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Broadway Follies: AIDS Changed Theater, The Supremes Changed Everything & Staging A Living

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Jeremy Gerard has covered the evolving fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since it became a formidable competitor to the larger Shubert and Nederlander organizations in the late 1980s. In 2013 producer Jordan Roth became Jujamcyn's majority owner and the Street's youngest power broker. Here they talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred. ROTH: Everything is different now. As the President said, our union became a little more perfect… Read

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‘It Shoulda Been You’ With Tyne Daly Posts Broadway Closing Notice

It Shoulda Been You: Lisa Howard & Tyne Daly

No surprise, a musical about the run-up to a wedding fraught with all sorts of incompatibilities, will shutter after the Sunday, August 9 matinee. The show, by Brian Hargrove (book and lyrics) and Barbara Anselmi (music), is staged by David Hyde Pierce and stars Daly and Harriet Harris as warring mothers-in-law-to-be. The cast includes Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Lisa Howard in a star-making role as the bride’s put-upon sister, along with Edward Hibbert, Montego… Read

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Jessica Hecht, Adam Kantor Cast In ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ Broadway Revival

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Bartlett Sher’s production has its Golde and Motel The Tailor. Joining Danny Burstein’s talkative Tevye the milkman will be Jessica Hecht (Breaking Bad) as his no-nonsense wife Golde and Adam Kantor (The Last Five Years) as Motel (rhymes with dawdle), the impoverished tailor in love with Tzeitel (rhymes with bridal), one of Tevye and Golde’s five daughters. The roles were played in the 1964 Broadway premiere by Zero Mostel, Maria Karnilova and Austin Pendleton, yes Austin… Read

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Patti LuPone, Michael Urie Put On A ‘Show’ At Lincoln Center – Review

"Show For Days" Opening Night with cst, author Douglas Carter beane and director Jerry Zaks

The life of a drama critic inevitably includes a confrontation with an angry playwright who insists that every character and situation in his or her very bad play is a 100-percent-guaranteed-true facsimile of real people and events in said playwright’s life. So it is with Shows For Days, Douglas Carter Beane’s self-portrait of the artist as a boy irresistibly attracted to the glamour and thrill of community theater. This is a familiar meme — think of Nicholas Nickleby’s… Read

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Broadway Box Office: Kid Stuff Conquers As Family-Aimed Shows Bring Big Bucks

David Hyde Pierce, Tyne Daly

As producers ramp up efforts to grow the international audience (the latest effort is aimed at Brazilians who prefer Bergdorf’s, Bendel’s and Bloomingdale’s to Broadway), shows aimed at families are showing growth at the early summer box office. Six of seven G-rated shows currently running posted B.O. improvement last week, which was relatively quiet on the Street as Helen Mirren wrapped her huge hit The Audience at the Shuberts’ Schoenfeld and newcomer Amazing Grace got… Read

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William Finn’s Must-See ‘Brain’, Death By Magazine, ‘Significant Other’ – NY Stages

William Finn

You’d think things would calm down on New York stages after the Tony Awards. You would be wrong. Let’s get down to business: If you’re in the city this weekend and have only one show to see, it must be A New Brain, the season’s first entry in City Center’s summer Encores! Off-Center series. If William Finn’s landmark musical Falsettos begins with the song “Four Jews In A Room Bitching,” A New Brain, his roman a clef about surviving brain surgery, starts with what might be… Read

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‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ To Open In London’s West End Summer 2016

JK Rowling

J.K. Rowling announced today that Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, a spin-off play about the boy wizard, will open in London’s West End in summer 2016. The play, which is described as filling in the untold story of Potter including what happened to his parents, is written by much in-demand Brit scribe Jack Thorne (This Is England), with music by Imogen Heap. Cursed Child will be staged by the Once and Black Watch team of John Tiffany (director) and Steven Hoggett… Read

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Camp David Peace Talks Target Broadway Debut

Lawrence Wright, Alex Gibney

Going Clear author Lawrence Wright’s Camp David, a day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David meeting where Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign a still-durable peace treaty, has a couple of Broadway producers attached. Based on Wright’s  Thirteen Days in September and staged by D.C. star director Molly Smith, the drama is planned for the 2016/2017 season under the wings of lead producers Steve Traxler and… Read

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Denzel Washington, Suzanne Farrell Among Masters Teaching At Wallis Annenberg Center

Judith Jamison

Farrell, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet; Judith Jamison, ex-artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Broadway diva Patti LuPone; jazz composer and instrumentalist Arturo Sandoval; and Oscar- and Tony-winning actor Washington have signed on as artistic advisors to the Center, where they’ll teach master classes open to the public and take part in other activities on the campus. "We are proud to welcome five extraordinary Artistic… Read

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Broadway Follies: On Hal Prince, The Tony Awards & Art V. Commerce

Prince Of Broadway

UPDATE Wednesday morning, adding link to N.Y. Times column below.  Earlier: Jeremy Gerard has covered the evolving fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since it became a formidable competitor to the larger Shubert and Nederlander organizations in the late 1980s. In 2013 producer Jordan Roth became Jujamcyn's majority owner and the Street's youngest power broker. Here they talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred. GERARD: Last week I… Read

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Jason Alexander Extends ‘Fish’ Run On Broadway; Bloomberg’s Public Art Grants

Jason Alexander, Larry David

Alexander, who recently replaced star Larry David in the comedy, will continue with the production for two more weeks than planned, through August 1 at the Cort Theatre. Fish began performances on February 2, boasting the highest advance sale for any play in Broadway history, although the production declined to say how much the advance was or which play’s record it had broken. The extension will be the final one, the producers said. In other strange news out of New York… Read

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Laurie Metcalf Joins Bruce Willis In Stephen King’s ‘Misery’ On Broadway

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With Mamma Mia! set to end its Broadway run on Labor Day, the Broadhurst Theatre will go dark, but not for long. William Goldman’s stage adaptation of the ultimate trapped-by-a-fan thriller, the basis of the 1990 Kathy Bates/James Caan film for which he penned the screenplay, will begin performances October 22 at the Shubert-owned house, with opening night on November 15. The 16-week run will star Willis as a novelist rescued by his “Number One Fan” Annie Wilkes… Read