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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Actors' Equity Approves 2 Live Theater Performances In Western Massachusetts by Jeff Lunden

Actors' Equity is allowing theaters in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts to put on performances this summer. The theaters plan two live shows with limited audiences and safety protocols…

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Monday, July 6, 2020

'Never Known A Kinder Person': Actor Nick Cordero Dies Of COVID-19 At 41 by Jeff Lunden

The Broadway actor was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Bullets Over Broadway. Cordero had been working on a production of Rock of Ages when he developed symptoms of pneumon…

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'Never Known A Kinder Person': Actor Nick Cordero Dies Of COVID-19 At 41 by Jeff Lunden

The Broadway actor was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Bullets Over Broadway. Cordero had been working on a production of Rock of Ages when he developed symptoms of pneumon…

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Broadway To Remain Closed For The Rest Of The Year by Jeff Lunden

The Broadway League, which represents theater producers and owners, has announced that none of Broadway's 41 theaters will reopen before the end of 2020.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Broadway To Remain Closed For The Rest Of The Year by Jeff Lunden

The Broadway League, which represents theater producers and owners, has announced that none of Broadway's 41 theaters will reopen before the end of 2020.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Theaters Return To An Old Art Form — The Radio Drama — With A Twist by Jeff Lunden

Theaters closed due to the coronavirus pandemic are struggling to get work to the public. Some are doing plays for podcast, others are turning what would have been stage works into audio dra…

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Theaters Return To An Old Art Form — The Radio Drama — With A Twist by Jeff Lunden

Theaters closed due to the coronavirus pandemic are struggling to get work to the public. Some are doing plays for podcast, others are turning what would have been stage works into audio dra…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Shetler Studios In New York City Closes Due To Economic Downturn by Jeff Lunden

For 30 years, Shetler Studios provided affordable space in New York's theater district for rehearsals, readings, classes and auditions. The owners can't afford to continue because of the pan…

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Shetler Studios In New York City Closes Due To Economic Downturn by Jeff Lunden

For 30 years, Shetler Studios provided affordable space in New York's theater district for rehearsals, readings, classes and auditions. The owners can't afford to continue because of the pan…

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Now Playing On Broadway: Uncertainty, Unemployment And Displays Of Unity by Jeff Lunden

Broadway has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. Theaters are shuttered indefinitely, millions of dollars have been lost, and some members of the community have been infected by the coro…

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Now Playing On Broadway: Uncertainty, Unemployment And Displays Of Unity by Jeff Lunden

Broadway has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. Theaters are shuttered indefinitely, millions of dollars have been lost, and some members of the community have been infected by the coro…

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Show Must Go Online: Theaters Closed By COVID-19 Get Creative by Jeff Lunden

As venues across the country have shut down in response to the coronavirus, some theaters have made archival videos of the closed productions available online, for the cost of a ticket.

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

The Show Must Go Online: Theaters Closed By COVID-19 Get Creative by Jeff Lunden

As venues across the country have shut down in response to the coronavirus, some theaters have made archival videos of the closed productions available online, for the cost of a ticket.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Broadway To Remain Closed Until June Because Of Coronavirus by Jeff Lunden

Producers and theater owners say Broadway will stay dark until at least June 7, dealing a further blow to New York's biggest tourist attraction.

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Who Feeds Fiona? Cincinnati Zookeepers Make Sure There Are No Hungry Hippos by Jeff Lunden

Fiona is a 3-year-old, 1,300-pound hippo, and she's a growing girl. Her keeper, Jenna Wingate, is grateful to be able to work during the coronavirus crisis: "It feels good to be needed," she…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Honored Playwright Terrence McNally Dies Of Coronavirus At Age 81 by Jeff Lunden

McNally had suffered from lung cancer and pulmonary problems. He won his first Tony Award for Kiss of the Spider Woman. He also won Tonys for Love! Valor! Compassion!, Master Class and Ragti…

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Honored Playwright Terrence McNally Dies Of Coronavirus At Age 81 by Jeff Lunden

McNally had suffered from lung cancer and pulmonary problems. He won his first Tony Award for Kiss of the Spider Woman. He also won Tonys for Love! Valor! Compassion!, Master Class and Ragti…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

'Riverdance' Turns 25, But Has Put The Celebration On Hold — For Now by Jeff Lunden

The Irish dance spectacle has been performed for audiences all over the world. The current production was polished for the anniversary, but has been postponed because of the coronavirus pand…

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'Riverdance' Turns 25, But Has Put The Celebration On Hold — For Now by Jeff Lunden

The Irish dance spectacle has been performed for audiences all over the world. The current production was polished for the anniversary, but has been postponed because of the coronavirus pand…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Broadway Shutters Its Stages Amid Coronavirus Threat by Jeff Lunden

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a statewide ban of gatherings of more than 500 people. That includes Broadway's 41 theaters.

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Broadway Shutters Its Stages Amid Coronavirus Threat by Jeff Lunden

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a statewide ban of gatherings of more than 500 people. That includes Broadway's 41 theaters.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Mart Crowley, Playwright of 'The Boys In The Band,' Dies At 84 by Jeff Lunden

When playwright Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band premiered off-Broadway in 1968, it was the first realistic, mainstream portrayal of gay men on stage. Crowley won a Tony Award for it.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

19th Amendment, 19 Women: NY Philharmonic's 2020 Program Celebrates Suffragettes by Jeff Lunden

The NY Philharmonic has commissioned 19 women to create new works to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment. It's called Project 19.

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Pro Bowl To Broadway, This NFL Star Says The Stage Is Another 'Team Sport' by Jeff Lunden

Nnamdi Asomugha, a four-time All-Pro NFL cornerback, is making his Broadway debut in A Soldier's Play. It's been "a pretty surreal journey," he says.

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Pro Bowl To Broadway, This NFL Star Says The Stage Is Another 'Team Sport' by Jeff Lunden

Nnamdi Asomugha, a four-time All-Pro NFL cornerback, is making his Broadway debut in A Soldier's Play. It's been "a pretty surreal journey," he says.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Meet The Designer Who Makes 'Mrs. Maisel' Look So Marvelous by Jeff Lunden

Donna Zakowska has already won two Emmys for her work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel -- and two of her costumes are in the Smithsonian. Now, she's up for an award from the Costume Designers Gu…

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Broadway Legend Jerry Herman Is Dead At 88 by Jeff Lunden

The Broadway songwriter died in Miami of pulmonary complications, according to his publicist.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Series Fuels A Themed New York Bus Tour by Jeff Lunden

The success of Amazon Studio's Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has spawned a bus tour of some of the show's New York locations.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

An 'Ode' To Victims Of Gun Violence — From Alvin Ailey Dancers by Jeff Lunden

The dance company dedicated to African American culture premieres a new work tonight. Jamar Roberts, its first resident choreographer, says he was inspired by the deaths of Trayvon Martin an…

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An 'Ode' To Victims Of Gun Violence — From Alvin Ailey Dancers by Jeff Lunden

The dance company dedicated to African American culture premieres a new work tonight. Jamar Roberts, its first resident choreographer, says he was inspired by the deaths of Trayvon Martin an…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Ghosts Haunt 'The Inheritance,' From E.M. Forster, To The Generation Lost To AIDS by Jeff Lunden

The next big thing on Broadway might live up to the hype. The Inheritance takes E.M. Forster's Howards End into modern day Manhattan — the seven-hour play has been compared to Angels In Am…

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