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 Change.org 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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Saturday, June 10, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017

Don’t Talk Too Much: Tony Kushner on an Operatic ‘Angels in America’ by Zachary Woolfe

The playwright describes his reaction to Peter Eotvos’s 2004 opera, which will have its New York premiere on Saturday at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tony Voters Point to Tight Races and Sure Bets by Michael Paulson

We interviewed 67 voters about their ballots; it looks as if Kevin Kline will be picking up another award, and it seems like a close contest for best new musical.

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Common Sense: Broadway Tickets, for the Price of an Economics Lesson by James B. Stewart

Dynamic pricing has come to air travel, hotel rooms and sports events, so why not a $1,450 theater seat? But (spoiler alert!) you can still come out ahead.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Inside the desperate, last-minute race for Tony wins by Michael Riedel

I went out on a limb last year and predicted a big night for “Hamilton” at the Tony Awards — and did pretty well in the office pool. This year some of the races are so close that, afte…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A breach of trust by Derek Lee Miller

From the outside, New Epic Theater's production of Medea seemed to have everything going for it. The young company had consistently garnered critical praise in the Twin Cities Theater commun…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why this year’s Tony Awards may be ‘a little muted’ by Michael Riedel

As the Tony Award telecast starts to come together, there’s concern that the June 11 show might be, as one Broadway insider puts it, “a little muted.” CBS, which broadcasts the Tonys, …

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‘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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Tony Watch: Laurie Metcalf On ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’, ‘Horace And Pete’ And The ‘Roseanne’ Reunion by Jeremy Gerard

For most actors, a 102-line monologue is a challenge. For Laurie Metcalf, who pronounces just such a pamphlet of words near the beginning of A Doll’s House, Part 2, it’s a piece…

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Tony Awards Will Air Internationally on Four Continents! by BroadwayWorld

The 2017 Tony Awardswill be broadcast on four continents thanks to The Fremantle Corporation and the official international broadcast partners for the 71st Annual Tony Awards. The telecast w…

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Why did Garth Drabinsky choose Sousatzka over Hard Times? by Martin Knelman

The theatre producer tested two shows in Toronto, but one didn't make the cut

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Broadway Grosses: Groundhog Day Leaps Ahead at Box Office on Memorial Day Weekend by Broadway.com

The new musical Groundhog Day, which was recently honored with seven Tony Award nominations, has even more to celebrate following the past week on Broadway. The musical featuring a book by D…

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Kevin Spacey Is Holding Court. Really. by Dave Itzkoff

The “House of Cards” star is showing his stage roots with a performance as Clarence Darrow — in a tennis stadium — and a gig hosting the Tony Awards.

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Audible Creates $5 Million Fund for Emerging Playwrights by Joshua Barone

The audiobook giant announced that it would commission new one- or two-character audio plays, which would be released beginning later this year.

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Alanis Morissette Has Written a Musical Based on ‘Jagged Little Pill’ by Joshua Barone

The new musical, with music and lyrics by Ms. Morissette and a book by Diablo Cody, is to be directed by Diane Paulus at the American Repertory Theater.

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12 Memes every Musical Theatre Actor will understand...

There's no business like Showbusiness it's true, and every Musical is wonderful and unique, but there are some universal experiences every performer will recognise no matter the show. Here a…

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Hello? Dolly? Bette Midler Seems Unlikely to Sing at Tony Awards by Michael Paulson

“Hello, Dolly!” producers and Tony producers seem to be at an impasse over the conditions under which Ms. Midler would sing at the awards ceremony.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Broadway Attendance For 2016-2017 Tops That Of All 10 NY, NJ Pro Sports Teams Combined by CBS

For the 2016 – 2017 season, total attendance reached 13,270,343 and Broadway shows yielded $1,449,321,564.64 in grosses, making it the highest grossing season in Broadway recorded history …

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Inside secret Radio City apartment untouched since 1936 by Anna Hopkins

The secret apartment previously belonging to theater giant Roxy Rothafel, hidden within the depths of Radio City Music Hall, previously entertained the likes of Walt Disney and Albert Hitchc…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Is ‘Groundhog Day’ musical in trouble? by Michael Riedel

Jujamcyn Theaters is in talks to bring the London National Theatre’s revival of “Angels in America,” starring Nathan Lane , to New York next season, sources say. But what theater will …

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

To the Rude, Old, White Man Who Ruined “The Antipodes” For Me on April 6 by Sara

Sir?…Excuse me, sir? Can you hear me? Sir? Oh, good. I see you put your hearing aids back in your ears.  I saw you in the first row, taking them out 45 minutes through the show, presu…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spacey doesn’t mind being ‘25th person asked’ to host Tonys by Michael Riedel

Kevin Spacey, a tennis fanatic, rarely misses the US Open if he can help it. But last fall, as he watched Phil Collins perform at the opening ceremonies at Arthur Ashe Stadium, he had a thou…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017


In a court battle over money and reputations, the partnership that sought to bring Rebecca the Musical to Broadway won a token $90,000 damage award against its former press agent and failed …

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

These star-studded London plays could be coming to Broadway by Michael Riedel

Let’s give the Tonys a rest for a minute and look to London, where three productions — past, present and future — may be Broadway-bound. Everybody’s talking about Nathan Lane, pl…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Oslo & The Band's Visit Win 2017 New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards by Broadway.com

Oslo and The Band's Visit have been named winners of the 2017 New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards. The selections were made at the organization's 82nd annual voting m…

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Monday, October 23, 2017 at 1am (Broadway Time)

Of Kith and Kin review – gay parenthood drama packs an emotional punch by Lyn Gardner

The Bush, LondonProceedings turn violent when a mother in law arrives in Chris Thompson’s overloaded play about nature, nurture, abuse, parenting and gay history A play can be thoroughly e…

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Switzerland by Arts Review

A witty, serpentine thriller from one of our greatest and most popular playwrights, State Theatre Company South Australia presents Joanna Murray-Smith’s Switzerland for a limited sea…

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Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 10/22-10/23/2017

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Monday, October 23, 2017 - Monday, October 23, 2017.

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Monday, October 23, 2017 at midnight (Broadway Time)

‘If I Were a Carpenter’ — the folk singer whose song went on to become a Motown classic

Tim Hardin’s tune has proved eminently adaptable since he recorded it in 1967

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Meet the Artistic Director Defying the Statistics of Diversity in Theatre by Olivia Clement

How Ivy Theatre Company’s Audrey Alford prioritizes hiring inclusive casts, design, and tech teams on every single production.

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Zoe Kazan’s After the Blast Opens Off-Broadway by Olivia Clement

William Jackson Harper and Cristin Milioti star in the world premiere from LCT3.

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