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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

3 Young People to Watch in Theater This Spring by Laura Collins-Hughes, Sopan Deb and Matt Trueman

Get to know the playwright Hammaad Chaudry, the 13-year-old actress Rileigh McDonald and the actor Andrew Burnap.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Barrier Breaks: An Actress With Down Syndrome Plays the Lead by Sopan Deb

Jamie Brewer stars in “Amy and the Orphans,” about three siblings who reunite after their father’s death, and the road trip that follows.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tom Hanks to Return to the Stage in ‘Henry IV’ in Los Angeles by Sopan Deb

Tom Hanks will be making his Los Angeles stage debut, trying his hand as the comedic Falstaff in “Henry IV” alongside his wife, Rita Wilson.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Casting Controversy Derailed a High School Play. Then Came the Threats. by Sopan Deb

After Ithaca High School canceled its production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” because of students’ pushback, an online mob targeted the town.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Rivals on Xbox, Partners Onstage by Sopan Deb

Sam Crane and Iestyn Davies both play a famed opera singer in “Farinelli and the King.” But off hours, their passion for soccer takes hold.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Adam Pally is Very, Very Nervous by Sopan Deb

Mr. Pally, best known for television series like “Happy Endings” and “The Mindy Project,” is taking on his first Off Broadway play.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ‘Choir Boy’ Heading to Broadway by Sopan Deb

Mr. McCraney, the playwright who won an Oscar for “Moonlight,” will make his Broadway debut in 2019 as part of the upcoming Manhattan Theater Club season.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Broadway San Diego Moves to End Ties With Ben Vereen by Sopan Deb

After a New York Daily News report detailed sexual misconduct allegations against Mr. Vereen, Broadway San Diego removed his name from an awards program.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Yiddish-Language ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Is Coming to New York by Sopan Deb

The adaptation of “Fiddler” will debut next summer, with the lyricist Sheldon Harnick consulting on the production.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

With a Singing SpongeBob, Nickelodeon Aims for a Broadway Splash by Sopan Deb

To capture the spirit of its relentlessly cheerful animated hero and his underwater world, a $20 million musical that “explodes off the stage.”

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He Knows Bikini Bottom. Now He Gets to Swim There. by Sopan Deb

“It’s a little freaky” how much the energetic actor Ethan Slater seems like the title character he plays in “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.”

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hear 8 Pieces of Music That Smartened Up ‘Latin History for Morons’ by Sopan Deb

Listen along as John Leguizamo shares some of the sounds that influenced his one-man show on Broadway.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Brandeis Cancels Play About Lenny Bruce After Protests by Sopan Deb

A play about Lenny Bruce-style comedy that was to be performed on the Brandeis campus was canceled amid backlash from students and faculty.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Ex-Theater Agent Sentenced to Six Months for Fake Play by Sopan Deb

Roland Scahill admitted to bilking investors of more than $205,000 to back a Broadway play that didn’t exist.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Upright Citizens Brigade to Leave Chelsea Theater and Move Uptown by Sopan Deb

The Upright Citizens Brigade will be leaving its famed space in Chelsea and moving to a location on West 42nd Street by early December.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Lauren Ambrose to Star in ‘My Fair Lady’ on Broadway by Sopan Deb

A relative unknown, Harry Hadden-Paton, will be Henry Higgins to her Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway production, the musical’s first revival in decades.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

How a Gang of Droogs Get Fit (Ultrafit) Off Broadway by Sopan Deb

The physical training required for the theatrical version of “A Clockwork Orange” rivals that of professional athletes.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Bill Nye Files $37 Million Suit Against Disney Over Royalties by Sopan Deb

Mr. Nye said in a lawsuit that he was deprived of $9 million in profits from his children’s show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ Parody Is Opening Off Broadway This Fall by Sopan Deb

This is the latest parody musical — from Steven Christopher Parker and Steven Brandon — that riffs on a pop-culture phenomenon.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

John Leguizamo’s ‘Latin History for Morons’ Heads to Broadway by Sopan Deb

John Leguizamo’s latest solo show, “Latin History for Morons,” will move from Off Broadway to Studio 54 starting in October.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Names Replacements for Ben Platt by Sopan Deb

Mr. Platt, who became a star as a result of “Dear Evan Hansen,” is departing the show in the fall. He’ll be replaced by Taylor Trensch and Noah Galvin.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

In Barbara Cook’s Final Days, Her Friends Came to Sing at Her Bedside by Sopan Deb

Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis, and others came to sing by Ms. Cook’s bedside as she lay dying. Others sent audio and video recordings to say goodbye.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bill Murray Attends ‘Groundhog Day’ Again, and It Feels Like ... Well, You Know by Sopan Deb

Bill Murray took in the musical “Groundhog Day” for the second night in a row. This time, he went alone.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bill Murray Relives a Role, Seeing Broadway’s ‘Groundhog Day’ by Sopan Deb

Mr. Murray attended the musical for the first time on Tuesday night.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Public Theater Cancels Several Performances of ‘Hamlet’ by Sopan Deb

The Public Theater unexpectedly canceled the rest of its Saturday matinee performances of “Hamlet,” citing the toll of the show on its actors.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Actor, Is Dead at 73 by Sopan Deb

Mr. Shepard, one of the most important and influential early writers in the Off Broadway movement, specialized in capturing the darker sides of American family life.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Kermit the Frog Performer and Disney Spar Over an Ugly ‘Muppet’ Firing by Sopan Deb and Sophie Haigney

In his first interview since being ousted as Kermit, Steve Whitmire said he had been given little warning. Disney painted a different picture.

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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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