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Thursday, October 7, 2021

City Ballet Promotes Dancers Amid Veteran Departures by Julia Jacobs

Unity Phelan and Indiana Woodward will become principal dancers, helping to fill a gap left by an unusually high number of retirements.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' Wins Tony for Best Musical by Julia Jacobs

The stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film scored 10 Tony Awards on Sunday, making it the night’s big winner.

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'The Inheritance' Wins Best Play at the Tony Awards by Julia Jacobs

Lopez’s drama, inspired by the novel “Howards End” by E.M. Forster, is a sprawling two-part play about gay culture in the wake of the AIDS epidemic.

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'A Soldier's Play' Wins for Best Revival of a Play by Julia Jacobs

Accepting the award, the director Kenny Leon said the names of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, two Black people killed by the police last year.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

'Hamilton' Reopens on Broadway to Giddy Crowds by Julia Jacobs

Lin-Manuel Miranda takes the stage and Al Roker revs up the crowd on a night of Broadway reopenings.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Makes an Appearance at 'Hamilton' by Julia Jacobs

Setting the mood for the evening, the show’s creator joined fans on the street to celebrate the return of Broadway.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

New York City Ballet Taps Diana Taylor to Lead Its Board by Julia Jacobs

A finance leader and Michael R. Bloomberg’s partner, Ms. Taylor is the first woman to chair the company’s board.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Lend Us Your Ears, and Don’t Forget Your Farm Boots by Michelle V. Agins and Julia Jacobs

Theater and agriculture intersect at Willow Wisp Organic Farm, where an arts collective performs site-specific plays about climate change amid the greenhouses and flower beds.

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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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