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Who makes the call on theater etiquette?

Cell-phone incidents and other disruptions point to a tricky balance for playgoers, performers.

Etiquette

Will Audiences Around the Country Come to the Fun Home? The Tony-Winning Musical May Be Controversial to Some

Will Audiences Around the Country Come to the Fun Home? The Tony-Winning Musical May Be Controversial to Some

With its multiple victories at the Tony …

A Fine Showmance: How Terrence Mann and Charlotte d'Amboise's Love Began With Kisses in Cats Makeup

A Fine Showmance: How Terrence Mann and Charlotte d'Amboise's Love Began With Kisses in Cats Makeup

As part of our ongoing profiles of theatre couples, …

North Carolina

John Legend, David Bowie to write for 'SpongeBob Musical'

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a "SpongeBob" musical in the works but the music is no kiddie stuff.

Nickelodeon said Monday it will produce the world premiere of "The SpongeBob Musical" in Chicago next summer with original songs from John Legend, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming …

Musical Theatre

How a Season Comes Together

When I first saw the uproar around the Manhattan Theatre Club season announcement, I thought I would just stay on the sidelines and watch it play …

The X-Factor

Annie Baker’s Agonies of Small Talk

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“ I’m always surprised when people say stuff like ‘cutting edge’ or ‘divisive.’ I think of myself as a panderer.

— Annie Baker

The plays of Annie Baker aren’t like other plays. It feels like half of them pass in awkward silence. When characters do talk, they don’t often put their feelings …

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Broadway's first black Jean Valjean, dies after fall

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African American and youngest actor to play the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on Broadway, has died after falling from a fire escape, according to a show spokesman for the show.

Jean-Baptiste, 21, died on Friday night following an evening performance at the …

Jean Valjean

Behind the Poster: ‘Hamlet’

David Habben had one man in mind when he created the eerie artwork for a new production of “Hamlet” at the Utah Children’s Theater in Salt Lake City.

“Maurice Sendak used to say you have to scare kids a little bit,” Mr. Habben said of Mr. Sendak, the “Where the Wild Things Are” illustrator and …

Hamlet

Exclusive! Brian Stokes Mitchell on Shuffle Along, Audra, and What He's Singing Next

Exclusive! Brian Stokes Mitchell on Shuffle Along, Audra, and What He's Singing Next

Stokes is stoked.

Tony-winning Broadway leading man Brian Stokes …

Audra McDonald

Georgia Engel, a ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Sidekick, Takes a Star Turn

On the closing night of Annie Baker’s adaptation of “Uncle Vanya” at Soho Rep three years ago, Ms. Baker took the actress Georgia Engel aside and whispered in her ear: “I’m writing a play for you.”

That play is “John,” the comedy-drama now at the Signature Theater through Sept. 6. Ms. Engel, 67, …

Nina Arianda Says Her Part in 'Fool for Love' Has "Been a Dream of Mine"

Nina Arianda returns to the stage in one of Broadway’s most anticipated openings, Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love.

Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda play a …

Sisterhood On Set and No Make Up: "Orange is the New Black" Stars On the Perks of Playing In Prison

Sisterhood On Set and No Make Up: "Orange is the New Black" Stars On the Perks of Playing In Prison

"Orange is the New Black" took the entertainment …

Orange Is the New Black

Broadway Draft 2015

A Day With Leanne Cope, Star of Broadway's An American in Paris

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Behind the scenes at the Palace Theatre, you'll find hundreds of toe shoes and the ghost of Judy Garland.

Tony nominee Leanne Cope …

Why Wayne Brady freaked out at the chance to play drag queen Lola in Kinky Boots

'Lola is a very charming, lovely, feisty person who is really just this very deeply hurt, flawed individual,' Brady tells EW

Picture it: Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Wayne Brady in drag and some seriously sassy red boots. It’s coming — Brady is taking over the role of Lola in Kinky Boots, effective …

Boots

Q&A with Norm Lewis

Broadway star and Scandal good guy shares about being behind the scenes on stage by Emily Taylor Let's be real, you either love or hate Broadway …

Indianapolis

Ballerina Misty Copeland calls Broadway debut 'incredible'

NEW YORK (AP) — The stage lights have been hard to get used to and there was limited rehearsal time, but ballerina Misty Copeland has put aside her nervousness and is finding her feet on Broadway.

Copeland made her Broadway debut this week in "On the Town," playing a love interest for one of three …

‘Hamilton’ Is a Must-See for Treasury Chiefs, Too

AMONG the parade of power players flocking to see “Hamilton” on Broadway, there is a tiny subset with a special connection to the show’s protagonist: men who have held the job Alexander Hamilton pioneered, secretary of the Treasury.

Early in the musical’s Off Broadway run at the Public Theater, …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Fire in Old Town destroys Second City offices, appears to spare theater complex

An extra-alarm fire destroyed the offices of the Second City theater company in Old Town and injured four firefighters and another person Wednesday afternoon, but it did not spread to the building housing the theater's stages, officials said.

The fire started just before 1 p.m. in a three-story …

Firefighting

Hey Playwrights: Make American History as Diverse as America

Diversity is the shorthand for universality.

A few thoughts on making plays more inclusive

So I was sitting at a matinee of Hamilton on Broadway, …

American History

Meet the Teachers Who Are Shaping Broadway! How They Train Their Students to Make It to the Top

Meet the Teachers Who Are Shaping Broadway! How They Train Their Students to Make It to the Top

What's the secret to making it on Broadway? These …

Students

"Les Miz" Made Ramin Karimloo The Hottest Jean Valjean In History

“Les Miz” Made Ramin Karimloo The Hottest Jean Valjean In History

“You need to have the body you’re happy with."

Ramin Karimloo has just five more …

Jean Valjean

12 Broadway Choreographers All Actors Should Know

Do you know the choreographers behind your favorite Broadway shows? From the early days of the Great White Way to the greatest hits of the past ten …

Michael Kidd

Michele Lee is probably best-known for starring in "Knots Landing," the domestic-drama series that, remarkably, ran for 14 seasons on CBS, from 1979 to 1993. But she says the place she feels most at home is the theater.

Joan Marcus

Michele Lee is probably best-known for starring in "Knots Landing," the domestic-drama series that, remarkably, ran for 14 seasons on CBS, …

TV

Choosing my 101 greatest plays – and why I left out King Lear

Why do it? Why put my head on the chopping-block by writing a book hubristically entitled The 101 Greatest Plays? The answers are many and complex.

An idea that I’d been loosely kicking around as a way of making myself sound more interesting at parties suddenly became a reality when enthusiastically …

Playwrights

Listen Up, Duke Freshmen: ‘Fun Home’ Is Not ‘Porn’

Some Duke freshmen have elected not to read Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed memoir-turned-Broadway hit, claiming its material violates their Christian beliefs.

A group of young Blue Devils are taking a stand against sin at Duke University by refusing to read MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Alison …

Alison Bechdel

Misty On the Town

Performing on Broadway is not something I ever envisioned myself doing. But here I am... getting ready to debut as Ivy Smith, aka Miss Turnstiles, in Broadway's critically acclaimed On The Town!

I've always talked about getting out of my comfort zone as an artist. Well, this is as outside of my …

Art

When does poking fun at your audience turn into bullying?

I’m always fascinated in the theatre by how quickly an audience understands the rules of engagement. When someone standing on stage says “Hello” or asks, “Are you all right?” the audience almost always know whether they are being addressed in character or not, and whether they should respond. In …

Why I’m predicting a Broadway Market Correction in the next 12 months. | The Producer's Perspective

You can probably eyeball what I’m going to say next, can’t you?

Yep, you can see that the flatline periods are occurring at almost a regular rate …

Markets