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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In ‘The Honeymooners’ on Stage, the Kramdens Don’t Just Squabble. They Sing. by Dave Itzkoff

A musical based on the sitcom aims to open the windows of that cramped Kramden apartment to let in a “contemporary worldview.”

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ralph and Alice and Ed and Trixie (and Song and Dance) by Dave Itzkoff

A musical of “The Honeymooners” aims to open the windows of that cramped Kramden apartment to let in a “contemporary worldview.”

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Friday, September 15, 2017

He Puts Bill Maher on TV, and Jefferson, Dickens and Tolstoy on Stage by Dave Itzkoff

Scott Carter, a longtime late-night producer, talks about the creative and spiritual journey that led him from the profane to the sacred.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Michael Moore Says He Wants to Change Minds. So Why Is He on Broadway? by Dave Itzkoff

His one-man show, “The Terms of My Surrender,” is opening at the Belasco Theater. But theater audiences in New York may already be part of his choir.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Keegan-Michael Key Is Looking to Tell Some ‘Human Stories’ by Dave Itzkoff

Mr. Key, the “Key & Peele” co-star, talks about his Netflix series, “Friends From College”; shooting his first nude scenes; and playing Horatio in “Hamlet.”

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Is the Time for Stretching by Dave Itzkoff, Erik Piepenburg, Laura Collins-Hughes and Sophie Haigney

These writers and performers are using the warmer months to take some risks, test themselves and expand their talents onstage.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

‘Marvin’s Room’ Moves to Broadway With Women Front and Center by Dave Itzkoff

The Roundabout Theater Company’s production, directed by Anne Kauffman, has a prominently female cast.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Kevin Spacey Is Holding Court. Really. by Dave Itzkoff

The “House of Cards” star is showing his stage roots with a performance as Clarence Darrow — in a tennis stadium — and a gig hosting the Tony Awards.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Mamas Going Strong: A Conversation With Linda and Laura Benanti by Dave Itzkoff

Laura Benanti, the Tony-winning actress and a new mother, talks with her own mom, Linda, a former stage actress and co-star of her new cabaret show.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Word With: Steve Martin on Teaching You (and Himself) How to Be a Comedian by Dave Itzkoff

Mr. Martin takes a rare, retrospective dive into his stand-up career to find lessons for aspiring comics and reflect on what he’s learned.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Word With: Taran Killam Assumes the Throne in ‘Hamilton’ by Dave Itzkoff

Post-“S.N.L.,” Mr. Killam is ready to become the perfectly blustery British monarch on Broadway.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

For Jason Sudeikis, It’s Time to Seize the Stage in ‘Dead Poets Society’ by Dave Itzkoff

The former “S.N.L.” star plays John Keating in the stage version of “Dead Poets Society.” It’s the teacher made famous by Robin Williams in the movie.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney Kvetch Their Way to Broadway by Dave Itzkoff

The two funnymen stroll around Times Square in character as their aged and cantankerous alter egos in “Oh, Hello on Broadway.”

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Jason Sudeikis to Star in Stage Version of ‘Dead Poets Society’ by Dave Itzkoff

Mr. Sudeikis will play John Keating, the inspiring teacher famously portrayed by Robin Williams in the 1989 film.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Laura Benanti on Her Transformation Into Melania Trump on Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ - The New York Times by Dave Itzkoff

From the moment that an online journalist first called attention to the striking, word-for-word similarities between a speech given by Melania Trump on Monday night at the Republican Nationa…

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Laura Benanti on Her Transformation Into Melania Trump on Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ by Dave Itzkoff

Ms. Benanti, a Broadway actress, entered the political satire arena when she appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” to impersonate Ms. Trump.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

‘Oh, Hello on Broadway’ Brings Kibitzers to Broadway by Dave Itzkoff

This play featuring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney as cranky, opinionated Upper West Siders will have a run at the Lyceum Theater beginning this fall.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A ‘Honeymoon Tour’ of Laughs From Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher by Dave Itzkoff

These newlywed comedians are performing on the same bill while staying at luxury resorts, an antidote to the traditional loneliness of the road.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

James Corden’s Goal: Tony Awards That Let Everyone in on the Joke by Dave Itzkoff

Mr. Corden, who won a Tony in 2012, says he will focus on inclusiveness when hosting this year’s awards ceremony for Broadway theater.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell on the Hard Work Behind ‘Bright Star’ on Broadway by Dave Itzkoff

The show, which will open at the Cort Theater, tells a sincere story and features a bluegrass band.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

For the Cast of ‘She Loves Me,’ It’s the Sweet Smell of a Revival by Dave Itzkoff

Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski, Zachary Levi and Gavin Creel talk about the return of a musical first presented on Broadway in 1963.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Alan Rickman, Actor Known for ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Die Hard,’ Dies at 69 by Dave Itzkoff and Katie Rogers

The British actor brought an erudite dignity to film roles like the nefarious mastermind of “Die Hard” and the dour master of potions in the “Harry Potter” series.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Alex Brightman Rides a ‘School of Rock’ Wave by Dave Itzkoff

At 28, the busy Mr. Brightman has found his signature role as loutish, lovable teacher in this play based on the 2003 hit movie.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

In ‘Oh, Hello,’ Nick Kroll and John Mulaney Have a Stage Senior Moment by Dave Itzkoff

Mr. Kroll and Mr. Mulaney are riding a comic wave with their stereotypical characters in this bit, which has grown into an Off Broadway show.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lord, Baron, Rocker by Dave Itzkoff

His new musical, “School of Rock,” based on the film with Jack Black, opens on Dec. 6 on Broadway.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

ArtsBeat: Lloyd Webber Gives Green Light to School Performances of ‘School of Rock’ by Dave Itzkoff

Student groups will have the chance to perform the show beginning in January.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Stephen Colbert’s First ‘Late Show’ Almost Didn’t Make It on Air by Dave Itzkoff

"I thought, if we actually make it to air, this will be a pretty good story," said the host on Wednesday night.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

‘Rocky Horror’ at Lincoln Center, With Headphones by Dave Itzkoff

Viewing of the 40-year-old cult film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” continues to evolve, with a “silent” screening in Damrosch Park.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, in a Gay Pride March Debut by Dave Itzkoff

The British actors, grand marshals and first-timers at New York’s parade on Sunday, reflect on the progress they’ve seen in their often parallel lives.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

ArtsBeat: John Cleese and Eric Idle to Hit the Road Together by Dave Itzkoff

The Monty Python comedians have not appeared as a duo before.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

ArtsBeat: Jerry Seinfeld Will Direct Colin Quinn in New Stage Show by Dave Itzkoff

“Colin Quinn The New York Story” will be adapted from the comic’s new book.

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