Monday, September 10, 2018

‘FROZEN,’ ‘MEAN GIRLS’ POST WORST WEEK SINCE OPENING by Philip Boroff

Sales of Frozen and Mean Girls took a hit last week as children returned to school from summer vacation and Broadway contended with oppressive heat and competition from the latter rounds of…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

POLITICAL IS PERSONAL IN HELLMAN’S COMPELLING DRAMA: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Lillian Hellman’s second play, Days To Come, was a flop when it premiered on Broadway in 1936.  Sources differ on why — but it certainly wasn’t the writing. The well-acted product…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

LAVISH ‘DOLLY!’ EARNS MODEST RETURNS by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Investors in Scott Rudin’s celebrated revival of Hello, Dolly! have earned a profit of 5 percent, according to two people familiar with the production. In a flop-filled bus…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

‘PRETTY WOMAN’ BOTCHED BY ALL-MALE CREATIVE TEAM: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Pretty Woman: The Musical, the over-amplified wannabe tourist trap that opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre, illustrates the limits of vision-free Broadway producing. The music is mon…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

KITT & YORKEY ON NAVIGATING DISNEY & BROADWAY by Philip Boroff

Pulitzer Prize-winning collaborators Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey have a new musical that airs tonight on the Disney Channel. The pair say their adaptation of Mary Rodgers’ 1972 novel Fre…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL ‘BE MORE CHILL’ IS EXPLOSIVE FUN: REVIEW by James Feinberg

The musical Be More Chill has some baggage. It’s about high school angst that verges on cliché, and it’s a showcase for the kind of head-banging pop, in this case by composer/lyricist J…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

RELUCTANT DAD BIRBIGLIA SCORES IN COMIC MONOLOGUE: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Early in his funny and poignant off-Broadway show, The New One, the comedian Mike Birbiglia expresses a low tolerance for children.  “We gotta get babies off planes,” he says.  “We g…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

JASON ROBERT BROWNS ON HAL PRINCE, ARIANA GRANDE & GOING HIS OWN WAY by Philip Boroff

INTERVIEW: The last five weeks have been busy for Jason Robert Brown, the 48-year-old composer, lyricist, arranger, orchestrator and performer. There was an acclaimed Encores! run of his 199…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

‘DELIGHTFULLY DAFFY’ TO ‘COCKAMAMIE MISH MASH’: GO-GO’S MUSICAL SPLITS CRITICS (WITH A PAN FROM OUR MAN) by James Feinberg

REVIEW : The question at the heart of Head Over Heels  is whether Elizabethan comedy and the music of the Go-Go’s go together. Sadly, the answer is no. (See below for other opinions.) Th…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

CLASSIC MUSTANGS, TEXAS BRISKET & OPEN REHEARSALS: INSIDE THE COLORADO NEW PLAY FESTIVAL by Philip Boroff

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO — The main event here: 502 Ford Mustangs, both late-model show cars and immaculately restored classics. The 30th-annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup compe…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

CELEBRATING RISK & THE INDEPENDENT PRODUCER: A TRIUMPHANT ‘BAND’S VISIT’ by Philip Boroff

There’s cause for celebration in Bet Hatikva and Petah Tikva. The Band’s Visit, a drama about acceptance, missed connections and the romance and ennui of everyday life, won 10 T…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

‘BAND’S VISIT’ WINS 10 TONY AWARDS by Philip Boroff

There’s cause for celebration in Bet Hatikvva and Petah Tikvah. The Band’s Visit, a quietly political drama about acceptance, missed connections and the romance and banality of e…

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

‘BAND’S VISIT’ SPEEDS TOWARD RECOUPMENT by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: On Broadway, selling out isn’t a prerequisite for cleaning up. The Band’s Visit, which is considered a lock for best new musical at the Tony Awards tomorrow, has repai…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

RADCLIFFE, JONES, CANNAVALE STAR IN MAVERICK’S SWAN SONG by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Conventional wisdom dictates that a new play needs an off-Broadway or out-of-town tryout before it’s Broadway-ready — unless it’s by David Mamet or stars Bette M…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

BERNSTEIN MADE $3 MILLION IN TWO YEARS AT LINCOLN CENTER by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Jed Bernstein, a Broadway producer and former leader of the industry’s trade association, earned $3.3 million in pay and benefits during the 27 months he ran Lincoln Center…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

MUSICALS’ AVERAGE TICKET JUMPS TO $126; PLAYS REBOUND by Philip Boroff

The Broadway season that ended on Sunday was strong but not stellar. Overall attendance: up 4 percent to 13.8 million, according to the Broadway League. Grosses rose 17 percent, to $1.7 bill…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

SNUBBING ‘MEAN GIRLS’ & ‘SPONGEBOB,’ CRITICS’ CIRCLE SKIPS MUSICAL AWARD by Philip Boroff

The New York Drama Critics’ Circle voted not to give a prize for best musical this season, implicitly endorsing The Band’s Visit‘s Tony Award ambitions and rejecting Broadw…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘MEAN GIRLS’ GOOD MORNING & OTHER TONY TAKES by Philip Boroff

BEST MUSICAL SUSPENSE: There were just seven new musicals on Broadway this season, the fewest in at least a decade. Only one received “Critic’s Pick” from the New York Time…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

DISNEY CUTS ‘FROZEN’ PRICES by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Maybe Frozen isn’t critic-proof after all. Following mixed reviews and turmoil in the secondary market, Disney has been slashing prices for the musical — one of the mo…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

HOW ‘HAMILTON’ MAKES MONEY BY MAKING NEWS by Philip Boroff

LAST OF A SERIES: When the cast of Hamilton visited the White House on March 14, 2016, President Obama joked that the musical was the only thing he and Dick Cheney agreed on.  The excursion…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

‘HAMILTON’ PAYS MIRANDA & SELLER TENS OF MILLIONS A YEAR by Philip Boroff

SECOND IN A SERIES: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop juggernaut is the first single-author show to win a Tony Award for best new musical since Jonathan Larson’s Rent, in 1996. With …

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

‘HAMILTON’ PROFITS SHOT PAST $160 MILLION LAST YEAR by Philip Boroff

PART ONE OF A SERIES: Nearly three years after storming Broadway, Hamilton remains unrivaled in its moneymaking. The original production, which began previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatr…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

THANKS TO BLOCKBUSTERS, BROADWAY HAS RECORD SALES FOR 8-PERFORMANCE WEEK by Philip Boroff

Every year there’s New Year’s week, when the city is packed with tourists and some shows present nine performances, and every other week. Last week was a record for the latter. B…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS REACH A THIRD OF BROADWAY SALES by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: This season, every night is kids’ night on Broadway. While theatergoers still pay up for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s historical hip-hop, Broadway’s fastest-growing onst…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CRITIC PROOF? DISNEY RAISES ‘FROZEN’ PRICES FOR 2019 by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: The Frozen fractals appear to be falling into place for Disney. Reviews aren’t out until the March 22 opening of Disney Theatrical Productions’ adaptation of the 2013…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

NOR’EASTER PUTS DAMPER ON BROADWAY GROSSES; ‘CAROUSEL,’ ‘FROZEN’ SHINE by Philip Boroff

Disney’s Frozen and Scott Rudin’s revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel performed promisingly in an otherwise wet and dismal week. Frozen was a near sellout, grossi…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

JEREMY GERARD EXITS DEADLINE; CRITIC AT WORK ON LANGELLA BIOGRAPHY by Philip Boroff

Jeremy Gerard has left Deadline.com, the theater critic and reporter said in an email. Gerard said his contract was not renewed and he was told that Deadline, officially called Deadline Holl…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

RUDIN, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS ESTATE TENTATIVELY SETTLE ‘GLASS MENAGERIE’ LAWSUIT by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: A promising Broadway courtroom drama may be closing out of town. Scott Rudin and the University of the South have agreed in principle to settle the University’s lawsuit alle…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

PRIME ‘MORMON’ SEATS SELL FOR $150 AMID WINTER LULL by Philip Boroff

U.S. stocks aren’t the only market under pressure. Yesterday’s Super Bowl and the mid-Winter funk contributed to Broadway lowest grosses in four months. Sales last week dipped 10…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

DEFENDING AGAINST BROADWAY LEAGUE LAWSUIT COULD COST CASTING DIRECTORS MILLIONS by Philip Boroff

Casting directors could finance their own big-budget play or musical for what they may spend defending themselves against the Broadway League’s antitrust lawsuit. Merely complying wit…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

HELLO, SARA! ‘WAITRESS’ WITH BAREILLES SERVES $600 SEATS by Philip Boroff

Call it the Hamilton effect or just supply and demand. Producers of Waitress have raised the top ticket to $600 with pop stars Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz in the leading roles. That’…

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