Saturday, January 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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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ announces House Pride Nights

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will host a series of House Pride Night events at specified performances in February and March, the production...

‘The Minutes’ announces full creative team for Broadway

“The Minutes” has announced its full creative team for its Broadway run beginning next month.  In addition to director Anna D. Shapiro and playwright Tracy...

‘Plaza Suite’ announces complete Broadway cast

"Plaza Suite" has announced the complete cast for its Broadway run this spring as well as its preceding Boston run. In addition to the previously...

Erika Henningsen and more join Broadway cast of ‘Flying Over Sunset’

Erika Henningsen, who currently stars as Cady Heron in "Mean Girls," is joining the cast of "Flying Over Sunset." In addition to Henningsen, the newly...

Review: Laura Linney shimmers in ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’

When the theater goes to the library for inspiration, the results can often be disappointing. Even great books can wither and wilt when they...