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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tony Winner Ivo van Hove to Direct 'West Side Story' on Broadway (Exclusive) by David Rooney

The Belgian avant-garde theater-maker will collaborate with modern dance choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker on the first major American revival to depart radically from the original Je…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

All the Broadway Shows of the 2018-2019 Season by David Rooney

Gender-blind Shakespeare, an Elizabethan frolic set to 1980s girl pop, a giant gorilla, a young Rupert Murdoch, triple Cher and a wealth of new plays to counter last season's shortage are on…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

'Carousel': Theater Review by David Rooney

Joshua Henry and Tony winner Jessie Mueller head the cast of this stirring revival of the classic 1945 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, also featuring celebrated lyric soprano Renee Fleming.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Olivier Awards 2018: Full List of Winners by Alex Ritman and David Rooney

'Hamilton' scored seven wins, while top prizes went also to 'The Ferryman,' 'Angels in America' and 'Follies,' with Bryan Cranston, Sam Mendes, Shirley Henderson and Laura Donnelly among hon…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

'Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert': TV Review by David Rooney

John Legend, Sara Bareilles, 'Hamilton' veteran Brandon Victor Dixon and Alice Cooper headline NBC's Easter Sunday special, performing the 1971 rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

'Three Tall Women': Theater Review by David Rooney

Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill star in Edward Albee's biting expressionistic drama in which a woman nearing death reflects back on her life choices and the experiences that f…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

'Lobby Hero': Theater Review by David Rooney

Chris Evans makes his Broadway debut alongside Michael Cera, Brian Tyree Henry and Bel Powley in Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan's examination of moral conflict built around a murder investiga…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

'Angels in Americas': Theater Review by David Rooney

Andrew Garfield stars as 20th-century prophet Prior Walter with Nathan Lane as closeted political fixer Roy M. Cohn in Tony Kushner's masterwork, transferring to Broadway after garnering wil…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

'Frozen': Theater Review by David Rooney

The top-grossing animated film of all time comes to Broadway as a new Disney musical fairy tale about a queen in icy self-exile and the loving sister who sets out to melt her heart and thaw …

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Monday, March 12, 2018

'Admissions': Theater Review by David Rooney

Jessica Hecht plays an administrator intent on diversifying the student body at a New England prep school until progressive values conspire to derail her son’s Ivy League path in Joshua Ha…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Tatiana Maslany to Appear in Tracy Letts' 'Mary Page Marlowe' by David Rooney

The Emmy-winning 'Orphan Black' lead will make her New York stage debut in the off-Broadway production this summer.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

First Broadway Revival of Musical Favorite 'The Secret Garden' to Bloom Next Season by David Rooney

Based on the Victorian children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the show premiered on Broadway in 1991 and ran for more than 700 performances, winning three Tony Awards.

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Five-Time Tony Nominee Jan Maxwell Dies at 61 by David Rooney

The versatile stage trouper was one of only a handful of performers to have been nominated in all four possible acting categories — lead and featured — for plays and musicals.

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Betty Buckley Will Take Tony-Winning 'Hello, Dolly!' Revival on the Road by David Rooney

The revered Broadway musical theater veteran will step into the iconic role of Dolly Gallagher Levi, kicking off the blockbuster production's first national tour in Cleveland in the fall.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Jez Butterworth's 'The Ferryman' Charts Course for Broadway by David Rooney

An award-winning hit in London, Sam Mendes' production will wrap its West End run in May before a fall transfer to New York's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

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Huey Lewis and The News Musical Sets Fall World Premiere by David Rooney

'Heart of Rock and Roll' builds an original story around the hits of the band that helped define the MTV era of the 1980s and early '90s, generating 19 Billboard top 10 singles.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Huey Lewis and the News Musical in Development by David Rooney

'Heart of Rock and Roll' will build an original story around the hits of the band that helped define the MTV era of the 1980s and early '90s, generating 19 Billboard top 10 singles.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Stacy Keach to Return to Hemingway Bio-Drama 'Pamplona' by David Rooney

The single-character play's initial run at Chicago's Goodman Theatre was cut short on opening night last year when the actor suffered a mild heart attack.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

'Hangmen': Theater Review by David Rooney

Martin McDonagh finds cruel imbalance in the scales of justice in this savage black comedy starring Mark Addy as a British executioner who keeps a noose handy even after capital punishment i…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

22 of the Most Eagerly Anticipated New York Stage Shows of Winter-Spring 2018 by David Rooney

Major revivals, surefire blockbusters, new musicals from the co-creators of 'In the Heights' and 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' and star turns from Glenda Jackson, Denzel Washington, Andrew Ga…

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Broadway Pulverizes Annual Box-Office Record, Hurdling $1.6 Billion by David Rooney

Lin-Manuel Miranda's unstoppable smash led the charge, with newer hits like 'Hello, Dolly!,' 'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'Come From Away' and 'Springsteen on Broadway' joining perennials to pump gro…

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

13 Broadway Breakout Stars of 2017 by David Rooney and Ashley Lee

THR spotlights some of the fresh faces who turned heads on the Great White Way this year.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

'A Christmas Story Live!': TV Review by David Rooney

Newcomer Andy Walken plays 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in Fox's latest live musical, based on the 1983 MGM holiday favorite and also featuring Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick and Jane Krakowsk…

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

'Farinelli and the King': Theater Review by David Rooney

Mark Rylance stars in his wife Claire van Kampen's play with music as the 18th-century Spanish monarch whose chronic melancholia could be soothed only by the heavenly singing of the celebrat…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

David Rooney: The Best New York Theater of 2017 by David Rooney

THR's chief theater critic glances back over a year of stage highlights including bold new American plays, stellar productions of vintage musicals, and Bruce Springsteen, up close and person…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

'SpongeBob SquarePants': Theater Review by David Rooney

Nickelodeon brings its long-running underwater toon franchise to Broadway with this eye-popping, psychotropic (geddit?) musical fantasia about friendship and community, directed by Tina Land…

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

'Once on This Island': Theater Review by David Rooney

The plight of real-world communities struck by natural disasters adds a powerful emotional charge to Michael Arden's immersive revival of this captivating 1990 musical fairy tale by Lynn Ahr…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

'The Parisian Woman': Theater Review by David Rooney

Uma Thurman plays a seductive liberal socialite in Trump's Washington, using her wiles to bolster her marriage and her husband's career in this updated play by 'House of Cards' creator Beau …

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'Meteor Shower': Theater Review by David Rooney

Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Laura Benanti and Jeremy Shamos square off in Steve Martin's absurdist comedy about the collision of the id and the super-ego in the treacherous marital cosm…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bette Midler's Final 'Hello, Dolly! Bow to Benefit Actors Fund by David Rooney

The star's Jan. 14 farewell performance caps a historic run that has shattered house records at the Shubert Theatre eight times, most recently nudging $2.5 million during Thanksgiving week.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

'The Wolves': Theater Review by David Rooney

A high school girls' soccer team warms up to face the large and small challenges of adult life in Sarah DeLappe's debut play, a 2017 Pulitzer finalist.

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