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Friday, January 12, 2018

Howard Sherman: Should we really be celebrating record-breaking Broadway box office results? by Howard Sherman

You may not have heard about it, but last week, six Broadway shows saw their weekly gross sales drop by more than

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Howard Sherman: Is this a better model for creating new musical theatre? by Howard Sherman

I’ve never been much of a clubgoer at any point in my life, as I’m a teetotaler and no fan of loud

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Monday, January 1, 2018

In a Teacher’s Declaration, Discouraging Words and A Smidgen of Insight by Howard Sherman

Of the many criteria one might apply when considering what makes a great teacher, I think it’s fair to say that the ability to see and encourage something in a student that they do not yet…

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Howard Sherman: New York is warming to shows in which women dominate the stage by Howard Sherman

Considering the number of all-male plays already in the theatrical canon, you might think we’d see more productions with all-female casts. This

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Howard Sherman: How I helped bring Hamilton’s free shows to the world by Howard Sherman

As Hamilmania exerts its grasp on the UK in the run-up to next week’s official opening night, The Stage can take a

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Howard Sherman: Producers beware – short-run Broadway shows don’t always bear Christmas gifts by Howard Sherman

Amid the seasonal declarations of a “new box office record” and “highest weekly gross ever,” one Broadway entertainment show is quietly bucking

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Howard Sherman: It’s a fairytale that Americans don’t get pantomime by Howard Sherman

Back in 2008, Lorna Luft – who was appearing in Salford as the Wicked Witch in a panto version of The Wizard

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Howard Sherman: Jukebox or box-set musical? It’s time to make the distinction between hit shows by Howard Sherman

‘Jukebox musical.’ For musical theatre purists, it’s a term of derision. For producers, it’s the promise of marketing the music of a

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Howard Sherman: Stage stories of kindness offer balm in face of real-life dramas by Howard Sherman

If drama is, according to one of its dictionary definitions, “a state, situation, or series of events involving interesting or intense conflict

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Howard Sherman: Judgement-free show is latest step as opportunities grow on and off stage for those with disabilities by Howard Sherman

Attending last week’s opening night of Uncommon Sense, a new play about people on the autistic spectrum, I was delighted to see

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Howard Sherman: Playwrights shouldn’t be frowned on for returning to former glories by Howard Sherman

One might think that after winning the Tony award for best play, its writer might consider their work on the text to

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Howard Sherman: The rising stars keeping their family flame alive by Howard Sherman

Surprising as it may be, I never really stopped to think, until now, how many young artists must be making their New

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Facebook Needs To Explain Its Problem With A Sondheim Ad by Howard Sherman

As investigations into political tampering with the 2016 US election on Facebook have made headlines and perhaps spurred corporate introspection, one would hope that the company is in the pr…

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Howard Sherman: The case of The Prince of Egypt shows how raised voices can change the arts by Howard Sherman

Mentioned in passing at the end of this column last week was the opening of The Prince of Egypt, a new stage

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Keynote: School Theatre Can Be More by Howard Sherman

The Florida Association for Theatre Education invited me to be the keynote speaker at their annual conference, held in Orlando October 12-14, 2017. The text below represents an edited versio…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Howard Sherman: Airport-style security has landed on Broadway but will audiences fly away? by Howard Sherman

For reasons entirely unknown to me, Broadway theatre audiences began, some time ago, queuing up outside theatres some 45 minutes or more

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Howard Sherman: Is Broadway finally ready to rock? by Howard Sherman

I’ve been hearing about the divergence of popular music and the Broadway musical for my entire life. Born in the ‘60s and

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Telling James Franco’s lawyer, “Your client does not have any valid claim” by Howard Sherman

This summer, when an attorney for actor James Franco sent New York’s People’s Improv Theatre a cease and desist letter regarding the venue’s planned presentation of the pla…

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Howard Sherman: New York theatres risk being trapped in the 20th century as plans for new venues collapse by Howard Sherman

The most intriguing news in New York theatre last week was not about what was happening, but what is not. Two new

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Howard Sherman: Mourning playwright AR Gurney and the end of an Off-Broadway era by Howard Sherman

Playwright AR Gurney would have found great irony in the fact that his life was commemorated at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre this

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

At North Shore Music Theatre, An Absence of Race, Ethnicity and Understanding Prevails by Howard Sherman

It’s a bit hard to follow the thinking of Bill Hanney, the owner and producer at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts. Initially, it was hard because Hanney was silent, not …

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Howard Sherman: Should there be a RottenTomatoes.com for theatre? by Howard Sherman

Among the most frequently heard reasons offered by movie studios for this summer’s box-office decline, with admissions at their lowest in 25

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Howard Sherman: Do parodies like a rock musical of Game of Thrones risk burning out the genre? by Howard Sherman

Earlier today, I received an invitation to an Off-Broadway show called Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical – The Unauthorized Parody. While

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Howard Sherman: A decade of marketing could pay off as Jersey Boys moves Off-Broadway by Howard Sherman

Let’s say the average Broadway show spends $100,000 every week – a general figure, though, in the neighbourhood of accuracy – on

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Contrary to What You’ve Heard, You Can Cast Albee Plays Diversely by Howard Sherman

It is unlikely that many people in the theatre are unaware of the controversy that arose in mid-May, when a small Portland, Oregon theatre company proposed a production of Edward Albee’s W…

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Howard Sherman: Are indie films a smarter investment than theatre on Broadway? by Howard Sherman

Despite the difference in scale between theatre and movies, those of us connected to the stage can occasionally be forgiven for feeling

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Howard Sherman: American theatre bosses are playing musical chairs. Let’s widen the pool of leaders by Howard Sherman

Whenever several artistic leadership positions open at once in US theatre, it fires the starting gun on a variation of the children’s

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Howard Sherman: How bad producing decisions made Great Comet musical crash to earth by Howard Sherman

The Great Comet is burning out, and taking Natasha and Pierre with it. Unlike the recent closing of the play Indecent, which

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Monday, August 7, 2017

James Franco Won’t Like This and There’s Nothing He Can Do About It by Howard Sherman

Those who have followed the career of James Franco, and at times it has almost been hard to avoid, are aware that the actor had a period where he was a perpetual student, described in 2008 i…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

“Judas Iscariot” Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment by Howard Sherman

If you happen to be going to see the current production Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco the next ten days, you’ll find an i…

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Howard Sherman: Stage-to-screen ‘indies’ can help bring audiences back to the theatre by Howard Sherman

This month, as blockbusters wane and before Oscar contenders start piling up, there’s a window during which smaller features may slip into

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