All stories by Lee Seymour on BroadwayStars

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

‘We’re Not Going Back’: Inside Broadway’s Racial Reckoning by Lee Seymour

As Broadway looks toward an autumn reopening, workers fear returning to a "normal" built on centuries of inequity.

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

After Decades Of Abuse, Scott Rudin Will ‘Step Back’ From Broadway by Lee Seymour

The announcement marks a potential sea change for an industry that has long struggled with accountability.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

‘The Show Must Go On’: De Blasio Announces Vaccine Plan For Theaters, Aims For Autumn Reopening by Lee Seymour

Arts workers are now a high priority, given the industry's $15 billion impact on the city's economy.

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Monday, March 22, 2021

‘Multi-Level Chess’: After A Dark Year, Broadway’s Recovery Is Finally Underway by Lee Seymour

With a game-changing vaccine rollout, Broadway's power players are getting down to brass tacks - and eyeing a September return.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

What Broadway Can Learn From The Record-Breaking TikTok Musical ‘Ratatouille’ by Lee Seymour

With the pandemic ongoing, crowdsourced musicals and platforms like TikTok point to a sea change in show business.

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Monday, November 16, 2020

‘Hamilton’ Alum Launches Scholarship To Diversify Broadway - Backstage And Beyond by Lee Seymour

Cody Renard Richard hopes to provide easier access to a traditionally insular industry, and set the stage for a strong post-pandemic return.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Tony Award Nominations 2020: The Complete List by Lee Seymour

After months of uncertainty, the Tony Awards will be presented digitally, a bright spot in a dark season for Broadway fans and workers alike.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Kristin Chenoweth In The Time Of Corona by Lee Seymour

The Tony and Emmy award winner is working through the pandemic with her trademark cheer, and doubling down on education.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

As Broadway Reels, One Producing Team Looks For A New Normal by Lee Seymour

How does show business survive a pandemic? By betting long on rising talent, and leveraging wealth instead of sitting on it.

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Friday, August 21, 2020

The Tony Awards Will Happen This Fall, Digitally - And It’s About Time by Lee Seymour

After months of painful uncertainty, the billion-dollar theater industry now has at least one event to celebrate as the pandemic rolls on.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Debts And ‘Domination’ – Power Broker Lawsuit Shakes Up Broadway by Lee Seymour

Broadway ad agency SpotCo is suing producer Scott Rudin for unpaid debts, disrupting a years-long relationship between industry heavyweights.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Despite Multiple Sexual Assault Allegations, Dustin Hoffman Plans Broadway Comeback by Lee Seymour

Assuming Broadway has reopened, Hoffman will anchor Scott Rudin's 'Our Town' revival - four years after seven women accused him of sexual assault and harassment.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Cutting Losses Amid Pandemic, Disney Closes ‘Frozen’ On Broadway by Lee Seymour

With Disney cutting bait and other megabrands in limbo, one wonders whether major studios see a future on Broadway.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

‘Hamilton’ Film To Premiere On Disney+ In July, A Year Ahead Of Schedule by Lee Seymour

A $75 million investment yields a bright spot for the troubled House of Mouse.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Why The Pulitzer Win For ‘A Strange Loop’ Is Historic—On Multiple Levels by Lee Seymour

"A Strange Loop" is the tenth musical ever to win the top prize, but it's blazing a new trail in other ways.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Show Business Is Adapting To The Pandemic, But It Won’t Survive Unless Congress Steps Up by Lee Seymour

Billions of dollars are needed to resuscitate the entertainment industry. The government can provide them. So what's the holdup?

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Broadway Extends Shutdown As Awards Season Goes Digital by Lee Seymour

The industry is in an excruciating status - but some organizations are transmuting their usual accolades into emergency relief.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tony Awards Postponed As Coronavirus Imperils Broadway by Lee Seymour

Broadway's biggest night is officially in limbo. Producers are canceling and delaying multiple productions that might have competed.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Broadway Community Braces For Fallout After Coronavirus Shutdown by Lee Seymour

New York's marquee industry is set to lose over $100 million as thousands of jobs evaporate.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Warning Signs At Broadway Box Office As Coronavirus Looms by Lee Seymour

While the industry has held firm so far, data points to a tough spring ahead—especially if tourists decide to stay away from New York.

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Monday, March 2, 2020

‘West Side Story’ Soars After Bumpy Opening; Broadway Box Office Continues To Slide by Lee Seymour

Critics and protests haven't dented the box office at 'West Side Story' - but the rest of the industry is in a rut, waiting for awards season to start.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

‘Six’ Joins Broadway’s Millionaire Club; Industry Box Office Sinks by Lee Seymour

The new musical is making good on the buzz, while the jury is still out on Bob Dylan's Broadway bow.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Broadway Box Office Soars; ‘Six’ Reigns Supreme; ‘West Side’ Rumbles by Lee Seymour

The buzzy London import 'Six' started strong, David Byrne closed on a high note, and 'West Side Story' is bracing for protests.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

For ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Producer Vivek Tiwary, Professional Is Personal by Lee Seymour

One of only two Asian lead producers on Broadway, Vivek Tiwary has a fanboy's passion and an immigrant's drive to get the job done.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

‘Paddington’ Is Latest Addition To Rockefeller Theater Roster by Lee Seymour

Jonathan Rockefeller has built a burgeoning theatrical empire on nostalgic properties, aimed at children who've never been to the theater.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Broadway Box Office Plummets As January Scaries Settle In by Lee Seymour

Lin-Manuel Miranda's latest show closed in profit, but it was slim pickings elsewhere, with the Rialto on the edge of a deep slump.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

David Byrne And Beetlejuice Break More Records As Broadway Stems Box Office Bleeding by Lee Seymour

A holiday slump didn't stop the billion-dollar industry from having the most lucrative start to a new year in history.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Best Theater Of 2019: Broadway And Beyond by Lee Seymour

An uneven slate of shows reflected the unsteady state of America's culture writ large, making for a wild, unpredictable year on stage.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Broken Records Abound At Broadway Box Office - But Year Closes On A Diminished Note Overall by Lee Seymour

The billion-dollar industry closed out the year in sterling, if not historic, fashion.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Broadway Box Office Bounces Ahead Of Christmas: ‘Beetlejuice’ Digs In, ‘West Side Story’ Soars by Lee Seymour

The spooky musical has had an astonishing turnaround, and West Side's revival weathered a backlash over sexual misconduct.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Plays Soar, Musicals Slump At Broadway Box Office—And The Temptations Break Record by Lee Seymour

Harry Connick Jr. also had a great return to form with his tribute show, and David Bryne's 'American Utopia' had its best week to date.

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre