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Friday, February 24, 2023

Attending (and Attending and Attending) the Tale of 'Sweeney Todd' - God, that's good! How I fell for my favorite musical by Howard Sherman

God, that's good! How I fell for my favorite musical --- In a youth almost entirely unblemished by voluntary physical exertion, I remember one particular sprint quite vividly. The objective …

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Friday, February 18, 2022

At a Kansas University, Censoring a Student’s Anti-Censorship Project by Howard Sherman

The irony is almost too neat: a college student plans a program of songs from musicals that have faced censorship – and with less than two days’ notice, her university informs her she ha…

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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Step Aside, Superstar: Charlie Brown was a Concept Album Pioneer by Howard Sherman

Conventional wisdom is difficult to alter, but here goes: contrary to what has been widely written, Jesus Christ Superstar was not the first concept recording of a musical to spawn a wildl…

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

NYC 2021: My Year in My Pictures by Howard Sherman

First Responder, 1 train, September 2021 (photo © Howard Sherman) Perhaps because I am hyperverbal – in person, in my writing, in my consumption of information, in my choice of entertainm…

SOURCE: Howard Sherman at 01:46PM
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

In 2022, “Broadway” and “Sex” Are Free by Howard Sherman

Take careful note of the quotation marks, because the headline above doesn’t nod to theatre tickets or the wholesale embrace of casual fornication. The reference, sorry to disappoint you, …

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Two Plays Compared & Why Each Works by Howard Sherman

Two different plays stand the test of time. The post Two Plays Compared & Why Each Works appeared first on Dramatics Magazine Online.

SOURCE: Dramatics Magazine at 02:48PM
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Despite Pandemic, High School Shows Still Being Shut Down, For New Reasons by Howard Sherman

Given the disastrous reduction in live theatre that has marked the pandemic since March of 2020, one might assume that incidences of high school shows canceled over content concerns would ha…

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

For My Friend Who Will Never Read My Book by Howard Sherman

Kaki Marshall and Howard Sherman, on their last in-person visit, December 2019 Today, my book is published. This is the realization of a dream that I had given up on long ago. But my most ov…

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Thornton Wilder's Our Town is America's answer to Shakespeare by Howard Sherman

The Pulitzer-winning drama, set in the small town of Grover’s Corners, has a beating heart that will resonate through the years It is frequently called the quintessential American play, bu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12AM
Monday, December 28, 2020

My Pandemic Year in Pictures by Howard Sherman

Taking extreme care during the pandemic, particularly when New York was the first and hardest hit in the earliest days, my journeys beyond my apartment and the immediate surroundings put sig…

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Friday, April 17, 2020

“Our Town” in Our Moment by Howard Sherman

“So friends, this is the way we were in our growing up and in our marrying and in our doctoring and in our living and in our dying.” Pull out a copy of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and…

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Howard Sherman: Lockdown has shown the value of theatre recordings by Howard Sherman

If there’s one positive to find among the destruction of the coronavirus outbreak, it is the way in which previously private or

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Howard Sherman: Why the shutdown could have a bigger effect on US not-for-profit theatres by Howard Sherman

The ongoing litany of delays, postponements and cancellations in the US’ not-for-profit theatres is not unique, as venues and countless performing companies

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Howard Sherman: The ever-changing calculus of Broadway’s shutdown by Howard Sherman

Broadway shows rarely close in previews nowadays. Aficionados speak of Bobbi Boland, starring Farrah Fawcett, which ran for seven performances in 2003

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Howard Sherman: Even when the shows can’t go on, the people behind the shows do by Howard Sherman

The old showbusiness adage, ‘The show must go on’, has gone right out the window. Indeed, the show ‘going on’ would be seen

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Hillary Clinton at Women’s Day on Broadway: let’s celebrate moves towards equality by Howard Sherman

There’s still a long way to go, but the former US presidential candidate sees plenty to cheer in the theatre world, writes

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Howard Sherman: New York’s latest season shows US theatre is evolving to resemble the US itself by Howard Sherman

Over the past year or two, an exciting number of new works from black writers have appeared on New York’s stages. These

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Howard Sherman: The 18,000-audience Mockingbird at Madison Square Garden was an exhilarating reminder of theatre’s power by Howard Sherman

School matinees get a bad rap. After all, if distracted audiences are frustrating, imagine a theatre filled with teens gossiping, quarrelling, texting,

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Howard Sherman: It’s time to support marathon shows to keep artists’ imagination ticking by Howard Sherman

The Vertical 2.25 Hours. 1/12th of a Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Only A Little Night Music. These are not,

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Howard Sherman: Show of hands – what happens when theatre turns to representative democracy? by Howard Sherman

In the wake of the botched Iowa caucuses, and in advance of the Super Tuesday primaries on March 3, there’s something emotionally

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

US actor Lois Smith: ‘People retire because they think it’s time – I haven’t felt that way’ by Howard Sherman

In her seven-decade career, the veteran actor has worked with everyone from James Dean to Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She tells Howard Sherman

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Howard Sherman: For too long Off-Broadway has failed to find a model to keep worthy shows running by Howard Sherman

While the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater in New York is billed as “a premier launching pad for new

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Howard Sherman: New York Musical Festival’s closure forces the question – where will new work be developed now? by Howard Sherman

The New York Musical Festival, which launched in 2004, announced last week that it was bankrupt and has closed its doors. As

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Howard Sherman: Last year introduced me to some great playwrights, but in 2020 I want to hear more diverse voices by Howard Sherman

The end of 2019 brought a double whammy of cultural ‘best of’ lists: not just best-of-the-year rundowns, but also assessments of the

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Howard Sherman: Beetlejuice’s shock closure shows how Broadway expectations are changing by Howard Sherman

The Broadway musical Beetlejuice’s press release issued last week with the headline ‘a strange and unusual announcement’ – echoing a line of

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Howard Sherman: This is why Stephen Sondheim is in all our movies now by Howard Sherman

Earlier this week, Vulture – part of New York Magazine – ran a feature headlined: ‘Why is Stephen Sondheim Karaoke in All

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis: ‘I don’t feel like I fit in anywhere – I’m a guest in every ethnic group’ by Howard Sherman

As his latest play opens Off-Broadway, straight-talking playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis speaks to Howard Sherman about life on the Upper West Side

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Howard Sherman: The post-play discussion that went viral shows theatre can really touch a nerve by Howard Sherman

It was, quite possibly, the most widely heard post-performance discussion in theatre history. Well, the last few minutes were anyway. Last week

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Howard Sherman: Political pundits must stop using theatre as a punch bag by Howard Sherman

When pundits want to ridicule what they see as shallow displays of governance, or stunts on the campaign trail, they tend to

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Producer Mara Isaacs: ‘I can be nimble in how I support these crazy, experimental projects’ by Howard Sherman

As the producer behind Hadestown’s success, on Broadway and internationally, Mara Isaacs could be forgiven for resting on her laurels. But, as

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Howard Sherman: The suits may be smaller but Talking Heads’ frontman is still pushing boundaries on stage by Howard Sherman

When does a concert become theatre? When does movement become choreography? Why the big suit? Okay, that last one is an old

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