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Rentheads Excited for the Return of 'Rent' Off-Broadway

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The 1990's musical "Rent" opens on Off-Broadway in previews on Thursday night at the New World Stages theater. The rock opera is a loosely adapted version of Puccini's "La Boheme" set in the tenements of the 1990's Lower East Side in the throes of the AIDS epidemic.

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Who Am I, Anyway? Changing Natures in the Forest of Arden

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"As You Like It" is considered a romantic comedy, and it certainly has the right “boy meets girl” ingredients. In fact, by the end of the play four boys meet girls. But though the relationship of the central couple, Rosalind and Orlando, is a core element in the work, and is heard in a minor key in the wooings of the three other couples, Michael Boyd’s production for the Royal Shakespeare Company reminds us that all kinds of love are on offer here. There is parental love, filial love, the love of servant for master, and vice versa; there is instant love, devoted love, rejected love — and all of them are put to the test in the Forest of Arden.

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New York Live Arts Announces Inaugural Season

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Over the course of its 2011-2012 season, the group will present an ambitious mix of programming ranging from brand new productions by young talent to classic choreographies that helped launch the career of the company's executive artistic director Bill T. Jones.

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New Yorkers Take the Boat to France With Henry V

Thursday, July 07, 2011

All it takes is a wristband to head to medieval France for a few hours. The New York Classical Theater's production of Shakespeare's Henry V moves the audience from Battery Park to the battle of Agincourt - staged on a field in Governor's Island, that is. 

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City Arts Groups Relieved After Restoration of Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Department of Cultural Affairs had faced $43 million cuts in the mayor’s original proposed budget, which would have reduced operating funds to major museums, theaters and zoos by 50 percent and caused some 1,000 employees in the cultural sector to be laid off.

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Once More Unto the Bard: The Royal Shakespeare Company Takes New York

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The RSC has transported seven productions and a frame-by-frame replica of its theatre to the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The occasion is the company’s 50th anniversary, and it is celebrating by coming to the city for a six-week residency that starts on Wednesday.

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Royal Shakespeare Company Comes to NYC with Its Own Theater

Thursday, June 30, 2011

At a theater built inside the Park Avenue Armory, the RSC will perform five repertory plays. See images of the Stratford-upon-Avon replica here.

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Epitaphs Come to Life in Green-Wood Cemetery Play

Friday, June 24, 2011

In the center of Brooklyn's vast Green-Wood Cemetery, actors are bringing characters to life in the moonlight, only to have them die among the gravestones.

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Theatre for a New Audience Gets a Home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Friday, June 24, 2011

Shakespeare will soon have a new home in downtown Brooklyn. The Theatre for a New Audience broke ground on its new space in the BAM Cultural District on Friday.

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New Nitehawk Cinema Brings the Silver Screen Back to North Brooklyn

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Roll out the red carpet: the big screen is officially back in North Brooklyn. On Friday, the new Nitehawk Cinema lifts the curtain on its three-screen movie theater in Williamsburg.

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Cast of 'Sister Act' Prepares to Perform at Obama Fundraiser

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

President Barack Obama comes to the city Thursday evening to do some fundraising. In addition to appearing at an LBGT gala hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris, the president will stop by the Broadway Theater to speak after a show of "Sister Act."

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Broadway Theaters Get Served with Health Department Violations

Monday, June 20, 2011

Even though they're not cooking any food, Broadway theaters are getting letter grades from the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Broadway venues, along with Off-Broadway and movie theaters, are included in the city's restaurant grading program because they operate concession stands. Many of the stands aren't performing very well.

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Read All About It: 'Spider-Man' Opens on Broadway, Warts, Webs and All

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

After 183 preview performances, the $70 million production "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" opened officially on Tuesday night. The show is part circus, part pop concert and part video game.

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And the Tony Award Goes to...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The 65th annual Tony Awards were presented at the Beacon Theatre on Sunday night. See a list of the winners and a slideshow from the red carpet here.

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'The Book of Mormon' Sweeps Tony Awards

Sunday, June 12, 2011

"The Book of Mormon," a new musical from the creators of South Park and "Avenue Q," got nine Tonys on Sunday night. The play "War Horse" was next in line with five Tonys and one award for the Handspring Puppet Company, which created the puppets for the play. "The Normal Heart" and "Anything Goes" both got three Tony awards.

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A Guide to Summer Theater Festivals in NYC

Friday, June 10, 2011

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Concerts and rooftop movies might be popular summer entertainment mainstays in the city, but the long days and muggy air also promises a wealth of new theater productions. Check out the list of plays you can catch this summer. From puppets, to comedians, to Shakespeare, there is something for everyone.

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Tony Awards: Hollywood Names vs. New Kids on the Block

Friday, June 10, 2011

Stephen Colbert, Patti LuPone and Alec Baldwin are some of the big stars who will be performing at this year's Tony Awards on Sunday night. But new productions and lesser-known actors and actresses will probably be spending more time on the Beacon Theatre stage this year.

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Sonnets and Couplets: Shakespeare in the Park is back at the Delacorte Theater

Monday, June 06, 2011

Starting Monday, free tickets to the annual city tradition of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater, which is produced by The Public Theater, will be up for grabs.

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Comic Book Theater Festival Brings Superheroes to the Brick's Stage

Friday, June 03, 2011

Spider-Man isn't the only comic book character hanging out onstage this summer. The first-ever Comic Book Theater Festival, which runs through July 1 at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, features nearly a month of plays that bring beloved pen-and-ink figures to life in front of an audience.

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Technology Helps Deaf and Blind Experience Broadway Theater

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

On June 8, you won't necessarily need vision or hearing to experience the musical “Catch Me If You Can” on Broadway. The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts is spending $240,000 to outfit four Broadway theaters with two pieces of technology called I-Caption and D-Scriptive that will expand theater-going options for the deaf and the blind.

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