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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

‘Two Sisters and a Piano’ Review: Jimmy Smits and Daphne Rubin-Vega Bring Passion and Poetry to Digital Theater by Gordon Cox

For Cuban American playwright Nilo Cruz, every line is poetry, and every couplet speaks to the socio-politics of his roots. That could mean the lyrical “Anna in the Tropics,” the play th…

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

How Theater Community Mobilized to Stop Asian Hate by Gordon Cox

In response to the shooting in Atlanta and the rise in hate crimes it underscored, Asian American theater artists took action, organizing support and self-care programs for the Asian America…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Meet Jennifer Ashley Tepper, the Gonzo Journalist Preserving Broadway History by Gordon Cox

Theater historian or gonzo journalist? Jennifer Ashley Tepper, the author of “The Untold Stories of Broadway” series of books, thinks of herself as both. “Because I put my own discover…

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Friday, March 19, 2021

As COVID-19 Restrictions Start to Ease, What Will It Take for Broadway Shows to Reopen? by Gordon Cox

Nobody – literally nobody – knows when or how Broadway will reopen. But now, a year into a shutdown that began March 12, 2020, the road map to recovery has begun to take shape. The pace …

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

How NY PopsUp Aims to Get the Performing Arts Industry Back to Work by Gordon Cox

In recent weeks, New Yorkers might have stumbled upon a socially distanced pop-up performance by Jon Batiste at the Javits Center, or one by Patti Smith at the Brooklyn Museum. They were bot…

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

How Blair Underwood Found New Colors in ‘Paradise Blue’ by Gordon Cox

In the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s new audio version of “Paradise Blue,” Blair Underwood gets the chance to revisit to a role he’s been wanting to get back to since he first play…

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Case for a New Federal Theater Project by Gordon Cox

The $15 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant — the federal program formerly known as Save Our Stages — isn’t exactly a new Federal Theater Project. But according to Nataki Garrett, …

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Jake Gyllenhaal Has Always Been a Theater Kid by Gordon Cox

Jake Gyllenhaal is nominated for three Tony Awards, one as an actor in the play “Sea Wall/A Life” and two as a producer (with his company Nine Stories) of “Sea Wall/A Life” and “Sl…

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Mike Nichols Got His Juiciest Backstage Stories From Broadway by Gordon Cox

There are plenty of juicy backstages tales from both Hollywood and Broadway in “Mike Nichols: A Life,” the new biography of director-producer-performer Mike Nichols. And the juiciest of …

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

How John Ridley Is Helping Bring Off Broadway to Screens by Gordon Cox

After winning an Academy Award for his screenplay of “12 Years a Slave” and creating the ABC series “American Crime,” John Ridley has a lot going on — from an upcoming Blumhouse pa…

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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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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Variety to Celebrate Broadway to Watch of 2020 by Gordon Cox

Broadway may be shuttered due to the pandemic, but Variety is keeping its annual tradition of celebrating the world of stage with a digital event, “Legit! The Road Back to Broadway,” pre…

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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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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre