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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

New York to Allow Limited Live Performances to Resume in April by Michael Paulson

The state will allow plays, concerts and other performances to start again April 2 for audiences of up to 100 people indoors, or 200 outdoors.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Tony Awards Voting Starts Now. And It’s Going to Be Weird. by Michael Paulson

No shows are playing, and no one knows when they will come back. Here are answers to six questions about a process even more idiosyncratic than usual.

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Broadway is Dark. London is Quiet. But in Australia, It’s Showtime. by Damien Cave and Michael Paulson

Temperature-taking robots, scanning codes for contact tracing, and generous refund policies are helping shows like “Frozen,” “Come From Away” and “Hamilton” get back onstage.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

You’re New Here, Aren’t You? Digital Theater’s Unexpected Upside by Michael Paulson

Companies and venues that put work online are finding big, new and younger audiences — but little revenue.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Shakespeare Troupe to Go Without an Artistic Director by Michael Paulson

Amid severe budget cuts and complaints about his leadership, Ethan McSweeny, who had run the American Shakespeare Center since 2018, will not return.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

A Broadway Theater Owner Rethinks Post-Pandemic Ticket Selling by Michael Paulson and Ben Sisario

Jujamcyn, which operates five of the 41 Broadway houses, said that when theater returns it will use SeatGeek instead of Ticketmaster.

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Tonys Voting is Coming Soon. The Awards? We Still Don’t Know. by Michael Paulson

Organizers of the ceremony have firmed up dates for selecting favorites, but won’t commit to an event until plans for Broadway’s return are set.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

‘Moulin Rouge!’ Was Their Ticket. Then 2020 Happened. by Michael Paulson

It was a Broadway smash with big plans until 25 company members took ill and a shutdown put everybody out of work. Inside a tumultuous year, in the words of those who lived it.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

‘Mean Girls’ Won’t Return to Broadway by Michael Paulson

Adapted by Tina Fey from her 2004 film, the musical played 834 performances. A national tour is expected to resume when theaters reopen.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Advocating and Agitating, Connecting and Inventing by Michael Paulson, Jesse Green, Scott Heller, Laura Collins-Hughes and Elisabeth Vincentelli

With their field rocked by unprecedented challenges in 2020, these people and groups — some notable, some new — stepped into the breach.

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‘It’s More Money Than I Imagined.’ So He’s Giving Some of It Away. by Michael Paulson

How Jeremy O. Harris has turned his good fortune into grants, commissions and donations to other playwrights, and to libraries in need.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Bah, Pandemic! How Theaters Are Saving ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Michael Paulson

Seasonal stagings often underwrite the usual fare. But even without indoor audiences, the tradition lives on — by mail, by screen, by car and by radio.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Laura Benanti Says Goodbye to Melania and Watches ‘Ted Lasso’ by Michael Paulson

The actress may be nearing the end as Melania Trump on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” but she has plenty of other projects and passions to keep her busy.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Are Streamed Plays Theater or TV? Unions Settle a Dispute by Michael Paulson

Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA agreement clears the way for more entertainment during the pandemic winter.

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Are Streamed Plays Theater or TV? Unions Settle a Dispute. by Michael Paulson

Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA agreement clears the way for more entertainment during the pandemic winter.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Yes, We Liked the Berkshires Shows. Here’s $2 Million. by Michael Paulson

This summer, a woman went to outdoor shows at two beloved theaters in Massachusetts. She and her brother are now helping them to cover their costs and survive this winter.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Eight Small New York Theaters Sue Cuomo Over Pandemic Restrictions by Michael Paulson

The lawsuit argues that if bowling alleys, casinos and gyms can open, why can’t performance venues with fewer than 200 seats?

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

How Matthew Warchus Generated ‘Heat’ in an Empty Theater by Michael Paulson

London’s Old Vic has sold 30,000 tickets to three livestreamed shows, with more to come. “There’s a huge appetite out there,” said Warchus, the artistic director.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

‘Shuffle Along’ and Insurer Drop Pregnancy-Prompted Lawsuit by Michael Paulson

Scott Rudin, the lead producer, and Lloyd’s of London settled a lawsuit that arose from the production’s decision to shut down a Broadway musical when its star became pregnant.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Live Tony Award 2020 Nominations Tracker: What to Expect by Michael Paulson

In a season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, only 18 shows are eligible for awards. The ceremony is expected to take place in December.

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2020 Tony Award Nominations: Time, Streaming, Shows and More by Michael Paulson

In a season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, only 18 shows are eligible for awards. The ceremony is expected to take place in December.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

‘Little Shop,’ Big Relief: How One Theater Safely Put on an Indoor Show by Michael Paulson

A rural locale. Few Covid-19 cases nearby. Performers in a bubble. And a man-eating plant that couldn’t quite chow down on its victims.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Broadway Will Be a While. These Venues Say They’re Ready Now. by Michael Paulson

Directors of large flexible spaces like the Park Avenue Armory are lobbying for permission to put on indoor shows for socially distanced audiences.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Broadway Will Remain Closed at Least Through May by Michael Paulson

“The Music Man” and other shows will have to plan new opening dates, as a new reality sets in: Many theaters are likely to stay shut through next fall.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Dystopian Sound Show, Fresh From London, Heads to North America by Michael Paulson

Three producers — in New York, Washington and Toronto — aim to offer the show, “Blindness,” for socially distanced, masked audience members.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

There’s Not Much Work for Actors. Now Their Unions Are Fighting. by Michael Paulson

At issue: Who should represent performers and stage managers when theater is recorded and streamed, one of the few viable options during the pandemic.

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Meet Theater’s Most Famous Superfan: Hillary Clinton by Michael Paulson

She’s been to 39 shows since the 2016 election, and believes Broadway will return. But she doesn’t have the “gumption” to see herself depicted just yet.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Unemployed Stage Actors to Face New Health Insurance Hurdle by Michael Paulson

The fund that covers thousands of performers will require that they work more weeks per year to qualify.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

‘He Never Quit’: Nick Cordero’s Widow on Grief, God and Perseverance by Michael Paulson

Amanda Kloots kept the world informed while her husband, a Broadway actor, lost a battle with Covid. After many grueling months, she’s trying to look ahead.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Playing Jesus in a Pandemic Summer by Michael Paulson

Nicholas Edwards starred in the closely watched “Godspell” production. “Usually the stage is a safe place,” he said, “but it became a place where I was anxious all the time.”

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre