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Friday, August 5, 2016

Broadway gets busy building and renovating theaters by Linda Winer

Theatergoers don't have to get anywhere near the Carole King musical, "Beautiful," to sing "I feel the earth move under my feet" these days.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Ushering goes back generations: They're part of the Broadway family by Linda Winer

Eighty-three years ago, Dennis Scanlon's grandfather got a job ushering at the Music Box Theatre. Not long after, Scanlon's father put on the uniform -- yes, they used to wear outfits with b…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

New musicals dance with controversy by Linda Winer

Are some subjects just too serious, or too sensitive, or too unpleasant to be appropriate material for a musical?

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A fall full of promise on Broadway by Linda Winer

You know how people are always complaining about the familiar glut of musical revivals on Broadway? Not this fall.

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What's in store Off-Broadway this fall by Linda Winer

A rundown of Off-Broadway productions coming this fall:

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Lighting up Broadway marquees this fall by Linda Winer

17 shows on the Great White Way worth seeing this fall.

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Good twin, bad twin wears thin in Albee play by Linda Winer

Late-youth identity crises don't come more gene-splitting than the one that drives "Me, Myself & I," Edward Albee's playful, slight and surprisingly tiresome domestic vaudeville about twins …

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Patti LuPone recalls going from Northport to Broadway by Linda Winer

Don't be lulled - OK, disappointed - by the nice chatty girl with the inspirational anecdotes who figures in the first half of Patti LuPone's memoir. She eventually does get to the juicy stu…

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Off-Broadway welcomes a trio of offbeat shows by Linda Winer

Before the tapping of big Broadway feet drowns out all other theater noise for the foreseeable future, it seems fair to steal the spotlight for these Off-Broadway enticements.

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Off-Broadway welcomes a trio of offbeat shows by LINDA WINER

Before the tapping of big Broadway feet drowns out all other theater noise for the foreseeable future, it seems fair to steal the spotlight for these Off-Broadway enticements.

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Patti LuPone recalls going from Northport to Broadway by LINDA WINER

Don't be lulled - OK, disappointed - by the nice chatty girl with the inspirational anecdotes who figures in the first half of Patti LuPone's memoir. She eventually does get to the juicy stu…

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'Little Foxes' and 'The Divine Sister' by LINDA WINER

Vulpines have seldom been as slinky and brutal as in Ivo van Hove's stunning evisceration of "The Little Foxes" - Lillian Hellman's 1939 potboiler about a greedy Southern family and the fate…

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'The Pitmen Painters' on Broadway by Linda Winer

With "Billy Elliot," Lee Hall, born in the mine country of northeast England, became the inspirational scribe for its hardscrabble people. In both his screenplay for the movie and his book f…

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In Tony Kushner heaven with 'Angels in America' by LINDA WINER

For scarily close to two decades, "Angels in America" has been on my short list of theater I've been wanting - no, needing - to see again.

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'Time Stands Still': Sturdy cast, lightweight drama by LINDA WINER

Laura Linney was a star, but not yet the star of her own Showtime series, "The Big C," when the Manhattan Theatre Club opened "Time Stands Still" last winter. But she already had a quiet, da…

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'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' moves to Broadway by Linda Winer

How important is charisma in the selection of American leaders? Who decided who got to claim what for whose manifest destiny? What is populism, and why would anyone trust the people with it?

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2 comedies: One a tiger, another a dud by Linda Winer

It is hard to talk about a runaway hit in an off-off-Broadway black-box theater with just 65 seats. But ...

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Where's the show info? Probably not in Playbill by Linda Winer

I know things that you don't know, and I'm not bragging.

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'Driving Miss Daisy': Power in the front and back seat by Linda Winer

Yes, the play is shamelessly manipulative. But it is supremely elegant manipulation, magnificently staged and performed.

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Kushner's glorious 'Angels' fly high in 7-hour show by Linda Winer

The Angel has landed again, at long last, and all's right with the world.

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The audience soars in 'Wings' and 'Spirit Control' by Linda Winer

One of the best things about watching dance is the feeling that it's running away with our bodies.

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Sondheim gets writing right in 'Finishing the Hat' by Linda Winer

FINISHING THE HAT: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes, by Stephen Sondheim. Alfred A. Knopf, 445 pp. $39.95.

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Review: 'The Scottsboro Boys,' at the Lyceum Theatre by Linda Winer

It's sharp and snappy, imaginative and heartfelt. It has a real American tragedy to tell and some of the best in the business to tell it.

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Prize-winning new play 'Middletown' by Linda Winer

Will Eno's "Middletown," the first winner of the new Horton Foote Prize for Promising American Play, is a dizzying modern spin on life, death and the bruised underbelly of the sort of hamlet…

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Contested results in Lisa Kron's 'In the Wake' by Linda Winer

The political and the personal are the equally bright and anguished obsessions in this ambitious but derailed comedy/drama by Lisa Kron, author and star of such multileveled treasures as "We…

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'The Pee-wee Herman Show' is back - on Broadway by Linda Winer

Pee Wee Herman returns with a new Broadway show.

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Al Pacino's 'Merchant of Venice' even better indoors by Linda Winer

People may be clawing their way into "The Merchant of Venice" to look deep into the thousand-year-old-eyes of Al Pacino's harrowing, yet beautifully restrained Shylock on Broadway. And right…

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'A Free Man of Color': Too much of a good thing by Linda Winer

Jeffrey Wright puts on a zesty performance in "A Free Man of Color."

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On Theater: Opening cold may not be cool by Linda Winer

Broadway history spills over with colorful and/or agonizing stories about shows in their out-of-town tryouts. Now come the stories about staying in town.

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Kelli O'Hara is a smooth operator in 'Bells' by Linda Winer

Creaky old sweetheart of a musical, dazzling Kelli O'Hara

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