Thursday, July 20, 2017

Toronto’s Superb Soulpepper Troupe Beats ‘Hamilton’ At The Freebie Game by Jeremy Gerard

Forget about the shows, for a minute. Soulpepper, a highly, and rightly, decorated Toronto theater company in residence this month at the Signature Theatre on West 42nd Street, is offering t…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NYC Unveils ‘CreateNYC’ 10-Year Plan To Expand And Diversify Arts & Culture by Jeremy Gerard

New York City Mayor de Blasio and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl released Wednesday what they dubbed the city’s first-ever comprehensive culture plan. Enfolded in a glos…

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John Leguizamo Speaks And NYC Theaters Band Together In ‘Immigrant Arts Coalition’ by Jeremy Gerard

In an often funny, moving and profanity-laced keynote address this week, actor, playwright and memoirist John Leguizamo denounced the entertainment industry’s ghetto attitude toward La…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

‘Groundhog Day’ Star Andy Karl Signs With ICM Partners by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: Hot on the heels of his third Tony Award nomination, for his leading role in Groundhog Day, Andy Karl has signed with ICM Partners. The role of jaded weatherman Phil Connors,  or…

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Josh Lucas To Co-Star With Uma Thurman In Beau Willimon’s ‘Parisian Woman’ On Broadway by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: The new season is barely underway but already heating up with the announcement that Uma Thurman will make her Broadway debut in The Parisian Woman. The Beltway comedy of bad manne…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Broadway’s $2.8M Bump? Bette, Back, Begets Big B.O. Bang by Jeremy Gerard

An enlivened Broadway box office rebounded last week with a 10 percent hike over the previous week. More than half of it – $1.5 million of the $2.8 million cash coups de théâtres …

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Ex-Disney P.R. Exec Joe Quenqua Joins 42West by Jeremy Gerard

Former Disney communications executive and PR agency veteran Joe Quenqua has joined 42West as a Managing Director based in its Los Angeles office. Overseeing teams on both coasts, Quenqua wi…

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In-Box Alert: Broadway’s ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Recoups $9.5M by Jeremy Gerard

Dear Evan Hansen, which last month won the Tony Award for Best Musical, has recouped its $9.5 million capitalization after 8.5 months, producer Stacey Mindich said Monday. The show, starring…

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Sheriff David Mamet Lays Down The Law: “No Talking *After* The Show” by Jeremy Gerard

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and inveterate polemicist and provocateur David Mamet is suddenly the talk of the rialto on both sides of the Atlantic. Why? H…

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: Oscar Isaac’s Pensive Prince Steadies Sam Gold’s Hamstrung ‘Hamlet’ by Jeremy Gerard

Thoughtful, self-possessed and charismatically morose, Oscar Isaac inhabits Shakespeare’s melancholy prince as naturally as the sweater he wraps himself in. This youthful Hamlet is mos…

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New York Magazine Names Sara Holdren New Theater Critic by Jeremy Gerard

Sarah Holdren, an off-Broadway director with an eclectic resume, has been hired as theater critic for New York magazine and its online entertainment site Vulture, editor-in-chief Adam Moss a…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Broadway Notes: Uma Thurman Sets Debut With Beau Willimon’s ‘Parisian Woman’; Euan Morton Is ‘Hamilton’ Bound by Jeremy Gerard

As Deadline reported back in April, Oscar nominee Uma Thurman will make her Broadway debut this fall in The Parisian Woman, by House of Cards mastermind Beau Willimon (also in his Broadway d…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Review: ‘Shameless’ Writer Dominique Morisseau’s Searing ‘Pipeline’ by Jeremy Gerard

Dominique Morisseau has been cutting a wide and spectacular path through the writers’ ranks, as executive story editor on Showtime’s Shameless and as the author of The Detroit Pr…

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NBC News Sets 9/25 Start Date For Megyn Kelly’s ‘Today’ Debut With Studio Audience: Report by Jeremy Gerard

NBC News confirms that Megyn Kelly has been given a September 25 start date and that the hourlong 9 AM Today show segment will include a studio audience. NBC News is currently looking for an…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

No Lie: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Scores $1.7M Despite Droopy Broadway Box Office by Jeremy Gerard

Dear Evan Hansen, the Tony-winning best musical about a nervy lie that turns a shy boy into a social media hero, continued to be the Street’s dominant new show last week, ringing up $1…

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Broadway Review: No Bette? No Worries With Donna Murphy In ‘Hello, Dolly!’ by Jeremy Gerard

If your question is, “Who’s better in Hello, Dolly! – Bette Midler or Donna Murphy?” you’ll have to look elsewhere for an answer. It’s not a contest. Midl…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

‘Hawaii Five-O’s Daniel Dae Kim & Grace Park Are Saluted In ‘Kim’s Convenience’ Rap by Jeremy Gerard

News about the departure of Hawaii Five-O co-stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park found its way to New York Saturday night. Korean-born playwright and actor Ins Choi scored bigtime with his …

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Paul Dooley On Robert Altman, Mike Nichols And A Character Named Paul Dooley by Jeremy Gerard

Writers are warned never to give away the ending of a movie or play. But beginnings are fair game. this is how Paul Dooley opens his one-man show, Movie Dad: ‘I am a character acto…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Lincoln Center Festival Rejects Call To Cancel Israel-Funded Performances by Jeremy Gerard

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts president Deborah Spar has rejected a request, supported by a number of well-known artists and scholars, to cancel upcoming performances by a troupe un…

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Cirque Du Soleil Buys Blue Man Group, With Eyes On Expansion by Jeremy Gerard

Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group – creative ensembles that grew from local fame as offbeat entertainment alternatives into multicultural franchises – announced a merger toda…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

No Fireworks On Broadway As Holiday Box Office Slips 9% by Jeremy Gerard

Broadway went to the beach with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over what for many was the Independence Day weekend, as patrons stayed away in droves following the previous week’s banne…

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Julie White Is New Nora In ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ As Tony-Winner Laurie Metcalf Shuts Door by Jeremy Gerard

Three-quarters of the Tony-nominated cast of A Doll’s House, Part 2 bids farewell on July 23, including Laurie Metcalf, who won her first Tony last month playing Lucas Hnath’s up…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Toronto’s Top Troupe Soulpepper Makes Coming From Away A New York Trend by Jeremy Gerard

Less then a week after bringing home five Doras – that’s the Canadian version of the Tony Award – an immigrant troupe called Soulpepper begins a monthlong stand off Times S…

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The New York Times Reaches Settlement With Fired Theater Critic by Greg Evans

The New York Times and theater critic Charles Isherwood have reached a settlement after arbitration following his firing in February. A statement released by the newspaper said, "The New Yor…

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Broadway Review: ‘Marvin’s Room’ With Janeane Garofalo & Lili Taylor; ‘Measure For Measure’ With Jonathan Cake by Jeremy Gerard

Is there ever a time when heartbreak and loss go out of “style”? Marvin’s Room opened over Christmas in 1991 at Playwrights Horizons in New York (it was originally produced…

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‘Indecent’s Broadway Wraps Head North Of $100K Following Stay Of Execution by Jeremy Gerard

Paula Vogel’s Indecent continues to look like the Broadway turnaround story of the season, as ticket sales increase daily in the aftermath of a six-week reprieve beyond the posted June…

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New York Times Reporters Plan Newsroom Slow-Down In Support Of Copy Editors by Jeremy Gerard

Tensions between newsroom employees and The New York Times masthead kicked into higher gear Thursday morning with the announcement of a brief work slowdown this afternoon at 3 PM local time.…

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New York Times Editors Decry “Humiliating Process” Of Layoffs by Jeremy Gerard

Using words including “betrayal,” “humiliating” and “covfefe” and suggesting that management had compared them to “dogs urinating on fire hydrants,&…

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Elvis Presley Prequel ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ Is Broadway Bound. Or Not. by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: Heartbreak Hotel, a new musical that follows Elvis Presley’s career from unknown singer to charts-busting star, will tryout this summer at the Ogunquit Playhouse, a venerabl…

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Mercedes Ruehl Joins Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Torch Song’ Revival by Jeremy Gerard

Tony and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl has signed on for Second Stage Theatre’s fall revival of Harvey Fierstein’s landmark dramedy Torch Song. Michael Urie will star as looking-f…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Reprieved ‘Indecent’ Jumps $228K; Setting ‘Sunset’ Also Rises At Broadway Box Office by Jeremy Gerard

Glenn Close finally did say goodbye as her Sunset Boulevard revival ended on a high note, while the formerly struggling Indecent jumped over a quarter-million dollars in the wake of a last-m…

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