Monday, July 8, 2019

MERCEDES RUEHL IN SAG HARBOR CAMPUS POWER PLAY: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Alan Fox’s Safe Space  at Bay Street Theater is a provocative exploration of academic freedom in our call-out culture — and a three-character cage match to control the narrative during …

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

‘THE PROM’ TO CLOSE ON AUGUST 11 by Philip Boroff

The Prom,  the $13.5 musical comedy that developed a cult following but not a mass audience since opening in November, will close on Aug. 11. It’s the first musical to announce its closur…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

‘A STRANGE LOOP’ EXPANDS BOUNDARIES: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Did he really just say that? And sing that? Scott Rudin, Tyler Perry, Disney, critics, and the composer-lyricist-librettist Michael R. Jackson himself are among those skewered and scrutin…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

THE DEVIL MADE THEM DO IT: ‘HADESTOWN’ RAISES PRICES by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: With investors to repay and resellers on the prowl, the producers of Hadestown  increased ticket prices by as much as 47 percent, coinciding with the show’s best musical win a…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

DANIELLE BROOKS IN JOYOUS ‘MUCH ADO:’ REVIEW by James Feinberg

Halfway through the first act of Shakespeare in the Park‘s Much Ado About Nothing, I found myself on Danielle Brooks’ lap. The exemplary performer, of Netflix’s Orange is the New Bla…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

INCLUSIVENESS AS BIG BOX OFFICE & OTHER TONY TAKEAWAYS by Philip Boroff

Hadestown’s strong sales and its Tony Award for Best Musical may advance the cause of female theater artists more effectively than any speech advocating for industry inclusiveness. The in…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

TOOTSIE’S INSIDER ADVANTAGE AT THE TONY AWARDS by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive Tony Awards contest, can producers who vote for their own show make a difference? I obtained a list of voters in the 2017-18 season — which I’m told is largel…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

ESCAPE FROM MANDERLEY: ‘REBECCA’ PRODUCER SETTLES WITH PRESS AGENT by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Broadway’s oddest and most enduring financing-scandal-turned-courtroom-drama has closed. After six years, 471 legal filings, one trial and another that had been on tap, Rebecca…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

BROADWAY POSTS RECORD SALES, RISING ATTENDANCE by Philip Boroff

Thanks to Hamilton,  The Lion King,  Harry Potter and other blockbusters that draw fans from around the world, Broadway reported a record $1.8 billion in sales — up 7.8 percent — for t…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A SAFE SPACE IN THE DARK: NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP’S JAMES NICOLA by Philip Boroff

What the Constitution Means to Me and Hadestown,  two of the most of the acclaimed Broadway shows of the season, were both developed at New York Theatre Workshop. Last night, Artistic Dire…

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THE FIRE BEHIND THEATRE FOR A NEW AUDIENCE: JEFFREY HOROWITZ AT THE OBIES by Philip Boroff

While accepting a lifetime achievement award at the Obies last night, Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz described how an apartment fire helped him create the nonprofit Theatre for …

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

SUSAN SARANDON, R&H MIX AWKWARDLY IN JESSE EISENBERG’S ‘HAPPY TALK’: REVIEW by James Feinberg

“I always thought that my lot in life was to help people en masse,” pontificates Susan Sarandon as an unbearable community theater diva in Jesse Eisenberg’s half-baked new play, Happy …

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WOMEN COMPOSERS SHINE LIGHT ON B’WAY BOYS CLUB by Philip Boroff

For female musical theater composers, this season has been a mixed bag. Of eight original Broadway scores, just one, Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown, was written by a woman. Yet with its stan…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

LONDON ‘MAN OF A LA MANCHA’ SCORES: REVIEW by James Feinberg

LONDON — Man of La Mancha  is being revived at the London Coliseum, starring Kelsey Grammer as a blustery Don Quixote. Directed by Lonny Price, with the English National Opera’s 30-piec…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A NERD’S GUIDE TO THE 2019 TONY NOMINATIONS by Philip Boroff

It’s been a few years since an old-fashioned mainstream comedy won best musical at the Tony Awards. Tootsie  could change that. Its primary challenger appears to be the acclaimed New Orl…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

HEEDLESS BARON AT TOPLESS TABLOID: ‘INK’ REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Students of Rupert Murdoch may wonder why an 88-year-old multi-billionaire would devote his last years to destabilizing democracy, promoting division and thwarting efforts to slow climate ch…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO BROADWAY: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Disturbing, timely and leavened by dry wit, What the Constitution Means to Me  is an impassioned play about American governance that may renew your faith in Broadway. Heidi Schreck, who wr…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

DAZZLING PERFORMANCES, FAMILIAR STORY: ‘AIN’T TOO PROUD’ REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Ain’t Too Proud  isn’t too original, but it should appeal to fans of the Temptations, the most successful African-American recording group in history. The musical’s five leads gorgeou…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

HUGH JACKMAN TO STAR IN RUDIN-PRODUCED ‘MUSIC MAN’ by Philip Boroff

Cementing his position as Broadway’s most prolific and arguably most powerful producer,  Scott Rudin said today that he’s reviving The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman, in October 2020…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL ON HYPERDRIVE: ‘BE MORE CHILL’ REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Set in suburban Jersey and based on Ned Vizzini’s out-there 2004 novel, Be More Chill  is about a frustrated high school junior named Jeremy (Will Roland, best-known for Dear Evan Hansen…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

MORRISSEY SELLS BRISKLY WITH TOP TICKET AT $425 by Philip Boroff

Morrissey’s seven-night engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre sold well in the first hour of general public availability, suggesting a bright future for rock stars on Broadway. As of 11 …

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GILLIAN ANDERSON ELEVATES FEROCIOUS ‘ALL ABOUT EVE’: REVIEW by James Feinberg

LONDON — Following Network,  Ivo van Hove’s disappointing star vehicle now packing them in on Broadway, the writer/director is back in peak form with his adaptation of All About Eve  …

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

‘REBECCA’ PRODUCER SEEKS NEW TRIAL AGAINST PRESS AGENT by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Sprecher‘s six-year campaign to hold his former press agent accountable for the collapse of his musical and reputation has been cleared for another courtroom showdown. Earl…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

ACTORS’ EQUITY ENDS STRIKE AGAINST BROADWAY LEAGUE by Philip Boroff

After 33 days, Actors’ Equity has ended its strike against the Broadway League over how its members are compensated for developing new work. Actors sought revenue or profit share when …

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DAVENPORT THEATRE ENDS FIVE-YEAR RUN by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Ken Davenport’s eponymous theater is no more. “As of the end of January 2019, the Davenport Theatre has closed,” according to an announcement on Davenport Theatr…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

GENDER-BENDING ‘COMPANY’ IMPROVES ON PERFECTION: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Editor’s note: There are talks to bring the West End’s Company to Broadway, and last we heard nothing was set. In the meantime, tickets appear to be plentiful for the run at the Gielgu…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

‘NERDS’ CRASH HIGHLIGHTS WEAK INVESTOR PROTECTION by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Ticketmaster and Telecharge say they refund theatergoers for cancelled performances. It’s a different story for investors in shows that get cancelled before opening night. …

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Friday, February 1, 2019

‘SUCCESSION’ STAR CREATES IMMIGRANT COURTROOM DRAMA: INTERVIEW by Philip Boroff

Fans of HBO’s Succession  might be surprised that Stewy, the conniving cocaine-snorting private equity operator, is played by an emigré from Iran who co-founded a civic-minded theate…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

‘DO NOT WORK’: ACTORS’ EQUITY AUTHORIZES MINI STRIKE by Philip Boroff

Actors’ Equity Association, which has been negotiating a new contract for play and musical development, authorized a strike today to halt collaboration in rehearsal rooms known as deve…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

RECORD WEEK CAPS RECORD YEAR — WITH HIGHEST PRICES FOR LONG-RUNNING HITS (TABLE) by Philip Boroff

Broadway celebrated 2019 with a slew of milestones: highest-grossing week and year in history and best-attended week and year since at least 1984, according to the Broadway League. Long-runn…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

FROM ‘REBECCA’ TO RUMPELMAYER’S: PRODUCER SEEKS INVESTORS FOR REVIVAL OF DINING ICON by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Sprecher raised and spent millions on a Broadway musical version of Rebecca  that never opened. For his next act, he wants to recreate an Old World family restaurant, update…

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