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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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Friday, November 15, 2019

Howard Sherman: Will A Christmas Carol finally break out on Broadway this year? by Howard Sherman

Stage versions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are to American theatres what The Nutcracker is to ballet companies – or what

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Playwright Lauren Gunderson: ‘I like daunting. I want to go to places I haven’t been’ by Howard Sherman

Lauren Gunderson is America’s most produced playwright but she has never staged a play on Broadway. She tells Howard Sherman why Shakespeare’s

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Howard Sherman: Theatre can be great when it doesn’t tell you what you want to hear by Howard Sherman

Theatre is often accused of confirming people’s biases and US theatre’s bias is viewed – not necessarily inaccurately – as being left-leaning

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Howard Sherman: Seeing a favourite show performed in Sing Sing gave it a fresh meaning by Howard Sherman

Seeing a theatrical production in a prison, performed by incarcerated men, places a unique context on the work presented. The experience of

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Playwright David Henry Hwang: ‘It’s great being the first, but then the expectations are impossible’ by Howard Sherman

David Henry Hwang got his first break in 1980, when a New York theatre sought to redress accusations of ‘yellowface’. In the

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Howard Sherman: In looking for film-to-musical adaptations, producers should head off the beaten track by Howard Sherman

I’ve always meant to see the 2001 indie movie Scotland, PA – an adaptation of Macbeth set in a fast-food restaurant –

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Howard Sherman: In a world of entertainment on demand, theatre needs to tinker with start times by Howard Sherman

Four matinees a week is not typical on Broadway. But that’s exactly what the new musical The Lightning Thief is offering. The

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Robert Schenkkan: ‘I looked to Shakespeare when I wrote my Lyndon Johnson plays’ by Howard Sherman

The Pulitzer prize-winner wrote his first play about the 36th US president in 2012. He tells Howard Sherman how he went All

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Howard Sherman: Why Netflix playing Broadway makes sense on both sides by Howard Sherman

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will be the draws at the Belasco Theatre in November. Unfortunately, they won’t be

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Howard Sherman: When it comes to representation, opera has some serious catching up to do by Howard Sherman

The wheels of cultural change grind slowly. While theatres are making headway in addressing historical inequities regarding gender, race, ethnicity, disability and

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