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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Broadway may be dark — but people are working like hell to bring it back by Johnny Oleksinski

It’s the longest dark period in history for Broadway, the lifeblood of New York tourism, and it’s only getting longer.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Ian McKellen to start ‘Hamlet’ rehearsals next week by Johnny Oleksinski

Sir Ian McKellen’s show must go on.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Broadway landlord Philip J. Smith retires from Shubert by Johnny Oleksinski

Smith, 88, has been with the company for more than six decades.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber: UK government wants musicals ‘without any singing’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Andrew Lloyd Webber said that a government official bizarrely suggested that West End musicals come back “without any singing” to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Larry Kramer, who hated critics, is why I became one by Johnny Oleksinski

Larry was a nice guy … is not a sentence you’ll be reading much today.

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Larry Kramer, AIDS activist and ‘Normal Heart’ playwright, dies at 84 by Johnny Oleksinski

Larry Kramer, the pioneering New York AIDS activist who used pamphlets, novels, Broadway plays and ire to spread his lifesaving message, died Wednesday. He was 84. His husband, David Webster…

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Friday, May 15, 2020

CBS will air singalong ‘Grease’ instead of the Tony Awards by Johnny Oleksinski

It’s not so much the one that we want, but the one that we got saddled with.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

‘Frozen the Musical’ closes amid Broadway’s coronavirus shutdown by Johnny Oleksinski

The $30M musical becomes the third show let go during the crisis.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Sara Bareilles and Jessie Mueller sing to help pay Nick Cordero’s hospital bills by Johnny Oleksinski

The cast of Broadway’s “Waitress” is serving hope for actor Nick Cordero.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Stratford Festival is streaming Shakespeare plays for free by Johnny Oleksinski

Bored at home? Starting tonight, you can be Bard at home instead.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Shakespeare in the Park canceled for the first time in 58 years by Johnny Oleksinski

This marks the first time the popular free event won't be held in its 58-year history.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Kristin Chenoweth is a singing Carole Baskin in ‘Tiger King: The Musical’ by Johnny Oleksinski

You can indulge your inner mullet with "Tiger King: The Musical."

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Thursday, April 9, 2020
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2020 Tony Awards postponed due to the coronavirus by Johnny Oleksinski

The 2020 Tony Awards, originally scheduled to air Sunday, June 7, on CBS, will be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, a spokeswoman announced Wednesday. The statement said that a new …

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

‘Girl From the North Country’ review: Bob Dylan on Broadway is a dud by Johnny Oleksinski

A series of unfortunate events has come to Broadway. No, not the Lemony Snicket novels, but “Girl From the North Country,” a mashup of Bob Dylan songs and abject misery. The show, which …

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

‘Happy Birthday Doug’ makes gay parties look like ‘The Real Housewives’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Want drama, gossip and theatrics? Then head to a gay birthday party! That’s where writer-performer Drew Droege set his latest off-Broadway solo show, “Happy Birthday Doug,” a comedy ab…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

‘West Side Story’ Broadway review: Radical revival is a triumph by Johnny Oleksinski

It feels pretty . . . different. A galvanizing new revival of “West Side Story” opened Thursday night on Broadway, minus some familiar sights and sounds. Jerome Robbins’ legendary …

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Laura Linney shines in Broadway’s blah ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Audiences aren’t showing up at “My Name Is Lucy Barton” for Lucy — they’re coming for Linney. That’s Laura Linney, the venerable actress, who stars in the one-woman play, adapted…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

‘The Nanny’ is being made into a Broadway musical by Johnny Oleksinski

The flashy girl from Flushing could be coming to Broadway.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

‘Jagged Little Pill’ Broadway review: An uneven Alanis Morissette show by Johnny Oleksinski

More social issues are addressed in “Jagged Little Pill” than at a Democratic presidential debate. Opioid addiction, race, bisexuality, sexual assault — the Alanis Morissette musical, …

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘The Inheritance’ is a touching call to action on Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

While some ignorant millennials snipe “OK boomer” at anyone with a gray hair, a new play is clapping back.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

‘Tina Turner Musical’ review: A towering Broadway performance by Johnny Oleksinski

If you want to relive Tina Turner’s prime, you can’t get much better than Adrienne Warren. The star of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” which opened Thursday night on Broadway, has t…

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‘Cyrano’ review: Peter Dinklage musical is a moody mess by Johnny Oleksinski

In 2003, the rock band the National released an album called “Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers.” That would also make a good title for their new musical, “Cyrano,” which opened off-Broadwa…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ review: Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard get real by Johnny Oleksinski

Suddenly Seymour is standing beside you. Like, right beside you. “Little Shop of Horrors,” which opened Thursday night off-Broadway, is getting a much more intimate staging than when it …

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

‘Soft Power’ review: A head-scratcher with a twerking Hillary Clinton by Johnny Oleksinski

Want to escape the 24-hour news cycle for a little while? Then head to the Public Theater, where Hillary Clinton tap-dances and twerks, and a gun-toting chorus sings “Make America Great Ag…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Michael Jackson musical should stay away from Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

If they were smart, they’d beat it.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

‘Slave Play’ review: Broadway’s most thoughtful mess by Johnny Oleksinski

For a show that inspired a Change.org petition to have it canceled when it played downtown, the “Slave Play” that opened Sunday on Broadway delivers less a theatrical punch in the gut th…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

A sexy Tom Hiddleston leads Broadway’s ‘Betrayal’ by Johnny Oleksinski

This a pretty low-key move for Loki. Tom Hiddleston, who plays the pale Marvel villain on-screen, is making his Broadway debut in an intimate, no-fuss revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betraya…

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Central Park ‘Hercules’ is a heartfelt wake-up call for Disney by Johnny Oleksinski

Disney’s still got heart. That’s easy to forget, because the studio that once taught kids to wish upon a star and to go fly a kite has turned into Cyberdyne Systems: an evil behemoth hel…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Jelani Alladin was born to play ‘Hercules’ in Central Park by Johnny Oleksinski

When Jelani Alladin sings “Go the Distance” in the Central Park staging of Disney musical “Hercules,” the ballad isn’t only about a Greek god searching for purpose. “I feel like …

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Princess Diana musical will play Broadway in 2020 by Johnny Oleksinski

A new musical about the life of Princess Diana will open on Broadway next spring. Called simply “Diana,” the show follows Lady Diana Spencer to royal superstardom, family struggle and he…

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