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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Former Dance Instructor Accused of Sexual Assault in Lawsuit by Julia Jacobs

Mitchell Taylor Button was accused of abuse, and his wife, Dusty Button, a dancer with a large Instagram following, was accused of participating in some of it but not named as a defendant.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Little Island Unveils Free Monthlong Festival With Over 450 Artists by Julia Jacobs

The festival, which runs from Aug. 11 to Sept. 5, features a flurry of music, dance, and comedy performances from both established and emerging artists.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago Names New Artistic Directors by Julia Jacobs

Glenn Davis and Audrey Francis, both ensemble members, will be the first pair to lead the company in its history.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Special Tony Awards Go to 'American Utopia,' 'Freestyle Love Supreme' by Julia Jacobs

The Broadway Advocacy Coalition, “David Byrne’s American Utopia” and “Freestyle Love Supreme” win Special Tonys.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

‘I Needed It’: A Well-Timed Outdoor Theater Opens on Little Island by Julia Jacobs

The island’s first performances, by Broadway Inspirational Voices choir, were post-pandemic catharsis for both the singers and the audience.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Lin-Manuel Miranda responde a las críticas sobre el elenco de ‘In the Heights’ by Julia Jacobs

La película generó malestar por presentar actores latinos de piel clara en los papeles principales, a pesar de la prevalencia de latinos de piel oscura en el barrio donde se rodó.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Addresses ‘In the Heights’ Casting Criticism by Julia Jacobs

Since the film’s release last week, there have been complaints about the lack of dark-skinned Afro-Latino actors in prominent roles.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Katori Hall Wins Drama Pulitzer for ‘The Hot Wing King’ by Julia Jacobs

The play, which had its run cut short because of the pandemic, centers on a kitchen in Memphis, where a man is trying to concoct award-winning chicken wings.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

National Black Theater Plans Next Act in a New Harlem High-Rise by Julia Jacobs

The pathbreaking company plans to replace its Harlem home with a 21-story building with apartments, retail and a new theater.

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Monday, May 31, 2021

Lines Never Felt So Good: Crowds Herald New York’s Reopening by Julia Jacobs

Museums broke attendance records, movie theaters sold out and jazz fans packed clubs on a rainy Memorial Day weekend that felt far removed from the prior year’s pandemic traumas.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Cultural Institutions Still Waiting for $16 Billion in Federal Aid by Julia Jacobs and Stacy Cowley

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program has been marred by delays, but officials say some applicants could learn next week if they have been approved for aid.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Billy Porter Reveals He Has Been H.I.V. Positive for 14 Years by Julia Jacobs

The actor told The Hollywood Reporter that he had feared disclosing it would give “another way for people to discriminate against me in an already discriminatory profession.”

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Next Up at the Home of ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’? A Circus, of Course. by Julia Jacobs

The San Francisco theater where the musical revue ran for decades will get a new show in the fall by the 7 Fingers, a Montreal circus collective.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Renée Fleming Was Back Onstage. Here’s What Happened First. by Julia Jacobs

To pull together a 85-minute indoor concert at the Shed with the opera star and three musicians, everything had to go according to plan.

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Performing Arts Make a Cautious Return in New York by Matt Stevens and Julia Jacobs

More than a year after the pandemic abruptly shuttered theaters and concert halls across the city, limited audiences were welcomed back inside.

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Friday, April 2, 2021

A Stand-Up Set at the Swipe of a MetroCard by Julia Jacobs

For about three months, an Upper West Side comedy club has been organizing Saturday-night shows on the 1 train.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Live Performing Arts Are Returning to N.Y.C., but Not All at Once by Julia Jacobs

Starting on Friday, theaters, comedy clubs and other arts venues can open at 33-percent capacity. The formula doesn’t work for everyone.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Coming to Broadway: Vaccinations for New York’s Theater Workers by Julia Jacobs and Michael Paulson

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city would create a vaccination site for theater workers to try to help Broadway shows reopen by the fall.

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Friday, March 12, 2021

‘We’ll Be Back,’ Broadway Says, on Shutdown Anniversary by Julia Jacobs

A pop-up performance in Times Square on Friday, featuring stars like André De Shields, was full of excitement as reopenings may be on the horizon.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Night New York's Theaters, Museums and Concert Halls Shut Down by Michael Paulson, Julia Jacobs and Jason Farago

Chocolate fountains, Debbie Harry and an artist’s swan song cut short. We gathered scenes from the New York City cultural landscape in the last moments before lockdown.

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Fauci Suggests Theaters Could Reopen ‘Some Time in the Fall’ by Julia Jacobs

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci told performing arts professionals that if the vaccination program was a success, performances could resume with relatively few restrictions.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Ann Reinking Dies at 71; Dancer, Actor, Choreographer and Fosse Muse by Julia Jacobs

From the ensembles of “Cabaret” and “Pippin,” she stepped into the role of Roxie Hart in “Chicago,” and the rest is Tony-winning history.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Ann Reinking, Dancer, Actor, Choreographer and Fosse Muse, Dies at 71 by Julia Jacobs

From the ensembles of “Cabaret” and “Pippin,” Ms. Reinking stepped into the role of Roxie Hart in “Chicago,” and the rest is Tony-winning history.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

A Thanksgiving Parade, Unfazed by Snow or Wind, Takes on a Pandemic by Julia Jacobs

Macy’s had to rip up its usual script and plan a new parade with the coronavirus in mind. There will be Rockettes, but don’t expect a kickline.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Revives Broadway for a Day by Julia Jacobs

Among the things to be thankful for: Turkey is on the menu, your Uncle Charlie is not coming and, after a long absence, Broadway casts will be back onstage.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Voters in Jersey City Embrace a New Tax to Finance the Arts by Julia Jacobs

Officials had worried that a new arts tax may be too much to ask in a place still reeling financially from the pandemic, but 64 percent of New Jersey voters approved of the idea.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Head of Huntington Theater Company Resigns Amid Internal Strife by Julia Jacobs

Peter DuBois, who was artistic director at the Boston company for 12 years, said he hoped that his resignation would make room for more diversity.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

MacArthur Foundation Announces 21 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners by Julia Jacobs

The writer N. K. Jemisin and the playwright Larissa FastHorse are among the fellows recognized for their “exceptional creativity” with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000.

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MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Winners for 2020: The Full List by Julia Jacobs

The MacArthur fellowships are awarded for “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits.” Below are this year’s fellows.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Theater Operator Sues Insurers That Denied It Coronavirus Payments by Julia Jacobs

Jujamcyn Theaters, the operator of five Broadway houses, asserts that it was wrongfully denied insurance coverage after the pandemic forced it to shut down.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

New York Theaters Open Up Lobbies for Racial Justice Protesters by Julia Jacobs

The Public Theater and Atlantic Theater Company are among those welcoming demonstrators into their buildings.

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