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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

‘Shuffle Along’ and Insurer Drop Pregnancy-Prompted Lawsuit by Michael Paulson

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.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Live Tony Award 2020 Nominations Tracker: What to Expect by Michael Paulson

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.

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2020 Tony Award Nominations: Time, Streaming, Shows and More by Michael Paulson

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.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

‘Little Shop,’ Big Relief: How One Theater Safely Put on an Indoor Show by Michael Paulson

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.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Broadway Will Be a While. These Venues Say They’re Ready Now. by Michael Paulson

Directors of large flexible spaces like the Park Avenue Armory are lobbying for permission to put on indoor shows for socially distanced audiences.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Broadway Will Remain Closed at Least Through May by Michael Paulson

“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.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Dystopian Sound Show, Fresh From London, Heads to North America by Michael Paulson

Three producers — in New York, Washington and Toronto — aim to offer the show, “Blindness,” for socially distanced, masked audience members.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

There’s Not Much Work for Actors. Now Their Unions Are Fighting. by Michael Paulson

At issue: Who should represent performers and stage managers when theater is recorded and streamed, one of the few viable options during the pandemic.

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Meet Theater’s Most Famous Superfan: Hillary Clinton by Michael Paulson

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.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Unemployed Stage Actors to Face New Health Insurance Hurdle by Michael Paulson

The fund that covers thousands of performers will require that they work more weeks per year to qualify.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

‘He Never Quit’: Nick Cordero’s Widow on Grief, God and Perseverance by Michael Paulson

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.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Playing Jesus in a Pandemic Summer by Michael Paulson

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.”

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Pulitzers to Consider Canceled Plays and Streamed Productions for 2021 Prize by Michael Paulson

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.

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Friday, September 4, 2020

She Gave Up a Lot to Play Othello by Michael Paulson

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.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

In a Pandemic First, 3 American Theaters Will Do Indoor Shows by Michael Paulson

The venues, all small nonprofits in New England, will be permitted by Actors’ Equity to put on work with union actors.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Unemployment Is Rampant. So This Theater Is Giving Freelancers Money. by Michael Paulson

Several hundred workers are receiving $1,000 relief payments from the Public Theater.

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Tony Awards Ceremony Will Go Ahead, Online by Michael Paulson

Decision comes after months of uncertainty following a Broadway shutdown that kept many shows from opening.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

At Theaters, Push for Racial Equity Leads to Resignations and Restructuring by Michael Paulson

“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.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Massachusetts Forces Two Theaters to Reduce Seating Capacity by Michael Paulson

Only 50 audience members apiece will be allowed to attend tent performances of “Godspell” and “Harry Clarke" in the Berkshires.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

These Shows Are Made for Walking by Michael Paulson

The pandemic has darkened theaters around the country. So this summer, some are staging scenes in parks and fields for small groups of masked patrons.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Ad Agency Sues Scott Rudin, Saying Producer Owes $6.3 Million by Michael Paulson

At issue: payment for media buying and marketing strategy for the Broadway revivals of “West Side Story” and “The Music Man.”

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

‘Godspell’ in 2020: Masks, Partitions and a Contactless Crucifixion by Michael Paulson

The first professional musical staged in the United States since theater shut down is also a de facto public health experiment.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

The First Equity-Authorized Indoor Theater Is Moving Outdoors by Michael Paulson

A Barrington Stage Company production won the blessing of the actors’ union, but was unable to get permission from Massachusetts state officials.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Black Plays Are Knocking on Broadway’s Door. Will It Open? by Michael Paulson

Calls for diversity grow louder, and there are shows in the pipeline. But many are being shepherded by newcomers, not the powerful industry regulars.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Obies Honor ‘A Strange Loop’ and ‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning’ by Michael Paulson

The annual awards show for Off and Off Off Broadway theater was prerecorded and streamed after the coronavirus led to cancellation of a live ceremony.

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Theater Artists of Color Enumerate Demands for Change by Michael Paulson

A 29-page document released this week amounts to a call for wholesale restructuring of the system, onstage and backstage, on Broadway and beyond.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Actors’ Equity Signs Off on Live Theater in the Berkshires by Michael Paulson

Theaters in the Berkshires are planning live shows, “Godspell” and “Harry Clarke,” with limited audiences and virus-related protocols in place. One will be indoors, and one outdoors.

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Broadway Actor Nick Cordero Dead at 41 of Coronavirus by Michael Paulson

The Broadway actor’s battle with the coronavirus was followed closely by many as his wife chronicled his experience on social media.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Nick Cordero, Tony Nominated Broadway Actor, Dies at 41 from Battle with Coronavirus by Michael Paulson

The Broadway actor’s battle with the coronavirus was followed closely by many as his wife chronicled his experience on social media.

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Nick Cordero, Nominated for Tony as Tap-Dancing Tough Guy, Dies at 41 by Michael Paulson

The Broadway actor’s battle with the coronavirus was followed closely by many as his wife chronicled his experience on social media.

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Beyond Broadway, the Show Does Go On by Michael Paulson

Watching through windshields. Audiences of two. An elbow bump instead of a kiss. Theaters across the country find novel ways to play in a pandemic.

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