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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Tony Awards: Crass Commercial Or Necessary Institution? by Lee Seymour

The Tony Awards mark Broadway's biggest night. But what does the ceremony mean in a year without a hit like 'Hamilton'?

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Is Streaming The Future Of Broadway? by Lee Seymour

BroadwayHD is pitching itself as a missing link in a slow-moving industry. But does the money make any sense?

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Denzel Washington Is Worth Millions On Broadway by Lee Seymour

'The Boys in the Band' also had a terrific first week on the boards, while the Best Musical nominees saw strong day-of sale bumps.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tony Awards 2018: Snubs, Surprises, SpongeBob SquarePants by Lee Seymour

Frozen's cast got left out in the cold, while Amy Schumer nabbed a nom for Best Actress.

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2018 Tony Award Nominations: The Complete List by Lee Seymour

'SpongeBob SquarePants' and 'Mean Girls' led the sled with twelve nominations apiece.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

How John Leguizamo Got (Even More) Woke by Lee Seymour

Fresh off his fourth Broadway hit, the Tony nominee reflects on how life has changed under the 45th President.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Predicting The 2018 Tony Award Nominees by Lee Seymour

It's that special time of year when pundits and producers alike pontificate in pubs across Times Square.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

'Harry Potter,' 'Frozen' Snubbed As Nominations Reflect Weak Season On Broadway by Lee Seymour

The 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards turned their nose up at several of the year's biggest box office successes.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Broadway Shows Face Vastly Different Challenges In Tony Race by Lee Seymour

Despite boffo box office returns, 'Mean Girls', 'Harry Potter', and 'Frozen' are not created equal in the eyes of Tony voters.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bareilles, Groban To Host Tony Awards In Broadway's Continued Shift Toward Pop by Lee Seymour

Two big crossover successes are the latest gambit to boost ratings for the awards ceremony, and an indication that Broadway is becoming ever-more friendly to big names from outside the biz.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Broadway Preps For Tony Awards Race Dominated By Big Brands by Lee Seymour

Awards season is officially underway on Broadway, as small artsy shows stake their claim against corporate behemoths.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Harry Potter Is Magic On Broadway: 'Cursed Child' Is Highest-Grossing Play Ever by Lee Seymour

Harry Potter's producer, Sonia Friedman, also has another big hit on the boards with 'Mean Girls.'

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Why 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Is Yet Another Step Back For NBC's Live Musicals by Lee Seymour

Despite solid reviews, NBC's latest venture didn't hold a candle to its greatest hits. What gives?

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Easter Is A Bonanza For Everyone On Broadway ... Except Jimmy Buffett by Lee Seymour

All is not well in Margaritaville.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Restless Waters Run Deep For 'Hamilton' Designer David Korins by Lee Seymour

Collaboration and meaning-making have defined success for one of showbiz's busiest tinkerers.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Accusations Against Disney Chief Prompt Outrage, Confusion On Broadway by Lee Seymour

The 'Frozen' producer is the first institutional figure on Broadway to be accused in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jimmy Buffett Kicks Back On Broadway Over Long Weekend by Lee Seymour

The king of leisure lifestyle (or at least its marketing) is setting up shop on The Great White Way with 'Escape To Margaritaville'.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Backed By Red Sox Chairman, Illusionist Generates Wonder And Profit by Lee Seymour

Derek DelGaudio's hit show 'In & Of Itself' is turning magic on its head, economically and - perhaps - spiritually.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

John Leguizamo's 'Latin History For Morons' Recoups Investment On Broadway by Lee Seymour

The show is the first of the season to turn a profit, and another feather in the cap of its creator.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Super Bowl Wallops Broadway Box Office, Per Tradition by Lee Seymour

Bruce Springsteen was immune to the impact, but Sara Bareilles got tackled hard.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Bernadette Peters Takes Over 'Hello, Dolly!': Not Bad, But Not Bette by Lee Seymour

Though numbers are down, the show is still selling well, and fans seem quite chuffed.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Grammys Boost Tony Winners, As Broadway Piggybacks On Music's Biggest Night by Lee Seymour

Ben Platt's performance was seen by some as signal to Steven Spielberg for his upcoming 'West Side Story' remake.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Oscar Nominees Denzel Washington And Laurie Metcalf Head Back To Broadway by Lee Seymour

Veteran producer Scott Rudin is the man behind both stage endeavors, along with Best Picture nominee 'Lady Bird'.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Sara Bareilles Returns To Broadway, Beats 'Wicked' At The Box Office by Lee Seymour

The pop star's performance is a lone bright spot as the industry settles into a cold spell.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Off Broadway Theater Isn't Dying - It's Evolving. And It's More Profitable Than Ever by Lee Seymour

Veteran producers are finally cracking one of New York's toughest nuts.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bruce Springsteen Saves Broadway Box Office From Winter Freeze by Lee Seymour

Bette Midler played her final performance in 'Hello, Dolly!' too, which didn't hurt.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Broadway Shows Prepare To Close As Bomb Cyclone Kicks Off Rough Winter by Lee Seymour

Broadway's toughest month started with a bout of the flu, but sales overall stayed robust, pointing to a very green spring.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Broadway Cracks Record $50 Million, But 'Hamilton' Falls Short Of Another Milestone by Lee Seymour

Though they flocked in droves, buyers were only willing to go so far past a certain pricepoint.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Broadway Hunkers Down As It Preps For New Year's Eve Bonanza by Lee Seymour

'Hamilton' continues to break new ground as it closes in on a record $4 million week.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

'Lion King' On Stage Is Making More Money For Disney Than 'Star Wars' Movies Over Last 20 Years by Lee Seymour

With over $8 billion at the global box office, 'The Lion King' musical has raked in more than every 'Star Wars' movie combined.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Best Theater Of 2017: Broadway And Beyond by Lee Seymour

After a banner year for industry investors, New York's quality theater output came from all corners of the biz: on Broadway and off, commercial and nonprofit.

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