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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Audra McDonald Makes History With 10th Tony Award Nomination by Sarah Bahr

With “Ohio State Murders,” the 10-time Tony nominee hopes people took away a better understanding of the destructive power of racism.

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Alex Newell Earns First Tony Nomination For Their Role in ‘Shucked’ by Sarah Bahr

Newell was nominated for best featured actor in a musical for their role as the big-voiced whiskey entrepreneur Lulu in “Shucked.”

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Monday, May 1, 2023

‘Oliver!’ Returns, With Darker Twists Intact by Sarah Bahr

The emphasis Encores! puts on words and music rather than spectacle allows the cruel realities of Dickensian London to stand out amid the bouncy tunes.

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Saturday, April 15, 2023

The Phantom of the Opera Is Here, Inside The Times by Sarah Bahr

As Broadway’s longest-running show headed to a close on Sunday after more than 35 years, New York Times employees shared their memories.

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Monday, March 27, 2023

Kristin Chenoweth Lives for 3 A.M. FaceTime Calls and ‘Funny Girl’ by Sarah Bahr

The actress is returning for the second season of “Schmigadoon!” Reality TV and occasional shopping sprees have kept her going in the meantime.

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Monday, March 20, 2023

Catching Up With Hillary Clinton at “Bob Fosse’s Dancin’” by Sarah Bahr

The former secretary of state celebrated the opening on Broadway and shared her thoughts on those drag show bans.

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Friday, February 24, 2023

On Broadway, ‘Bad Cinderella’ Is a Rebel With a Brooklyn Accent by Sarah Bahr

Linedy Genao brings her whole Latina self to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, which also stars the stage veteran Carolee Carmello as her evil stepmother.

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Monday, February 6, 2023

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Tips His Cap to ‘Take Me Out’ by Sarah Bahr

The actor, who won a Tony Award for playing a baseball star’s business manager in the Broadway revival of Richard Greenberg’s 2002 play, called the role the most personal of his career.

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Monday, January 9, 2023

Alex Brightman Lays ‘Beetlejuice’ to Rest by Sarah Bahr

A concussion nearly derailed the actor’s fan-favorite turn as the madcap, black-and-white striped ghoul. But he recovered in time for the closing show.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

A ‘Titanic’ Parody Show That Draws Fans Near, Far, Wherever They Are by Sarah Bahr

Some of the devotees of ‘Titanique,’ which recently moved to the larger Daryl Roth Theater after months of sold-out shows, have seen it more than a dozen times.

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Friday, December 2, 2022

Gabriel Byrne Reflects on the End of His Broadway Show, and Tells T a Joke by Sarah Bahr

‘Walking With Ghosts,’ which closed Nov. 20, allowed the Irish actor to showcase his passion for the humor of everyday life.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The Museum of Broadway Is Open. Here Are 10 Highlights. by Sarah Bahr

In Times Square, a 26,000-square-foot space details the history of theater with objects like Patti LuPone’s “Evita” wig, a Jets jacket from “West Side Story” and more.

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Liza Colón-Zayas Swears by Brené Brown, ‘Hacks’ and Hugs by Sarah Bahr

The actress, who won fans for her turn as a wary prep cook on “The Bear,” makes her Broadway debut in “Between Riverside and Crazy.”

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Park Avenue Armory Season Spotlights Homelessness and Medical Ethics by Sarah Bahr

Highlights include Robert Icke’s moral thriller “The Doctor” and the tenor Jonas Kaufmann in a staging of Franz Schubert’s final songs.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Mike Birbiglia Can’t Get ‘Hadestown’ Out of His Head by Sarah Bahr

The comedian, 44, discussed his one-man Broadway show that opens this month, his love for Taylor Swift and why he doesn’t actually hate the Y.M.C.A.

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Monday, October 24, 2022

Danielle Deadwyler Is the Beating Heart of ‘Till’ by Sarah Bahr

After critically acclaimed turns in “Station Eleven” and “The Harder They Fall,” her latest role hit close to home. That’s why she was hesitant to take it on.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Apollo Theater’s Longtime President Will Step Down by Sarah Bahr

Jonelle Procope, who transformed the Harlem organization from a struggling nonprofit to an internationally recognized cultural center, will leave in June after two decades in the role.

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Two Soho Rep Directors to Leave at End of 2022-23 Season by Sarah Bahr

Sarah Benson and Meropi Peponides, who have directed the company with Cynthia Flowers since 2019, will depart to focus more on their own creative output.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Waving Goodbye to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ by Sarah Bahr

Sam Primack, the final actor to play Evan Hansen on Broadway, reflects on the musical and clearing out that rack of striped blue polos.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Lillias White Finds Her Goddess for ‘Hadestown’ by Sarah Bahr

The Tony Award-winning actress will step into the role of the musical’s narrator, now known as Missus Hermes.

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Friday, August 12, 2022

Ukrainian Children Bring a Play From a Bomb Shelter to Brooklyn by Sarah Bahr

The group recently arrived in New York to perform “Mom on Skype,” first staged in April in Lviv, at the Irondale Center this weekend.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Ford and Mellon Foundations Announce 2022 Disability Futures Fellows by Sarah Bahr

A Broadway actress, documentary filmmaker and DC comic artist are among this year’s recipients. They were selected by fellow disabled artists from a pool of about 60 nominees.

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Friday, July 8, 2022

At BroadwayCon, Hillary Clinton Celebrates Women in the Theater by Sarah Bahr

The former secretary of state moderated a discussion on Friday afternoon about successes and barriers for women working in the theater.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

‘Transparent’ Musical Highlights Center Theater Group Season by Sarah Bahr

“A Transparent Musical,” with music and lyrics by Faith Soloway, will have its world premiere in May 2023 at Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

New Soho Rep Season Spotlights Emerging Artists by Sarah Bahr

A Bengali-English play and a meditation on the work of Whitney Houston are among the offerings.

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

BAM’s Next Wave Festival Returns With an Ivo Van Hove Production by Sarah Bahr

The American premiere of the brutal play “A Little Life,” a drag-infused Hamlet and an immersive celestial installation highlight the festival’s latest iteration.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Strike First, Strike Hard: How ‘The Karate Kid’ Became a Musical by Sarah Bahr

The new production, an adaptation of the classic 1984 martial arts film, is onstage now just outside St. Louis and aiming for a Broadway run.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Lorraine Hansberry Statue to Be Unveiled in Times Square by Sarah Bahr

A life-size likeness of the pioneering playwright will be unveiled in June as part of a new initiative to honor her legacy.

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at 40: The Plant That Conquered the World by Sarah Bahr

Members of the cast and creative team from the original production, as well as the current Off Broadway revival, look back on how the show came together and discuss its enduring influence.

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Library of Congress Acquires Neil Simon Papers by Sarah Bahr

The collection of approximately 7,700 items, donated by Simon’s widow, includes dozens of unfinished shows, including a screenplay written for Bette Midler and Whoopi Goldberg.

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Benedict Lombe Wins the Blackburn Prize for ‘Lava’ by Sarah Bahr

The British Congolese playwright earned the $25,000 prize for her memoir-monologue that deals with Black identity and displacement.

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards