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Friday, May 11, 2018

Opinion: What if Broadway revivals dared to be more provocative? by Jeremy Gerard

Clubby and tradition-bound as Skull and Bones, Broadway has made worthy strides toward sunlight in recent years as conventions of sex and race finally began to crumble. But you’d hardly kn…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Jan Maxwell Has Died; Five-Time Tony Nominee Praised ‘Law & Order’ In New York Times by Jeremy Gerard

Jan Maxwell, a supremely gifted comic actress whose five Tony Award nominations included two in the same season, died today of cancer, her son, William Maxwell-Lunny. She was 61. Maxwell was…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Broadway’s Youngest Turk Takes A Page From Trump’s Twittery Playbook by Jeremy Gerard

Stephen Colbert is doing it. Why not Jordan Roth? Just as Colbert and Chris Licht unleashed Our Cartoon President on Showtime, Broadway theater owner and producer (and regular Deadline pundi…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

‘Hedwig’ Producer David Binder Named BAM Artistic Director by Jeremy Gerard

David Binder, a theater producer best known for a critically acclaimed and commercially successful Broadway production of the punk rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, will become the fir…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Review: Eve Ensler’s Dazzling ‘In The Body Of The World’ by Jeremy Gerard

With a commission from the American Repertory Theater and its artistic director Diane Paulus, Eve Ensler adapted her harrowing, revelatory 2013 memoir In the Body of the Word into an equally…

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‘The Blacklist’s Harry Lennix Set To Direct ‘A Small Oak Tree’ Off-Broadway by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: Harry Lennix, AKA Agent Harold Cooper on NBC's The Blacklist, has staged A Small Oak Tree Runs Red at off-Broadway’s Billie Holiday Theater, in previews, opening tomorrow an…

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RWS’ Broadway Casting Specialist Binder Adds Film, Commercial Agents by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: Binder Casting, a subsidiary of RWS Entertainment Group (RWS), today announced the appointment of three new hires set to lead its new commercial and film casting divisions. Anthon…

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Ronan Farrow Tells Gayle King “I Would Be Extraordinarily Fair” To Harvey Weinstein by Jeremy Gerard

Ronan Farrow told Gayle King this morning that if Harvey Weinstein agreed to it, “I would do a very fair interview – I would be extraordinarily fair.” We probably shouldn&#…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Broadway Gets A House For Real, Live American Playwrights by Jeremy Gerard

After 10 months of renovations and upgrading, the house lights came up Monday morning inside the Helen Hayes Theatre, at 589 seats Broadway’s smallest and newest landmark venue. The st…

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Broadway Box Office Takes Another Tumble; ‘Hamilton’ Dips Below $3M by Jeremy Gerard

Broadway had that flu last week that’s been raging like California wildfires. How else account for a 10% free-fall in ticket sales from the previous week? Even Hamilton dipped (not eno…

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Barry Diller, Holland Taylor & Bruce Willis Salute Liz Smith by Jeremy Gerard

Liz Smith would have been pleased to share the stage today with the Phantom, and it’s safe to say there were at least two ghosts at the packed Majestic Theatre, where a crowd comprisin…

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Review: Terrence McNally’s ‘Fire And Air’ Is A Master Class In Dance & Erotic Hunger by Jeremy Gerard

He was nicknamed “Chinchilla” for the slash of white in his otherwise jet black mane and he was an impresario as enamored of his artists as he was of the art. Sergei Diaghilev dr…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Louis Zorich Dies: Stage Veteran And ‘Mad About You’ Dad Was 93 by Jeremy Gerard

Louis Zorich, whose stage career reached back more than half a century and included a 1969 Tony nomination for Hadrian VII, died Tuesday in New York. The veteran Chicago actor, best known to…

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Ronan Farrow’s Weinstein-Related Stories Are Finalists For National Magazine Award by Jeremy Gerard

Ronan Farrow’s investigative stories about Harvey Weinstein for The New Yorker magazine’s print and online editions were jointly rewarded today with a nomination for the National…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Stephen Colbert Goes Live For “The Real State Of The Union” Report by Jeremy Gerard

Revved up Late Night host Stephen Colbert wasted no time tonight calling cow dung on President Donald J. Trump’s first State of the Union address. First came an adulterated version of…

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Review: ‘Veep’s Anna Chlumsky & ‘Happy Ending’s Adam Pally Hook Up, Turn Red In ‘Cardinal’ by Jeremy Gerard

Cardinal, Greg Pierce’s anodyne take on urban decay and gentrification, offers a breezy but no less pointed version of the tragedy and melodrama in plays like Bruce Norris’ Clybo…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Go-Gos Get-Get Hudson Theatre For ‘Head Over Heels’ Musical by Jeremy Gerard

A party of sorts at downtown New York’s Bowery Ballroom was the occasion tonight for the announcement that Head Over Heels, a Broadway-bound musical comedy featuring songs by ’80…

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Broadway B.O.: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Glides As ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Slides On Winter’s Icy Road by Jeremy Gerard

Broadway’s winter lull focuses all eyes on the slim pickings as long-runs host 2-for-1 sales, houses sit empty in anticipation of the spring semester and shows hustle to sustain moment…

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Grammy Awards Review: A Glittering Night Of Protests And Pop by Jeremy Gerard

The Grammys returned to New York to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the music industry awards after 15 years on the other coast. The crowd that jammed Madison Square Garden, along with the…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Paula Vogel’s Presidents’ Day Challenge To Writers: Set Cuckoo ‘Ubu’ In The White House by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned To Drive, Indecent) has thrown down the gantlet, or at least the rolling pin, to writers across the U.S.: Come up with…

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review: Thrilling Talent In ‘The Homecoming Queen’ & Michael Weller’s Coney Island Carousel Spin In ‘Jericho’ by Jeremy Gerard

It’s all well and good to have great seats for Bruce Springsteen and assured seats for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Denzel Washington’s Hickey. It’s a privilege, t…

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Goodspeed Opera Cancels Woody Allen’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ by Jeremy Gerard

The Goodspeed Opera House, the storied Connecticut nonprofit that launched Annie and has been a prominent showcase for musical theater talent for more than four decades, announced this after…

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David Morse, Bill Irwin And Michael Potts Sign On With Denzel Washington’s Broadway ‘Iceman’ by Jeremy Gerard

Casting is complete for director George C. Wolfe‘s Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh, starring current Oscar nominee Denzel Washington as Eugene O’Neill’s pipe-dream bu…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Musical ‘Tootsie’ Toot-Toots To Broadway After Chi Tryout Next Fall by Jeremy Gerard

Not one to rest on his laurels, Broadway composer/lyricist David Yazbek will follow his acclaimed The Band’s Visit – which is selling out on Broadway and is certain to earn sever…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Amy Sherman-Palladino Tells Women Stage Directors ‘Broadway Is Heaven’ – But Some Demur by Jeremy Gerard

Amy Sherman-Palladino couldn’t have been more tickled to host a panel titled “Women in Theatre: Resetting the Stage.” The creative force behind The Gilmore Girls and this s…

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Acclaimed Long Wharf Theatre A.D. Given Leave In Wake Of Harassment Allegations by Jeremy Gerard

Gordon Edelstein, artistic director of Connecticut’s Tony Award-winning Long Wharf Theatre and a frequent director on New York stages, was put on administrative leave today. The reside…

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Broadway B.O.: Sara Bareilles & Jason Mraz Serve Sky High Pie With ‘Waitress’ by Jeremy Gerard

Waitress turns two in April but the musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly’s indie film is playing like the hot new kid on the block. Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, who made her Broa…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

NYC Pilots Two Winning Women-Themed Sitcoms To A Popular Vote by Jeremy Gerard

One is the not-in-Kansas-anymore tale of a young woman who begins work as an aide in a Bronx public home for the aged. The other is about a wife slash mother slash aspiring screenwriter slas…

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‘Tallulah’s Tammy Blanchard Joins Denzel Washington In ‘Iceman’ On Broadway; Bernie Williams Goes Cabaret; Michael Weller’s ‘Carousel’ S by Jeremy Gerard

Tammy Blanchard (Tallulah, Into the Woods, Moneyball) has been cast in the upcoming Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, starring Denzel Washington and staged …

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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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