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Friday, June 30, 2017

'Hamilton' drops instrumental album, officially endorses fan sing-alongs by Gordon Cox

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda took to YouTube Friday morning to announce the Atlantic Records release of "The Hamilton Instrumentals," the instrumental edition of the Broadway cast r…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

3 Big Takeaways From 2017 Tony Awards by Gordon Cox

There weren’t many surprises from this year’s Tony Awards ceremony, which handed “Dear Evan Hansen” its expected win for best new musical and saw major acting trophies go to Ben Plat…

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Tony Awards: Secrets From Inside the Room — And the After-Parties by Gordon Cox

About six million people watched the Tony Awards Sunday night on CBS — but a live audience of only about 6,000 caught the show from inside the room itself. Here’s what you missed…

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Tony Awards Fallout: ‘Sweat,’ Allison Janney’s ‘Six Degrees’ to Close by Gordon Cox

Two plays that walked away empty-handed from the Tony Awards ceremony have posted closing notices, now that it’s become clear that the awards-season attention hasn’t provided eno…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

'Jagged Little Pill' musical by Alanis Morissette, Diablo Cody to premiere next year by Gordon Cox

Alanis Morissette's Grammy-winning 1995 album "Jagged Little Pill" will soon hit the stage, with the premiere of a new musical featuring Morisette and Glen Ballard's tunes and a book by Diab…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to open on Broadway in 2018 by Gordon Cox

Disney Theatrical Production’s stage version of Frozen is also due to open in spring 2018

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Broadway cast of 'Hamilton' Cast donated salaries for International Women's Day by Gordon Cox

Wednesday was International Women's Day -- but it was also a two-show day for most of Broadway, so not many women in the New York theater industry -- many of whom work onstage and backstage …

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

How Show-Score Aims to Become the Rotten Tomatoes of Broadway by Gordon Cox

No theater producer or creator likes to face the critics. Even worse? Seeing their Broadway baby, the show they’ve slaved over for years, rated with a number. Which means that Show-Score, …

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New York Film Festival Adds ‘Hamilton’s America,’ Stephen Sondheim and More Jarmusch by Gordon Cox

The world premieres of two theater documentaries — Alex Horwitz’s “Hamilton’s America,” a behind-the-scenes look at the history of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Br…

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Broadway Box Office: Sales Slip As ‘Finding Neverland’ Flies Away by Gordon Cox

The Broadway box office continued its late-August deflation last week as nearly every show on the boards saw sales decline — except for a few productions including “Finding Never…

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Regional Theater Review: ‘Broadway Bounty Hunter’ by Gordon Cox

Annie Golden, the theater veteran and regular on TV’s “Orange Is the New Black” (playing inmate Norma), isn’t precisely “Annie Golden,” protagonist of Joe Iconis’s new musical…

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fake Broadway play starring Lupita Nyong'o at center of new criminal case by Gordon Cox

The Manhattan District Attorney has indicted a former theater agent, Roland Scahill, for stealing $165,000 from investors in a phony Broadway play that would have starred Lupita Nyong'o.Acco…

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Fake Broadway Play Starring Lupita Nyong’o at Center of New Criminal Case by Gordon Cox

The Manhattan District Attorney has indicted a former theater agent, Roland Scahill, for stealing $165,000 from investors in a phony Broadway play that would have starred Lupita N’yong…

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Edinburgh Theater Review: ‘Anything That Gives Off Light,’ Directed by Rachel Chavkin by Gordon Cox

Most theatrical road movies take a trip through the landscape; this one goes on a journey through time. Directed by Rachel Chavkin, “Anything That Gives Off Light,” part of the E…

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London Theater Review: ‘946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips’ by Gordon Cox

Even war has its blue-sky days. Opening with Brecht’s question — “In the dark times, will there also be singing?” — Kneehigh, the company behind Broadway’s “Brief Encou…

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

London Theater Review: ‘Groundhog Day,’ the Musical by Gordon Cox

This one will run and run. And run. And run… Reuniting the Tony Award-winning team behind “Matilda,” “Groundhog Day” cracks open Danny Rubin’s story for the 1993 Harold Ramis f…

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‘Come From Away’ Musical Locks in Broadway Dates by Gordon Cox

“Come From Away,” inbound for Broadway this spring, has locked in its New York dates, setting a March opening night after pre-Broadway runs in Washington, D.C. and Toronto. The c…

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Jason Sudeikis to Star in Off Broadway ‘Dead Poets Society’ by Gordon Cox

Jason Sudeikis will take on the Robin Williams role in “Dead Poets Society,” a new stage adaptation of the 1989 movie opening in November at Off Broadway’s Classic Stage Co…

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Broadway Box Office: Tony Champ ‘The Humans’ Has Best Week Yet by Gordon Cox

The play that won the crown at the 2016 Tony Awards, “The Humans,” played its first week in its new home at the Schoenfeld Theater last week, and the bigger venue helped the prod…

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John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub Sign On For ‘The Price’ on Broadway by Gordon Cox

John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht will star in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Price,” cued up for spring at the Roundabout Theater Company. Turt…

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Friday, August 12, 2016

11 Shows to See at the New York International Fringe Festival 2016 by Gordon Cox

The 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival launches tonight, and somewhere in this year’s crop you might find the next “Urinetown,” the 2002 Tony Award winner t…

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How Cirque du Soleil Is Changing Its Broadway Show ‘Paramour’ by Gordon Cox

A new signature acrobatic sequence, rechoreographed flying machines, a trimmed climax, and deeper backstories for the lead characters are all among the creative changes that Cirque du Soleil…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Seth Gelblum, Veteran Broadway Attorney, Dies at 62 by Gordon Cox

Seth Gelblum, the entertainment attorney who was widely respected and much admired in the Broadway community, died Aug. 8 at 62 following a long illness. A partner at Loeb & Loeb, where…

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Shakespeare in the Park Review: ‘Troilus and Cressida’ by Gordon Cox

Did Shakespeare really write “Troilus and Cressida”?  That’s fair to ask of a play with unlovely lovers, listless poetry, and a fractured plot that staggers from romantic …

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Broadway Box Office: 3 Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals Land in Top 10 by Gordon Cox

With the summer slate winnowed down to 25 shows — 23 of which were musicals — all three of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s shows notched spots in the Top 10 at the Broadway box offic…

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Off Broadway Review: ‘Engagements’ by Gordon Cox

The Second Stage Uptown production of “Engagements” is typical of the work done by this top-drawer house. The acting is polished. The direction is smart. And the production value…

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Friday, August 5, 2016

‘Miss Saigon’ Revival Reclaims Broadway Theater by Gordon Cox

The upcoming revival of “Miss Saigon” will land its helicopter in the same Broadway venue where it played the first time around: the Broadway Theater, where the show will open in…

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

‘Frozen’ Broadway Musical Loses Director (EXCLUSIVE) by Gordon Cox

Disney Theatrical Productions and director Alex Timbers have parted ways on the brewing Broadway production of “Frozen.” “Making the tough calls when creating a new Broadwa…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

James Houghton, Founder of Off Broadway’s Signature Theater, Dies by Gordon Cox

James Houghton, the founder of Off Broadway’s Signature Theater, died at his home in Manhattan Aug. 2 following a battle with stomach cancer. He was 57. Houghton had a 25-year tenure a…

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

‘Cats’: 5 Ways the Smash Musical Changed Broadway by Gordon Cox

After conquering Broadway, “Hamilton” will now try its hand at taking over the world — with upcoming productions in Chicago (this fall), L.A., San Francisco and London (in…

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Chicago ‘Hamilton’ Casts Its Aaron Burr; Broadway Lands New Angelica by Gordon Cox

Joshua Henry has joined the Chicago cast of “Hamilton,” signing on to play Aaron Burr, the nemesis of the title character and the part that won Leslie Odom, Jr. a Tony Award. Mea…

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