Thursday, November 21, 2019

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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Betsy Dollinger signs consulting contract with Kevin McCollum’s Alchemation

Betsy Dollinger, a veteran Broadway marketer, has signed an exclusive consulting contract with producing company Alchemation. Founded by Kevin McCollum, Alchemation's projects include the upcoming...

Music Theatre International acquires rights to ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

Music Theatre International has acquired the worldwide licensing rights to the musical adaptation of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." The musical features a score by...

Ephraim Sykes to play Michael Jackson in the Broadway musical

Ephraim Sykes will play Michael Jackson in the upcoming "MJ" musical on Broadway. Sykes is currently playing David Ruffin in "Ain't Too Proud" on Broadway,...

Review: An inventive ‘Christmas Carol’ tugs at the heartstrings

If you don’t respond with a moist eye and a swelling heart to “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’ classic tale of a miser’s spiritual...

Evan Yionoulis elected executive board president of SDC

Evan Yionoulis has been elected executive board president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Yionoulis is an Obie Award-winning director, who was recently appointed...