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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Robert Ainsley Is Named Glimmerglass Festival Director by Matt Stevens

Robert Ainsley, a champion of new American opera, takes the reins from Francesca Zambello. He said the festival would continue to showcase work that tells “everyone’s story.”

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Monday, May 9, 2022

‘A Strange Loop’ Star L Morgan Lee on Her Trailblazing Tony Nomination by Matt Stevens

The actress made theater history, becoming the first openly transgender performer to be nominated for a Tony Award for her work in “A Strange Loop.”

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Most of Broadway Ends Vaccine Checks as Cases Rise in New York by Matt Stevens and Rachel Sherman

While for-profit theater owners and operators agreed to stop checking proof of vaccination this week, several nonprofit Broadway theaters continue to require it.

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Most of Broadway ends vaccine checks as cases rise in New York by Matt Stevens and Rachel Sherman

The industry hopes that ending vaccine checks will make theatergoing more attractive, and that the remaining mask mandate will help keep audiences safe as cases have risen.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Cities and States Are Easing Covid Rules. Should the Arts Follow? by Matt Stevens

Cultural institutions face tough decisions: Is it safe to drop mask and vaccine requirements, and would doing so be more likely to lure audiences back or keep them away?

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

5 Monologues, Each a Showcase for Asian American Actors Over 60 by Matt Stevens

“Out of Time” at the Public Theater is intended to showcase the talents of older actors. “People want to dismiss your stories,” the show’s director says. Not here.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

BAM Taps Former Leader of Its Film Program as Its Next President by Matt Stevens

Gina Duncan, who had been working at the Sundance Institute since 2020, will return to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to lead it out of the pandemic.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ Ends Run Early Because of Coronavirus Cases by Matt Stevens

The sold-out production had been scheduled to run through Jan. 30, but decided to cancel its few remaining performances.

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Monday, January 24, 2022

Jonathan Freeman, Jafar in ‘Aladdin,’ Hangs Up His Cobra Staff by Matt Stevens

He voiced the evil sorcerer in the Disney movies, and originated the character in the Broadway production. On Sunday, he took his final bow in the show.

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Lawsuit Says Faculty at a Top Arts School Preyed on Students for Decades by Matt Stevens

Dozens of people who studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts during a period of more than 40 years say they were sexually, emotionally or physically abused there as mi…

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Friday, January 7, 2022

City Ballet Pushes Back Start of Winter Season, Citing Omicron by Matt Stevens

The company will delay the start of its season by nine days, the latest performing arts group to cancel or postpone programming as the virus surges.

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Saturday, December 18, 2021
Friday, December 17, 2021

Radio City Music Hall Cancels Four Rockettes Christmas Shows by Matt Stevens

Friday performances of the show were canceled because of breakthrough coronavirus cases in the company. It is one of several shows that has had to scrap performances recently.

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

N.Y.C. Arts Organizations Awarded $51.4 Million Dollars in Grants by Matt Stevens

The Department of Cultural Affairs is awarding $51.4 million in grants to more than 1,000 nonprofit arts and cultural groups that are seeking to rebound from the pandemic.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Dominique Morisseau Pulls Play From L.A. Theater, Citing ‘Harm’ by Matt Stevens

The playwright ended a run of “Paradise Blue” a week after it opened at the Geffen Playhouse. The theater acknowledged “missteps.”

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Praise for Stephen Sondheim at ‘Company’ and ‘Assassins' by Matt Stevens, Sadiba Hasan and Julia Jacobs

“I would ask you to sit back and luxuriate in his extraordinary words and music,” the director John Doyle said before Friday’s performance of the “Assassins” revival.

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Friday, November 12, 2021

‘Be Nice to Tourists’: New York’s Arts Scene Needs International Visitors by Matt Stevens

The United States now allows vaccinated international travelers into the country. It’s welcome news for arts institutions that lost revenue and cut jobs during the pandemic.

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

‘Chicken & Biscuits’ Will Close Early Following Covid Pause by Matt Stevens

The play canceled performances this month because of breakthrough cases in the company. With costs mounting, it will close Nov. 28.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

At the Radio City Christmas Show, Some Workers Worry About Covid Rules by Matt Stevens

Employees must all be vaccinated, but some are upset that the upcoming show is not also testing them for the virus, as is done on Broadway and at other major performing venues.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Live Performance Is Back, With New Rituals Joining the Old Ones by Matt Stevens

Seeing theater these days can involve waiting in lines to show proof of vaccination and getting rapid coronavirus tests for young children. Many fans seem undeterred.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Former ‘Hamilton’ actor, part of Chicago’s cast in 2019, files discrimination complaint against the show by Matt Stevens

A former “Hamilton” cast member filed a federal workplace complaint against the show Wednesday, alleging that the show had retaliated and refused to renew a contract after the actor had …

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Former ‘Hamilton’ Cast Member Files Discrimination Complaint Against Show by Matt Stevens

In the E.E.O.C. filing, the actor, who is nonbinary, describes being retaliated against after requesting a gender-neutral dressing room, among other claims. The show denies the allegations.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Beanie Feldstein to Star in ‘Funny Girl’ on Broadway by Matt Stevens

With the “Booksmart” actress taking on the role originated by Barbra Streisand in 1964, the show is getting its first Broadway revival in 58 years.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

‘West Side Story,’ Which Won’t Reopen, Will Return $10 Million Grant by Matt Stevens

The Broadway revival received federal aid through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. But the show decided not to reopen, and said it would return the money.

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Monday, August 9, 2021

‘West Side Story’ Will Not Return to Broadway by Matt Stevens

The reimagined revival was closed by the pandemic, and then its lead producer, Scott Rudin, said he would step back from active participation in his shows after being accused of bullying.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Can I Go to See This Show? Must I Wear a Mask? It Depends. by Matt Stevens

Vaccination and mask requirements vary by venue. It’s a weird pandemic summer for the performing arts.

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

It’s Outside, but Shakespeare in the Park Still Plans Social Distancing by Matt Stevens

The free, beloved summer tradition will enjoy an extended run, but currently plans very limited capacity, with masks required.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

NBC Says It Will Not Air the Golden Globes in 2022 by Matt Stevens and Cara Buckley

The group behind the awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has been under pressure for its lack of Black members and its financial practices.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

‘In the Heights’ Will Premiere at the Tribeca Festival by Matt Stevens

The movie musical is set to play the United Palace in Washington Heights, the neighborhood where the story is set. It will also screen outdoors in all five boroughs.

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