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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Michael Friedman, Co-Creator of ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,’ Dies at 41 by Michael Paulson

A versatile, cerebral and witty composer and lyricist, Mr. Friedman had a particular fascination with politics, which informed much of his work.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Give My Regards to E Street: Imagining a Springsteen Musical by Michael Paulson

Theater writers go down the shore with Harold and Kumar, Rosalita and Cynthia Erivo, with a side trip to the Stone Pony.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

‘Angels in America’ Is Returning to Broadway With Nathan Lane by Michael Paulson

Andrew Garfield and Denise Gough will join Mr. Lane in the pair of acclaimed plays by Tony Kushner on Broadway next year.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tomorrow’s Marquee Names, Now in the Making by Michael Paulson

Unknown talents — some joining high-profile projects like “Mean Girls,” others creating brand-new work — will soon brighten New York theater.

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The ‘Mean Girls’ Musical Is Coming to Broadway in March by Michael Paulson

Tina Fey has written the musical’s book based on her screenplay for the 2004 film, keeping the same basic storyline but updating it to the present day.

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‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ Is Closing on Broadway by Michael Paulson

Although it is closing early, the play, which opened April 27, has enjoyed a longer run than many other nonmusical productions.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Bernadette Peters to Replace Bette Midler in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ by Michael Paulson

Victor Garber will join Ms. Peters, playing the man she fancies, Horace Vandergelder. They will begin performances on Jan. 20.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Flea, an Off Off Broadway Fixture, Opens New Theater in TriBeCa by Michael Paulson

The move is a bold step for an unpretentious company, especially because it is situated in one of Manhattan’s pricier neighborhoods.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Race, Money and Broadway: How ‘Great Comet’ Burned Out by Michael Paulson

A bold musical adaptation of Tolstoy drew 12 Tony nominations and strong crowds. But casting decisions and financial concerns have doomed the show.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Topple a Confederate Statue? This Broadway Musical Already Did. by Michael Paulson

Tony Kushner’s “Caroline, or Change,” from 2004, used the toppling to shed light on a key character’s frustrations. The subplot resonates powerfully today.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Broadway’s ‘Groundhog Day’ Will Close Sept. 17 by Michael Paulson

Despite some strong reviews, the musical, based on the popular 1993 movie, failed to draw large enough audiences to support its running costs.

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Broadway Revival of ‘Children of a Lesser God’ to Open in April by Michael Paulson

The play will star Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff, who played the lead roles this summer in a Berkshire Theater Group staging.

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‘Hamilton’ Tries New Sales Method to Battle Bots and Scalpers by Michael Paulson

The show is the third on Broadway to declare that it will use Verified Fan, the Ticketmaster technology that scrutinizes potential ticket buyers.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

‘Gettin’ the Band Back Together’ to Open on Broadway Next Summer by Michael Paulson

This new musical comedy is scheduled to open in August 2018 at the Belasco Theater. The early announcement shows the hot competition for audiences and space.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

‘Jersey Boys’ Is to Reopen Off Broadway by Michael Paulson

A slimmed-down version of the musical will run at New World Stages in Midtown Manhattan, starting in November.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Replicate or Reinvent? Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Moves to the Stage by Michael Paulson

This Disney juggernaut is going from the big screen to Broadway. But first, a stop in Denver.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Amy Schumer to Make Broadway Debut in New Steve Martin Play by Michael Paulson

Ms. Schumer will star in “Meteor Shower” this fall along with Laura Benanti, Keegan-Michael Key and Alan Tudyk.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Diversity or Celebrity? Cast Change at ‘Great Comet’ Prompts Outrage by Michael Paulson

Social media crackles with criticism of “The Great Comet” for prematurely replacing an African-American actor with a Caucasian one.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

How a Grieving Daughter Led a Theater Reporter to an Unexpected Story by Michael Paulson

It was an unusual request: a college student who reached out in an effort to memorialize her father.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Theater: He Spent His Life in Theater. Here’s What He Left Behind. by Michael Paulson, David Brandon Geeting and Jolie Ruben

James Houghton died last summer. Now his daughter is sharing his collection of theatrical treasures.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Uma Thurman to Make Broadway Debut in ‘The Parisian Woman’ by Michael Paulson

Ms. Thurman says the political drama by Beau Willimon, the creator of “House of Cards,” is contemporary, sharp and witty.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Edward Albee’s Final Wish: Destroy My Unfinished Work by Michael Paulson

Instructions to destroy any incomplete manuscripts were included in a will that the renowned playwright filed on Long Island, where he lived and died.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Chocolate Aplenty, but Nary a Wonka Bar to Be Found by Michael Paulson and David Gelles

Why can’t you buy a Wonka Bar at the hit Broadway musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”? Blame corporate indifference — and a mistaken flirtation with crème brûlée.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Jonathan Groff to Sing Bobby Darin for Songbook Series by Michael Paulson

A revamped Lyrics & Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y has drawn Mr. Groff, a two-time Tony nominee, for five performances next January.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Theater Jobs Skew White and Male, Study Finds by Michael Paulson

Women and minority actors and stage managers are getting fewer jobs and often wind up in lower-paying shows, according to a new study by Actors’ Equity.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sale of Edward Albee’s Art Collection Will Benefit His Foundation by Michael Paulson

The work collected by the playwright, who died last September, is mostly 20th century fine art. Sotheby’s will sell more than 100 items in the fall.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Mimi O’Donnell Leaves Post at Labyrinth Theater Company by Michael Paulson

Ms. O’Donnell, currently the theater’s artistic director, said her departure was “absolutely voluntary.”

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

‘Cats’ Revival to Close at Year’s End by Michael Paulson

The show will end after 609 performances, a far cry from the 18-year run of the original production.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

A Big Beneficiary of 2017 Tony Awards? ‘Oslo,’ a Play About Diplomacy by Michael Paulson

This play about the Middle East peace process, has had a jump in ticket sales since it won the Tony for best new play.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Two Protesters Disrupt ‘Julius Caesar’ in Central Park by Michael Paulson

A production of the Shakespeare play was interrupted by protesters objecting to a scene where a character resembling President Trump is murdered.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Word With: Oskar Eustis on Trump, ‘Julius Caesar’ and the Politics of Theater by Michael Paulson

The artistic director of the Public Theater and the director of the new Shakespeare production talks about the controversy surrounding the show.

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