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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Vowing to bring live entertainment back, Gov. Cuomo announces a ‘New York Arts Revival’ by Peter Marks

Hugh Jackman, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Wynton Marsalis are among the major stars signing on to perform.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Arts workers are building a labor movement to save a creative economy in peril by Peter Marks

New groups such as Be an #ArtsHero take their agendas for aid and recognition to Congress.

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Judy and Mickey would have loved the TikTok ‘Ratatouille’ — 2021’s answer to ‘Let’s put on a show!’ by Peter Marks

The crowdsourced online musical, about a rat with culinary dreams, is a promising first course.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Theaters are shut, but ‘A Christmas Carol’ is forever. The endless variety online proves it. by Peter Marks

Companies coast to coast and beyond are revving up their own adaptations for Web consumption.

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Theaters are shut, but ‘A Christmas Carol’ is forever. The endless variety online proves it. by Peter Marks

Theaters coast to coast and beyond rev up their own adaptations for Web consumption.

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Online festival highlights the powerful plays of undersung dramatist Adrienne Kennedy by Peter Marks

Three of the playwright’s work are now streaming, with a world premiere to be added Jan. 9.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Josh Groban can’t sing in concert halls now, so he’s been singing in the shower. Next up: His first holiday special, streamed. by Peter Marks

Innovative virtual performances are filling out the seasonal schedules of some sidelined Broadway names.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Best theater of 2020: Sondheim’s birthday, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Mary Neely, ‘The Amen Corner’ and more by Peter Marks

What do you know? Some great theatrical events managed to occur in 2020, despite the pandemic.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Andrew Lloyd Webber believes in the imminent return of Broadway and the West End. That’s all he asks of you. by Peter Marks

The composer-impresario behind ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom’ is on a pandemic-thwarting mission.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Arlington’s Signature Theatre will put its best musical foot forward online in 2021 by Peter Marks

A five-play program begins with composer Stephen Sondheim and ends with dramatist Dominique Morisseau.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

During a pandemic, the medical profession turns to Greek tragedy — to heal by Peter Marks

Theater of War’s project for front-line medical workers provides a poignant place to gather.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

In a stunning turn, Ari Roth resigns from Mosaic Theater, the D.C. company he created by Peter Marks

Amid covid and staff turmoil, another chapter ends in Roth’s controversial theater career.

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Monday, November 9, 2020

In Biden victory, a cast change: Out with Richard III, in with Atticus Finch by Peter Marks

In president-elect’s opening message, you’re reminded of the decency of the Harper Lee character in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Binational playmaking takes exuberant, revealing form in the Russian-American ‘Flash Acts’ by Peter Marks

The online festival, dreamed up by singer Mary McBride and supported by Arena Stage and others, offers up 40 playlets in both languages.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

How imperiled is our democracy? ‘The Race’ wants you to weigh in. by Peter Marks

Georgetown and Sojourn Theatre revive a 2008 live format online for the 2020 election and the covid-19 era.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

The 2020 Tony nominations have been announced, and they’re the weirdest ever by Peter Marks

NEW YORK — Delayed and truncated, the 2020 Tony Award nominations were finally announced on Thursday, laying out the contenders in a painfully thin Broadway season upended and abridged by …

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The 2020 Tony nominations have been announced, and they’re the weirdest ever by Peter Marks

Aaron Tveit running unopposed for best actor? All the best scores are for plays? Hmm.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The ticket ‘Hamilton’ is selling now? Biden-Harris. by Peter Marks

The Tony-winning musical’s original cast is staging a benefit for the Democrats.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

More hardship on Broadway, as the theater shutdown pushes past Memorial Day by Peter Marks

Covid-19 continues to thwart the staging of plays, and some insiders doubt a broad rebound will happen before 2022.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks out in favor of another great man. This time, it’s his dad. by Peter Marks

A new HBO documentary, “Siempre, Luis,” celebrates the playwright’s father. And, yes, “Hamilton,” too.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A play is birthed online, and I was in the delivery room by Peter Marks

Solas Nua unveils “The Emoji Play” after six months of trial and error.

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Renée Fleming and Vanessa Williams sang at the Kennedy Center. And it turned the electricity back on. by Peter Marks

The first indoor performance at the arts center since March 13 was a night to remember.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Relief from Zoom sometimes comes in a box. A play in a box. by Peter Marks

A survey of theatrical enterprises, online and in the mail, including Acme Corporation’s “The Institute for Counterfeit Memory” and Olney Theatre Center’s “The Humans.”

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Monday, September 21, 2020

The union for actors on Broadway and in regional theaters endorses Biden-Harris by Peter Marks

Actors’ Equity stresses urgency of the choice in departing from a nonpartisan posture.

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave her life to the country — and her heart to the performing arts by Peter Marks

Stories of the late Supreme Court justice’s devotion to theater and opera go on and on.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Challenged to examine their White bias, some theater companies are taking on diversity — from the top by Peter Marks

A spate of recent hires suggests that an industry roiled by Black Lives Matter may at last be responding.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

To understand what’s going on in the streets of D.C., theaters are having stage artists make movies by Peter Marks

Arena Stage and Studio Theatre debut films and videos that speak to the rawness of the moment: “Now reality is ahead of anything we can create.”

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

While members of Congress chew the scenery, the arts wait for scraps by Peter Marks

The Shakespeare Theatre’s annual “Will on the Hill” fundraiser, this year online, underscores a glaring funding crisis.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

New York City can’t rebound without Broadway. And Broadway’s road back is uncertain. by Peter Marks

Why reopening the nation’s premier theater district is far more arduous than anybody predicted.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Listen in as Dan Rather anchors the story of his own highly theatrical life by Peter Marks

“Stories of a Lifetime” jumps from off-Broadway to Audible, revealing glimpses of the CBS newsman on and off the job.

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All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Sep 14, 2021: BROADWAY REOPENS
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre