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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Broadway Is Reopening. But Not Until September. by Michael Paulson

Even as New York City begins to reopen this summer, Broadway will not resume performances until Sept. 14. Here’s why.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

‘Pass Over,’ About Black Men Trapped by Dread, Heads to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The play, by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu, has previously been staged at several prominent theaters and filmed by Spike Lee for Amazon.

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‘Pass Over,’ About Black Men Trapped by Dread, Heads to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The play, by Antoinette Nwandu, has previously been staged at several prominent theaters and filmed by Spike Lee for Amazon.

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Rudin revealed that he is resigning from the Broadway League by Michael Paulson

In a statement to us, Rudin revealed that he is his resigning from the Broadway League. And, asked about his future, he said, "I am doing the work to become a better person and address my is…

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How Scott Rudin Wielded Power in Show Business by Michael Paulson and Cara Buckley

For decades, the producer has cultivated and castigated people at all levels of entertainment. Now his past is catching up with him.

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Scott Rudin to Step Back From Broadway Amid Bullying Reports by Michael Paulson

The powerful producer of “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Book of Mormon” regrets “the pain my behavior caused” and says others will directly run his shows.

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After Bullying Reports, Scott Rudin Will Step Away From Broadway by Michael Paulson

The powerful producer of “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Book of Mormon” regrets “the pain my behavior caused” and says others will directly run his shows.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Karen Olivo Won’t Return to ‘Moulin Rouge!’ by Michael Paulson

Citing recent reports of abusive behavior, including by the powerful producer Scott Rudin, the actress said advocacy matters more than a lucrative role.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Erika Dickerson-Despenza Wins Blackburn Prize for ‘cullud wattah’ by Michael Paulson

The play is about the effect of the Flint, Mich., water crisis on three generations of women.

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Monday, April 5, 2021

LA Stage Alliance Disbands After Awards Ceremony Blunder by Michael Paulson

The organization that runs the annual competition honoring theater work in Los Angeles imploded after it misidentified an Asian-American actor.

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Broadway Reopened. For 36 Minutes. It’s a Start. by Michael Paulson

The 36-minute event, before a masked audience of 150 scattered across an auditorium with 1,700 seats, was the first such experiment since the coronavirus pandemic caused all 41 Broadway hous…

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Broadway Reopened. For 36 Minutes. It’s a Start. by Michael Paulson

Before a masked, distanced and virus-tested audience of 150, the dancer Savion Glover and the actor Nathan Lane performed, celebrating theater and testing safety protocols a year after the p…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

‘Diana’ Musical Sets Netflix Run — and Broadway Opening Night by Michael Paulson

In an unprecedented move, a recording of the show will start streaming in October, while audiences can see it live (if theaters reopen) in December.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Coming to Broadway: Vaccinations for New York’s Theater Workers by Julia Jacobs and Michael Paulson

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city would create a vaccination site for theater workers to try to help Broadway shows reopen by the fall.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

‘Why Are We Stuck?’ Stage Actors Challenge Their Union Over Safety by Michael Paulson and Katy Lemieux

A dust-up in Dallas and a 2,500-person petition signal that many performers believe their representatives are keeping them from getting work.

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‘Ain’t Supposed to Die’ Plans a Broadway Return by Michael Paulson

The 1971 Melvin Van Peebles musical, about Black life in a low-income neighborhood, is a dream project for the director Kenny Leon.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Theater Actors Step Up Push for Union to Allow Them to Work by Michael Paulson

Nearly 2,000 performers have petitioned Actors’ Equity for guidelines that will speed up a return to the stage.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The Arts Are Coming Back This Summer. Just Step Outside. by Michael Paulson

The return of Shakespeare to Central Park is among the most visible signs that theaters, orchestras and opera companies aim to return to the stage — outdoors.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Before Lockdown, This Super Fan Went to 105 Shows in One Season by Michael Paulson

What has this year been like for the most voracious of culture vultures? A super fan in Chicago lets us into his life without the arts.

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The Night New York's Theaters, Museums and Concert Halls Shut Down by Michael Paulson, Julia Jacobs and Jason Farago

Chocolate fountains, Debbie Harry and an artist’s swan song cut short. We gathered scenes from the New York City cultural landscape in the last moments before lockdown.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Shed Plans to Reopen for Covid-Tested Audiences by Michael Paulson

Renée Fleming, Michelle Wolf, Kelsey Lu and the New York Philharmonic will perform in April for limited audiences.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

‘Blindness’ Sets Opening, Off Broadway and Indoors by Michael Paulson

An audio adaptation of the celebrated novel has no live actors and was a pandemic hit in London. In New York it will play to 50 people per show.

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Lessons From Oz: How Australian Theater Gives Broadway Hope by Michael Paulson

Check in with “Frozen,” “Come From Away,” “Moulin Rouge!” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in Offstage, our digital series about theater during the pandemic.

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Making Chess Sing: ‘Queen’s Gambit’ to Be Adapted for the Stage by Michael Paulson

A creative team has not yet been set for the proposed show, which would be based on the 1983 novel that spawned the hit streaming series.

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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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All that Chat

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
Sep 14, 2021: BROADWAY REOPENS
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre