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Friday, April 20, 2018

Term of Affection? Ethnic Slur? Theater Union Decides That ‘Gypsy’ Must Go. by Michael Paulson

While performers who go from show to show embrace the identity, Actors’ Equity has decided that a ceremony celebrating them needs to be renamed.

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Bette Midler to Return to ‘Hello, Dolly!’ This Summer by Michael Paulson

Ms. Midler, who won a Tony for her performance, will close out the last six weeks of the hit show.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Underworld Will Stop in London en Route to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The musical “Hadestown,” a new take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, will open on Broadway after a run at the National Theater in London.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles to Host Tony Awards by Michael Paulson

The two, who recently made their own Broadway debuts, will host the ceremony on June 10; much of it will be broadcast on CBS.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Courtroom Drama: Producer Offers to Stage Disputed ‘Mockingbird’ for Judge by Michael Paulson and Alexandra Alter

The disagreement over the characterization of Atticus Finch expands to a second lawsuit between the producers and the Lee estate.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Another Harry Potter Landmark: At $68 Million, the Most Expensive Broadway Nonmusical Play Ever by Michael Paulson

In a sign of high expectations for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the producers and theater owners spent lavishly, even paying Cirque du Soleil to clear out of the space.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tony Rulings: ‘1984’ Can Vie for Best Play; Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane Avoid Showdown by Michael Paulson

The committee on eligibility also decided that Glenda Jackson stood tallest of “Three Tall Women.”

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Actors Push for Two New Tony Awards: Ensembles and Choruses by Michael Paulson

“Everybody onstage needs to be able to compete and receive recognition for their performance,” said Mary McColl, executive director of Actors’ Equity.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

John Legend and the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Cast on Faith and Musicals by Michael Paulson

Mr. Legend, Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper and Brandon Victor Dixon, the lead actors in NBC’s upcoming live performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” discuss the play, their faith and mus…

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

‘Beetlejuice’ Musical Is Heading to Washington, Then Broadway by Michael Paulson

The comedy, about a ghost trying to scare away a family, is based on Tim Burton’s movie. Alex Timbers is directing, and it is to open in October in Washington.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

‘Carousel’ Revival to Credit Agnes de Mille’s Original Choreography by Michael Paulson

Ms. de Mille’s work on the 1945 production is considered an important development in musical theater, and it will be noted in Playbills starting next week.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

We Asked 7 Lawyers to Untangle the Broadway Fight Over ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Michael Paulson and Alexandra Alter

Here is how our panel of lawyers looked at key issues in a lawsuit over Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Springsteen Signs Up for More Time on Broadway by Michael Paulson

His solo show will run through Dec. 15, but tickets are available only to those who tried to get them earlier.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Broadway Version of ‘Mockingbird’ by Alexandra Alter and Michael Paulson

The federal suit says that the Aaron Sorkin’s script for the play, set this fall for Broadway, deviates too much from “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

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Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Broadway Version of ‘Mockingbird’ by Alexandra Alter and Michael Paulson

The federal suit says that the Aaron Sorkin’s script for the play, set this fall for Broadway, deviates too much from “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

‘Frozen’ on Broadway Made Them Sisters. Heartbreak Made Them Friends. by Michael Paulson

Caissie Levy and Patti Murin have the roles of a lifetime in the adaptation of Disney’s hit. But becoming Elsa and Anna was no fairy tale.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Problem With Broadway Revivals: They Revive Gender Stereotypes, Too by Michael Paulson

Audiences love the classic songs. And producers love filling seats. But in this #MeToo moment, what to make of musicals like “My Fair Lady” and “Carousel”?

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Exclusive Preview: Video of Elsa’s New Ballad in Broadway-Bound ‘Frozen’ by Michael Paulson

The Brooklyn songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez talked about the new song “Monster” in an interview this week.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Off Broadway Theater Cuts Ties With Neil LaBute by Michael Paulson

MCC Theater, where Mr. LaBute was playwright-in-residence, did not immediately offer an explanation for terminating the relationship and canceling his next play.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

‘The Ferryman,’ a Look at Anguish in Northern Ireland, Is Set for Broadway by Michael Paulson and Patrick Healy

Written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes, the work centers on a family unraveling and evokes state-of-a-nation themes.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

A Broadway Bigwig Lampoons Trump, Despite Family Ties by Michael Paulson

The Roth family dynamic: The father does business with Donald Trump, and the son makes fun of him in an explicit video series.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Broadway Producer Named BAM’s New Artistic Director by Michael Paulson

David Binder, who also has experience producing festivals in New York and London, will succeed Joseph V. Melillo.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Broadway’s Smallest Theater Is Reopening, This Time as a Nonprofit by Michael Paulson and George Etheredge For The New York Times

Once named the Little Theater, the playhouse now known as the Helen Hayes is about to be reincarnated again.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

At 90, Hal Prince Dishes on ‘Fiddler,’ ‘Cabaret’ and Reining in Ambition by Michael Paulson

Six tidbits from ‘The Hal Prince Talks,’ a three-hour satellite radio interview with the storied Broadway producer and director.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Goodspeed Cancels Woody Allen Musical by Michael Paulson

The theater has dropped “Bullets Over Broadway” from its schedule, citing a sexual abuse allegation made by Mr. Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Catholic College Strips Honorary Degree From Disgraced Long Wharf Director by Michael Paulson

Gordon Edelstein, fired by Long Wharf Theater, lost an honor bestowed by a Catholic college because he had made sexual jokes about the nuns.

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‘Tootsie’ Musical Sets Its Sights on a Broadway Opening by Michael Paulson

David Yazbek, the composer of “The Band’s Visit,” will write the score and Santino Fontana has signed on to play the role created by Dustin Hoffman in the film.

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Daughters of African Immigrants Use the Stage to Tell of Two Worlds by Michael Paulson

A new trend in theater, as plays by Danai Gurira, Jocelyn Bioh, Mfoniso Udofia and Ngozi Anyanwu bring first-generation stories to the stage.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Long Wharf Theater’s Artistic Director Fired Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations by Michael Paulson

The board of the theater met a day after The New York Times published a story detailing accusations by multiple women.

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Pam MacKinnon, Tony-Winning Director, to Lead San Francisco Theater by Michael Paulson

Ms. MacKinnon will succeed Carey Perloff as the head of the American Conservatory Theater, a prominent regional institution.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Long Wharf Theater Leader Is Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Michael Paulson

Gordon Edelstein made unwelcome advances and crude remarks about women, lesbians and nuns, according to current and former employees. He has been placed on leave.

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