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A Good Yarn About Those ‘Carousel’ Costumes
Arts & Leisure, Today

From her couch in Massachusetts, Judith Durant oversaw production of the sweaters worn in the Broadway revival, knitting 13 of them herself.

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Andy Karl Joins Cast of ‘Pretty Woman’ Musical
Culture, Today

The Tony-nominated actor will replace Steve Kazee, who departed the production several months before it was to begin previews on Broadway.

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Finding Drama in Solitary Confinement
Culture, Today

The journalist Can Dundar wrote the book “We Are Arrested” while imprisoned in Turkey. Now, Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company has turned it into a play.

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‘Tin Cat Shoes,’ a Commentary on the Silliness of the System
Culture, Yesterday

This initial, mind-frisking comedy from Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks festival is a reminder of the particular pleasures of warm-weather goofiness.

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Clare Barron on ‘Dance Moms,’ Teen Girls and Black Sheep Ballerinas
Culture, Yesterday

The author of “Dance Nation” talks about her show and female adolescence, as it plays out in dressing rooms and daydreams.

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In ‘Woman and Scarecrow,’ Female Fury Doesn’t Get Its Due
Culture, Yesterday

Marina Carr’s blistering play seems ideal for this cathartic cultural moment. Its Irish Repertory Theater production is a missed opportunity.

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Obie Awards Name ‘Describe the Night’ Best New American Play
Culture, May 21

Rajiv Joseph’s sprawling drama was among the Off Broadway productions and performers honored at a ceremony Monday night.

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After the Earthquake, a ‘Room’ Haunted by Memories
Culture, May 21

The aftermath of the Fukushima disaster infiltrates the lives of a young couple in Toshiki Okada’s spare, affecting play

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The Broadway Shows to See Now
Interactive, May 21

What to see, where to eat and how to ​get cheap tickets — everything you need to navigate ​Broadway.

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‘There’s Blood at the Wedding’ Keeps Outrage Alive Onstage
Culture, May 21

The play, created and directed by Theodora Skipitares, intertwines Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” with the stories of Eric Garner and others killed by the police.

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BAM’s Outgoing Leader Announces His Final Next Wave Festival
Culture, May 21

This fall’s music, theater and dance performances will be the last ones overseen by Joseph V. Melillo, an impresario at the institution since 1983.

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A Raucous Wake for ‘Our Lady of 121st Street’
Culture, May 20

Twelve angry men and women await the return of a missing corpse in a revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s dark comedy.

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Patricia Morison, 103, Dies; Broadway’s First Kate to Be Kissed
Obits, May 20

Ms. Morison was a star of the musical stage in “Kiss Me, Kate” and “The King and I.”

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In the Relationships in ‘Singlet,’ One and One Make One
Culture, May 20

Erin Markey’s disciplined performance piece, a collaboration with Emily Davis, examines the dissolving boundaries of intense intimacy.

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Lucian Pintilie, Authority-Defying Romanian Director, Dies at 84
Obits, May 18

His films and stage work angered Communist officials, but he was embraced abroad and seen as an inspiration for the Romanian New Wave.

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Isabella Rossellini as Ringmaster in ‘Link Link Circus’
Culture, May 18

Ms. Rossellini’s latest show explores animals’ thoughts and behaviors using puppets, videos — and, yes, an adorable dog.

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How Broadway Keeps Trying to Get the Disco Beat
Culture, May 18

A brief history in five musicals — and a rating system of disco-dancing emojis.

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France’s Theaters Grapple With the Legacy of May ’68
Culture, May 17

Paris is full of exhibitions and talks to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the student uprising. But the theater world’s contribution has been remarkably subdued.

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In Centuries-Spanning ‘Bump,’ It’s Always Labor Day
Weekend, May 17

Pregnancy and child birth get laughs in Chiara Atik’s sketch-comedy-inspired play.

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Joseph Campanella, 93, Ubiquitous Character Actor, Dies
Obits, May 17

Mr. Campanella found his stride on television as a frequent guest star, playing doctors, lawyers, criminals, cops and judges.

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11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend
Weekend, May 17

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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‘Merrily We Roll Along’ to Be Revived Off Broadway
Weekend, May 17

The new Fiasco Theater production will be staged by the Roundabout Theater Company next winter.

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15 Summer Theater Festivals, From Stratford to Williamstown
Arts & Leisure, May 17

Selections from the warm-weather season, including Shakespeare favorites and new plays and musicals in development.

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Atlantic Theater Company Season to Feature Isabelle Huppert
Culture, May 17

The French actress will star in a play by Florian Zeller on a roster that also includes a musical based on “The Secret Life of Bees.”

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Overlooked No More: Margarita Xirgu, Theater Radical Who Staged Lorca’s Plays
Obits, May 16

The Spanish film star and theater director was known for taking chances in her politics, in her private life and on the stage.

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Tom Murphy, Acclaimed Irish Playwright, Is Dead at 83
Obits, May 16

His dark works avoided the stereotype of a rural Irish utopia, instead exploring subjects like the county’s famine and its history of emigration.

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Leah Napolin, Whose ‘Yentl’ Adaptation Made Broadway, Dies at 83
Obits, May 16

The play, based on an Isaac Bashevis Singer story, was a tale of empowerment in the midst of feminism’s second wave.

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Lesley Manville Has Waited Long Enough
Arts & Leisure, May 16

England’s hardest-working actress finally gets her star moment in America, playing Mary Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

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Harold Guskin, Acting Coach Who Nurtured Stars, Is Dead at 76
Obits, May 16

Find the character in the words on the page, he instructed Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Rachel Weisz and others.

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A View From the Barge
Metropolitan, May 16

A Brooklyn theater company is staging the Arthur Miller play on the waterfront of working-class Red Hook.

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City Center’s 75th Anniversary: ‘A Chorus Line,’ Balanchine and Broadway
Culture, May 16

The performing arts center plans to assemble some of the world’s top ballet companies and performers for its ambitious 2018-19 season.

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Has Alanis Morissette Made the Most Woke Musical Since ‘Hair’?
Arts & Leisure, May 16

The stage version of “Jagged Little Pill” sets a story steeped in hot-button issues like opiate addiction and gender identity to the singer’s raw 1995 album.

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New Play About Gloria Steinem to Open Off Broadway in October
Culture, May 16

The first act will depict Ms. Steinem’s life and career; the second will be a “talking circle” for the audience.

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In ‘Operation Crucible,’ Terror and Reassurance
Culture, May 15

Kieran Knowles’s gripping play about the Sheffield Blitz, part of the Brits Off Broadway festival, focuses on the interdependent lives of four steel workers.

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Ridiculous! Fabulous! On Broadway, Tapping in Quotation Marks
Culture, May 15

What does tap mean in musicals these days? It’s often used as a sparkly outfit — a symbol of Broadway’s past, danced by nostalgists and drama nerds.

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Downtown Renewal Means Trouble in ‘Paradise Blue’
Culture, May 14

In Dominique Morisseau’s new play, Detroit’s mayor wants to clear “urban blight,” but some black jazzmen say, “We the blight he talkin’ about.”

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Broadway’s ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ to Close in August
Culture, May 14

The British farce, which will have its final performance at the Lyceum Theater on Aug. 26, will then go on to tour.

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With Help From a Gun, a ‘Twelfth Night’ Goes Dark
Culture, May 14

The Acting Company’s production, which runs through May 27 at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, nods to violence and hits the play’s grimmer notes.

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New Musical Version of ‘Some Like it Hot’ Is Headed for Broadway
Culture, May 14

The new adaptation of the classic 1959 film comedy will be directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

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Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville Lead a Hard-Run ‘Long Day’s Journey’
Culture, May 13

In this highly adrenalized production of Eugene O’Neill’s harrowing family portrait, everybody seems to be acting as fast as possible.

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Bikini Bottom by Way of Party City
Arts & Leisure, May 11

How the “SpongeBob” costume designer used found objects — and yes, sequins — to dress an eye-popping array of singing, dancing sea creatures.

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Lauren Ridloff’s Quiet Power: ‘My Life Has Changed in Every Way’
Arts & Leisure, May 11

The Broadway debut of the deaf actress in “Children of a Lesser God” has brought her accolades. But she’s not sure what to make of it all.

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Healing and Hurting on the London Stage
Culture, May 11

Matthew Lopez’s “The Inheritance” refracts gay American life through an English novel, while two new British plays choose a shorter, satirical path.

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In ‘The Gentleman Caller,’ a Talky Tennessee Williams
Weekend, May 10

Philip Dawkins’s play blends realism and campy melodrama as it envisions the fumbling beginnings of an affair between Williams and William Inge

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They’ve Come Undone: Giselle, Lucia and Romantic Madness
Arts & Leisure, May 10

In Romantic drama it’s mainly women who go mad — usually because of love. But opera and ballet take their mad heroines in opposite directions.

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Metro, May 10

Going to a sold-out performance and hoping for a miracle.

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9 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend
Weekend, May 10

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Broadway ‘Mockingbird’ Is Back on Track, as Court Dispute Ends
Weekend, May 10

A legal battled had been waged over whether a stage adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” strayed too far from Harper Lee’s novel.

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A Multiple-Exposure ‘Me and My Girl’ at Encores!
Weekend, May 10

A 2018 look at the 1986 Broadway version of a 1937 musical leaves some things blurry and others all too clear.

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Conjuring the Ghosts of Theater Past in ‘A Pink Chair’
Culture, May 10

This exquisite Wooster Group evocation of Tadeusz Kantor’s work becomes an ode to the ephemerality of theater and its creators.

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23 Dazzling Portraits of Tony Nominees
Arts & Leisure, May 10

We invited Broadway’s best to pose for us just 24 hours after they were nominated for theater’s most prestigious award. Needless to say, they were a happy bunch.

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Joshua Henry Does Whatever It Takes, in ‘Carousel’ and as a Father
Arts & Leisure, May 10

As the first black actor to play Billy Bigelow on Broadway, Mr. Henry is changing theater, while a newborn son is changing him.

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Second Stage Season to Feature New Works by Creators of ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ ‘Next to Normal’
Culture, May 9

A play about ‘60s radicals, a musical about a troubled family, and the revival of ‘Dying City’ are on the Off Broadway docket.

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Jessica Hecht to Star in a New Play by Calvin Trillin
Culture, May 9

“About Alice” is part of the coming season at Theater for a New Audience, which also includes European imports and “Julius Caesar.”

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Loving and Hating the Broadway Season: Our Critics Could Have Argued All Night
Arts & Leisure, May 9

Disagreeing on classic musicals, agreeing on “The Band’s Visit,” and worried about a season when revivals outshone new plays.

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Tony Awards 2018: Who Will Win (and Who Should)
Arts & Leisure, May 9

Passionate agreement on best musical, but after that all bets are off.

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‘Harry Potter’ Director’s 5 Influences: Kate Bush, Tennessee Williams and More
Arts & Leisure, May 9

John Tiffany regularly makes magic on stage, never more than in the Tony-nominated show. But what made him?

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‘Dance Nation,’ the Power and the Terror of Girls at 13
Culture, May 8

Clare Barron’s glorious new play, at Playwrights Horizons, examines the anguished and ecstatic inner lives of a middle-school dance team.

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‘Children of a Lesser God’ to Close on Broadway
Culture, May 8

With weak box office and only one Tony nomination, the show announced it will wrap up on May 27.

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When the ‘Light Shining’ on Revolution Falters
Culture, May 7

Caryl Churchill’s play about a moment of hope after the English Civil War gets a very dark revival at New York Theater Workshop.

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Musical About Andrew Lloyd Webber Canceled for Upcoming Season
Culture, May 7

“Unmasked” has been replaced by “The Color Purple” at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey due to scheduling issues.

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‘Mean Girls’: What’s New in Girl World and What’s Out
Culture, May 7

Some things have changed since Tina Fey wrote the beloved movie, now a Broadway musical. But on Wednesdays, the Plastics still wear pink.

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In ‘Seedfolks,’ Harvesting Hope and Humanity in a Community Garden
Culture, May 7

A 9-year-old planting lima beans helps a community question assumptions, in this family theater work based on a young-adult novel by Paul Fleischman.

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‘Gatz’ and Other Long Works Will Come to N.Y.U. Skirball
Culture, May 7

The word-for-word adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” will come to the Skirball Center, as well as a 24-hour performance piece, “Mount Olympus.”

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For Those Still Hungering for ‘Hamilton,’ a New Indulgence
Culture, May 6

Another way to relive the Broadway musical: a high-tech, interactive, traveling exhibition opening in Chicago in November.

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Building the Wall (Not That One) in Aristophanes’ ‘The Birds’
Culture, May 6

This rambunctious riff on an ancient Greek comedy, at St. Ann’s Warehouse, considers the crazier consequences of the quest for utopia

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A Secret History of Gay Life Uncovered in ‘217 Boxes’
Culture, May 6

Ain Gordon’s new play tells a powerful story of gay life in America from the unusual point of view of a psychiatrist most famous for wearing a mask.

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City Ballet Salutes Jerome Robbins, a Master of 2 Realms
Culture, May 4

New York City Ballet’s gala showed Robbins’s Broadway and ballet sides with world premieres by Warren Carlyle and Justin Peck.

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A Boom in Filming Gives Atlanta Stage Actors Room to Maneuver
Arts & Leisure, May 4

Thanks to Tyler Perry’s studio and a flurry of big-budget movie shoots, theater performers have an easier time supporting themselves.

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From Three Troubled Lives, a Play and a New Family
Arts & Leisure, May 4

Lucy Thurber was inspired by two of her students when she wrote “Transfers.” The young men watch the play and then catch up with Ms. Thurber.

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Marin Ireland, on Fire in ‘Summer and Smoke’
Weekend, May 3

Even a riveting central performance isn’t enough to release the potential of Tennessee Williams’s follow-up to “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

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‘Unexpected Joy’ Is a ‘Me’ Generation Musical
Culture, May 3

The show had its premiere on Cape Cod two summers ago. It has been revised, but it retains its primary strengths and its fatal weaknesses.

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15 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend
Weekend, May 3

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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2 Tony Winners Try to Upend Rodgers and Hammerstein
Arts & Leisure, May 3

How David Henry Hwang teamed up with the composer Jeanine Tesori for “Soft Power,” a play with music — or maybe a play that becomes a musical.

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At the Duplex, Nightlife Is a Cabaret
Metropolitan, May 3

A young Joan Rivers was a struggling comic at the Duplex, a piece of Greenwich Village history near the Stonewall Monument. Now the tourists visit.

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Actress Denise Gough Pays Homage to Bygone Angels
Styles, May 3

The Tony-nominated actress, who plays Harper Pitt in “Angels in America,” visits the AIDS Memorial Park, near the now-demolished St. Vincent’s Hospital.

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Berlin Festival Celebrates 25-Year Theatrical Reign With 7-Hour ‘Faust’
Culture, May 3

Frank Castorf led Berlin’s Volksbühne for a quarter century. One of his last productions is being presented again in a showcase of the year’s best German theater.

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‘A Brief History of Women,’ an Alan Ayckbourn Comedy of Tragedies
Culture, May 2

This master farceur’s play, believed to be his 81st, charts social changes through six decades in a single stately home, inhabited by people as silly as they are sad.

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In ‘Assembled Identity,’ They Laugh Alike, They Walk Alike, but They’re Not Twins
Culture, May 2

Twins who discover they’re far more than sisters are at the center of a high-tech sci-fi drama at Here.

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In a Slim Season, the Tonys Show Love to Brits, Classics and Sponges
Culture, May 1

Our chief critics offer reaction to the nominations, which were hard on jukebox musicals and “Frozen” but good to “My Fair Lady” and “Carousel.”

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2018 Tony Nominations: ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘SpongeBob’ Lead the Way
Culture, May 1

A pair of two-part productions, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and the revival of “Angels in America,” were also showered with affection.

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Tony Awards 2018: Full List of Nominations
Culture, May 1

The nominated shows, actors, designers and more.

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Tina Fey, Renée Fleming and Andrew Garfield on Their Tony Nominations
Culture, May 1

We checked in with some nominees to see how they’re feeling about being recognized.

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Bringing Jerome Robbins’s Broadway Home to City Ballet
Culture, May 1

“Something to Dance About,” a new piece staged by Warren Carlyle, includes extracts from nine musicals choreographed by Robbins.

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How Rodgers and Hammerstein Created Modern Musical Theater
Book Review, May 1

In “Something Wonderful,” Todd S. Purdum analyzes the extraordinary legacy of two brilliant songwriters.

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5 Shows to See in New York: ‘Me and My Girl,’ ‘Dance Nation’ and More
Culture, May 1

May is a good month to venture away from Times Square blockbusters. “Our Lady of 121st Street” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” are Off Broadway highlights.

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Trial Date Set for Dispute Over Broadway ‘Mockingbird’
Culture, April 30

The estate of Harper Lee and the producers of the play are fighting in court over whether the dramatic adaptation is faithful to the spirit of the novel.

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Audible Brings ‘Girls & Boys’ With Carey Mulligan to New York
Culture, April 30

The live stage production of “Girls & Boys” will come to the Minetta Lane Theater in June, and Ms. Mulligan’s performance will be recorded for an audio play.

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‘Ink,’ a Tale of Rupert Murdoch’s Rise, Is Coming to Broadway
Culture, April 30

Another British import is coming, this one about an early chapter in Mr. Murdoch’s career.

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When ‘Hair’ Opened on Broadway, It Courted Controversy From the Start
Culture, April 29

When the rock musical opened on Broadway in April 1968, our critic called it the first “in some time to have the authentic voice of today.”

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‘Hair’ 50 Years Later: Readers Tell Us When They Let the Sunshine In
Culture, April 29

The rock musical moved to Broadway in April 1968, and it quickly became an inescapable part of American culture. Readers share what the show means to them.

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The Extinction of Gay Identity
Op Ed, April 28

An all-star Broadway revival raises the question: Does being gay mean anything anymore?

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Does Power Corrupt in ‘Henry V’? Absolutely
Culture, April 27

The production of this history play, by the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit, is a provocative choice in a volatile political moment.

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Jerome Robbins, Ballet’s Mr. ‘Take It Easy, Baby,’ at 100
Arts & Leisure, April 27

Our chief dance critic on this great theater maker and his particularly American style of ballet, which weeded out artifice and embraced naturalism.

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A Teaser for the Shed, Hoping to Entice New Yorkers
Culture, April 27

“Prelude,” two weeks of programming starting Tuesday, offers a taste of what the Shed has in store — about a year before it opens.

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Ravaged but Resilient: Creating ‘Once on This Island’
Arts & Leisure, April 27

A trip to Haiti inspired the set, costumes — and animal actors — in the revival of this musical on Broadway.

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A Playwright of Poverty Rejects ‘Hard Luck Porn’
Metropolitan, April 27

Lucy Thurber’s new play, “Transfers,” draws on her own life as it follows two poor students pitted against each other for a scholarship to an elite institution.

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Gertrude Jeannette, Actor, Director and Cabdriver, Dies at 103
Obits, April 26

Believed to be the first woman to drive a taxi in New York City, she also overcame a speech impediment to work on Broadway, in film and on television.

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In an Energized ‘Iceman,’ the Drinks are on Denzel
Weekend, April 26

George C. Wolfe’s entertaining production allows the large ensemble, including Mr. Washington, to charm one another and play to the crowd.

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9 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend
Weekend, April 26

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Stage Version of Bolaño’s ‘2666’ to Stream Free Online
Weekend, April 26

The Goodman Theater’s five-and-a-half-hour stage adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s mammoth, seemingly unstageable novel will be available for at least two years.

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From Aristophanes to Hitchcock, Celebrating Birds and Culture
Weekend, April 26

Here are five highlights to see from “Birds: A Festival Inspired by Aristophanes,” a citywide festival featuring a range of cultural events.

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Dark Musicals Shimmer on the German Stage
Culture, April 26

Productions in Munich, Regensburg and Stuttgart offer thrilling doses of macabre nastiness.

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In Shaw’s ‘Saint Joan,’ a Sane and Sensible Martyr
Culture, April 25

Condola Rashad stars in a thoughtful if mostly becalmed Manhattan Theater Club revival of the 1923 play on Broadway.

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Soon-Tek Oh, Actor Who Chafed at Asian Stereotypes, Dies at 85
Obits, April 25

He was among the founders of East West Players, a theater troupe that sought better roles for Asian-American actors and more representative stories.

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Prepare to Be Provoked. Caryl Churchill Is Back.
Arts & Leisure, April 25

One of Ms. Churchill’s merits as a playwright is that she tends to divide people. Her play, “Light Shining in Buckinghamshire,” is returning to New York.

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Tonys Honor a New York Times Theater Photographer
Culture, April 25

Sara Krulwich photographs about 100 plays, musicals and operas each year, and is generally the only photographer not on a show’s payroll allowed to shoot.

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Screwball Eggheads Tear Up the Library in ‘Travesties’
Culture, April 24

This exuberant revival of Tom Stoppard’s 1974 comedy of the intellect, starring Tom Hollander, is one of the sweetest and strangest defenses of art.

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Is There a Method to the Madness of ‘Seagullmachine’?
Culture, April 24

A razzle-dazzle mash-up of “The Seagull” and “Hamletmachine” at La MaMa has a ramshackle feel.

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Hot Stuff Turns Cold in ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’
Culture, April 23

The late Queen of Disco and pioneer of electronic dance music gets the Broadway jukebox treatment.

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‘Transfers’ and the Anguished Art of the College Interview
Culture, April 23

Lucy Thurber’s compassionate but clunky play follows the bids of two young men from the Bronx to win scholarships at a New England college.