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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

PLAY GROSSES GO WRONG: SALES TUMBLE FOR SECOND SEASON by Philip Boroff

Broadway producers and investors made the brave decision to present several new plays without stars this past season. Audiences haven’t followed. Grosses for straight plays (non-mus…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

BROADWAY SEASONAL GROSSES HIT RECORD; AVG. TICKET $109 by Philip Boroff

Even if Broadway took this week off, 2016-17 would still surpass last season’s record grosses. After 51 weeks, Broadway has sold $1.415 billion of tickets, vs. $1.373 billion for all…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

‘REBECCA’ PRODUCER SUIT FLOPS IN COURT; PRESS AGENT MUST PAY TOKEN $90,000 OF DAMAGES by Philip Boroff

In a court battle over money and reputations, the partnership that sought to bring Rebecca the Musical to Broadway won a token $90,000 damage award against its former press agent and failed …

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

QUESTIONS & MORE QUESTIONS: ‘REBECCA’ DELIBERATIONS BEGIN by Philip Boroff

Rebecca Broadway LP vs. Marc Thibodeau went to the jury this afternoon after two weeks of testimony. The five women and one man had a range of information requests out of the gate in order t…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

‘REBECCA’ PARTNERSHIP SEEKS $11 MILLION PLUS PUNITIVE DAMAGES IN PRESS AGENT ‘BETRAYAL’ by Philip Boroff

At 2:30 pm, Marc Thibodeau was a courageous truth teller. By 4 pm he was a destructive liar. Closing statements at the Rebecca civil trial this afternoon painted opposing pictures of its f…

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

DID ‘REBECCA’ PRODUCER IGNORE WARNINGS ABOUT GRIFTER? by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: The email was sent at 8:21 am Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Subject line: “Confidential.” “Have you ever Googled Mark Hotton Long Island?” wrote Marc Thibodeau…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

‘REBECCA’ TESTIMONY ENDS ON DISCLOSURE OF WEAK SALES by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: On Sept. 27, 2012, four days before Rebecca the Musical was to begin rehearsals, it sold 27 tickets. The day’s “wrap,” or sales, was $2,952.50, according to…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

THE STRAIGHT PLAY CHALLENGE: CAPITALIZE ON TONY NOMINATIONS by Philip Boroff

The Tony Award for best musical is commercially valuable, but what about nominations for plays? The next few weeks will test how much theatergoers care, with three of the four best play nom…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

‘NATASHA,’ ‘DOLLY’ & ‘DOLL’S HOUSE 2’ LEAD TONY NOMINATIONS by Philip Boroff

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Hello, Dolly! and A Doll’s House, Part 2 got the most Tony Award nominations this morning in their respective categories. Natasha compete…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

SPRECHER CHOKES UP TESTIFYING ABOUT ‘REBECCA’ COLLAPSE by Philip Boroff

Producer Ben Sprecher broke down on the stand today at the Rebecca civil trial in lower Manhattan, while recounting being forced to shutter the $12 million musical on the eve of its first …

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Monday, April 24, 2017

‘REBECCA’ COURTROOM BOMBSHELL: SPRECHER LOSES RIGHTS TO MUSICAL, OWES INVESTORS $5.5 MILLION by Philip Boroff

Producer Ben Sprecher’s 11-year quest to bring Rebecca the Musical to Broadway is over. Last year, he lost the license to produce the show and owes his investors about $5.5 million, h…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

BAREILLES, MIDLER, RUFFALO SELL OUT; STAR-LESS PLAYS FLAT by Philip Boroff

Easter week was flush for Broadway’s flashiest star vehicles and dismal for serious new plays, Pulitzer Prize notwithstanding. Two Scott Rudin productions in previews tell the story:…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

New York Times strikes again as review for British farce goes wrong by Philip Boroff

Broadway plays struggle while musicals sell well ahead of Tony Award nominations

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Monday, March 27, 2017

BRANTLEY DOUBLE PLAY HOBBLES COMPETITION FOR ‘OSLO’: BOX OFFICE by Philip Boroff

Oslo arrives with a rare asset for a play this season: strong pre-Broadway reviews from a working New York Times critic. Ben Brantley called J.T. Rogers’ drama about the 1993 accord …

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Monday, March 20, 2017

‘DOLLY’ SALES DELECTABLE IN BUSIEST WEEK OF 2017: BOX OFFICE by Philip Boroff

One of the season’s most anticipated musical revivals, the Scott Rudin-produced Hello, Dolly!, got off to a fast start in Broadway’s top-selling and best-attended week of the year…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

PATTI LUPONE, PHILLIPA SOO & JAKE GYLLENHAAL DELIVER IN BROADWAY’S BIGGEST WEEK SINCE EARLY JANUARY: BOX OFFICE by Philip Boroff

Starry musicals got off to a strong start in what was the industry’s best seven days since the first week of the year. Sales were $27.7 million, up 16 percent from the week before a…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

IT’S A HIT! (MAYBE) ‘SUNDAY IN THE PARK’ BUILDS AT BOX OFFICE by Philip Boroff

Sunday in the Park with George, which began a more experimental phase for Stephen Sondheim when the musical debuted off-Broadway in 1983, is doing big business in its latest go-round. Sa…

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

EVENT: ‘BIG RIVER’ REVIEW BROUHAHA SPURS DISCUSSION by Philip Boroff

Amid the commotion over the New York Times review of the Encores! revival of Big River revolving around context and criticism, the nonprofit Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Ameri…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES DOWNGRADES ‘SIGNIFICANT OTHER’ TO CASUAL ACQUAINTANCE by Philip Boroff

In an unusual reversal caused by the departure of its No. 2 theater critic, the New York Times relinquished its support of Significant Other once it arrived on Broadway. What Charles Isher…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BEHIND THE TIMES: LYNN NOTTAGE, DAVID HENRY HWANG URGE PAPER TO REPLACE ISHERWOOD WITH WOMAN OF COLOR by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: With a search underway to fill one of the highest-profile jobs in theater criticism, influential playwrights are pressing for diversity. They’re among more than 800 i…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

FROM ‘WICKED’ TO ‘DEAR EVAN HANSEN’: THE LESSONS OF PRODUCER-INVESTOR CARL MOELLENBERG by Philip Boroff

INTERVIEW: Is the moderately successful commercial Broadway production in danger of extinction? “There are still many shows doing exceptionally well, but it seems there are more show…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

‘SUNSET BOULEVARD’ STORMS THE PALACE IN PREVIEWS by Philip Boroff

Broadway audiences can’t get enough of Glenn Close or Andrew Lloyd Webber. A new revival of Sunset Boulevard grossed an impressive $834,000 in its first five previews last week at the Pa…

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CHARLES ISHERWOOD EXITS NEW YORK TIMES by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: The rumors are true. Charles Isherwood, the influential theater critic who’s been at the New York Times since 2004, has left the paper, a person familiar with the situat…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

ECONOMICAL ‘IN TRANSIT’ SEEKS BOOST FROM CLINTON ENDORSEMENT by Philip Boroff

 In Transit, the low-grossing new musical that Bill and Hillary Clinton saw Wednesday night, is losing less money than you might think. As Broadway’s first acapella musical, it doe…

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Monday, January 30, 2017

OSCAR BOUNCE FOR ‘DEAR EVAN HANSEN’? by Philip Boroff

Dear Evan Hansen, the new show by the lyricists of La La Land, had a record week on Broadway as their movie musical got 14 Academy Award nominations. With music and lyrics by Benj Pasek an…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

THE GRANT WHERE IT HAPPENS: BROADWAY PRIZES THE N.E.A. (AS DOES NEW SECRETARY OF STATE) by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Hamilton, Next to Normal, War Horse and South Pacific have something in common besides acclaim and awards. They share a patron in the federal government. The National Endowm…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

HISTORIC BROADWAY SEASON PRODUCES MUSICAL DELUGE by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: For anyone in need of a diversion, Broadway is presenting its busiest season for musicals in 36 years. Nineteen new musicals and revivals have opened or are scheduled to open …

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Friday, January 6, 2017

BRYAN CRANSTON ON DECK FOR ‘DAMN YANKEES’ REVIVAL by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: A star of the new heyday of television is taking a swing at a golden age musical. Bryan Cranston, the Breaking Bad actor who loves baseball and theater, is in talks to hea…

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

HELLO MIDLER! ‘DOLLY’ INTRODUCES $525 TICKET by Philip Boroff

The producer of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler recently raised its top ticket to $525, the most expensive seat on Broadway that isn’t for Hamilton. Introduced after runawa…

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Monday, November 14, 2016

BROADWAY ACTIVISTS: RESISTANCE TO TRUMP ISN’T FUTILE by Philip Boroff

Broadway’s unofficial post-election strategy: hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Citing Donald Trump’s campaign statements, commercials and recent appointments, many the…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

BROADWAY RECOILS AT TRUMP UPSET by Philip Boroff

Broadway performers and writers, who lampooned Donald Trump and his wife during the presidential campaign and raised millions for Hillary Clinton, expressed despair and defiance as  the de…

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