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Ariana DeBose on Hosting the Tonys: ‘Whatever We Do Is Going to Be Fun’

The Broadway ensemble member turned Oscar winner vows that the ceremony will celebrate the often unsung actors who have stepped in so often during the pandemic. → Read More

In a First for Broadway, a Theater Will Be Renamed for Lena Horne

Horne, a renowned singer and activist, will be the first Black woman to have a theater named after her once the Brooks Atkinson is renamed. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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

James Ijames on Winning a Pulitzer and Making ‘Hamlet’ a Comedy

The 41-year-old playwright’s show “Fat Ham,” set at a Southern barbecue, hasn’t even had an in-person production yet because of the pandemic. → Read More

Tony Nomination Snubs and Surprises: Daniel Craig, ‘Funny Girl’ and ‘Paradise Square’

Several stars, including Daniel Craig and Sarah Jessica Parker, were not nominated for their performances, while “Paradise Square” became one of the season’s most-nominated shows. → Read More

Tony Award Nominations Postponed Because of Coronavirus Delays

The nominations will now be announced May 9, but the awards ceremony will remain, as scheduled, on June 12. → Read More

‘Great Comet’ Producer Hasn’t Paid Royalties, Composer Says

Dave Malloy has filed a petition seeking the help of an arbitrator in his dispute with Howard Kagan over international productions. → Read More

Actors in ‘Waitress’ Tour Seek to Join Labor Union

Employees of a nonunion production are seeking improved compensation and safety protocols, saying a union version of the same musical pays better. → Read More

‘Macbeth’ performances on Broadway pause after Daniel Craig tests positive for the coronavirus.

The show, which just began previews on Tuesday, hopes to resume on April 8. → Read More

A Prominent Regional Theater Will Exit Its Stage to Explore Its City

Long Wharf Theater, a regional nonprofit on New Haven’s waterfront, is ending a long, bumpy chapter there, hoping to expand access and reduce costs. → Read More

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Fires Its Harry Potter

The Broadway production dismissed the actor James Snyder, citing unspecified concerns about his conduct after an investigation of a complaint by a castmate. → Read More

As Broadway Struggles, Governor Hochul Proposes Expanded Tax Credit

With Omicron complicating Broadway’s return, Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed more assistance for commercial theater, which her budget director called “critical for the economy.” → Read More

‘Ain’t Too Proud’ to Close on Broadway as Covid-19 Takes Its Toll

The jukebox musical about the powerhouse Motown group will end its run on Jan. 16. It is now the fourth show to announce a closing in the last eight days. → Read More

Broadway Grosses Drop 26 Percent as Many Shows Cancel Performances

The surge in coronavirus cases comes at a tough time for the theater industry, which traditionally relies on the holiday season box office. → Read More

On Broadway, Covid is trying to steal every show.

Theater actors have long prided themselves on performing despite infections and injuries — singing through strain and dancing through pain. No more. The coronavirus pandemic has upended the theater industry’s longstanding “show must go on” philosophy, supplanting it with a safety-first strategy. The result: a raft of cancellations unlike any in history. On Wednesday, “Tina,” a jukebox musical… → Read More

Live Theater Is Back. But a New Broadway Play Will Stream, Too.

The digital experimentation born of the pandemic shutdown is continuing: the final 16 performances of Lynn Nottage’s “Clyde’s” will be streamed, for $59. → Read More

Julianne Boyd to Retire After 27 Years at Barrington Stage

Under her leadership, the nonprofit produced “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and other shows that made it to Broadway. → Read More

‘Slave Play’ Was Shut Out at the Tonys. But It’s Coming Back to Broadway.

The play, which had been nominated for 12 Tony Awards, will return to Broadway in November. → Read More

‘Jagged Little Pill’ arrives with 15 Tony nominations, but also intensifying controversy.

The musical, featuring Alanis Morissette songs, is planning to resume performances on Broadway next month. → Read More