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Broadway Box Office Takes Another Tumble; ‘Hamilton’ Dips Below $3M

Broadway last week had that flu that’s been raging around the country. How else to account for a 10% free-fall in ticket sales from the previous week? Even Hamilton dipped (not enough to improve your chances of scoring a ticket, but still…). The musico-historico-blockbustero was off nearly $300K from the week before, coming in under the $3 million mark for the first time since mid-December. (Blame – or, better, credit – those weeks when Ham‘s student matinees are given… Read

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Review: Terrence McNally’s ‘Fire And Air’ Is A Master Class In Dance & Erotic Hunger

He was nicknamed “Chinchilla” for the slash of white in his otherwise jet black mane and he was an impresario as enamored of his artists as he was of the art. Sergei Diaghilev dragged ballet out of the too-too tutu 19th-Century world immortalized on the canvases of Edouard Manet and into the 20th-Century defined by dancer/choreographer Michel Fokine, the jagged unfamiliar music of Stravinsky and Debussy and lush settings by Leon Bakst, Pablo Picasso and others. And… Read

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Louis Zorich Dies: Stage Veteran And ‘Mad About You’ Dad Was 93

UPDATE with more information. Louis Zorich, whose stage career reached back more than half a century and included a 1969 Tony nomination for Hadrian VII, died Tuesday in New York. The veteran Chicago actor, best known to TV audiences as Paul Reiser’s father on NBC’s Mad About You, was 93. Known for his gravelly voice and Man-of-La-Mancha-like bearing, Zorich was the husband of Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis. Among his many roles on and off-Broadway, he understudied Walter… Read

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Review: ‘Veep’s Anna Chlumsky & ‘Happy Ending’s Adam Pally Hook Up, Turn Red In ‘Cardinal’

Cardinal, Greg Pierce’s anodyne take on urban decay and gentrification, offers a breezy but no less pointed version of the tragedy and melodrama in plays like Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park and Lynne Nottage’s Sweat. Staged by Kate Whoriskey, this world premiere at off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre also offers a dream gift to Anna Chlumsky (Veep) and Adam Pally (Happy Endings): Juicy roles in the push-me, pull-you vein of romantic comedies like Northern Exposure. A dark… Read

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Go-Go’s Reunite In Mini-Concert, Setting The Stage For Broadway-Bound ‘Head Over Heels’ Musical

UPDATE with more information. A party of sorts at downtown New York’s Bowery Ballroom was the occasion tonight for the announcement that Head Over Heels, a Broadway-bound musical comedy featuring 17 songs by ’80s rock band The Go-Go’s, has booked the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Hudson Theatre. It will follow the current tenant, Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman, which is nearing the end of its run starring Uma Thurman. Watch Belinda Carlisle lead the group in the title… Read

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Broadway B.O.: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Glides As ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Slides On Winter’s Icy Road

Broadway’s winter lull focuses all eyes on the slim pickings as long-runs host 2-for-1 sales, houses sit empty in anticipation of the spring semester and shows hustle to sustain momentum after stars have exited for the ski slopes or warmer climes. Tony winner Ben Platt has left Dear Evan Hansen, but that musical, with Noah Galvin taking over in the title role, still is drawing a premium of nearly 20% above its gross potential at the Shubert Organization’s Music Box… Read

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Paula Vogel’s Presidents’ Day Challenge To Writers: Set Cuckoo ‘Ubu’ In The White House

EXCLUSIVE: Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned To Drive, Indecent) has thrown down the gantlet, or at least the rolling pin, to writers across the U.S.: Come up with a short work based on Alfred Jarry’s 1896 riot-inducing satire Ubu Roi, to be performed simultaneously around the country on Presidents’ Day, February 19. Jarry’s black comedy anti-hero was a despot king awash in murder, genocide, a war with Russia and the revolt of his own countrymen… Read

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Review: Thrilling Talent In ‘The Homecoming Queen’ & Michael Weller’s Coney Island Carousel Spin In ‘Jericho’

It’s all well and good to have great seats for Bruce Springsteen and assured seats for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Denzel Washington’s Hickey. It’s a privilege, to be sure. Still, I believe most of my colleagues would agree that what really revs our motors is the all-too-rare discovery of a new talent. That’s the case with Ngozi Anyanwu’s The Homecoming Queen, which is having its world premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company’s smaller space in New York’s… Read

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Goodspeed Opera Cancels Woody Allen’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’

UPDATED with Woody Allen response: The Goodspeed Opera House, the storied Connecticut nonprofit that launched Annie and has been a prominent showcase for musical theater talent for more than four decades, announced this afternoon it was canceling an upcoming production of Bullets Over Broadway in response to the resurgence of allegations that Woody Allen had inappropriate sexual contact with Mia Farrow’s daughter Dylan. Allen has denied the allegations and insisted that… Read

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David Morse, Bill Irwin And Michael Potts Sign On With Denzel Washington’s Broadway ‘Iceman’

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Casting is complete for director George C. Wolfe‘s Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh, starring current Oscar nominee Denzel Washington as Eugene O’Neill’s pipe-dream busting salesman Theodore Hickman, aka Hickey. It’s a starry bunch who will populate the grim premises of Harry Hope’s Greenwich Village dive. In addition to Tammy Blanchard, the downtown denizens will include Colm Meaney (Star Trek) as Harry, David Morse (Blindspot) as Larry Slade, Tony winner Bill Irwin… Read

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Musical ‘Tootsie’ Toot-Toots To Broadway After Chi Tryout Next Fall

Not one to rest on his laurels, Broadway composer/lyricist David Yazbek will follow his acclaimed The Band’s Visit – which is selling out on Broadway and is certain to earn several Tony nominations this spring – with another film-to-musical adaptation. This one, however, has a somewhat more familiar title: Tootsie, Sydney Pollack’s 1982 comedy starring Dustin Hoffman as a struggling, truculent actor who finds fame and fortune in middle-age drag as the nascent feminist… Read

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Long Wharf Theatre A.D. Fired In Wake Of Harassment Allegations

UPDATE Wednesday: Gordon Edelstein, artistic director of the Tony Award-winning Long Wharf Theatre since 2002, was fired Tuesday night and barred from the premises of the New Haven, CT company. The Long Wharf board acted one day after on-the-record revelations of sexual assault and harassment were published in a blistering New York Times report. Managing director Joshua Borenstein has been appointed interim artistic and managing director while the board determines how to… Read