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Monday, May 9, 2022

David Threlfall on ‘Hangmen’ and his last Tony nomination, 40 years ago. by Julia Jacobs

The actor had been hankering to get back to Broadway after last appearing there in the 1990s. “Hangmen,” for which he received a Tony nomination, gave him that chance.

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Performing a Comedy About Abortion, Watching the Supreme Court by Julia Jacobs

Alison Leiby had just performed her show “Oh God, a Show About Abortion” when she learned of the leaked draft opinion showing that the court could be on the verge of overturning Roe v. W…

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

A Dancer’s Farewell, Not as Choreographed by Julia Jacobs and Zachary Small

Abi Stafford Lillo left City Ballet amid a family feud and a dispute over whether a choreographer had body-shamed her or she lacked the strength to dance her final role.

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Monday, April 4, 2022

How ‘Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ Beat Broadway at the Grammys by Julia Jacobs

With their award for “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical,” two musical theater newcomers won against veterans like Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Schwartz.

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Monday, March 7, 2022

The Flea Theater, Experimenting Again, Walks a New Tightrope by Julia Jacobs

Back from the brink of extinction, the Off Off Broadway fixture is testing a new structure that gives artists the autonomy they demanded.

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Saturday, February 26, 2022

New York City Ballet Promotes Three Men to Principal Dancers by Julia Jacobs

Harrison Ball, Jovani Furlan and Peter Walker were elevated to replace a trio of retiring — or soon to retire — dancers.

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Friday, February 25, 2022

Joaquina Kalukango Isn’t Afraid to Speak Up Anymore by Julia Jacobs

Before leading her first Broadway musical in “Paradise Square,” she had long deferred to others in the rehearsal room — until she realized how much she has to share.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Jacob’s Pillow Announces Lineup for 2022 Season by Julia Jacobs

The influential dance festival is returning to its indoor theater after the pandemic complicated the last two seasons.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Not Off the Rack: This Year’s Bespoke ‘Nutcracker’ at City Ballet by Julia Jacobs

After the pandemic pause, nearly 130 costumes had to be remade for a cast that’s older and taller. Built in? Ways to adjust them back down in size.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Praise for Stephen Sondheim at ‘Company’ and ‘Assassins' by Matt Stevens, Sadiba Hasan and Julia Jacobs

“I would ask you to sit back and luxuriate in his extraordinary words and music,” the director John Doyle said before Friday’s performance of the “Assassins” revival.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Stephen Sondheim Tributes Pour In From Stars by Scott Heller and Julia Jacobs

Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, Andrew Lloyd Webber and others mourned and celebrated the essential composer and lyricist, who died at 91.

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Monday, November 8, 2021

‘I Think We’re Cousins?’: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ Performers Realize Link by Julia Jacobs

A post in a family Facebook group led an actor and a musician in the Broadway musical to discover that they are distant cousins.

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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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