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NY Suit over 'Spider-Man' Musical Airs in Court

Friday, June 01, 2012

A judge has warned lawyers at the end of a two-hour hearing that she may narrow the scope of a lawsuit stemming from the Broadway production of "Spider-Man."

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Lincoln Center Opens New Theater with Cheap Tickets

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

On June 4, Lincoln Center Theater will open a space dedicated to presenting the work of new artists and all the plays will have a ticket price of $20.

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Musical 'Once' Leads 2012 Tony Award Nominations

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

On Tuesday, actors Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons announced the nominees for the 66th annual Tony Awards. The musical "Once" got the most nominations -- 11. Both "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" got 10 nominations, followed by "Peter and the Starcatcher," which landed nine. Get the full list of nominees here.

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Bobby Womack, Big Daddy Kane and UCB to Perform at SummerStage

Monday, April 23, 2012

Soul legend Bobby Womack, hip-hop artist Big Daddy Kane and improv troupe The Upright Citizens Brigade are among the artists who will be performing at this year's SummerStage. The free outdoor performance series, now in its 27th year, will feature more than 110 shows, including 16 theater and dance premieres, at 18 city parks this summer.

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Broadway Dramas Get a Start Off-Broadway

Monday, April 23, 2012

It's not a new trend, but this year many plays and dramas are seeing their full casts transfer from off-Broadway to the Broadway stage. Watch scenes from some of the season's offerings here. Plus, recommendations from the critics on what to see and what not to see.

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London Smash 'Two Guvnors' Comes To Broadway

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A British comedy that was the fastest selling ticket in the history of London's West End opens on Broadway tonight with its original cast. As Jeff Lunden reports, One Man, Two Guvnors is full of whimsically portrayed stereotypes — and is based on 500-year-old comic traditions.

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Broadway Theaters Move Start Times Earlier

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In the past few years, many theaters have moved up their weekday curtains to 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. from the usual 8 p.m. start times. Learn why theaters are making the move and see our suggestions of how to entertain yourself if you show up late to your show.

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2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Monday, April 16, 2012

The list of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners is out. Among this year's winners were the late Manning Marable for his book on Malcolm X, Brooklyn poet Tracy Smith and Kevin Puts for his "Silent Night" opera. For the first time in 35 years, there was no winner in the fiction category. See the full list of this year's winners here.

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Revivals and Movie Musicals Take Over Broadway

Friday, April 13, 2012

Chances are if you see a Broadway musical, it's something you've already seen. The selections include many Off-Broadway transfers, revivals and movies made into stage musicals. WNYC invited Elisabeth Vincentelli, of The New York Post, and Scott Brown, of New York Magazine, to give their takes on “Evita,” “Newsies” and “Once.”

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'Lion King' is Broadway's All-Time Box Office King

Monday, April 09, 2012

Very quietly, almost stealthily, a new king has been inaugurated on Broadway.

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12 Ways to Commemorate the Titanic Centennial

Monday, April 02, 2012

There are a number of happenings in the Tri-State area that mark the Titanic centennial. Among our favorites: meals recreating White Star Line menus, plays based on ship survivor testimonials and artifact exhibitions. Here's a shortlist of goings-on.

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Look | 'Newsies' Musical Opens on Broadway

Friday, March 30, 2012

"Newsies," a new Disney musical starring Jeremy Jordan, opened on Broadway Thursday night at the Nederlander Theatre. Check out a slideshow of real newsboys selling papers in New York City and scenes from the Broadway musical.

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Theater Excellence Tony Award Winners Announced

Monday, March 12, 2012

The creator of kids' versions of Broadway works, a production supervisor who has overseen more than 200 Broadway shows and a mentoring program that pairs up theater professionals with New York City public high school students are among this year's recipients of the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.

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Actor and Comedian Peter Bergman Dies

Friday, March 09, 2012

Bergman, 72, was one of the founders of The Firesign Theatre, and died Friday due to complications from leukemia. Listen to The Big Internet Broadcast of 1996 and Digital Diner with Bergman, Philip Proctor and David Ossman of The Firesign Theatre.

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Play About Japan Tsunami First Responders Staged for Anniversary

Friday, March 09, 2012

To mark the one-year anniversary of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami on Sunday, a play honoring the first responders who tended to victims of the natural disaster and nuclear meltdown will be staged at the Ailey Citigroup Theater.

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Off Off Broadway Theater Groups Celebrate 20 Years in Business

Friday, March 02, 2012

On Friday, the non-profit, Obie-winning theater company New Georges founded by Susan Bernfield celebrates its 20th anniversary with performances, a dance party and cocktails. The company is one of several Off Off Broadway groups to beat recessions and flourish since opening in the early 1990s.

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Asian-Americans: Why Can't We Get Cast In NYC?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A coalition of performers complains that except for a handful of shows, Asian-American actors have had dramatically more trouble landing parts than their white, black and Latino colleagues. At a roundtable Monday, they unveiled the statistics they say prove them right.

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Live on Soundcheck: Nick Jonas

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nick Jonas got his break singing in a hair salon in New Jersey, waiting for his mom while she got her hair done.  Now the 19-year-old is playing the lead in "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" on Broadway. Watch this video of Jonas singing "I Believe In You."

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Signature Theatre to Open Permanent New Home on West Side

Monday, January 30, 2012

The non-profit, off Broadway Signature Theatre Company is set to open its new permanent 70,000-square-foot home on Manhattan's West Side Tuesday.

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'Spider-Man' Sets New Weekly Sales Record on Broadway

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" raked in nearly $3 million last week — the highest weekly sales figure in the history of the Great White Way. "Wicked" held the previous weekly sales record at roughly $2.2 million, which was set in 2011.

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