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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

From Off Broadway to Marvel Superhero: Teyonah Parris on Her Journey to ‘WandaVision’ by Gordon Cox

Teyonah Parris waited seven years between theater gigs — but she wishes she hadn’t. “That is too long!” the “WandaVision” actor declared on the latest episode of “Stagecraft,…

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Monday, January 11, 2021

‘Ratatouille’ Musical Raised $1.9 Million: Here’s Where The Money Will Go by Gordon Cox

The rat really raked it in — for a good cause. Inspired by social media and co-produced and co-created by Broadway pros including Lucy Moss (“Six”), Jeremy O. Harris (“Slave Play”)…

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

‘One Night in Miami’ and the NYC Native Who Found Playwriting Success in L.A. by Gordon Cox

The new film “One Night in Miami” began life as a successful play — but New Yorkers might not know that, because despite accolades in Los Angeles and London, the play never got a produ…

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Meet the August Wilson Expert Who Wrote ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ for the Screen by Gordon Cox

Audiences won’t see Ruben Santiago-Hudson on screen in the new Netflix adaptation of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” but theater fans can rest assured that the writer-actor-director — …

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Monday, December 14, 2020

‘The Comeback’ Review: London’s New Heartwarming Hit, Stopped in Its Tracks by Theater Closure by Gordon Cox

A Hollywood director unexpectedly pops into an English regional theater to see a show. The actors get wind of his presence, thereby unleashing a chaotic, show-stealing performance of one-upm…

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Movie Musicals Are Bringing Ariana DeBose From the Stage to the Screen by Gordon Cox

During its Broadway run, “The Prom” was something of a fan-favorite among theater lovers — and nobody knows that better than Ariana DeBose. She was one those fans. Listen to this week…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

How One Legacy Black Theater Will Make Healing Its Mission by Gordon Cox

One of the most prominent legacy Black theaters in America is transforming itself, and it’s more than just a pandemic-era pivot. In the coming years, Penumbra Theater in St. Paul, Minn. …

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‘All Arts Organizations Are Media Companies Now’: How the Pandemic Is Transforming Theater by Gordon Cox

A series of immersive audioplays performed and mixed live, using tech developed by theatrical sound designers and engineers. A summer festival’s entire season of new plays and classics rel…

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Jeremy O. Harris Talks Tony Awards, New Plays and the Movie He Might Direct by Gordon Cox

Jeremy O. Harris knows exactly how big his plans are: “I think for me to call myself ambitious would be an understatement,” he acknowledged on a recent call from Rome. But the playwright…

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

This Screen Thriller Stars All Your Broadway Favorites by Gordon Cox

When the Tony-nominated actor Arian Moayed wanted to write, direct and independently produce a new episodic drama-thriller, he turned to his friends and colleagues on Broadway. And Broadway …

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

How Baz Luhrmann and His Tony-Nominated Team Brought ‘Moulin Rouge!’ to Broadway by Gordon Cox

After “Moulin Rouge!” on Broadway, could “Romeo + Juliet” be the next Baz Luhrmann film to get the stage treatment? Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcast below: Maybe, a…

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

7 Biggest Takeaways From the 2020 Tony Nominations by Gordon Cox

Would any time be a good time for the Tony Awards this year? With the country gripped by a pandemic, a presidential election and an overdue reckoning on racial justice — and a Broadway ind…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Broadway producers vow that shows will play again by Gordon Cox

With the shutdown throwing a shadow of uncertainty over all of Broadway, the unprecedented hiatus has the potential to be particularly destabilizing for the season’s new and previewing pro…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

‘Six’ took on the world. Now it takes on Broadway. by Gordon Cox

If you’ve got a hit musical on your hands, there’s a natural order to things: First you play the West End and Broadway, then you play everywhere else.  But not “Six.” By the time th…

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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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