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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Tony First-Timers: The Outsiders' Joshua Boone on Relinquishing the 'Desire to Be Recognized' by Kathy Henderson

Joshua Boone wasn’t looking for a Broadway musical when he heard about The Outsiders. After nabbing two NAACP Image Award nominations for his sensitive lead performance in Tyler Perry’s …

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Tony First-Timers: Far from Blush and Bashful, Prayer for the French Republic's Betsy Aidem Treasures Being a 'Late Bloomer' by Kathy Henderson

Exactly 40 years ago, Betsy Aidem talked her way into John Malkovich’s now legendary off-Broadway production of Balm in Gilead alongside future stars Laurie Metcalf, Gary Sinise and Terry …

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Jack O’Brien on Launching Hairspray, Directing Patti and Savoring His Lifetime Achievement Tony by Kathy Henderson

Imagine a marathon of the plays and musicals that earned Jack O’Brien three Tony Awards and six additional Tony nominations for Best Director. How, we may wonder, did the person who direct…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Ricky Ubeda and Ben Cook on Their Electrifying Dance Partnership in Illinoise by Kathy Henderson

There’s a built-in audience for the new Broadway dance musical Illinoise among fans of Sufjan Stevens’ indie rock music and admirers of Justin Peck’s choreography for the New York City…

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Friday, May 31, 2024

Digging Up the Roots of Samm-Art Williams' Home as It Sprouts a Broadway Revival by Kathy Henderson

Over the past four years, for obvious reasons, “home” has become a symbol of safety and wellbeing. More than 40 years ago, playwright Samm-Art Williams explored the many meanings of the …

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Water for Elephants' Tony-Nominated Writer Rick Elice Is Still 'Chasing the Music' by Kathy Henderson

From aspiring actor to theatrical ad agency executive to four-time Tony-nominated writer of plays and musicals, Rick Elice has seen it all (and then some!) on Broadway. Still boyishly enthus…

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Monday, April 22, 2024

Kecia Lewis, the Backstage ‘Mama’ of Broadway’s Hell’s Kitchen, Has Wisdom to Share by Kathy Henderson

On stage, “chemistry” usually refers to a romantic pairing, but in the case of the new musical Hell’s Kitchen, it’s the perfect description for the teacher-pupil bond between Broadwa…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Tony Winner Beth Leavel Paints With New Colors in Broadway's Lempicka by Kathy Henderson

There’s an easy way to unleash the positive power of social media: Post a photo of Beth Leavel. “Icon,” “Queen” and, simply, “Mother” flood the comments, along with heart and c…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Playwright Adam Rapp on Building a World of Adolescent Extremes for The Outsiders by Kathy Henderson

The Outsiders was published in 1967, the year before Adam Rapp was born, but he vividly remembers devouring S.E. Hinton’s now-classic YA novel in his dorm room at military school. The tale…

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Reg Rogers Didn't Know the Lore of Merrily We Roll Along Until He Helped Make it a Broadway Hit by Kathy Henderson

“Listen to that! Will you listen to that?” Reg Rogers gleefully cries in one of the most joyous moments of Merrily We Roll Along. As Broadway producer Joe Josephson, he’s reacting to t…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Director Michael Greif Digs Into His Broadway Hat Trick With Days of Wine and Roses, The Notebook and Hell's Kitchen by Kathy Henderson

Opening one new musical on Broadway is an enviable accomplishment for any director. But three? In the same season? Michael Greif began 2024 with the Broadway transfer of Days of Wine and Ros…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

As The Notebook's Older Allie, Maryann Plunkett Delivers a Tribute to Her Mother and a 'Love Story for the Elders' by Kathy Henderson

The last time Maryann Plunkett starred in a Broadway musical, she won the 1987 Best Actress Tony Award, singing with a Cockney accent and dancing the “Lambeth Walk” in Me and My Girl. Al…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Blow Out the Candles! Celebrate the 50-Year History of Broadway's Company by Kathy Henderson

Phone rings, door chimes, in comes another Company revival. Fifty years after Company changed the face of Broadway musicals, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s enduringly modern examinat…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Here Comes Company, Diana, the Lehman Brothers and More Must-Do Events for the Week of March 2 to 8 by Kathy Henderson

Broadway is gearing up for the super-busy spring season, with nine new shows starting previews in the next two weeks. First up, Princess Diana sings, the Lehman Brothers scheme, George and M…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

A Witch, a Bartender and Hangmen Fuel Our Action-Packed Must-Do Events for the Week of February 24 to March 1 by Kathy Henderson

If you crave a good dark comedy, this is your week to head to Broadway: Tracy Letts’ The Minutes and Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen promise a double-dose of nasty fun. A gorgeous new opera ba…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Mack & Mabel, Elsa & Anna, Joseph & Cyrano Headline Our Must-Do Events for the Week of February 17 to 23 by Kathy Henderson

If your musical bucket list includes Mack & Mabel or Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, you’re in luck: Both shows get first-class stagings in the coming week. Also on tap a…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Sizzling Six and Stephanie J. Block Spark Our Must-Do Events for the Week of February 10 to 16 by Kathy Henderson

Be our Valentine in a week of must-do events centering on love, marriage and a couple of beheadings. Our list for February 10 through 16 includes six wives, an engaged couple, a family in cr…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Cynthia Erivo’s EGOT Quest and a Natalie Portman Play Top Our Must-Do Events for the Week of February 3 to 9 by Kathy Henderson

Music is the tie that binds this week’s must-do events, spotlighting the folk rock of Bob Dylan, the Cambodian pop of Dengue Fever and contemporary songs by Young Jean Lee. Check out these…

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

The Guys Have It in Our Lively List of Must-Do Events for the Week of January 27 to February 2 by Kathy Henderson

It’s raining men (hallelujah!) on stage and in concert in this week’s must-do events—specifically Jordan Fisher, André De Shields, Charles Busch and Tituss Burgess. Check them out, al…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Soldiers, Seniors, and Well-Behaved Women Take Center Stage in Our Must-Do Events for the Week of January 20 to 26 by Kathy Henderson

January may be a sleepy month at the movies, but Broadway is buzzing with a star-packed new play and the Broadway debut of a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. Add in a couple of can’t-miss cab…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Laura Linney, Beth Leavel and a New Duncan Sheik Musical Top Our Must-Do Events for the Week of January 13 to 19 by Kathy Henderson

Whether you’re in the mood for a one-person show on Broadway, a sexy off-Broadway musical, a cool cabaret show or the TV return of two beloved pros, we’ve got you covered. Check out thes…

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

New Year, New Emoji Musical, Roxie and More Must-Do Events for the Week of January 6 to 12 by Kathy Henderson

Got the post-holiday blues? Lift your spirits at Chicago, where Erika Jayne and Paulo Szot are the new Roxie and Billy, thrill to the vocals of four former Phantoms and LOL at the new music…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

'Tis the Season for Cats, Carols, Fun Home and More Must-Do Events for the Week of December 16 to 22 by Kathy Henderson

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and Hanukkah, with a rush to wrap last-minute gifts and celebrate with family and friends. Enjoy our final list of must-do events for 2019, cove…

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

From West Side Story to Cirque du Soleil, Our 5 Must-Do Events for the Week of December 9 to 15 Offer Excitement for Everyone by Kathy Henderson

Two world premiere plays, a reinvented classic musical and a high-flying holiday special are among the treats on tap at NYC theater this week. Read on for all the details on our five must-do…

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Seasonal Treats on Stages and Screens Top Our Must-Do Events for the Week of December 2 to 8 by Kathy Henderson

Stay in or go out? Whatever your preference, we’ve gathered great options in our list of must-do events for the week of December 2 through 8, including SpongeBob on the small screen, Les M…

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Give Thanks for Comedy, Music and Magic in Our Must-Do Events for the Week of November 25 to December 1 by Kathy Henderson

As friends and families gather this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, we’re kicking off the holiday season with festive new shows, concerts and TV specials. Don’t waste a minute as you pen…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Elsa & Anna on Screen, Lansbury & Lavin on Stage Spark Our 5 Must-Do Events for the Week of November 18 to 24 by Kathy Henderson

It’s another great week for strong female characters, with Frozen 2 arriving on the big screen and stage greats Angela Lansbury and Linda Lavin lighting up benefit staged readings, plus To…

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Evita, Queen and a Theatrical Blizzard Will Rock You in Our 5 Must-Do Events for the Week of November 11 to 17 by Kathy Henderson

Some vibrant leading ladies—stage vets Judith Ivey and Kate Mulgrew and two Eva Perons—take the stage this week. Add in limited engagements of a Queen jukebox musical and a surrealistic …

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Get a Head Start on the Holidays With Our 5 Festive Must-Do Events for the Week of November 4 to 10 by Kathy Henderson

We know, we know, it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but a pair of fabulous holiday stage shows are set to begin performances, plus Kristin Chenoweth channels Dolly Parton, Ed Harris plays Atticus…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Everything’s Gonna Be Fine, Fine, Fine at Our 5 Must-Do Events for the Week of October 28 to November 3 by Kathy Henderson

Just the mention of Jagged Little Pill has us quoting "Ironic" ("Don’t you think?") but the long-awaited Broadway arrival of Alanis Morissette’s new musical is just one of five must-do e…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Timely Tales, Terrific Tunes & More! 5 Must-Do Events for the Week of October 21 to 27 by Kathy Henderson

A trio of ripped-from-the-headlines dramas dominates the coming week on New York stages, plus the Broadway return of a talented Tony nominee and a cabaret evening with the composers of Legal…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards