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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

How Can ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ Upstage the Movie? With 70 Songs by Sopan Deb

Finding spots for the pop songs, credited to 161 writers, and getting the rights, was no cancan.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Big-League Baseball’s First Woman, on a Stage of Her Own by Sopan Deb

A new Off Broadway play aims to make sure Toni Stone, who played for the Indianapolis Clowns in 1953, is no longer a footnote to history.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Making a Haunted Home for ‘Beetlejuice’ by Sopan Deb

Two families, one house, plus demons: The complicated set of the new Broadway musical is a shape-shifter all its own.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Tickling Worms in the Lab, Tickling Funny Bones Onstage by Sopan Deb

Matt Walker just got his big acting break in the farce “The Play That Goes Wrong.” But he’s not giving up his day job in a Nobel winner’s biology lab.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Morrissey to Stage Seven-Night Broadway Residency in May by Sopan Deb

The former frontman of the Smiths, Morrissey will become the latest high-profile musician to take to a Broadway stage when he performs a career retrospective.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

‘S.N.L.’ Brings Back Ben Stiller and Bill Hader to Skewer Michael Cohen Congressional Hearings by Sopan Deb

Some old friends showed up at “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, including the host John Mulaney, who turned in another strong performance as host.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Play About LeBron James to Highlight New Steppenwolf Season by Sopan Deb

Sure, LeBron is doing another “Space Jam” movie. But a play about LeBron is also heading to Chicago.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

‘Stomp’ Turns 25. Here Are 10 Things You Didn’t Know About It. by Sopan Deb

There’s more to the show than banging on a can. Ask George Lucas, Hillary Clinton — and the performer who’s been doing it for 20 years.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Glenn Close Upsets Lady Gaga, Takes Best Actress at the Golden Globes by Sopan Deb

Even the winner seemed to be caught off guard when she, and not Lady Gaga, won for a movie drama, “The Wife.”

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Friday, January 4, 2019

A Play Challenging ‘Hamilton’ to Have a Reading by Sopan Deb

The play, “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda,” will be read this weekend at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on the Lower East Side.

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Monday, December 24, 2018

In ‘Network,’ a Stage Manager Comes Out of the Shadows by Sopan Deb

For the Broadway adaptation of the blistering satire of business, Timothy Semon calls sound and lighting cues while onstage.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ to Move Off Broadway to New World Stages by Sopan Deb

The Monty Python-esque murder mystery farce, which was a hit on Broadway, will close in January. But the show will go on.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Everything in Life Is Only for Now: ‘Avenue Q’ to Close in April by Sopan Deb

The puppet-filled musical that became an unexpected hit on Broadway in 2003 will be ending its Off Broadway run on April 28.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Apollo Theater to Build New Performance Spaces by Sopan Deb

The storied Harlem institution will create spaces intended to incubate works by up-and-coming artists.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Neighbor’s Shh! Could Silence a Village Theater for Good by Sopan Deb

Quad Cinema is going to court to fend off eviction proceedings after an upstairs tenant complained that noise from its screens keeps seeping into his home.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Baltimore ‘Fiddler’ Disrupted by ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’ by Sopan Deb

A man was removed from the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore after he loudly yelled pro-Hitler slogans during intermission.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ Is Extended by Sopan Deb

The play, which ended its run at the New York Theater Workshop, will transfer to the Greenwich House Theater beginning Nov. 27.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Who’s the Greatest Star of ‘The Prom’? Me. Me. Me. Me. by Sopan Deb

The four musical comedy leads of this production insist that they’re not as narcissistic as their characters. Even if they’re playing versions of themselves.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

This Playwright Has Been Listening to Her Mother by Sopan Deb

Jaclyn Backhaus’s new play sounds like the story of a Punjabi-American of her generation, and it is. But it also draws on her mother’s fraught family.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

That New ‘Mean Girls’ Teacher Has Homework to Do by Sopan Deb

Following Jennifer Simard in the rapid run-up to her first performance as a cast replacement in the hit musical.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Kennedy Center Honorees Include Cher and ‘Hamilton.’ Will President Trump Attend? by Sopan Deb

Reba McEntire, Philip Glass and Wayne Shorter will also be honored at the Kennedy Center ceremony, which Mr. Trump skipped last year after some winners expressed discomfort with him.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Direct Film Adaptation of ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’ by Sopan Deb

The force behind “Hamilton” and “In the Heights” will bring his vision to the big screen for the first time with an adaptation of a musical by the “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Robert De Niro Uses Profanity to Condemn Trump During Tony Awards by Sopan Deb

The national television audience might not have heard it, but Mr. De Niro definitely said it.

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Andrew Garfield at the Tonys: ‘Let’s Just Bake a Cake for Everyone!’ by Sopan Deb

After winning a Tony for “Angels in America,” Andrew Garfield spoke about the recent Supreme Court decision in favor of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Chazz Palminteri Is Singing. Sonny Would Tell You to Listen. by Sopan Deb

The actor, who first wrote the play as a one-man show in 1989, makes his Broadway musical debut as the gangster Sonny in “A Bronx Tale: The Musical.”

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Ravaged but Resilient: Creating ‘Once on This Island’ by Sopan Deb

A trip to Haiti inspired the set, costumes — and animal actors — in the revival of this musical on Broadway.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ayad Akhtar Wins Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History by Sopan Deb

“Junk,” Mr. Akthtar’s ambitious study of 1980s Wall Street, receives an honor previously won by Taylor Mac and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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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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