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2019-09-16, 19:27

Phyllis Newman, Tony Award-Winning Broadway Star, Is Dead at 86 The actress, who won a Tony in 1962 for her role in the musical “Subways Are for Sleeping,” also raised millions of dollars to help women in entertainment deal with health problems....
2019-09-16, 07:00

Phyllis Newman, Tony Award-Winning Broadway Star, Dead at 86 The actress, who won the prize in 1962 for her role in the musical “Subways Are For Sleeping,” also raised millions of dollars to help women in entertainment deal with health problems....
2019-09-16, 05:52

‘For Colored Girls’ Returns, as a Celebration and as a Weapon Ntozake Shange’s play, with its unflinching depiction of black women’s experience, is coming back to the Public Theater more than 40 years after opening there....
2019-09-13, 11:13

Hal Prince, Giant of Broadway and Reaper of Tonys, Dies at 91 Mr. Prince helped bring to life a stunning lineup of shows: “Cabaret,” “Sweeney Todd,” and Broadway’s longest-running spectacle, “The Phantom of the Opera.”...
2019-08-04, 01:00

Review: History’s Shadows Haunt ‘The Black Clown’ In this musical theater piece adapted from a Langston Hughes poem, the bass-baritone Davóne Tines embodies the evolving, divided soul of black America....
2019-07-31, 18:00

Bursting Onto the Stage Like a ‘Bat Out of Hell’ The musical based on the grandiose Meat Loaf album shines a light on its songwriter, Jim Steinman, and the many twists and turns it took to get both projects made....
2019-07-31, 18:00

Still Aiming to Confound, the Scrappy Brick Turns a Page A new leader is about to take over from the Williamsburg theater’s founders. A festival there now offers a sense of her transgressive, slightly bonkers vision (sour cream included)....
2019-07-18, 22:00

Jack Viertel Stepping Down at Encores! After 20 Years as Leader A tenure that included 60 concert presentations of classic shows and led to several Broadway productions will conclude with “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”...
2019-07-16, 21:00

Review: The Greeks Go Coachella in a Boisterous ‘Bacchae’ Sure, it’s a tragedy, but along the way this Classical Theater of Harlem production is a riot of music and dance, with a Dionysus worthy of Jimi Hendrix....
2019-07-12, 07:52

Listen to the Sound of Love Reinvented in ‘Oklahoma!’ (Headphones On.) How did a lush throwback like “People Will Say We’re in Love” become the lean, sexy, countrified number being sung today? Follow along as we break it down....
2019-07-10, 21:39

How ‘Oklahoma!’ Revolutionized the Cast Album It took decades for the full Rodgers and Hammerstein score to be available. But even abbreviated, the show helped build a whole new audience for Broadway music....
2019-07-10, 17:26

Martin Charnin, Who Helped Create ‘Annie,’ Dies at 84 He turned the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” into a long-running Broadway musical and wrote the memorable lyrics to a score that included “Tomorrow.”...
2019-07-09, 04:39

They Didn’t Speak for Nearly a Decade. Then They Made a Show About It. After starring together in “The Last Five Years” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott had a “fracture” in their relationship. How do you set that to music?...
2019-07-08, 20:52

Writers Who Worked on Idris Elba Play Say They Have Been Erased Two British playwrights said their work on “Tree,” a new work that will premiere at the Manchester International Festival, was not properly acknowledged....
2019-07-04, 21:13

Max Wright, Who Went From Theater Roles to ‘ALF,’ Dies at 75 He was best known for playing a suburban father who lives with a furry alien. But he preferred the stage, and he said he had been “hugely eager” for the show to end....
2019-07-02, 22:13

Getting ‘Ink’ on Their Hands Audience members with compromised vision had the rare chance to feel their way through the Broadway show’s elaborate set before a recent performance....
2019-06-28, 03:00

Review: ‘Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson,’ Aiming for His Head Based on an anecdote from the set of an infamous commercial, the play focuses on the behind-the-scenes people who work to realize an artist’s vision....
2019-06-19, 18:13

Volksbühne Theater in Berlin Names Artistic Director, Ending Leadership Crisis René Pollesch, an acclaimed German playwright and director, will take over starting in 2021. His appointment ends a tumultuous few years for the institution....
2019-06-12, 17:39

Is This Ring an Honor, or a Curse? The Iffland Ring is awarded to the “most worthy” actors who perform in German. But it comes with a supposed jinx, accusations of sexism and an association with the Nazis....
2019-06-12, 14:26

Who Won and What Happened at the 2019 Tony Awards “Hadestown” won eight prizes, including best musical. And Ali Stroker became the first wheelchair user to receive a Tony, for her role in “Oklahoma!”...
2019-06-10, 14:39

Tony Awards Red Carpet: Dresses to Impress, and the Men Wore Them Well Billy Porter continued to challenge gender norms at high-profile events by wearing a gown to Sunday night’s awards show. And this time, he wasn’t alone....
2019-06-10, 03:52

Scenes From Inside the 2019 Tony Awards Our photographer Sara Krulwich is at Radio City Music Hall, looking for moments that might stand out — a stirring song, a striking emotion, a bit of visual razzle dazzle....
2019-06-10, 03:52

They Say You Can’t Go Home Again. Laura Linney Just Did. She talks about revisiting Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City” for a fourth time, and the potential impact of Georgia’s abortion bill on the production of Netflix’s “Ozark.”...
2019-06-07, 18:52

Pride Events: Here’s How to Celebrate From exhibitions to music and movies, we offer over 25 options for commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and celebrating Pride Month....
2019-05-30, 23:52

There’s Great Dance on Broadway. Hello, Tony Awards? Standard or (worse yet) slight fare gets nominated for best choreography while quality work — “Oklahoma!,” “The Prom” — goes unrecognized. An exception: Camille A. Brown’s dances for “Choir Boy.”...
2019-05-29, 15:26

Mary-Louise Parker to Return to Broadway in ‘The Sound Inside’ The play, by Adam Rapp, is about a professor, a student, and a terrible diagnosis. It is scheduled to begin performances in September and to open in October....
2019-05-23, 19:00

3 Days in a Van With a Shakespeare Troupe: Daggers and Dunkin’ Donuts What was it like being a traveling player in Elizabethan times? Touring the northeast for months, the intrepid young actors from Shakespeare & Company find out....
2019-05-22, 22:26

Solving the 6 Biggest Mysteries of This Broadway Season How does she stay so still? Is that scene really live? And how tall is that guy, anyway? We dig into the burning questions about Tony-nominated shows....
2019-05-21, 21:13