Friday, December 15, 2017

The top ten theater productions of 2017 by Adam Feldman

As always, the New York theater world offered plenty to choose from in compiling a list of the year's ten best shows. After two straight years with a musical in the top slot (Hamilton in 201…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Donna Summer musical producers are scared of Cher by Michael Riedel

Someone left the show out in the rain — but it’s on its way to B’way. A giant disco ball called “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” is headed to Broadway earlier than expected. The …

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Chrissy Metz Will Make Her Stage Debut in ‘Fat Pig’ by Andrew R. Chow

The Emmy-nominated actress from “This is Us” has been cast in an updated version of Neil LaBute’s play.

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Putting Out the Broadway Welcome Mat in Song by Joanne Kaufman

These days, once you take your seat, the performers thank you for being there and let you know what to expect. In rhyme!

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Universal Will Develop ‘Death Becomes Her’ Musical For Kristin Chenoweth by Jeremy Gerard

Universal’s legit arm, Universal Theatrical Group, is partnering with Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, Glee) to develop a Broadway musical based on Death Becomes Her, the 1992 Robert Zemecki…

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He Was a Snob About Musicals. Then He Tried Out to Play Hamilton. by Laura Collins-Hughes

Twenty-five-year-old Londoner Jamael Westman has definitely come around, now that he’s starring in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop smash.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

‘Moulin Rouge!’ will bring sensual cabaret to Broadway by Michael Riedel

The big event on Broadway this week is taking place on the Lower East Side, where “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” is having a no-expense-spared workshop. Heavy-hitters, including Broadway’…

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Goops! Gwyneth Paltrow Is Go-Going To Co-Produce ‘Head Over Heels’ On Broadway by Jeremy Gerard

Goop entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow will join producers Rick Ferrari, Donovan Leitch, Christine Russell, Louise Gund, Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy in presenting Head Over Heels, a new musical…

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Alec Baldwin Eyes Broadway For Solo Trump Show, With Lorne Michaels’ Blessing by Jeremy Gerard

If Tina Fey can do it, why not her 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin? And if their SNL commander-in-chief can honcho her Broadway show, why not his as well? Those were the questions raised Monday…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Best Theater of 2017 by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Our chief theater critics on their favorites this year, from “Bruce Springsteen on Broadway” to a host of playwrights tackling life’s chaos.

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Theater Producers Accuse Casting Directors of Forming Illegal Cartel by Michael Paulson

A lawsuit by the Broadway League alleges that casting offices have violated antitrust laws in an attempt to unionize. The directors have said they want health care and pension benefits.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Broadway Casting Director Fired for Sexual Misconduct (EXCLUSIVE) by Gordon Cox

Justin Huff, a casting director who has been involved in Broadway shows including 2013 Tony champ “Kinky Boots,” has been fired from his position at prominent casting agency Tels…

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Acting Studios Are Struggling. Does It Matter? by Hilary Howard

Schools that trained actors like Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange are facing rising costs, competition from colleges, and shifting cultural attitudes.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

‘Unsinkable Molly Brown’ floats back onto Broadway by Michael Riedel

James Cameron’s “Titanic” has been rereleased in movie theaters, and Broadway’s getting out its lifeboats as well. A revival of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” a 1960 musical about…

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Nine Women Accuse Israel Horovitz, Playwright and Mentor, of Sexual Misconduct by Jessica Bennett

He was a charismatic father figure who nurtured young writers. But in incidents from the 1980s through 2016, the women describe a pattern of abuse and betrayal.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Danny Strong Revises Tim Rice & ABBA’s ‘Chess’ Musical For Kennedy Center Outing by Jeremy Gerard

Chess, a storied musical from Tim Rice and ABBA that was a London hit and Broadway flop in 1988, is getting another chance on the boards. In February, the Kennedy Center will present a revis…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Broadway’s most heartbreaking flop rises from the dead by Michael Riedel

A few Broadway misfires, as Ken Mandelbaum called them in “Not Since Carrie: 40 Years of Broadway Musical Flops,” can be called “heartbreakers and cream”: These are shows that, while…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Bruce Springsteen’s Tenure on Broadway Has Been Extended by Peter Libbey

The singer’s sold-out solo show, “Springsteen on Broadway,” was extended from Feb. 28 through June 30, 2018.

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‘Hamilton’ Sets Grosses Record in Huge Week for Broadway by Andrew R. Chow

Many shows, like “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “Come From Away,” set grosses records over the Thanksgiving week.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Can You Name These 15 Sondheim Shows From Their Playbill Covers? by Hannah Vine

Test your Broadway knowledge with this week’s photo quiz.

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How Audra McDonald’s Audition for Carousel Led to the Hello Again Movie by Adam Hetrick

McDonald’s starring role in the indie screen adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical has been 25 years in the making.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Public Theater to Hold Town Hall on Sexual Harassment by Graham Bowley

The theater wants New York’s theater community to discuss and change what it calls the pervasive culture of sexual misconduct.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

There’s one big thing missing from the ‘Mean Girls’ musical by Michael Riedel

Tina Fey celebrated the opening of “Mean Girls” in Washington, DC, Sunday night with an upbeat but politics-free party at the Atrium at Old Ebbitt Grill. Fey and her producers, “Saturd…

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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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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

‘42nd Street’ revivals may duke it out for a spot on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Call it the battle of those dancing feet: Two acclaimed productions of “42nd Street” may soon go tap-to-tap for a shot at Broadway. The splashy revival that just ended at London’s Thea…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Get ready for a new musical about Tom Jones — sort of by Michael Riedel

What’s new, pussycat? A new musical about Tom Jones called — whoa, whoa! — “What’s New Pussycat?” When I say Tom Jones, I don’t mean pop singer Tom Jones, but the fictional…

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Shakespeare, Under the Sky and Around the Globe

Experience Shakespeare in 360 degrees and the way the Bard intended — in the great outdoors.

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How a Grieving Daughter Led a Theater Reporter to an Unexpected Story by Michael Paulson

It was an unusual request: a college student who reached out in an effort to memorialize her father.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Brantley in Britain: Hamlet and the Surveillance State of Denmark by Ben Brantley

Andrew Scott’s portrayal in a London production of “Hamlet” almost banishes other performances from memory.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

The real motor of the performing arts isn’t vision. It’s the board, stupid. by Anne Midgette

There’s the authority to which the head of an arts organization must actually answer. It isn’t the critics; it isn’t the audience: it’s the board.

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Encounters: How a ‘Hamilton’ Super Fan Got Cast in the Broadway Show by Katherine Rosman

He grew up watching Michael Jackson videos in Athens, Tex. Now J. Quinton Johnson is rapping in Broadway’s hottest production, asked to audition before he’d seen it.

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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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An Interview with Lynn Ahrens by Victoria Myers

Lynn Ahrens is one of the few female lyricists/book writers currently making a living in the theatre. We sat down with her to discuss "Anastasia", her process, how her thoughts on gender hav…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Heard of the Jimmys? It’s the Tonys, for Teenagers by Rachel Syme

This year, 74 of the nation’s most talented theatrical hopefuls took the stage for the Jimmy Awards, now in its ninth year.

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Broadway’s Biggest Night — for Teenagers

Each June, two students are chosen as winners of the Jimmy Awards, a sort of Tonys for teenagers. Step into their high-kicking world as 74 theatrical hopefuls from around the country compete…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Theater Jobs Skew White and Male, Study Finds by Michael Paulson

Women and minority actors and stage managers are getting fewer jobs and often wind up in lower-paying shows, according to a new study by Actors’ Equity.

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Should Netflix consider heading to Broadway for its next genre to tackle? - MarketWatch by Trey Williams

The streaming giant recently debuted a taped live version of popular Broadway show ‘Oh, Hello!’

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

This Week on Broadway for June 25, 2017: 1984 by James Marino

Ron Fassler, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about 1984, The Ziegfeld Society’s production of We’ll take a glass Together, Cost Of Living @ Manhattan Theatre Club, …

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Interviews: Director Anne Kauffman Makes It to Broadway, but Not the Way She First Imagined

The acclaimed downtown director is poised to bring her unique sensibility uptown with a big summer of major shows.

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Sir Mark Rylance: From London to Broadway and Hollywood to Pittsburgh by Christopher Rawson

 Mark Rylance was born in England in 1960 and brought up in the U.S. (primarily Wisconsin), 1962-78. He returned to England to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Broadway v Trump: ‘feel bad’ politics is new box-office draw by Edward Helmore

A play by Michael Moore is the latest to push blockbuster musicals asideNew York’s Broadway is not normally known for political theatre – blockbuster musicals will do – but, it seems, …

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Prince meets Broadways The Color Purple #Purple4Prince by George M. Johnson

Harmony, Melody, Creativity, and Ingenuity thrive in the ultimate mash-up of Broadway’s The Color Purple meets “The Purple One”. Created by Michael Korte and Arranged by J…

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Broadway's Bright Future: Why You Should Care About the Jimmy Awards by BroadwayWorld

Broadway is but a dream for most theatre-loving high schoolers, but once a year, the Jimmy Awards pull that dream into focus for a select few. On Monday, the Minskoff Theatre stage will fill…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

What It Was Like to Star in the Trump-Themed ‘Julius Caesar’ by Corey Stoll

On the night of Sunday, June 18, I spoke those words as Brutus for the last time in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Julius Caesar. I had said those words hundreds of times before, …

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Audience Member Shouts “Let’s Hear It For Women Producers!” As Broadway’s Tony-Winning ‘Indecent’ Extends Run by Jeremy Gerard

Actor Richard Topol stepped forward last night on the stage of Broadway’s Cort Theatre at the end of Indecent to share some news with the audience. A few hours earlier, producer Daryl…

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Broadway’s Indecent Pushes Back Closing Date by Ryan McPhee

The Tony-nominated play was initially slated to shutter June 25.

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Some theaters say they will no longer invite Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss to openings by Rick Kogan, Tracy Swartz

Being a critic can be a difficult business, not to mention being the one critic that some Chicago theaters say they will no longer invite to review their shows. Hedy Weiss is the longtime th…

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Ryan Murphy to reboot ‘Boys in the Band’ on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Ryan Murphy, one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood, may make a run at Broadway. Murphy, the creator of “Glee” and “Feud,” has optioned “The Boys in the Band,” Mart Crow…

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A Broadway First: “1984,” Looking for Publicity, Bans Children Under 13 Years of Age by Roger Friedman

It’s a first, but it’s a bit of a canard. The new play, “1984,” will not allow children under the age of Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

‘Cats’ Revival to Close at Year’s End by Michael Paulson

The show will end after 609 performances, a far cry from the 18-year run of the original production.

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‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’ Is to Open Off Broadway at the New Group by Joshua Barone

The satirical musical, which was planned for Broadway more than 10 years ago but never arrived, will have its first proper New York run next season.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Princess Di the musical is bound for Broadway by Michael Riedel

The wedding was a fairy tale. The marriage was a nightmare. The musical could be a smash. “Diana” is percolating this summer at New York Stage and Film at Vassar College. A reading the w…

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Chicago’s critical condition: On the Sun-Times’ Hedy Weiss by Cameron Kelsall

The Chicago Sun-Times' chief theater critic, Hedy Weiss, sets off another firestorm after a Steppenwolf review. Philly critic Cameron Kelsall considers.

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Brooklyn Academy of Music Puts 70,000 Archive Materials Online by Joshua Barone

Playbills, posters and ephemera from the performing arts center’s history is now available through the Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive.

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Steven Pasquale, Set to Star in ‘Junk,’ Backs Out of ‘Brigadoon’ by Joshua Barone

The actor, who was cast in a new play by Ayad Akhtar, has left the musical “Brigadoon” over scheduling and will be replaced by Patrick Wilson.

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An Interview with Rebecca Taichman by Victoria Myers

On Sunday, June 11th, 2017, for the seventh time in the history of the Tony Awards, a woman’s name was announced as the winner of Best Director of a Play, and that woman was Rebecca Taichm…

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Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk & More to Lead Award-Winning The Band's Visit to Broadway by Andy Lefkowitz

Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, who starred in the off-Broadway premiere of The Band's Visit at the Atlantic Theater Company, will reprise their performances for the musical's B…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

A Big Beneficiary of 2017 Tony Awards? ‘Oslo,’ a Play About Diplomacy by Michael Paulson

This play about the Middle East peace process, has had a jump in ticket sales since it won the Tony for best new play.

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Oh, Donna! ‘Dolly’s Double Divas Drive 8-Show Week To $2.3M: Broadway Box Office by Jeremy Gerard

Donna Murphy began her turn as the eighth Dolly Levi last week, propelling the Bette Midler-led revival of Hello, Dolly! into the box-office stratosphere occupied almost exclusively by Hamil…

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Goodbye, Dolly: Tony Winner Bette Midler Taking Her First Two Week Vacation by Roger Friedman

Bette Midler? She’s outta here. She promised Dolly would never go away again. But Dolly Levi, matchmaker, is taking a two week vacation

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Julie Taymor’s ‘M. Butterfly’ Revival With Clive Owen Will Alight At Broadway’s Cort Theatre by Jeremy Gerard

Clive Owen is set to star in the first Broadway revival of M. Butterfly, slated to open on Broadway at the Shubert Organization’s Cort Theatre on October 26, after previews beginning O…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Time Warner CEO Defends Public Theater’s ‘Julius Caesar’ | Variety by Daniel Holloway

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes defended his company’s financial support for New York’s embattled Public Theater on Thursday at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Burbank, Cal…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Brutus, Interruptus: Protester Charges Assassination Scene In Trumpy ‘Julius Caesar’ by Jeremy Gerard

As an accomplice videotaped from the audience, a lone protester charged the stage of the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park Friday night just after a Donald Trump lookalike portraying Julius …

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Amy Schumer Close To Signing On For Steve Martin’s Broadway-Bound ‘Meteor Shower’ by Jeremy Gerard

Steve Martin‘s next Broadway venture appears to be setting the stage for pal Amy Schumer’s Broadway debut this fall, production sources confirmed to Deadline on Friday, following…

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Critic's Notebook: Groundbreaking TV About Female Desire, Thanks to Playwrights by Alexis Soloski

Annie Baker and Heidi Schreck wrote an episode of Amazon’s “I Love Dick” that our critic calls the best 20 minutes of television she has seen in years.

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Olivia Wilde Broke Tailbone, Split Lip During Broadway Run of '1984'

Co-star Tom Sturridge has gotten a broken nose, and four audience members have fainted during previews.

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Bruce Springsteen heads to Broadway this fall by Michael Riedel

The Boss is Broadway bound. Bruce Springsteen will make his Broadway debut at the Walter Kerr Theatre for an eight-week run in the fall, The Post has learned exclusively.

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Petition Asks Theaters Not to Invite Chicago Critic to Shows Due to Racist Reviews  by Hazel Cills

On Tuesday a petition created by the Chicago Theater Accountability Coalition called on theaters to stop inviting longtime Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss to productio…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

We need to talk about Hedy Weiss. - the hawk chicago by Mark Schreppe

Chicago Sun-Times​ writer Hedy Weiss is no stranger to controversy. Edward Albee once called her "irresponsible." Tony Kushner states that Hedy is "incapable of understanding standards of …

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With ’1984’ on Broadway, Thoughtcrime Hits the Big Time by Jennifer Schuessler

A British adaptation of George Orwell’s classic arrives on Broadway with Tom Sturridge and Olivia Wilde, bringing contemporary political resonance.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A.R. Gurney, Playwright Who Explored Upper-Crust Anxieties, Dies at 86 by Robert Berkvist

Mr. Gurney, whose plays included “The Cocktail Hour,” “Love Letters” and “The Middle Ages,” leavened his astute social analysis with tart humor.

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Despite Tony Wins, ‘Indecent’ Announces Its Broadway Closing by Joshua Barone

Paula Vogel’s theater-history play, which was nominated for three awards and won two, will close June 25.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Word With: Oskar Eustis on Trump, ‘Julius Caesar’ and the Politics of Theater by Michael Paulson

The artistic director of the Public Theater and the director of the new Shakespeare production talks about the controversy surrounding the show.

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The highs and lows of the 2017 Tony Awards by Adam Feldman

After last year's Hamilton party, the 2017 Tony Awards were bound to suffer from a bit of a hangover. And sure enough, there was plenty of complaining on social media about this year's Tony …

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Tony Awards 2017: The Real Winners And Losers by Lee Seymour

While 'Dear Evan Hansen' won big, other trends revealed themselves - not all so glam.

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Sponsors Pull Support For 'Julius Caesar' That Seems To Depict Trump by Jeff Lunden

Delta pulled its sponsorship of New York City's Public Theater over a production of Julius Caesar that seems to depict an assassination of President Trump.

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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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Why ‘Julius Caesar’ Speaks to Politics Today by Michael Cooper

With assassination at its core, Shakespeare’s play is fraught. Totalitarian governments have banned it. And yes, it has inspired violence.

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The Tony Awards’ biggest winners and losers by Michael Riedel

“Dear Evan Hansen,” an original American musical about a troubled teen caught up in a web of lies on social media, swept the Tonys Sunday night, winning six awards, including Best Musica…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2pm (Broadway Time)

Review: ‘See Rock City’ at Washington Stage Guild by Allie Press

Last night I had the pleasure of my first trip to the Washington Stage Guild to see See Rock City at the Undercroft Theatre in Washington, D.C. When you visit, you will find this theater tuc…

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The Actors Company Theater Set to Close This Year by Peter Libbey

“Three Wise Guys” will be the final production for the Actors Company Theater.

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Review: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ by Reston Community Players by Chuck Leonard

Based on the 2005 book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher is a Tony Award-winning play by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. A lively production opened Friday, …

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The women of Second City stand up for the ‘The People’ in potent revue by Catey Sullivan - For The Sun-Times

It’s one of the funniest revues Second City has produced in the past 20 years. And it is also deeply enraging.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 1pm (Broadway Time)

John Barton was the greatest mentor any Shakespearean actor could have | Letter from Jane Lapotaire by Letters

Jane Lapotaire had the privilege of learning sonnets under John’s guidanceJohn Barton (Obituary, 19 January) took me under his wing after my brain haemorrhage, taking me along to his maste…

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Of Telly Savalas and Kojak by Trav S.D.

January 21 is the birthday of Aristotelis “Telly” Savalas (1922-1994).  It is hard to describe what a phenomenon his hit tv series Kojack was in the 1970s. It was not just an om…

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Women’s Voices notes: An exotic ‘Imogen’ and a down-home ‘Hound’ by Nelson Pressley

Pointless moves uptown, and Cefaly’s plays shift from Baltimore to D.C.

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ICYMI: Get Obsessed with All Things Lena Hall on the Latest Episode of BroadwayWorld Live! by Steve Schonberg

Today, January 17, 630pm EST BroadwayWorld's Steve Schonberg is getting up close and personal with the Tony winner, who just released the first of her Obsessed EPs, Obsessed Hedwig and the A…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at noon (Broadway Time)

This Week on Broadway for January 21, 2018: Lena Hall by James Marino

James Marino and Matt Tamanini talk with Lena Hall about her Obsessed series of albums, videos, and concerts. Peter Filichia, Jena Tesse Fox, Michael Portantiere, and Jan Simpson review John…

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‘Kinky Boots’ Celebrates 2,000 Performances on Broadway by Matthew Wexler

Led by Scissor Sisters front-man, Jake Shears as ‘Charlie Price’ and J. Harrison Ghee as ‘Lola,’ the matinee audience took part in a full-theater photograph to commemorate the …

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Tonight: WATCH Awards Nominees To Be Announced on DC Metro Theater Arts at 9:00 PM Following Ceremony at Birchmere by Nicole Hertvik

The 18th annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (The WATCH Awards) nominees will be announced tonight at 7:30 PM at a ceremony taking place at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia.…

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How’d @mahdibuchinger become one of world’s top magicians w/o hands or feet? #Vault2018 photos & video > @secretcellarldn @VAULTFestival by Press Releases

Mahdi Gilbert was born without hands or feet and has struggled through bullying, loneliness and depression to become recognised as one of the greatest magicians of our time, a favourite of…

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Review: : NSO Pops and Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds at the Kennedy Center by Ramona Harper

The NSO Pops presented its first-ever collaboration with superstar Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on Friday night for a two-night run in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center. Under the music…

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THE WOMAN IN WHITE – Charing Cross Theatre by Simon Parris

With a focus on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sumptuously melodious score, the new chamber-sized production of The Woman in White avoids the excesses of the original staging, allowing the gripping…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 11am (Broadway Time)

Darren Criss and Longtime Girlfriend Mia Swier Engaged by Playbill Staff

The stage and screen favorite, currently starring in FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, shared the news January 19.

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C S Lewis helps West Yorkshire Playhouse break box office records by Douglas Mayo

By Douglas Mayo West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is set to break all existing box office records, becoming West Yorkshire Playhouse’s…

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Review: ‘Copenhagen’ at Lantern Theater Company by Deb Miller

With most of the performances sold out before the show even opened, Lantern Theater Company has already announced a one-week extension of its current production of Copenhagen, and that’s g…

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Classical CD Reviews: Hindemith Orchestral Works and Symphonic Psalms by Jonathan Blumhofer

Conductor Marek Janowski’s Hindemith is all vigor and athleticism; Tenebrae’s Symphonic Psalms & Prayers is captivating. By Jonathan Blumhofer Marek Janowski isn’t a conductor …

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London Playwrights' Workshop Launches Women's Musical Theatre Initiative by BroadwayWorld

London Playwrights' Workshop is partnering with musical theatre writing team Barlow amp Smith to create the Women's Musical Theatre Initiative WMTI, a new development programme for female mu…

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In the Moment: Interviews with Women’s Voices Theater Festival playwrights – Part 1 by David Siegel

This is the first part of a multi-part series of interviews with Women’s Voices Theater Festival playwrights. In this series, I asked the same series of questions to a number of Women’s …

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Review: ‘Imogen’ by Pointless Theatre (Women’s Voices Theater Festival) by Elizabeth Ballou

Imogen, Pointless Theatre’s adaptation of Cymbeline, places one of Shakespeare’s most confusing heroines at the center of a battle for her independence. As in Cymbeline, Imogen has to co…

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#Vault2018 photos & video: After EdFringe & major tour, gay boxing hit Gypsy Queen returns to London by Press Releases

Recently nominated for Best New Play and Best Fringe Production in the Manchester Theatre Awards, Rob Ward’s knockout new play Gypsy Queen returns to London for a strictly limited sea…

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‘Leads us down the path taken by a once great nation’: Fear & Misery of theThirdReich – Brockley Jack Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

With some super performances, smart direction and staging, this is a production that is well worth seeking out.

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Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jan. 21 by Audition Roundup

Updated this week Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, January 21, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including whatwhenwhere and how to audition

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Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jan. 21 by Audition Roundup

Updated this week Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, January 21, 2018 for productions in your area and around the country.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 10am (Broadway Time)

Everybody Say Yeah! KINKY BOOTS Celebrates 2,000 Performances on Broadway by BroadwayWorld

The Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots celebrated 2,000 performances on Broadway at Saturday's matinee performance, January 20, 2018. Led by Scissor Sisters front-man Jake Shears as Char…

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A Play About Race and Memory, With Fresh Wounds All Around by Richard Fausset

The Alliance Theater has brought “Native Guard” to an Atlanta history museum in the thick of debate about Confederate monuments and the South‘s past.

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Broadway at the Cabaret: Orfeh, Andy Karl & More This Week! by BroadwayWorld

What good is sitting alone in your room this week If you don't already have plans to see a Broadway show, come out to see your favorite Broadway stars in a cabaret act instead. Highlight…

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Backstage with Richard Ridge: Keegan-Michael Key Talks Sketch Comedy, Shakespeare, Steve Martin and Beyond! by Richard Ridge

In just a year, he's gone from comedy icon, to Shakespearean player to bonafide Broadway star. And he's not done yet

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‘Catherine Lamb gives an energetic performance’: BUNNY – Tristan Bates Theatre ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

Catherine Lamb gives an energetic performance, making full use of the performance space. She is able to take the story of one particular young woman in a small British town and give it a uni…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 9am (Broadway Time)

VIDEO: Welcome to the Rock! Watch the Toronto Cast of COME FROM AWAY Perform the Opening Number for Canada's Hockey Day by Stage Tube

Sportsnet has released a video of the Toronto cast of Come From Away performing the opening number 'Welcome to the Rock' in honor of Canada's Hockey Day, which takes place in Newfoundland th…

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#Vault2018: cough//drop follows Force of Trump with Wind Bit Bitter, Bit Bit Bit Her by Press Releases

After the success of Force of Trump, a satire toured in 2016 which predicted the election of Donald Trump, cough//drop is back with WIND BIT BITTER, BIT BIT BIT HER, a brand new drama for V…

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So Many Reasons review – clever and candid coming-of-age tale by Lyn Gardner

Camden People’s theatre, LondonRacheal Ofori is a British-Ghanaian millennial reckoning with sex, spirituality and herself in this refreshing one-woman showHeadlining Calm Down Dear, an an…

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Review: The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter Theatre by Olivia Lunn

Director Ian Rickson brings Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party to the stage, with a gaze that penetrates below the skin. First staged in 1957, Pinter’s play was met with a dismally stale…

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REVIEW ROUND-UP: @BdayPartyLdn now @HPinterTheatre @ZoeWanamaker @StephenMangan @Pearlie_Mack & #TobyJones by Emma Clarendon

Ian Rickson's 60th-anniversary revival of Harold Pinter’s best-known play has opened at the West End theatre named after the late playwright. The Birthday Party stars Toby Jones, Zoë Wana…

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We're Hiring an Editor! by (ramona)

By HowlRound. We're looking for an experienced editor with a theatre background to join our team!

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 8am (Broadway Time)

WATCH: The Soul Of Wittgenstein headlines Clapham Omnibus’ 96 Festival by Press Releases

Following an acclaimed development season at London's King's Head Theatre, The Soul of Wittgenstein transfers next month south of the river to Clapham's Omnibus Theatre for a three-week seas…

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Review: Amadeus, The National Theatre by Olivia Lunn

Director Michael Longhurst stages an exuberant and poignant revival of playwright Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, who died in June last year. Originally staged in 1976 and brought to acclaim by t…

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Review: So Many Reasons, Camden People’s Theatre by Roberta Wiafe

The centrepiece of the feminist theatre festival Calm Down Dear is Rachael Ofori’s So Many Reasons, the hilarious quintessential guide to life has a British Ghanaian woman in the millenn…

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BWW Review: GISELLE, Royal Opera House by Vikki Jane Vile

Marianela Nu ez celebrates her 20th year with the Royal Ballet this year. For a prima ballerina you may believe her peak years of performing are behind her. However, nothing could be further…

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‘An unadulterated triumph’: RITA, SUE & BOB TOO – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Superb performances enliven this revival of Andrea Dunbar’s 1982 classic about sex and poverty in Bradford The post Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Royal Court appeared first on Aleks Sierz.

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BWW's On This Day - January 21, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 21 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 7am (Broadway Time)

‘Ria Jones gives a powerhouse performance’: SUNSET BOULEVARD – Touring ★★★★ by Matt Merritt

Ria Jones, so resplendent when she stepped into Norma’s shoes at the Coliseum in 2016 (we were lucky enough to be at one of those shows is once again in the title role and she gives a powe…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 6am (Broadway Time)

BWW Interview: Roly Botha talks STRANGERS IN BETWEEN by Rona Kelly

When Strangers in Between played at the King's Head Theatre in 2016, this marked Roly Botha's first professional role in theatre. Two years later, Roly makes his West End debut in the show's…

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On my radar: Tarell Alvin McCraney’s cultural highlights by Tarell Alvin McCraney

The playwright and actor on the sounds and flavours of Miami, why Claire Foy makes The Crown unmissable, and the peculiar pleasure of tweeting gifs of Yul BrynnerTarell Alvin McCraney was bo…

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THE RAT PACK LIVE – West End ★★★ by Scatter Of Opinion

Through the smooth tones of Frank Sinatra, the audience are swept back to The Sands Hotel, Las Vegas during the height of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra’s success.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 5am (Broadway Time)

Quizzes: Test your theatre knowledge: Famous theatre couples

As Beginning opens in the West End, we look back over some of theatre's most famous couples

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Review: If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You at Project Arts Centre, Dublin by Chris McCormack

Chris McCormack reviews John O'Donovan's play that brings "the heartbroken gay men of rural Ireland to the stage". The post Review: If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love Y…

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BWW Review: Split Britches Invites Audience Members To Join Their Council of Elders in UNEXPLODED ORDNANCES (UXO) by Michael Dale

As the ground-breaking theatre troupe Split Britches - which they founded with former member Deb Margolin in 1980 - Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver have been challenging both gender norms and the…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 4am (Broadway Time)

The week in dance: Le Jeune Homme et la Mort/La Sylphide review – darkly enjoyable by Luke Jennings

Coliseum, LondonTamara Rojo and Ivan Vasiliev are superb as a painter and his cruel muse in a subversive ENB double billEnglish National Ballet, to borrow from TS Eliot, are much possessed b…

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The week in theatre: The Birthday Party; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 – review by Susannah Clapp

Harold Pinter theatre; Gate, London Harold Pinter’s ‘ravings’ make perfect sense 60 years on in his seaside dreamscape, and one woman brings vivid life to 1992’s LA riotsNearly 60 ye…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2am (Broadway Time)

A Passage to India review – committed but stilted by Clare Brennan

Royal & Derngate, Northampton A well-intentioned adaptation of EM Forster’s classic lacks complexityEM Forster’s 1924 novel explores complex relations among and between Britons and I…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at midnight (Broadway Time)

Special Reports: Erin Treadway on How She Defies Gravity in Spaceman

Leegrid Stevens's out-of-this-world play runs at the Wild Project February 22-March 13.

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Hamlet (Toronto) by Maggie

For an English major who only took one course on Shakespeare, I have very strong ideas about Hamlet. Usually these keep me from enjoying any production because the director's choices will in…

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Art Times: Let's Make Sure Their Time Is Up by Wendy Caster

My latest piece is up at Art Times. It's about how we can help women in the arts get more power.Almost as far back as I can remember, people have been labeling various time periods as “The…

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12 Plays That Were Turned Into Movies, Musicals, and Movie Musicals by Hannah Vine

A look at the evolution of Chicago, Sweeney Todd, My Fair Lady, Hello, Dolly! and more.

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Meet the Man Who Trains Hollywood’s A-Listers to Dance like Pro Ballerinas on the Big Screen by Ruthie Fierberg

After working with Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman on Black Swan, Kurt Froman’s latest project required him to prepare Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence for the upcoming Red Sparrow.

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