Friday, April 20, 2018

Term of Affection? Ethnic Slur? Theater Union Decides That ‘Gypsy’ Must Go. by Michael Paulson

While performers who go from show to show embrace the identity, Actors’ Equity has decided that a ceremony celebrating them needs to be renamed.

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NYC Will Move "Fearless" Girl" Off Wall Street by Artsjournal

The statue known as “Fearless Girl” will soon be moved from its spot at the southern tip of Broadway to a spot facing the New York Stock Exchange, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thurs…

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Review: A Spanish Stage Provocateur Makes a Blood-Dripping Debut by Elisabeth Vincentelli

New York-area audiences finally have a chance to see Angélica Liddell, a darling of European theaters, in “Esta Breve Tragedia” at Peak Performances.

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Ellen Burstyn Honors a Friendship With a Futurist by Kathryn Shattuck

Ms. Burstyn talks about “The House of Tomorrow” and her relationship with Buckminster Fuller, her coming directorial debut and her own #MeToo story.

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Bette Midler to Return to ‘Hello, Dolly!’ This Summer by Michael Paulson

Ms. Midler, who won a Tony for her performance, will close out the last six weeks of the hit show.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Review: Whose ‘Fair Lady’? This Time, Eliza’s in Charge by Jesse Green

Lauren Ambrose stars as a newly empowered flower girl in a gorgeous revival that transforms the classic musical into an ur-text for our #MeToo moment.

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When You Win $1 Million To Make A Movie... There Are Expectations by Artsjournal

“If someone hands you a million dollars, they expect you to turn out an amazing product. It’s a huge thing to carry on your shoulders.”

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Classical Music's Insecurity Problem by Artsjournal

It’s sad but true that many people denigrate and distrust their own reactions to classical music out of fear that they don’t “know enough,” and that other, more sophisticated folks k…

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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Carousel’ Dances Are a New Feather in the Enigmatic Justin Peck’s Cap by Alastair Macaulay

Mr. Peck’s dances for the revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical on Broadway tick almost every box of dutiful choreography, if without force.

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Table for Three: Passing the Torch: Denzel Washington and Michael B. Jordan by Philip Galanes

Mr. Washington, next in “The Iceman Cometh” on Broadway, and Mr. Jordan, the “Black Panther” star, discuss their idols, black superheroes and #MeToo.

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At New York City's Public School For Dance by Artsjournal1

"'Justin,' yelled the ballet master Patrice Hemsworth. 'Move your arms. Good, good, good. Boys, you look beautiful. Go girls. Use your shoulders.' She watched silently for another few beats …

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League Of American Orchestras Launches Program To Help Black And Hispanic Musicians Get Orchestra Jobs by Artsjournal1

"The new initiative - [called the National Alliance for Audition Support and] created by the Sphinx Organization, the New World Symphony and the League of American Orchestras - will train mu…

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Harper's Magazine Fires Editor In Chief For (He Says) Opposing Controversial Article by Artsjournal1

Ousted editor James Marcus says that his dispute with publisher Rick MacArthur was over Katie Roiphe's "The Other Whisper Network: How Twitter feminism is bad for women," the magazine's Marc…

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Free Tickets If You Wear A Swastika, Says German Theater (Outrage Ensues) by Artsjournal1

"A play based on Adolf Hitler's youth is sparking controversy for an unusual opening-night deal: Audience members willing to wear a swastika (provided by the theater) during the performance …

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The Underworld Will Stop in London en Route to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The musical “Hadestown,” a new take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, will open on Broadway after a run at the National Theater in London.

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London Theater Reviews: In ‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,’ a Pop Star’s Life as Victory Parade by Matt Wolf

Two London stage productions bring some razzle dazzle to the city: a musical biography of Tina Turner and the return of “Chicago.”

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Review: Matthew Broderick Finds His Inner Satan in ‘The Seafarer’ by Ben Brantley

In the Irish Repertory Theater’s solid revival of Conor McPherson’s Christmas classic, the Devil sits down for Yuletide wassail and a game of cards.

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Review: In ‘We Live by the Sea,’ a New Neighbor Disrupts the Routine by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Two teenage sisters share a life where the extraordinary can be ordinary in this play directed by Alex Howarth.

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He’s the Producer. She’s the Talent. Who Owns the Hit Record? by Matt Trueman

Joe Penhall’s new play, “Mood Music,” has real-world echoes in its story of a battle between a young singer-songwriter and her record producer.

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Parkland Survivors Get a Broadway Master Class in Healing by Alexis Soloski

Florida students began rehearsing “Spring Awakening” before the Feb. 14 shooting at their high school. They wanted to keep going. The show’s original cast came to support them.

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Get In Free if You’ll Wear a Swastika: A German Theater’s Provocation by Christopher F. Schuetze

Producers said the symbols were crucial to a performance highlighting the dangers of fascism. But the opening-night offer has prompted complaints to the police.

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The Art Of Nairobi's Dancing Buses by Artsjournal

Matatu are the privately owned buses that have transported at least 60 percent of Nairobi’s population since the early ’60s. The word matatu comes from the Kikuyu word for “three,” r…

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These Monks Meditate By Dancing by Artsjournal1

"In the West, our idea of monastic ritual involves prayer and quiet reflection. But there are monasteries in Assam, in the far reaches of northeastern India, where prayer has always been, an…

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Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles to Host Tony Awards by Michael Paulson

The two, who recently made their own Broadway debuts, will host the ceremony on June 10; much of it will be broadcast on CBS.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review: In the Hotel in ‘Zürich,’ Room Service Comes With a Bang by Ben Brantley

Amelia Roper’s portrait of disparate — and desperate — lives in a Swiss hotel becomes an indictment of moral blight in the 21st century.

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‘Riverdale’ Brings Broadway to the Small Screen With ‘Carrie: The Musical’ by Peter Libbey

The teen drama’s musical episode, which airs Wednesday, is part of a tradition of television shows dipping into musical theater.

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Neuroscience Research: Best Friends Share Brain Waves by Artsjournal

New research suggests the roots of friendship extend even deeper than previously suspected. Scientists have found that the brains of close friends respond in remarkably similar ways as they …

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Review: In ‘ms. estrada,’ Campus Feminists Say No to Sex, Yes to Hip-Hop by Maya Phillips

This “Lysistrata” update at the Flea Theater is consistently lively, but its comic aims are scattershot.

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How NYCBallet Planned Its Season Post-Martins by Artsjournal

The new team chose two of the six premieres City Ballet will present in the 2018-19 season, reaching beyond the traditional ballet world to commission works by Kyle Abraham and Emma Portner.…

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Vend-A-Story - Getting Your Literature From A Machine by Artsjournal

Here’s how a dispenser works: It is shaped like a cylinder with three buttons on top indicating a “one minute,” “three minute” or “five minute” story. (That’s how long it tak…

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America's Poet Laureate Takes Poetry Down America's Back Roads by Artsjournal1

"[Tracy K.] Smith, the fifth African-American to hold the title, has put an unexpected spin on it. She is taking poetry on the road around the nation, focusing primarily on rural areas where…

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