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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Listen to Stephen Sondheim’s 20 Essential Songs by Eric Grode

The lyricist and composer, who died on Friday, wrote dozens of piercing tunes for Broadway. Here is a selection of them, as lean as a Sondheim couplet.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

‘Thoughts of a Colored Man,’ From University to Broadway by Eric Grode

The playwright Keenan Scott II, the director Steve H. Broadnax III and others discuss how “a timeless piece” for Black actors has evolved over 15 years.

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Micki Grant: ‘I Wanted to Open Eyes’ by Eric Grode

The composer and lyricist, who died at 92, was a trailblazer in virtually every field she touched.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Head of New York Theater Workshop to Depart in 2022 by Eric Grode

James C. Nicola, who balanced provocative programming with shows aimed at Broadway, will have served 34 years as artistic director.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Birth of ‘Rent,’ Its Creator’s Death and the 25 Years Since by Eric Grode

With a virtual performance marking the Broadway musical’s anniversary, original cast and creative team members talk about losing Jonathan Larson and carrying on his legacy.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Tour Is Off, but That Won’t Keep ‘Romantics’ Apart by Eric Grode

The musical comedy will be livestreamed from England, with a quarantined cast and tickets aiding more than 30 global venues.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

‘Not Just for Gays’: The Year the Tonys Dared to Go There by Eric Grode

How Adam Schlesinger and his writing partner created what may be the most outrageous opening number the broadcast has ever seen.

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No Tony Awards Show? Make Your Own With These Great Moments. by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Michael Paulson, Alexis Soloski, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller and Eric Grode

Miranda’s rap. Rylance’s poems. Jackman’s pelvis. And a brassy reunion for Bea Arthur and Angela Lansbury. Now set your clock for “Turkey Lurkey Time.”

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

From ‘Sex’ to ‘Superstar,’ 10 Plays That Caused a Stir by Eric Grode

It often seems like safety first on Broadway, but the commercial stage has historically been home to shows that push buttons — and ring alarms.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

George Bernard Shaw’s 6-Hour ‘Beast’? She’s All In by Eric Grode

Kimberley Rampersad will present “Man and Superman” at the Shaw Festival.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

The 1969 Tonys Was a Night to Remember. Just Ask James Earl Jones. by Eric Grode

It was the season of “Hair” vs. “1776” and the arrival of a young actor named Al Pacino.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Behind the Play: a Tragedy, a Gift, a Wish to Forgive by Eric Grode

Underwriting the heart-rending “Everything Is Wonderful” has prompted a Baltimore couple to learn more about the car crash that killed their son.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

‘The Cool Guy’: Pop and Theater Stars Celebrate the Composer of ‘Hair’ by Eric Grode

Galt MacDermot helped welcome rock musicians to Broadway. Then hip-hop artists like Run-DMC welcomed him.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Theater’s Latest Prompt: Don’t Act Your Age! by Eric Grode

In “Usual Girls,” “Dance Nation” and other plays, actors are playing characters that are sometimes decades younger than they are. Here’s how it works.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pull Up a Seat. Two Plays, Dinner and Western History Are Served. by Eric Grode

A downtown theater has cleared the house to make room for Samuel D. Hunter’s pairing “Lewiston/Clarkston.”

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Monday, September 10, 2018

‘She Should Be Revered, and She Is Not’ by Eric Grode

With two more high-profile plays opening in New York this season — and a huge movie deal in the works — Theresa Rebeck’s time may have come.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Brushing Up Your Shakespeare, By the Book or Not by Eric Grode

Shakespeare finds his way into many a musical, from faithful adaptations to breakthrough works like “Hair.”

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Friday, July 20, 2018

A Buoyant ’70s Musical About Black Lives Lands in 2018 by Eric Grode

The creators of “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope” took their bighearted revue all the way to Broadway. A concert production will show how it plays today.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

‘Hair’ 50 Years Later: Readers Tell Us When They Let the Sunshine In by Eric Grode

The rock musical moved to Broadway in April 1968, and it quickly became an inescapable part of American culture. Readers share what the show means to them.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Stodgy No More? The Shaw Festival is Full of Surprises by Eric Grode

Under a new artistic director, one of the biggest stage festivals in North America is experimenting with pop-up shows and audience interaction. Of course, “Saint Joan” is on the bill, to…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

So Many Shows, So Many Hits: For ‘Prince of Broadway,’ the Challenge Is What to Leave Out by Eric Grode

Hal Prince, who helped bring “Cabaret,” “Evita” and “Sweeney Todd” to Broadway, talks with Jason Robert Brown about the musical revue “Prince of Broadway.”

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Whiteboard? Check. Lab Rats? They’re the Actors. by Eric Grode

How a theater troupe called Improbable dramatizes psychological experiments described in a controversial 2004 book.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Well, Hello, Dollys! by Eric Grode

Carol Channing originated the musical role of Dolly Levi and was considered irreplaceable. Now Bette Midler steps into a long line of her successors.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

In Ken Ludwig’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ a Dead Man and a Writer on the Rails by Eric Grode

Mr. Ludwig is bringing a famous Agatha Christie mystery to the stage at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

From Nosebleed Seats to the Stage, Actors Discuss August Wilson by Eric Grode

As “Jitney” prepares to open on Broadway, stars like Phylicia Rashad and Laurence Fishburne talk about the playwright.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

In ‘Golem,’ the Troupe 1927 Shares a Stage With a Claymation Co-Star by Eric Grode

A fanciful adaptation of this ancient Jewish legend fits well with this company’s dependence on useful, risky technology.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Meryl Streep, Diane Lane and Others on the Legacy of Elizabeth Swados by Eric Grode

Actors, directors and theater-world figures look back on the life and work of Ms. Swados, who died in January.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Broadway Shows Get the Point! Again! by Eric Grode

“On Your Feet!,” “Disaster!” and “Something Rotten!” are among the shows that don’t have much in common onstage but share some notable punctuation.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

A Half-Century of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Memories by Eric Grode

Harvey Fierstein, Bette Midler, Adrienne Barbeau and Josh Groban share their memories of performing in the Broadway and many, many non-Broadway versions of “Fiddler.”

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson Lay Their Cards on the Table by Eric Grode

Cast members in past and present productions of D.­L. Coburn’s “The Gin Game” recall the challenges of the play.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Snapshot: In ‘Steve: A Docu-Musical,’ Colin Summers Unveils a Mysterious Collaborator by Eric Grode

The musical, which opens in the East Village, is the result of eight years of writing songs with someone Mr. Summers has never met.

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