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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Broadway B.O. Leaps Even As ‘Lion King’ & ‘Wicked’ Feel Winter Chill by Jeremy Gerard

With the three-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend as a spur, the Broadway box office defied the January trend, pole-vaulting 27% over the same week in 2017 and even surpassing the previo…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

New York Film & TV Workers Protest During MLK Day With Rev. Al Sharpton & Top Empire State Pols by Jeremy Gerard

Lanere Holmes Rollins, a Parking Production Assistant who has cleared New York’s streets for film and TV crews for more than two decades, waited more than three hours to claim Martin …

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Broadway Review: John Lithgow’s Evocative ‘Stories By Heart’ by Jeremy Gerard

How well we know John Lithgow’s satisfying face, his agreeable body: The eyes narrowed quizzically above a smile slimmed by secrets (or is it menace?); the frame softly hulking, lackin…

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

‘Hamilton’s Rory O’Malley Signs With The Rosenzweig Group by Jeremy Gerard

Rory O’Malley, a Tony nominee for The Book of Mormon who’s now playing the crowd-pleasing comic role of King George III in the national tour of Hamilton, has signed with The Rose…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

‘Fire And Fury’ Publisher Calls White House Demands “Flagrantly Unconstitutional” by Jeremy Gerard

Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff’s publisher today called any attempt to interfere with publication of the incendiary tell-all “flagrantly unconstitutional.” Backed by hi…

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Broadway B.O.: Chicken Soup To Everyone For Post-New Year’s Lull; ‘Phantom’ $1.2M by Jeremy Gerard

Predictable as white sales and BOGO promos, Broadway made a hard landing after the Christmas-to-New Year’s high-flying, record-breaking stand. The Boss dodged the winter drafts and too…

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

“This Year, We Became The Story”: Oprah Winfrey Rouses Golden Globes With Pro-Women, Pro-Journalism Speech by Jeremy Gerard

Reese Witherspoon brought the Golden Globes audience to its feet with her introduction of Cecil B. DeMille Award winner Oprah Winfrey. Maybe the crowd was looking for some release during a f…

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Golden Globe Winner Sterling K. Brown Says ‘This Is Us’ “Makes It Harder To Dismiss Me” by Jeremy Gerard

UPDATED with video: “Oprah!” Brown said, not the first to acknowledge her presence in the front row as he accepted his Globe. Brown made history as the first African American to…

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Friday, January 5, 2018

An American ‘Reckoning’ With Sexual Assault Crosses Over Into Canada by Jeremy Gerard

When Toronto’s celebrated theater company, Soulpepper, was preparing to spend a monthlong summer residency in New York, I warned artistic director Albert Schultz that he was playing ag…

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Tiffany Haddish Hijacks New York Film Critics Dinner, Hallelujah by Jeremy Gerard

The surprises at the annual New York Film Critics Circle dinner bash aren’t in the awards; they were announced last month. The appeal of this gathering – which in its raffishness…

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Sellers’ Market Boosts Broadway B.O. To $50M All-Time Peak Week High by Jeremy Gerard

Broadway offered something for everyone last week, as long as everyone was loaded with dough. Face-value ducats topped out at $1,150 for blockbuster Hamilton, but that was Monopoly money con…

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Dramatists Guild’s Horton Foote $25K Award Goes To James Anthony Tyler by Jeremy Gerard

Author James Anthony Tyler has won the third annual Dramatists Guild of America’s Horton Foote Playwriting Award, which carries $25K purse underwritten by the Richenthal Foundation. Th…

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

New York Times To Washington Post: Post *This*! by Jeremy Gerard

In case there was any doubt about how the New York Times feels about Steven Spielberg’s The Post – not to mention the Washington Post – here’s a look at today’…

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Santa Delivers $35.8M Week To Broadway Box Office by Jeremy Gerard

Even with Christmas falling on a Sunday and many Broadway shows going to a seven-performance week, non one’s complaining of coal in Times Square, as ticket sales added up to $35.8 mill…

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Philip Seymour Hoffman $45K Tribute Award Will Go To Playwright Gracie Gardner by Jeremy Gerard

Pussy Sludge, Gracie Gardner’s play about a young woman who also is an oil well, has earned the writer $45,000 and extensive development opportunities, courtesy of the American Playwri…

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Harvey Weinstein’s $600K Broadway Deal “Hurt AmFAR More Than Anyone Could Have Possibly Imagined”: Report by Jeremy Gerard

For years, Harvey Weinstein was seen as one of the country’s most prominent donors and fund-raisers for causes ranging from the Democratic Party to AmFAR, the American Foundation for …

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Want To $ee ‘Hamilton’ On Broadway This Week? Got $2,300K? by Jeremy Gerard

If you’re looking for a Champagne date you and your Revolutionary honey can share in the coming week, how about $2,300 for a pair to Hamilton? The concert-slash-show, at the Richard  …

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Top L.A.Times Shareholder Michael Ferro Pays Himself $15M After Slashing Staff Before Christmas by Jeremy Gerard

Chicago tech billionaire Michael Ferro, the largest shareholder of Tronc (owners of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and, most recently, the New York Daily News) has entered into an …

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Friday, December 22, 2017

‘Hamilton’ Opens In London To Rave Reviews And Wild Buzz by Jeremy Gerard

In a repeat of its Broadway opening two years ago, Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton opened Thursday night at London’s newly restored Victoria Palace Theatre, sending critics into pa…

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Ari’el Stachel, Rising With ‘The Band’s Visit’, Signs With Authentic Management by Jeremy Gerard

Ari’el Stachel, whose plaintive rendering of  “Haled’s Song About Love” is one of the only great numbers in The Band’s Visit that’s not sung by Katrina L…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New York Times Will Reinstate Reporter Suspended After Allegations Of Impropriety by Jeremy Gerard

New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush, who was suspended last month in the wake of allegations that he had behaved inappropriately with female colleagues, will be allowed to return in late Ja…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Des McAnuff Will Lead Donna Summer Bio-Musical To Broadway In April by Jeremy Gerard

SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will open on Broadway at the Nederlander Organization’s Lunt Fontanne Theatre on April 23, following previews slated to begin March 28. A developmental…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Broadway Box Office Dips; ‘Band’s Visit’, ‘SpongeBob’ Join The SRO Club by Jeremy Gerard

The Broadway box office took a slight dip last week, off by $900K or about 2.5 per cent from the week before, but there probably won’t be much complaining as Christmas and the New Year…

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The Best Of Broadway (And Off-) 2017: Mad Kings, Greed-Is-Goodniks & Kevin Spacey Goes To (Center) Court by Jeremy Gerard

Remember that time Donald Trump was the blood-spurting bulls-eye of thrusting daggers and wounding imprecations in Central Park? It was only a few months ago, and, well it was in all the pap…

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

TV Review: Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Brings Oscar & Tony Winners Benj Pasek And Justin Paul To TV Audience by Jeremy Gerard

Nothing says “Christmas Spirit” these days like the sight of a beaming, bespectacled tow-headed 9-year-old pointing his new rifle into the cold dark of night and pulling the trig…

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Broadway Review: Mark Rylance Calls The Tune In ‘Farinelli And The King’ by Jeremy Gerard

Before Bridge of Spies, The BFG and Wolf Hall made him familiar to millions, Oscar winner Mark Rylance was known to theatergoers as an actor who wore the heavy mantle of The Best with consid…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Blair Brown On Uma Thurman, Queen Lear – And The Mystery Of ‘Molly Dodd’ by Jeremy Gerard

Blair Brown plays a D.C. doyenne of the right and designated head of the Fed in Beau Willimon’s Broadway play The Parisian Woman. This makes her the foil for Uma Thurman’s ambiti…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

New York Times Publisher Sulzberger Turns Over Reins To His Son by Jeremy Gerard

Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, the 37-year-old son of New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., will take over his father’s position on January 1, the paper announced this morning…

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‘Star Wars’ Adam Driver Will Lead Broadway Revival Of ‘Burn This’ by Jeremy Gerard

Adam Driver, back on the big screen this weekend with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will lead a Broadway revival next season of the late Lanford Wilson’s ferocious drama Burn This, produce…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz Sets Stage Debut In Geffen Revival Of Neil LaBute’s ‘Fat Pig’ by Jeremy Gerard

Chrissy Metz, a key ensemble player in NBC’s popular series This Is Us, will make her stage debut this spring in a Geffen Playhouse revival of Neil LaBute’s disturbing 2004 drama…

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Universal Will Develop ‘Death Becomes Her’ Musical For Kristin Chenoweth by Jeremy Gerard

Universal’s legit arm, Universal Theatrical Group, is partnering with Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, Glee) to develop a Broadway musical based on Death Becomes Her, the 1992 Robert Zemecki…

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