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I Make Plays. I Write Criticism. I’m Not My Own Enemy.

“The artist–critic war of attrition is boring. It’s a cliché.”
photo essay

Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McCraney Makes His Broadway Debut

A peek backstage ahead of Choir Boy’s premiere.
q&a

A Long Talk With Lin-Manuel Miranda

On Mary Poppins Returns, and Hamilton in Puerto Rico.
  1. chat room
    Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel on Waitress, and When She Saved Him From a SharkThe two pals star in the musical until February 3.
  2. deaths
    Broadway’s Carol Channing, Star of Hello, Dolly!, Is Dead at 97Channing died at her home in Rancho Mirage, California.
  3. party report
    Choir Boy Star Explains the Show’s Most Swoon-Worthy SceneCaleb Eberhardt on what makes a 1976 slow jam perfect for a 2019 story of two black boys navigating love.
  4. broadway transfers
    Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me Is Transferring to BroadwayIt will start performances March 19 and run through June 9.
  5. don't call it a comeback
    Lin-Manuel Miranda Isn’t Throwing Away His Shot at Doing Hamilton in Puerto RicoTickets, to raise funds for the country, went for $5,000.
  6. theater review
    Theater Reviews: Northeast Prep and Southern Gothic in Choir Boy and Blue RidgeNew plays from Tarell Alvin McCraney and Abby Rosebrock.
  7. theater
    Amy Heckerling on the ’90s Hits That Made It Into Clueless, the Musical’N Sync got in. The Backstreet Boys? Sadly, that didn’t work out.
  8. broadway
    Ingrid Michaelson Directly Targeting Your Tear Ducts With a Notebook MusicalBring on the tears and the stage rain!
  9. kennedy center honors
    Hamilton Cast Reunites at the Kennedy Center Honors for Belated Holiday PresentFor free!
  10. first person
    I Make Plays. I Write Criticism. I’m Not My Own Enemy.“The artist–critic war of attrition is boring. It’s a cliché.”
  11. last night on late night
    Lin-Manuel Miranda Threw Away His Shot at Performing Hamilton for BeyoncéAnd he’s regretted it ever since.
  12. best of 2018
    Hear Vulture Writers Discuss the Best Pop Culture of 2018 for Two Glorious HoursMatt Zoller Seitz, Jerry Saltz, Emily Yoshida, Dee Lockett, Sara Holdren, and Maris Kreizman shared favorites from the year in culture.
  13. broadway
    683 Costumes, 400 Quick Changes, One Wardrobe Team: Backstage at The Cher ShowThe show’s second set of choreography happens in the wings.
  14. photo essay
    Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McCraney Makes His Broadway DebutA peek backstage ahead of Choir Boy’s premiere.
  15. q&a
    A Long Talk With Lin-Manuel MirandaOn Mary Poppins Returns, and Hamilton in Puerto Rico.
  16. #metoo
    OITNB’s Yael Stone Accuses Geoffrey Rush of Alleged Sexual MisconductThe Australian actress starred across from Rush in a 2010 production of The Diary of a Madman in Sydney.
  17. odd stories
    Someone Make a TV Series About This Musical Playing to Empty Houses in NZLavish sets! Mysterious businessmen! Zero interest from the public!
  18. theater review
    Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird Adaptation Walks the WalkBartlet Sher and a superior cast bring a period piece into the present.
  19. exclusive
    First Listen: The Prom’s Original Broadway Cast RecordingWe just wanna dance with you.
  20. broadway transfers
    Dark, Sexy, Reconceived Oklahoma! to Transfer to BroadwayThe new take on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic earned raves Off Broadway.
  21. endings
    After 15 Years of Ruining Unsuspecting Families’ Vacations, Avenue Q to CloseThe show took home Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score at the 2004 Tony Awards
  22. off broadway
    Theater Review: Slave Play Blends the Terrifying and the TantalizingThis show understands a good twist.
  23. best of 2018
    Sara Holdren’s 10 Best Theater Productions of 2018New life for old Greeks and Oklahomans and civics-class speechifying.
  24. broadway
    Sara Bareilles Will Return to Waitress Once Again in JanuaryThis time Tony winner Gavin Creel will star across from her.
  25. theater review
    Theater Review: Can a Cooled-Down Network Bring the Heat?Theater Review: Can a Cooled-Down Network Bring the Heat?
  26. casting
    Actress Alert: Faye Dunaway Will Play Katharine Hepburn on BroadwayDunaway will star in Matthew Lombardo’s Tea at Five in the summer of 2019.
  27. the fan club of knowledge
    The Modern Fan Club of Knowledge: David Mamet on 30 Years’ Talk With Ricky JayDavid Mamet on 30 years of talking with Ricky Jay.
  28. apologies
    Kanye Apologizes for His Phone Etiquette During Broadway’s The Cher ShowCast member Jarrod Spector called Yeezy out on Twitter and, look, he’s not going to deny it. But the show was great!
  29. theater review
    Theater Review: How Over-the-Top Should The Cher Show Be?Do you believe in life after life?
  30. kennedy center honors
    Kennedy Center Honors Pay Tribute to Hamilton and Musical LegendsA Trump-less night celebrating the Hamilton team, Cher, Reba McEntire, Philip Glass, jazz legend Wayne Shorter, and art as a transgressive force.
  31. movie adaptations
    A Dear Evan Hansen Movie Is Waving Into DevelopmentAnybody have a script?
  32. broadway
    Hadestown Will Sing Its Mythic Tale on Broadway This SpringAnaïs Mitchell’s Greek myth musical will open April 17.
  33. theater
    How The Ferryman Wrangles Its Onstage GooseThe fowl in the play.
  34. chat room
    Kelli O’Hara on Her Emotional The King and I Reunion, and Learning From AnnaAnd her plans for making Kiss Me, Kate “fresh.”
  35. theater
    My Near-Impossible Job: Adapting To Kill a MockingbirdAaron Sorkin on the many challenges of bringing one of America’s most sacred novels to the Broadway stage.
  36. theater
    Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase Introduce Their ‘Reexamined’ Kiss Me, KateAnd discuss what will stay the same.
  37. theater review
    Theater Review: A Soft-Edged Production of Tom Stoppard’s The Hard ProblemTom Stoppard’s first new play in a decade gets a production that’s a little cuddlier than we’re accustomed to.
  38. good one podcast
    The 7 Words That Changed Mike Birbiglia’s Comedy ForeverOn this week’s Good One, Mike Birbiglia talks about his new Broadway show, The New One, and the phrase “I know … I’m in the future also.”
  39. remembrances
    Here’s What It Was Like to Collaborate With William GoldmanWill Frears, who directed Misery on Broadway, remembers working with the screenwriting legend.
  40. theater review
    Theater Review: The Prom, Where Theater Geeks Belt Away Without ShameAnother funny meta-musical from the team behind ‘The Drowsy Chaperone.’
  41. theater review
    Theater Review: The Minor-Key K-Pop of Wild Goose DreamsHansol Jung’s play gets a fantastic, enveloping production.
  42. theater review
    Theater Review: Raúl Esparza Makes a Hard-to-Resist Arturo UiJohn Doyle’s customarily spare production makes Brecht great (again).
  43. theater
    Phoebe Waller-Bridge Is Bringing the Stage Version of Fleabag to New YorkAt the SoHo Playhouse from February 28 to April 7.
  44. theater
    ‘We Pitch and Catch Pretty Good’: Tim and Tyne Daly on Playing SiblingsThe two actors appear onstage together for the first time (with an asterisk) in Downstairs.
  45. broadway
    The Prom’s Caitlin Kinnunen Wants to Give Gay Teens a Warmhearted Queer Romance“Not everyone’s queer experience is heartbreaking.”
  46. casting
    16-Year-Old High Schooler and Jimmy Awards Winner to Star in Dear Evan HansenMeet Jimmy Awards star Andrew Barth Feldman.
  47. theater review
    Theater Review: Is Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing) Still Revolutionary?Fourteen years later, it feels out-of-step.
  48. two critics one show
    Is Mike Birbiglia’s The New One a Broadway Show or Standup? Our Critics Discuss.Sara Holdren and Jesse David Fox compare notes.
  49. theater review
    Theater Review: King Kong, Who’s There?Besides the giant mechanical ape and the 14 puppeteers who keep him going, that is.
  50. theater review
    Theater Review: Eve’s Song, Long on Relevance and Short on Dramatic CraftAnother story of good theatrical intentions that don’t hold up a play.
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