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It was a Broadway smash with big plans until 25 company members took ill and a shutdown put everybody out of work. Inside a tumultuous year, in the words of those who lived it.
Adapted by Tina Fey from her 2004 film, the musical played 834 performances. A national tour is expected to resume when theaters reopen.
With their field rocked by unprecedented challenges in 2020, these people and groups — some notable, some new — stepped into the breach.
How Jeremy O. Harris has turned his good fortune into grants, commissions and donations to other playwrights, and to libraries in need.
Seasonal stagings often underwrite the usual fare. But even without indoor audiences, the tradition lives on — by mail, by screen, by car and by radio.
The actress may be nearing the end as Melania Trump on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” but she has plenty of other projects and passions to keep her busy.
Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA agreement clears the way for more entertainment during the pandemic winter.
This summer, a woman went to outdoor shows at two beloved theaters in Massachusetts. She and her brother are now helping them to cover their costs and survive this winter.
The lawsuit argues that if bowling alleys, casinos and gyms can open, why can’t performance venues with fewer than 200 seats?
London’s Old Vic has sold 30,000 tickets to three livestreamed shows, with more to come. “There’s a huge appetite out there,” said Warchus, the artistic director.
Scott Rudin, the lead producer, and Lloyd’s of London settled a lawsuit that arose from the production’s decision to shut down a Broadway musical when its star became pregnant.
In a season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, only 18 shows are eligible for awards. The ceremony is expected to take place in December.
A rural locale. Few Covid-19 cases nearby. Performers in a bubble. And a man-eating plant that couldn’t quite chow down on its victims.
Directors of large flexible spaces like the Park Avenue Armory are lobbying for permission to put on indoor shows for socially distanced audiences.
“The Music Man” and other shows will have to plan new opening dates, as a new reality sets in: Many theaters are likely to stay shut through next fall.
Three producers — in New York, Washington and Toronto — aim to offer the show, “Blindness,” for socially distanced, masked audience members.
At issue: Who should represent performers and stage managers when theater is recorded and streamed, one of the few viable options during the pandemic.
She’s been to 39 shows since the 2016 election, and believes Broadway will return. But she doesn’t have the “gumption” to see herself depicted just yet.
The fund that covers thousands of performers will require that they work more weeks per year to qualify.
Amanda Kloots kept the world informed while her husband, a Broadway actor, lost a battle with Covid. After many grueling months, she’s trying to look ahead.
Nicholas Edwards starred in the closely watched “Godspell” production. “Usually the stage is a safe place,” he said, “but it became a place where I was anxious all the time.”
The coronavirus pandemic has prevented most in-person theater this year, so the prize board is changing the eligibility rules for its annual drama honor.
Thrilled for the role, needing a paycheck and confident that the theater was safe, Jessika D. Williams left the actors’ union to take the part.
The venues, all small nonprofits in New England, will be permitted by Actors’ Equity to put on work with union actors.
Several hundred workers are receiving $1,000 relief payments from the Public Theater.
Decision comes after months of uncertainty following a Broadway shutdown that kept many shows from opening.
“It takes a lot of work and humility, and it requires that white people step aside,” says one of several artistic leaders who have done just that.
Only 50 audience members apiece will be allowed to attend tent performances of “Godspell” and “Harry Clarke" in the Berkshires.