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Monday, May 22, 2017

‘Oslo’ Continues Awards Spree; ‘Indecent’s Paula Vogel, Too: The Obies by Jeremy Gerard

The Obie Awards, founded in 1955 by the Village Voice to the nascent off-Broadway theater movement, recognized the original production of Oslo currently a contender for the best play Tony af…

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Who’s Afraid Of Edward Albee? Dramatists Guild Backs ‘Virginia Woolf’ Playwright In Casting Dispute by Jeremy Gerard

A proposed revival of Edward Albee’s landmark 1962 drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? has renewed a long-simmering debate about freedom of expression and the frequently fuzzy…

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: In Hamish Linklater’s ‘The Whirligig’, Zosia Mamet Plays Another Bad-News Girlfriend by Jeremy Gerard

Zosia Mamet, the lethally annoying Shoshanna late of Girls, has braved some challenging stage roles, none more so than Trish in the world premiere of Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig, …

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An Indifferent Broadway Says Au Revoir To Love-Struck `Amélie’ by Jeremy Gerard

This afternoon’s performance will be the last chance Broadway audiences have to see Amélie, a sweetheart of a musical that left most critics, and most tickets, unmoved following its o…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Glenda Jackson Will Return To Broadway In ‘Three Tall Women’ by Jeremy Gerard

Glenda Jackson, absent from the Broadway stage since 1988, will lead a revival next spring of the late Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Three Tall Women. Producer Scott Rudin…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tony Watch: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’s Michael Greif On ‘Sensational’ Ben Platt And The Inner Lives Of Children by Jeremy Gerard

Four-time Tony nominee Michael Greif is the rare Broadway director whose art and life are inextricably knotted. Start in 1996 with the seismic event that was Rent, Jonathan Larson’s c…

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Trump Tweets Displeasure Over Special Counsel Appointment by Jeremy Gerard

President Trump this morning took time out from preparations for his first foreign tour and a scheduled luncheon with network news anchors to alert the country via Twitter about the appointm…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Relativity Bankruptcy: Court Staves Off Chapter 7 For Now After Lawyer Claims Prospect Of Investors by Jeremy Gerard

In a hearing this morning in New York bankruptcy court, arguments were heard whether to proceed with moving from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 (liquidation). The result: A new hearing was set for …

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‘King Kong’ Swings Into Shubert’s Broadway Theatre In Fall 2018 by Jeremy Gerard

King Kong will take the New York stage next year, hitting the Shubert Organizations’s Broadway Theatre in the fall of 2018. Producers Global Creatures and Roy Furman announced the boo…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review: ‘Sojourners’ And ‘Her Portmanteau’ Add A Rich New Voice; Derren Brown’s A Mental Case by Jeremy Gerard

The New York Theatre Workshop, led by James Nicola, ranks very high among those irreplaceable off-Broadway institutions that, to use Donald Trump’s famed expression, prime the pump del…

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ESPN Nets Serena Williams And Savages Blizzard Of Viewer Stats: Upfronts by Jeremy Gerard

On Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre stage, where The Lion King roars eight times a week, Disney arm ESPN launched its upfront presentation to advertisers with a mix of gallows humor and st…

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Review: ‘Venus’, Pulitzer Winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ Drama Revived by Jeremy Gerard

Her name was Saartjie (Sarah) Baartman, but in the years of her fame she was called the “Venus Hottentot,” much like Joseph Merrick who, some decades later, would become famous a…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Broadway Box Office Bumps 3% As New Musicals Offset Sales With Tony Ads by Jeremy Gerard

Showing just a 3 percent rise across the board, the Broadway box office could be seen as sluggish in the wake of the Tony nominations announced two weeks back. But the vaunted “Tony bu…

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Review: Alec Baldwin Segues Smoothly From Trump To Tillerson; ‘Golden Apple’ Revived by Jeremy Gerard

Shape-shifting seamlessly from his Saturday Night Live alter-ego as pouty President Trump to Boy Scouts-loving Secretary of State designee Rex Tillerson, Alec Baldwin led an all-star cast Th…

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Fox Sets Deal To Live-Broadcast Pulitzer Prize Winner ‘Rent’ by Jeremy Gerard

Hardly stopping to catch its breath after announcing the live telecast in December of A Christmas Story, Fox announced today that it’s made a deal to present Rent, the 1996 groundbreak…

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‘A Christmas Story’: Fox To Air Marc Platt-Produced Live Show From ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Team by Jeremy Gerard

Heating up further the NBC/Fox rivalry for telecasting live Broadway musicals, Fox and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television announced today that they will present A Christmas Story, the Tony…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

New Broadway Program Will Direct Tickets To Students & Artists by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: The latest venture in re-selling pricey Broadway ducats promises – here’s a shocker – to lower prices, not raise them. As long as you fit a certain pr…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

‘Rebecca’ Press Agent Found Guilty Of Interfering With Musical To The Tune Of $90K by Jeremy Gerard

After struggling for two days with complex definitions of “defamation,” “tortious interference” and conflicting testimony about a Broadway investor who turned out not…

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Elizabeth McGovern Will Star In Broadway Revival of ‘Time And The Conways’ by Jeremy Gerard

Downton Abbey and Ragtime star Elizabeth McGovern will return to Broadway this fall, 27 years after playing Ophelia to Stephen Lang’s Hamlet. She’ll star in Time and the Conways,…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Alec Baldwin & Whoopi Goldberg Chat Up Plans For Global Leonard Bernstein Centenary Extravaganza by Jeremy Gerard

Alec Baldwin and Whoopi Goldberg lent more than star power to Tuesday’s announcement of plans for a 2-year celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. Events beginning thi…

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‘Glass Menagerie’ Revival With Sally Field Sets Broadway Closing by Jeremy Gerard

Director Sam Gold’s tradition-busting Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie will close May 21, producers Scott Rudin and Lincoln Center Theater said Tuesday…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Broadway Grosses, Like Broadway Shows, Are All Over The Map; ‘Anastasia’ Up $180K by Jeremy Gerard

Rodgers and Hammerstein knew that audiences liked being taken to exotic places (the South Pacific, Thailand, Austria, Oklahoma!) and these days Broadway is looking like a map of the world,…

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‘Oslo’ & ‘The Band’s Visit’ Top New York Drama Critics Circle Winners by Jeremy Gerard

Oslo and The Band’s Visit, which won the big awards at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Awards last night, pulled off the same feat this evening as the New York Drama Critics Circl…

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

‘Oslo’, ‘The Band’s Visit’ Top Off-Broadway’s Lortel Awards by Jeremy Gerard

The Middle East dominated Sunday night’s Lucille Lortel Awards, as Lincoln Center Theater’s original off-Broadway production of Oslo, and the Atlantic Theater Company’s pro…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Off-Broadway Review: Sondheim’s ‘Pacific Overtures’ – Honey, I Shrunk The Masterpiece by Jeremy Gerard

I’m sure I’m not alone in remembering my junior high school history class about Admiral Perry and the “opening” of Japan. We know that Perry and his ships arrived wi…

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Gerard & Roth On ‘Hello, Dolly!’ & The NY Times: Tony Nominations Edition by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline theater critic Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres president Jordan Roth discuss the hottest topics on the Rialto, the only precondition being: no holds barred. GER…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Yale Drama Series $10K Prize Goes To Jacqueline Goldfinger by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: The 2017 Yale Drama Series Prize has been awarded to Jacqueline Goldfinger for her play Bottle Fly. The work was chosen by London-based playwright Nicholas Wright (A Human Bein…

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‘Amélie’, First Casualty Of Tony Tune-Out, Sets May 21 Closing by Jeremy Gerard

Whimsy took a shellacking with this week’s Tony nominations announcement. Two new musicals based on iconic film comedies – Amélie and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – …

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‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Sets April 22, 2018 Broadway Opening by Jeremy Gerard

The Broadway stand of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open next April 22 at the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Lyric Theatre, producers Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Pot…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tony Nominee Mary Beth Peil – From ‘The Good Wife’s Mother-In-Law To Broadway’s Dowager Empress by Jeremy Gerard

Mary Beth Peil has only one number all to herself in Anastasia, but it’s a killer, and almost certainly what earned her a second Tony Award nomination 32 years after the first one. Al…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tony Nominees React: “Cookies For Breakfast And A Lot Of Screaming” by Jeremy Gerard

Blame Canada: Come From Away, a long-aborning musical about the Newfoundland town that hosted some 7,000 travelers diverted there when U.S. airspace was closed in the aftermath of the 9/11 t…

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