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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

All in the Details: Tony-Nominated Set Designers on Getting It Right by Erik Piepenburg

For this year’s nominees, some of their most rewarding — and realistic — work was in the smaller details.

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Monday, March 4, 2024

Bringing ‘Teeth,’ a Feminist Awakening With a Lethal Bite, to the Stage by Erik Piepenburg

Michael R. Jackson is helping adapt the darkly comic horror film into a musical. But can a show about a teenager with vagina dentata sing?

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Mary Todd Lincoln, Thwarted Cabaret Star? That’s Cole Escola’s Take. by Erik Piepenburg

“Oh, Mary!,” which follows a boozing, romance-starved first lady, is the latest entertainment about the Lincolns, illustrating their staying power as irreverent genre figures.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

‘How to Dance in Ohio’: A Story About Autism and Connection by Erik Piepenburg

In a first for Broadway, openly autistic actors are playing the autistic characters in this new musical about a doctor helping neurodiverse clients.

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Thursday, December 22, 2022

New Year’s Eve in New York City: What to Do, See and Eat by Erik Piepenburg

Ring in the holiday just like the old days — in person.

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Booze, Biscuits and Bands: Musical Brunch Is Back in New York by Erik Piepenburg

Here are six brunches that, after a long pandemic pause, are entertaining and feeding weekend crowds in Manhattan and the Hudson Valley.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

What to Do for Halloween in New York City by Erik Piepenburg

The Village Halloween Parade is back. Haunted houses have reopened. And we’ve rounded up movies that are not-so scary or are downright horrifying.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Halloween’s Not Canceled: Here’s How to Make It Spooky but Safe by Erik Piepenburg

Movies, podcasts, cemetery walks and more: Our guide to enjoying a socially distant fright fest.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Hoping for a Spooky Halloween? We Have Some Suggestions by Erik Piepenburg

Writers, directors and other creators share recommendations for how to spend the scariest night of the year.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

The New York Times Reviews Neil Simon by Erik Piepenburg and Jason Bailey

Mr. Simon was a prolific chronicler of New York City life. Here’s a look at reviews of “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and other plays and ad…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Behind the Poster: An ‘Our Town’ Image as Sturdy as a Chair by Erik Piepenburg

The designer Paula Scher talks about her artwork for a revival of the Thornton Wilder play at the Pasadena Playhouse.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

On the Front Lines of Ohio’s Heroin Crisis: Playwrights by Erik Piepenburg

New plays are portraying and exploring opioid addiction, using the theater industry’s response to the AIDS epidemic as a model.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Free Shows to See in New York This Summer by Erik Piepenburg

From “The Three Musketeers” to “Macbeth,” here’s our guide to summer theater that won’t cost you a dime.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

For Disabled Actors, Memorizing the Part Is Only the Beginning by Erik Piepenburg

A peek backstage at the play “Cost of Living” shows how two performers prepare physically for their roles.

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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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Monday, June 12, 2017

Tonya Harding, Tragic Muse? More Works Explore a Skating Scandal by Erik Piepenburg

A new play and a coming film are joining the various projects that have reconsidered the class dynamics of the Olympics figure skating controversy from 1994.

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The Best (and Worst) of the 2017 Tony Awards by Erik Piepenburg and Scott Heller

Bette Midler didn’t sing, but talked (and talked). Russians partied in the aisles. And Ben Platt’s heartfelt speech was one of the most inspiring moments.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

What’s Your City’s ‘Newly Annoying’ Neighborhood? Ask Hedwig. by Erik Piepenburg

How hyperspecific material makes local residents laugh on the national tour of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

‘The Band’s Visit’ to Open on Broadway by Erik Piepenburg

The critically acclaimed musical about an Egyptian band in a small Israeli town will start performances in the fall.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

tony awards: Tony-Nominated Actresses Sing Live by Erik Piepenburg and Emma Orme

Five Tony nominees performed songs from their shows as part of our Tonys In Performance concert.

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the tony awards: The Hats That Crowned Broadway by Erik Piepenburg and Tony Cenicola

Does anyone still wear a hat? For designers on Broadway this season, the answer was yes, actually, they do.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

‘I’m in Love With Everybody’: Tony Award Nominees React by Michael Paulson and Erik Piepenburg

Josh Groban, Lynn Nottage, Ben Platt and others talk about how it feels to be nominated.

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Tony Awards 2017: Full List of Nominations by Erik Piepenburg

The complete list of shows, actors, designers and others.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

With Clock Ticking, a New Musical Makes Its Final Fixes by Erik Piepenburg

The director of “Bandstand” had to introduce changes — then let go.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How to Get Cheap Theater Tickets (Including ‘Hamilton’) by Erik Piepenburg

From lotteries to apps, there are several easy ways to score inexpensive tickets to a show. Even one about a certain former Treasury secretary.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

An Industrial Hellscape With You at the Center by Erik Piepenburg

How a set designer conceived an evolving, revolving new look for “The Hairy Ape.”

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

From Trump to Grieg, a ‘Terrifying’ Soundscape by Erik Piepenburg

The sound designer Ben Williams talks about the sonic elements that inspired his work on the play “The Terrifying,” at the Abrons Arts Center.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A $5 ‘Snow Special’ for Dance, and Plenty of Theater Discounts by Michael Cooper, Randy Kennedy, Michael Paulson and Erik Piepenburg

Check out the theater, dance and museum deals we found for snow-drenched tourists and families with cabin fever.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Beware, a Notorious Broadway Bomb Is Ticking Again by Erik Piepenburg

From the disco-era — “Rachael Lily Rosenbloom and Don’t You Ever Forget It!” — is getting a new turn in the spotlight at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

5 Shows to See in New York When You Only Have an Hour by Erik Piepenburg

Visiting New York and crunched for time? Each of these shows will take an hour of your time, more or less.

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All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards