Saturday, April 15, 2017

‘Groundhog Day’ star suffers painful injury during show, finishes anyway by Michael Riedel

The new musical “Groundhog Day’’ had its own “Spider-man’’ moment Friday night when its star, Andy Karl, suffered a painful injury during a preview and finished his performance o…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

I Am Miss Saigon, and I Hate It by Diep Tran

It's not just that the hit musical doesn't tell my family's story. It's that it perpetuates a narrative in which the Vietnamese are victims, not fighters.

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With just weeks to go, the Tonys still can’t find a host by Michael Riedel

Tina Fey turned down an offer to host this year’s Tony Awards, and now Broadway’s scrambling to find a ringmaster in time for the June 11 telecast. Fey, who’s working on a musical adap…

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Bartlett Sher Will Make Feature Film Directorial Debut With Oslo by Olivia Clement

La La Land producer Marc Platt will bring J.T. Rogers’ acclaimed political drama, which opens April 13 on Broadway, to the big screen.

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Shift Change: Betsy Wolfe Will Take Over for Sara Bareilles in Waitress on Broadway by Beth Stevens

Betsy Wolfe is set to don an apron and enter the sugar, butter and flour-filled world of Waitress on Broadway. Wolfe will take on the role of Jenna beginning June 13, taking over for the sho…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Second Bite of the Wonka Bar: Reimagining ‘Charlie’ for Broadway by Michael Paulson

The New York musical version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” required a new director, a new cast, a partial rewrite and old favorite songs.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

‘Crazy For You’ may be returning to Broadway by Michael Riedel

It played only one night, but the concert version of “Crazy For You” was such infectious fun, there’s talk of a Broadway revival next season. The concert, which Susan Stroman staged Fe…

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The First Time: Sara Bareilles: The First Time I Acted on Broadway (2 Weeks Ago) by Sara Bareilles

Having written the music and lyrics to “Waitress,” the singer-songwriter says the show has been at the center of her world for years.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Why Hillary Clinton's Next Big Stage Should Be the Tony Awards by Charles McNulty

Draft Hillary Clinton to make a pro-NEA statement at the Tony Awards

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2017 Olivier Award winners announced by Broadway Briefing

The winners of the 2017 Olivier Awards were announced last night at London’s Royal Albert Hall in a ceremony hosted by Jason Manford. This year’s ceremony will be broadcast on ITV on Tue…

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‘Once on This Island’ embarks on casting search to Haiti by Broadway Briefing

This past weekend, the upcoming production of Once on This Island left New York on its search to discover talent outside of the traditional places, beginning in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The p…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Playwright Terrence McNally is living NYC history by Michael Riedel

Most people in the theater world run to the spotlight. Not Terrence McNally. Modest, shy and industrious, he’s let his work speak for itself. Fortunately, his plays — “Lips Together, T…

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cracking down on pay-to-play auditions & a bonus Oscars banter by Kim Masters

Paying to audition is illegal. Last year, Gary Baum of the Hollywood Reporter conducted an investigation into this practice, which has taken root in sessions known as casting workshops.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sunset Boulevard Reviews, News, and Features by BroadwayStars

Collection of all the Sunset Boulevard Reviews, News, and Features

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New plays on Broadway are already in danger by Michael Riedel

There are plenty of nonmusical plays coming to Broadway this spring, but producers are fretting that few of them are selling. Three of those plays — “Sweat,” “Indecent” and “Sign…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Disappointed Josh Groban fans are sobbing on Broadway by Michael Riedel

If you want to see 1,000 women burst into tears, hand them a piece of paper that says, “We regret to inform you that Josh Groban is unable to appear in today’s performance of ‘The Grea…

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Monday, February 6, 2017


EXCLUSIVE: The rumors are true. Charles Isherwood, the influential theater critic who’s been at the New York Times since 2004, has left the paper, a person familiar with the situat…

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

#BroadwayStrong: Broadway at the Women’s March by Victoria Myers

Photos from the theatre community promoting democracy, freedom, and equality at the Women's March in NYC.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Billy Porter Marries Longtime Partner Adam Smith in Intimate NYC Wedding by Jeff Nelson

Billy Porter just took his final curtain call as a single man! “We’re looking forward to understanding and learning how to share your life with somebody,” Porter, 47, told PEOPLE Frida…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Joan Marcus on Photographing Productions by Victoria Myers

If you’ve ever looked at the production photos for a Broadway or Off-Broadway show, you may have noticed that the vast majority of the photos were taken by Joan Marcus. Joan shares some st…

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Curtains fall on arts critics at newspapers - Columbia Journalism Review by Jed Gottlieb

Critics at newspapers are dying off even faster than print journalism. Theatre critics, film reviewers, A&E editors, and arts writers of every kind have been stripped from dailies and weekli…

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee dead at 88 by Michael Riedel

His play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" shocked Broadway in 1962 and catapulted him to the front-ranks of the American theater.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

How Show-Score Aims to Become the Rotten Tomatoes of Broadway by Gordon Cox

No theater producer or creator likes to face the critics. Even worse? Seeing their Broadway baby, the show they’ve slaved over for years, rated with a number. Which means that Show-Score, …

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stephen Sondheim is halfway done with his new musical by Michael Riedel

In the halls of the Public Theater, where “Hamilton” started, they’re buzzing about another new musical with a one-word title — “Bunuel.” That would be Luis Bunuel, the great sur…

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Tevye as Family Tradition: Michael C. Bernardi Channeling His Father in ‘Fiddler’ by Michael Paulson

In the shoes his father wore as Tevye on Broadway, Mr. Bernardi plays the innkeeper in a Broadway revival. But on Wednesday, as an understudy, he will step into his father’s old role.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Barbra Streisand Tells Apple to Fix Siri's Pronunciation - Rolling Stone by Daniel Kreps

"I called the head of Apple, Tim Cook, and he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name," singer says

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

This Week on Broadway for August 21, 2016: Bart Sher and Ted Chapin by James Marino

Peter Filichia and James Marino interview Broadway director Bart Sher and Rodgers & Hammerstein president, Ted Chapin. —————————…

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Friday, August 19, 2016


  EXCLUSIVE: Second Stage Theatre has less than two years to repay a $16.5 million mortgage on its new Broadway home. In April 2015, the nonprofit completed its long-awaited purchase…

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Barbra Streisand's urban legend and diva moments: 6 reason we love her by R. Eric Thomas

Barbra Streisand has done it all. In her six-decade career, she has been a singer, an actress, an activist, a director, and an urban legend.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Broadway publicist can be sued for warning investor about fraud by Barbara Ross

A Broadway press agent who secretly warned an investor to avoid putting money into a show could be held accountable.

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The Making of “Maize & Blue On Broadway” by Jennifer Conlin

What happened when U-M musical theater alumni learned that Brent Wagner was retiring after 32 years as department chair? They set in motion a 17-month plan to produce a one-night-only, sello…

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Broadway producers are terrified of ‘Groundhog Day’ by Michael Riedel

“Groundhog Day” is coming to Broadway. Ah, but when? That question is causing some panic among the producers of this season’s crop of new musicals. “Groundhog Day” opened to rave r…

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Shakespeare: A critic's take on the secret to theatrical success by Charles McNulty

Summer Shakespeare. These words can strike fear in the heart of a reluctant theatergoer. Yes, the plays are supposed to be good for you. But semiprofessional productions in which the artisti…

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Al Pacino's Broadway-Aimed Tennessee Williams Play Gets L.A. Reading by Robert Viagas

The Oscar-winning actor appeared with Judith Light in When God Looked Away.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Has ‘Frozen’ on Broadway found a replacement director already? by Michael Riedel

After writing last week about Alex Timbers being replaced as the director of Disney’s “Frozen” — Stephen Daldry may take the job — I heard from some of Timbers’ friends. Word was…

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‘Grease Live’: Lin-Manuel Miranda Helps Creative Team Revisit ‘Magic’ of Fox’s Live Musical by Cynthia Littleton

Show the magic — that was a guiding principle for the “Grease Live” team as they tackled the challenge of mounting Fox’s live staging of the beloved musical. The end result of th…

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John Turturro, Jessica Hecht and Tony Shalhoub to Star in Revival of Arthur Miller's The Price by Jordan Crucchiola

It’s 2016, and one of the hottest commodities on Broadway is still Arthur Miller. The Roundabout Theater Company will revive the playwright’s 1968 drama The Price, and the production has…

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Difficult People Recap: Throwing Away Their Shot by Glen Weldon

First off, the important stuff: Here for your convenience is a definitive ranking of the alt-theater posters on the wall at the Fringe offices. They are ranked from Least to Most Perfectly, …

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fyvush Finkel, Pillar of Yiddish Theater, Dies at 93 by Joseph Berger

Mr. Finkel won an Emmy for his portrayal of a cantankerous lawyer on the 1990s show “Picket Fences.”

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How Diane Paulus Put Two Actors on the Path to Marriage by Whitney Spaner

When American Idol alumni Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young became Broadway stars in Hair, they had to get really comfortable really quickly.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Theater Clickbait Is Real, But This Twitter Account Wants to Stop It by John Bonazzo

One of America's best known theater websites is filled with sponsored content and factual inaccuracies, but Playbill Is On It.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

‘Frozen’ on Broadway is years away — and there’s already drama by Michael Riedel

Olaf may get a new boss. Disney is in talks with director Stephen Daldry to take the reins of its Broadway musical “Frozen.” Daldry, who won a Tony for his terrific staging of “Billy E…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Seth Gelblum, Veteran Broadway Attorney, Dies at 62 by Gordon Cox

Seth Gelblum, the entertainment attorney who was widely respected and much admired in the Broadway community, died Aug. 8 at 62 following a long illness. A partner at Loeb & Loeb, where…

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Larry Kramer Shames Roth for Supporting Trump by E. Alex Jung

Author, playwright, and activist Larry Kramer is putting pressure on the real-estate mogul Steven Roth to withdraw his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Days before…

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Black Lives Matter Protesters Halt Muny Aida by Adam Hetrick

Four Black Lives Matter protesters were arrested in St. Louis August 9 after a performance of Aida was interrupted on the two-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Here’s what Julie Taymor will direct next on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Julie Taymor — of “Lion King” fame and “Spider-Man” infamy — was recently asked what it would take to get her back to Broadway. “Oh, I’m coming,” Taymor told The Post’s B…

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Nikki M. James: Political Fashion by Suzy Evans

The Tony Award winner is doing double time---starring on the satirical political series BrainDead on TV and performing Shakespeare in Central Park this summer.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Old Globe leader Murphy departing by James Hebert

A longtime leader and guiding force at the Old Globe Theatre is departing after 13 years, the Balboa Park institution announced Monday. Michael G. Murphy, the theater’s managing director, …

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Selections from the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival by Toby Zinman

Toby Zinman reviews selections from the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival, which provided four days of new work by and about women.

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Brantley in Britain: On the London Stage, Love Doesn’t Just Hurt, It Kills by Ben Brantley

Several productions this summer offer grim but engrossing plots — even the farces, which are propelled by the characters’ lies, adding a sting to the laughter.

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Broadway Grosses: Cats, Les Miz & Phantom Bring Broadway Back to the '80s (And Adjust for Inflation) by Ryan McPhee

The Jellicles have gone up, up, up, past the Russell Hotel, up up up up to the Millionaire’s Club. The Broadway revival of Cats celebrated a gross of $1,083,009 this past week. This ma…

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

This Week on Broadway for August 7, 2016: Cats, Men on Boats, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater by James Marino

Peter Filichia, James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Jan Simpson discuss Cats, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Men on Boats, Butler, La Fanciulla Del We…

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‘If/Then’ Pulsates With Life’s Twists, Turns by Christopher Arnott

"If/Then," the thought-provoking, consciousness-shifting Broadway musical, has made Hartford the next to last stop on its national tour. Oh, how different our lives would be if it hadn't com…

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Broadway gets busy building and renovating theaters by Linda Winer

Theatergoers don't have to get anywhere near the Carole King musical, "Beautiful," to sing "I feel the earth move under my feet" these days.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

'Cats,' in Yet Another Life, Gets Both Purrs and Hisses

She loved ‘Cats’ in the ‘80s. He hated it. Two Wall Street Journal editors attend the new production together to see whether their divergent opinions have changed.

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‘Cats’: 5 Ways the Smash Musical Changed Broadway by Gordon Cox

After conquering Broadway, “Hamilton” will now try its hand at taking over the world — with upcoming productions in Chicago (this fall), L.A., San Francisco and London (in…

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Thanks to ‘Cats,’ theater souvenirs are now and forever! by Michael Riedel

“Cats” is back, and with it T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, posters, key chains, socks, baseball caps and mouse pads — each one emblazoned with the famous cat’s-eyes logo. Merchandising has…

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Rachel Chavkin Loves Chaos, And With 3 Shows In The Works, It Shows by Jeff Lunden

The avant garde director has two shows running off-Broadway and a musical opening in October. Though she's working on several different projects, she says there's always "a conversation" bet…

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Zelda Fichandler, Arena Stage co-founder and matriarch of regional-theater movement, dies at 91 by Bob Levey

Arena, which produced “The Great White Hope,” was the first racially integrated theater in Washington.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

‘Amadeus’ scribe wrote a play about Tchaikovsky — and there’s just one copy by Michael Riedel

London’s National Theatre will mount a revival of “Amadeus” — Peter Shaffer’s celebrated play about the rivalry between Mozart and Salieri — in October. The National hasn’t pro…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

James M. Nederlander, Broadway Real Estate Patriarch, Dies at 94 by Gordon Cox

James M. Nederlander, the impresario who was the chairman of Broadway’s Nederlander Organization, died July 25 at 94, it was announced by his son, James L. Nederlander. As the head …

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James M. Nederlander dies at 94 by Michael Riedel

James M. Nederlander, who built an empire of theaters that stretched from Times Square to Los Angeles, died Monday night in New York. He was 94. Nederlander, along with his rivals-turned-fri…

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Marni Nixon, the Voice Behind the Screen, Dies at 86 by Margalit Fox

Ms. Nixon was the ghost singer for actresses in many of Hollywood’s most famous musicals, from “The King and I” to “West Side Story” to “My Fair Lady.”

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

This Week on Broadway for July 24, 2016: Privacy by James Marino

James Marino, Michael Portantiere, and Matt Tamanini discuss Oslo at Lincoln Center, Privacy at The Public Theater,   —————————…

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Friday, July 22, 2016

New ‘Harry Potter’ play is London’s ‘Hamilton’ by Michael Riedel

While Broadway goes through its “Hamilton” craze, London is obsessed with Harry Potter. Advance sales for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Palace Theatre have hit $32 milli…

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Laura Benanti on Her Transformation Into Melania Trump on Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ - The New York Times by Dave Itzkoff

From the moment that an online journalist first called attention to the striking, word-for-word similarities between a speech given by Melania Trump on Monday night at the Republican Nationa…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

This forgotten musical is about to make a big comeback by Michael Riedel

Before composer Alan Menken went off to Disneyland to write “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast,” he was working on a Broadway musical called “Kicks.” It never got off…

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

This Week on Broadway for July 17, 2016: Oslo, Broadway Originals at 54 Below by James Marino

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss Oslo at Lincoln Center, Broadway Originals at 54 Below, Bye Bye Birdie at Goodspeed Opera House, 2 by Tennessee Williams at…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Director Pulls ‘Hamlet’ From Theater for a New Audience by Joshua Barone

In an unusual artistic rift, Sam Gold is seeking instead to stage the play at the Public Theater, with Oscar Isaac still starring.

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A Theater Company’s Secret to Success: Bedlam by Laura Collins-Hughes

In just four years, Eric Tucker and Andrus Nichols’s New York-based company has become a critical darling. It’s also keeping them busier than ever.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

What I Learned Watching ‘Hamilton’ Four Different Times by Gordon Cox

I’ve seen “Hamilton” four times. Well, maybe more like 3.33 times. (More on that later.) But with all the media hype, the 11 Tony Awards, the tickets selling for thousands of dollars o…

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Now Playing: 5 Sensational Broadway Podcasts by Amy Sapp

For the average lover of musical theater, snagging a flight to Manhattan to see a Broadway show is out of the price range.  In fact, many who adore song and dance may not have access to pro…

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Chien Domestique, Elephant Sauvage: Remembering the Cagey, Epic John McMartin by Harold Prince

Though a quiet presence offstage, onstage he sprang to life in a wide variety of roles over a long and busy career.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

This Week on Broadway for July 10, 2016: DC Theater – La Cage aux Folles and The Bridges of Madison County by James Marino

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss La Cage aux Folles @ Signature Theatre (DC), The Bridges of Madison County National Tour, Simon Says @ Lynn Redgrave Theater,…

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Hamilton Posters: All the Versions that Didn't Make the Cut by James Tarmy

Even though the show hardly needs to market itself at this point, the promotional logo for the theatrical sensation Hamilton has become a coveted pop culture symbol by itself. A simple trunc…

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Shane Marshall Brown, Tunnel Hill native shining a light on Broadway by Charles Oliver

From the stage of the Dalton Little Theater to the lights of Broadway, theater has been Shane Marshall Brown’s passion since childhood.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Sound of Musicals: Christine Andreas by Michael Portantiere

“The Sound of Musicals,” is a monthly podcast devoted to musical theatre recordings of all types, including Broadway cast albums, London cast albums, studio cast albums, and soun…

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Friday, July 1, 2016

31 Cutest Male Broadway Conductors by Nic Dris

The next time you go to a Broadway show, take a look at the person holding the baton.

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32 Brilliant Female Broadway Conductors by Nic Dris

The next time you go to a Broadway show, take a look at the person holding the baton.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017 at midnight (Broadway Time)

Special Reports: 5 Theatrical Elements That Deserve Awards Recognition

TheaterMania suggests five new categories for consideration during awards season.

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Can You Match the Shows of This Broadway Season to the Theatre? by Hannah Vine

Test your Broadway knowledge.

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