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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Behind the Poster: What Happens When Bart Simpson Meets ‘Mr. Burns’ by Erik Piepenburg

A look at how Bart Simpson’s hair takes center stage in a poster for a production of “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” in Kansas City, Mo.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Backstage on Broadway With the Holiday Spirit by Erik Piepenburg

Stars of “Finding Neverland, “Wicked” and “On Your Feet” decorate their personal spaces to remind them of the season.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

From Jazz to Legos, Toasts ‘To Life’ by Erik Piepenburg

A look at how “To Life,” a song from “Fiddler on the Roof,” has crossed barriers of culture, language, age, geography and gender.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

In ‘The Humans,’ Eerie Sounds Inspired by Life in Manhattan by Erik Piepenburg

The designer Fitz Patton explains how he created the sounds for this warmly reviewed play, from a dull roar to jangling metal.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Behind the Poster: Selling ‘China Doll’: The Art of Choosing the Art by Erik Piepenburg

Vinny Sainato of the agency Serino/Coyne talks about promotional artwork that was considered for this play starring Al Pacino.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ArtsBeat: A Mixed Week for Plays at Broadway Box Office by Erik Piepenburg

Lackluster reviews didn’t hurt “Misery,” with Bruce Willis, which is the second-highest-grossing play behind David Mamet’s “China Doll.”

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Designing Arthur Miller: Simple Gestures, Big Ideas by Erik Piepenburg

On the centennial of Mr. Miller’s birth, a look at how designers are capturing the powerful spirit of his plays with simplicity and brawn.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

ArtsBeat: A ‘Disaster!’ Is Coming to Broadway by Erik Piepenburg

“Disaster!,” a camp musical, is coming to Broadway next year.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

In Performance: Matthew Broderick and Annaleigh Ashford of ‘Sylvia’ by Erik Piepenburg

A scene from A. R. Gurney’s comedy about a man and his feisty new dog, on Broadway at the Cort Theater.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cheap Broadway Tickets Can Be a Matter of Luck, Timing and Apps by Erik Piepenburg

A $10 front-row ticket to “Hamilton”? It can happen, thanks to lottery drawings. Here’s a guide to trying for deeply discounted tickets to Broadway shows.

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Behind the Poster: ‘Carrie the Musical’ by Erik Piepenburg

The artist Jonathan Finn-Gamiño talks about how pulp and comic books inspired his artwork for a new revival of the show in California.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ArtsBeat: Suzan-Lori Parks Is Awarded the Gish Prize by Erik Piepenburg

The playwright is the recipient of the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, awarded annually to artists who have had an extraordinary impact in their disciplines.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

In Performance: Juliette Binoche of ‘Antigone’ by Erik Piepenburg

Ms. Binoche in a scene from Ivo van Hove’s production of the Sophocles play, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Behind the Poster: ‘Hir’ by Erik Piepenburg

A look at artwork for the Taylor Mac show at Playwrights Horizons.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Behind the Poster: ‘Hamlet’ by Erik Piepenburg

A look at David Habben’s dark artwork for a production of the Shakespeare tragedy at the Utah Children’s Theater.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bad Singing and Fire Eating: Actors on Their ‘Special Skills’ by Erik Piepenburg

Common skills like speaking with accents, juggling and handling stage combat are standard. But others are special and considered valuable.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

ArtsBeat: ‘Hamilton’ Shows Its Muscle on Broadway by Erik Piepenburg

The new musical about the founding fathers was the fourth highest-grossing show in its first full week of performances since opening.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

10 Shows to Watch for at This Year’s New York Fringe Festival by Steven McElroy, Erik Piepenburg and Scott Heller

“Elaine Stritch: Still Here,” “Exact Change” and “Naked Hamilton” are among the shows in this year’s FringeNYC, which opens on Friday.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

ArtsBeat: ‘On the Town’ to Close on Broadway by Erik Piepenburg

The show will close after the ballerina Misty Copeland makes her Broadway debut.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

ArtsBeat: Lupita Nyong’o to Star in ‘Eclipsed’ at the Public Theater by Erik Piepenburg

The Academy Award-winning actress will star in a play by the Obie Award-winning playwright Danai Gurira.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ArtsBeat: Michael Shannon Rounds Out the Cast of ‘Long Day’s Journey’ by Erik Piepenburg

The actor will play James Tyrone Jr. on Broadway next year, opposite the already announced cast of Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne and John Gallagher, Jr.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

ArtsBeat: Strong Showing for Summer Openings on Broadway by Erik Piepenburg

“Hamilton,” “Penn & Teller on Broadway” and “An Act of God” all had million-dollar weeks at the Broadway box office.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

ArtsBeat: Behind the Poster: ‘Wombat Drool’ by Erik Piepenburg

A drooling wombat is the face of a solo show performed by the longest-serving zookeeper at the National Zoo in Washington.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

ArtsBeat: A Big Broadway Start for ‘Hamilton’ by Erik Piepenburg

The high-profile musical took in a whopping $1.2 million at the box office in its first week of performances.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ArtsBeat: ‘An Act of God’ Recoups on Broadway by Erik Piepenburg

The show becomes the first of the young 2015-16 Broadway season to recoup, something only about 25 percent of shows on Broadway do each year.

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ArtsBeat: Dylan McDermott to Star in ‘Baby Doll’ at the McCarter Theater by Erik Piepenburg

Mr. McDermott will play the role originated by Eli Wallach in the 1956 film written by Tennessee Williams.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

ArtsBeat: Penn & Teller Open Strong on Broadway by Erik Piepenburg

The duo’s new magic show had a solid first week at the box office.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Theaters Struggle With Patrons’ Phone Use During Shows by Erik Piepenburg

Recorded announcements and personal pleas have only a limited effect, as recent incidents on Broadway and elsewhere demonstrate.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hold the Phone, It’s Patti LuPone by Erik Piepenburg

The actress talks about taking away the cell phone of a texting audience member during a performance of “Shows for Days.”

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

ArtsBeat: Coming From Theater for a New Audience: Trevor Nunn, John Douglas Thompson and Richard Maxwell by Erik Piepenburg

Mr. Nunn, the former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, will direct “Pericles.”

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Broadway Box Office Feels the Fizzle on Fourth of July Weekend by Erik Piepenburg

There were few fireworks for several Broadway shows over the holiday week.

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