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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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Monday, June 12, 2017

Trump Supporters Drive an Effort to Bury the Public Theater by Michael Paulson and Sopan Deb

A production of “Julius Caesar,” which features a Caesar styled to suggest President Trump, has created a clash between his supporters and the iconic arts institution.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Tony Awards Briefing: Tony Awards 2017: What to Expect by Michael Paulson

This year’s ceremony — hosted by Kevin Spacey and honoring the best Broadway musicals and plays of the last year — starts at 8 p.m. Eastern time on CBS.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Ahead of the Tonys, Watching Everything by Michael Paulson

Preparing for the Tony Awards is a strenuous, extended rehearsal for The Times’s theater reporter.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tony Voters Point to Tight Races and Sure Bets by Michael Paulson

We interviewed 67 voters about their ballots; it looks as if Kevin Kline will be picking up another award, and it seems like a close contest for best new musical.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Hello? Dolly? Bette Midler Seems Unlikely to Sing at Tony Awards by Michael Paulson

“Hello, Dolly!” producers and Tony producers seem to be at an impasse over the conditions under which Ms. Midler would sing at the awards ceremony.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

High Ticket Prices Are Fueling a Broadway Boom by Michael Paulson

Revenues in the theatrical season just concluded rose to a record $1.45 billion, even as attendance has slipped a bit.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Which Off Broadway Shows Did Obie Awards Like Best? ‘Oslo’ and ‘Underground Railroad Game’ Share Top Honors by Michael Paulson

‘The Band’s Visit’ wins in the musical category, and individual awards go to Matthew Broderick, Michael Urie, Amy Ryan and Bobby Cannevale.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Black Actor in ‘Virginia Woolf’? Not Happening, Albee Estate Says by Michael Paulson

A theater producer who wanted to cast Damien Geter as Nick in the Edward Albee play has ignited a debate over race and authorial control.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Australia’s ‘King Kong’ Is Bound for Broadway, a Bit Late but Just as Big by Michael Paulson

This stage spectacle featuring a 20-foot ape, part puppet and part robot, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 after a series of delays.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Idina Menzel to Return to the Stage in an Off Broadway Play by Michael Paulson

Ms. Menzel, known for her singing on Broadway in “Wicked” and onscreen in “Frozen,” will star in “Skintight,” a nonmusical play by Joshua Harmon.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fired by Trump, James Comey Makes an Outing to See a Musical by Michael Paulson

Mr. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, and his wife saw “Fun Home” in Washington. “They were wiping away the tears as they came backstage to meet the cast,” a producer said.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Broadway at Midnight: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ at an Unusual Hour by Michael Paulson

The new play will hold a late show next week to raise money for the Actors Fund — and perhaps to attract Tony voters.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Broadway Revival of ‘Glass Menagerie,’ Starring Sally Field, to Close Early by Andrew R. Chow and Michael Paulson

Ms. Field was nominated for a Tony for her performance as Amanda Wingfield in the play, but reviews were mixed and ticket sales were underwhelming.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

‘Amélie,’ a Broadway Musical Starring Phillipa Soo, Will Close by Michael Paulson

The show, adapted from the 2001 film about a shy but whimsically altruistic French waitress, struggled at the box office and got no Tony nominations.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

‘I’m in Love With Everybody’: Tony Award Nominees React by Michael Paulson and Erik Piepenburg

Josh Groban, Lynn Nottage, Ben Platt and others talk about how it feels to be nominated.

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2017 Tony Nominations: What to Watch For by Michael Paulson

The nominations will be announced at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Don’t expect a “Hamilton”-like sweep. This season, no single show has commanded the same attention.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Michael Moore to Take Aim at Trump, on Broadway by Michael Paulson

A (mostly) one-man show, “The Terms of My Surrender,” will run eight times a week for 12 weeks, starting in July, at the Belasco Theater.

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