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Sunday, January 8, 2017

'The Present': Theater Review by David Rooney

Richard Roxburgh plays a philandering schoolteacher and Cate Blanchett the love that slipped through his fingers in Andrew Upton's post-perestroika update of Chekhov's first play, which come…

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Broadway Celebrates New Year With Record Weekly Grosses by David Rooney

'Hamilton,' 'Wicked' and 'The Lion King' all soared past $3 million, with a host of other $1 million-plus earners pushing the overall total close to $50 million for the history-making week.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Pumped by 'Hamilton,' Broadway Box Office Hits Record Annual High of $1.367 Billion by David Rooney

Lin-Manuel Miranda's unstoppable blockbuster dethroned Disney's 'The Lion King' in 2016 after three years at the top, followed by 'Wicked' and 'Aladdin.'

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12 of the Most Eagerly Anticipated New York Stage Shows of Spring 2017 by David Rooney

Plays by Tracy Letts, Martin McDonagh, August Wilson, John Guare, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams are high on the must-see list of THR's chief theater critic.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Broadway's 'Falsettos' Revival to Air on PBS by David Rooney

The critically lauded William Finn-James Lapine musical will be filmed before its Jan. 8 closing date for broadcast as a 'Live From Lincoln Center' special.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

David Rooney: The Best New York Theater of 2016 by David Rooney

A 19th century electro-popera, a real-time reflection on a turbuluent election cycle, a Shakespeare tragedy electrified by star wattage and an emotionally raw musical about adolescent isolat…

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

'Dear Evan Hansen': Theater Review by David Rooney

Ben Platt stars as a painfully insecure teenage outsider whose life is transformed by an inadvertent lie in this new emo-musical with a score by 'La La Land' lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin …

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

'Sweet Charity': Theater Review by David Rooney

Sutton Foster returns to the stage between seasons of 'Younger' to play the unlucky-in-love dancehall hostess in this musical based on Federico Fellini's 'Nights of Cabiria.'

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Friday, November 4, 2016

'Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway': Theater Review by David Rooney

The Tony-winning star returns with this concert of personal favorites, which follows the release of her latest studio album of American Songbook classics, 'The Art of Elegance.'

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

'Sweat': Theater Review by David Rooney

The fabric of a Pennsylvania steel-town community unravels as workers are robbed of their livelihood in 'Sweat,' Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage's drama on the human toll of economic injustice.…

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Corey Hawkins Joins Cast of 'Six Degrees of Separation' by David Rooney

The 'Straight Outta Compton' star will return to Broadway next spring in the revival of John Guare's play, appearing alongside Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey. read more

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

David Tennant to Return to London Stage in 'Don Juan in Soho' by David Rooney

The former 'Doctor Who' star will take the lead next spring in writer-director Patrick Marber's contemporary update of the Moliere tragicomedy about a serial seducer. read more

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

'The Color Purple' Sets Broadway Closing Date by David Rooney

The Tony-winning revival, which made a New York stage star out of British unknown Cynthia Erivo, will play its final performance on Jan. 8, before launching a North American tour in fall 201…

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

'Les Liaisons Dangereuses': Theater Review by David Rooney

Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer engage in a lethal battle of sex and power, love and revenge in Christopher Hampton's stage adaptation of 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses,' the 18th century novel a…

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

'Falsettos': Theater Review by David Rooney

Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells star as a New York neurotic, his ex-wife and his lover in 'Falsettos,' the 1992 musical by William Finn and James Lapine, which redefi…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

'Sunday in the Park With George': Theater Review by David Rooney

Jake Gyllenhaal stars opposite Annaleigh Ashford in this concert staging of the Pulitzer-winning 1984 musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine about art and human connection.

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Glenn Close to Reprise 'Sunset Boulevard' on Broadway by David Rooney

The actress returns to the role that won her a Tony Award 21 years ago, in a production first seen earlier this year at the English National Opera in London. read more

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

'Plenty': Theater Review by David Rooney

Rachel Weisz stars opposite Corey Stoll in 'Plenty,' David Hare's 1978 drama about an Englishwoman whose life is indelibly stamped by her time as a Resistance fighter in Nazi-occupied France…

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'The Front Page': Theater Review by David Rooney

Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman lead this all-star Broadway revival of 'The Front Page,' the classic 1928 comedy by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, about Chicago tabloid reporte…

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

'The Cherry Orchard': Theater Review by David Rooney

Diane Lane returns to Broadway, graduating from the ensemble almost 40 years ago to the grande dame of Anton Chekhov's classic, 'The Cherry Orchard,' in a new version by Tony winner Stephen …

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

'War Paint' to Make Spring Splash on Broadway by David Rooney

Two-time Tony winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole will face off as rival cosmetics entrepreneurs Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden in the new musical. read more

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

'Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened': Film Review | NYFF 2016 by David Rooney

Lonny Price, one of the original Broadway leads of 'Merrily We Roll Along,' recalls the emotional rollercoaster of that Stephen Sondheim show's creation and its illusion-shattering early dem…

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper to Star on Broadway in 'A Doll's House, Part 2' by David Rooney

Scott Rudin is producing Lucas Hnath's new play, which picks up after the Henrik Ibsen classic and will also feature 2016 Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell and Condola Rashad. read more

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

'Hamilton's America': TV Review | NYFF 2016 by David Rooney

Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop historical smash gets in-depth making-of treatment in the PBS 'Great Performances' doc 'Hamilton's America,' featuring extensive footage of the show's original B…

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

'The Encounter': Theater Review by David Rooney

Simon McBurney evokes a journey into the heart of the Amazonian jungle while also exploring more abstract realms of time and consciousness in his solo sonic odyssey, 'The Encounter.' read mo…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Garth Drabinsky Plots Broadway Return With 'Sousatzka' by David Rooney

The Canadian producer who served time for fraud and forgery will try out the new musical next February in Toronto before a planned New York run in the fall. read more

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Molly Ringwald to Star in 'Terms of Endearment' by David Rooney

The erstwhile John Hughes teen queen will take on the feisty Texas matriarch played onscreen by Shirley MacLaine in the upcoming stage adaptation. read more

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Disney Replaces Director of Broadway-Bound 'Frozen' Musical by David Rooney

Tony winner Michael Grandage will stage the eagerly anticipated project, which despite the creative shakeup remains on track to bow in August 2017. read more

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ramin Karimloo to Join 'Anastasia' Broadway Cast by David Rooney

The Tony-nominated 'Les Miserables' star will play the antagonist in the new musical by the 'Ragtime' team, inspired by the 1997 Fox animated feature. read more

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Bette Midler in 'Hello, Dolly!' Smashes Broadway Record by David Rooney

Tickets for the spring musical revival produced by Scott Rudin went on sale Saturday, exceeding $9 million on the first day of availability. read more

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

'Something Rotten!' to End Broadway Run by David Rooney

The irreverent musical comedy set in Shakespeare's time will close at the St. James Theatre in January, prior to launching its national tour in Boston that same month. read more

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