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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

At 94, Director Peter Brook Is Still Asking The Deep Questions by Jeff Lunden

The iconic British director has a new work on stage in New York; Why? asks exactly that question about the purpose of theater in society. Brook says he'll carry on as long as he can find the…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

A 'Fiddler On The Roof' Match Made by Jeff Lunden

Sometimes life imitates art. In a production of Fiddler on the Roof, which contains a meddling matchmaker trying to get couples together, the two real-life leads have fallen in love.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

'No Room For The Modest Hit Anymore': Broadway Prepares For Summer Closings by Jeff Lunden

Broadway attendance is up — yet the $35 million production of King Kong is among the five shows cutting bait in the next two weekends, as musical theater undergoes a market correction.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Hal Prince, Transformational Broadway Producer And Director, Has Died by Jeff Lunden

The winner of an unprecedented 21 Tony Awards, Prince left a major impact on American musical theater. Among his shows: Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof and The Phantom of the Opera. He was 91.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

'Moulin Rouge!' The Musical Opens Tonight On Broadway by Jeff Lunden

The new Broadway show Moulin Rouge! has more than 70 songs. It is a big, bombastic, jukebox musical about a time and place before jukeboxes.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

New Opera 'Blue' Takes On The Tragedy Of Police Brutality by Jeff Lunden

The new opera by Tazewell Thompson and Jeanine Tesori tells the story of a couple in Harlem who are forced to confront their teenage son's sudden death by police violence.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

'The Secret Life Of Bees' Takes On A Second Life As Musical Theater by Jeff Lunden

Sue Monk Kidd's bestselling novel tells the story of a white girl taken in by a family of black beekeepers. The premise posed a welcome challenge for black Pulitzer-winning playwright Lynn N…

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

'Stonewall' Opera Marks Uprising's 50th Anniversary by Jeff Lunden

New York City Opera has commissioned Stonewall, a new opera premiering one week before the 50th anniversary of the riots that sparked the modern gay-rights movement.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

'Hadestown' Wins 8 Tony Awards Including Best Musical by Jeff Lunden

James Corden hosted the Tony Awards Sunday night in New York. Hadestown won 8 Tony Awards — including best musical. It's written, produced and directed by women.

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Into The Spotlight: Recognizing Broadway Musicians This Tony Awards Season by Jeff Lunden

Musicals get Tony Awards. Scores get Tony Awards. Orchestrators get Tony Awards. But this year, a number of Broadway musicians are stepping out of the pit and onto the stage.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Into The Spotlight: Recognizing Broadway Musicians This Tony Awards Season by Jeff Lunden

Musicals get Tony Awards. Scores get Tony Awards. Orchestrators get Tony Awards. But this year, a number of Broadway musicians are stepping out of the pit and onto the stage.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tony Awards Nominations 2019: 'Hadestown' And 'Ain't Too Proud' Lead The Count by Jeff Lunden

Tootsie, Beetlejuice and The Prom round up the Tony category for best musical, while The Ferryman, Gary, Ink, Choir Boy and What the Constitution Means to Me are all up for best play.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

'Ink' Goes Back In Time To Remember Murdoch Before He Was A Mogul by Jeff Lunden

The play chronicles Rupert Murdoch's attempts to upend the insular world of British newspaper publishing — how he bought a struggling paper called The Sun and turned it into a widely read …

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

100 Dances For 100 Years Of Merce Cunningham by Jeff Lunden

To celebrate the centennial of the modern-dance pioneer's birth, dancers at theaters in London, New York and Los Angeles performed a total of 100 solos that the master choreographed.

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100 Dances For 100 Years Of Merce Cunningham by Jeff Lunden

To celebrate the centennial of the modern-dance pioneer's birth, dancers at theaters in London, New York and Los Angeles performed a total of 100 solos that the master choreographed.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Staging A Debate Over 'What The Constitution Means To Me' by Jeff Lunden

The play is a personal memoir and a civics town hall. It recreates the debate contests Heidi Schreck attended in high school and explores how the Constitution hasn't protected all Americans …

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Northern Ireland's Troubled Past Surfaces In Family Drama 'The Ferryman' by Jeff Lunden

In the latest Broadway play by Jez Butterworth, the body of a man who was violently "disappeared" 10 years ago has been found in a bog. It augurs bad things for the dead man's family.

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Northern Ireland's Troubled Past Surfaces In Family Drama 'The Ferryman' by Jeff Lunden

In the latest Broadway play by Jez Butterworth, the body of a man who was violently "disappeared" 10 years ago has been found in a bog. It augurs bad things for the dead man's family.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

'King Kong' On Broadway Is The 2,400-Pound Gorilla In The Room by Jeff Lunden

In a new $35 million musical, the star attraction is 20 feet tall and requires 15 people to operate. He's an engineering marvel — and also basically a giant monkey puppet.

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'King Kong' On Broadway Is The 2,400-Pound Gorilla In The Room by Jeff Lunden

In a new $35 million musical, the star attraction is 20 feet tall and requires 15 people to operate. He's an engineering marvel — and also basically a giant monkey puppet.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Struggle To Find Their Way by Jeff Lunden

The New York Philharmonic launches its season with a new music director and executive director. The Metropolitan Opera's season starts with a young music director.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Struggle To Find Their Way by Jeff Lunden

The Philharmonic launches its season with a new music director and executive director. The Metropolitan Opera's season starts with a young music director.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Remembering Broadway Star Marin Mazzie by Jeff Lunden

Actress Marin Mazzie has died of ovarian cancer at age 57. Mazzie had a three-decade career, with her breakout role playing Clara in Stephen Sondheim's Passion in 1994. She was in Ragtime, K…

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Remembering Broadway Star Marin Mazzie by Jeff Lunden

Actress Marin Mazzie has died of ovarian cancer at age 57. Mazzie had a three-decade career, with her breakout role playing Clara in Stephen Sondheim's Passion in 1994. She was in Ragtime, K…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Broadway Is About To 'Be More Chill' by Jeff Lunden

Be More Chill got middling reviews when it premiered, but social media propelled it to new heights. Now it's headed to Broadway.

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Broadway Is About To 'Be More Chill' by Jeff Lunden

Be More Chill got middling reviews when it premiered, but social media propelled it to new heights. Now it's headed to Broadway.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Actors, Married For 35 Years, Enrich Their Lives With Others' Words by Jeff Lunden

Plays are often so intense that actors fall in love. It was 35 years ago, Nance Williamson and Kurt Rhoads were cast opposite each other in Shakespeare's As You Like It and their showmance c…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Stage Revival, And 50 Years Of Survival, For 'The Boys In The Band' by Jeff Lunden

Ever since Mart Crowley's play about a gay male life premiered off-Broadway in 1968, much of the original cast and crew has died of AIDS. A new, star-studded production acknowledges that his…

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A Stage Revival, And 50 Years Of Survival, For 'The Boys In The Band' by Jeff Lunden

Ever since Mart Crowley's play about a gay male life premiered off-Broadway in 1968, much of the original cast and crew has died of AIDS. A new, star-studded production acknowledges that his…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Campaign For 'Often The Hardest-Working People On Stage' — The Chorus by Jeff Lunden

Broadway chorus members won't be recognized in their own categories as part of tonight's Tony Awards. But they might be in the future, thanks to an effort from the Actors Equity union.

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A Campaign For 'Often The Hardest-Working People On Stage' — The Chorus by Jeff Lunden

Broadway chorus members won't be recognized in their own categories as part of tonight's Tony Awards. But they might be in the future, thanks to an effort from the Actors Equity union.

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