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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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Monday, December 26, 2016

Times Square Weirdness: 2016 In Review by Howard Sherman

Given that it was merely a stray amusement that became a popular offshoot of my photography hobby, "Times Square Weirdness" went worldwide this year with my discovery of Mike Hot-Pence (ak…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Of Pleas, Pants, Race, Rights and Lin-Manuel: My Top Blog Posts of 2016 by Howard Sherman

In some ways, it might make more sense if I wrote this post about some of my least-read pieces of 2016, because I value almost everything I write equally and never quite know why some get w…

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Howard Sherman: American Revolutions gives long-term value by Howard Sherman

That works of theatre on New York stages, and indeed on Broadway, have originated in regional theatres is not novel. The flow of

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Howard Sherman: Yellowface is wrong, and the Print Room’s explanation is meaningless by Howard Sherman

When the Print Room, a London theatre, cast white actors in Howard Barker’s In the Depths of Dead Love – a play

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Howard Sherman: Mike Hot-Pence shows what going viral can do for the arts by Howard Sherman

I imagine we all marvel from time to time at how the same news story suddenly seems to be everywhere, riding the

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Howard Sherman: Remembering the fierce – and funny – Edward Albee by Howard Sherman

I remember Edward Albee’s longtime producer, Elizabeth McCann, saying to me as the 2005 Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Considering An Unsweetened “Charity” Review   by Howard Sherman

Last week was not the first time I’ve been puzzled by Hilton Als’s writing on theatre. I didn’t understand the rather cruel rationale by which he described the late playwright Wendy Wa…

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Incredibly True Origins of Mike Hot-Pence, Times Square Icon by Howard Sherman

For those unfamiliar with “Times Square Weirdness,” my series of photos of the odder denizens of Times Square, shared frequently on my Facebook page, you may be surprised to learn of my …

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Howard Sherman: Why I was overcome watching the Best Worst Thing movie trailer by Howard Sherman

Among the regrets of my theatregoing life, missing the original Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along ranks high on the list.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Seeking Equity In Theatre, Fighting Wrong With Wrong Won’t Go Right by Howard Sherman

Anyone claiming that there is equity or equality – by gender, by race and ethnicity, by disability – in the American theatre would have to be willfully ignoring the evidence. The Dramati…

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Howard Sherman: A few thoughts to add to the Hamilton debate by Howard Sherman

Almost a week later, is there anything more that needs to be said about the contretemps between America’s president-elect and the Broadway

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Howard Sherman: Trump, and theatre’s place in his presidency by Howard Sherman

In the immediate wake of last week’s US presidential election, my Facebook feed was filled with messages of anger and despair from

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