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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The ‘Lion King’ Effect: How a Broadway Smash Changed South African Lives by Michael Paulson

Over 20 years, hundreds of performers have joined the show in cities around the globe. These are some of their stories — laced with hope, tragedy, homesickness and triumph.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

After a Nominator Is Denied Access, ‘1984’ Is Ineligible for Tonys by Michael Paulson

Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist and immigration-rights advocate who is a member of the Tony Awards nominating committee, was not allowed to see the play.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Return to ‘Hamilton’ Role in Puerto Rico by Michael Paulson

Mr. Miranda, the creator and original star of the musical, will return to the role he originated for a three-week run in Puerto Rico in January 2019.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Will Head Back to Broadway With Kelli O’Hara by Michael Paulson

The production will be directed by Scott Ellis (“She Loves Me”) and will begin performances in February 2019, the Roundabout Theater Company said.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ to Open in Boston With Broadway Hopes by Michael Paulson

A stage adaptation of “Moulin Rouge,” Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film that brought contemporary pop music to 19th-century Paris, is set for a June 2018 opening.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Kevin Spacey Apologizes After Allegation of Decades-Old Sexual Advance on a Minor by Michael Paulson

The actor Anthony Rapp said he was 14 when Mr. Spacey laid down on top of him. Mr. Spacey said he had no recollection and then disclosed that he is gay.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Donald Trump and Michael Moore Quarrel Over Broadway Show by Michael Paulson

Mr. Trump said “The Terms of My Surrender,” a solo show that critiqued the president, was “a total bomb.” In response, Mr. Moore called it “a smash hit.”

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Friday, October 20, 2017

‘The Prom’ Gets a Date for Broadway by Michael Paulson

The musical, about publicity-seeking performers who challenge small-town small-mindedness, will arrive in the 2018-19 season.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

‘Brilliant,’ 41 and Lost to AIDS: The Theater World Asks Why by Michael Paulson

The death of Michael Friedman, a much-admired composer and lyricist, has left friends and fellow artists asking if they could have done more to help him amid signs of trouble.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Big Grosses for Bruce Springsteen as Broadway Run Begins by Michael Paulson

An intimate evening with the Boss soars at the box office.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

$998 to Say Hello to Dolly? That’s the Price for Some Front Row Seats by Michael Paulson

Producers are asking more for choice seats during the last weeks of Bette Midler’s run in the musical revival.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Cher Musical is Broadway-Bound by Michael Paulson

“The Cher Show,” a musical that uses her songs to tell her life story, will open first in Chicago.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

‘Pretty Woman’ as a Broadway Musical? Get Ready by Michael Paulson

With Samantha Barks in the role that made Julia Roberts famous, the stage musical aims to open in New York next fall.

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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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