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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A new player shakes up the world of theatrical licensing by Gordon Cox

Concord Music Group used to play a bit part in theatrical licensing, but in just three years it’s emerged as a giant in the small but powerful industry.  Since 2017, the independent music…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Listen: Why Tony Rehearsals Make James Corden Cry by Gordon Cox

James Corden has spent the last week prepping to host the Tony Awards — and rehearsals keep threatening to make him cry. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “We had maybe 100 people a…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

London Theater Review: ‘White Pearl’ by Gordon Cox

Playwright Anchuli Felicia King dismantles the Asian market in this misfiring satire at London’s Royal Court Theatre. “White Pearl” makes a case that those seeking to make inroads into…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

London Theater Review: ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Gordon Cox

August Wilson famously disavowed the idea of an all-black “Death of a Salesman.” In 1996, he declared any such staging “an assault on our presence and our difficult but honorable histo…

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Listen: Santino Fontana on How Broadway’s ‘Tootsie’ Was Adapted For Our Times by Gordon Cox

Broadway’s “Tootsie” has turned into one of this season’s Tony Awards frontrunners, winning raves for its deftly funny update of potentially problematic source material — and for a…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Listen: Why Aaron Sorkin Cut His Favorite Scene From ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Gordon Cox

Aaron Sorkin remembers treasuring a favorite scene in the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and in the 1962 movie version that starred Gregory Peck. But you won’t find that scene in his h…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tony Nominations: The 9 Biggest Snubs and Surprises by Gordon Cox

The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were announced April 30 — and leave it to the nominators to upend everyone’s expectations and best-laid plans. Here are the nine biggest snubs an…

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Beetlejuice’ by Gordon Cox

“Such a bold departure from the original source material!” wisecracks the odd-looking fellow sitting on a coffin at the start of the Broadway musical “Beetlejuice.” The weird, nasty …

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Ink’ With Jonny Lee Miller by Gordon Cox

Garish, lurid and brash, “Ink,” the British import now on Broadway in a Manhattan Theatre Club production, is the theatrical equivalent of its subject, the UK’s Daily Sun — the newsp…

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London Theater Review: ‘All My Sons’ With Sally Field, Bill Pullman by Gordon Cox

If “All My Sons” is showing its age, it sure shows no signs of abating. Just days after a major revival opened on Broadway, moving Annette Bening and Tracy Letts into the Tony zone, up t…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Tootsie’ by Gordon Cox

The new Broadway adaptation of “Tootsie” is old-fashioned and proud of it — and it’s a surefire crowd-pleaser, in this musical spin on the 1982 film comedy with Santino Fontana in th…

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘All My Sons’ With Annette Bening by Gordon Cox

Don’t be fooled by the placid backyard setting, neighborly small talk and father-son joviality at the start of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s blistering revival of Arthur Miller’s …

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus’ With Nathan Lane by Gordon Cox

Nathan Lane and Kristine Nielsen, two of the funniest people on the face of the earth, play street cleaners tasked with carting away the dead after the civil wars that brought down the Roman…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Broadway Review: Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in ‘Hillary and Clinton’ by Gordon Cox

If anyone could play Hillary Clinton, it’s Laurie Metcalf – and here she is, in Lucas Hnath’s “Hillary and Clinton,” giving a performance that feels painfully honest and true. And …

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Hadestown’ by Gordon Cox

“Hadestown” triggered a lot of buzz when this wholly American show (which came to the stage by way of a concept album) premiered at Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop in 2016. Ar…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Broadway Review: Adam Driver, Keri Russell in ‘Burn This’ by Gordon Cox

The ache for an absent artist permeates Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This,” now receiving a finely-tuned Broadway revival that features incendiary performances by Adam Driver and Keri Russel…

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Listen: The ‘Dumb Joke’ Hidden in ‘White Noise’ by Gordon Cox

Suzan-Lori Parks’ new play “White Noise” tackles a host of urgent, hot-button topics, including racism and slavery — but, according to the playwright, there’s also a “dumb joke…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

London Theater Review: Maggie Smith in ‘A German Life’ by Gordon Cox

How helpful are warnings from history? Two years ago, in February 2017, Amazon briefly sold out its entire stock of Hannah Arendt’s 500-page treatise, “The Origins of Totalitarianism.”…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Listen: The Biggest Taboo in Broadway’s ‘Beetlejuice’ by Gordon Cox

As “Beetlejuice” gears up for its Broadway opening, the new musical’s creators have spent a lot of time adjusting the dial on the show’s raucous, supernatural comedy, pinpointing jus…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Oklahoma!’ by Gordon Cox

In Broadway’s new “Oklahoma!,” the audience is just a pounding heartbeat away from Daniel Fish’s revisionist treatment of this iconic American musical. There’s still “a bright go…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘King Lear’ Starring Glenda Jackson by Gordon Cox

Shakespeare nailed it: “Though she be little, she is fierce.” Glenda Jackson may look frail, but the 82-year-old legend performs the noble task of rescuing director Sam Gold’s rickety …

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Listen: How Two Broadway Favorites Play Kids in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Gordon Cox

Kids are central to the storyline of “To Kill a Mockingbird” — and for a while, child actors were going to be central to Aaron Sorkin’s new Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s clas…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘What The Constitution Means To Me’ by Gordon Cox

Call it stealth theater. In the disarming introduction to her play “What the Constitution Means to Me,” Heidi Schreck holds forth in an American Legion hall in her hometown of Wenatchee,…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Listen: How Phoebe Waller-Bridge Shocked Herself With ‘Fleabag’ by Gordon Cox

Both onstage and onscreen, the title character in “Fleabag” says things that are pretty outrageous — even to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the woman who created her. Listen to this week’s po…

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West End Review: ‘Emilia’ by Gordon Cox

We know next to nothing of the “Dark Lady of the Sonnets” — nothing beyond what Shakespeare tells us in 26 stanzas of overblown verse. Her eyes were nothing like the sun, of course –…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ by Gordon Cox

In the wake of the long-running “Jersey Boys” and the short-lived “Summer,” director Des McAnuff is back on Broadway with another show built around the song catalog of a music act …

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Off Broadway Review: Daveed Diggs in ‘White Noise’ by Gordon Cox

Any new play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (“Topdog / Underdog”) demands — and deserves — attention. And in its premiere production at the Public Theater,…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Listen: The ‘Balls-Out Theatricality’ of Sam Mendes by Gordon Cox

If you find yourself directing a Broadway play with a cast so big it includes a goose, two rabbits, more kids than you can count and an actual infant, what do you do? If you’re Sam Mendes,…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Off Broadway Review: John Guare’s ‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride’ by Gordon Cox

Anyone who doesn’t have a cottage on the Cape or the Islands, as they say in Massachusetts, might be puzzled by the title of John Guare’s new play.  “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” is no Re…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ by Gordon Cox

No, Kate doesn’t get spanked. And for those wondering how the dicey ending of “Kiss Me, Kate” — that musical mashup of “The Taming of the Shrew” and backstage battling exes — w…

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West End Review: Tom Hiddleston in ‘Betrayal’ by Gordon Cox

It takes three to tango, and Jamie Lloyd’s “Betrayal” completely grasps that. Having made it his mission to modernize the way we stage Harold Pinter’s plays, his chic, stripped-down …

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