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Friday, September 21, 2018

Howard Sherman: An exciting new score can help the medicine of Greek tragedy go down by Howard Sherman

You’re welcome to claim it as a failing of the American educational system, but I made it through university without ever being

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Howard Sherman: The incredible 22-year tale of how a new musical finally got to the stage by Howard Sherman

Almost everyone familiar with the process of getting a new musical to the stage will explain how prolonged and arduous it can

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Howard Sherman: Now every actor’s name can be up in lights on Broadway’s modern marquees by Howard Sherman

“Maybe someday your name will be in lights,” Chuck Berry sang in one of his early rock’n’roll hits. Though Berry would never

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Howard Sherman: It’s a joy to spend time with real theatre fans in Broadway’s ‘rush seat’ lines by Howard Sherman

Every morning, there are queues. Before the sun has risen high enough to clear the skyscrapers that surround Times Square, while teams

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Howard Sherman: As the hit songs fade from memory, can jukebox musicals stand the test of time? by Howard Sherman

When Ain’t Misbehavin’ became a Broadway hit in 1978, the music of Fats Waller at its core was roughly 45 years old.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Howard Sherman: US theatre is increasingly flipping the straight white perspective by Howard Sherman

The US will cease to be a majority-white populated country between 2040 and 2045 according to several reports on census population projections.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Howard Sherman: the Berkshires – a summer retreat for artists and audiences by Howard Sherman

If I told you that the Berkshires is a region in Western Massachusetts, named for a range of low mountains that start

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Howard Sherman: Augmented reality offers exciting new possibilities for theatre by Howard Sherman

A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald declared that the director of Opera Australia “is staking much of the future and

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Howard Sherman: Stop telling audiences off – let’s encourage people to enjoy themselves at the theatre by Howard Sherman

The ‘theatre etiquette’ article is a staple on the arts pages, periodically erupting in publications and on websites, and typically prompted by

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Howard Sherman: Is Scotch sponsorship in the spirit of theatre? by Howard Sherman

With shows such as Drunk Shakespeare and ShakesBeer offering evenings of alcoholic consumption and classical theatre in almost equal measure, it would

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Howard Sherman: Why the thrills and chills of Sweeney Todd still speak (and sing) to me by Howard Sherman

When the Tooting Arts Club set up its immersive Sweeney Todd at Harrington’s Pie and Mash in 2014, I doubt it was

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Howard Sherman: Forget Marvel, I’m more excited by the Shakespeare crossover universe by Howard Sherman

Swilling champagne and wearing sunglasses, a dog, whose briefcase declares him to be with Mega Stage Productions, announces to his startled pig

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Howard Sherman: The plays we see say a lot about us, it’s our duty to widen our horizons by Howard Sherman

Unlike going to a museum, where what we see has been curated for us, attending the performing arts is a self-curated experience.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

In A Times Square Renovation, New Version of the Past by Howard Sherman

There are many who remain upset with the owners of the Hotel Edison for their ejection of the Edison Cafe several years ago, and you can count me among them, because along with the cafe went…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Howard Sherman: Is Broadway’s record-breaking year really something to celebrate? by Howard Sherman

The 2017-2018 Broadway season ended on Sunday. A Broadway League press release duly followed with the year’s statistics, under a headline trumpeting

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Why are there no good TV shows about the theatre? by Howard Sherman

For generations, US network television has done a successful job of telling the stories of doctors and lawyers, police officers and private

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Howard Sherman: No Long Day’s Journey Into Night set has yet to capture Eugene O’Neill’s real-life cottage by Howard Sherman

It is not unusual, I suspect, for theatregoers to imagine themselves living inside the homes that are created on stage. Regardless of

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Howard Sherman: Even with 4DX, movies aren’t as immersive as theatre by Howard Sherman

As the film industry continues to grapple with declining audiences in US movie theatres, thanks in no small part to the welter

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Howard Sherman: Welcome back Wanda June, Kurt Vonnegut’s theatrical curio by Howard Sherman

When it comes to a list of theatrical curiosities, Kurt Vonnegut’s Happy Birthday, Wanda June would surely qualify, based on the author’s

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Howard Sherman: Subsidised theatres are proving vital to Broadway’s success by Howard Sherman

The Broadway season is defined for most by the Tony Awards eligibility dates. The awards also determine which New York theatres are

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Howard Sherman: Will winning a Pulitzer finally bring Cost of Living to Broadway? by Howard Sherman

When Martyna Majok’s play Cost of Living was announced as the recipient of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama earlier this week,

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Howard Sherman: Harry Potter helps Broadway hit the era of $2m a week in ticket sales by Howard Sherman

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set a new box office record on Broadway last week. While box office records seem to

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Howard Sherman: How the Armory could supersize trans-Atlantic translations by Howard Sherman

When shows make the trans-Atlantic trip between Broadway and the West End they are, essentially, the same production. There may be tweaks

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Quotation Marks Don’t Soften a Slur in Chicago by Howard Sherman

  Now there is a redaction, an editor’s note, and an author’s apology. But for roughly 24 hours between Wednesday and Thursday this week, in a theatre review in the Chicago Reader, …

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Howard Sherman: Buyer Beware controversy does Lenny Bruce and playwright Michael Weller a disservice by Howard Sherman

It is possible that you’ve heard of Michael Weller’s play Buyer Beware. But unless you were among the roughly 85 people who

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Howard Sherman: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child shows Broadway how to give back to superfans by Howard Sherman

Saturday mornings aren’t the typical time for press releases to be sent out, but a couple of Saturdays ago, at 8.10am, Harry

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Howard Sherman: Hate long plays? Just think of it as binge-watching your favourite Netflix show by Howard Sherman

Two weeks ago, I binged on Glitch, from Australia. Last week, my binge was the rather obscure Imposters. This week, it’s Jessica

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Howard Sherman: Ruthie Ann Miles tragedy reminds us that theatre pulls together to support its own by Howard Sherman

In a world filled with tragedies, those that touch us most are inevitably the ones that come closest to our own lives.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Howard Sherman: Theatre’s canon is being rewritten daily to reflect changing times by Howard Sherman

Earlier this week, Monica Hesse wrote in the Washington Post about the disconcerting experience of viewing films and TV shows that she

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Howard Sherman: Ubu Bake Off gives voice to theatre’s anti-Trump insurgents by Howard Sherman

Four days ago, the US theatre community fostered the birth of more than 100 new short plays, on our federal holiday of

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Howard Sherman: Take to the barricades to defend the arts from Trump’s antagonism by Howard Sherman

If I were given to cynicism, and if I thought I could get away with it, this week I would have submitted

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