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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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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Poll Shows One Hurdle to Reopening Broadway: Fear of Jerks by Julia Jacobs

A New York Times/Siena College Research Institute poll found that theatergoers who are hesitant to return worry that the people around them won’t follow the rules.

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Upstate Will Be First to Test New York’s Arts Appetite by Julia Jacobs

Under the governor’s reopening plan, theaters, museums and community art centers upstate will open well before city venues. Will visitors come?

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tony Awards Postponed Amid Coronavirus Crisis by Julia Jacobs

The 74th annual ceremony and television broadcast won’t happen until Broadway reopens. How shows will be eligible remains to be determined.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Meets an Arena Full of Students by Julia Jacobs

Madison Square Garden opened its doors for the first time to a Broadway play, as well as to thousands of students from across the city. There were a few logistical hurdles.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

‘West Side Story’ Stalemate: Bernardo’s Staying. So Are Protesters. by Julia Jacobs

What is the proper punishment for #MeToo-era infractions? Demonstrators have been calling for Amar Ramasar’s removal from the cast because of his role in a photo-sharing scandal at City Ba…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

In ‘Coal Country,’ Memories From a Mining Tragedy Live On by Julia Jacobs

A new documentary play at the Public Theater weaves together interviews from people whose lives were forever changed by the 2010 mining disaster in West Virginia.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Dancer Tries to Quell ‘West Side Story’ Controversy: ‘I Am Not a Victim’ by Julia Jacobs

Protesters have sought to remove Amar Ramasar from the musical over a photo-sharing scandal, but his girlfriend said she had forgiven him for sending explicit pictures of her.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Complaint Filed After Door Closes on Drag Performers With Down Syndrome by Julia Jacobs

A Republican congressional candidate declined to host the performers, questioning whether they could give their “full and informed consent.”

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

‘West Side Story’ Producers Announce Cast for Broadway Revival by Julia Jacobs

The production will include Isaac Powell of “Once on this Island” and the New York City Ballet star Amar Ramasar.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘Ink’ Spot: Rupert and Friends Catch Murdoch Play on Broadway by Julia Jacobs

The media mogul attended the Tony Award-nominated play with an entourage of past and present editors of the British tabloid depicted in it.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Teenagers Charged With Setting Fire to Shakespeare Theater in Connecticut by Julia Jacobs

The fire in January reduced the historic building, opened in 1955, to a smoldering mound of mangled steel.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Public Theater Sues Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel, Alleging Trademark Violation by Julia Jacobs

The lawsuit claims that by introducing entertainment like musical performances and theater, the Public hotel on the Lower East Side is sowing confusion.

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