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Friday, October 18, 2019

Howard Sherman: In a world of entertainment on demand, theatre needs to tinker with start times by Howard Sherman

Four matinees a week is not typical on Broadway. But that’s exactly what the new musical The Lightning Thief is offering. The

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Robert Schenkkan: ‘I looked to Shakespeare when I wrote my Lyndon Johnson plays’ by Howard Sherman

The Pulitzer prize-winner wrote his first play about the 36th US president in 2012. He tells Howard Sherman how he went All

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Howard Sherman: Why Netflix playing Broadway makes sense on both sides by Howard Sherman

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will be the draws at the Belasco Theatre in November. Unfortunately, they won’t be

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Howard Sherman: When it comes to representation, opera has some serious catching up to do by Howard Sherman

The wheels of cultural change grind slowly. While theatres are making headway in addressing historical inequities regarding gender, race, ethnicity, disability and

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Meet Robert O’Hara, the theatremaker who wants to make Broadway audiences choke by Howard Sherman

Never afraid to provoke and challenge audiences, Robert O’Hara is making his Broadway directing debut with Slave Play. He tells Howard Sherman

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Howard Sherman: Theatres are showing how to act on a play’s message after the curtain comes down by Howard Sherman

It is not uncommon, in these days of electronic patron databases and customer relations management software, to receive an email from a

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Howard Sherman: Artists must learn the truth of the stories they tell by Howard Sherman

Ahead of last Monday’s community gathering presented by the Broadway Advocacy Coalition the event had looked interesting. In the room, it went

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Howard Sherman: Don’t knock transatlantic transfers – good theatre benefits us all by Howard Sherman

Two weeks ago, when considering a spate of closings and announcements of new productions on Broadway for this column, I intentionally made

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Actor Carrie Preston: ‘I love it when people can’t figure out why they recognise me’ by Howard Sherman

Known for roles in TV hits The Good Wife and True Blood, theatre stalwart Carrie Preston is directing a show about RSC

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Howard Sherman: Theatre shouldn’t take itself so seriously, even when the work is weighty by Howard Sherman

At first glance, the post from SHN: Broadway in San Francisco, a presenter of major theatre tours on the west coast, looks

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Howard Sherman: Every time a stage door closes on Broadway, a new show opens by Howard Sherman

Much has been made of the closing of five Broadway shows in the past two weeks: Be More Chill, King Kong, Pretty

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Playwright Lynn Nottage: ‘Theatre is uniquely in the position to be at the vanguard of change’ by Howard Sherman

Following the success of Sweat on Broadway and in London, Lynn Nottage’s latest play is a comedy that revisits the same de-industrialised

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Howard Sherman: Theatre often moves us but our response depends on what we bring to it by Howard Sherman

One line started it. “You know that he loved you, don’t you?” That was the moment in Nick Payne’s A Life when

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Howard Sherman: Chekh-mate – why modern playwrights are turning to the classics for inspiration by Howard Sherman

Anton Chekhov has been cursing up a storm this summer in New York. Sort of. There are currently two – fairly swearey

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Artistic director Chay Yew: ‘Audiences come here wanting a dialogue about America’ by Howard Sherman

The award-winning playwright and director has scored a series of Broadway transfers from his Chicago theatre. He tells Howard Sherman why community-generated

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Howard Sherman: Set theatremakers loose on escape room games by Howard Sherman

Perched somewhere between elaborate board game, immersive theatre and Halloween haunted house, the escape room phenomenon seems to fly under the radar

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Howard Sherman: In memory of Hal Prince (1928-2019), a theatre legend by Howard Sherman

A simple list of credits for Hal Prince says so much. Producer or co-producer of, among others, The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees,

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Howard Sherman: From blackouts to flash flooding, it was a strange week on Broadway by Howard Sherman

You could call it Broadway’s week of disruptions, although it wasn’t unique to Broadway or even necessarily theatre. It began on Saturday,

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Actor Kate Burton: ‘If you’re the child of an actor, you have to find your own path’ by Howard Sherman

As the daughter of famous performers, Kate Burton has forged her own distinguished stage career, known for playing Chekhov and Shakespeare as

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Howard Sherman: There’s an eager audience for smart theatrical parodies by Howard Sherman

The deranged eccentricity of the premise demanded attention: a stage version of the 1997 action film Face/Off, starring Nic Cage and John

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Howard Sherman: The arts pride themselves on being progressive – they should now focus on the language of gender identity by Howard Sherman

The arts community prides itself on being progressive. The time has come for it to move forward yet again; the specific topic

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Howard Sherman: The film industry is worrying about the future – should theatre too? by Howard Sherman

These movies are too long. These movies are too short. These movies are just right. This theme, echoing the assessments of fussy

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Howard Sherman: Marvel’s student plays bode well for school stages by Howard Sherman

Imagine if the long-running NT Connections programme was generating new plays for the secondary school market all about comic book heroes. While

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Monday, June 24, 2019

New York Theatre Workshop artistic director James Nicola: ‘The stakes are higher than ever for the artistic community’ by Howard Sherman

As head of New York Theatre Workshop, James Nicola has originated hits from Rent to Hadestown. He tells Howard Sherman about working

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Howard Sherman: Digging behind the stats that say celebrity casting doesn’t boost the box office by Howard Sherman

Just before the Tony Awards, an academic paper found 15 minutes of fame. In it, academics from New York University and Lund

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Howard Sherman: Shakespeare ‘translations’ can be a gateway drug to the real thing by Howard Sherman

When the Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced, in the autumn of 2015, that it would be commissioning translations of all of Shakespeare’s plays,

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Howard Sherman: Artists came together for a reading of the Mueller Report – but was it theatre? by Howard Sherman

The 448-page report by US special prosecutor Robert Mueller may, at points, make for dramatic reading. It is not, however, a dramatic

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Howard Sherman: What will Magic Mike the Musical show us – if anything? by Howard Sherman

If you have a desire to see Magic Mike Live, your options are London, Las Vegas and, come November, Berlin. If you

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Howard Sherman: Theatre completists, you can’t see everything – revel in those you can by Howard Sherman

In his essential 1983 book on the movie industry, William Goldman (screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and The Princess Bride) summed up the

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Howard Sherman: Hamilton shows musicals how to go further with its exhibition for the Instagram era by Howard Sherman

Popular entertainment isn’t necessarily the place to go and study history, but it can prompt audience members to learn more about the

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Tootsie composer and lyricist David Yazbek: ‘I don’t want to write alone. I like collaborating and having fun’ by Howard Sherman

The Tony-winning composer of Broadway hit The Band’s Visit is no stranger to musical adaptations of films, but had misgivings about taking

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