All stories by Jeff Lunden on BroadwayStars

Sunday, October 25, 2020

'Russian Troll Farm:' Imagine 'The Office,' But With Election Interference by Jeff Lunden

A new play — directed and performed via Zoom — imagines workplace life at Russia's Internet Research Agency, a real life troll-farm indicted for its interference in the 2016 election.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Ballet Hispánico Celebrates 50 Years As Ambassadors Of Latinx Dance by Jeff Lunden

The dance company features work of Latinx choreographers, as well as a robust educational outreach program. It was just awarded a $4 million grant from the Ford Foundation.

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

What Will The Future Of Theater Look Like? 'Our Artists Are Going To Lead Us' by Jeff Lunden

It's hard to predict exactly how theater will come back after the pandemic, but here are a couple guesses: Fewer crowds, more collective imagination, and a focus on racial and environmental …

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

With Theaters Still Closed, 136-Year-Old 'Playbill' Does A Quick Online Pivot by Jeff Lunden

The magazine given out at theaters isn't just a program, it's a cherished souvenir. The publication has doubled down on its digital offerings, and to almost everyone's surprise, it's doing q…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

On Site Opera Offers Live Performances Over The Phone For Just 1 Person At A Time by Jeff Lunden

On Site Opera, a company that stages performances in unlikely places, has changed its format during the pandemic. Now it organizes live performances for an audience of just one — over the …

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Actors' Equity Approves 2 Live Theater Performances In Western Massachusetts by Jeff Lunden

Actors' Equity is allowing theaters in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts to put on performances this summer. The theaters plan two live shows with limited audiences and safety protocols…

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Monday, July 6, 2020

'Never Known A Kinder Person': Actor Nick Cordero Dies Of COVID-19 At 41 by Jeff Lunden

The Broadway actor was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Bullets Over Broadway. Cordero had been working on a production of Rock of Ages when he developed symptoms of pneumon…

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Broadway To Remain Closed For The Rest Of The Year by Jeff Lunden

The Broadway League, which represents theater producers and owners, has announced that none of Broadway's 41 theaters will reopen before the end of 2020.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Theaters Return To An Old Art Form — The Radio Drama — With A Twist by Jeff Lunden

Theaters closed due to the coronavirus pandemic are struggling to get work to the public. Some are doing plays for podcast, others are turning what would have been stage works into audio dra…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Shetler Studios In New York City Closes Due To Economic Downturn by Jeff Lunden

For 30 years, Shetler Studios provided affordable space in New York's theater district for rehearsals, readings, classes and auditions. The owners can't afford to continue because of the pan…

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Now Playing On Broadway: Uncertainty, Unemployment And Displays Of Unity by Jeff Lunden

Broadway has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. Theaters are shuttered indefinitely, millions of dollars have been lost, and some members of the community have been infected by the coro…

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Show Must Go Online: Theaters Closed By COVID-19 Get Creative by Jeff Lunden

As venues across the country have shut down in response to the coronavirus, some theaters have made archival videos of the closed productions available online, for the cost of a ticket.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Honored Playwright Terrence McNally Dies Of Coronavirus At Age 81 by Jeff Lunden

McNally had suffered from lung cancer and pulmonary problems. He won his first Tony Award for Kiss of the Spider Woman. He also won Tonys for Love! Valor! Compassion!, Master Class and Ragti…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

'Riverdance' Turns 25, But Has Put The Celebration On Hold — For Now by Jeff Lunden

The Irish dance spectacle has been performed for audiences all over the world. The current production was polished for the anniversary, but has been postponed because of the coronavirus pand…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Broadway Shutters Its Stages Amid Coronavirus Threat by Jeff Lunden

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a statewide ban of gatherings of more than 500 people. That includes Broadway's 41 theaters.

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Pro Bowl To Broadway, This NFL Star Says The Stage Is Another 'Team Sport' by Jeff Lunden

Nnamdi Asomugha, a four-time All-Pro NFL cornerback, is making his Broadway debut in A Soldier's Play. It's been "a pretty surreal journey," he says.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

An 'Ode' To Victims Of Gun Violence — From Alvin Ailey Dancers by Jeff Lunden

The dance company dedicated to African American culture premieres a new work tonight. Jamar Roberts, its first resident choreographer, says he was inspired by the deaths of Trayvon Martin an…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Ghosts Haunt 'The Inheritance,' From E.M. Forster, To The Generation Lost To AIDS by Jeff Lunden

The next big thing on Broadway might live up to the hype. The Inheritance takes E.M. Forster's Howards End into modern day Manhattan — the seven-hour play has been compared to Angels In Am…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

These Circus Cats Will Jump Through Hoops — Thanks To Training (And Treats) by Jeff Lunden

In addition to the usual assortment of death-defying acts, The Savitsky Cats — a Ukrainian mother-and-daughter team and their nine trained fluffballs — are now performing for New York cr…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

At 94, Director Peter Brook Is Still Asking The Deep Questions by Jeff Lunden

The iconic British director has a new work on stage in New York; Why? asks exactly that question about the purpose of theater in society. Brook says he'll carry on as long as he can find the…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

A 'Fiddler On The Roof' Match Made by Jeff Lunden

Sometimes life imitates art. In a production of Fiddler on the Roof, which contains a meddling matchmaker trying to get couples together, the two real-life leads have fallen in love.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

'No Room For The Modest Hit Anymore': Broadway Prepares For Summer Closings by Jeff Lunden

Broadway attendance is up — yet the $35 million production of King Kong is among the five shows cutting bait in the next two weekends, as musical theater undergoes a market correction.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Hal Prince, Transformational Broadway Producer And Director, Has Died by Jeff Lunden

The winner of an unprecedented 21 Tony Awards, Prince left a major impact on American musical theater. Among his shows: Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof and The Phantom of the Opera. He was 91.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

'Moulin Rouge!' The Musical Opens Tonight On Broadway by Jeff Lunden

The new Broadway show Moulin Rouge! has more than 70 songs. It is a big, bombastic, jukebox musical about a time and place before jukeboxes.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

New Opera 'Blue' Takes On The Tragedy Of Police Brutality by Jeff Lunden

The new opera by Tazewell Thompson and Jeanine Tesori tells the story of a couple in Harlem who are forced to confront their teenage son's sudden death by police violence.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

'The Secret Life Of Bees' Takes On A Second Life As Musical Theater by Jeff Lunden

Sue Monk Kidd's bestselling novel tells the story of a white girl taken in by a family of black beekeepers. The premise posed a welcome challenge for black Pulitzer-winning playwright Lynn N…

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

'Stonewall' Opera Marks Uprising's 50th Anniversary by Jeff Lunden

New York City Opera has commissioned Stonewall, a new opera premiering one week before the 50th anniversary of the riots that sparked the modern gay-rights movement.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

'Hadestown' Wins 8 Tony Awards Including Best Musical by Jeff Lunden

James Corden hosted the Tony Awards Sunday night in New York. Hadestown won 8 Tony Awards — including best musical. It's written, produced and directed by women.

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Into The Spotlight: Recognizing Broadway Musicians This Tony Awards Season by Jeff Lunden

Musicals get Tony Awards. Scores get Tony Awards. Orchestrators get Tony Awards. But this year, a number of Broadway musicians are stepping out of the pit and onto the stage.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Into The Spotlight: Recognizing Broadway Musicians This Tony Awards Season by Jeff Lunden

Musicals get Tony Awards. Scores get Tony Awards. Orchestrators get Tony Awards. But this year, a number of Broadway musicians are stepping out of the pit and onto the stage.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tony Awards Nominations 2019: 'Hadestown' And 'Ain't Too Proud' Lead The Count by Jeff Lunden

Tootsie, Beetlejuice and The Prom round up the Tony category for best musical, while The Ferryman, Gary, Ink, Choir Boy and What the Constitution Means to Me are all up for best play.

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