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Tommy Tune Lists a Penthouse on the Far East Side
Real Estate, March 1

The celebrated Broadway performer, director and choreographer is asking $2.3 million for the apartment at 414 East 52nd Street, one of two he owns in the same co-op complex.

Jacqueline Woodson’s Books Leap Off the Page, at BAM
Theater, February 29

A dance performance of “The Other Side” and a musical adaptation of “Show Way” head to the Brooklyn stage for young audiences.

Forbidden No More: ‘Forbidden Broadway,’ Scrappy Spoof, Bound for Broadway
Theater, February 29

The long-running parody show, which has been staged in New York and on tour, will open this summer at the Hayes Theater.

Cast Album Roundup: ‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘Parade,’ ‘Camelot’ and More
Weekend, February 29

Recordings of Broadway musicals are often better than the shows they preserve. Here’s a ranking of last year’s crop, with samples and bonus tracks.

René Pollesch, Provocative Force in German Theater, Dies at 61
Obits, February 29

His avant-garde work, short on character and plot but long on verbal high jinks, could be irreverent, even goofy, but it was always intellectually serious.

Billy Dee Williams Is the Best Kind of Name-Dropper — a Bookish One
Book Review, February 29

In his memoir, “What Have We Here?,” the actor writes about his friendships with Hollywood icons and literary lions.

In ‘Brooklyn Laundry,’ There’s No Ordering Off the Menu
Culture, February 29

John Patrick Shanley’s new play, starring Cecily Strong and David Zayas, is a romantic comedy with a penchant for the resolutely dismal.

A Louis Armstrong Musical Is Coming to Broadway This Fall
Culture, February 28

“A Wonderful World,” featuring Armstrong’s songs, is set to begin previews at Studio 54 in October after previous runs in Miami, New Orleans and Chicago.

In Justin Peck’s ‘Illinoise,’ Dance On and Feel It
Arts & Leisure, February 28

This narrative dance musical, set to Sufjan Stevens’s album, is a coming-of-age story and a meditation on death, love, community, politics and zombies.

‘The Ally’ Review: Social Justice as a Maddening Hall of Mirrors
Culture, February 28

Itamar Moses’s play offers eloquent arguments on all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But it doesn’t offer much drama.

Netflix Becomes a Broadway Producer With Peter Morgan’s ‘Patriots’
Culture, February 27

The streamer is co-producing a play about Putin’s Russia from the creator of “The Crown” while also developing a screen adaptation.

‘Oh, Mary!’ Turns an Unhinged Bit Into Real Theater
Culture, February 27

Cole Escola’s play, which imagines Mary Todd Lincoln as a frustrated cabaret singer, surprisingly pulls off stretching a stupid joke to its extremes.

In ‘The Effect,’ Investigating Love and Other Drugs
Arts & Leisure, February 27

Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Lucy Prebble’s 2012 play, starring Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell, heads to the Shed after a celebrated run at the National Theater, in London.

In ‘Pericles,’ Taking the Cruise of a Lifetime
Culture, February 27

If Fiasco Theater has mixed results in its production of this Shakespearean tragicomedy, it celebrates actors supporting and delighting in one another’s work.

‘The Seven Year Disappear’ Review: Looking for Mom in All the Wrong Places
Culture, February 27

A sleekly designed production, starring Cynthia Nixon and Taylor Trensch, aims to skewer the art world but falls flat.

Joan Holden, 85, Playwright Who Skewered Rich and Powerful, Dies
Obits, February 26

As the principal writer for the Obie-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, she created iconoclastic left-wing satire that courted both chuckles and outrage.

John Patrick Shanley Reflects on His Accidental Retrospective
Culture, February 26

The playwright discusses the Broadway revival of “Doubt” and his latest, “Brooklyn Laundry.” “People are disagreeing violently with themselves,” he says.

‘The Hunt’ Review: The Hunter Becomes the Hunted
Culture, February 26

This modern-day fable, directed by Rupert Goold and starring Tobias Menzies, is styled with horror.

‘Water for Elephants’ Brings the Circus to Broadway
Arts & Leisure, February 25

Based on the 2006 novel by Sara Gruen, the musical follows a young man who hops a train and falls in with a ragtag, traveling group of entertainers.

Reviving ‘The Wiz’ Through ‘the Blackest of Black Lenses’
Arts & Leisure, February 24

The beloved 1975 musical returns to Broadway this spring, with nods to Black culture like second-line parades and Underground Railroad quilts.

Second Stage to Leave Its Rem Koolhaas-Designed Off Broadway Theater
Culture, February 23

The company said that it was leaving its space in a former bank in Times Square after 25 years because the rent was too high and the lease had unfavorable terms.

5 Things to Do This Weekend
Interactive, February 23

A selection of entertainment highlights this weekend, including Ethan Coen‘s new film, “Drive-Away Dolls.”

‘A Sign of the Times’ Review: A Confused 1960s New York
Culture, February 23

A jukebox musical about a Midwesterner’s big dreams is heavy on the Petula Clark.

‘Jelly’s Last Jam’ Review: A Musical Paradise, Even in Purgatory
Culture, February 23

Did Jelly Roll Morton “invent” jazz, as he claimed? A sensational Encores! revival offers a postmortem prosecution of one of the form’s founding fathers.

Robert Macbeth, Founder of Harlem’s New Lafayette Theater, Dies at 89
Obits, February 22

He created a vibrant space for actors and playwrights that became a seedbed for the emerging Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ’70s.

‘The Ally,’ a New Play at the Public Theater, Hashes Out the Headlines
Weekend, February 22

Itamar Moses wrote a drama of ideas about Israel and antisemitism. Then Oct. 7 happened.

Amy Herzog’s Plays Are Quiet, but Audiences Can’t Look Away
Arts & Leisure, February 22

She has become known as an Ibsen whisperer, bringing “An Enemy of the People” to Broadway this spring, along with a play of her own, which stars Rachel McAdams.

On the Road With ‘The Outsiders,’ Where the Greasers and Socs Rumbled
Arts & Leisure, February 22

It’s one of the best-selling Y.A. novels of all time and a star-studded Coppola movie from the ’80s. On its way to Broadway, the show’s cast and creators paid S.E. Hinton a visit.

‘Sunset Baby’ Review: Don’t Let Nina Be Misunderstood
Culture, February 21

Moses Ingram makes her New York stage debut in Dominique Morisseau’s love poem to Nina Simone.

Danielle Brooks Has an Oscar Nomination. So Why Is She in Mourning?
Culture, February 21

As she tries to find her place in Hollywood, the “Color Purple” stage and screen star bids an emotional goodbye to a character she has lived with for nearly a decade.

What to Know About This Crazily Crowded Broadway Spring Season
Arts & Leisure, February 21

Why are 18 shows opening in March and April, and which one is for you? Our theater reporter has answers.

Live Performance in New York: Here’s What to See This Spring
Arts & Leisure, February 21

“The Notebook” and “Cabaret” land on Broadway. Olivia Rodrigo’s tour stops in Manhattan. Plus: Herbie Hancock, Heartbeat Opera and Trisha Brown Dance Company.

‘Jelly’s Last Jam’ Returns, Bringing a Jazz Tale to a New Generation
Culture, February 20

Jason Michael Webb, the show’s guest music director, said he wants audiences at the musical about Jelly Roll Morton to experience “a time period that does not exist anymore.”

Seeking Purpose Among the Dead in ‘Spiritus/Virgil’s Dance’
Culture, February 20

Dael Orlandersmith’s slender new solo play is a meditation on living that seems also like a curveball response to loss.

Broadway’s Crunchtime Is Also Its Best Life
Arts & Leisure, February 20

Eighteen openings in two months will drive everyone crazy. But maybe there should be even more.

Everyone Knows Sutton Foster Can Sing. Now We Know She Can Juggle.
Culture, February 19

How the Broadway star simultaneously mastered leading roles in “Once Upon a Mattress” and “Sweeney Todd.”

Years Later, ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ Wields Different Magic
Arts & Leisure, February 17

As his own life unfolds, an artist reconsiders his reaction to Joan Didion’s memoir about loss.

‘Shawshank’ in China, as You’ve Never Seen It Before
Foreign, February 17

A stage adaptation of the film featured an all-Western cast, was performed in Chinese and raised questions about translation, both linguistic and cultural.

Sarah Snook Is a Darkly Funny Dorian Gray
Culture, February 16

In a stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” Snook plays all the characters — with the help of screens.

For Tobias Menzies, Acting Is All About Less Is More
Weekend, February 15

The British actor excels at playing reserve, and what roils beneath, on “The Crown.” And now he brings that stoicism to “The Hunt,” onstage in Brooklyn.

‘I Love You So Much I Could Die,’ an Experiment in Distance
Weekend, February 15

Mona Pirnot’s crisis-centered play uses all its resources to keep the audience at a physical and emotional remove from her sorrow.

‘Between Two Knees’ Review: A Virtuosic Romp Through a Century of Terrors
Weekend, February 14

Two deadly standoffs at Wounded Knee are the bookends for a show that manages to narrate a violent history with moments of light and humor.

Is Earlier Better for Theater Start Times?
Culture, February 14

In an effort to entice audiences back after the pandemic, Britain’s National Theater is testing a 6:30 p.m. curtain.

Dating Woes? Nina Conti Has the Answer, or at Least Some Jokes
Culture, February 14

In “The Dating Show,” the British comedian and ventriloquist initiates close encounters of the potentially romantic kind. Laughs will definitely ensue.

‘Munich Medea: Happy Family’ Review: A Friendship Crushed by the Past
Culture, February 14

Themes of incest and sexual abuse of minors loom large in this strikingly becalmed play named after a legendarily vengeful Greek mother.

Marc Summers Is Still Up for a Double Dare. (Hold the Green Slime.)
Arts & Leisure, February 14

“I made Nickelodeon,” the former “Double Dare” host said. Now he’s telling all in his Off Broadway show “The Life & Slimes of Marc Summers.”

‘Six’ Creators Announce Their Second Act
Weekend, February 14

Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow spent years working out how to follow their hit musical about Henry VIII’s wives. “Why Am I So Single?” is their answer.

In ‘The Apiary,’ the Bees Have a Troubling Tale to Tell
Culture, February 14

Worldwide colony collapse is the subject of a bright, strange, upbeat thought experiment about insect hives, and our own.

‘Izzard Hamlet New York’ Review: A Solo Show That’s More Noble Than Wise
Culture, February 13

Eddie Izzard is a wildly witty ad-libber, but a play straitjackets this gift — especially in this new staging that is short of ideas.

Shakespeare to Hit the Road While Central Park Theater Is Closed
Culture, February 13

The Delacorte is being renovated, so this summer will instead bring a mobile production and then a filmed play to outdoor sites in the city’s five boroughs.

Jeffrey Wright: Hiding in Plain Sight in Our Favorite Characters
Arts & Leisure, February 13

The veteran has played everything from an artist to a general to a professor, the role in “American Fiction” that finally landed him an Oscar nomination.

Mermaids and Roses: The Harlem Home of a ‘Hadestown’ Star
Real Estate, February 13

‘I’ve been here a while,’ said Lillias White, who plays Hermes in the Tony-winning musical. ‘Hence the clutter.’

In ‘Self Portraits (Deluxe),’ a Provocateur Instigates Reflection
Culture, February 12

Through self-examinations and social recriminations, Phillip Howze’s new show explores the injustices facing Black men.

Second City Expands to the First City and Sets Up Shop in Brooklyn
Culture, February 12

The improv comedy institution is under new ownership after missteps, and now it has a gleaming new home in Williamsburg.

When the Voice You Hear Is Not the Actor You See
Culture, February 12

The playwright Lucas Hnath has been making magic with the sound of speech. Now he’s directing a play by Mona Pirnot, his wife, in which a computer speaks her words.

Filming ‘Virginia Woolf,’ the Battles Weren’t Just Onscreen
Book Review, February 11

With Burton and Taylor as stars and a writer and director feuding, adapting the scabrous play wasn’t easy. “Cocktails With George and Martha” pours out the details.

‘Hills of California’ Review: A Stage Mother’s Unhappy Brood
Culture, February 9

Jez Butterworth’s new play explores the family dynamics of a song and dance troupe that didn’t make the big time.

In ‘Russian Troll Farm,’ You Can’t Stop the Memes
Weekend, February 9

An unlikely dark comedy imagines the people pushing #PizzaGate, Donald Trump and who knows what next.

‘Bark of Millions’ Review: Children of the Revolution
Weekend, February 8

If Taylor Mac and Matt Ray’s four-hour rock opera were aiming to succeed on aural gorgeousness and visual spectacle alone, there would be no cause to quibble.

Mary Todd Lincoln, Thwarted Cabaret Star? That’s Cole Escola’s Take.
Culture, February 7

“Oh, Mary!,” which follows a boozing, romance-starved first lady, is the latest entertainment about the Lincolns, illustrating their staying power as irreverent genre figures.

Joan Lader Keeps Broadway in Tune
Arts & Leisure, February 7

“She saved my career,” Patti LuPone said of this indispensable vocal therapist and coach whose clients include Madonna and Billy Porter.

‘The Connector’ Review: When Fake News Was All the Rage
Culture, February 7

An Off Broadway musical about the sins of journalistic fabrication might benefit from more make-believe.

Tyne Daly Withdraws From ‘Doubt’ on Broadway, Citing Health
Culture, February 6

Amy Ryan will replace her in the show, which also stars Liev Schreiber and began previews on Saturday.

An Arts Festival About Sports, for People Who Don’t Like Sports
Culture, February 6

A series of events in preparation for the Paris Olympics explores a paradox, since arts and sports rarely mix in France.

Inger McCabe Elliott, Who Famously Became Con Man’s Victim, Dies at 90
Obits, February 5

She was a successful designer. But she was probably best known for being duped in a scheme that inspired the play “Six Degrees of Separation.”

Hinton Battle, Three-Time Tony Winner in Musicals, Dies at 67
Obits, February 5

He won awards for his roles in “Sophisticated Ladies,” “The Tap Dance Kid” and “Miss Saigon” — the most ever in the category of best featured actor in a musical.

‘Some Like It Hot’ Wins Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album
Culture, February 4

The new jazz age musical adaptation of the classic 1959 Billy Wilder film closed in December.

‘Some Like It Hot’ wins for best musical theater album.
Theater, February 4

The Musical Force Behind the Communal, Queer ‘Bark of Millions’
Culture, February 4

Matt Ray is a prolific songwriter and the musical nexus of New York’s alt-cabaret scene. His next project: Taylor Mac’s latest marathon performance.

Don Murray, a Star in Films That Took on Social Issues, Dies at 94
Obits, February 2

An Oscar-nominated role opposite Marilyn Monroe in “Bus Stop” led to a long career in film and TV and onstage, in productions that grappled with race, drugs, homosexuality and more.

Off Broadway, a Vital Part of New York Theater, Feels the Squeeze
Culture, December 5

The small theaters that help make the city a theater capital are cutting back as they struggle to recover from the pandemic.

Luring Theater Audiences Back After Covid
Letters, September 10

Readers discuss the decline in theater subscribers after the pandemic. Also: Northern Ireland; food allergies; a Covid playmate; anti-China bias.

72 Regional Theaters, One Shared Crisis
Insider, July 28

Michael Paulson spoke with producers and artistic directors at nonprofit theaters across the country about the crisis their industry is facing.

A Crisis in America’s Theaters Leaves Prestigious Stages Dark
Culture, July 23

As they struggle to recover after the pandemic, regional theaters are staging fewer shows, giving fewer performances, laying off staff and, in some cases, closing.

In ‘Plays for the Plague Year,’ the Soundtrack of Our Lives
Culture, April 19

Suzan-Lori Parks wrote one play a day for 13 months during the pandemic. Those stories come to life onstage in the form of monologues, dialogues and songs at Joe’s Pub.

As Presenters Cut Back on Streams, Some Disabled Arts Lovers Feel Left Out
Culture, April 14

When shuttered venues embraced streaming during the pandemic, the arts became more accessible. With live performance back, and streams dwindling, many feel forgotten.

‘Covid Vortex Anxiety Opera’ Review: Gloom, Zoom and a New Bloom
Culture, April 11

The veteran performance artist Karen Finley leads the audience through the troubles that plagued New York City at the peak of the pandemic.

Obie Awards Honor ‘English’ as Best New Play
Culture, February 24

A ceremony for the awards, celebrating work Off and Off Off Broadway, will be held Monday, but organizers decided to announce the winners in advance.

Broadway Bounces Back With ‘Best Week Since the Before Times’
Culture, January 4

Broadway shows grossed $51.9 million during the holiday week, the most since 2019, and “The Lion King” set a record for the most earned by any show in a single week.

‘Broadway Rising’ Review: Surviving the Pandemic
Weekend, December 27

Stakeholders including Patti LuPone and Lynn Nottage share their real-time reactions to New York theater’s shutdown and reopening in Amy Rice’s documentary.

Onstage, It’s Finally Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Again
Culture, December 21

After one holiday season lost to the pandemic and another curtailed by Omicron, seasonal staples including “The Nutcracker,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Messiah” are back in force.

Lynn Nottage’s ‘Clyde’s’ Is the Most-Staged Play in America
Culture, September 23

An annual survey, suspended during the pandemic, resumes and finds theaters nationally doing fewer shows and torn between escapism and ambition.

Did Fauci Lead America Astray on Covid?
Letters, September 16

Responses to an essay that criticized Anthony Fauci’s handling of the pandemic. Also: Migrants as props; abortion rights; David Milch; theater’s lessons.

To Mask, or Not to Mask: Theaters and Concert Halls Face a Dilemma
Culture, September 5

Some audience members are turned off by mask mandates. Others won’t attend indoor performances without them. Arts presenters are taking different approaches this season.

‘It’s My Tradition Too’: A Town’s Centuries-Old Passion Play Evolves
Culture, August 24

After a two-year pandemic delay, villagers in the German town of Oberammergau are once again re-enacting the story of Jesus’s life and death, with some changes.

On Broadway, One Show Decides to Keep Masks. No, It’s Not ‘Phantom.’
Culture, June 24

“American Buffalo,” at Circle in the Square, is sticking with masking till it closes, July 10, citing the “proximity of the audience to the actors” and “the staging in the round.”

You Don’t Want to Wear a Mask? Do It for Hugh Jackman
New York, June 24

Beginning in July, Broadway will no longer require audiences to mask up. Actors and theater workers aren’t loving the idea.

You Don’t Want to Wear a Mask? Do It for Hugh Jackman.
Metropolitan, June 24

Beginning in July, Broadway will no longer require audiences to mask up. Actors and theater workers aren’t loving the idea.

Broadway Will Drop Mask Mandate Beginning July 1
Culture, June 21

Most theaters stopped requiring proof of vaccination this spring. Now they are going “mask optional.”

‘A Strange Loop’ Wins Best Musical as Tonys Celebrate Broadway’s Return
Culture, June 13

“The Lehman Trilogy” won best play, “Company” won best musical revival and “Take Me Out” won best revival of a play at the 75th Tony Awards.

‘Come From Away’ to Close, the Latest Broadway Show to End Run
Culture, June 8

The musical, which opened in 2017, is the third to announce a closing in two days, as many shows struggle in a pandemic-softened marketplace.

Broadway theaters will continue requiring patrons to wear masks at least through June 30.
Culture, May 20

The decision comes at a time when New York City has declared a “high Covid alert.”

The Twisting Trail to the Tonys: ‘Can You Believe That We’re Here?’
Arts & Leisure, May 18

At times it felt like a game of survival. But during a Broadway season unlike any other, productions showed their resourcefulness while learning how to live with Covid.

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ to Close on Broadway, After Reopening
Culture, May 13

The musical, which shuttered temporarily in January as the Omicron variant spread, has struggled with the slow return of tourists to the theater.

Your Monday Evening Briefing
N Y T Now, May 9

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Most Broadway theaters have ended vaccination checks as coronavirus cases are rising.
Culture, May 9

Most of Broadway Ends Vaccine Checks as Cases Rise in New York
Culture, May 6

While for-profit theater owners and operators agreed to stop checking proof of vaccination this week, several nonprofit Broadway theaters continue to require it.

Manhattan Springs Back to Life
Travel, May 5

Broadway enthusiasts, art aficionados and food lovers will find new offerings in and around Times Square and in neighborhoods below 42nd Street, heralding the promise of a vibrant recovery.

‘For Colored Girls’ to Close on Broadway, Reflecting Tough Season
Culture, May 3

The revival, directed by Camille A. Brown, received strong reviews but struggled to attract audiences and overcome challenges posed by Covid.