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Monday, August 14, 2017

Broadway Grosses Dip But ‘Phantom’ Flies To $1.1M And ‘Come From Away’ Lands At $1.3M by Jeremy Gerard

The Broadway box office did the August droop, slipping just over $1 million from the previous week. The opening of Michael Moore’s almost-solo show The Terms of My Surrender, at the Sh…

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Curse Broken, Canadian Troupe Soulpepper Finds Success In New York’s Competitive Summer Climate by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: New York isn’t always kind to theater strangers from away, especially in the summer, when local festivals produced by Lincoln Center and other venues tend to big-foot outsid…

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Hollywood’s Curve-Crazy Costumer Bob Mackie Returns To NYC For ‘When Pigs Fly’ Revival by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly, a campy, politically charged musical revue that was a two-year off-Broadway hit in the late 1990s, will be revived this fall with a Hollywoo…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

NPR News Anchor Ari Shapiro Looks ‘Homeward’ At Joe’s Pub by Jeremy Gerard

One of four co-hosts of NPR’s flagship daily newscast “All Things Considered,” Ari Shapiro has one of the most familiar voices on radio (remember radio?). A veteran, at 38,…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Michael Moore Holds Forth; ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ Soars With (Mostly) New Cast: Broadway Reviews by Jeremy Gerard

“Montreal!” the confident co-ed from Sarah Lawrence responded, when Michael Moore asked, “What is the capital of Canada?” This was a bit from the Oscar-winning docu-p…

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Downsized Global Hit ‘Jersey Boys’ Heads To Off-Broadway by Jeremy Gerard

Jersey Boys, an 11-year blockbuster on Broadway, 2014 Clint Eastwood-helmed film and global stage hit, is returning to New York this fall. The show, which ran for more than 4,600 performance…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Broadway’s ‘Bandstand’ Will Shutter After Disappointing Run by Jeremy Gerard

Bandstand, a late entry in the Broadway season that earned choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler his second consecutive Tony Award following last year’s for Hamilton, will close September …

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Boss On Broadway Confirmed As Springsteen Sets Dates by Jeremy Gerard

Bruce Springsteen will make his Broadway debut this fall with Springsteen on Broadway, a solo show at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Performances for Springsteen on Broadway begin October 3, with …

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Spectacular ‘Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812’ Crashes In Wake Of Casting Contretemps by Jeremy Gerard

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, a musical whose history is nearly as complicated as the Russian novel that inspired it, will close after the matinée performance on September …

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Barbara Cook Dies; Broadway’s Inimitable Marian The Librarian, Cunegonde Was 89 by Jeremy Gerard

Barbara Cook, whose performance as Marian, the lonely librarian who falls for the huckster musical instruments salesman “Professor” Harold Hill played by Robert Preston in Meredi…

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MacArthur Genius Basil Twist’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ Sets NYC Reprise by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: Two decades ago, Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique helped transform American perceptions of puppetry from kids’ stuff to high art, a movement he shared with fellow a…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Broadway Box Office – Hal Prince Is Back Where He Belongs; ‘Indecent’ Departs With $739K by Jeremy Gerard

It was a Hello, I must be going kind of week on Broadway. Prince of Broadway, the long a-borning tour through the C.V. of showman Harold Prince, settled into the Manhattan Theatre Club’…

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Sam Shepard Is Remembered As ‘An Epochal, Original’ Writer by Jeremy Gerard

In the black-and-white photo, Richard Gere is stiff-backed, his muscles tensed, booted feet flat on the slightly raised platform. He’s wearing jeans and a tee-shirt, the short sleeves …

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’20th Century Blues’ From Obie Winner Susan Miller Sets Dates; Amy Schumer Confirms For Steve Martin’s ‘Meteor Shower’ by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Blues, a new play from Obie Award and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize winner Susan Miller (My Left Breast), has set an opening night of November 26 at off-Broadway’…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Broadway’s Hudson Theatre Set For Beau Willimon’s ‘Parisian Woman’ With Uma Thurman by Jeremy Gerard

The producers of Beau Willimon's political dramedy The Parisian Woman, with Uma Thurman making her Broadway debut in the title role, have booked Ambassador Theatre Group’s Hudson Theat…

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The President Trump-Hosted Kennedy Center Honors Will Include Trump Dissenters Norman Lear And Gloria Estefan by Jeremy Gerard

December’s annual Kennedy Center Honors, the first since the election of Donald Trump, will include prominent cultural figures who have been outspoken critics of the President and part…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Broadway Cast Announced by Jeremy Gerard

Seven lead members of the original West End company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are set to reprise on Broadway when preview performances begin at the Lyric Theatre next March. The o…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

John Leguizamo, Katie Holmes Headline ‘One Film, One New York’ Campaign by Jeremy Gerard

Following up on the popularity of its One Book, One New York program, in which New Yorkers were invited to share in reading and discussing a single, New York-centric book, Mayor's Office of …

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Broadway Box Office Tips Up For Blockbusters As Star-Based Shows Slip by Jeremy Gerard

Broadway receipts were up slightly last week even as an old lesson held true: A hit that doesn’t hitch its wagon to a star is a better long-term bet than a star-driven vehicle. That wa…

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Sam Shepard Has Died; America’s Pulitzer Winning Cowboy Playwright, Actor & Screenwriter Was 73 by Jeremy Gerard

UPDATES with more information. Sam Shepard, whose snaggle-toothed smile, craggy good looks and outlaw style as actor and writer made him an American icon in the mold of Gary Cooper and Marlo…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

After Protests, Mandy Patinkin Drops Plan To Take Over Lead In Broadway’s ‘Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812’ by Jeremy Gerard

Mandy Patinkin took to Twitter and The New York Times Friday afternoon to say that he has pulled out of a planned three-week stint in the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet…

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Former DGRW Agent Josh Pultz Opens Amplified Entertainment by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran New York legit agent Josh Pultz has launched Amplified Entertainment, a boutique management firm. Pultz spent 18 years, first as an assistant, then as the senior agent at …

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times’ Powerful Book Critic, Calls It Quits by Jeremy Gerard

Michiko Kakutani, the chief New York Times book critic once placed by Esquire magazine at “the red hot center of the literary universe” and “the only one who serious people…

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Tina Fey’s Broadway-Bound ‘Mean Girls’ Sets Cast by Jeremy Gerard

Casting for the world premiere of the Broadway-bound new musical Mean Girls, with a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, was announced today by producers Lorne Michaels and Stuart T…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

‘Amélie’ Star Phillipa Soo Signs With UTA by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: Tony Award nominee Phillipa Soo, who played Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Schuyler, in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multiple award winning musical Hamilton, has signed with…

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Mandy Patinkin Is Moscow-Bound For Brief ‘Natasha, Pierre’ Gig by Jeremy Gerard

Mandy Patinkin, best known to television audiences as Saul Berenson on Homeland, will take a two-week side trip to Broadway via 19th-century Moscow beginning August 15. He’ll play the …

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Woody Allen Gets NY Film Fest Closing Slot With ‘Wonder Wheel’ by Jeremy Gerard

Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel looks to have been set to close out the 55th New York Film Festival, running September 28 through October 15. The film, starring Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, …

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Blair Brown Joins Beau Willimon’s ‘Parisian Woman’ On Broadway; Bedlam Revives ‘Peter Pan’ by Jeremy Gerard

Blair Brown, whose credits range from Orange Is The New Black to her Tony Award-winning performance in Copenhagen and the title role in the seminal TV series The Days and Nights of Molly Dod…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Broadway Box Office: Brendon Urie Kicks ‘Kinky Boots’ To $1.4M; Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Up $207K by Jeremy Gerard

A steady mid-summer on Broadway overall reflects a decent, tourist-driven mean but not the roller-coaster ride some shows are on, especially those that are star-driven. Kinky Boots, in its f…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Toronto’s Superb Soulpepper Troupe Beats ‘Hamilton’ At The Freebie Game by Jeremy Gerard

Forget about the shows, for a minute. Soulpepper, a highly, and rightly, decorated Toronto theater company in residence this month at the Signature Theatre on West 42nd Street, is offering t…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NYC Unveils ‘CreateNYC’ 10-Year Plan To Expand And Diversify Arts & Culture by Jeremy Gerard

New York City Mayor de Blasio and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl released Wednesday what they dubbed the city’s first-ever comprehensive culture plan. Enfolded in a glos…

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