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Friday, May 7, 2021

‘CHICAGO,’ ‘SIX,’ ‘PHANTOM’ LIMIT PERFORMANCES ON REOPENING by Philip Boroff

Some of the first Broadway shows to return in the fall will restart gradually. Six , the pop concert musical that was poised to open when Broadway shut down in March 2020, is offering ticke…

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

CUOMO SAYS BROADWAY CAN REOPEN AT FULL CAPACITY SEPT. 14; RECOMMENDS INDUSTRY REQUIRE VACCINATION FOR ENTRY by Philip Boroff

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today that Broadway can resume performances at 100 percent capacity on Sept. 14 and recommends that Broadway require Covid-19 vaccinations for entry to theaters. “Th…

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

PRODUCERS WEIGH REDUCING PERFORMANCE WEEK FOR RESTART by Philip Boroff

As Broadway faces the unprecedented challenge of reopening after at least 18 dark months, producers have proposed cutting back the standard eight-performance week while demand for tickets ra…

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

GOODBYE CAR & DRIVER: EQUITY LOOSENS RULES FOR VACCINATED WORKPLACES by Philip Boroff

Actors’ Equity Association says if everyone in a theater company has been vaccinated, a show may go on without adhering to the union’s pricey pandemic protocols. “Vaccination will be a…

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Friday, April 2, 2021

WEAR A MASK, DITCH THE INTERMISSION: LESSONS FROM THE COVID THINK TANK TOWN HALL by Philip Boroff

The rapid rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine has increased optimism about indoor theater swiftly reopening in the U.S. Infectious disease specialists Thursday afternoon said Covid 19-testing, e…

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

ACTORS PAN THEIR UNION’S COVID PROTOCOLS by Philip Boroff

Actors’ Equity Association recently announced far-reaching health protocols that producers complained would prohibitively increase the cost of creating theater and delay the industry’s …

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‘REBECCA’ PRODUCER SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS OF PROBATION IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE by Philip Boroff

Ben Sprecher, who has produced shows and managed theaters in New York since the early 1980s and is best-known for a Broadway musical that collapsed before it could open, was sentenced Thursd…

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

MASKED AUDIENCES, CAR & DRIVERS FOR CAST: ACTORS’ EQUITY WANTS PRICEY PROTECTIONS BEFORE MEMBERS RETURN by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: For theater actors, a car and driver is generally a perquisite reserved for bankable stars. In this pandemic, the labor union Actors’ Equity Association considers private transp…

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

‘BOOK OF MORMON’ BLACK ACTORS PUSH TO CHANGE PORTRAYAL OF AFRICANS (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

If and when The Book of Mormon  resumes performances on Broadway, the take-no-prisoners musical will reconsider its mission. In a video call last summer organized by lead producer Anne Gar…

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Friday, February 5, 2021

INSURANCE KEEPS ‘COMPANY,’ ‘COME FROM AWAY’ ALIVE AS JUJAMCYN FIGHTS CHUBB SNUB by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: No one put more money into the highly anticipated Broadway revival of Company  than the insurance giant Chubb. The Ladies Who Lunch LLC, which transferred the Stephen Sondheim …

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Friday, January 8, 2021

WOMEN’S PROJECT SEEKS $30,000 PARTY PAYBACK by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: The nation’s oldest theater company specializing in nurturing women writers and directors is in a seven-month court battle to recover $30,000, a significant sum for a nonprofit…

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Monday, November 16, 2020

PRODUCERS WANT UNION CONCESSIONS BEFORE RE-REOPENING: BROADWAY LEAGUE by Philip Boroff

Broadway seeks givebacks from the industry’s unions before performances resume, the head of the trade group that represents producers and theater owners told an online industry conference …

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

DISNEY’S SCHUMACHER SEES SLOW RETURN OF AUDIENCES & TICKET PRICES by Philip Boroff

Speaking at an industry video conference Saturday, Broadway League Chairman Thomas Schumacher said that restarting Broadway after the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic will be gradual and depen…

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

BROADWAY’S REOPENING GETS A SHOT IN THE ARM by Philip Boroff

A Covid-19 vaccine was said to be highly effective in a large trial, heightening the possibility that Broadway can restart next year. On Monday, Pfizer Inc. and German partner BioNTech said…

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

BAY STREET THEATER PLANS SAG HARBOR COMPLEX by Philip Boroff

While performing arts spaces in the region remain largely shuttered because of Covid-19, Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater said that it plans to build a permanent home, its first since the L…

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Monday, October 26, 2020

BROADWAY CONDUCTORS & ARRANGERS WILL FOSTER INCLUSION IN THE PIT by Philip Boroff

Growing up in Las Vegas, Ilana Atkins started studying piano at six but eventually hit a wall with classical music. “The music didn’t speak to me,” she said. “As I got older, the mos…

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

‘NERDS’ PRODUCERS ACE ANGRY ANGELS IN COURT by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: A New York State judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a dozen investors in Nerds,  a musical about the tech titans Bill Gates and Steve Jobs that collapsed weeks before its first s…

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

‘JAGGED LITTLE PILL’ RECEIVES 15 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS by Philip Boroff

Jagged Little Pill,  a musical about teenage and parental angst based on Alanis Morissette’s bestselling 1995 album, was nominated for 15 Tony awards, the most of any show last season. …

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Friday, October 9, 2020

BROADWAY LEAGUE TO EXTEND SHUTDOWN THROUGH MAY 2021 by Philip Boroff

The Broadway League is extending the industry’s shutdown through May 2021, bringing theater’s devastating closure to at least 14 months. The announcement, which people briefed on the pla…

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Monday, September 28, 2020

BROADWAY LEAGUE’S $4,000 DUES DEMAND RANKLES MEMBERS by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Amidst Broadway’s endless intermission, Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin has a message for the trade association’s members: Pay your dues. Membership renewal in…

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Friday, August 21, 2020

TONYS TO CELEBRATE SHOWS THAT OPENED BY FEB. 19, PUSHING ‘WEST SIDE STORY,’ ‘NORTH COUNTRY’ TO ’20-21 by Philip Boroff

The Tony Awards, postponed from June because of the Covid-19 pandemic, will be produced virtually on an unspecified date this year. In an email to members of the Broadway League, President C…

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Friday, August 7, 2020

SCOTT RUDIN OWES SPOTCO $6.3 MILLION, AD AGENCY CLAIMS IN LAWSUIT by Philip Boroff

SpotCo, a leading Broadway advertising and marketing agency, filed suit in New York State Supreme Court against producer Scott Rudin, claiming that he left the company on the hook for $6.3 m…

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

‘HAMILTON’ PRODUCER RECEIVED EMERGENCY SMALL BUSINESS LOAN (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

Jeffrey Seller, the lead producer of the blockbuster Hamilton  and a producer of the film version that streamed on Disney+, received an emergency small business loan for his company backed …

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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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All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Sep 14, 2021: BROADWAY REOPENS
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre