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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Your Guide to the Fall Broadway Season by Robert Simonson

The seven plays, six musicals and other amazing performances scheduled to tread the boards in this fall season.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

In Case You Missed It: August 13-19 by Robert Simonson

Groundhog Day woke up to the best days its had yet, and new musical productions in Atlanta and St. Louis have Broadway-caliber casts.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Broadway Box-Office Analysis: August 8-14 by Robert Simonson

The Humans returned to the boards with greater attendance but not the same box-office strength, and Cats showed staying power.

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John Vaccaro, Founder of Playhouse of the Ridiculous, Dies at 86 by Robert Simonson

His anarchic, broad style of theatre became an influential force in 1960s Off-Broadway.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fyvush Finkel, Living Link to Yiddish Theater Past, Dies at 93 by Robert Simonson

The comic actor successfully transitioned from a life in Yiddish theater to a mainstream career.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Patrice Munsel, Opera Singer Who Worked in Theatre, Dies at 91 by Robert Simonson

The Met Soprano took on Broadway roles across the U.S.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Seth Gelblum, Lawyer to Theater Professionals, Dies by Robert Simonson

Gelblum received a special Tony Award for his services.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

David Huddleston, Stage and Film Character Actor, Dies at 85 by Robert Simonson

Huddleston performed in Broadway revivals of 1776 and Death of a Salesman.

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Broadway Box-Office Analysis: August 1-7 by Robert Simonson

During a relatively pallid week on Broadway, the new revival of Cats did well, as did Les Miz.

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Norman Twain, Bajour and Henry, Sweet Henry Producer, Dies at 85 by Robert Simonson

Twain was a regular presence on Broadway and off, before decamping to California in the 1970s.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

In Case You Missed It: July 30-August 5 by Robert Simonson

It’s the ’90s on Broadway all over again, with Cats on the boards, Miss Saigon due next year and Sunset Boulevard possibly on its way.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Gloria DeHaven, Hollywood Musical Ingenue, Dies at 91 by Robert Simonson

She appeared in movie musicals opposite Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, and one Broadway show.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

James Houghton, Founder of Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre, Dies by Robert Simonson

The New York theatre landscape was transformed by a company that dedicated each season to the work of one playwright.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Broadway Box-Office Analysis: July 25-31 by Robert Simonson

In a fairly lean week, crowds rushed to see a closing Motown, but didn't to see a closing Fully Committed.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

In Case You Missed It: July 23-29 by Robert Simonson

Broadway lost a leader when theatre owner James M. Nederlander, Sr. died; and London gave the world a brand new mega-hit.

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Zelda Fichandler, Leading Figure in Regional Theatre Movement, Dies at 91 by Robert Simonson

Her founding of Arena Stage in D.C. helped spark a revolution.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016

Broadway Box-Office Analysis: July 18-24 by Robert Simonson

Hamilton was beat at the till, and Cats showed continued strength in its second week on Broadway.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

In Case You Missed It: July 16-22 by Robert Simonson

Motown suddenly announces closing, Chicago gets a Hamilton cast, and War Paint opens at the Goodman.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Radu Beligan, Actor Whose Career Spanned 80 Years, Dies at 97 by Robert Simonson

He is thought to have been the world's oldest active actor.

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Irene Bunis, Veteran Wardrobe Supervisor, Dies by Robert Simonson

An unseen force along Broadway, she saw to the costumes of dozens of shows.

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Did You Know These 9 Actors Got Their Start in Cats? by Robert Simonson

A couple Tony winners and two noted choreographers began their careers as dancing felines.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Broadway Box-Office Analysis, July 11-18 by Robert Simonson

The addition of Cats and Motown to the roster led to a surge at the Broadway box office, while Hamilton survived the exit of its original lead actors.

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What’s Next for the Co-Creator of Evita and Chess? by Robert Simonson

Lyricist Tim Rice turns to an American story for his most recent musical, From Here to Eternity.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

In Case You Missed It: July 9-15 by Robert Simonson

The Hamilton cast exodus continues, Theater for a New Audience and the Public Theater fight over a Hamlet, and New York gets two Chicagos.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Why the New Full-Time Hamilton Almost Left the Business by Robert Simonson

Long before Javier Muñoz became the most famous replacement actor in Broadway history, he almost gave everything up before hitting the Heights.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Broadway Box-Office Analysis: July 4-10 by Robert Simonson

Hamilton, which bid farewell to Lin-Manuel Miranda and others last week, was immune to the overall box-office slide across Broadway.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

In Case You Missed It: July 2-8 by Robert Simonson

Hamilton gets some new stars while the old stars get some new gigs, and Mike Daisey takes on Donald Trump.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Did Heather Headley Choose The Color Purple, or Did It Choose Her? by Robert Simonson

Broadway comebacks occasionally take time, but Headley proves they are worth the wait.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

The Hamilton Effect: 8 Ripple Effects of the Smash Musical by Robert Simonson

Hamilton has altered the fate of a lot of other things beside Broadway.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

In Case You Missed It: June 25-July 1 by Robert Simonson

Anastasia confirms its Broadway plans, Edward Snowden makes his Off-Broadway debut and Andrew Lloyd Webber gets into a cat fight.

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