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Victor Garber on ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and His Start in New York Theater

The veteran actor of hit TV series including ‘Alias’ and ‘The Flash’ is sentimental to be back on Broadway<p>For the first five performances of “Hello, Dolly!,” Victor Garber was terrified.<p>“I thought, ‘Oh my God, I don’t know if I can do this. It’s been a long time,’ ” says the veteran, Canadian-born …

Chai

The problem with immersive theatre: why actors need extra protection from sexual assault

Last week, Buzzfeed published an article detailing multiple instances in which performers and staffers of Sleep No More, New York’s long-running immersive experience, allege that they were sexually assaulted by patrons. These claims suggest that Sleep No More lacked policies to curb and manage …

Broadway actress who lost daughter in Brooklyn wreck paid tribute to hurt friend in Tony acceptance speech

The Broadway mom who lost her young daughter in a harrowing car wreck in Brooklyn graciously thanked the friend hurt alongside her Monday while …

The King and I

Comment on Lyn Gardner: It’s time to discuss protecting performers in immersive shows by Carole Woddis

Hooray, Lyn. So pleased to read this. Have thought this for a very long time. Audiences are encouraged, like so much else today, to be more …

Andrzej Lukowski: Sleep no more – confessions of a matinee napper

And so it happened, the day I had been dreading since becoming a critic: somebody finally sleep shamed me at the theatre.<p>I had gone to review a …

Industry Editor Exclusive: To Dim or Not to Dim? How Broadway Chooses When to Dim Its Marquees

A couple of weeks ago when five-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell died, I assumed the marquees of Broadway theaters would be dimmed. I emailed the …

Tony Awards

Nice Work if You Can Get It: Being a Volunteer Usher on Broadway

Greet audience members, take tickets, work the concession stands, run the elevator. Point the way to seats, restrooms, box offices and exits. These are some of the tasks of a volunteer usher at theaters across New York City.<p>The lure: a free ticket. The competition: increasingly fierce.<p>Richard …

Bernadette Peters Is Not a Child

Even Bernadette Peters, as talented and beloved and powerful as ever, has been underestimated for decades as eternally cute and impossibly naïve.In …

A dancer is promoting ballet in poor communities in the most inspiring way

<b>An impoverished inner city is the last place that many would expect to find a ballerina.</b><p>For former professional ballet dancer Aesha Ash, growing up …

Ailey Dancers Unite—And Boycott Their Own Gala

Everything was not business as usual at Tuesday's Kennedy Center gala for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The party was missing an integral piece …

75 Years Ago, One of the Best Dance Routines Ever Was Filmed, Unrehearsed on the First Take

Fred Astaire said it was ‘the greatest dancing he had ever seen on film’. In a dance performance for the ages, the Nicholas Brothers, Fayard …

Joffrey Ballet announces 2018-19 season

The Joffrey Ballet’s 2018-19 season will include the world premiere of Yuri Possokhov’s “Anna Karenina,” presented as part of a first-time collaboration between the Joffrey and the Australian Ballet, it was announced Monday.<p>Possokhov’s two-act ballet of Leo Tolstoy’s 19th century novel about a …

Former American Ballet Theatre ballerina Ruth Ann Koesun has died in Chicago

When Ruth Ann Koesun emerged from her Lake Shore Drive apartment to head to work as an assistant at Chamber Opera Chicago, people saw a woman whose …

Everything Was Fake but Her Wealth

Ida Mayfield Wood in the 1860s. From <i>The Recluse of Herald Square</i>.<p>Ida Wood never had any intention of renewing contact with the outside world, but on …

Raise the rent, lower the wages—and when workers strike, send in the troops

This failed capitalist utopia in 1890s Chicago turned into a case study in exploitation and greed<p>In 1889, the Reverend William H. Carwardine was …

To Be, or Not to Be

<i>This essay was delivered in a slightly different form as the Robert B. Silvers Lecture at the New York Public Library on December 18, 2017.</i><p>1.<p>Fetus<p>The …

Forensic Science Put Jimmy Genrich in Prison for 24 Years. What if It Wasn’t Science?

Meehan Crist, Tim RequarthA special investigation reveals a disastrous flaw affecting thousands of criminal convictions.The post Forensic Science Put …

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's claims in his State of Union address

WASHINGTON (AP) — The AP is fact-checking remarks from President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech. Here's a look at some of the claims we've examined (quotations from the speech as delivered or as released by the White House before delivery):<p>WAGE GAINS<p>TRUMP: "After years and years of wage …

Immigration

George Clooney's late aunt Rosemary Clooney struggled to live with husband Jose Ferrer, but later enjoyed a joyous comeback

As a 1950s pop star, Rosemary Clooney wasn’t just beloved by many across America — it turns out Hollywood’s top stars couldn’t get enough of the singer either.<p>Her son Gabriel Ferrer recently described to Closer Weekly how Rosemary, the late aunt of actor George Clooney, usually had A-list guests …

Steven Spielberg Is Officially Remaking West Side Story—and He’s Looking for You

The director is explicitly seeking Latino and Latina actors for a non-whitewashed version of the classic musical.<p>Get ready for the 21st-century edition of the Jets vs. the Sharks. <b>Steven Spielberg</b> is officially remaking <i>West Side Story,</i> the classic romantic musical about rival gangs in New York City. …

theatre

Has the Black Dahlia Murder Finally Been Solved?

“What’s with this British author coming in and solving America’s most notorious unsolved murder?” says Piu Eatwell, jokingly describing the public …

Crime

Google Starts Vetting Broadway Ticket Resellers

Google thinks that it has found the answer.<p>Following several efforts to fight scalpers, the leading Internet search engine now requires all Broadway ticket resellers to pass an inspection before allowing them to advertise on its website. The new review process is designed to scrub deceptive sellers …

Comment on Mark Shenton: Are standing ovations getting out of hand? by Vince Deehan

I go to the theatre maybe once or twice a month and often long to stand up at the end of a really enjoyable play/musical. I’ve not noticed a growing …

A Mother’s Less-Than-True Story of Being a Child Bride

Daniel Wallace’s mother told everyone she knew about her brief marriage during the summer of 1943, still dripping in her swimsuit while standing …

Why This Production of West Side Story Will Redefine Theatre in Paris

Jean-Luc Choplin opens the new Seine Musicale theatre complex with a new production of the classic in hopes of cultivating musical theatre fans in …

West Side Story

How Jared Kushner Is Dismantling a Family Empire

The somewhat allegorical tragedy about what happens when a small-town New Jersey scion tries to redeem his father’s reputation in a decade—and may set his family back generations as a result.<p>(1)<p>There’s a primal scene. It takes place in neither green Eden, where the snake spoke sweetly, nor the …

How a Journalist Uncovered the True Identity of Jihadi John

<i>Souad Mekhennet</i> | I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad |<i> Henry Holt & Company</i> |<i> June 2017</i> | <i>19 minutes (5,112 words)</i><i></i> <i>Below is</i> …

A Bakery Death Reveals the Vulnerable Lives of Temporary Workers

Twenty-three year old refugee Amina Diaby died in Fiera Foods’ Ontario factory while making croissant dough. She was a low-wage temp worker, one of …

Returning to a Simpler Cup of Coffee

In <i>Serious Eats</i>, Keith Pandolfi writes about how he turned away from fancy, upscale coffee and went back to drinking the old school, pre-ground, …

Coffee

The Trump Whisperer: A Conversation with Washington Post Reporter David Fahrenthold

<i>Cody Delistraty | Longreads | September 2017 | 8 minutes (2193 words)</i> Before David Fahrenthold won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for …