Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Simply the best? UK critics praise Tina Turner stage musical by Associated Press

LONDON — British theater critics are praising a new stage musical about the life of Tina Turner — and it also has the approval of the star herself.Turner was in the audience for the ope…

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

'Hamilton' leads nominations for UK stage Olivier Awards by Associated Press

LONDON — Women's rights activists are due to join stage stars on the red carpet Sunday at British theater's Olivier Awards, where "Hamilton" leads the race for trophies with 13 nomination…

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

‘Frozen’ on Broadway: It’s no ‘Tempest’ (or ‘Lion King’), but the musical sings with sisterly appeal by Charles McNulty, Charles McNulty

NEW YORK — No one attending “Frozen,” the new Broadway musical that had its official opening on Thursday at the St. James Theatre, is meant to ponder the rise of extreme weather events…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Plays, musicals spring to colorful life by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Spring has spru — well, OK, it still feels like the depths of winter. But eventually spring will arrive, and with it an amazing calendar of theater.From classics to new works, musicals bot…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Leonard Bernstein, social activist, is focus of new exhibit by Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — In October 1979, Leonard Bernstein received a fan letter from a high school humanities teacher. Helen Morgan wrote to the celebrity composer-conductor-pianist in hopes he co…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Patrick Stewart recites Shakespeare at Sci-Tech Awards by Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Patrick Stewart was so inspired by the inventors and inventions being honored by the motion picture academy Saturday night that he offered a spontaneous recitation…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Theatergoers will warm to splendid lineup of shows by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

It’s going to be a long, cold winter. Art will keep your spirit warm.Oh, you’ll still need to spend a fortune on your heating bills of course. But experimental theater and tried-and-true…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

‘Sense & Sensibility’ a high-spirited affair at A.R.T. by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Thanks to artistic director Diane Paulus, Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater has become a pipeline to Broadway. With original shows and revivals, superstars (Bryan Cranston! Audra McDo…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Shepard offers ‘First Person’ view of his final days by Elisabeth Vincentelli, Elisabeth Vincentelli

It is impossible to dissociate Sam Shepard’s latest and last book, “Spy of the First Person,” from how and when it was written. Impaired by ALS — Lou Gehrig’s disease — the drama…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Musical brings holiday laughter to audiences by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

It almost takes a miracle to transform a modern piece of art into a Christmas standard. Between “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Have …

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Witness the triumph of spirit in musical revival of Walker novel by Scott Kearnan, Scott Kearnan

As colors go, purple is a rich one. So it is with “The Color Purple,” the touring version of the Tony-winning musical revival that just arrived at Boston’s Shubert Theatre for a two-we…

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Ron Chernow reconstructs image, impact of ‘Grant’ by Kim Ode, Kim Ode

The Civil War had a moment of formal surrender between its generals at Appomattox in 1865, when the South’s Robert E. Lee yielded­ to the North’s Ulysses­ S. Grant.But the war never re…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tom Brokaw, Colson Whitehead among new 'Library Lions' by Associated Press

NEW YORK — Pulitzer Prize-winning novelists Michael Chabon and Colson Whitehead, former NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and theater director Robert Wilson all…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Plays, musicals fill local stages by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Great job waiting for “Hamilton” to come to Boston. The good news is you only have another year: The storied show arrives in our city in September 2018.But no need to while away the time…

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Cirque du Soleil artists weave web of fascination in ‘Ovo’ by Stephen Schaefer, Stephen Schaefer

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — “Ovo,” the Cirque du Soleil show that plays the Agganis Arena on Sept. 6-10, means “egg” in Portuguese.And yes, there is a large white egg in this show whose theme…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

‘Neverland’ soars when Hook springs into action by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

Pirates improve any adventure tale, especially when the dastardly Capt. Hook commands the crew of buccaneers. Unfortunately it takes the creative team of “Finding Neverland” a whole act …

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lights will shine on arts revelry at Glow Festival by Herald Staff, Herald.staff

Why should Edinburgh have all the fun? Putting Cambridge on the international arts and revelry map is one of the driving forces behind the launch of the Glow Festival, hosted by Oberon, the …

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Harvard's graduate theater program suspends admissions by Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University's graduate theater program, which is housed within the critically acclaimed American Repertory Theater, will suspend admissions for the next three yea…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Uma Thurman to make Broadway debut in Beau Willimon's 'The Parisian Woman' by Gordon Cox

Uma Thurman will make her Broadway debut in "The Parisian Woman," a play by "House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon set in Washington, D.C. in the wake of the 2016 presidential

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Russia's Bolshoi scraps ballet 3 days before premiere by Associated Press

MOSCOW — Russia's Bolshoi Theater has canceled a much-anticipated ballet about dancer Rudolf Nureyev just three days before the opening night, a development that got many in Moscow's art …

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Harry Potter, Abe Lincoln books on owners' reading lists by Associated Press

NEW YORK — A book about marketing or managing employees may be the last thing small business owners want to read on vacation. But some say they've found insight they can apply to their com…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared by Associated Press

LONDON — Wizarding legend Harry Potter's tale has turned 20.Author J.K. Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in Britain on June 26, 1997.Since th…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Kevin Spacey displays fancy footwork during a sweet, corny and touching Tony Awards by Robert Lloyd, Robert Lloyd

Kevin Spacey was the somewhat surprising — though certainly not unqualified — host of the 71st running of the Broadway theater-honoring Tony Awards, broadcast Sunday night from New York…

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Kevin Spacey kicks off Tony Awards with gentle humor by Associated Press

NEW YORK — Kevin Spacey kicked off his first-ever Tony Award hosting gig with grace and self-depreciating wit on Sunday, dancing, singing and joking his way through an opening number that…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Tony snubs: 5 big surprises from the 2017 awards by Gordon Cox

In a year without a "Hamilton," the races for the 2017 Tony Awards had seemed fraught with unpredictably.

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Intimate, wrenching 'Evan Hansen' takes top honors at Tonys by Associated Press

NEW YORK — An intimate, heart-wrenching musical about loneliness, teen angst and suicide in the age of hyperconnectivity capped its unlikely journey to Broadway smash by winning top honor…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Without 'Hamilton' buzz, Tonys to put on brave face Sunday by Associated Press

NEW YORK — Last year at the Tony Awards, a rabid interest in "Hamilton" stemmed a three-year slide in viewership. This year, there's a new host, an old home and hope that a starry list of…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer stages bursting with enchanting tales by Jed Gottlieb, Jed Gottlieb

This summer’s theater season has range. Not “from Stephen Sondheim to Andrew Lloyd Webber” range, but epic jumps from Chekhov to trouble in River City, Peter Pan to robot battle nuns.O…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Marvel Universe LIVE!: Superheroes save the day in new show by Associated Press

ELLENTON, Fla. — There's a moment at the outset of the new Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes show when Spider-Man enters from backstage and zigzags around the theater.It still takes the…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

'Harry Potter' will make Broadway jump in spring 2018 by Associated Press

NEW YORK — The stage play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" has become London's theater event of the year. Now Broadway will shortly be under its spell, too.Producers said Thursday that…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Latest: 'Natasha, Pierre' leads Tony Award nods by Associated Press

NEW YORK — The Latest on the Tony Award nominations (all times local):8:33 a.m."Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812," a sung-through musical that dramatizes a 70-page melodrama …

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