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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

SCOTT RUDIN TAGS DUSTIN HOFFMAN FOR POST-COVID ‘OUR TOWN’ REVIVAL (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

When the pandemic gives way to live performance, producer Scott Rudin plans to present an American classic about the gift of being alive. Rudin is assembling cast and creatives for the first…

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Monday, June 29, 2020

BROADWAY OFFICIALLY CANCELS ALL 2020 PERFORMANCES by Philip Boroff

The Broadway League said theaters are offering refunds through Jan. 3, 2021, as the industry officially canceled performances for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. With 1…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

ACTORS’ EQUITY SAYS MEMBERS WILL BE NO-SHOWS UNTIL PANDEMIC IS ‘UNDER CONTROL’ by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: The coronavirus epidemic must be “under control” and testing be frequent and accurate before it’s safe for actors and stage managers to return to work, the executive direct…

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

‘HAMILTON’-ENDOWED PUBLIC THEATER DELAYS FURLOUGHS WITH $4 MILLION OF U.S. AID by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: The Public Theater, which has earned tens of millions of dollars launching Hamilton, received federal assistance meant to preserve jobs threatened by the pandemic. The Public bo…

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

MICHAEL JACKSON MUSICAL POSTPONED TO 2021 by Philip Boroff

In another sign that Broadway doesn’t see a quick return of theater amid the coronavirus pandemic, the producers of a musical about Michael Jackson postponed performances until next year. …

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

BROADWAY SHUTDOWN WILL LAST THROUGH LABOR DAY; ‘PLAZA SUITE’ BOOKS MARCH 2021 by Philip Boroff

Broadway has given up predicting when it will be back. With no indication about when it will be safe to produce theater in New York or when audiences will feel comfortable returning, the Bro…

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

N.Y. DRAMA CRITICS’ CIRCLE TOUTS ‘STRANGE LOOP,’ ‘HEROES OF FOURTH TURNING’ IN PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS AWARDS SWEEP by Philip Boroff

As nonprofit theater companies struggle through an open-ended shutdown, Playwrights Horizons has scored a double shot of validation from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle. A Strange Loop,…

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

WITH EARLY CURTAIN, BROADWAY HAS LOWEST BOX OFFICE TALLY IN FOUR YEARS by Philip Boroff

Is the Broadway season over? If so, statistically, 2019-20 was both disastrous and illustrative of the industry’s resilience. The season that was to end in late May is effectively kaput, t…

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BROADWAY LEAGUE EXTENDS SHUTDOWN THROUGH JUNE 7 by Philip Boroff

The Broadway League extended its shutdown through June 7, the original date of the Tony Awards, guaranteeing that Broadway will be closed at least three months due to the coronavirus pandemi…

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Friday, March 27, 2020

A BROADWAY MAVERICK CONTEMPLATES A POST-COVID FUTURE: INTERVIEW by Philip Boroff

Producing theater is quixotic in the best of circumstances. Weathering the industry’s longest-ever shutdown, which has halted shows and cut off incomes, makes the endeavor that much more d…

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BROADWAY LEAGUE CREATES FINANCIAL RELIEF INFO SITES by Philip Boroff

BREAKING: The Broadway League today introduced websites with information about city, state, federal and philanthropic relief packages for employees and employers battered by the covid-19 cri…

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

LINCOLN CENTER THEATER CANCELS SUMMER SEASON (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

With no way of knowing when New York’s cultural life will resume, Lincoln Center Theater has suspended production of its summer shows. Two plays scheduled to open in July have been postpon…

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BROADWAY SHOWS ‘MAY BE THE LAST AREA OF BUSINESS TO COME BACK,’ ST. MARTIN SAYS (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

Broadway can’t reopen without New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s permission, and it may be among the last sectors of society to get it, Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin wrote to …

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

TONY AWARDS POSTPONED AS HOPES DIM FOR RESUMPTION OF 2019-20 SEASON by Philip Boroff

The Broadway League and American Theatre Wing indefinitely postponed the 2020 Tony Awards, which was scheduled for June 7 at Radio City Music Hall. This afternoon’s announcement follows th…

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

RUDIN CLOSES ‘VIRGINIA WOOLF’ REVIVAL by Philip Boroff

With no indication of when New York and Broadway will reopen for business amid a worsening public health and economic catastrophe, producer Scott Rudin cancelled his revival of Edward Albee…

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Friday, March 20, 2020

BROADWAY LEAGUE REACHES SHUTDOWN PAY PACT AS ‘HANGMEN’ CANCELS by Philip Boroff

With no end in sight for the global coronavirus pandemic and U.S. theater shutdown, the Broadway League announced an agreement with the industry’s unions requiring suspended productions to…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

CUOMO ORDERS BROADWAY SHUTDOWN AS MAYOR PREDICTS ‘LONG BATTLE’ by Philip Boroff

Broadway will go dark for at least a month — its longest shutdown in modern times — as U.S. performing arts and professional sports screech to a halt in an attempt to limit the public he…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

N.B.A. SUSPENDS SEASON; BROADWAY USHER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19; ‘HAMILTON’ SUSPENDED IN SAN FRAN: ROUNDUP by Philip Boroff

The National Basketball Association announced it will suspend its season, after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus. Los Angeles Times story here. The announcement may put…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

‘AIN’T TOO PROUD,’ ‘MOULIN ROUGE’ SUFFER THEIR WORST WEEKS AS VIRUS SPOOKS TOURISM & MARKETS by Philip Boroff

The musicals Ain’t Too Proud,  Moulin Rouge, Frozen, Jagged Little Pill and The Tina Turner Musical  posted their worst sales since opening as tourists increasingly stay home in response…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

BROADWAY GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH ‘WEST SIDE STORY’: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

Video has a starring role in the dazzling new revival of West Side Story. Live close-ups of the charismatic young cast in the Arthur Laurents/Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim classic are …

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

‘PLAZA SUITE’ ADVANCE SALE TOPS $10 MILLION; BOSTON CRITICS SIDELINED by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: A month before previews start on Broadway, the limited run of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite  is approaching full occupancy. The advance sale for the revival with husband-and-wife st…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

THE AGE OF THE BLOCKBUSTER MUSICAL (GRAPHIC) by Philip Boroff

Broadway Musicals are running longer and making more money ever — which is on display in these eye-catching interactive graphics below. Seven of the top 10 highest-grossing musicals since …

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Friday, January 31, 2020

DAVID BYRNE PROFITS AS ‘UTOPIA’ TICKETS TOP $649 ($699 IF YOU WANT A PRIVATE BATHROOM) by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Turns out the road to nowhere is paved with gold. Investors in David Byrne’s Broadway concert American Utopia  have been repaid and profit checks are imminent, according to a…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

CHEAP ‘SIX’ COULD MAKE INVESTORS WHOLE IN RECORD TIME by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Six, the sizzling pop musical in which British Royals meet #MeToo, may be able to repay investors within 11 weeks of its first preview. That’s assuming the production can sust…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

IDINA MENZEL LOOKS LIKE A GO FOR ‘FUNNY GIRL’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

Idina Menzel is in talks to play Fanny Brice this fall in the first Broadway revival of Funny Girl, the hit 1964 Jule Styne-Bob Merrill-Isobel Lennart musical that starred Barbara Streisand.…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

‘SING STREET’ LIKELY TO OPEN AT THE LYCEUM IN APRIL (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

The producers of Sing Street  are in talks to transfer their musical to the Shubert Organization’s Lyceum Theatre this spring, in time to qualify for Tony Award nominations. The adaptatio…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

SONDHEIM, LORD LLOYD WEBBER RECALL PRINCE AT MEMORIAL by Philip Boroff

Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber were among the collaborators and friends who spoke about the legendary director and producer Hal Prince at his memorial today at the Majestic Theatre…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

UNIRONIC ‘JAGGED LITTLE PILL’ AIMS TO SAVE THE PLANET: REVIEW by Philip Boroff

The world is in crisis. Jagged Little Pill  is on it. Gun violence? “Fear has no place in our schools,” an onstage placard reads. Climate change? Name-checked in another sign. Rape? The…

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

‘HARRY POTTER’ & THE CURSED BOX OFFICE YARDSTICK by Philip Boroff

The last week of July 2019 was business as usual for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  on Broadway. Sales rose less than 2 percent to $1.4 million, according to data from the Broadway Lea…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

CRITIC JOHN SIMON DIES AT 94; ‘I DID NOT COMPROMISE’ by Philip Boroff

John Simon, the theater, movie and music critic who died last night at 94, took erudition to another level. Never mind that English was his fifth language — after German, Hungarian, French…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

‘TOOTSIE’ TO CLOSE ON JANUARY 5 by Philip Boroff

Tootsie , the Broadway musical adapted from the 1982 movie about a struggling actor whose career takes off when he plays a woman, will close on Jan. 5, the production announced tonight. Cap…

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