All stories by Jeff Lunden on BroadwayStars

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Struggle To Find Their Way by Jeff Lunden

The New York Philharmonic launches its season with a new music director and executive director. The Metropolitan Opera's season starts with a young music director.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Struggle To Find Their Way by Jeff Lunden

The Philharmonic launches its season with a new music director and executive director. The Metropolitan Opera's season starts with a young music director.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Remembering Broadway Star Marin Mazzie by Jeff Lunden

Actress Marin Mazzie has died of ovarian cancer at age 57. Mazzie had a three-decade career, with her breakout role playing Clara in Stephen Sondheim's Passion in 1994. She was in Ragtime, K…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Broadway Is About To 'Be More Chill' by Jeff Lunden

Be More Chill got middling reviews when it premiered, but social media propelled it to new heights. Now it's headed to Broadway.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Actors, Married For 35 Years, Enrich Their Lives With Others' Words by Jeff Lunden

Plays are often so intense that actors fall in love. It was 35 years ago, Nance Williamson and Kurt Rhoads were cast opposite each other in Shakespeare's As You Like It and their showmance c…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Stage Revival, And 50 Years Of Survival, For 'The Boys In The Band' by Jeff Lunden

Ever since Mart Crowley's play about a gay male life premiered off-Broadway in 1968, much of the original cast and crew has died of AIDS. A new, star-studded production acknowledges that his…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Campaign For 'Often The Hardest-Working People On Stage' — The Chorus by Jeff Lunden

Broadway chorus members won't be recognized in their own categories as part of tonight's Tony Awards. But they might be in the future, thanks to an effort from the Actors Equity union.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Repertorio Español Celebrates 50 Years With A World Premiere by Jeff Lunden

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz has written a play specifically for the anniversary of the Spanish language theater.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

'Jerome Robbins 100' Is A Centennial Celebration Of Timeless Choreography by Jeff Lunden

Robbins directed and choreographed many of Broadway's biggest hit musicals, including West Side Story. Now, New York City Ballet, the company he helped co-found, is throwing a festival in hi…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Muggles Rejoice: 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Is Now On Broadway by Jeff Lunden

The play, co-written by J.K. Rowling, opened on Sunday and picks up where the last novel left off, with Harry sending his son off to Hogwarts.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

'Frozen' Hits Broadway, In 'A Sophisticated Dignified Adult Psychological' Way by Jeff Lunden

The creators of the highest-grossing animated film of all time aren't just simply letting it go — they've written a dozen new songs for a very sold-out theatrical adaptation.

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'Frozen' Hits Broadway, In 'A Sophisticated Dignified Adult Psychological' Way by Jeff Lunden

The creators of the highest-grossing animated film of all time aren't just simply letting it go — they've written a dozen new songs for a very sold-out theatrical adaptation.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Making Musical Connections At Sing Sing Prison by Jeff Lunden

Since 2009, the maximum security prison has been home to music workshops put on by Carnegie Hall and led by some of New York City's top musicians.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

It's OK To Look At Your Phone At A Broadway Show, If Your Hearing Is Impaired by Jeff Lunden

An estimated 48 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss. Now, a smartphone app makes it possible for the theatergoers among them to read closed captions on Broadway.

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It's OK To Look At Your Phone At A Broadway Show, If Your Hearing Is Impaired by Jeff Lunden

An estimated 48 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss. Now, a smartphone app makes it possible for the theatergoers among them to read closed captions on Broadway.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

A New Monologue For Eve Ensler, Re-Enacting Life With Cancer by Jeff Lunden

The playwright and activist behind The Vagina Monologues stars in the new one-woman show In The Body Of The World, which explores her efforts to empower women in Africa amid her own health s…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Actor John Mahoney, Dad On 'Frasier,' Dies At 77 by Jeff Lunden

Mahoney was best-known as Martin Crane, the gravely-voiced father on Frasier. He also had prominent roles in movies such as Say Anything and The American President.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Peter Martins Leaves New York City Ballet Amid Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct by Jeff Lunden

In a letter to the New York City Ballet, Peter Martins announced he has decided to retire as its artistic director and head of its school. The announcement follows allegations from current a…

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Peter Martins Leaves New York City Ballet Amid Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct by Jeff Lunden

In a letter to the New York City Ballet, Peter Martins announced he has decided to retire as its artistic director and head of its school. The announcement follows allegations from current a…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

The True Story Of A Spanish Royal And The Very High Voice That Healed Him by Jeff Lunden

The new Broadway musical drama Farinelli And The King tells the tale of the bipolar King Philippe V and the famous 18th-century operatic castrato whose singing nurses him back to health.

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The True Story Of A Spanish Royal And The Very High Voice That Healed Him by Jeff Lunden

The new Broadway musical drama Farinelli And The King tells the tale of the bipolar King Philippe V and the famous 18th-century operatic castrato whose singing nurses him back to health.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Famed Conductor Charles Dutoit Faces Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct by Jeff Lunden

The famed conductor Charles Dutoit has been accused of sexual misconduct by four women including opera star Sylvia McNair. Six major orchestras have distanced themselves from him.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Like A War Movie, But 'On A Planet Of Teenage Girls' by Jeff Lunden

Sarah DeLappe's play The Wolves, which opens in New York on Monday, follows an elite soccer team of young women as it prepares for its own battles.

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Like A War Movie, But 'On A Planet Of Teenage Girls' by Jeff Lunden

Sarah DeLappe's play The Wolves, which opens in New York on Monday, follows an elite soccer team of young women as it prepares for its own battles.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Broadway's 'The Band's Visit' Tells A Story Of Common Ground Between Cultures by Jeff Lunden

Songwriter David Yazbek knew he wanted to write a musical that fused his two cultural backgrounds and avoid the tired stories about tribal conflict.

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Broadway's 'The Band's Visit' Tells A Story Of Common Ground Between Cultures by Jeff Lunden

Songwriter David Yazbek knew he wanted to write a musical that fused his two cultural backgrounds and avoid the tired stories about tribal conflict.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

150 Psalms, 12 Days: Music for Challenging Times At The White Light Festival by Jeff Lunden

One hundred fifty composers, from the 12th century to today, are part of The Psalms Experience, performances of all 150 psalms during Lincoln Center's White Light Festival in New York.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

'People, Places & Things' Is A Clear-Eyed Look At Addiction by Jeff Lunden

Irish playwright Duncan Macmillan's latest work follows an actress who goes into rehab after coming unhinged onstage. It's an unsentimental take on addiction and recovery that offers no easy…

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'People, Places & Things' Is A Clear-Eyed Look At Addiction by Jeff Lunden

Irish playwright Duncan Macmillan's latest work follows an actress who goes into rehab after coming unhinged onstage. It's an unsentimental take on addiction and recovery that offers no easy…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

'Beautiful Things' Revealed In Stage Adaptation Of Cheryl Strayed's Advice Column by Jeff Lunden

Before she was a famous author, Strayed wrote an advice column under the pseudonym "Dear Sugar." Now, it's been adapted into an unlikely off-Broadway play starring Nia Vardalos.

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'Beautiful Things' Revealed In Stage Adaptation Of Cheryl Strayed's Advice Column by Jeff Lunden

Before she was a famous author, Strayed wrote an advice column under the pseudonym "Dear Sugar." Now, it's been adapted into an unlikely off-Broadway play starring Nia Vardalos.

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