crisis 2020

Does Arts-Funding Advocacy Need a Famous Face?

Many are working behind the scenes, but no one’s willing to get in the spotlight.
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How We Told the Story of Hamilton

A guide to Vulture’s nonstop coverage of a Broadway cannonball that was never just a musical.
movie review

The Hamilton Movie Swings Open the Doors of Broadway

The Disney+ version of the musical is in-your-face at a moment when nothing is allowed to be in your face.
  1. fair points
    Andrew Lloyd Webber Says the Cats Movie Is ‘Ridiculous’ and He’ll Tell You WhyWell, he’s not wrong.
  2. streaming theater
    Go Small and Go Home: Tiny Theater Made in QuarantineThe 7th voyage of egon tichy was streamed from an apartment closet.
  3. parade movie when
    Disney+, Clearly Run by Theater Kids, Is Making a Once on This Island MovieJocelyn Bioh is writing the script, with Wanuri Kahiu directing.
  4. reunions
    Scandal Cast Reunites for Charity, Claim to Be Theater Kids Yet Refuse to SingYes, Kerry Washington was in A Little Night Music in college, but do not ask her to sing a song from the show now.
  5. the coronavirus
    The Phantom of the Opera, the OG Masked Singer, Closes in West EndAfter nearly 34 years, it’s shuttering due to COVID-19.
  6. crisis 2020
    Does Arts-Funding Advocacy Need a Famous Face?Many are working behind the scenes, but no one’s willing to get in the spotlight.
  7. theater review
    This Sceptered Dial: Richard II on the RadioShakespeare in the Park in your headphones.
  8. london theater
    Hot Priest Livestreams: Andrew Scott Is Doing Solo Play in LondonThree Kings will stream from the Old Vic.
  9. theater
    Gee, Officer: Why Are There So Few Plays About Cops?They’re all over TV and movies. But there are almost no police dramas onstage.
  10. records on records
    Pop Smoke Joins Biggie and Tupac With Posthumous No. 1 Debut AlbumAnd the Hamilton cast album broke records by rocketing to No. 2.
  11. hamilton
    Who Tells Your Story on Camera? How Hamilton Was Edited Into a Movie.Director Tommy Kail and editor Jonah Moran explain how they pieced together key moments from the musical — including the ending.
  12. two friends
    Okieriete Onaodowan and Daveed Diggs Discuss Hamilton’s Slavery Issue“I definitely appreciate everybody questioning it,” Diggs told Onaodowan on the latest episode of Two Friends.
  13. miranda refuted
    The Academy Says the Hamilton Movie Won’t Be Eligible at Next Year’s OscarsDespite what the Academy says, Disney reportedly plans to submit the project for the Oscars and various guild awards.
  14. sorry
    Just a Post About Jonathan Groff’s King George Spit in HamiltonSorry, we had to.
  15. in memoriam
    Broadway and Hollywood Communities Remember Late Actor Nick CorderoThe Bullets Over Broadway performer passed away after a months-long battle with COVID-19.
  16. the arts
    United Kingdom Unveils Nearly $2 Billion Government Relief Package for the ArtsThe funds will be split between museums, independent theaters, and other arts and cultural organizations.
  17. obits
    Broadway Actor Nick Cordero Dead at 41 Due to Coronavirus ComplicationsThe Broadway performer was nominated for a Tony in 2014 for his turn in Bullets Over Broadway.
  18. theater review
    Uses for a Dull Knife: Productive Boredom in Three ZoomertainmentsState vs. Natasha Banina, And So We Come Forth and Zero Cost House
  19. work!
    How We Told the Story of HamiltonA guide to Vulture’s nonstop coverage of a Broadway cannonball that was never just a musical.
  20. movie review
    The Hamilton Movie Swings Open the Doors of BroadwayThe Disney+ version of the musical is in-your-face at a moment when nothing is allowed to be in your face.
  21. theater
    Dustin Hoffman to Star in Our Town on BroadwayBartlett Sher is attached to direct.
  22. broadway
    Broadway’s Coronavirus Shutdown Officially Extends Until January 2021The Broadway League has confirmed what’s already seemed apparent.
  23. broadway
    Trouble in Mind, Landmark Play About Race and Theater, Finally Heads to BroadwayAnd Caroline, or Change will return in Spring 2021.
  24. broadway
    Hugh Jackman’s Music Man Won’t Be a-Comin’ to Broadway Until Spring 2021As it becomes increasingly clear Broadway isn’t coming back this fall.
  25. theater
    Gradually and Then All at Once, Racial and Labor Reckoning at the Flea TheaterAfter years at a simmer, the situation suddenly reached a boiling point.
  26. trailer mix
    Look Around, Look Around, Disney’s Hamilton Trailer Has Arrived Right NowFinally, you can see what all the hype is about.
  27. theater
    Holland Taylor on How Playing Ann Richards Changed Her LifeTaylor explains her fascination with the Texas governor.
  28. performing arts
    The Precarious Future of High Culture in New YorkThe pandemic silenced the city’s symphony halls and grand opera houses. But will the (eventual) restart bring with it a reckoning?
  29. cool babies
    David Byrne’s American Utopia Is on the Road to HBODirected by his “art brother” Spike Lee.
  30. drama desk awards
    A Strange Loop, The Inheritance Lead This Year’s Drama Desk WinnersThe (awards) show went on Saturday night.
  31. q&a
    Jagged Little Pill’s Lauren Patten Will Not Admit That She Steals the ShowPatten won a Drama Desk Award for her emotional “You Oughta Know.”
  32. theater review
    Does Interactive Theater Work on Zoom? Two Theaters Switch On the VideoWhat exactly makes something feel “live”?
  33. girl from the north country
    The Bob Dylan Musical Made Bob Dylan Cry“I’ve seen it and it affected me,” he said of Girl From the North Country.
  34. theater
    Building Trust After Inclusivity Failed: Lessons for the TheaterAfter years of talk, minimal progress. So what now?
  35. theater
    BIPOC Theater Artists Petition for Change: ‘We See You, White American Theater’Co-signed by Cynthia Erivo, Billy Porter, Viola Davis, Leslie Odom Jr. and hundreds of other theater makers.
  36. the coronavirus
    For the Apollo Theater, the Show Must Go OnThey’re taking their talent online. Literally.
  37. theater
    Shaina Taub Describes Being Arrested on Her StoopShe said the officer was “snarling intense verbal intimidation.”
  38. black lives matter
    Slave Play Donates $10,000 Intended for Awards Season to National Bailout Fund“Enough is enough.”
  39. theater
    Black Theater Workers Call Out Racism on BroadwayGriffin Matthews, Schele Williams, Cody Renard Richard, and others have described racist experiences working in theater.
  40. postponements
    Drama Desk Awards Postponed Out of Regard for Ongoing Protests“We stand together with our black colleagues against the racial injustice and violence in our nation and city.”
  41. theater
    Props? Trombone Zones? Dressing Rooms? A COVID Theater Think Tank Plans AheadProp-handling rules? Dressing-room airflow checks? Trombone-free zones? What will it take to open safely?
  42. the longest lives
    What I’ve Learned So FarLessons from artists and thinkers.
  43. remembrances
    Larry Kramer’s InheritanceAn intergenerational conversation about what he meant and means.
  44. roll clip!
    Two Minutes of Armie Hammer Going Hog Wild OnstageNo one can resist Icona Pop’s “I Love It.”
  45. social distance
    Claire Foy and Matt Smith Will Star in a Socially Distant, Livestreamed PlayThe Old Vic’s new version of Lungs will be performed without an audience.
  46. theater
    Miscast Gala to Bring Those Delightful Performances Right to YouTube This YearA perennial highlight of the Broadway season.
  47. dance
    Where to Stream Great Dance PerformancesA little starter set for the enthusiast who wants to feel like leaping again.
  48. smash lives!
    Like a Phoenix Rising From the TV Ashes, a Smash Musical Is Heading to BroadwayThey said “Don’t Forget Me!” and they meant it.
  49. roll clip!
    Try Not to Tear Up As Dolly Parton Serenades You RemotelyAs part of an online Covenant House fundraiser.
  50. cats
    Sure Sounds Like Andrew Lloyd Webber Didn’t Dig James Corden in Cats“I cannot tell you how absolutely un-Eliot it all was.”
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