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Jim Steinman, Master of Excess

At his best, humor and his natural talents came together — most often in the work of Meat Loaf — to create ineffable moments of pop and rock grandeur.
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Scott Rudin, As Told by His Assistants

A portrait of a toxic workplace.
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What Happens to New York Theater on April 2?

Governor Cuomo announced that indoor performance will be allowed to return at 33 percent capacity starting today. What, exactly, will that look like?
  1. live tv musicals
    Annie Live! Will Come Out, Well, Not Tomorrow, But During the Holidays on NBCThe live TV musical tradition returns, this time directed by Lear deBessonet.
  2. broadway
    Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked Will Return to Broadway September 14It’s the circle of, wait for it, aaaaAAAaah.
  3. theater review
    In Taxilandia, the Front Seat Is Stage, the Back Seat an AudienceAnd the partition is the proscenium arch.
  4. reopening
    Chicago to Rouge Knees, Roll Stockings Down, Return to Broadway on September 14And all that jazz!
  5. broadway
    The Pop Queens of Six Will Start Belting on Broadway Again This SeptemberThe pop musical was originally supposed to open the night Broadway shut down.
  6. broadway
    Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over Will Reopen Broadway’s August Wilson TheatreThe drama about two Black men on a street corner references Waiting for Godot.
  7. r.i.p.
    Moonstruck’s Olympia Dukakis Is Dead at 89“After many months of failing health, she is finally at peace and with Louis.”
  8. theater
    NYC Plans to Fully Reopen on July 1, Says Broadway May Return in September“I’d say you should expect Broadway full strength in September.”
  9. theater
    A Great Gatsby Musical from Florence Welch Has Gotten a Green LightNo, not a stage version of the Baz Luhrmann movie.
  10. obits
    Jim Steinman, Master of ExcessAt his best, humor and his natural talents came together — most often in the work of Meat Loaf — to create ineffable moments of pop and rock grandeur.
  11. broadway
    Scott Rudin Resigns from the Broadway League Amid AllegationsActors’ Equity previously released a statement pressuring the 700-member group to address the Scott Rudin controversy.
  12. bullies
    Scott Rudin Made Rita Wilson Feel ‘Worthless’ After Breast Cancer Diagnosis“He is the kind of person who makes someone feel worthless, unvaluable, and replaceable.”
  13. the industry
    Author Michael Chabon Apologizes For ‘Enabling’ Scott Rudin: ‘I Knew Enough’“I’m not proud of that. Let me state it more honestly: I’m ashamed.”
  14. tributes
    Meat Loaf on Songwriter Jim Steinman: ‘We Belonged Heart and Soul to Each Other’Steinman died on April 19 at age 73.
  15. the industry
    Tavi Gevinson: Art Doesn’t Need TyrantsScott Rudin’s downfall is an opportunity to change Hollywood.
  16. the industry
    Scott Rudin, As Told by His AssistantsA portrait of a toxic workplace.
  17. broadway
    Hugh Jackman Belts Out a Statement About Scott Rudin in All CapsMust get rid of toxic in community.
  18. adaptations
    Antoine Fuqua Will Direct an All-Black Cat on a Hot Tin Roof MovieInspired by the 2008 Broadway revival of the Tennessee Williams classic.
  19. the industry
    Beauty and the Beast Director Leaves Tour After Email Supporting Scott RudinRob Roth confirmed he praised the allegedly abusive producer and called Karen Olivo a “horrible woman.”
  20. the industry
    Scott Rudin Also ‘Stepping Back’ From Film Projects Over Abuse AllegationsYet, once again, the terms of his “stepping back” are unclear.
  21. toxic workplaces
    Scott Rudin Will ‘Step Back’ From Broadway Amid Abusive-Behavior Allegations“After a period of reflection, I’ve made the decision to step back from active participation on our Broadway productions, effective immediately.”
  22. theater
    Karen Olivo Leaves Moulin Rouge!, Citing Industry Silence on Scott Rudin“Social justice is actually more important than being the Sparkling Diamond.”
  23. theater review
    A Play Opens! In a Theater! And … It’s a Recording.Blindness is our one-eyed king.
  24. broadway
    Armie Hammer Exits Tracy Letts’s Broadway Play The MinutesThe LAPD has opened an investigation following an allegation of rape made against the actor.
  25. backstories
    What Happens to New York Theater on April 2?Governor Cuomo announced that indoor performance will be allowed to return at 33 percent capacity starting today. What, exactly, will that look like?
  26. game of thrones
    George R.R. Martin Finds New Way to Procrastinate: Game of Thrones on BroadwaySounds like Medieval Times Dinner Theater with stronger IP.
  27. broadway
    Diana Musical to Return to Broadway in December, After Premiering on NetflixIt’s the first Broadway production to set a date for reopening.
  28. shakespeare in the park
    Shakespeare in the Park Plans to Return to New York This SummerThe Public Theater has announced an adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
  29. trailer mix
    Lights Up on the New In the Heights TrailerPremiering June 18.
  30. broadway
    Chita Rivera, André De Shields, Joel Grey, and More Did a Pop-Up Broadway ShowOn Friday, March 12, Broadway performers commemorated a year of the shutdown with a show called “We Will Be Back.”
  31. theater
    A Theater Critic Reviews a Year Without Theater“Little did I know that night that I’d go into Manhattan only three times in the next 365 days.”
  32. musicals
    A Queen’s Gambit Musical Will Revive Chess Onstage Without Reviving ChessBut why not just revive Chess?
  33. casting call
    With Broadway Shuttered, Mandy Patinkin Joins The Good FightBecause what else is a stage icon to do these days?
  34. rent! rent! rent!
    The Highs and Lows of NYTW’s 25 Years of Rent BenefitA reunion special with extra new stars, as the 1996 musical reaches a milestone birthday.
  35. the coronavirus
    Smaller New York Performance Spaces Allowed to Open at Limited CapacityVenues would max out at 100 people indoors or 200 outdoors.
  36. theater
    Theater Is Closed, But That Hasn’t Stopped the WoostersFor the group, theater is a religion and the process is the point. Its latest: a years-in-the-making adaptation of Brecht’s The Mother.
  37. the art of ending things
    There Are Only Two Types of Musical Endings That MatterCan you tell we really miss Broadway?
  38. streaming theater review
    Performing for Ghosts: Riz Ahmed’s The Long Goodbye“The songs are like stars, supermassive, dense with rhyme and anger.”
  39. improv
    The Peoples Improv Theater Is Closing Its Main SpaceIt’s another loss for the New York comedy scene.
  40. in memoriam
    Please, Everyone, Read Christopher Plummer’s AutobiographyThese few bits will get you hooked.
  41. obits
    Christopher Plummer, Legendary Actor, Dead at 91One of a few to win the “Triple Crown of Acting.”
  42. it’s possible!
    The Brandy-Whitney Cinderella Is Finally Belting Onto Disney+Impossible things are happening on February 12.
  43. rip
    Actor Hal Holbrook, Who Embodied Mark Twain for Over 60 Years, Is Dead at 95From playing Deep Throat in All the President’s Men to his one-man stage show as Mark Twain, Holbrook had a substantial career.
  44. tony awards
    The Tony Awards Inch Closer to Finally Giving Aaron Tveit That TrophyBallots will go out in March, with a ceremony “in coordination with Broadway’s eventual reopening.”
  45. streaming theater review
    Bollywood Kitchen, Where the Script Is Also a RecipeA streaming innovation: Instead of getting better seats when you pay more, you get closer interaction with the star.
  46. streaming theater review
    Irish Eyes, Unsmiling: Mark O’Rowe’s The Approach Is a Three-Actor ShowcaseStreaming from Dublin.
  47. inauguration day
    See How Many Broadway Stars You Can Name in the Celebrating America PerformanceThe Broadway community virtually came together to sing “Seasons of Love” and “Let the Sunshine In” at the event.
  48. theater review
    It’s Theater-Festival Season, in a Year When Everything’s Avant-Garde AnywayThe January of the Weird has arrived.
  49. broadway
    Broadway’s Mean Girls Musical Will Not Return After the PandemicThe production is still set for a movie adaptation.
  50. extremely online
    The Rats Hidden Under All Our Hats Helped Ratatouille Musical Raise Over $1MProceeds from the TikTok musical will go to the Actors Fund.
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