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Friday, April 28, 2017

Howard Sherman: Charity fundraising is fitted as standard in US theatre culture by Howard Sherman

I do not typically find myself watching a show in a Broadway theatre at 2pm on a Tuesday, but I dare say

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Staff Bites Board, at a Seattle Service Organization by Howard Sherman

According to an old aphorism, “dog bites man” is not big news, however “man bites dog” is something to report. Consequently, in the arts world, “board of directors fires staff” m…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Howard Sherman: Should we be amazed by the return of magic to the stage? by Howard Sherman

When people talk about how theatre isn’t really the same thing when it is translated on to television or film, they could

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Howard Sherman: Broadway’s peak capacity is short-lived by Howard Sherman

Last week and this current week mark a fairly rare moment on Broadway. Every available theatre – all 40 of them –

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

When A Censored Play Was Already In Violation of Copyright by Howard Sherman

The shutting down of a high school play at East Newton High School in Granby, Missouri last week may have set a new low in bad timing for such incidents. The show was not canceled after cast…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Howard Sherman: What can Charles Isherwood’s new job tell us about the future of arts journalism? by Howard Sherman

The stories of arts critics losing their posts have made for a sad and continuing saga in recent years as both print and broadcast outlets

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In Minnesota, Change Play’s Title Or Lose A Production? by Howard Sherman

If you happen to have been giving any thought to producing Langston Hughes’s 1935 play Mulatto at the Ames Center in Burnsville MN, save yourself some time and either move on to another p…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

At Princeton, A New Layer for “Hairspray” by Howard Sherman

Despite its origin in a 1988 film from John Waters, the underground master of camp, shock and transgression, the story of Tracy Turnblad, as told in multiple iterations, has become wholly ma…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Howard Sherman: Let’s cut out the snobbish divide between Broadway talent and everyone else by Howard Sherman

When The Play That Goes Wrong opens on Sunday, the entire cast will be making its Broadway debut. This same landmark was

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In Hell, Damning That Accursed Howard Sherman by Howard Sherman

I cannot claim that I was completely surprised. By the same token, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. A press release first made me aware of Diva: Live From Hell, and I lingered on it …

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Disrobing “The Foreigner” at a Minnesota High School by Howard Sherman

Context is everything. If you ask the average parent whether, in the abstract, they want to hear a student, any student, saying the n-word from the stage of their local high school auditoriu…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Howard Sherman: Trump hasn’t destroyed the arts yet, but not for want of trying by Howard Sherman

It comes as no particular surprise that Donald Trump has made it known he’d like to eliminate the National Endowment for the

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Howard Sherman: Critics should learn the language of disability by Howard Sherman

Sam Gold’s production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie produced a wide range of critical responses when it opened last week, and

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Howard Sherman: When ushers become part of the show by Howard Sherman

It’s not terribly odd, in the US, for a member of the theatre’s staff to walk on to the stage before a

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Howard Sherman: In-theatre dining doesn’t have to be disruptive by Howard Sherman

Cutting into my meat pie, at the New York transfer of the Tooting Arts Club’s pie shop Sweeney Todd, I must confess

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Two High School Shows That Couldn’t Be Saved by Howard Sherman

When incidences of high school theatre censorship arise, the point at which they occur, and when that breaks out beyond school walls, can be central to efforts to reverse the decision. At ot…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

 Zeros and Ones Don’t Add Up To Live Action by Howard Sherman

For those who work in the theatre, the idea of defending the term “live action” would seem an unnecessary task. But as movie marketers, abetted uncritically by the entertainment press, s…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Howard Sherman: Andrew Lloyd Webber is riding high on Broadway all over again by Howard Sherman

Broadway is celebrating an Andrew Lloyd Webber festival. It’s not as though he ever said goodbye. But it’s hard not to look

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Winston Churchill’s Famous Arts Quote Is, Alas, Bogus by Howard Sherman

Even if you’ve never read the quote, you’ve no doubt seen the meme, in all of its arts-affirming, damn the torpedoes glory. Just one small detail: it isn’t true. I am referring to …

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Supposition Is No Support As NEA Is Threatened by Howard Sherman

Let’s start with the positive, though I’m afraid that won’t last long. In her New York Times article, “Might Ivanka Trump Speak Up If Her Father Guts The Arts?,” Robin Pogrebin mak…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

At University of Washington, Anonymous Hate Messages Extend To Campus Theatre by Howard Sherman

This is a revised and updated version of a prior post from earlier today, which has been withdrawn, because it suggested, based upon news accounts, that the UW theatre department had been si…

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Howard Sherman: How fans played a part in the recording of a hit Broadway musical by Howard Sherman

I recorded tracks for my second Broadway cast album earlier this week. That’s quite remarkable when you consider I’ve never appeared in

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Howard Sherman: Sunset and the limited-run musical on Broadway by Howard Sherman

The limited-run play has pretty much become the standard on Broadway: 14 weeks, 16 weeks, commercial, not-for-profit, maybe a short extension. But

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Long Before “Ragtime,” Musical Lessons From Lynn Ahrens by Howard Sherman

Two weeks ago, the musical Ragtime came under fire at a high school in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for its deployment of racial slurs in telling a anti-racism story that is intended to evoke th…

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Howard Sherman: More than just a fan show, BroadwayCon 2017 was a political protest by Howard Sherman

Having attended the first BroadwayCon a year ago during a major blizzard, I was charmed and encouraged by the enthusiasm of the

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Friday, January 27, 2017

With Curricular Context Added, “Ragtime” to Play On in Cherry Hill by Howard Sherman

On January 20, the Cherry Hill Public School system in New Jersey announced their intent to censor racially charged language for their upcoming drama group’s production of the musical …

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Howard Sherman: Hollywood’s debt to theatre is written all over 2017’s Oscar nominations by Howard Sherman

Every year when the Tony Award nominations, and the awards themselves, roll around, there’s a lot of discussion about how Hollywood stars

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cherry-Picking the Words of “Ragtime” in Cherry Hill by Howard Sherman

There is no question that there are racially charged words in the musical Ragtime, just as there were in the novel upon which it is based. In telling the story of black characters, of Jewis…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Howard Sherman: Donald Trump inauguration revives protest culture in American arts by Howard Sherman

I was born just slightly late to remember, let alone participate in, the protest culture of the latter part of the 1960s

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Howard Sherman: Welcome to an arts marketplace with a difference by Howard Sherman

Having spent more than 30 years working in theatre, my work heavily weighted towards Broadway and institutional theatre in New York and

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Howard Sherman: Decoding Broadway’s weekly box office report by Howard Sherman

There’s a Monday ritual in theatre offices around New York (shifted to Tuesday for holidays): the checking of the Broadway grosses. Obviously

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