Wednesday, September 18, 2019

VIEWS

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...

Opinion: The Game Changers knocking down the walls of Broadway

At its penultimate meeting of the Broadway season, the Tony Administration Committee handed down a couple of eminently reasonable rulings, along with two mild surprises.The committee affirmed the eligibility of late entry “What the...

Opinion: Expectations vs. reality at ‘The Prom’

The only thing missing from the money reviews was the money. Critics greeted “The Prom” with cheers when it opened in November at the Longacre Theatre. In the Times, Jesse Green called it, “a joyful...

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‘The Devil Wears Prada’ musical will premiere in Chicago

“The Devil Wears Prada” musical will have its world premiere in Chicago. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, with music by Sir Elton John, lyrics by...

‘American Buffalo’ starring Laurence Fishburn and Sam Rockwell announces Broadway run

A revival of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” starring Laurence Fishburn and Sam Rockwell will come to Broadway this spring.  Directed by Neil Pepe, who has...

Broadway theaters to dim lights in memory of Arthur ‘Artie’ Gaffin

Several theaters will dim their lights Wednesday evening in memory of production stage manager Arthur “Artie” Gaffin, who passed away on Sept. 13.  The American...

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ announces theater, new preview date

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" will play the Booth Theatre this spring. Directed by Joe Mantello, the revival will now begin previews on March 3,...

Theater critic Sara Holdren announces departure from New York Magazine

Theater critic Sara Holdren is leaving her post at New York Magazine in early October.  Holdren, who was hired by the publication and its culture...