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The 74th Annual Tony Awards will be presented on Sunday, September 26 more than 15 months after they were previously scheduled. But these pandemic Tonys are by no means business as usual.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says Broadway can open on May 19. But opening a show takes time.
Plays are often so intense that actors fall in love. It was 35 years ago, Nance Williamson and Kurt Rhoads were cast opposite each other in Shakespeare’s As You Like It and their showmance continues.
Harold Prince began his career on Broadway as an unpaid assistant in his 20s. Now, at 89, the producer and director has 21 Tony awards and a long list of hit musicals to his name.
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Cook became famous for her parts in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide and Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. Then, when Broadway roles became scarce, she reinvented herself as a concert and cabaret artist.
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Albee died in 2016, and in his will he asked that all his incomplete manuscripts be destroyed — including a play that was supposed to open off-Broadway.
Seventy-four high school singers, actors and dancers, selected from a pool of 50,000 students across America, recently came to New York City for a Broadway boot camp.
The class-action suit brought against the hit musical doesn’t seek damages. The attorneys say the hope is to draw attention to Broadway’s spotty record in serving audiences with disabilities.
“All art should be useful,” Albee said. “If it’s merely decorative, it’s a waste of time.” The Pulitzer-winning playwright of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? died Friday following a short illness.
A new play chronicles the secret negotiations that brokered the 1993 Palestinian-Israeli peace accord. It’s a thriller, says playwright J.T. Rogers: “The ticking clock is the dramatist’s friend.”
The composer teamed up with Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, to create the new rock musical adaptation of the 2003 movie.
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You may know Gurira as Michonne, the samurai sword-wielding zombie slayer on The Walking Dead. But she’s also an award-winning playwright and this week, two of her works are opening in New York.
On its surface, the play sounds pretty ordinary: A young woman and her boyfriend have her family over for Thanksgiving dinner. Then things start to get weird.
Best remembered as a 1943 film starring Ethel Waters, the musical is being resurrected as a concert series, which aims to both honor the story and reckon with its racist roots.
The New York Philharmonic has appointed the 55-year-old Dutch conductor and violinist as its next music director. Does this mark a new artistic direction for the vaunted orchestra?
For one 14-year-old fan, BroadwayCon was a chance to meet people who understand her theater obsession. “We can share what we love,” she says.
As part of NPR’s year-end series “One That Got Away”, reporter Jeff Lunden tells us about his favorite song from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. It’s not about the founding fathers; it’s about some founding mothers.