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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Making Art During a Pandemic: Theaters Seek and Share Mini-Plays by Michael Paulson

Nonprofits around the country plan to commission works of no longer than 10 minutes in length that can be read or performed by people sheltering in place.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Spring Culture Fell to Virus. In Oregon, Summer Theater Now Succumbs. by Michael Paulson

As nonprofits around the country cancel all spring programs, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival says it must go further, and will lay off 80 percent of its staff.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Broadway, shuttered by the pandemic, reaches a short-term pay deal. by Michael Paulson

Hundreds of theater workers will receive wages and benefits for a few weeks during the shutdown, which has already led one play, “Hangmen,” to close before it even opened.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Lynn Nottage and Annie Baker Say Theaters Want Their Advances Back by Michael Paulson

The Pulitzer Prize winners Lynn Nottage and Annie Baker are among those who said they had been asked to give back advances because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Their School Musicals Were Canceled. Then They Found a Bigger Stage. by Michael Paulson

Videos of teenage (and older) performers sprouted on social media after a Tony-winning actress invited theater kids to share songs from shows canceled by the coronavirus.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Broadway Will Shut Down After Governor Limits Attendance by Michael Paulson

Facing concern from actors and audiences about health risks during the pandemic, the industry announced that shows will be shuttered through April 12.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Broadway Usher Tests Positive for Coronavirus by Michael Paulson

The usher worked in recent days at “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Six,” prompting a scramble to inform the public and clean the theaters.

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Broadway, Seeking to Stay Open, Suggests Stars Keep Their Distance by Michael Paulson

Actors are being asked to suspend the tradition of greeting fans at stage doors, one of several steps that theaters are taking to limit the coronavirus threat.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Making of ‘Six’: How Tudor Queens Turned Into Pop Stars by Michael Paulson

A cheeky musical about the ill-fated wives of Henry VIII is already a hit in Britain, on TikTok and on cruise ships. Now it is aiming to establish sovereignty on Broadway.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

‘Common Ground’ Illuminated Boston. Now It’s Coming to the Stage. by Michael Paulson

The new play, titled “Common Ground Revisited,” will be staged at the Huntington Theater Company early next year.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Broadway’s ‘The Inheritance’ to Close on March 15 by Michael Paulson

Acclaimed in London, the two-part play about gay culture and the legacy of AIDS drew a chillier response in New York, where it is set.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ Will Return to Broadway Next Fall by Michael Paulson

The theatrical concert has been a critical and commercial success. A film version by Spike Lee is also on the way.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

‘Hamilton’ Movie, With Original Broadway Cast, to Hit Theaters Next Year by Michael Paulson

Performances of the show were filmed in 2016, just before Lin-Manuel Miranda left the cast. Disney said the release date would be Oct. 15, 2021.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

A Climate Show Was Canceled. Then Came the Finger-Pointing. by Michael Paulson and Cara Buckley

One of the nation’s most successful theaters, the Public, shortened the run of a monologue by a prominent artist-activist, Josh Fox. Now each party is blaming the other.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

‘Sing Street’ to Bring Irish Romance and ’80s Sounds to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The new musical, now wrapping up an Off Broadway run, will open at the Lyceum Theater in April.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Despite Turnaround, ‘Beetlejuice’ Being Forced Out of Theater by Michael Paulson

The $21 million musical will be hoping for a new home after the Shubert Organization made way for Hugh Jackman and ‘The Music Man.’

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Broadway’s Michael Jackson: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ Star Ephraim Sykes by Michael Paulson

The Tony-nominated performer will lead the cast of “MJ the Musical,” which is scheduled to open next summer.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

What Small Theater Does for New York? A Lot, Study Finds by Michael Paulson

Playhouses and troupes beyond Broadway generate $584 million in economic benefit. But dependence on volunteer labor is high.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Martin McDonagh’s ‘Hangmen’ to Open on Broadway in March by Michael Paulson

The drama, set in a British pub owned by a onetime executioner, won the 2016 Olivier Award for best new play.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Rethinking Tiny Tim: Should a Disabled Actor Play the Role? by Michael Paulson

The Broadway production of “A Christmas Carol,” following the lead from London, answers a strong yes. Other theaters may follow suit.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Drama Book Shop Sets a Fresh Start in a New Locale by Michael Paulson

Lin-Manuel Miranda and several “Hamilton” colleagues aim for a European cafe vibe when the store reopens, a block south of its previous home, in the spring.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Tracy Letts Will Star in His Own Play on Broadway by Michael Paulson

‘The Minutes,’ which aims to capture fractious American politics by focusing on a City Council meeting, will also feature Armie Hammer and Jessie Mueller.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Harry Potter’s Sophomore Slump: ‘Cursed Child’ Loses Steam on Broadway by Michael Paulson

Grosses have slipped in the show’s second year, though lower ticket prices may benefit fans.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Secret From ‘Slave Play’ Creator: Surprise Show in Brooklyn by Michael Paulson

Jeremy O. Harris will star in “Black Exhibition,” a choreopoem he wrote under a pen name that begins performances this week at the Bushwick Starr.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

New Curator of Old Musicals: Lear deBessonet Is to Lead Encores! by Michael Paulson

She will succeed Jack Viertel, the longtime artistic director of this popular City Center series, which revives shows of the past.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

‘I Still Have Fear, But Now I Have Courage’ by Michael Paulson

Starring as Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman” in London has whetted Wendell Pierce’s appetite to take on all the big roles.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A Dark ‘Oklahoma!’ and a Yiddish ‘Fiddler’ To Close in January by Michael Paulson

The inventive revivals offered new ways to experience cherished classics of the musical theater canon.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

After 35 Years at Playwrights Horizons, He’s Ready to Seek New Ones by Michael Paulson

Tim Sanford, the longtime artistic director at the prestigious Off Broadway theater, will turn over the reins to his deputy, Adam Greenfield.

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Michael Friedman Died in 2017. Now 9 Albums of His Work Are Coming. by Michael Paulson

The first three are to be released Friday by Ghostlight Records and the Civilians theater company.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Michael Jackson Musical Is to Open on Broadway Next Summer by Michael Paulson

The show, now called “MJ The Musical,” will begin previews July 6 at the Neil Simon Theater.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Filming the Show: Pardon the Intrusion? Or Punish It? by Michael Paulson and Michael Cooper

A seized phone. A stopped concert. A text from Rihanna. All new fuel for a heated debate about theater etiquette in the digital age.

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