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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

As Broadway Struggles, Governor Hochul Proposes Expanded Tax Credit by Michael Paulson

With Omicron complicating Broadway’s return, Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed more assistance for commercial theater, which her budget director called “critical for the economy.”

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

‘The Kite Runner’ Is Coming to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The 2007 play based on Khaled Hosseini’s novel has been widely produced, including on the West End in London. It will come to Broadway in July.

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Now Is the Winter of Broadway’s Discontent by Michael Paulson

Curtains are rising again after the Omicron surge caused widespread cancellations, but attendance has fallen steeply. Nine shows are closing, at least temporarily.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

‘Mockingbird,’ Once a Broadway Smash, to Pause Production Amid Omicron by Michael Paulson

“Girl From the North Country,” a musical using the songs of Bob Dylan, also closed, with hopes of reopening in the spring, as the surge in virus cases continues to upend the theater indu…

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‘Girl From the North Country’ to close on Broadway, hoping to return. by Michael Paulson

The musical, which uses the songs of Bob Dylan, is the latest show to close as the surge in cases caused by the Omicron variant disrupts New York theater. It hopes to come back in the spring.

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Sunday, January 2, 2022

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ on Broadway Is Pausing to Avoid Closing by Michael Paulson

The musical’s producer, eager to avoid a permanent shutdown amid the virus surge, is attempting a self-imposed nine-week hiatus.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

‘Ain’t Too Proud’ to Close on Broadway as Covid-19 Takes Its Toll by Michael Paulson

The jukebox musical about the powerhouse Motown group will end its run on Jan. 16. It is now the fourth show to announce a closing in the last eight days.

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Saturday, December 25, 2021

Sardi’s is back after 648 days, its fortunes tied to Broadway by Michael Paulson

It had been 648 days since Sardi’s, a watering hole so closely entwined with Broadway that it was name-checked in the Rodgers and Hart song “The Lady Is a Tramp,” last served its canne…

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Sardi’s Is Back After 648 Days, Its Fortunes Tied to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The caricatures are back up. But many shows are canceling performances just as Sardi’s reopens, a hurdle for a restaurant catering to the theater crowd.

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Two More Broadway Shows Close as Omicron Takes a Toll on Theater by Michael Paulson

“Thoughts of a Colored Man” and “Waitress” became the latest productions to end their runs because of coronavirus cases among their cast or crew.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Broadway Grosses Drop 26 Percent as Many Shows Cancel Performances by Michael Paulson

The surge in coronavirus cases comes at a tough time for the theater industry, which traditionally relies on the holiday season box office.

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Broadway Grosses Dip as Omicron Prompts Some Shows to Cancel by Michael Paulson

The surge in coronavirus cases comes at a tough time for the theater industry, which traditionally relies on the holiday season box office.

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Monday, December 20, 2021

‘Jagged Little Pill’ to Close on Broadway, Citing Omicron by Michael Paulson

The Alanis Morissette musical becomes the first big show to be felled by the resurgent coronavirus pandemic.

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‘Jagged Little Pill’ to Close on Broadway, Citing Omicron by Michael Paulson

The Alanis Morissette musical becomes the first big show felled by the resurgent coronavirus pandemic.

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No ‘Hamilton’ Until After Christmas, as Virus Upends Performing Arts by Michael Paulson

Roughly a third of Broadway shows canceled performances over the weekend, and the surge in virus cases has halted a variety of performances around the nation.

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‘A Strange Loop’ Won the Pulitzer. Now It’s Coming to Broadway. by Michael Paulson

The playwright Michael R. Jackson describes his musical as “a big, Black and queer-ass American Broadway show.”

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Broadway Is Canceling Shows Due to Positive Covid Tests by Michael Paulson

Broadway, where cancellations were once vanishingly rare, has seen a raft of them as positive coronavirus tests among cast and crew members have upended productions.

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

‘The Little Prince’ to Land on Broadway With Dance and Acrobatics by Michael Paulson

This international production, an adaptation of the novella that is described as “a theatrical experience with musical elements,” will run for five months.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Interest in Stephen Sondheim's Music, Books and Shows Soar After His Death by Michael Paulson

Fans have been streaming his music, buying his books, and trying to get in to see his shows, with a new revival of “Company” opening this week on Broadway.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Michael Jackson Musical Turns Down Volume on Abuse Allegations by Michael Paulson

The Broadway musical, “MJ,” with a book by Lynn Nottage and directed by Christopher Wheeldon, began previews Monday.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Stephen Sondheim Discusses a Gender-Swapped ‘Company’ by Michael Paulson

Days before he died, Stephen Sondheim and the director Marianne Elliott chatted about a Broadway revival of his 1970 musical. With a gender swap, it has a “different flavor,” he said.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Stephen Sondheim Reflected on 'Company' and 'West Side Story' in Final Interview by Michael Paulson

In an interview on Sunday, the revered composer and lyricist, 91, contentedly discussed his shows running on Broadway and off, as well as a new movie about to be released.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

‘Moulin Rouge!’ Has a New Satine. She’s Amazed She’s Back on Broadway. by Michael Paulson

“I didn’t think I’d ever perform on Broadway again,” Natalie Mendoza said.

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Broadway Play "Clyde's" Will Be Livestreamed by Michael Paulson

The digital experimentation born of the pandemic shutdown is continuing: the final 16 performances of Lynn Nottage’s “Clyde’s” will be streamed, for $59.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Billy Crystal to Return to Broadway in ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ by Michael Paulson

The musical, about a comedian’s rise and fall, plans to open at the Nederlander Theater in the spring.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Julianne Boyd to Retire After 27 Years at Barrington Stage by Michael Paulson

Under her leadership, the nonprofit produced “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and other shows that made it to Broadway.

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Monday, November 1, 2021

Changing of the Guard at Williamstown Theater Festival by Michael Paulson

Mandy Greenfield has resigned and Jenny Gersten will be interim artistic director. The festival gave no reason for the move, but it follows complaints about working conditions.

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Audra McDonald to Star in ‘Ohio State Murders’ on Broadway by Michael Paulson

The production brings the world of the playwright Adrienne Kennedy, 90, to Broadway for the first time.

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

New York’s Irish Arts Center Upgrades to a ‘Flagship Hub’ by Michael Paulson

The $60 million building in Hell’s Kitchen, which will present theater, dance, music and more, is scheduled to open in December.

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Monday, October 25, 2021

Broadway’s ‘Is This a Room’ and ‘Dana H.’ to Close Early by Michael Paulson

The two experimental works will end their runs on Nov. 14. They had been scheduled to close Jan. 16.

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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre