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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Blue Man Group Is Bought by Cirque du Soleil, With Plans to Expand by Sopan Deb

Cirque du Soleil, known for its acrobatic acts, announced that it had purchased Blue Man Productions with an eye toward expanding it to China.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Artists Protest Lincoln Center Play Backed by Israel by Sopan Deb

More than 60 artists, including the Pulitzer winner Annie Baker and the actress Greta Gerwig, asked that the play “To the End of the Land” be canceled.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ Music Video Takes Aim at Immigration by Sopan Deb

A new music video for a song off the “Hamilton Mixtape” soundtrack takes direct aim at President Trump’s immigration rhetoric.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Trump Supporters Drive an Effort to Bury the Public Theater by Michael Paulson and Sopan Deb

A production of “Julius Caesar,” which features a Caesar styled to suggest President Trump, has created a clash between his supporters and the iconic arts institution.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Now ‘Spamilton’ Really Can’t Miss Its Shot to Tease ‘Hamilton’ by Sopan Deb

The latest theater spoof by Gerard Alessandrini is moving just a block away from its source material, “Hamilton.” Is it just cashing in?

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

‘On Your Feet’ to Close in August and Embark on National Tour by Sopan Deb

“On Your Feet,” the musical based on the life of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, will reach 60 cities by 2019, including Miami, Boston and Detroit.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

The ‘Bronx Tale’ Strategy: Win Suburban Love, Not Broadway Prestige by Sopan Deb

The musical received no Tony nominations. But nostalgia and smart marketing are filling the seats with the “Jersey Boys” demographic.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

‘Rebecca’ Lawsuit Verdict Falls Far Short for Broadway Producers by Sopan Deb

As the bizarre “Rebecca” case came to a close, a jury awarded the plaintiffs $90,000, a fraction of the $10.6 million they had hoped for.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Katori Hall Is Named Artistic Director of the Hattiloo Theater in Memphis by Sopan Deb

Ms. Hall, a Memphis native and award-winning playwright best known for “The Mountaintop,” has been hired by an African-American repertory theater.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Trial for Broadway’s ‘Rebecca’ Scandal Begins by Sopan Deb

A court case involving one of the most high profile scandals in Broadway history began on Monday.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

An Atlanta Theater Faces Criticism for Gay Versions of Bible Stories by Sopan Deb

The Out Front Theater Company is facing criticism for planning to show a play that tells stories from the Old Testament through the eyes of gay characters.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Final Round of Annenberg Fellowships Announced by Sopan Deb

The 10th and final group of Annenberg fellows was announced, and the up-and-coming artists include one who performed for President Obama.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments by Sopan Deb

It was the first time a president has called for ending the endowments, which were created in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Obama Takes In a Broadway Show, but Shuns the Spotlight by Sopan Deb

The former president, who has kept a low profile since leaving office in January, visited New York to see “The Price” with his eldest daughter, Malia.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Inside the Brutal World of Comedy Open Mikes by Sopan Deb

Basements. Back rooms. Awkward silences and occasionally, a laugh. The lengths to which stand-up comedians must go to test material in New York City.

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