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Friday, June 14, 2019

THE DEVIL MADE THEM DO IT: ‘HADESTOWN’ RAISES PRICES by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: With investors to repay and resellers on the prowl, the producers of Hadestown  increased ticket prices by as much as 47 percent, coinciding with the show’s best musical win a…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

INCLUSIVENESS AS BIG BOX OFFICE & OTHER TONY TAKEAWAYS by Philip Boroff

Hadestown’s strong sales and its Tony Award for Best Musical may advance the cause of female theater artists more effectively than any speech advocating for industry inclusiveness. The in…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

TOOTSIE’S INSIDER ADVANTAGE AT THE TONY AWARDS by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive Tony Awards contest, can producers who vote for their own show make a difference? I obtained a list of voters in the 2017-18 season — which I’m told is largel…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

ESCAPE FROM MANDERLEY: ‘REBECCA’ PRODUCER SETTLES WITH PRESS AGENT by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Broadway’s oddest and most enduring financing-scandal-turned-courtroom-drama has closed. After six years, 471 legal filings, one trial and another that had been on tap, Rebecca…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

BROADWAY POSTS RECORD SALES, RISING ATTENDANCE by Philip Boroff

Thanks to Hamilton,  The Lion King,  Harry Potter and other blockbusters that draw fans from around the world, Broadway reported a record $1.8 billion in sales — up 7.8 percent — for t…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A SAFE SPACE IN THE DARK: NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP’S JAMES NICOLA by Philip Boroff

What the Constitution Means to Me and Hadestown,  two of the most of the acclaimed Broadway shows of the season, were both developed at New York Theatre Workshop. Last night, Artistic Dire…

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THE FIRE BEHIND THEATRE FOR A NEW AUDIENCE: JEFFREY HOROWITZ AT THE OBIES by Philip Boroff

While accepting a lifetime achievement award at the Obies last night, Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz described how an apartment fire helped him create the nonprofit Theatre for …

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

WOMEN COMPOSERS SHINE LIGHT ON B’WAY BOYS CLUB by Philip Boroff

For female musical theater composers, this season has been a mixed bag. Of eight original Broadway scores, just one, Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown, was written by a woman. Yet with its stan…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A NERD’S GUIDE TO THE 2019 TONY NOMINATIONS by Philip Boroff

It’s been a few years since an old-fashioned mainstream comedy won best musical at the Tony Awards. Tootsie  could change that. Its primary challenger appears to be the acclaimed New Orl…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

HEEDLESS BARON AT TOPLESS TABLOID: ‘INK’ REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Students of Rupert Murdoch may wonder why an 88-year-old multi-billionaire would devote his last years to destabilizing democracy, promoting division and thwarting efforts to slow climate ch…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO BROADWAY: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Disturbing, timely and leavened by dry wit, What the Constitution Means to Me  is an impassioned play about American governance that may renew your faith in Broadway. Heidi Schreck, who wr…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

DAZZLING PERFORMANCES, FAMILIAR STORY: ‘AIN’T TOO PROUD’ REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Ain’t Too Proud  isn’t too original, but it should appeal to fans of the Temptations, the most successful African-American recording group in history. The musical’s five leads gorgeou…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

HUGH JACKMAN TO STAR IN RUDIN-PRODUCED ‘MUSIC MAN’ by Philip Boroff

Cementing his position as Broadway’s most prolific and arguably most powerful producer,  Scott Rudin said today that he’s reviving The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman, in October 2020…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL ON HYPERDRIVE: ‘BE MORE CHILL’ REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Set in suburban Jersey and based on Ned Vizzini’s out-there 2004 novel, Be More Chill  is about a frustrated high school junior named Jeremy (Will Roland, best-known for Dear Evan Hansen…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

MORRISSEY SELLS BRISKLY WITH TOP TICKET AT $425 by Philip Boroff

Morrissey’s seven-night engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre sold well in the first hour of general public availability, suggesting a bright future for rock stars on Broadway. As of 11 …

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

‘REBECCA’ PRODUCER SEEKS NEW TRIAL AGAINST PRESS AGENT by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Sprecher‘s six-year campaign to hold his former press agent accountable for the collapse of his musical and reputation has been cleared for another courtroom showdown. Earl…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

ACTORS’ EQUITY ENDS STRIKE AGAINST BROADWAY LEAGUE by Philip Boroff

After 33 days, Actors’ Equity has ended its strike against the Broadway League over how its members are compensated for developing new work. Actors sought revenue or profit share when …

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DAVENPORT THEATRE ENDS FIVE-YEAR RUN by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Ken Davenport’s eponymous theater is no more. “As of the end of January 2019, the Davenport Theatre has closed,” according to an announcement on Davenport Theatr…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

‘NERDS’ CRASH HIGHLIGHTS WEAK INVESTOR PROTECTION by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Ticketmaster and Telecharge say they refund theatergoers for cancelled performances. It’s a different story for investors in shows that get cancelled before opening night. …

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Friday, February 1, 2019

‘SUCCESSION’ STAR CREATES IMMIGRANT COURTROOM DRAMA: INTERVIEW by Philip Boroff

Fans of HBO’s Succession  might be surprised that Stewy, the conniving cocaine-snorting private equity operator, is played by an emigré from Iran who co-founded a civic-minded theate…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

‘DO NOT WORK’: ACTORS’ EQUITY AUTHORIZES MINI STRIKE by Philip Boroff

Actors’ Equity Association, which has been negotiating a new contract for play and musical development, authorized a strike today to halt collaboration in rehearsal rooms known as deve…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

RECORD WEEK CAPS RECORD YEAR — WITH HIGHEST PRICES FOR LONG-RUNNING HITS (TABLE) by Philip Boroff

Broadway celebrated 2019 with a slew of milestones: highest-grossing week and year in history and best-attended week and year since at least 1984, according to the Broadway League. Long-runn…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

FROM ‘REBECCA’ TO RUMPELMAYER’S: PRODUCER SEEKS INVESTORS FOR REVIVAL OF DINING ICON by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Sprecher raised and spent millions on a Broadway musical version of Rebecca  that never opened. For his next act, he wants to recreate an Old World family restaurant, update…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

‘CHER SHOW’ SHINES WITH STEPHANIE J. BLOCK: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Early in The Cher Show,  Sonny Bono reprimands Cher when she complains about the rigors of stardom.  “You bought the ticket; take the ride.” The target audience at the Neil Sim…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

BROADWAY HAS RICHEST THANKSGIVING IN HISTORY by Philip Boroff

Broadway sold $43 million of tickets in the week ending on Sunday, up 10 percent from a year ago and its best Thanksgiving ever. In an ugly week for stocks but fine one for tourism and premi…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

FATHERHOOD DISSECTED IN HYSTERICAL ‘NEW ONE’: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Mike Birbiglia likes lists. Early in his irresistible one-man comedy The New One, he cites seven reasons why he never wanted a child. “Number 1: I’ve never felt like there should…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA TO PRODUCE & OCCASIONALLY STAR IN HIP-HOP SHOW by Philip Boroff

With a top-ticket (so far) of $119, Lin-Manuel Miranda and three co-producers are mounting an engagement early next year of Freestyle Love Supreme,  the improv hip-hop group that the Hamilt…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

TONY, OBIE & MING: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NAMED FOR REVERED YALE DESIGNER (VIDEO) by Philip Boroff

The set designer and Yale professor Ming Cho Lee is officially synonymous with excellence in theatrical design. Last week at the Palm West Side restaurant, Lee was recognized for lifetime ac…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

‘THE FERRYMAN’ IS GREAT FECKIN’ THEATER: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Ninety minutes, no intermission has its appeal. But Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, with two dozen actors, a rabbit, goose, and a real-life baby dramatizing plot lines that explosivel…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

WHAT’S NEW WITH PLAYS & ILLUSIONIST DERREN BROWN’S ‘SECRET’ BROADWAY AMBITION: WEEKLY WRAP by Philip Boroff

Derren Brown‘s challenge: make a vacant Broadway theater appear out of thin air. In a conversation with Adam Green at the New Yorker Festival on Sunday, the British illusionist said …

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

‘HAMILTON’ FOR NO MONEY DOWN: TICKETMASTER INTRODUCES ‘BUY NOW, PAY LATER’ by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Can’t afford to spend $1,551, including Ticketmaster fees, for two center orchestra seats to Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre? How about 12 monthly payments of $138…

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