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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tony Award Winner Mary Tyler Moore, Television and Cultural Icon, Dies at 80 by Robert Simonson

Through two iconic sitcoms, Moore achieved television immortality.

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Tony and Emmy Winner Mary Tyler Moore Dies at 80 by Robert Simonson

Through two iconic sitcoms, Moore achieved television immortality.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Why Chazz Palminteri Never Gets Sick of His Bronx Tale by Robert Simonson

One-man show. Feature film. Musical. Palminteri’s story doesn’t get old, it just gets better.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Edward Albee, Towering American Playwright, Dies at 88 by Robert Simonson

Author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Three Tall Women, A Delicate Balance, is dead.

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In Case You Missed It: Sept. 10-16 by Robert Simonson

Midler gets some co-stars, Garland goes to Goodspeed, and The Humans leaves Broadway.

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Silent Shows: 11 Musicals That Surprisingly Never Got a Cast Recording by Robert Simonson

Some musicals by such notable composers at Alan Menken, Charles Strouse and Kurt Weill were never preserved on wax.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Jack Hofsiss, Tony-Winning Director for The Elephant Man, Dies by Robert Simonson

Hofsiss was the youngest person to win a directing Tony Award at the time.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Broadway Box-Office Analysis: September 5-11 by Robert Simonson

Fun Home played to near capacity houses in its clsoing week, but several of the big musicals along Broadway took a hit at the box-office.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

A 9/11 Reflection: Broadway Looks Back by Robert Simonson

In reflection on Sept. 11, Playbill.com looks back at our feature 'When the Curtain Came Down on the American Heart.'

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Friday, September 9, 2016

In Case You Missed It: September 3-9 by Robert Simonson

Both Danny DeVito and the play Marvin's Room get their Broadway debuts, and Spamilton, the Hamilton spoof, opens and more.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Broadway Box-Office Analysis: August 29-September 4 by Robert Simonson

Ticketbuyers rushed to see Les Misérables and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in their final weeks.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

In Case You Missed It: August 27-September 2 by Robert Simonson

Moulin Rouge is coming to the stage, and #Ham4Ham bids farewell to Broadway.

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9 Actors Who Got Their Start in Les Misérables? by Robert Simonson

As the latest revival of the Schönberg and Boubil classic prepares for its final performance, we look back at the talent who got their start in the show. Turns out, the long-running musical…

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Broadway Box-Office Analysis: August 22-28 by Robert Simonson

Les Misérables continued its strong summer, while Hamilton was the only show to break $2 million.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

In Case You Missed It: August 20-26 by Robert Simonson

Paula Vogel may finally get to Broadway, and a triple dose of Sondheim news.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Steven Hill, Character Actor of Screen and Stage, Dies at 94 by Robert Simonson

The Law & Order star was one of the first students at the Actors Studio.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Broadway Box-Office Analysis: August 15-21 by Robert Simonson

August remained a weak month along Broadway, but Finding Neverland enjoyed a box-office burst in its final week.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Your Guide to the Fall 2016 Off-Broadway Season by Robert Simonson

The anxiety and unease evident throughout the nation are reflected in many of autumn’s upcoming Off-Broadway attractions.

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Your Guide to the Fall Broadway Season by Robert Simonson

The seven plays, six musicals and other amazing performances scheduled to tread the boards in this fall season.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

In Case You Missed It: August 13-19 by Robert Simonson

Groundhog Day woke up to the best days its had yet, and new musical productions in Atlanta and St. Louis have Broadway-caliber casts.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Broadway Box-Office Analysis: August 8-14 by Robert Simonson

The Humans returned to the boards with greater attendance but not the same box-office strength, and Cats showed staying power.

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John Vaccaro, Founder of Playhouse of the Ridiculous, Dies at 86 by Robert Simonson

His anarchic, broad style of theatre became an influential force in 1960s Off-Broadway.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fyvush Finkel, Living Link to Yiddish Theater Past, Dies at 93 by Robert Simonson

The comic actor successfully transitioned from a life in Yiddish theater to a mainstream career.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Patrice Munsel, Opera Singer Who Worked in Theatre, Dies at 91 by Robert Simonson

The Met Soprano took on Broadway roles across the U.S.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Seth Gelblum, Lawyer to Theater Professionals, Dies by Robert Simonson

Gelblum received a special Tony Award for his services.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

David Huddleston, Stage and Film Character Actor, Dies at 85 by Robert Simonson

Huddleston performed in Broadway revivals of 1776 and Death of a Salesman.

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Broadway Box-Office Analysis: August 1-7 by Robert Simonson

During a relatively pallid week on Broadway, the new revival of Cats did well, as did Les Miz.

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Norman Twain, Bajour and Henry, Sweet Henry Producer, Dies at 85 by Robert Simonson

Twain was a regular presence on Broadway and off, before decamping to California in the 1970s.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

In Case You Missed It: July 30-August 5 by Robert Simonson

It’s the ’90s on Broadway all over again, with Cats on the boards, Miss Saigon due next year and Sunset Boulevard possibly on its way.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Gloria DeHaven, Hollywood Musical Ingenue, Dies at 91 by Robert Simonson

She appeared in movie musicals opposite Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, and one Broadway show.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

James Houghton, Founder of Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre, Dies by Robert Simonson

The New York theatre landscape was transformed by a company that dedicated each season to the work of one playwright.

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