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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Chita Rivera: Love and Love Alone by Patrick Pacheco

Journalist Patrick Pacheco, who collaborated with Rivera on her memoir, shares stories from their decades-long partnership.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

The risks and rewards of two-part plays on Broadway by Patrick Pacheco

Two-part plays have held sway over producers for decades, promising accolades and speaking to a higher calling of bringing the production to the masses.  And yet, when these shows come to B…

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

4 Theatrical Scholarships and Grants to Consider by Patrick Pacheco

From the Jonathan Larson Grant to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, financial assistance programs look to level the playing field for the next theatre greats.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

“Angels in America” Tony-Winning Andrew Garfield on Emotional Rollercoaster: Interview by Patrick Pacheco

When the Tony-winning revival of “Angels in America” ends its Broadway run, it will be Andrew Garfield, as Prior Walter, who will say the last lines: “You are fabulous. Each and every …

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Harry Potter’s Play Secrets Revealed by Steven Hoggett: Interview by Patrick Pacheco

One of the most disturbing and memorable images in theatrical history came in 2006 when a body pushed its way up through the felt of a billiard table in Gregory Burke’s “Black Watch.” …

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

How Lifetime Achievement Tony Award Recipient Andrew Lloyd Webber Directly Pays It Forward to Young Artists by Patrick Pacheco

The aspiring artists touched by the American Theatre Wing’s Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative speak out about the gift from the Tony-winning composer-lyricist.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Can Ethan Slater squeeze out a Tony Award from the 'SpongeBob' musical? by Patrick Pacheco

Before being seduced into theater, Ethan Slater was a high school and college wrestler — the sport a source of discipline, work ethic and body awareness. “I knew where my body was at all…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

How Sexy Movie “Maine” Pushes Boundaries, by Hot Producer Summer Shelton: Interview by Patrick Pacheco

It’s little wonder that “Casablanca” is among the all-time favorite films of Summer Shelton. After all, the 37-year-old film producer is drawn to stories about people who don’t expec…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Top 8 Must-See Shows Coming to Broadway: Hot Tickets for Spring by Patrick Pacheco

Put a star in a limited engagement on Broadway and you’ve got a set-up for a hot ticket and premium price exorbitance. Think of Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler (“Hello, Dolly!”), Uma T…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The hottest merch of 'Hamilton,' from the 'Scrappy' baby onesie to the 'My Shot' glass by Patrick Pacheco

Be sure that your wallet is full of Hamiltons if you plan on walking away from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical with merchandise to commemorate the day. At the pop-up store in the Paramount Ho…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal Takes On Georges Seurat by Patrick Pacheco

The producers of the new revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, recently announced that the show would not be c…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Oscar Nominations Shrink Distance Between Broadway and Hollywood by Patrick Pacheco

There was a sense of déjà vu on Broadway when the Oscar nominations were announced, especially when it came to the four nods for “Fences”: Best Picture, Best Actor (Denzel Washington),…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Mary Tyler Moore’s Tough Year on Broadway by Patrick Pacheco

Mary Tyler Moore, who died on Wednesday at age 80, has been mourned as one of the most beloved actors of her time, celebrated particularly for her long runs on TV’s “Dick Van Dyke Show�…

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Streep’s Golden Globes Attack on Trump: A Brilliantly Simple Anti-Bullying Strategy by Patrick Pacheco

Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the electoral college was seen by some pundits as a repudiation of the liberal bastions of Hollywood and Broadway. After all, Hillary Clinton was support…

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, On and Off Stage by Patrick Pacheco

When Debbie Reynolds called her daughter, Carrie, she would invariably announce over the phone, “Carrie, this is Debbie Reynolds, your mother.”With the sardonic, eye-rolling flippancy th…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Producer-Felon Heads Back to Broadway With “Madame Sousatzka” by Patrick Pacheco

Garth Drabinsky, one of Broadway’s most flamboyant — some would say notorious — producers of the 1990s, is staging a comeback with “Sousatzka,” a new Broadway-bound musical now gea…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Thanks #boycotthamilton: A Record-Breaking $3.3M in 1 Week for the Broadway Smash by Patrick Pacheco

Nothing like a boycott promoted by conservative Republicans to send the Broadway grosses soaring.  The boycott of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manual Miranda’s mega-smash, was started, you’l…

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Basquiat and Warhol, Together Again in Calvin Levels' "Collaboration" by Patrick Pacheco

In the Spring of 1985, the actor and playwright Calvin Levels was taking in Jean-Michel Basquiat’s exhibition at the Mary Boone Gallery when he spied the artist, who had lately become huge…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ironies Abound in the Trump v. “Hamilton” Duel by Patrick Pacheco

As everyone who's been awake this week knows, a Twitter tempest was set off when the cast of “Hamilton,” at the curtain call of last Saturday evening’s performance, addressed a patron …

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

“Sweet Charity” in Trump Time: “There’s Gotta Be Something Better than This”! by Patrick Pacheco

Charity Valentine, the indomitable dance hall hostess is back, and in the parlance of classic movie ads, the New Group has got her. Now in its 20th year, the non-profit off-Broadway company,…

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Broadway Law: “Shuffle Along” Suit Follows “Comet” Settlement by Patrick Pacheco

The legal salvos flying over the program billing in “The Great Comet of 1812” were happily resolved just before that Broadway musical opened to very strong notices.  But then just o…

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Baryshnikov and Robert Wilson: A Marriage Made in Nijinsky’s Hell by Patrick Pacheco

When the diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky — written in 1919 just before he was committed to a Zurich sanatorium — were first published in 1936, the writer Henry Miller praised them as “a com…

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Q&A With Sarah Jones: A New Look at the World’s Oldest Profession by Patrick Pacheco

As part of research into her new show “Sell/ Buy/ Date,” about prostitution, Sarah Jones enticed johns from a window in the red light district of Amsterdam, recalled how she felt when L.…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Can Jo-Lo and Her Curves Bend ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ Into a TV Hit? by Patrick Pacheco

NBC-TV, the network which has turned live broadcasts of Broadway musicals into a bonanza, recently announced that Jennifer Lopez would be starring in “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” its 2017 holiday…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Will a New Lawsuit Taint Josh Groban’s Broadway Debut? by Patrick Pacheco

In the brilliant new revival of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” the protagonists, French aristocrats played superbly by Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer, face off over dueling agendas.  …

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Q&A with Chita Rivera: ‘In a Kick-Ass Mood’ at Carnegie Hall by Patrick Pacheco

There’ll be few rear-view glances when, at 83, Chita Rivera makes her Carnegie Hall debut on Monday, November 7. The show is titled “Nowadays,” after the song written for her and Gwen …

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Could Program Billing Furor Damage ‘Great Comet’? by Patrick Pacheco

One of the most heartening developments for those who yearn for a bolder commercial theater has been the success of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.” The innovative musica…

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Friday, October 21, 2016

‘Hamilton’s America’ on PBS’s ‘Great Performances’ Gets You In to Broadway’s Hottest Show by Patrick Pacheco

Whenever Broadway has a hot ticket—and in recent history no ticket has been hotter than “Hamilton”—there is always the temptation to indulge in what Donald Trump has called “truthf…

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Brandon Uranowitz on ‘Falsettos’: Why Every Actor Should See a Shrink by Patrick Pacheco

Brandon Uranowitz quickly cops to the fact that Mendel, the psychiatrist he plays in the new Broadway revival of “Falsettos,” is wildly inappropriate. His conduct is little short of inde…

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Unkindest Cut of All for Trump: Broadway All In for Hillary Rodham Clinton by Patrick Pacheco

A star-studded roster of Broadway performers has given a hand to Hillary Clinton’s campaign while giving the finger to Donald Trump. Headlined by Billy Crystal,  the fundraiser “Str…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Q&A With Kyle Riabko: How Bacharach Captivated a Canadian Blues Rocker by Patrick Pacheco

There wasn’t a lot of Burt Bacharach on the jukebox in Bud’s on Broadway, a blues bar in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a favorite hangout of local Kyle Riabko, a musician who gravitated to Er…

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