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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Starring Linda Lavin, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals, Curtain Cal by Matt Blank and Joseph Marzullo

Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production of Our Mother's Brief Affair, penned by Tony-winning playwright Richard Greenberg, officially opens Jan. 20 following previe…

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Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Starring Linda Lavin, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals and Curtain by Matt Blank and Joseph Marzullo

Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production of Our Mother's Brief Affair, penned by Tony-winning playwright Richard Greenberg, officially opens Jan. 20 following previe…

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Monday, December 7, 2015

School of Rock Celebrates an Electric Opening Night on Broadway! Red Carpet and Curtain Call Pics! by Matthew Blank and Matt Blank and Joseph Marzullo

School of Rock – The Musical, the first new Andrew Lloyd Webber show to open on Broadway in a decade, officially opened Dec. 6 at the Winter Garden Theatre, where his Cats ran for …

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School of Rock Celebrates an Electric Opening Night on Broadway! Red Carpet, Curtain Call and Party by Matthew Blank and Matt Blank and Joseph Marzullo

School of Rock – The Musical, the first new Andrew Lloyd Webber show to open on Broadway in a decade, officially opened Dec. 6 at the Winter Garden Theatre, where his Cats ran for …

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Step Into Dystopia in Mercury Fur, Opening Tonight Off-Broadway by Olivia Clement and Matt Blank

Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur officially opens Off-Broadway Aug. 19, following previews that began Aug. 5. The Linney Courtyard at the Signature Theatre is completely tr…

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New Group’s Mercury Fur Opens New Season Tonight by Robert Viagas and Matt Blank

The New Group launches its 2015-16 season Aug. 5 with the Off-Broadway premiere of Philip Ridley’s dystopian British drama, Mercury Fur.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

See and Hear Sara Bareilles’ Waitress Musical in New Social Media Vid! by Robert Viagas and Matt Blank

The American Repertory Theater's upcoming production of the world premiere of Waitress, the new Sara Bareilles musical, will play the Cambridge, MA venue Aug. 2-Sept. 27 with an offi…

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Phone Rings at LuPones Show Last Night; She Stays Cool by Matt Blank

Patti LuPone may say she's rethinking her stage career after her confrontation with a cell-phone-using audience member July 8. But as of the night of July 9, she seemed to be rev…

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Exclusive: A Trove of Rarely-Seen Photos of The Fantasticks by Robert Viagas and Matt Blank

The long-running Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks narrowly averted closing May 3 when a pair of deep-pocketed fans stepped in to help producers with a sum that they sai…

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sister Act Star Raven-Symon Will Join Cast of TV’s “The View” by Robert Viagas and Matt Blank

TV star Raven-Symoné, who made her Broadway debut in 2012 as the wimple-wearing disco diva of Broadway's Sister Act at the Broadway Theatre, has been tapped as new co&…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer at 92nd Street Y (Photos) by Matt Blank

Green Day songwriter and front man Billie Joe Armstrong and his American Idiot director Michael Mayer took part in a discussion with producer Jordan Roth at the 92nd Street Y Sept. 19. The e…

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A Cover Story: Lombardi at Circle in the Square by Matt Blank

Dan Lauria plays the title role in Eric Simonson’s new work Lombardi, which begins previews Sept. 23 at Circle in the Square.Set over a week in 1965 — five years before football …

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A Cover Story: The Merchant of Venice by Matt Blank

Following a celebrated summer run at Shakespeare in the Park, the Public Theater’s staging of The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino as Shylock, transfers to Broadway for a limited…

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Leap of Faith Video Montage by Matt Blank

Raul Esparza and Brooke Shields star in the new musical Leap of Faith, currently playing its world-premiere engagement at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre. “When his traveling minis…

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A Cover Story: The Scottsboro Boys by Matt Blank

Following successful runs Off-Broadway and at the Guthrie Theatre, The Scottsboro Boys begins performances at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre Oct. 7.According to press notes, the show ̶…

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Shari Belafonte Visits Through the Night (Photos) by Matt Blank

Actress and singer Shari Belafonte paid a visit to Daniel Beaty’s Through the Night at the Union Square Theatre the evening of Oct. 6. Belafonte, who released solo albums in the 1980s …

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A First Look at Elf (Photo) by Matt Blank

Elf - The Musical, with book by Tony Award winners Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan and score by Wedding Singer songwriters Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, begins previews at the Hirschfeld The…

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Michael McKean, Adrian Lenox, Katey Sagal and Matthew Saldivar Rehearse Newman’s Harps and Angels (Photos) by Matt Blank

Rehearsals have begun for the world premiere of Randy Newman's Harps and Angels, which begins previews at the Mark Taper Forum on Nov. 10.The work was conceived by Jack Viertel and features …

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A Cover Story: Elling by Matt Blank

Simon Bent’s play Elling, previously seen in London, begins performances at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre Nov. 2. The starry cast features Brendan Fraser, Denis O’Har…

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A Cover Story: A Free Man of Color by Matt Blank

Lincoln Center Theater’s world premiere of John Guare’s sprawling drama A Free Man of Color begins previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater Oct. 21.According to LCT, “A Fre…

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A Cover Story: Colin Quinn Long Story Short by Matt Blank

Following a successful Off-Broadway run this summer, former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Colin Quinn’s Long Story Short will play an 11-week Broadway engagement at the…

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A Cover Story: Elf by Matt Blank

The new holiday musical Elf, based on the 2003 film about one of Santa’s oversized helpers, will begin previews at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre Nov. 2.According to producers, “Elf i…

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Rock of Ages "Senate Hearings" Kick Off Oct. 19 with Dee Snider and Foreigner’s Mick Jones by Matt Blank

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, currently making his Broadway debut in Rock of Ages, also hosts the first in a series of “Rock Senate Hearings” talkbacks Oct. 19 following th…

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Wintuk Blows Into Town with Kids Fest and $1 Million Contest by Matt Blank

Cirque du Soleil’s winter show Wintuk, back in New York this holiday season, celebrated its return with an Oct. 16 Kids Fest. The event featured special performances by Wintuk Hoops pe…

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Bill Irwin Rehearses With Fourth Grade Vaudevillians for New 42nd Street Gala (Photos) by Matt Blank

On Nov. 5 Tony Award winner Bill Irwin rehearsed a special vaudeville routine with fourth graders at PS/IS 111. The routine will serve as the Finale of the Nov. 8 New 42nd Street Gala, celeb…

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Lansbury, Arnaz, Sherman and More Celebrate ATW’s National Theatre Company Grants (Photos) by Matt Blank

Angela Lansbury, Howard Sherman and Lucie Arnaz were among those on hand at an Oct. 25 private luncheon to celebrate the 2010 recipients of the American Theatre Wing’s National Theatre…

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Freud’s Last Session Stars Ring NASDAQ Closing Bell (Photos) by Matt Blank

The stars of Off-Broadway’s Freud’s Last Session, Mark H. Dold and Martin Rayner, presided over the closing bell at NASDAQ MarketSite Nov. 11 The ceremony was broadcast live on …

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A Cover Story: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark at the Foxwoods Theatre by Matt Blank

The eagerly awaited new musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is scheduled to begin previews Nov. 28 at the Foxwoods Theatre.“Drawing from more than 40 years of Marvel comic books for …

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Wintuk Pays a Visit to "The Rachael Ray Show" (Photos) by Matt Blank

The cast of Cirque du Soleil’s holiday family show Wintuk, currently playing its final season at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, appeared on “The Rachael Ray Show” t…

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Elaine Stritch Chats With Jordan Roth at 92nd Street Y (Photos) by Matt Blank

Producer Jordan Roth welcomed theatre luminary Elaine Stritch to the Dec. 6 installment of “Broadway Talks” at the 92nd Street Y. He led a discussion with Stritch, currently star…

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Chita Rivera Honored by League of Professional Theatre Women (Photos) by Matt Blank

The League of Professional Theatre Women presented Tony Award winner Chita Rivera with its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award at the League's Awards Luncheon, held Dec. 9 at Sardi’s.The a…

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