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Friday, May 17, 2019

Howard Sherman: Theatre completists, you can’t see everything – revel in those you can by Howard Sherman

In his essential 1983 book on the movie industry, William Goldman (screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and The Princess Bride) summed up the

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Howard Sherman: Hamilton shows musicals how to go further with its exhibition for the Instagram era by Howard Sherman

Popular entertainment isn’t necessarily the place to go and study history, but it can prompt audience members to learn more about the

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Tootsie composer and lyricist David Yazbek: ‘I don’t want to write alone. I like collaborating and having fun’ by Howard Sherman

The Tony-winning composer of Broadway hit The Band’s Visit is no stranger to musical adaptations of films, but had misgivings about taking

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Howard Sherman: Which musicals will be Broadway contenders next season? by Howard Sherman

A few days after the announcement of the Tony Awards nominations for 2018-19 is perhaps too early to start reading tea leaves

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Howard Sherman: How changes to Facebook’s algorithm heaped injury on the arts and its coverage by Howard Sherman

There are any number of reasons to read the new cover story from Wired magazine, 15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside of

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

C-a-n-c-e-l-i-n-g ‘Spelling Bee’ at a Maryland Middle School by Howard Sherman

The communication announcing the cancelation of a production of the musical The 25thAnnual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Hyattsville Middle School in Maryland could not have been more terse.…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Howard Sherman: Theatre pop-ups, such as Fiona Shaw in New York, bring varied audiences by Howard Sherman

The pop-up theatre performance is not, at this point, a novelty. But in the line of surprising theatrical performances in public places,

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Howard Sherman: Sitting with a younger theatre audience is a revitalising experience by Howard Sherman

New work may not be as rare as it once was in US regional theatre, but one festival that has championed the

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Howard Sherman: A cultural shift is happening in US theatre but there’s more to do by Howard Sherman

“Doors open for women and people of color at top ranks of American theater.” For many, this New York Times headline from

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Broadway performer Laura Benanti: ‘If I could wave a magic wand, theatre would be affordable for all’ by Howard Sherman

Starring as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway, the award-winning actor talks to Howard Sherman about playing her childhood dream

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Howard Sherman: Artists from Ariana Grande to Jay-Z show musical theatre’s crossover power by Howard Sherman

Those bemoaning the absence of musical theatre songs from the pop charts haven’t been paying close attention. A New York Times article

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Howard Sherman: Issues raised during Women’s Day on Broadway need to be heard every day by Howard Sherman

“I never thought of myself as a changemaker,” said Rosdely Ciprian as part of the opening remarks at Tuesday’s Women’s Day on

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Howard Sherman: Sometimes the people who changed our lives are just a few seats away by Howard Sherman

Working in the theatre, it’s easy to forget what compelled us into the profession in the first place. It can be lost

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Howard Sherman: The ‘F-bombs’ are dropping Off-Broadway by Howard Sherman

Those with puritanical sensibilities may want to stay away from Off-Broadway this spring. Opening shortly, just days apart, are these three plays:

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Howard Sherman: I was ‘meshugeh’ to think I didn’t need to see Fiddler in Yiddish by Howard Sherman

While it was preceded by Jerry Herman’s Milk and Honey by three years, Fiddler on the Roof is widely acknowledged as the

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Howard Sherman: Why has an original Broadway musical that hits the right notes failed to be a hit? by Howard Sherman

An entirely original Broadway musical – that’s to say, not based on a book, movie, play, or TV show and not using

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Howard Sherman: A confectionery ad and musical theatre mash-up that was surprisingly tasty by Howard Sherman

As Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical played its sole performance on Sunday afternoon at New York’s Town Hall, it wasn’t difficult to

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Howard Sherman: Live theatre on TV is about capturing spontaneity… but not too much by Howard Sherman

Does anyone remember the moment in the musical 42nd Street when the leading lady is injured and the producer runs up to

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

At Neil Simon Festival, A Contest Entry Fee That’s No Laughing Matter by Howard Sherman

If one looks around the website of The Neil Simon Festival, a yearly theatre event held in Cedar City, Utah, there’s a list of donors to the company. On that list are seven entries at the …

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Howard Sherman: Is it time for US theatres to get with the digital programme? by Howard Sherman

For US audience members, receiving a programme after being shown to the correct seat is a standard part of the theatregoing ritual.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Howard Sherman: Can the Shakespeare theatre in Stratford (Connecticut) rise from the ashes? by Howard Sherman

British and Canadian theatregoers perusing social media may have had quite a start when they saw news that a Shakespeare theatre in

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Howard Sherman: Lessons from history show Broadway’s revenues are unlikely to be under threat by Howard Sherman

To give credit where it’s due, the growth in Broadway audiences over the past four calendar years is impressive, rising from 12.9

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Howard Sherman: I wanted to broaden my theatregoing horizons in 2018… So how did I do? by Howard Sherman

When I examined my year in theatregoing for 2017, I wasn’t entirely comfortable with what it said about me, and hoped that

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Howard Sherman: The more specific a story is, the more universal it can be by Howard Sherman

As if calling a play What the Constitution Means to Me wasn’t didactic enough, audience members leave the Greenwich House Theater production

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Setting Free The Plays Of 1923 by Howard Sherman

While the phrase “public domain” may hold little meaning for you (or make your eyes glaze over), January 1, 2019 will mark a significant milestone in that seemingly arcane distinction. T…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Teaching Students & Audiences About Swastikas, The SS and “The Sound of Music” by Howard Sherman

If you see a stage production of The Sound of Music, here are some words you won’t hear: Nazi. Hitler. Here are some words you will hear in the stage version: Gauleiter. Anschluss. Third …

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Howard Sherman: Trump’s travel ban not only bars entry to refugees but to those telling their stories by Howard Sherman

The note inserted into the programme for the US premiere of Nassim could not be more understated. It begins: “Nassim Soleimanpour was

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Howard Sherman: I just can’t get into the festive spirit of Christmas best-of lists by Howard Sherman

Just as the holiday displays seem to go up in stores earlier and earlier every year, so is it with arts critics’

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Howard Sherman: If only every Broadway show had the backing of ill-fated Head Over Heels by Howard Sherman

When word came, following the long US holiday weekend, that the Broadway musical Head Over Heels would be closing, it couldn’t have

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Howard Sherman: Post-show panels can illuminate theatre’s contemporary issues by Howard Sherman

Speaking on a recent panel called Trans Visibility in the Theatre, actor Alexandra Billings said: “The number is only a handful, but

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Howard Sherman: US theatre criticism is moving with times but there’s still a way to go by Howard Sherman

The travails of arts criticism have been well chronicled, but the constantly shifting sands and changing players in the US warrant a

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