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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Broadway’s ‘The Inheritance’ to Close on March 15 by Michael Paulson

Acclaimed in London, the two-part play about gay culture and the legacy of AIDS drew a chillier response in New York, where it is set.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ Will Return to Broadway Next Fall by Michael Paulson

The theatrical concert has been a critical and commercial success. A film version by Spike Lee is also on the way.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

‘Hamilton’ Movie, With Original Broadway Cast, to Hit Theaters Next Year by Michael Paulson

Performances of the show were filmed in 2016, just before Lin-Manuel Miranda left the cast. Disney said the release date would be Oct. 15, 2021.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

A Climate Show Was Canceled. Then Came the Finger-Pointing. by Michael Paulson and Cara Buckley

One of the nation’s most successful theaters, the Public, shortened the run of a monologue by a prominent artist-activist, Josh Fox. Now each party is blaming the other.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

‘Sing Street’ to Bring Irish Romance and ’80s Sounds to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The new musical, now wrapping up an Off Broadway run, will open at the Lyceum Theater in April.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Despite Turnaround, ‘Beetlejuice’ Being Forced Out of Theater by Michael Paulson

The $21 million musical will be hoping for a new home after the Shubert Organization made way for Hugh Jackman and ‘The Music Man.’

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Broadway’s Michael Jackson: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ Star Ephraim Sykes by Michael Paulson

The Tony-nominated performer will lead the cast of “MJ the Musical,” which is scheduled to open next summer.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

What Small Theater Does for New York? A Lot, Study Finds by Michael Paulson

Playhouses and troupes beyond Broadway generate $584 million in economic benefit. But dependence on volunteer labor is high.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Martin McDonagh’s ‘Hangmen’ to Open on Broadway in March by Michael Paulson

The drama, set in a British pub owned by a onetime executioner, won the 2016 Olivier Award for best new play.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Rethinking Tiny Tim: Should a Disabled Actor Play the Role? by Michael Paulson

The Broadway production of “A Christmas Carol,” following the lead from London, answers a strong yes. Other theaters may follow suit.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Drama Book Shop Sets a Fresh Start in a New Locale by Michael Paulson

Lin-Manuel Miranda and several “Hamilton” colleagues aim for a European cafe vibe when the store reopens, a block south of its previous home, in the spring.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Tracy Letts Will Star in His Own Play on Broadway by Michael Paulson

‘The Minutes,’ which aims to capture fractious American politics by focusing on a City Council meeting, will also feature Armie Hammer and Jessie Mueller.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Harry Potter’s Sophomore Slump: ‘Cursed Child’ Loses Steam on Broadway by Michael Paulson

Grosses have slipped in the show’s second year, though lower ticket prices may benefit fans.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Secret From ‘Slave Play’ Creator: Surprise Show in Brooklyn by Michael Paulson

Jeremy O. Harris will star in “Black Exhibition,” a choreopoem he wrote under a pen name that begins performances this week at the Bushwick Starr.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

New Curator of Old Musicals: Lear deBessonet Is to Lead Encores! by Michael Paulson

She will succeed Jack Viertel, the longtime artistic director of this popular City Center series, which revives shows of the past.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

‘I Still Have Fear, But Now I Have Courage’ by Michael Paulson

Starring as Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman” in London has whetted Wendell Pierce’s appetite to take on all the big roles.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A Dark ‘Oklahoma!’ and a Yiddish ‘Fiddler’ To Close in January by Michael Paulson

The inventive revivals offered new ways to experience cherished classics of the musical theater canon.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

After 35 Years at Playwrights Horizons, He’s Ready to Seek New Ones by Michael Paulson

Tim Sanford, the longtime artistic director at the prestigious Off Broadway theater, will turn over the reins to his deputy, Adam Greenfield.

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Michael Friedman Died in 2017. Now 9 Albums of His Work Are Coming. by Michael Paulson

The first three are to be released Friday by Ghostlight Records and the Civilians theater company.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Michael Jackson Musical Is to Open on Broadway Next Summer by Michael Paulson

The show, now called “MJ The Musical,” will begin previews July 6 at the Neil Simon Theater.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Filming the Show: Pardon the Intrusion? Or Punish It? by Michael Paulson and Michael Cooper

A seized phone. A stopped concert. A text from Rihanna. All new fuel for a heated debate about theater etiquette in the digital age.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Jonathan Groff Is a Seymour at Heart by Michael Paulson

You know him from “Spring Awakening,” “Hamilton” and “Mindhunter.” But he feels most like himself as the nebbishy hero of “Little Shop of Horrors,” and he’s returning Off B…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Is Broadway Ready for ‘Slave Play’? by Michael Paulson

Risky? For sure. Triggering? Possibly. A must-see? Audiences are about to decide.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick Are Returning to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The pair will play three different couples in a revival of “Plaza Suite,” a Neil Simon comedy, opening in April after a brief run in Boston.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Harry Potter Brought Him to Broadway. Now His Work is Everywhere. by Michael Paulson

Eccentric and prodigious, the writer Jack Thorne won a Tony for “Cursed Child.” Up next: “Sunday” at the Atlantic Theater Company, and “His Dark Materials” on HBO.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

‘Company’ Returning to Broadway, With a Woman at its Center by Michael Paulson

The revival, starring Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone, will open next spring on Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Taking the Lead on Broadway by Michael Paulson

In the theater world, women are wielding more power as producers.

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Tripping on Broadway: A New Musical Explores LSD Use by Cary Grant and More by Michael Paulson

The Lincoln Center Theater show is written by James Lapine, Tom Kitt and Michael Korie, and will star Carmen Cusack, Harry Hadden-Paton and Tony Yazbeck.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

San Francisco Theater Owners Settle Litigation by Michael Paulson

Robert Nederlander and Carole Shorenstein Hays can compete to program shows in their now separately operated playhouses.

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‘Caroline, or Change’ and ‘A Soldier’s Play’ to Be Revived on Broadway by Michael Paulson

The Roundabout Theater Company productions each explore race in America.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Who Calls the Shots on Broadway? She Does by Michael Paulson

Female producers, migrating from nonprofit theater and the entertainment industry, are bringing new skills and values to the commercial stage.

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