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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Lorraine Hansberry Statue to Be Unveiled in Times Square by Sarah Bahr

A life-size likeness of the pioneering playwright will be unveiled in June as part of a new initiative to honor her legacy.

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at 40: The Plant That Conquered the World by Sarah Bahr

Members of the cast and creative team from the original production, as well as the current Off Broadway revival, look back on how the show came together and discuss its enduring influence.

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Library of Congress Acquires Neil Simon Papers by Sarah Bahr

The collection of approximately 7,700 items, donated by Simon’s widow, includes dozens of unfinished shows, including a screenplay written for Bette Midler and Whoopi Goldberg.

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Benedict Lombe Wins the Blackburn Prize for ‘Lava’ by Sarah Bahr

The British Congolese playwright earned the $25,000 prize for her memoir-monologue that deals with Black identity and displacement.

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

‘Kinky Boots’ Sets Summer Return Off Broadway by Sarah Bahr

A revival of the Tony-winning Cyndi Lauper-Harvey Fierstein collaboration will begin performances at Stage 42 in July.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Noah Reid Preps for Parenthood With Plants and Nina Simone by Sarah Bahr

The “Schitt’s Creek” star makes his Broadway debut this month in Tracy Letts’s new comedy “The Minutes.”

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

With Its Future Uncertain, the Humana Festival Will Not Return in 2022 by Sarah Bahr

The showcase of work by contemporary American playwrights will not take place this year, either in person or online — and after that, it’s up in the air.

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

LeBron Fandom, and the Making of a Friendship in ‘King James’ by Sarah Bahr

Rajiv Joseph’s new play, which chronicles the bond between two LeBron James fans over 12 years, is having its world premiere at Steppenwolf in Chicago.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Barrow Group Announces New $4 Million Performing Arts Center by Sarah Bahr

The 35-year-old Off Broadway company and actor training center will open a new space, which will include a 60-seat theater and five sound studios, in April.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

How Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster and ‘The Music Man’ Withstood Covid by Sarah Bahr

Nearly 60 cast and crew members have tested positive since rehearsals began. Now, following a 10-day shutdown during previews, opening night is near.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

7 Ways to Remember Martin Luther King in New York by Sarah Bahr

From in-person and virtual performances to exhibitions and tours, the city offers plenty of options for honoring the civil rights leader this year.

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Under the Radar Festival Returns, Smaller but Still Funky by Sarah Bahr

The experimental festival at the Public Theater will return in person with fewer shows and, for the first time, performances outside New York City.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

N.Y.U. Skirball Season Reinvigorates the Classics by Sarah Bahr

Elevator Repair Service will premiere a show inspired by Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” and the Classical Theater of Harlem’s hip-hop-infused “Seize the King” gets an encore.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Park Avenue Armory Announces Futuristic New Season by Sarah Bahr

Highlights include the North American premieres of Michel van der Aa’s opera “Upload” and Robert Icke’s production of “Hamlet.”

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Cherry Lane Theater Is Back on the Market After Sale Falls Through by Sarah Bahr

It seemed as if the Lucille Lortel Theater Foundation’s purchase of the theater was a done deal in July. But now the property is back on the market.

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Friday, November 5, 2021

‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’: A Musical Based on a Musical About Writing a Musical. We Explain. by Sarah Bahr

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut is an adaptation of a show by Jonathan Larson, creator of “Rent.” This guide unpacks the many layers.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Kristina Wong’s Pandemic Story: Sewing With Her Aunties by Sarah Bahr

The performance artist ran a mask-making operation during the pandemic. That inspired her new comedy at New York Theater Workshop.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Indian Film Is Being Adapted Into a Broadway Musical by Sarah Bahr

“Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” a popular Hindi-language movie from 1995, will debut during the 2022-23 season.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Cecily Strong to Make New York Theater Debut at the Shed by Sarah Bahr

The “S.N.L.” star steps into a role originated by Lily Tomlin, and Claudia Rankine’s “Help” gets its pandemic-delayed world premiere in the new Shed season.

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at 50: What Was the Buzz? by Sarah Bahr

The rock opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, opened on Broadway on Oct. 12, 1971, to protests, an irate composer — and sold-out shows.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

The Flea Announces New Resident Company and a Focus on Black and Queer Artists by Sarah Bahr

The Off Off Broadway theater, which ended programs for emerging artists in December, will return next year with a model that centers the work of underrepresented artists.

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Monday, October 4, 2021

National Endowment for the Humanities Awards Covid Relief Grants by Sarah Bahr

The American Rescue Plan Act, with its $87.8 million in funding, will support projects at nearly 300 cultural and educational institutions in the country.

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Monday, September 27, 2021

The Best and Worst Moments of the Tony Awards by Jesse Green, Stella Bugbee, Maya Salam, Sarah Bahr and Nancy Coleman

Despite an evening split between streaming and TV, the message on Sunday night was clear: Broadway is back.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Long-Delayed Tony Awards Are Almost Here. This Is What to Expect. by Sarah Bahr

The ceremony is taking place at the Winter Garden Theater on Sunday. We bring you up to speed on everything that has happened since the shutdown.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

David Alan Grier on Navigating the Art World as a Black Collector by Sarah Bahr

The Tony-nominated actor and comedian discusses his love for overalls, citrus trees and trying to sell his teenage daughter on Frank Sinatra.

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Bushwick Starr Gets New $2.2 Million Home by Sarah Bahr

The innovative Brooklyn performing arts space is moving three L stops away, to a former dairy plant in Bushwick — and prepping for a new chapter as a neighborhood cultural hub.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Soho Rep Returns With Job Initiative and New Plays by Sarah Bahr

Sarah Benson, the theater’s artistic director, said she hopes that the productions this season will respond to a transformative moment in theater.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

‘Beetlejuice’ Will Return to Broadway in April by Sarah Bahr

It was pushed out of the Winter Garden to make way for “The Music Man.” Now this fan-favorite musical is getting a second life at the Marriott Marquis.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

James Whiteside Thinks ‘The Legend of Zelda’ Would Make a Great Ballet by Sarah Bahr

The American Ballet Theater dancer discusses the beauty of anime soundtracks, the virtue of late ’90s music videos and playing video games backstage.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Sara Bareilles on the Lessons of Pema Chodron and the Joy of 10-Mile Walks by Sarah Bahr

The 41-year-old singer-songwriter is back on Broadway in September for her fourth starring turn in “Waitress.”

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