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Why "If I Forget" is So Memorable

In some ways, the family in Steven Levenson's new play <i>If I Forget</i> will be familiar to just about anyone who has a family. There's the bossy big …

Obama Takes In a Broadway Show, but Shuns the Spotlight

Barack Obama has kept a relatively low profile since leaving office last month, and he largely avoided the spotlight on Friday night — at least as much as a former president can when he is attending a Broadway show.<p>Shortly after the lights went down at the American Airlines Theater on West 42nd …

Michelle Obama

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda's Moving 2017 Oscar Performance

Lin-Manuel Miranda teamed with 'Moana' star Auli'I Cravalho for an inspirational performance of "How Far I'll Go" at the 2017 Academy Awards.

The Fans Have Spoken! Your Top 10 Stephen Sondheim Greatest Musicals

Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention puh-lease? Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim is currently ruling the New York stage: <i>Sunday in the Park</i> …

Stephen Sondheim

Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul Become Oscar Winners

The 89th Annual Academy Awards were handed out February 26 in Los Angeles.<p>Tony Award-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul became Oscar …

The Oscars

How #FairWageOnstage Made Change Off-Broadway

<b>In 2015, actors Carson Elrod and Nick Westrate ran into each other at an Actors’ Equity Association meeting in New York City</b>. The room was filled …

The Theatre

Qui Nguyen Keeps It in the Family With ‘Vietgone’

<b>It’s like the start of an ’80s rom-com:</b> When Qui Nguyen and May Adrales first met, they couldn’t stand each other. She was a director fresh out of …

What's It Like Conducting Broadway's Largest Orchestra?

"It's really challenging to fit 40 musicians on stage -- more difficult than I can even express."<p><b>Musical director Kristen Blodgette on her big role</b> …

Orchestras

Watch the Hamilton Cast Move Oscar Nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda to Tears With a Surprise Moana Mashup

The "Schuyler Sisters"/"How Far I'll Go" mashup. pic.twitter.com/sk6HTJhc2w<p>— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) February 26, 2017<p>The Academy Awards haven’t …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

How André Holland Spends the Day: Onstage, and on His Couch

André Holland can currently be seen acting in three highly praised projects: the Oscar-nominated film “Moonlight”; the Broadway debut of August Wilson’s play “Jitney,” which had its premiere in 1982; and the Cinemax series “The Knick.” So it goes without saying that what he really wants to do is …

Entertainment

In a House of Whimsy, Room for Mischief

Dave Malloy, the composer and lyricist of the Broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” lives in a one-bedroom rental in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with large windows, high ceilings, a small office, two fireplaces (they don’t work, but are charming nonetheless) and many toys and …

Obituaries

The Radical Argument of the New Oxford Shakespeare

In 1989, a young professor named Gary Taylor published “Reinventing Shakespeare,” in which he argued that Shakespeare’s unrivalled literary status derives less from the sheer greatness of his plays than from the cultural institutions that have mythologized the Bard, elevating him above equally …

Playwrights

No excuses necessary: why fringe theatre isn't playing the victim

Theatre-makers are creating personal work that might be hard to deal with but that shouldn’t make it out of bounds for artists, critics or audiences<p>Last weekend’s The Sick of the Fringe festival in London was an invigorating mix of performance and discussion exploring the body and the mind. There …

Tennessee Williams

When the Biographer of the Stars Looks At Her Own Life

After chronicling the lives of Brando, Fonda and more, and a lifelong friendship with Audrey Hepburn Patricia Bosworth reports on her own …

"Kid Victory"

Stephen Sondheim will turn 87 next month but he's working on a new musical tentatively called <i>Buñuel</i> that is scheduled to have a full workshop …

Lucas Hedges Is Excited for the Oscars—and for the Oscars to be Over

The 20-year-old Manchester by the Sea nominee explains why starring in a play has helped him enjoy awards season.<p>Last Oscar season, <b>Lucas Hedges</b> was a 19-year-old student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts—far from <b>Giuliana Rancic’s</b> red-carpet questions and glitzy after-parties …

Hollywood

Alas, poor Yorick! The shocking life of theatre's greatest skull

It’s been licked, kissed and caressed. It’s been played by a beige sweater and the real remains of a Hamlet-loving horse thief. As Andrew Scott gets ready to be or not to be, we explore the history of Yorick’s cranium<p>Philosophical puzzle, memento mori, bleak joke on the nature of existence: …

Hamlet

Confessions of a Broadway Ticket Phone Operator.

So, I know a guy.<p>And this guy happens to work for one of those companies out there that sell Broadway tickets online and, at least for now, over the …

Watch 19 Former Annies Reunite Onstage

Sarah Jessica Parker, Andrea McArdle, and other former Annie stars come together in honor of the musical’s 40th anniversary.<p><i>Inside Edition</i> brought …

Entertainment

The 8-Year-Old Theater Critic Who Stars in HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’

<b>Name</b> Iain Armitage<p><b>Age</b> 8<p><b>Hometown</b> Arlington, Va.<p><b>Now Lives</b> In an 1800s brick house in Arlington with his parents, the actor Euan Morton and the theater producer Lee Armitage.<p><b>Claim to Fame</b> Despite being grade school age, Iain made a name for himself as a theater critic through his popular YouTube …

Entertainment

Annaleigh Ashford on Finding Humor in Sondheim

To land the role of Dot in “Sunday in the Park with George,”Annaleigh Ashford had to record a voice message to prove she could comfortably sing the low E required by the part.<p>With that, she got the approval of producer Jeanine Tesori and the show’s co-creators, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, …

Stephen Sondheim

Angela Lansbury - on Recording Sweeney Todd Album

HAMILTON Merchandise Trademark and Copyright Lawsuit Reaches Settlement with #EduHam Donations

Hamilton Uptown Limited Liability Company, Creative Goods Merchandise LLC, SunFrog LLC and Gear Launch, Inc. announced today that they have amicably …

Patents

Why Was Times Theater Critic Charles Isherwood Fired?

Charles Isherwood woke up on the morning of February 3 with one of the best jobs in the country: second-string theater critic for the New York <i>Times</i>. …

Journalism

Taylor Mac Wins Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

The genre-busting, glitter-dusting performance artist Taylor Mac and his musical director, Matt Ray, have been named winners of the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, for their 24-hour work, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.”<p>The piece, billed as a “radical …

The Arts

Before ‘Moonlight’ and ‘The Walking Dead,’ a Friendship Born in the Classroom

<i>Behind every successful person are relationships that helped forge a path. But the stories of these friendships, collaborations, alliances, romances or rivalries often are lost in the glow of achievement. In this new feature, we explore a personal connection that made a difference in the lives of</i> …

The Walking Dead

"Sunset Boulevard" Shines Less Brightly

The day may come when attending a performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's <i>Sunset Boulevard</i> will be like going to one for <i>The Rocky Horror Show</i> where …

Why a Musical About the Sex-Crazed Mystic Rasputin Plays a Church in Brooklyn

St. John’s Lutheran Church becomes home to the Russian mystical faith healer in a racy, immersive staging of Dave Malloy’s new musical.<p>Off the G …

Religion

Directors Ride to Success Off-Broadway

It is the job of a director to put his/her stamp on material in some way. Sometimes, with some material, I think an almost invisible imprint is advisable; occasionally, especially in the case of a revival, you want to see the show you have in your head. But sometimes a show feels so shaped by the …

Entertainment

Amber Riley: 'I'm giving young black girls permission to be in musicals'

Dreamgirls star Amber Riley has spoken of the importance of her leading role in the West End in inspiring young black girls to become …

Entertainment