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Friday, September 23, 2022

Lynn Nottage’s ‘Clyde’s’ Is the Most-Staged Play in America by Michael Paulson

An annual survey, suspended during the pandemic, resumes and finds theaters nationally doing fewer shows and torn between escapism and ambition.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Carol Burnett Leading Campaign to Rename Theater for Hal Prince by Michael Paulson

The Majestic Theater has housed “The Phantom of the Opera,” which Prince directed, for the entire 35 years of its run.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Mike Birbiglia to Return to Broadway With a New Show This Fall by Michael Paulson

The comedic storyteller, who previously brought a solo show to Broadway in 2018, has a new act for a new age.

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‘Beetlejuice’ to Close on Broadway by Michael Paulson

The show had a bumpy, boisterous run, and will now begin a tour.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Sean Hayes to Star in Broadway Play About Oscar Levant by Michael Paulson

“Good Night, Oscar,” by Doug Wright, explores the life of a pianist who became famous as a witty guest and host of midcentury radio and television shows.

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

After ‘Phantom,’ Which Shows Will Be the Longest-Running on Broadway? by Michael Paulson

Hints: They both reached for the gun. I’m working on my roar! Everyone deserves the chance to fly. Have fun in hell!

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‘The World Has Changed’: Cameron Mackintosh on Closing ‘Phantom’ by Michael Paulson

In an interview, the storied British producer said that weakening box office and rising production costs led to the decision to end the longest run in Broadway history.

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Friday, September 16, 2022

‘Phantom of the Opera,’ Broadway’s Longest-Running Show, to Close by Michael Paulson

The theatergoing audience has been slow to return after the pandemic lockdown, and the show hasn’t been selling well enough to defray its running costs.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

They Translated ‘Hamilton’ Into German. Was It Easy? Nein. by Michael Paulson

For the musical’s Hamburg premiere, a team wrestled with language and cultural differences to bring the story alive for a new audience.

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Six Lyrics That Show Why ‘Hamilton’ Is Tough to Translate by Michael Paulson

A direct transfer of words was never going to work for such a complex show. So the team involved got creative.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

New Musical From ‘Strange Loop’ Writer to Run Off Broadway by Michael Paulson

‘White Girl in Danger,’ a soap opera satire by Michael R. Jackson, will be staged in New York next spring by Second Stage and Vineyard theaters.

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Broadway’s ‘Music Man’ Revival Will End Run on Jan. 1 by Michael Paulson

The show’s producers have decided not to recast after stars Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster finish runs of slightly more than a year in the show.

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Are Men in Dresses and Wigs Still Funny in Comedy? by Michael Paulson and Justin J Wee

As “Some Like It Hot” and “Ain’t No Mo’” head to Broadway, following runs of “Tootsie” and “Mrs. Doubtfire,” 10 artists reflect on an enduring trope and how it works, or …

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

New York City Center Taps Veteran Arts Administrator as Its Next Head by Michael Paulson

Michael S. Rosenberg, the managing director of the McCarter Theater Center, will succeed Arlene Shuler as the City Center president and chief executive.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

A New ‘Christmas Carol’ for Broadway by Michael Paulson

Jefferson Mays will bring his adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic to the Nederlander Theater starting in November.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Josh Groban to Star in ‘Sweeney Todd’ Revival on Broadway by Michael Paulson

Groban, playing the title character, will be joined by Annaleigh Ashford in a production scheduled to open in March at the Lunt-Fontanne.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Laura Linney to Return to Broadway in New David Auburn Play by Michael Paulson

“Summer, 1976,” about a friendship between two women in Ohio, will open next spring at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

‘It’s My Tradition Too’: Oberammergau’s Centuries-Old Passion Play Evolves by Michael Paulson and Roderick Aichinger

After a two-year pandemic delay, villagers in the German town of Oberammergau are once again re-enacting the story of Jesus’s life and death, with some changes.

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Live Performance Is Back. But Audiences Have Been Slow to Return. by Michael Paulson and Javier C. Hernández

Attendance lagged in the comeback season, as the challenges posed by the coronavirus persisted. Presenters hope it was just a blip.

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Climate Change Threatens Summer Stages and Outdoor Performances by Michael Paulson

In the West, wildfires are stopping shows. Extreme heat has led to cancellations in the South. And changing weather patterns are hobbling performances in the Northeast.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Daniella Topol of Rattlestick Theater’s New Calling: Nursing by Michael Paulson

The artistic director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is making an unusual career change after preparing the company for a major renovation.

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Friday, July 29, 2022

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Closes on Broadway as Creators Spar With Rudin by Michael Paulson

The hit play, closed since January, was expected to reopen on Broadway this fall.

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Sunday, July 17, 2022

Billy Crystal’s ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ Will End Its Broadway Run by Michael Paulson

The stage musical, adapted from a 1992 film, will close Labor Day weekend after five months at the Nederlander Theater.

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Monday, July 11, 2022

‘Paradise Square’ Will Close on Broadway After Winning One Tony by Michael Paulson

The new musical was an unsuccessful comeback attempt by the storied producer Garth H. Drabinsky.

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‘Ain’t No Mo’’ to Take Flight on Broadway by Michael Paulson

The play, by Jordan E. Cooper, is a biting comedy set in an America that offers to relocate Black citizens to Africa.

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

‘The Collaboration,’ About Warhol and Basquiat, Plans Broadway Bow by Michael Paulson

The play, by Anthony McCarten, will be presented this fall by the Manhattan Theater Club, following a run earlier this year at the Young Vic in London.

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What if Juliet Lived? A Pop Hitmaker’s ‘& Juliet’ Heads to Broadway. by Michael Paulson

The jukebox musical, which is already running in London, features songs by the Swedish writer and producer Max Martin, including “Since U Been Gone” and “ … Baby One More Time.”

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Monday, June 27, 2022
Friday, June 24, 2022

On Broadway, One Show Decides to Keep Masks. No, It’s Not ‘Phantom.’ by Michael Paulson

“American Buffalo,” at Circle in the Square, is sticking with masking till it closes, July 10, citing the “proximity of the audience to the actors” and “the staging in the round.”

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Tony-Winning ‘Company’ Revival Will End Broadway Run July 31 by Michael Paulson

Despite picking up 5 prizes at this month’s Tony Awards, the Sondheim-blessed revival was facing a tough summer at the box office.

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Boston Revisits ‘Common Ground’ and Busing, Onstage by Michael Paulson

The Huntington Theater Company is staging a play based on the seminal J. Anthony Lukas book, reconsidering the legacy of the busing crisis.

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