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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Four Black Artists on How Racism Corrodes the Theater World by Laura Collins-Hughes, Michael Paulson and Salamishah Tillet

A playwright, a director, an artistic director and an actor share their experiences — and prescriptions for change.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Theater Artists Decry Racism in Their Industry by Michael Paulson

More than 300 sign a letter saying theater is a “house of cards built on white fragility and supremacy.”

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

No Tony Awards Show? Make Your Own With These Great Moments. by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Michael Paulson, Alexis Soloski, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller and Eric Grode

Miranda’s rap. Rylance’s poems. Jackman’s pelvis. And a brassy reunion for Bea Arthur and Angela Lansbury. Now set your clock for “Turkey Lurkey Time.”

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Union Insists Actors Shouldn’t Work Till Epidemic ‘Under Control’ by Michael Paulson

Actors’ Equity Association, which represents 51,000 theater performers and stage managers, lays out guidelines aimed to keep its members safe.

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Act Surprised! Obie Awards Go Virtual, Giving Winners Heads-Up by Michael Paulson

The ceremony, honoring Off and Off Off Broadway theater, has been forced online by the pandemic, and is being recorded and edited before the June 4 streaming.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Fall of Autumn: Live Performance Producers Are Giving Up on 2020 by Michael Paulson, Joshua Barone, Ben Sisario and Zachary Woolfe

Uncertainty about the coronavirus and the challenge of protecting audiences and artists is prompting many prominent presenters to wait till next year.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Disney Closes ‘Frozen’ on Broadway, Citing Pandemic by Michael Paulson

The show is the first Broadway musical felled by the coronavirus.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Broadway Will Remain Shut Through at Least Labor Day by Michael Paulson

The Broadway League canceled performances through Sept. 6 and said it did not know when they might resume.

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The Daily Call That 200 Arts Groups Hope Will Help Them Survive by Robin Pogrebin and Michael Paulson

In a sign of the pandemic’s toll, New York’s cultural institutions, large and small, feel compelled to share their woes and tactics in strategy sessions.

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‘Hamilton’ Movie Will Stream on Disney Plus on July 3 by Michael Paulson

In a surprise move, the film of the original Broadway production is being released 15 months early.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Was Set to Open, Then ‘the Universe Hit Pause’ by Michael Paulson

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ got through three performances before the pandemic intervened. This is the story of what happened next.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

'Spotlight on Plays' Gives Big-Name Actors a Chance to Give Back by Michael Paulson

“Spotlight on Plays,” featuring John Malkovich, Patti LuPone, Sally Field, Bryan Cranston and others, will aid the Actors Fund.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Face Masks and Fewer Seats: One Theater Tries Saving Summer by Michael Paulson

Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires is bucking the trend of cancellations, planning instead a limited season with a litany of precautions.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Broadway Was Booming. Then Came the Pandemic. by Michael Paulson and David S. Allee

Broadway was booming. Then came the coronavirus.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Alas, Poor New York: Shakespeare in the Park Is Canceled by Michael Paulson

The Public Theater, which runs the festival but is closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, anticipates a shortfall of up to $20 million.

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Monday, April 13, 2020

It’s a Streaming World After All: Scuttled Benefit Is Back. by Michael Paulson

The Broadway Cares fund-raiser, featuring a concert of Disney songs, is being rescheduled after the musicians’ dropped a demand that members be compensated.

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In About-Face, Musicians’ Union Agrees to Pandemic Fund-Raiser by Michael Paulson

Broadway Cares said it would reschedule a canceled event featuring a concert of Disney songs after the American Federation of Musicians dropped a demand for additional compensation.

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Labor Dispute Sinks Broadway Benefit for Pandemic Assistance by Michael Paulson

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS had planned to stream a concert of Disney songs, but canceled the program when a union demanded compensation for musicians.

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Broadway Benefit for Pandemic Assistance Sunk by Labor Dispute by Michael Paulson

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS had planned to stream a concert of Disney songs, but canceled the program when a union demanded compensation.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Broadway Will Remain Closed at Least Until June, and Probably Longer by Michael Paulson

The 41 Broadway theaters have been closed since March 12, and industry leaders are aware that large gatherings may be among the last forms of activity to resume when the pandemic eases.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

One Theater Tries an Alternative to Cancellation: An All-Audio Season. by Michael Paulson

Bobby Cannavale, Carla Gugino and Audra McDonald will still perform for the Williamstown Theater Festival this summer, but their shows will be on Audible, not onstage.

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The Obie Awards Go Online. The Money Saved Goes to Artists. by Michael Paulson

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the annual ceremony honoring Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway theater will be digital-only for the first time since being established in 1956.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Making Art During a Pandemic: Theaters Seek and Share Mini-Plays by Michael Paulson

Nonprofits around the country plan to commission works of no longer than 10 minutes in length that can be read or performed by people sheltering in place.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Spring Culture Fell to Virus. In Oregon, Summer Theater Now Succumbs. by Michael Paulson

As nonprofits around the country cancel all spring programs, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival says it must go further, and will lay off 80 percent of its staff.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Broadway, shuttered by the pandemic, reaches a short-term pay deal. by Michael Paulson

Hundreds of theater workers will receive wages and benefits for a few weeks during the shutdown, which has already led one play, “Hangmen,” to close before it even opened.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Lynn Nottage and Annie Baker Say Theaters Want Their Advances Back by Michael Paulson

The Pulitzer Prize winners Lynn Nottage and Annie Baker are among those who said they had been asked to give back advances because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Their School Musicals Were Canceled. Then They Found a Bigger Stage. by Michael Paulson

Videos of teenage (and older) performers sprouted on social media after a Tony-winning actress invited theater kids to share songs from shows canceled by the coronavirus.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Broadway Will Shut Down After Governor Limits Attendance by Michael Paulson

Facing concern from actors and audiences about health risks during the pandemic, the industry announced that shows will be shuttered through April 12.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Broadway Usher Tests Positive for Coronavirus by Michael Paulson

The usher worked in recent days at “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Six,” prompting a scramble to inform the public and clean the theaters.

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Broadway, Seeking to Stay Open, Suggests Stars Keep Their Distance by Michael Paulson

Actors are being asked to suspend the tradition of greeting fans at stage doors, one of several steps that theaters are taking to limit the coronavirus threat.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Making of ‘Six’: How Tudor Queens Turned Into Pop Stars by Michael Paulson

A cheeky musical about the ill-fated wives of Henry VIII is already a hit in Britain, on TikTok and on cruise ships. Now it is aiming to establish sovereignty on Broadway.

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