital to the city’s comeback.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 05:32AM
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

‘In the Heights’ y el colorismo: lo que se pierde cuando se borra a los afrolatinos by Maira Garcia, Sandra E. Garcia, Isabelia Herrera, Concepción De León, Maya Phillips and A.o. Scott

La película, ambientada en un barrio neoyorquino conocido como la Pequeña República Dominicana, no incluyó a latinos de piel oscura en los papeles principales. Críticos y reporteros del…

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Monday, June 21, 2021

‘In the Heights’ and Colorism: What Is Lost When Afro-Latinos Are Erased by Maira Garcia, Sandra E. Garcia, Isabelia Herrera, Concepción De León, Maya Phillips and A.O. Scott

The film, set in a New York neighborhood known as the Little Dominican Republic, didn’t cast dark-skinned Latinos in lead roles. Our writers discuss how that absence reverberates.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Watch David Hare read new satirical poem about Boris Johnson – video by David Hare, Noah Payne-Frank and Charlie Phillips

Playwright David Hare has written a new poem, Agony Uncle, about Boris Johnson's handling of the coronavirus crisis. Written in the tradition of 18th century satire, the poem castigates the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:42PM
Monday, March 22, 2021

'I got a job on a fishing trawler' – Covid: one year on, stars of music and theatre look back by Dave Simpson , Imogen Tilden, Arifa Akbar, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

In the second of our two-parter, rock stars, roadies, actors, dancers, composers and comics describe how their lives have been transformed without live shows – and imagine what now lies ah…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12PM
Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Night New York's Theaters, Museums and Concert Halls Shut Down by Michael Paulson, Julia Jacobs and Jason Farago

Chocolate fountains, Debbie Harry and an artist’s swan song cut short. We gathered scenes from the New York City cultural landscape in the last moments before lockdown.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

‘You can smell the sweat and hair gel’: the best nightclub scenes from culture by Peter Bradshaw, Claire Armitstead, Keza Macdonald, Simran Hans, Ammar Kalia, Lanre Bakare, Lyndsey Winship, Alexis Petridis, Arifa Akbar, Aniefiok Ekpoudom and Jonathan Jones. Artist Interviews By Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Writers and artists including Róisín Murphy, Tiffany Calver and Sigala on the art that transports them to the dancefloor during lockdown There have been many notable nightclubs in film his…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03PM

Carlos Acosta: ‘There’s a danger we’ll lose a whole generation of young dancers’ by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

The Cuban star talks about his battle to lift spirits at the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the film he has made to rally performers as their stages stay dark When Carlos Acosta, considered one…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Thursday, January 21, 2021

Seattle restaurants and arts and culture institutions are hoping for a big boost in latest round of COVID-19 relief by Paul Roberts, Tan Vinh, Brendan Kiley and Michael Rietmulder

Tucked inside Congress’ latest round of small-business relief is some rare good news for restaurants, hotels and the performing arts — sectors that have been especially hard hit by COVID…

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Cash for Cate? Struggling arts groups offer donors online access to stars by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

As Zoom fatigue sets in, organisations are seeking creative ways to bring art to patrons to keep them – and their wallets – engaged A concert from your favourite opera singer, delivered …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Saturday, January 2, 2021

Jerusalem, Beckett and Bridget Christie: theatre, comedy and dance to book in 2021 by Arifa Akbar, Brian Logan and Lyndsey Winship

Modern masterpiece Jerusalem storms back and Trevor Nunn goes underground with Beckett, while Bob Marley gets a musical and Frankenstein becomes a ballet Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24AM
Wednesday, December 30, 2020

In Four Audio Plays, No Stages but Lots of New Voices by Maya Phillips, Jesse Green and Laura Collins-Hughes

A big-box store, a hotel for transgender women and a dinner party gone awry are some of the places your ears will take you to.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Advocating and Agitating, Connecting and Inventing by Michael Paulson, Jesse Green, Scott Heller, Laura Collins-Hughes and Elisabeth Vincentelli

With their field rocked by unprecedented challenges in 2020, these people and groups — some notable, some new — stepped into the breach.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020

We Begin Again: a musical for 2020 – video by Noah Payne-Frank, Jess Gormley, Amy Hodge, James Graham, Jim Fortune, Emily Lim and Lara Taylor

Written by the Olivier award winner James Graham and produced by the Guardian in partnership with the National Theatre, this short musical film is a unifying song for the country to take …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Hudson imposes curfew to tamp down late-night rowdiness by James Walsh, Paul Walsh and Mary Lynn Smith

City hopes to makes crossing border less appealing to subset of Minnesotans causing trouble after 10 p.m.

SOURCE: StarTribune at 07:33AM
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

AP sources: Biden picks Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense by Robert Burns, Michael Balsamo, Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate retired four-star Army general Lloyd J. Austin to be secretary of defense, according to four people familiar with the decision. If confirmed by the Se…

SOURCE: StarTribune at 10:32PM
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Best Theater of 2020 by Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Maya Phillips, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

It wasn’t the year for celebration. But watching innovation flourish inspired our chief critic, while other writers found the joys of the stage in other media.

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