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'Grease' Revival to Close After 554 Performances on Broadway By Philip Boroff

Producers of "Grease" announced that their 1950s-era musical will close on Jan. 4, the ninth Broadway show scheduled to fold next month.

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At Shubert, the Future Has Roots in the Past, by Patricia Cohen

The ascension of Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel to the top of the Shubert Organization ended a 20-plus-year guessing game about the future of the largest theater-owning enterprise in t…

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Them's the Breaks, by Raven Snook

Pal Joey's understudy gets the lead due to an injury—it's almost a Broadway tradition.

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Today In Theatre History

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A Natural Cassavetes Woman, Theatricalized, Magnified and Multiplied, by Ben Brantley

The walls come tumbling down in Opening Night, Ivo van Hove's wild and woolly stage version of the 1977 John Cassavetes movie about a Broadway-bound play in crisis.

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Cape Disappointment, reviewed by David Cote

Cape Disappointment is a melancholy road-movie of a piece, with three story lines intersecting like rural byways leading deep into dangerous territory.

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Oh, Those Beautiful Weimar Girls!, reviewed by Adam Feldman

Set in Germany during the shadow alley between the two World Wars, Ildiko Nemeth's stylishly morbid dance-theater piece is nostalgic for a time when sleaze was decked out in corsets and feat…

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Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy with a (Somewhat) Happy Ending, reviewed by Helen Shaw

Wendy Weiner's intermittently amusing, strangely dated Hillary falls well shy of its primary goal.

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Paul Benedict, 70; actor at home in TV sitcoms, modern and classical dramas By Ed Siegel

In an acting troupe that included Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and Al Pacino, the person who stood out more than any other in the Theatre Company of Boston during the 1960s was Paul Bened…

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Robert Schlitt, Television scriptwriter

In 1960, his English translation of Felicien Marceau's "The Egg" opened at Broadway's Cort Theater, where it was included on several "10 best plays of the Season" lists.

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Shubert vets take centerstage at org

In the wake of the sudden death of Shubert Organization chairman Gerald Schoenfeld, the appointment Tuesday night of Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel as co-CEO's reflected a company that…

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London theatergoers get discounts

Mackintosh offering reduced prices

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Liza Minnelli dazzles in new holiday show 'Liza at the Palace ...' BY JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ (****)

Santa came early this year - with a fabulous present wrapped in shiny sequins and shimmering stardust: Liza Minnelli.

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Liza Minnelli reigns in opening at The Palace Theatre BY LINDA WINER

Britney who? Liza Minnelli is not having a comeback as much as an actual resurrection on Broadway in "Liza's at the Palace...!," a slick and exuberant time-capsule that opened last night in …

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Liza's at the Palace...!
Reviewed by: Brian Scott Lipton

Superstar Liza Minnelli serves up a highly energetic and occasionally extraordinary new act that's sure to satisfy her fans.

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Liza's at The Palace by Oscar E Moore

By evenings end Liza had the audience in the palm of her hand, thrilled with her stamina and showmanship and wanting more. Liza is an absolutely exciting, electrifying, exhilarating phenomen…

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Liza's at the Palace
Review by Matthew Murray

Directed and choreographed with gold-lamé slickness by Ron Lewis, this show is perhaps the ultimate tribute to ultimate tributes - so elaborate and unapologetic in framing its subject…

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Palace Guests By: Joseph Marzullo; Text by Brian Scott Lipton

Sandra Bernhard, Tony Danza, Vincent D'Onofrio, Christine Ebersole, Cheyenne Jackson, Shirley MacLaine, Mary-Louise Parker, Elaine Stritch and more stars attend the opening of Liza's at the …

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Trevor Nunn: frankly, my dear, it was no flop

Director Trevor Nunn talks to Dominic Cavendish about his West End debacle 'Gone with the Wind' - and the thrill of bringing 'A Little Night Music' to the fringe

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Review: A Little Night Music by Paul Vale

The inclusion of the number Silly People is a mistake that adds nothing to the show except length. Otherwise, A Little Night Music can be considered yet another jewel in the Menier's decided…

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Trying times test Jason Alexander By PAUL HODGINS

His plans for Reprise Theatre Company challenged by economy.

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Lippa service By Kris Vire

You don't know Andrew Lippa from Addams, but you will soon.

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Sedaris is burning By Selena Fragassi

The Santaland author explains why he hates the play that helped make him.

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Them's the breaks By Raven Snook

Pal Joey's understudy gets the lead due to an injury-it's almost a Broadway tradition.

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PLAYBILL.COM'S BRIEF ENCOUNTER With Victoria Clark

Actress Victoria Clark, playwright Craig Lucas and director Bartlett Sher are working together again. And, no, it's not a revival of The Light in the Piazza.

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Slide Show: Shrek Holds Court Underneath Broadway

A new campaign for "Shrek the Musical" will take over ad space in Times Square's subway station and seeks to poke fun at other Broadway musicals.

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UCLA -- A Winner by Army Archerd

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were receiving congrats from everyone. They had masterminded the unique showmanship that filled UCLA's Royce Hall Stage, Tuesday night under the banner of "One Nigh…

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That '70s show By David Fear

Michael Sheen re-creates one half of a cunning TV conversation.

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In a Waterlogged City, Operatic Puppets and Shadows on a Curtain By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN

Over the weekend, just before the city of Venice became nearly impassable, a production of Monteverdi's "Return of Ulysses," devised by William Kentridge, had a short, magical run at the anc…

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Opening Night
Review By MARILYN STASIO

Dutch director Ivo van Hove brings new meaning to the term "in your face" with his techno-centric treatment of John Cassavetes' 1977 film, "Opening Night," about the psychic meltdown of an a…

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Opening Night - Reviewed by GWEN OREL

The gorgeous but ultimately wearying "Opening Night" is too often unclear: Is it the play within a play? Are we somewhere else? Is that a producer or a writer?

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The Only Tribe - Reviewed by LISA JO SAGOLLA

The masks are fabulous, ingeniously designed by the collaborative production's creative director, Roland Gebhardt, to serve to characterize the dancers as members of distinct societies.

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White Christmas

You only think you know what you are in for before the curtain rises on this nostalgia-consigned, melody-saturated, dance-enhanced, but more notably, numbingly staged retread based on two fi…

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A Snarling Sinatra Tribute Boots Santa By STEPHEN HOLDEN

Christmas, Michael Feinstein and Frank Sinatra: three different, tenuously connected worlds collided Tuesday evening at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, where Mr. Feinstein brought a drasticall…

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Norm Lewis: This Is the Life! - Reviewed by DAVID FINKLE

It's not just Norm Lewis' baritone, with its texture of fine brocade, that makes women - and any number of men - go weak in the knees.

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'Maude' Star Among TV Hall of Fame Inductees By LYNN ELBER

"Maude" and "Golden Girls" star Bea Arthur is happily poised to enter the TV Academy Hall of Fame, but she acknowledges it's her own fault the recognition didn't come sooner.

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