Tuesday, February 18, 2020

VIEWS

Opinion: What people of color experience at the theater

“I’m running 10 minutes late, can you leave my ticket at the box office?” Who hasn’t received the exact same text message while waiting for their companions in New York City? I chuckled, sighed...

Opinion: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ sticks to its Off-Broadway roots

For a typical producer, the phrase “somewhere that’s green” — to quote one of the best-known ballads from “Little Shop of Horrors” — refers to one place, and one place only: Broadway. If a...

Opinion: The best of the West End on Broadway this season

Never mind a land-based wall that Donald Trump may or may not erect with Mexico, or American trade tariffs being imposed on China; forget, too, the soon-to-cease free trading between Britain and its nearest...

Opinion: The indomitable legacy of Hal Prince

The Prince is dead, long live the King. Is that too glib? Perhaps, yet it is no overstatement. Hal Prince is gone, and with him passes not just an era but several eras in...

Opinion: Publicizing goats, puppets and Founding Fathers on Broadway

Some shows pose a greater challenge to a press agent than your run-of-the-mill Broadway musical or boulevard comedy. One might feature copulating puppets with an irrepressible urge to sing, for example; another might focus...

Opinion: The great reckoning on Broadway

The official report from the Broadway League at the end of the 2018-2019 season couldn’t have been more upbeat.  “For the 2018-2019 season, total attendance reached 14,768,254 and Broadway shows yielded $1,829,312,140 in grosses, making...

Opinion: How Cora Cahan transformed 42nd Street

An oversized, disembodied gold hand greets me as I enter Cora Cahan’s office. Its fingers, which dangle over Madame Tussauds across the street, appear to be stirring something — possibly the milling crowds lining up...

Opinion: A bland Tony Awards telecast with moments of sincerity

Terrence McNally has a history of getting cut off by the Tonys telecast. The first time was in 1995, when his drama “Love! Valour! Compassion!” won the Tony Award for Best Play. CBS pulled...

Opinion: ‘Be More Chill’ and the buying power of social media

Social media is such an important factor in the marketing of Broadway shows that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have become not only ticket sellers, but plot points in shows. The trend may not have...

Opinion: The revolution that propelled this year’s Tony nominations

Take a close look at the Tony Awards nominations announced Tuesday morning and a couple of things come into focus. Foremost is that a revolution has taken place in recent years. The nominating body...

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A new ‘Frozen’ comes to Broadway

On Tuesday night, a new version of “Frozen” will be playing Broadway.  In a step rare for the industry, Disney Theatrical Productions has opted to...

‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’ will return to Broadway next season

"David Byrne’s American Utopia" will return to Broadway in September 2020, the show's producers announced Sunday. The show, which ends its engagement at the Hudson...

‘Jagged Little Pill’ matinee cancelled after pepper spray deployed

The matinee performance of “Jagged Little Pill” was cancelled Saturday after an audience member’s pepper spray went off during the show, according to a...

Johanna Day and more join Broadway cast of ‘How I Learned...

Manhattan Theatre Club’s “How I Learned to Drive” announced Friday that Johanna Day, Alyssa May Gold and Chris Myers will join the production, completing...

Gus Halper joins Broadway cast of ‘Sing Street’

Gus Halper will move to Broadway with the cast of “Sing Street.” Halper originated the role of Brendan, the brother of main character, Conor, in...