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Broadway’s Biggest Hits Are Back Onstage At Last

Eighteen months after the novel coronavirus shut them all down, the long-running audience favorites — Hamilton, Wicked, The Lion King, Chicago — resume their runs on Tuesday. Reporter Michael Paulson looked in on the preparations. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, Broadway, Michael Paulson

‘Not To Put Any Pressure On You, But The Entire American Theater Is Depending On You To Be Really Smart’

That’s what Actors’ Equity president Kate Shindle said (via video call) to the cast of the Berkshire Theater Group’s Godspell, the first live-with-audience musical Equity has approved since COVID struck the U.S. Michael Paulson reports on the elaborate measures the production has in place, onstage and off. As Shindle put it, “People are going to look to you to know that theater can happen without anybody getting sick.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Berkshire Theater Group, Kate Shindle, Shindle, Actors Equity, Michael Paulson, 08.05.20

To Be Cool or to Be a Church? That is the Question

These days, what passes for important argument or debate takes place on Twitter, and a recent Twitter exchange between two prominent actors has sparked a major controversy. The exchange took place between Hollywood’s Ellen Page and Chris Pratt. Page tweeted, “If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti LGBTQ is wrong. There aren’t two sides. The damage it caused i...
Tags: Twitter, New York, Hollywood, Australia, Articles, Los Angeles, Blog, Blogging, Cnn, New York Times, Manhattan, Jesus, John, Lgbtq, Ellen Page, Christ

Lin-Manuel Miranda rescues New York's beloved, century-old Drama Book Shop

For more than 100 years, New York City's Tony-award-winning Drama Book Shop has been a stalwart of the city's thronging theater community; but like so many independent bookstores, it has struggled (it recently announced that it would have to leave its Times Square location on January 20 due to rent hikes). Enter Lin-Manuel Miranda and three of his collaborators from Hamilton, who have joined with the city to save the store and re-open it in Midtown next fall. Miranda spent his boyhood read...
Tags: Post, Books, Business, New York, News, B-side, Bside, Nofrontdoor, New York City, New York Times, Broadway, Miranda, Midtown, Hamilton, Times Square, Tony

When Lin-Manuel Miranda Brought Hamilton To Puerto Rico (And Things Got A Bit Complicated)

As rare as it is for touring Broadway shows to visit the island, there was little doubt that Miranda would take his hit to the place where his parents were born and raised and where he visited grandparents every summer. Yet, as Michael Paulson reports, things haven’t gone entirely as expected. — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Miranda, Puerto Rico, Michael Paulson, 12.26.18, Lin Manuel Miranda Brought Hamilton

'Jesus Christ Superstar Live' Stars Talk About Religion, Musicals, And Playing Characters From The Gospels

Reporter Michael Paulson talks to John Legend (Jesus), Brandon Victor Dixon (Judas), Sara Bareilles (Mary Magdalene), and Alice Cooper (King Herod).
Tags: Art, Theatre, Michael Paulson, 03.29.18

In 2018, How Do We Handle Classic Broadway Musicals With 'Problematic' Male-Female Relations?

"Billy Bigelow hits Julie Jordan. Henry Higgins molds Eliza Doolittle. Fred tames Lilli. And Edward rescues Vivian. Amid a national reckoning with sexual harassment and misconduct, Broadway is mounting a cluster of musicals this season and next that, some theatergoers already contend, romanticize problematic relationships between women and men." Michael Paulson looks at how the […]
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Billy Bigelow, Michael Paulson, 02.22.18, Julie Jordan Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle Fred, Lilli And Edward

Hal Prince Is Turning 90, And He's Serving Up Broadway Dish For His Birthday

Michael Paulson picks out some choice tidbits from a series of conversations Prince recorded with producer Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton, Rent). For instance, the M.C. in Cabaret was Prince's idea.
Tags: Art, Theatre, Michael Paulson, Jeffrey Seller Hamilton, 01.30.18

'No Brits, No Chekhov Translations, No Classics' - Broadway's Smallest Theater Begins New American Plays Program With Nine (Diverse!) Commissions

That unequivocal statement came from Carole Rothman, the artistic director of Second Stage Theater, which, reports Michael Paulson, commissioned new works by the nine playwrights - seven of them women, three of them African-American, and one of them Asian-American - with the intention of bringing the shows to Broadway."
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Second Stage Theater, Michael Paulson, Carole Rothman, 04.20.17

Justin Trudeau Picked The Perfect Broadway Show For Ivanka Trump To See

Ivanka Trump joined Justin Trudeau at the theater Wednesday  to see a critically acclaimed Broadway musical about human kindness and welcoming foreigners in need. She attended “Come From Away,” at the invitation of the Canadian prime minister hours after a federal court blocked a revised travel and immigration ban her father, President Donald Trump, had introduced. The story, written by Canadian couple Irene Sankoff and David Hein, centers around the town of Gander in Canada, which welcomed th...
Tags: New York, News, Canada, Hawaii, New York Times, United Nations, Broadway, Muslim, Times, Donald Trump, Huffington Post, Justin Trudeau, Trump, Nikki Haley, Trudeau, Rebecca Shapiro

HAMILTON to Drop Use of Muskets from Tonys Performance in Light of Orlando Shooting

In light of the recent tragedy at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, the cast of HAMILTON will no longer be using muskets in their Tony Awards performance this evening, according toNew York Times theatre reporter Michael Paulson. [Author: Alan Henry]
Tags: Theatre, Hamilton, Orlando, Alan Henry, York Times, Michael Paulson

Breaking: Lincoln Center's THE KING AND I to Close 6/26; National Tour Will Launch in November

Lincoln Center's production of THE KING AND I will close June 26th according to a tweet by NYT theatre reporter Michael Paulson. The production will have played for 39 previews and 499 performances. [Author: Alan Henry]
Tags: Theatre, Lincoln Center, Alan Henry, Michael Paulson

Breaking: Lincoln Center's THE KING AND I to Close 6/26

Lincoln Center's production of THE KING AND I will close June 26th according to a tweet by NYT theatre reporter Michael Paulson. The production will have played for 39 previews and 499 performances. [Author: Alan Henry]
Tags: Theatre, Lincoln Center, Alan Henry, Michael Paulson

'Hamilton' Producers Strike Deal To Share Profits With Original Cast Members

The Broadway hit musical, Hamilton, is up for 16 Tony Award nominations, and that's sure to boost its already high profits. In April, the musical's producers struck a deal to share some of its profits with original cast members. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Michael Paulson, a reporter for The New York Times, about what this means for the industry.
Tags: New York Times, Broadway, Npr, Hamilton, Audie Cornish, Michael Paulson