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Friday, June 3, 2022

Mark Rylance on ‘Jerusalem’ and the Golf Comedy ‘Phantom of the Open’ by Dave Itzkoff

The acclaimed British actor explains the links between his tour de force stage turn and a recent string of subdued screen roles.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Let Him Entertain You: Billy Crystal Returns to Broadway by Dave Itzkoff

The comedian is starring in “Mr. Saturday Night,” a musical version of his 1992 movie about an aging performer who won’t accept that his time in the spotlight is up.

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Friday, January 28, 2022

Watch the Throne: How Joel Coen Made ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ by Dave Itzkoff

When your whole filmmaking career has been one of unexpected twists and turns, how do you surprise yourself? Adapt a Shakespeare play.

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Monday, December 27, 2021

Mike Faist on Playing Riff in ‘West Side Story’ by Dave Itzkoff

The actor, a star of Broadway musicals like “Dear Evan Hansen,” talks about playing the leader of the Jets in Steven Spielberg’s remake.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Continuing ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’ by Dave Itzkoff

Lily Tomlin, who first performed this comically cosmic play, and Jane Wagner, its author, discuss a new production with Cecily Strong and Leigh Silverman, its new star and director.

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

With ‘In the Heights,’ Anthony Ramos Finds Stardom on His Own Terms by Dave Itzkoff

Teachers urged him to cultivate a more ethnically ambiguous image. He refused, and now he’s having a breakout moment.

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Friday, May 7, 2021

‘Saturday Night Live’ Gets Ready for Elon Musk by Dave Itzkoff

The choice to have the Tesla and SpaceX billionaire host “S.N.L.” has drawn praise, criticism and some veiled pushback from the show’s own cast members.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Rachel Bloom’s Life Is an Open Book by Dave Itzkoff

The star and co-creator of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” wryly explores adolescent angst, adult trauma and musical theater in a new memoir, “I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are.”

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Bursting Onto the Stage Like a ‘Bat Out of Hell’ by Dave Itzkoff

The musical based on the grandiose Meat Loaf album shines a light on its songwriter, Jim Steinman, and the many twists and turns it took to get both projects made.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

High School ‘Alien’ Production Wins Internet Raves by Dave Itzkoff

For just $3,500, the drama club at North Bergen High School recreated Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror thriller on stage, reaching a global audience, too.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Harvey Fierstein to Play Bella Abzug in New Solo Show by Dave Itzkoff

The play, called “Bella Bella” and written by Mr. Fierstein, casts him as the outspoken New York congresswoman and activist.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

‘Network’ in an Age of Fake News and Fury by Dave Itzkoff

Even the cast and creators are working out what the stage adaptation of the prescient 1976 film means right now.

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Bryan Cranston Wants More of Us to Get ‘Mad as Hell’ by Dave Itzkoff

The Emmy-winning actor, who won accolades in London for playing a deranged anchorman in “Network,” isn’t so sure his character is wrongheaded.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Stage Version of ‘Network,’ Starring Bryan Cranston, Sets Broadway Opening by Dave Itzkoff

Mr. Cranston will reprise his role as the unraveling news anchor Howard Beale in this adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s Academy Award-winning satire.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

A Word With: No Matter What Rachel McAdams Plays, She Plays for Keeps by Dave Itzkoff

Ms. McAdams, of “Spotlight,” “The Notebook” and “Mean Girls,” talks about her competitive side and returning to a comedic role in “Game Night.”

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In ‘The Honeymooners’ on Stage, the Kramdens Don’t Just Squabble. They Sing. by Dave Itzkoff

A musical based on the sitcom aims to open the windows of that cramped Kramden apartment to let in a “contemporary worldview.”

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ralph and Alice and Ed and Trixie (and Song and Dance) by Dave Itzkoff

A musical of “The Honeymooners” aims to open the windows of that cramped Kramden apartment to let in a “contemporary worldview.”

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Friday, September 15, 2017

He Puts Bill Maher on TV, and Jefferson, Dickens and Tolstoy on Stage by Dave Itzkoff

Scott Carter, a longtime late-night producer, talks about the creative and spiritual journey that led him from the profane to the sacred.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Michael Moore Says He Wants to Change Minds. So Why Is He on Broadway? by Dave Itzkoff

His one-man show, “The Terms of My Surrender,” is opening at the Belasco Theater. But theater audiences in New York may already be part of his choir.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Keegan-Michael Key Is Looking to Tell Some ‘Human Stories’ by Dave Itzkoff

Mr. Key, the “Key & Peele” co-star, talks about his Netflix series, “Friends From College”; shooting his first nude scenes; and playing Horatio in “Hamlet.”

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Is the Time for Stretching by Dave Itzkoff, Erik Piepenburg, Laura Collins-Hughes and Sophie Haigney

These writers and performers are using the warmer months to take some risks, test themselves and expand their talents onstage.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

‘Marvin’s Room’ Moves to Broadway With Women Front and Center by Dave Itzkoff

The Roundabout Theater Company’s production, directed by Anne Kauffman, has a prominently female cast.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Kevin Spacey Is Holding Court. Really. by Dave Itzkoff

The “House of Cards” star is showing his stage roots with a performance as Clarence Darrow — in a tennis stadium — and a gig hosting the Tony Awards.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Mamas Going Strong: A Conversation With Linda and Laura Benanti by Dave Itzkoff

Laura Benanti, the Tony-winning actress and a new mother, talks with her own mom, Linda, a former stage actress and co-star of her new cabaret show.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Word With: Steve Martin on Teaching You (and Himself) How to Be a Comedian by Dave Itzkoff

Mr. Martin takes a rare, retrospective dive into his stand-up career to find lessons for aspiring comics and reflect on what he’s learned.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Word With: Taran Killam Assumes the Throne in ‘Hamilton’ by Dave Itzkoff

Post-“S.N.L.,” Mr. Killam is ready to become the perfectly blustery British monarch on Broadway.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

National Film Registry Adds ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Thelma and Louise’ by Dave Itzkoff

The Library of Congress announced its latest additions on Wednesday, which also include “The Breakfast Club,” “The Birds,” “East of Eden” and “Lost Horizon.”

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

For Jason Sudeikis, It’s Time to Seize the Stage in ‘Dead Poets Society’ by Dave Itzkoff

The former “S.N.L.” star plays John Keating in the stage version of “Dead Poets Society.” It’s the teacher made famous by Robin Williams in the movie.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney Kvetch Their Way to Broadway by Dave Itzkoff

The two funnymen stroll around Times Square in character as their aged and cantankerous alter egos in “Oh, Hello on Broadway.”

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Jason Sudeikis to Star in Stage Version of ‘Dead Poets Society’ by Dave Itzkoff

Mr. Sudeikis will play John Keating, the inspiring teacher famously portrayed by Robin Williams in the 1989 film.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Laura Benanti on Her Transformation Into Melania Trump on Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ - The New York Times by Dave Itzkoff

From the moment that an online journalist first called attention to the striking, word-for-word similarities between a speech given by Melania Trump on Monday night at the Republican Nationa…

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