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Saturday, June 19, 2021

In New York City, A Juneteenth Event Examines The Meaning Of Freedom by Jeff Lunden

Lincoln Center observes Juneteenth, now a federal holiday, with "I Dream a Dream That Dreams Back at Me," an ambulatory experience conceived by Carl Hancock Rux.

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

'Shuffle Along' Changed Musical Theater 100 Years Ago by Jeff Lunden

Though much of it is unwatchable today — it contains blackface and other minstrelsy — Shuffle Along brought jazz to Broadway and was the first African American show to be a smash hit.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

One-To-One Concerts Bring Listeners Back To Live Music, One At A Time by Jeff Lunden

A live-music series founded in Europe, which connects one musician with one listener at a time, comes to Brooklyn for two weekends of concerts by Silkroad Ensemble artists.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

A Transformed Lincoln Center In New York City Brings Back Live Audiences by Jeff Lunden

The past year, with COVID and calls for social justice, has made those running Lincoln Center and other arts organizations question their core missions, says Lincoln Center's president Henry…

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Broadway Shows Can Reopen In May, But That Doesn't Mean They Will by Jeff Lunden

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says Broadway can open on May 19. But opening a show takes time.

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Indoor Theater Slowly Resumes In A Socially Distanced Way In New York City by Jeff Lunden

It's been more than a year since theater goers have been able to see an indoor performance in New York City. But some spaces and producers are moving to find safe ways to open up.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

1 Pandemic, 2 Productions Of 'A Chorus Line,' Plenty Of Teen Resilience by Jeff Lunden

Last spring, student performers had their hopes of stardom dashed as schools abruptly closed at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. A year later, we follow two schools putting on the same m…

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Where Are They Now? We Check In With Broadway Workers, Now Off Broadway by Jeff Lunden

Each year ahead of the Tony Awards, we profile essential theater professionals who aren't centerstage. This year, with theaters closed due to COVID-19, we check back in to see how they are c…

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Metropolitan Opera Backstage Workers: 'Without People, The Opera Is Nothing' by Jeff Lunden

A union representing 800 backstage workers began a publicity campaign today urging donors and government entities to withdraw support for the company because of a labor dispute.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

13,150,080 Minutes: It's Been 25 Years Since The First Performance Of 'Rent' by Jeff Lunden

On Jan. 25, 1996, a new rock musical by a little-known writer, Jonathan Larson, gave its first performance. But that show almost didn't happen: Larson died of an aortic aneurysm early that m…

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Now Playing On TikTok: 'Bridgerton' The Musical by Jeff Lunden

Not long after the Netflix Regency romance premiered on Christmas, two young songwriters asked on TikTok: "Ok but what if Bridgerton was a musical?" Millions of people wanted to know the ans…

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Christopher Plummer, Star Of Stage, Screen, 'Sound Of Music,' Dies At 91 by Jeff Lunden

The Oscar-, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor began acting in films in the 1950s. He said he felt like he was "starting over" in acting every decade — "you never stop learning how to act,…

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Monday, January 25, 2021

13,140,000 Minutes: It's Been 25 Years Since The First Performance Of 'Rent' by Jeff Lunden

On Jan. 25, 1996, a new rock musical by a little-known writer, Jonathan Larson, gave its first performance. But that show almost didn't happen: Larson died of an aortic aneurysm early that m…

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Veteran Broadcaster Larry King Dies At 87 by Jeff Lunden

With his trademark suspenders and Brooklyn-accented baritone, King spoke with world leaders, celebrities, authors, scientists, athletes — everyone.

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Broadway Star Rebecca Luker Dies At 59 by Jeff Lunden

Broadway star Rebecca Luker has died of complications from ALS. She and her husband also had COVID-19 earlier this year.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

No 'Nutcracker'? Or 'Messiah'? How Theaters Are Facing A COVID Christmas by Jeff Lunden

In normal times, audiences would be flocking to theaters for Christmas productions right now. But 2020 is anything but normal — especially when it comes to holiday traditions.

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Illusionist Scott Silven Can Turn A Video Call Into A Magical 'Journey' by Jeff Lunden

The Journey is an ingenious use of a virtual performance space. Silven invites 30 audience members to travel to his childhood home in Scotland where they interact in amazing feats of magic.

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

'Russian Troll Farm:' Imagine 'The Office,' But With Election Interference by Jeff Lunden

A new play — directed and performed via Zoom — imagines workplace life at Russia's Internet Research Agency, a real life troll-farm indicted for its interference in the 2016 election.

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Central Park Is Alive With The Sound Of Music, Thanks To A Site-Specific App by Jeff Lunden

Created by Pulitzer-winning composer Ellen Reid, Soundwalk lets visitors score their socially distanced walks around the park with an ever-changing, GPS-sensitive soundtrack.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

'Russian Troll Farm:' Imagine 'The Office,' But With Election Interference by Jeff Lunden

A new play — directed and performed via Zoom — imagines workplace life at Russia's Internet Research Agency, a real life troll-farm indicted for its interference in the 2016 election.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Ballet Hispánico Celebrates 50 Years As Ambassadors Of Latinx Dance by Jeff Lunden

The dance company features work of Latinx choreographers, as well as a robust educational outreach program. It was just awarded a $4 million grant from the Ford Foundation.

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Ballet Hispánico Celebrates 50 Years As Ambassadors Of Latinx Dance by Jeff Lunden

The dance company features work of Latinx choreographers, as well as a robust educational outreach program. It was just awarded a $4 million grant from the Ford Foundation.

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

What Will The Future Of Theater Look Like? 'Our Artists Are Going To Lead Us' by Jeff Lunden

It's hard to predict exactly how theater will come back after the pandemic, but here are a couple guesses: Fewer crowds, more collective imagination, and a focus on racial and environmental …

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What Will The Future Of Theater Look Like? 'Our Artists Are Going To Lead Us' by Jeff Lunden

It's hard to predict exactly how theater will come back after the pandemic, but here are a couple guesses: Fewer crowds, more collective imagination, and a focus on racial and environmental …

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

With Theaters Still Closed, 136-Year-Old 'Playbill' Does A Quick Online Pivot by Jeff Lunden

The magazine given out at theaters isn't just a program, it's a cherished souvenir. The publication has doubled down on its digital offerings, and to almost everyone's surprise, it's doing q…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

With Theaters Still Closed, 136-Year-Old 'Playbill' Does A Quick Online Pivot by Jeff Lunden

The magazine given out at theaters isn't just a program, it's a cherished souvenir. The publication has doubled down on its digital offerings, and to almost everyone's surprise, it's doing q…

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy Lives On After 100 Years by Jeff Lunden

Tuesday, July 21, marks the centennial of the birth of violinist Isaac Stern. He was not only an acclaimed musician, but a devoted teacher who was a mentor to generations of musicians.

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Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy Lives On After 100 Years by Jeff Lunden

July 21 marks the centennial of the birth of violinist Isaac Stern. He was not only an acclaimed musician and advocate for the arts, but a devoted teacher who was a mentor to generations of …

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Singing In The Dark Times: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir Takes On New Meaning by Jeff Lunden

Even before the age of social-distancing, composer and conductor Eric Whitacre had been leading an online chorus for a decade. Choir members say the connection they foster is more important …

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

On Site Opera Offers Live Performances Over The Phone For Just 1 Person At A Time by Jeff Lunden

On Site Opera, a company that stages performances in unlikely places, has changed its format during the pandemic. Now it organizes live performances for an audience of just one — over the …

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On Site Opera Offers Live Performances Over The Phone For Just 1 Person At A Time by Jeff Lunden

On Site Opera, a company that stages performances in unlikely places, has changed its format during the pandemic. Now it organizes live performances for an audience of just one — over the …

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