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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Tony Awards postponement is a first, historians say by Gillian Russo

The postponement of the 2020 Tony Awards is a first in the 73 years of the ceremony, according to theater historians.  This year’s Tony Awards ceremony has been postponed indefinitely as …

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Broadway ticket holders look for refunds while awaiting further closures by Caitlin Huston and Gillian Russo

Though Broadway has not yet shifted its April 13 reopening date, many ticket holders do not expect to return to theaters in the near future.  Theatergoers who held tickets for Broadway perf…

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Friday, April 3, 2020

How Broadway performers stay fit while staying home by Gillian Russo

As Broadway dancers and performers remain sidelined at home, many have been trying to maintain the required stamina and fitness required for their eventual return to the theater. Though most…

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 sees surge in ticketing questions amid Broadway shutdown by Gillian Russo, an artificial intelligence company that services Broadway ticketing and customer service platforms, is adapting its software to better respond to ticket buyers impacted by the Bro…

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Drama League to hold digital fundraiser in lieu of awards luncheon by Gillian Russo

The Drama League has replaced this year’s awards luncheon, originally slated for May 15, with a digital fundraiser entitled the Gratitude Awards, the organization announced Thursday. The D…

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Drama League launches Ghost Light fundraiser for directors by Gillian Russo

The Drama League, the theatrical organization that provides resources for stage directors, announced Monday the launch of multiple relief efforts for directors affected by theater closures a…

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Friday, March 27, 2020

‘Waitress’ will not reopen on West End by Gillian Russo

The London production of “Waitress” at the Adelphi Theatre will not reopen after the shutdown of theaters on the West End, the show’s producers announced Friday. West End theaters clos…

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Theater seamstresses, actors mobilize to make protective gear for doctors by Gillian Russo

Broadway tailors and seamstresses have been mobilizing to make masks and gowns for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. These seamsters sprang into action after Gov. Andrew M. Cu…

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Theatre Development Fund conducts layoffs amid Broadway shutdown by Gillian Russo

The Theatre Development Fund has reduced its staff size after the nonprofit organization had to cope with the closure of Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters. The organization, a service organ…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Theater professionals plan live-streamed performances after theaters shut down by Caitlin Huston and Gillian Russo

In the wake of the Broadway shutdown, theater professionals and actors are seeking other ways to deliver performances to fans. Some took the form of concerts, with Telly Leung and Alice Ripl…

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Most Broadway box offices to close following shutdown by Gillian Russo

A majority of Broadway box offices at Shubert and Nederlander theaters have set closures following the shutdown of all Broadway shows through April 12. According to a statement from Telechar…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

TodayTix to offer vouchers to customers with canceled tickets by Gillian Russo

TodayTix will offer vouchers to customers whose tickets have been canceled due to the Broadway shutdown, the ticketing agency said in a statement. The vouchers will be worth 110% of each cus…

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The history of Broadway shutdowns by Gillian Russo

The March 12 shutdown of Broadway due to the coronavirus outbreak marks Broadway’s first time going dark due to public health concerns. It is not, however, the first time Broadway is grapp…

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‘Six’ holds reviews after Broadway opening is canceled by Gillian Russo

The team behind “Six,” which was scheduled to open Thursday, has asked critics to hold their reviews until after the Broadway shutdown has ended, according to the show’s press represen…

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Telecharge, Lincoln Center announce refund policies following Broadway shutdown by Gillian Russo

Telecharge will issue automatic refunds for tickets purchased to shows between March 12 and April 12. This policy follows the announcement Thursday that all Broadway theaters would close due…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

‘Flying Over Sunset’ announces Broadway digital lottery by Gillian Russo

“Flying Over Sunset” will launch a digital lottery beginning with its first preview on March 12, the production announced Monday. Entries will be accepted online via Telecharge between m…

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‘Plaza Suite’ announces Broadway digital lottery by Gillian Russo

The Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” will offer a digital lottery through TodayTix, the production announced Monday. A limited number of $39 tickets will be available on …

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New Dramatists to honor Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori by Gillian Russo

New Dramatists will present its 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award to Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori, the playwrights’ organization announced Monday. The awards presentation will take p…

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Theaters across the country prepare for coronavirus by Gillian Russo

Theaters across the country are brainstorming possible scenarios and solutions in response to the spread of novel coronavirus. In a Friday webinar, hosted by the nonprofit-focused Theatre Co…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

‘Company’ announces one-time free ticket lottery, standing room policy by Gillian Russo

“Company” will host a one-time free ticket lottery March 7, the production announced Friday. All 24 standing room tickets will be offered free of charge for that evening’s performance.…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

‘The Lehman Trilogy’ announces Broadway digital lottery by Gillian Russo

The upcoming Broadway production of “The Lehman Trilogy” will launch a digital lottery beginning with its first preview on March 7, the production announced Thursday. A limited number of…

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‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ announces Broadway digital lottery by Gillian Russo

The Broadway production of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” will offer a digital lottery for all performances, the production announced Thursday. A limited number of …

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Monday, March 2, 2020

‘Diana’ to release Broadway cast album by Gillian Russo

The Broadway cast of “Diana” will record a cast album with UMe, a division of Universal Music Group, the musical’s producers announced Monday.  The album will be produced by “Diana…

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The Broadway League makes statement on coronavirus by Caitlin Huston and Gillian Russo

The Broadway League has made a statement on coronavirus, saying that the trade association is monitoring its progress and has been in touch with the Broadway theaters.  “The Broadway Leag…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

‘Hangmen’ announces Broadway rush ticket policy by Gillian Russo

The Broadway production of “Hangmen” announced it will offer $39 rush tickets for its performances. Rush tickets will be available at the Golden Theatre box office on the day of each per…

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‘Company’ announces Broadway rush and digital lottery by Gillian Russo

The upcoming Broadway revival of “Company” will offer $43 rush and digital lottery tickets for its performances, beginning with the first preview on March 2. Shubert Ticketing will host …

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Actors’ Equity issues statement on coronavirus by Caitlin Huston and Gillian Russo

Actors’ Equity has provided its staff and union members with guidance on “maintaining business continuity,” should a large coronavirus outbreak occur, the union said Thursday.  “We …

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SDC creates two new senior staff positions by Gillian Russo

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society has appointed Stephanie Coen as its first director of artistic affairs and community engagement. The new position will include “identifying e…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

‘The Minutes’ announces digital lottery and rush tickets on Broadway by Gillian Russo

“The Minutes” will offer rush tickets and a digital lottery for its Broadway run, the production announced Monday. Lottery tickets will be available between midnight and 3 p.m. the day b…

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The role of a press agent, according to veteran Irene Gandy by Gillian Russo

“My job is public relations, prostitution and politics.” So quipped theatrical press agent Irene Gandy when asked how she views the career she has built over the past 50 years. Throughou…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Johanna Day and more join Broadway cast of ‘How I Learned to Drive’ by Gillian Russo

Manhattan Theatre Club’s “How I Learned to Drive” announced Friday that Johanna Day, Alyssa May Gold and Chris Myers will join the production, completing its Broadway cast. They will j…

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre