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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Sunday, December 9, 2018

‘THE JUNGLE’ IS POWERFUL, HAUNTING & UNIFYING: REVIEW by James Feinberg

St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn, has been recast as a crowded and vibrant refugee camp called the Calais Jungle on the coast of France. The theater’s ticket booth is in a ramshack…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

‘CHER SHOW’ SHINES WITH STEPHANIE J. BLOCK: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Early in The Cher Show,  Sonny Bono reprimands Cher when she complains about the rigors of stardom.  “You bought the ticket; take the ride.” The target audience at the Neil Sim…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

BROADWAY HAS RICHEST THANKSGIVING IN HISTORY by Philip Boroff

Broadway sold $43 million of tickets in the week ending on Sunday, up 10 percent from a year ago and its best Thanksgiving ever. In an ugly week for stocks but fine one for tourism and premi…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

FATHERHOOD DISSECTED IN HYSTERICAL ‘NEW ONE’: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Mike Birbiglia likes lists. Early in his irresistible one-man comedy The New One, he cites seven reasons why he never wanted a child. “Number 1: I’ve never felt like there should…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA TO PRODUCE & OCCASIONALLY STAR IN HIP-HOP SHOW by Philip Boroff

With a top-ticket (so far) of $119, Lin-Manuel Miranda and three co-producers are mounting an engagement early next year of Freestyle Love Supreme,  the improv hip-hop group that the Hamilt…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

TONY, OBIE & MING: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NAMED FOR REVERED YALE DESIGNER (VIDEO) by Philip Boroff

The set designer and Yale professor Ming Cho Lee is officially synonymous with excellence in theatrical design. Last week at the Palm West Side restaurant, Lee was recognized for lifetime ac…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

‘THE FERRYMAN’ IS GREAT FECKIN’ THEATER: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Ninety minutes, no intermission has its appeal. But Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, with two dozen actors, a rabbit, goose, and a real-life baby dramatizing plot lines that explosivel…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

WHAT’S NEW WITH PLAYS & ILLUSIONIST DERREN BROWN’S ‘SECRET’ BROADWAY AMBITION: WEEKLY WRAP by Philip Boroff

Derren Brown‘s challenge: make a vacant Broadway theater appear out of thin air. In a conversation with Adam Green at the New Yorker Festival on Sunday, the British illusionist said …

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

AFFORDABLE ‘UNCLE VANYA’ AT HUNTER MAKES ENNUI EXCITING: REVIEW by James Feinberg

In Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the Hunter Theater Project, Jay O. Sanders plays the title character as the kind of wisely figure you’d like to have as your own uncle. That is, …

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Monday, October 8, 2018

‘OKLAHOMA!’ IN DUMBO IS A BOLD TAKE ON A PERFECT MUSICAL: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Some theatrical ideas are so ambitious it almost doesn’t matter whether they succeed or fail – the fun is in seeing them play out. In his audacious, stripped-down staging of Rodgers &…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

‘HAMILTON’ FOR NO MONEY DOWN: TICKETMASTER INTRODUCES ‘BUY NOW, PAY LATER’ by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Can’t afford to spend $1,551, including Ticketmaster fees, for two center orchestra seats to Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre? How about 12 monthly payments of $138…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

FONTANA IS FANTASTIC IN ‘TOOTSIE’ TRYOUT: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

CHICAGO — “Being a woman is no job for a man,” Michael Dorsey (Santino Fontana) concludes in the winning but inconsistent Broadway-bound musical comedy Tootsie,  which ope…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

RICHARD BEAN SNOOKERS AUDIENCE WITH DELIGHTFUL ‘NAP’: REVIEW by James Feinberg

It may seem necessary, before an American audience, to provide a primer on snooker, that English variant of billiards. But the unseen, bone-dry play-by-play snooker announcers in Richard Bea…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

SHANE O’REGAN ON TOGGLING AMONG 24 CHARACTERS by Philip Boroff

Shane O’Regan is going places — for starters, Philadelphia, Chicago and Austin, Texas. He and the 24 characters he plays in the World War I drama Private Peaceful  tour the U.S…

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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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