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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

These Four Stage Directors Know Just What Needs to Change by Scott Heller

The pandemic pause has prompted a prizewinning cohort to ask hard questions about salaries, working in other media and choosing collaboration over “scarcity.”

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Williamstown Festival Will Take the Shows Outside by Scott Heller

After a lost live 2020, the theater will stage a musical at a museum’s reflecting pool and an immersive show, all over town, based on real events.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Casting a ‘Follies’ of the Future, With Beyoncé and Ben Platt by Jesse Green and Scott Heller

In the 50 years since the musical’s debut, revivals and concerts have served its great songs to great stars. Who’d be our Broadway babies 25 years from now?

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Advocating and Agitating, Connecting and Inventing by Michael Paulson, Jesse Green, Scott Heller, Laura Collins-Hughes and Elisabeth Vincentelli

With their field rocked by unprecedented challenges in 2020, these people and groups — some notable, some new — stepped into the breach.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Best Theater of 2020 by Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Maya Phillips, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

It wasn’t the year for celebration. But watching innovation flourish inspired our chief critic, while other writers found the joys of the stage in other media.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

From Stage to Screen: 5 Shows That Got It Right (And 5 That Didn’t) by Jesse Green, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes and Scott Heller

Our theater experts provide a guide to some of the successful (and failed) cinematic adaptations of plays and musicals — all for your streaming pleasure.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

‘Spotlight on Plays’ Adds Four Readings of Work by Women by Scott Heller

After criticism over gender parity, Pearl Cleage, Larissa FastHorse, Adrienne Kennedy and Sarah Ruhl will be featured in the spring.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

For a Second Series of Play Readings: More Shows, More Stars by Scott Heller

One night only: “This is Our Youth,” “Uncle Vanya,” two Mamet plays, and more. With casts that include Morgan Freeman, Laurie Metcalf and Lucas Hedges.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

20 Theater Figures on How to ‘Revolutionize’ Their World by Jennifer Schuessler and Scott Heller

End unpaid internships. Set term limits for leaders. Get real about inclusion. Take performances to the streets. Say yes to joy, and no to couch plays.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Missing Theater Under the Stars (Even the Bugs and the Rain) by Nancy Coleman, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller and Alexis Soloski

Shakespeare in the Park and other outdoor venues are shut. But for performers and directors, open-air memories are as sharp as the bite of a mosquito.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

No Tony Awards Show? Make Your Own With These Great Moments. by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Michael Paulson, Alexis Soloski, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller and Eric Grode

Miranda’s rap. Rylance’s poems. Jackman’s pelvis. And a brassy reunion for Bea Arthur and Angela Lansbury. Now set your clock for “Turkey Lurkey Time.”

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Remembering Jerry Herman: ‘He Called His Shows His Children’ by Scott Heller

Harvey Fierstein, Betty Buckley and more on the sunny songwriter behind “Hello, Dolly!” and “Mame,” who hoped that even a flop would find a second life.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

‘Frankie and Johnny’ Will Close at the End of July by Scott Heller

The revival of Terrence McNally’s play is wrapping up a month earlier than expected.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

‘King Kong’ and ‘Cher Show’ Musicals Announce Closings by Scott Heller and Nancy Coleman

Each show arrived on Broadway with a big name in its title and major creative talents behind the scenes. But audiences kept their distance.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Once Is Not Enough for These Broadway Fans by Scott Heller

Readers share their own theatergoing binges in response to the “repeat attenders” who’ve seen their favorite musical 25 times — and counting.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Best and Worst of the Tony Awards 2019 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Scott Heller and Margaret Lyons

Swinging lights. Broadway beefs. Words of wisdom. And a restroom serenade. If only some of the highlights were on TV.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

How to Watch the Tony Awards and What You Need to Know by Scott Heller and Michael Paulson

When and how to watch Broadway’s biggest celebration, plus the best New York Times journalism on the nominees and contests.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

What You Need to Know Before the Tony Awards by Scott Heller and Michael Paulson

When and how to watch Broadway’s biggest celebration, plus the best New York Times journalism on the nominees and contests.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

What Do You Want From Your Local Theater? Readers Respond by Scott Heller

Wishing for challenge, boldness, new work, intimacy, a friendly welcome — and inexpensive parking.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Plays by Tracy Letts and Bess Wohl Headed to Broadway by Scott Heller

A revival of Richard Greenberg’s baseball comedy “Take Me Out” will also be part of Second Stage Theater’s 2019-20 season.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Extending the Stage With Technology by Scott Heller

A brief sampling of productions that use augmented reality, smartphone mapping and motion capture, blurring the line between the live and the virtual.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Faye Dunaway Is Slated to Play Katharine Hepburn on Broadway by Scott Heller

A producer announced that one Oscar-winning actress will play another in Matthew Lombardo’s “Tea at Five.”

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

6 Attention-Getting Off Broadway Shows Are Back for Encores by Scott Heller

Return engagements mean second chances to see acclaimed productions, like “School Girls” and “Happy Birthday, Wanda June,” that got away.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Can Critics Learn to Love the Jukebox Musical? by Jesse Green, Ben Brantley, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Scott Heller

They are often Broadway sensations, but jukebox musicals rarely get good reviews. We invited our critics to stop snarking and tell us what they want.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Sightseeing for History (With a Few Selfies Along the Way) by Scott Heller

What the stage director Lileana Blain-Cruz saw in New Orleans and how it informs her production of “The House That Will Not Stand.”

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Monday, June 11, 2018

The Best and Worst of the Tony Awards 2018 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Scott Heller and Joshua Barone

A look at the most memorable moments from this year’s ceremony celebrating Broadway.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Andrew Garfield and Stephen Spinella Trade Emails on Their Famed ‘Angels in America’ Role by Scott Heller

The two actors, who have never met, share insights on understanding the character of Prior Walter and how to maintain the stamina to play him.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Is Closing on Broadway by Scott Heller

The Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical will wrap up July 1, but promises to tour nationally in 2019.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Loving and Hating the Broadway Season: Our Critics Could Have Argued All Night by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Scott Heller

Disagreeing on classic musicals, agreeing on “The Band’s Visit,” and worried about a season when revivals outshone new plays.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

The Best (and Worst) of the 2017 Tony Awards by Erik Piepenburg and Scott Heller

Bette Midler didn’t sing, but talked (and talked). Russians partied in the aisles. And Ben Platt’s heartfelt speech was one of the most inspiring moments.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

It’s Groundhog Day! Time to Put On That Costume (Again) by Scott Heller and Jolie Ruben

A team of dressers works in darkness to help the musical’s cast make 300 costume changes, fat suits and hats included.

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