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Monday, October 9, 2017

How Musicals Tonight! Digs Deep Into the Archives to Produce Revivals of Lost Work by Harry Haun

Its 20th anniversary season features The Apple Tree, Bells Are Ringing, and the New York premiere of Calamity Jane.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

How Second Stage Become a Hotbed for Tony-Winning Work by Harry Haun

The Off-Broadway house behind New York premieres of Jitney and Dear Evan Hansen will soon be represented on Broadway, itself.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

How the Mint Theater Survives and Thrives By Staging Never-Before-Seen Works by Harry Haun

The Off-Broadway company finds success in previously unproduced and unpublished plays like this month’s Suitcase Under the Bed.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

How Actor Anne Bancroft Beat Out Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor for Her Tony-Winning Role by Harry Haun

This latest biography for theatrelovers, Anne Bancroft: A Life, examines the life of the two-time Tony winner and Oscar-winning Mrs. Robinson.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Looking Back at Jerry Lewis’ Mischievous Take on Damn Yankees’ Devil by Harry Haun

In memory of the star, we take a look back at this 1995 interview with Lewis as he took the stage as the infamous Applegate.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

From the Archives: When Sam Shepard’s True West Came to Broadway by Harry Haun

Looking back at the Tony-nominated Broadway debut of Shepard’s classic work, which featured stars John C. Reilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman swapping roles nightly.

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How the Real-Life Freedom Riders Inspired a New Musical by Harry Haun

Playing at NYMF August 1–5, Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical shines a musical spotlight on a powerful moment in American history.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

How a Username Became Off-Broadway’s Curvy Widow by Harry Haun

When Tony-nominated book writer James Goldman passed, his wife combined his craft and her next chapter to create the musical comedy about online dating in post-menopausal widowhood.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Legendary Harold Prince Recalls Working With Original Tevye Zero Mostel by Harry Haun

The 21-time Tony recipient attended the closing night talkback for Zero Hour, and shared backstage memories of working with Mostel on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Fiddl…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How Off-Broadway’s In & Of Itself Transforms Illusion Into Emotion by Harry Haun

Award-winning magician Derek DelGaudio and Frank Oz join forces to create an evening of wonder that builds to a soul-stirring experience.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Why Janeane Garofalo Made the Leap from Film and Stand-Up to Broadway by Harry Haun

The Reality Bites and Wet Hot American Summer actor is making her Broadway debut in the comedy-flecked family drama Marvin’s Room.

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What You Need to Know About the Canadian Theatre Company That’s Taking Over Off-Broadway by Harry Haun

Toronto’s award-winning theatre troupe Soulpepper is in residence at The Pershing Square Signature Center for the month of July.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Celebrating 40 Years of Penguin Rep by Harry Haun

Artistic Director Joe Brancato turned a dream and a hay barn into a decades-long "beautiful ritual."

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How Did Tony Winner John Benjamin Hickey Feel About His Broadway Debut? by Harry Haun

In 1995, the Six Degrees of Separation actor made his Broadway debut in Terrence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion! and shared how he felt playing one of the gay “old marrieds&#…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

40 Years On, Pan Asian Rep Still Uses Art as Protest by Harry Haun

Pacific Overtures and King & I actor-turned-artistic director Tisa Chang celebrates Pan Asian Repertory Theatre’s 40th anniversary.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Celebrating the Fresh and Established Alike With the Seff/Derwent Awards by Harry Haun

Actors' Equity gave out four awards June 13 to Katrina Lenk, Will Pullen, Anthony Chisholm, and Barbara Barrie.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Norbert Leo Butz, Zosia Mamet and More Spin Through Hamish Linklater’s Whirligig Off-Broadway by Harry Haun

Best known for interpreting Shakespeare on the stage, Linklater returns to Off-Broadway as playwright.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Which Broadway Scenic Designer Also ‘Invented’ 20th Century America? by Harry Haun

In the biography The Man Who Designed the Future, the man who designed 200 stage productions also designed planes, refrigerators, and skyscrapers.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bette Midler Stops the Show at the Outer Critics Circle Awards by Harry Haun

The OCC winner for Hello, Dolly! held forth hilariously at the awards ceremony, plus more memorable moments from Sardis.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Elaine Stritch On Not Being Nominated for a Tony by Harry Haun

In 1995 Stritch returned to Broadway in Harold Prince’s revival of Show Boat. The iconic actress reflected on a lifetime in show business in this no holds barred interview.

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Stephanie J. Block Is Ready to Rise, Plus Lynn Nottage’s Musical Future by Harry Haun

More news and dish from the Drama Desk nominees reception, from Nottage spilling about her upcoming musicals to Gerard Alessandrini previewing upcoming changes to Spamilton.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Why Emmy Nominee Amber Tamblyn Changed Her Mind About Working Onstage by Harry Haun

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star takes on Pulitzer Prize finalist Gina Gionfriddo’s latest play at the Vineyard Theatre.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor Opens Up About Almost Starring in Broadway’s La Cage aux Folles by Harry Haun

In his new memoir, out May 16, the award-winning actor reflects on his career, including his near star turn in La Cage.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Catching Up With the 2017 Drama Desk Award Nominees by Harry Haun

From Laurie Metcalf and Jayne Houdyshell to Laura Osnes and Andy Blankenbuehler, find out what this year's nominees had to say about their work!

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

FROM THE ARCHIVES: What Broadway Musical Launched Fresh Prince’s Alfonso Ribeiro’s Acting Career? by Harry Haun

Before landing major TV roles on Silver Spoons and as Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Alfonso Ribeiro was a 12-year-old Broadway tap sensation.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Tony-Winning Trio Behind Ragtime Takes Another Shot at Anastasia by Harry Haun

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty on creating an original story with Terrence McNally for their latest Broadway outing.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Kristin Chenoweth, Tommy Tune, Billy Joel Among Those Who Celebrated Broadway Titan James M. Nederlander by Harry Haun

The life of the late Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and patriarch of the theatre-owning dynasty was celebrated in a star-filled April 9 memorial.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: How Miss Saigon’s Lea Salonga Achieved Overnight Stardom at 20 by Harry Haun

Fresh off her 1991 Tony Award win for Best Actress in a Musical, a 20-year-old Lea Salonga talks about the pressures of starring in one of Broadway’s most-expensive blockbusters.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

What Sam Shepard Actually Wanted to Be When He Grew Up by Harry Haun

The Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Buried Child nearly bypassed a life in the theatre.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

MCC Theater Proves Three Artistic Directors Are Better Than One by Harry Haun

As the Off-Broadway institution turns 30, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, and Robert LuPone celebrate another first.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Did You Know Boy Meets World’s Mr. Feeny Was 1776’s Original John Adams? by Harry Haun

Actor William Daniels recounts a life spent on the stage and on the screen and that infamous rejection of a Tony nomination.

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