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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

First Look: Ethan Coen’s ‘A Play is a Poem’ at Mark Taper Forum by Matthew Wexler

Ethan Coen's 'A Play Is a Poem,' directed by Neil Pepe, starts rehearsals at Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. The post First Look: Ethan Coen’s ‘A Play is a Poem…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Barry Manilow’s ‘Harmony’ to Play Off-Broadway in 2020 by Matthew Wexler

Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's musical "Harmony" finally finds a home in New York City. The post Barry Manilow’s ‘Harmony’ to Play Off-Broadway in 2020 appeared first on The Broadw…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Tony-Winning ‘Hadestown’ and ‘Once On This Island’ Hit the Road by Matthew Wexler

"Hadestown" and "Once On This Island" have each announced forthcoming national tours, bringing Broadway's best to cities around the country. The post Tony-Winning ‘Hadestown’ and ‘Once…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Sobering Celebration of Life: ‘All That He Was’ by Matthew Wexler

Pride Films & Plays presents "All That He Was," a moving and surprisingly funny account of one man’s struggle with AIDS and the reverberations of his death. The post A Sobering Celebr…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Murder and Mystery in Space: ‘Women of 4G’ by Matthew Wexler

Babes With Blades Theatre Company presents Amy Tofte's "Women of 4G," a futuristic space thriller that explores themes of power, leadership, responsibility and sacrifice. The post Murder and…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Don’t Miss: NY Pops Underground Featuring Norm Lewis by Matthew Wexler

Broadway star Norm Lewis will appear at the New York Pops' annual cabaret fundraiser at Feinstein's/54 Below on September 23. The post Don’t Miss: NY Pops Underground Featuring Norm Lewis …

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Must Read: ‘Theater’s Leiter’s Side’ by Matthew Wexler

Broadway Blog contributor Samuel L. Leiter releases the first volume in his collection of theater reviews, profiling shows from the 2012-13 season. The post Must Read: ‘Theater’s Leiter…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Gyllenhaal and Sturridge Outshine Their Monologues in ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ by Matthew Wexler

Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award nominee Tom Sturrdige bring two stories of life and loss to the Broadway stage. The post Gyllenhaal and Sturridge Outshine Their Monologu…

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Deadly: Could ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Be the Worst Musical of the Century? by Matthew Wexler

Jim Steinman's "Bat Out of Hell" arrives in New York City. Whether you're a Meat Loaf or musical theater fan, it's pure purgatory. The post Deadly: Could ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Be the Worst M…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Mandy Patinkin Launches 30-City Concert Tour by Matthew Wexler

Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin will launch a 30-city concert tour of "Mandy Patinkin in Concert: DIARIES" accompanied by Adam Ben-David on piano. The post Mandy Patinkin Laun…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Broadway Flashback: Remembering Richard Burton by Matthew Wexler

Today marks the 35th anniversary of Richard Burton's death. The stage and screen actor appeared on Broadway eight times, perhaps most famously as Arthur in "Camelot." The post Broadway Flas…

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Friday, August 2, 2019

The Price of Shame: ‘Monica: This Play is Not About Monica Lewinsky’ by Matthew Wexler

"Monica: This Play is Not About Monica Lewinsky" explores the profound effects of shame as seen through one of the White House's greatest scandals. The post The Price of Shame: ‘Monica: Th…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Theater Community Mourns the Loss of Harold Prince by Matthew Wexler

The theater community mourns the loss of legendary director and producer Hal Prince. The post The Theater Community Mourns the Loss of Harold Prince appeared first on The BroadwayBlog.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Death Becomes Them: ‘Just Chilling’ by Matthew Wexler

Nealshow Productions presents Pat Radke's zombie apocalyptic comedy, "Just Chilling" at Chicago's Cornservatory Theatre. The post Death Becomes Them: ‘Just Chilling’ appeared first on Th…

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Monday, July 29, 2019

A Voice That Can Kill: ‘Broadway Bounty Hunter’ by Matthew Wexler

Annie Golden stars in 'Broadway Bounty Hunter,' Joe Iconis's musical about a middle-aged actress recruited to go on a secret mission to South America to capture a drug lord. The post A Voice…

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Not a Many Splendored Thing: ‘Freddie Falls in Love’ by Matthew Wexler

Al Blackstone's "Freddie Falls in Love" is a romance gone awry. The Emmy-nominated director-choreographer's dance play runs through August 3 at The Joyce. The post Not a Many Splendored Thin…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

When Living Your Truth Can Kill You: ‘The Rolling Stone’ by Matthew Wexler

Lincoln Center Theater presents 'The Rolling Stone,' a drama about two brothers at odds — one a gay man in a clandestine relationship, and the other a pastor who rails against the life his…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

‘Ghost Quartet’ Hits a Sour Note in Chicago Premiere by Matthew Wexler

Chicago's Black Button Eyes Productions presents the Chicago premiere of David Malloy's "Ghost Quartet." The post ‘Ghost Quartet’ Hits a Sour Note in Chicago Premiere appeared first on T…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

“She Used to Be Mine” and Mine and Mine: ‘Waitress’ Sing-Off! by Matthew Wexler

What rendition of "She Used to Be Mine" from "Waitress" do you like best? With the show posting its closing notice, we gathered some of our favorites! The post “She Used to Be Mine” and …

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Reimagining a Steppenwolf Classic: ‘True West’ by Matthew Wexler

Steppenwolf Theater presents a revival of Sam Shepard's "True West," a play that originally brought the company national attention. The post Reimagining a Steppenwolf Classic: ‘True West…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

A New Day Has Begun: ‘CATS’ Releases Movie Trailer by Matthew Wexler

Audiences are getting a first look at Tom Hooper's film version of "CATS" starring Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and more. The post A New Day Has Begun: ‘CATS’ Releases Mo…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

3 Works From This Year’s New York Musical Festival by Matthew Wexler

The Broadway Blog takes a closer look at three musicals that played the first half of this year's New York Musical Festival. The post 3 Works From This Year’s New York Musical Festival ap…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

When, Where and Why? ‘Now & Then’ Asks More Questions Than Answers by Matthew Wexler

Dennis Manning and Ronnie Larson's musical, "Now & Then," can't seem to find its footing as it traces the decades-long relationship of a gay couple. The post When, Where and Why? ‘Now…

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

West Side Insta-Story: The New Broadway Cast Goes Social by Matthew Wexler

The Broadway Blog takes a look at how the new Broadway cast of "West Side Story" broke the news to their social media fans! The post West Side Insta-Story: The New Broadway Cast Goes Social…

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What Happens Behind a Nondescript Door: ‘Bar Dykes’ by Matthew Wexler

The Other Side Of Silence presents "Bar Dykes," Merril Mushroom's seminal play about the hidden subculture of lesbian nightlife in mid-century America. The post What Happens Behind a Nondesc…

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A Rebel With a Cause: Christina Bennington of ‘Bat Out of Hell’ by Matthew Wexler

Jim Steinman's "Bat Out of Hell" finally arrives in New York City. One of its stars, Christina Bennington, talks about singing Meatloaf's iconic music. The post A Rebel With a Cause: Christ…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Goodman Theatre’s ‘The Music Man’ Marches to a Beat of Its Own Drum by Matthew Wexler

Director Mary Zimmerman gives the classic musical "The Music Man" a fresh spin — and audiences are going wild. The post Goodman Theatre’s ‘The Music Man’ Marches to a Beat of Its Ow…

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Sexuality, Race and Religion: How Director Stephen Brackett Brought ‘A Strange Loop’ to Life by Matthew Wexler

Director Stephen Brackett discusses the seven-year process of bringing Michael R. Jackson's musical, "A Strange Loop," to the stage. The post Sexuality, Race and Religion: How Director Step…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Shaky Take-Off: ‘Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise’ at The Shed by Matthew Wexler

(l to r) Jasmine Chiu and PeiJu Chien-Pott in ‘Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise.’ (Photo Stephanie Berger. Courtesy The Shed.) By Matthew Wexler “Maybe if you… The post Shaky Take-Off: ‘…

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Remembering Rip Torn by Matthew Wexler

Rip Torn (Photo: Tinseltown/Shutterstock.com) Rip Torn, one of the leading stage actors of his generation and an Emmy Award-winner for his portrayal of the deliciously devious… The post R…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Kokandy Productions’ ‘Head Over Heels’: A Rough Road to Arcadia But Worth the Journey by Matthew Wexler

The cast of Kokandy Productions’ Chicago premiere of ‘Head Over Heels.’ (Photo: Michael Brosilow) by Lauren Emily Whalen There’s a moment in the first act… The post Kokandy Product…

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