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Monday, April 16, 2018

Broadway Box Office: Sales Off 11% After Spring Break Rush by Gordon Cox

The week before last, the Broadway box office boomed. Last week came the inevitable dip out of the stratosphere. After boffo business fueled by spring-break and holiday traffic, nearly every…

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New York Times, New Yorker Share Pulitzer Prize for Harvey Weinstein Exposes by Gordon Cox

The New York Times and the New Yorker have jointly won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for public service for their influential exposes of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The explosive i…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Broadway Review: ‘Carousel’ Starring Joshua Henry, Jessie Mueller by Gordon Cox

Audiences encountering Joshua Henry’s electrifying performance as the charismatic but star-cursed Billy Bigelow will long remember the experience. In this new Broadway revival of Rodgers a…

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Leslie Odom Jr., Katharine McPhee to Announce Tony Nominations by Gordon Cox

Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee will announce nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards next month. Odom Jr. won a Tony in 2016 for his performance as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton.” M…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Broadway Review: Joshua Jackson in ‘Children of a Lesser God’ by Gordon Cox

Mark Medoff wrote “Children of a Lesser God” specifically for Phyllis Frelich, a deaf actress who made her professional debut as the character Sarah Norman in the 1979 production at the …

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Actors’ Equity Lobbies for New Tony Awards Categories by Gordon Cox

Actors’ Equity Association, the union that represents theater actors and stage managers, has launched a push for two new categories at the Tony Awards that would collectively honor ens…

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Elaine May, Michael Cera, Lucas Hedges to Star in Broadway’s ‘The Waverly Gallery’ by Gordon Cox

Making a rare stage appearance, Elaine May will star alongside Lucas Hedges and Michael Cera in a new Broadway staging of Kenneth Lonergan’s 2000 play “The Waverly Gallery,”…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Off Broadway Review: ‘Miss You Like Hell’ by Gordon Cox

Immigration, parental absence and cyber-relationships all figure in to the road trip musical “Miss You Like Hell,” an earnest — and now very Trump-topical — show that too often gets …

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Stagecraft Podcast: Joshua Jackson, Lauren Ridloff Talk Broadway, Accessibility and ‘Children of a Lesser God’ by Gordon Cox

Lauren Ridloff is playing the lead role in the Broadway revival of “Children of a Lesser God.” Haven’t heard of her? That’s probably because this is her first acting …

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Broadway Box Office: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Hits Record Sales by Gordon Cox

Well, that didn’t take long. In only its third week of previews, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has set a new record at the Broadway box office — by a wide margi…

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Uzo Aduba, Janet McTeer Join Roundabout Theatre Company Slate by Gordon Cox

Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) and Janet McTeer (“Jessica Jones,” “A Doll’s House”) have signed on to headline New York stage productions tha…

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Tina Fey on Why ‘Mean Girls’ is More Timely Than Ever by Gordon Cox

It’s been 14 years since “Mean Girls” hit cinemas — but it’s only gotten more timely. “The movie was about relational aggression among women,” said …

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Broadway Review: ‘Mean Girls,’ The Musical by Gordon Cox

Those high-school girls who laughed themselves silly at Tina Fey’s 2004 movie “Mean Girls” are now old enough to take their own teenaged daughters to this bouncy musical adapta…

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

‘KPOP’ Tops the 2018 Lucille Lortel Awards Nominations (Full List) by Gordon Cox

Off Broadway Korean-pop musical “KPOP” topped the nominations for the 2018 Lucille Lortel Awards, snagging nine nominations for the annual awards for Off Broadway fare. “KP…

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Aaron Tveit, Karen Olivo Lead ‘Moulin Rouge’ Stage Adaptation by Gordon Cox

Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo will headline the new musical adaptation of “Moulin Rouge,” the stage adaptation of the 2001 Baz Luhrmann film. Tveit, a Broadway fan-favorite whose s…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Stagecraft Podcast: Billie Piper on Updating ‘Yerma’ For the Modern Day by Gordon Cox

“I didn’t want to be weaving baskets and lamenting about the oxen.” That’s the actress Billie Piper talking about “Yerma” on the latest episode of Stagecraft,…

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Broadway Stars to Stage Benefit Concert for Parkland by Gordon Cox

Big Broadway and TV names will come together later this month for “Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Parkland, USA,” produced to raise funds in the aftermath of the Parkl…

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How a New Deal With StubHub Could Boost Nonprofit Theater by Gordon Cox

In the theater industry, “secondary market” used to be dirty words, conjuring images of price-gouging brokers and risky, potentially fraudulent transactions on a street corner. But not a…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Broadway Box Office: Sales Jump 18% in Holiday Week by Gordon Cox

Passover and Easter week gave the Broadway box office plenty to celebrate, with the holidays — and the academic spring breaks that are often timed to them — driving up sales by a…

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11 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert’ by Gordon Cox

Not everyone watched NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” on TV: More than 1,300 people made up the live audience that cheered on the show from the bleachers. Here’s w…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Broadway Review: ‘Three Tall Women’ With Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf by Gordon Cox

Watching Glenda Jackson in theatrical flight is like looking straight into the sun. Her expressive face registers her thoughts while guarding her feelings. But it’s the voice that really t…

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London Theater Review: ‘The Inheritance’ by Gordon Cox

“Angels in America” has cast a long shadow: Tony Kushner’s fantastical dramatization of the AIDS crisis has long seemed near definitive. But over six acts and seven hours at LondonR…

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Pre-Broadway Review: ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ by Gordon Cox

The moment Samantha Barks smiles and sings near the beginning of this musical adaptation of the film “Pretty Woman,” we know things are going to be OK.  The sense that this show —…

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

‘Beetlejuice’ Musical Sets Pre-Broadway Plan by Gordon Cox

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures’ brewing musical adaptation of “Beetlejuice” has mapped out its road to Broadway, locking in a world premiere run at the National Theatre in W…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Stagecraft Podcast: Billy Crudup Is All Alone in ‘Harry Clarke’ by Gordon Cox

There are lots of characters in the Off Broadway thriller “Harry Clarke.” But they’re all played by Billy Crudup — who gets lonely up there sometimes. “It gets …

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Broadway Review: Chris Evans in Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Lobby Hero’ by Gordon Cox

“Manchester By the Sea” didn’t come out of nowhere. The aching compassion for humanity in that 2016 Oscar winner is second nature to Kenneth Lonergan, going back at least to 2001, when…

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Broadway Box Office: ‘Harry Potter’ Conjures Massive First Week Sales by Gordon Cox

Harry Potter only just apparated onto Broadway, and he’s already making magic. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” played its first six previews and levitated all the way u…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Broadway Review: ‘Angels in America’ With Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane by Gordon Cox

The National Theater production of Tony Kushner’s phenomenal 1993 epic work doesn’t feel like a historical artifact that won the Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emm…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Off Broadway Review: Billy Crudup in ‘Harry Clarke’ by Gordon Cox

When we meet him in the attractive person of Billy Crudup, the title character of the Off Broadway play “Harry Clarke” is casually dressed and sitting on a wooden deckchair, drin…

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‘Frozen’ Creators Drop Hints About Movie Sequel at Broadway Opening by Gordon Cox

“Frozen” may have just opened on Broadway, but the Oscar-winning creatives of both the movie and the stage musical aren’t done with each other yet. They’re hard at w…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Broadway Review: Disney’s ‘Frozen’ by Gordon Cox

As Princess Elsa says in this snowy, showy stage adaptation of the popular Disney movie, “I’m not as cold as I seem.” Credit the thawing trend in Broadway’s “Frozen” to the lovab…

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