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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Stagecraft Podcast: Behind the Scenes With Cast, Creators of ‘Frozen’ by Gordon Cox

How do you know expectations are high for a Broadway musical? When audience members arrive in costume. That’s what the stars and creators of “Frozen” faced in Denver, where…

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

D.C. Theater Review: ‘Chess’ by Gordon Cox

It’s been 30 years since the musical “Chess,” noted for its engaging score and inscrutable book, survived on Broadway for a scant two months. Could a high-profile revival finally be in…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

London Theater Review: ‘Boys and Girls’ With Carey Mulligan by Gordon Cox

Carey Mulligan started her career on the main stage of London’s Royal Court — playing a narcoleptic schoolgirl in Kevin Elyot’s family drama “Forty Winks.” Fourteen years o…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Jeff Daniels to Star in Aaron Sorkin’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ on Broadway by Gordon Cox

Jeff Daniels will headline the cast of the upcoming Broadway adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” leading an ensemble that will also include Celia Keenan-Bolger, Stark Sands, G…

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Neil LaBute Out as Playwright-in-Residence at Off Broadway’s MCC Theater by Gordon Cox

MCC Theater, the non-profit, Off Broadway theater company where Neil LaBute has been a playwright-in-residence for several years, has abruptly terminated its relationship with the writer-dir…

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Tony Winner Kelli O’Hara Signs With ICM by Gordon Cox

Kelli O’Hara, the Broadway favorite who won a Tony Award for her performance in the 2015 revival of “The King and I,” has signed with ICM Partners. O’Hara is a much-n…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Katharine McPhee Joins Broadway’s ‘Waitress’ by Gordon Cox

“Scorpion” star Katharine McPhee will step into the lead role of “Waitress” this summer, marking the Broadway debut of the “American Idol” contestant who&…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Stagecraft Podcast: Kirstin Maldonado, Jake Shears Walk the Walk in ‘Kinky Boots’ by Gordon Cox

Both Kirstin Maldonado, a member of the popular a cappella group Pentatonix, and Jake Shears, a former member of the Scissor Sisters, have plenty of experience performing live. But performin…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Broadway Box Office: Winter Sales Slow as Springsteen Takes a Break by Gordon Cox

With winter causing a slowdown in New York tourism and Bruce Springsteen on hiatus until the end of the month, the Broadway box office continued to deflate last week in the kind of slowdown …

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

It’s Time For Women to Lead (Guest Column) by Gordon Cox

A number of major regional theaters are changing artistic leaders at the moment. Over the last few months, that number has only grown as charges of sexual harassment and misconduct roil the …

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Off Broadway Review: Eve Ensler’s ‘In The Body of the World’ by Gordon Cox

“Do you have any idea who I am?” Eve Ensler tells a doctor from the Mayo Clinic after he suggests radiation therapy on her vagina as a preventative against the return of uterine cancer. …

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Stagecraft Podcast: Lea Salonga Talks Broadway, Her New Album and Getting ‘Hit in the Gut’ by Gordon Cox

Lea Salonga wants to get “hit in the gut.” That’s what gets her to Broadway, the busy international performer says in the latest episode of “Stagecraft,” Varie…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Off Broadway Review: Martin McDonagh’s ‘Hangmen’ by Gordon Cox

A huge hit in London, this Royal Court production of the black farce “Hangmen” — by Martin McDonagh, currently an awards-season darling as writer-director of “Three Billb…

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London Theater Review: Hayley Atwell in ‘Dry Powder’ by Gordon Cox

Hayley Atwell is the one person whose stock rises in this financial dud about zombie capitalism and its race to the bottom. Sarah Burgess’s play “Dry Powder,” first seen at the…

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London Theater Review: Nicholas Hytner’s Politically Charged ‘Julius Caesar’ by Gordon Cox

Laurels are so last year. Today’s Caesars come crowned with combovers. In Central Park last year, the Public Theater’s Oskar Eustis caused controversy by drawing too definite a line betw…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Stagecraft Podcast: Victor Garber on ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and His ‘Weird Thing’ About Singing by Gordon Cox

After several seasons playing half of the superhero Firestorm in Arrowverse TV shows like “Legends of Tomorrow,” Victor Garber is loving making his Broadway return in “Hell…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Go-Go’s Musical ‘Head Over Heels’ Books Broadway’s Hudson Theater by Gordon Cox

The Go-Go’s musical “Head Over Heels” has booked a Broadway opening this summer, lining up the Hudson Theater for a run that begins previews in June. Already set for a pre-…

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Broadway Box Office: Bernadette Peters Keeps ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Healthy by Gordon Cox

Bernadette Peters may not be raking in Bette Midler-level numbers for “Hello, Dolly!” — but she’s still doing plenty of business, to judge from her first full week in…

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Producer Hopes to Launch New L.A. Performance Venue With ‘Rock of Ages’ by Gordon Cox

One of the producers of “Rock of Ages” on Broadway is hoping to get the 80s-rock musical up and running in a new L.A. venue that will host additional music and comedy programming…

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West End Review: Hit Romantic Comedy ‘Beginning’ by Gordon Cox

It starts with a silence and a glassy-eyed stare. At the end of a housewarming party in north London, the last two left standing look at one another. Hostess Laura — fortyish, svelte &…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

‘Tootsie’ Musical Targets Broadway in 2019 by Gordon Cox

“Tootsie” is on its way to Broadway, setting a pre-Broadway run in Chicago this fall, with producers hoping to open the show in New York in the spring of 2019. Santino Fontana, t…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Accused Director Fired From Connecticut Theater by Gordon Cox

Gordon Edelstein, the Connecticut theater leader who was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct during his tenure at the Long Wharf Theater, has been terminated from his position as the…

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Stagecraft Podcast: Even John Lithgow ‘Feels Like a Fraud’ Sometimes by Gordon Cox

John Lithgow may have won two Tony Awards, six Emmys, and a couple of Golden Globes, but even he doubts his own skills sometimes. Take, for instance, every time he’s in a musical. R…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Broadway Box Office: ‘Waitress’ Booms With Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz by Gordon Cox

One pop star can be a good thing for the Broadway box office. But two pop stars? That can be a great thing. Current case in point: “Waitress.” Sara Bareilles, the singer-songwrit…

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Connecticut Theater Leader Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Gordon Cox

Gordon Edelstein, the artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., has been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct, with the theater placing him on administrative le…

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West End Review: ‘The Birthday Party’ With Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan, Zoe Wanamaker by Gordon Cox

“The Birthday Party” is sixty years young. Harold Pinter’s first full-length play might be showing its age here and there, but it still seems more punk than it does pensionable. At lea…

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Off Broadway Review: ‘Until the Flood,’ a Docu-Drama Set in Ferguson, Mo. by Gordon Cox

The Repertory Theater of St. Louis confirmed the political power of theater when it commissioned this one-person show written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith to capture the reactions of …

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Broadway Box Office: Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen Help Keep Street’s Spirits High by Gordon Cox

Bruce Springsteen was back on Broadway, Bette Midler was making her exit, and the two together kept the Broadway box office buoyant in the middle of the usual January slowdown. “Spring…

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Stagecraft Podcast: Why Keegan-Michael Key Craves the Green Lights by Gordon Cox

“I don’t think there are a lot of performances on Broadway right now that are this fluid.” That’s Keegan-Michael Key talking about “Meteor Shower,” the Broadw…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Broadway Review: ‘John Lithgow: Stories By Heart’ by Gordon Cox

John Lithgow is the most personable of performers, and his chatty solo piece “John Lithgow: Stories by Heart” finds him in a mellow mood, sharing loving memories of his family and of the…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Receive Monte Cristo Award (EXCLUSIVE) by Gordon Cox

Lin-Manuel Miranda will receive the 18th annual Monte Cristo Award from the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, the new-work development organization of which Miranda is one of the highest-…

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