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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Ruben Santiago-Hudson Brings ‘Lackawanna Blues’ to Broadway by Ben Sisario

The first performance of ‘Lackawanna Blues’ offered a reminder that Broadway is a home for plays as well as musicals.

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

As New York Reopens, It Looks for Culture to Lead the Way by Michael Paulson, Ben Sisario and Robin Pogrebin

Culture is part of the lifeblood of New York — a magnet for visitors and residents alike that will play a key role if the city is to remain vital. There are signs of hope everywhere, as va…

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As New York Reopens, It Looks for Culture to Lead the Way by Michael Paulson, Ben Sisario and Robin Pogrebin

The arts scene, from Broadway and nightclubs to museums and concert halls, is coming back to life after the pandemic shutdown. Getting it right will be vital to the city’s comeback.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Bruce Springsteen Will Return to Broadway in June by Ben Sisario

“Springsteen on Broadway” opens on June 26 at the St. James Theater; audience members will be required to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to enter.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

25 Free Performances Come to Bryant Park Starting in June by Ben Sisario

The park will host events for live audiences of 200 with institutions including the New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub and the Classical Theater of Harlem.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Podcasting Is Booming. Will Hollywood Help or Hurt Its Future? by Ben Sisario

A frothy adaptation market is just one sign of the rapid evolution of the industry. But some worry that big money will stifle the D.I.Y. spirit that has driven much of its success.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

A Broadway Theater Owner Rethinks Post-Pandemic Ticket Selling by Michael Paulson and Ben Sisario

Jujamcyn, which operates five of the 41 Broadway houses, said that when theater returns it will use SeatGeek instead of Ticketmaster.

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Monday, December 21, 2020

Stimulus Offers $15 Billion in Relief for Struggling Arts Venues by Ben Sisario and Emily Cochrane

The coronavirus relief package that Congressional leaders agreed to this week includes grant money that many small proprietors described as a last hope for survival.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Fall of Autumn: Live Performance Producers Are Giving Up on 2020 by Michael Paulson, Joshua Barone, Ben Sisario and Zachary Woolfe

Uncertainty about the coronavirus and the challenge of protecting audiences and artists is prompting many prominent presenters to wait till next year.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

‘7 Rings’ Is a Hit for Ariana Grande, and a Knockout for Rodgers and Hammerstein by Ben Sisario

The company that controls the composers’ catalog cut a deal for 90 percent of the royalties for the singer’s remake of “My Favorite Things” just weeks before its release.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Is Bringing His Music and His Memories to Broadway by Ben Sisario

Tickets to the intimate shows at the Walter Kerr Theater will be sold via a new technology called Verified Fan in an attempt to cut down on scalping.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

‘Hamilton’ and ‘Harry Potter’ Productions Try to Outwit Scalpers by Michael Paulson and Ben Sisario

As “Hamilton” heads to London and “Harry Potter” comes to New York, the two plays are experimenting with measures to limit reselling of their tickets.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

‘The Hamilton Mixtape’ Defeats the Rolling Stones in the Battle for No. 1 by Ben Sisario

Mick Jagger and company’s latest album, “Blue & Lonesome,” debuted at No. 4 and the Weeknd slipped to No. 2.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Streisand’s ‘Encore’ Tops the Billboard Album Chart by Ben Sisario

Ms. Streisand’s latest record didn’t do well on streaming services. But strong sales gave her yet another No. 1 album, 52 years after her first.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

‘Hamilton’ Album Surges on the Chart and Drake Holds on at No. 1 by Ben Sisario

The cast recording of the Broadway musical jumped to No. 3 after the Tonys while Drake recorded his seventh consecutive week at the top.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ArtsBeat: ‘Hamilton’ Cast Will Perform at the Grammys, via Satellite by Ben Sisario

Musical theater will return to the Grammy Awards for the first time since 2010.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Robert Stigwood, Impresario of Rock, Film and Stage, Is Dead at 81 by Ben Sisario

Mr. Stigwood’s name was attached to films, albums and theatrical productions that identified an era in music.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Best Buy Takes Its Brand to a Times Square Theater by BEN SISARIO

The Nokia Theater in Times Square, a 2,100-capacity room owned by the national promoter AEG Live, will become the Best Buy Theater.

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'Barbra Streisand' Video Goes Viral by BEN SISARIO

Appropriately for the YouTube age it is a roll call of musicians famous enough to shock a nation and underground enough for you to show off to all your friends, if you can recognize them.

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From Cirque du Soleil, a Michael Jackson-Themed Touring Show by BEN SISARIO

A show called "The Immortal World Tour," which takes place "in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael's inspirational Giving Tree," will begin in Montreal next year.

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Announcement of New Jackson Album Is Kind of a Thriller by BEN SISARIO

An announcement about the album doesn't really announce all that much.

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Lead Producer of 'Spider-Man' Hit With Lawsuit by Live Nation by BEN SISARIO

The concert and ticketing company says Michael Cohl owes it more than $5 million.

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Boyle Knocks West Off His Perch Atop Chart by BEN SISARIO

And the "Glee" franchise has two of the top five albums.

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Jimmy Buffett Injured in Fall From Stage by Ben Sisario

He reportedly fell face-first during a show in Sydney.

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Barbra Streisand to Perform at the Grammys by Ben Sisario and Patrick Healy

Ms. Streisand, a nominee for her album "Love Is the Answer," will be introduced before her performance by her "A Star Is Born" co-star Kris Kristofferson.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ariana Grande Is No. 1 by Ben Sisario

Ms. Grande opened at No. 1 on this week’s album chart with “My Everything.”

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Sees Biggest Sales Week Yet by Ben Sisario

The Disney soundtrack held at No. 1 for an 11th week, with 259,000 copies sold.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Live Nation to Open Outdoor Concert Venue at Manhattan Pier by Ben Sisario

JBL Live at Pier 97 will offer concerts starting in July.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

‘The Book of Mormon’ Is to Sell Tickets via StubHub by Ben Sisario and Patrick Healy

The online ticket marketplace has made a deal with the producers and the ticketing service Telecharge to sell an allotment of premium seats for each performance.    

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

‘Frozen’ Is the Soundtrack of the Season by Ben Sisario

The soundtrack to Disney's animated film "Frozen" held at No. 1 on the album chart, beating out a compilation of Grammy nominees.

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