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The Broadway actress, recognizable as the original Regina George in Mean Girls and Campbell in Bring It On, is thriving in a new role – starring in the NBC sitcom Kenan. Alongside co-stars Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd, Louderman plays “Tami,” an ambitious and well-intentioned news anchor who co-hosts a morning program called “Wake Up With Kenan!” Season Two of Kenan is currently airing on NBC, but in her freetime, Louderman continues to run her non-profit songwriting contest Write Out Loud.Last week, I met with Taylor over Zoom to chat about her transition between stage and screen in a conversation full of laughs and plenty of coffee. This conversation has been edited for clarity and length.

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Meghan Picerno Leaves Her Mark On PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

January 19, 2022

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January 19, 2022

Before “phan”-favorite Meghan Picerno leaves Phantom of the Opera this week, we checked in with the her to reflect on the past few years in the role of Christine before her final journey into the Phantom's lair on Sunday.

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Comedians Earnestly Singing Musical Theatre @ 54 Below

January 19, 2022

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January 19, 2022

Writer-comedians Reid Pope and Zach Schiffman are three things. Comedians, musical theatre fans, and very online—decide for yourself whether the list ascends or descends in unfortunateness. But, as such, they’ve gathered up a crew of fellow three-peat offenders for a show titled Comedians Earnestly Singing Musical Theatre, which promises (threatens?) fresh takes on popular showtunes. They’d done a digital version of this, back in November 2020, hosted Brooklyn Comedy Collective on their TVCO service. Per Schiffman, “everyone performed on Zoom, and it was streamed to a now-defunct app.” This time, they’ve booked Feinstein’s/54 Below for a late January show. We thought it’d be fun, given the funny people involved, to ask them a bit about comedy in musical theatre.

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WINNIE THE POOH Is The Breath Of Fresh Air You Didn’t Know You Needed

January 18, 2022

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Amanda Marie Miller

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December 10, 2021

Winnie the Pooh at Theatre Row is like a long exhale. Settling into a comfy chair, holding a warm mug. It’s a production that is crisp, beautifully executed, and - if you asked the toddler sitting near me at the performance - the most gripping story line ever written about a bear in dire need of honey. The characters, conventions, and general sound of the show bring something comfortable and nostalgic, easy to do since the source has been around since 1926. It is the production aspects however, that offer effortlessly lovely artistry in a format we don’t see too frequently. Each and every detail created this cozy little world, where I was just a guest in the Hundred Acre Wood.
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Day Off Diary: THE BOOK OF MORMON’s Derrick Williams

January 18, 2022

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Kobi Kassal

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January 18, 2022

For many actors, after a long 8-show week, their one day off is time to rest and recharge. This week, we caught up with Derrick Williams (and his pup!) from The Book of Mormon to spend an afternoon with him. Get to know a bit more about Derrick in his #DayOffDiary!
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Livestreaming CLYDE’S on Broadway — A Chat With Second Stage’s Reed Wilkerson

January 11, 2022

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Caroline Cao

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January 11, 2022

We spoke with Reed Wiklerson, general manager of Second Stage here in New York about how took their acclaimed Broadway production of Clyde's by Lynn Nottage and are live streaming it around the world.
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Robert Schneider On Producing Rarely-Produced Works with J2

January 11, 2022

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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January 11, 2022

Almost every theatre fan has their own “underground” favorite: a show that they fell in love with through things like cast recordings, but have never had the opportunity to see in person; a show that makes a fan wish they had a time machine, just so they could go back and see their favorite show on stage. J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company is looking to turn some of those dreams into reality. Every season, J2 presents short revivals of classic Broadway shows, most of which did not receive lengthy original runs in New York. The company gives audience members the opportunity to revisit these shows or, in some cases, see them for the first time while also utilizing emerging artists in New York City. Artistic director Robert Schneider said the idea to start J2 was born out of a conversation between him and executive producer Jim Jimirro, centered on their shared love of obscure musicals. 
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Madame Morribles Assemble - Six Magical Morribles to Step In On Broadway

January 11, 2022

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Amanda Marie Miller

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January 11, 2022

A frequently slept upon, yet key player for any production of Wicked, Madame Morrible stands out for her mysterious turn from mentor to villain- unless she was actually an antagonist all along. While we've had an excellent run of Morrible talent (Jayne Houdyshell, Carol Kane, Alexandra Billings,) there will maybe, probably, likely come a time when Wicked needs the publicity and ticket sales that come with a stunt casting. So, as a public service, I’ve rounded up six very bold choices for future Madame Morrible’s including Taraji P. Henson, Katie Couric, Kristina Wong, Ziwe, J. Smith Cameron, and Tavi Gevinson.
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Day Off Diary: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY’s Caitlin Houlahan

January 3, 2022

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Kobi Kassal

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January 3, 2022

For many actors, after a long 8-show week, their one day off is time to rest and recharge. This week, we caught up with Caitlin Houlahan from Girl From The North Country to spend an afternoon with her. Get to know a bit more about Caitlin in her #DayOffDiary.
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Jeremy O. Harris Needs to be on Celebrity Big Brother 3 and Here’s Why

December 30, 2021

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Jordanna Brody

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December 30, 2021

Our thoughts on why playwright Jeremy O. Harris needs to be on Big Brother, the hit CBS reality competition. Best known for Slave Play (and subsequently Zola and his appearance on season 2 of Emily in Paris), Jeremy O. Harris has become a household name for any theatre lover. What you may not know about him is his love of reality television. Recently O. Harris tweeted his “10 TV Shows to know me,” with Big Brother and Survivor both cracking the top 10 (great picks imo). After revealing this, he tweeted, “Listen @cbs I told @JeffProbst that unfortunately I could never hack it on Survivor…I would embarrass myself and the fandom… BUT I NEED TO BE ON BIG BROTHER. I could go the distance! I could be the Mike white of BB!” (For those who aren’t Survivor fans, Mike White is a well-known screenwriter and director (School of Rock, Nacho Libre, and White Lotus to name a few) who made it to the final 3 of Survivor: David vs. Goliath in 2018 and played amazingly.)
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Day Off Diary: WOMAN IN BLACK’s Ben Porter

December 28, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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December 28, 2021

For many actors, after a long 8-show week, their one day off is time to rest and recharge. This week, we caught up with Ben Porter from Woman In Black to spend an afternoon with him. Get to know a bit more about Ben in his #DayOffDiary.
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Mark Shanahan can’t get enough of A CHRISTMAS CAROL

December 27, 2021

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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December 27, 2021

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is a holiday season staple for many. But for Mark Shanahan, it’s much more than that—Shanahan headed five different Christmas Carol-inspired adaptations this holiday season. One of those shows is A Sherlock Carol, a new play written and directed by Shanahan, which will be playing at the New World Stages through Jan. 2. A sort of sequel to Dickens’s original story, A Sherlock Carol centers on Sherlock Holmes, who is called in to investigate the death of Ebenezer Scrooge by a grown-up Tiny Tim. “Along the way, as we mash up the world of Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters, we meet lots of different characters from the original Sherlock Holmes story and the original tale of A Christmas Carol,” Shanahan said. “It’s a fun mash-up.”
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Step Aside Mariah Carey, Kristin Chenoweth is the Queen of Christmas

December 23, 2021

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December 23, 2021

We all know and love Kristin Chenoweth for iconic roles like Glinda in Wicked, Sally Brown in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and the iconic April Rhodes on Glee. What you may not know is, she has two amazing (in my opinion) Christmas albums, A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas (2008) and Happiness is…Christmas! (2021). While everyone else has been listening to the likes of Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé this holiday season, I’ve been listening to these two albums on a loop. Nothing against Mariah or Michael, but nothing hits quite like Kristin’s iconic voice this time of year (especially her high notes).Here are my top 10 songs from her two albums (in no particular order)
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Broadway Plus Offers The Perfect Girl’s Night Out With VIP IS THERE STILL SEX IN THE CITY? Package

December 23, 2021

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Meg Masseron

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December 23, 2021

Hey, all my Sex and the City lovers: what’s your ideal night out on the town in NYC? Is it grabbing a drink at the most Instagrammable, pink-themed bar? Or is it seeing a play - especially one with riveting female characters? Maybe you’re content just relaxing in your apartment, re-reading Candace Bushnell’s iconic novels. Well, you can have all of these experiences mashed into one with Broadway Plus’s VIP Package for Bushnell’s off-Broadway, one-woman play: Is There Still Sex in the City?
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Michael Anthony Williams and David Emerson Toney on Arena Stage’s Urgent Production of SEVEN GUITARS, and the Legacy of August Wilson

December 23, 2021

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Nathan Pugh

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December 23, 2021

We sat down to chat with Michael Anthony Williams and David Emerson Toney, two actors in Arena Stage’s production of August Wilson Seven Guitars.
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EXCLUSIVE: Watch “Balancing The Scales” Official Music Video from Barlow & Bear’s Unofficial Bridgerton Album

December 22, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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December 22, 2021

Almost one year ago today, Netflix graced us with “Bridgerton” and the world was soon changed. Soon after, writing duo Abigail Barlow & Emily Bear practically broke the internet as they started writing a musicalized version on TikTok. Cut to today, where the pair has earned their first Grammy nomination for “Best Musical Theater Album” for their recently released, The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical. The album hit #1 on iTunes U.S. Pop Albums within two hours of release, and Top 10 worldwide. #BridgertonMusical has also reached hundreds of millions of views. Theatrely has your exclusive look at a new video for “Balancing The Scales”
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Theatrely’s Best of 2021

December 21, 2021

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December 21, 2021

There is no doubt that this past year has been one of the toughest to produce arts in recent times. From incredible Broadway debuts to innovative digital performances that left us breathless, Theatrely’s Editor-in-Chief Kobi Kassal and Chief Critic Juan Ramirez sat down and chose their picks for the best of 2021!
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Day Off Diary: WAITRESS’ Stephanie Torns

December 20, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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December 20, 2021

For many actors, after a long 8-show week, their one day off is time to rest and recharge. This week, we caught up with Stephanie Torns from Waitress to spend a morning with her. Get to know a bit more about Stephanie in his #DayOffDiary: 
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Sharon Wheatley on COME FROM AWAY And The Gift That Keeps On Giving

December 15, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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December 15, 2021

By all accounts, even before 2015, Sharon Wheatley had a fruitful career on Broadway. From the final company of Cats to Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Avenue Q, Wheatley had fulfilled her childhood dream of making it to the Great White Way. Soon after, she left the business and moved to California, vowing to never return until one day a Facebook message changed the course of her career. Enter Come From Away, an emotional new story from Irene Sankoff and David Hein that explores the kindness and gratitude of Gander, Newfoundland, a town that welcomed over 7,000 stranded passengers following the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Wheatley joined the company for its out of town tryout in San Diego and hasn’t looked back since. I spoke to Wheatley via Zoom about the show, her upcoming book, and reflections on her seven-year journey with the musical.
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Harry Hadden-Paton on FLYING OVER SUNSET

December 13, 2021

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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December 13, 2021

Two years after his Tony-nominated performance in the revival of My Fair Lady, Harry Hadden-Paton returns to Broadway in Flying Over Sunset, which opens on Broadway tonight.On a surface level, Flying Over Sunset is about a fictional meeting between Aldous Huxley (who Hadden-Paton portrays), Clare Boothe Luce and Cary Grant, who all used the drug LSD in the 1950s. But Flying Over Sunset at its core is a story about human connection. “What it deals with is loss and connection and communication and friendship, which are all very relevant after the pandemic,” Hadden-Paton said. “That’s really what it’s about: focusing on what’s important and being made to focus on the now and what our priorities are in life and connecting with other people.”
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Day Off Diary: DIANA THE MUSICAL'S Anthony Murphy

December 13, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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December 13, 2021

For many actors, after a long 8-show week, their one day off is time to rest and recharge. This week, we caught up with Anthony Murphy from Diana The Musical to spend a morning with him. Get to know a bit more about Anthony in his #DayOffDiary:
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Here’s All Your Broadway Favs in Spielberg’s WEST SIDE STORY

December 10, 2021

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Amanda Marie Miller

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December 10, 2021

Here is your roundup of all of the Broadway stars and talent involved in Steven Spielberg's new West Side Story. With a new screenplay by Tony Kushner, the film features a large cast of multi-talented actors, ranging from veteran performer and beloved EGOT-winner Rita Moreno to newcomer and New Jersey-native Rachel Zegler.
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Time and Tick, Tick...Boom! as told through the Cinematography of Alice Brooks

December 6, 2021

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Meg Masseron

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December 6, 2021

Netflix’s Tick, Tick...Boom! could not have arrived with more felicitous timing, offering both a time machine back to 1990’s New York City and a mirror image of the theatre community today as it once again faces the challenge of art during crisis, and cinematographer Alice Brooks contributed much to the rawness and reality of its storytelling.Originally an off, off-Broadway autobiographical musical, Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick...Boom! musically narrates his life and experience creating and composing musical theatre in an industry that often prioritizes profitability over provocative new ideas. Since its premiere at Second Stage Theater, and following Larson’s unexpected death in 1996, it has served not only as a well-loved underground classic, but a self-written testimony of 90’s New York theatre history, and Larson’s large role in it. 
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Day Off Diary: KIMBERLY AKIMBO’S Bonnie Milligan

December 6, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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December 6, 2021

For many actors, after a long 8-show week, their one day off is time to rest and recharge. This week, we caught up with Bonnie Milligan, who plays Debra in Kimberly Akimbo down at the Atlantic Theater. Get to know a bit more about Bonnie in her #DayOffDiary: 
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MRS. DOUBTFIRE Celebrates Opening Night On Broadway | Photo Journal

December 6, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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December 6, 2021

The hip old granny has finally made her way to the Great White Way. Last night, Mrs. Doubtfire celebrated their opening night at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre followed by an elegant party at Cipriani 42nd Street. With a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, this production marks director Jerry Zaks’ 25th Broadway show.Mrs. Doubtfire features Tony nominee Rob McClure as Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire, Jenn Gambatese as Miranda Hillard, Peter Bartlett as Mr. Jolly, Charity Angél Dawson as Wanda Sellner, Mark Evans as Stuart Dunmire, J. Harrison Ghee as Andre Mayem, Analise Scarpaci as Lydia Hillard, Jake Ryan Flynn as Christopher Hillard, Avery Sell as Natalie Hillard and Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar as Frank Hillard. Mrs. Doubtfire also features Cameron Adams, Calvin L. Cooper, Kaleigh Cronin, Maria Dalanno, Casey Garvin, David Hibbard, KJ Hippensteel, Aaron Kaburick, Jodi Kimura, Erica Mansfield, Brian Martin, Alexandra Matteo, Sam Middleton, LaQuet Sharnell Pringle, Akilah Sailers, Jaquez André Sims, Addison Takefman, Travis Waldschmidt and Aléna Watter.
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Day Off Diary: CLYDE’S Kara Young

November 22, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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November 22, 2021

For many actors, after a long 8-show week, their one day off is time to rest and recharge. This week, we caught up with Kara Young, who plays Letitia in Clyde’s on Broadway, near her childhood home in Harlem. Get to know a bit more about Kara in her #DayOffDiary.
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Julia Murney On A Revamped BABY

November 22, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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November 22, 2021

Julia Murney is one of those actors who you know will deliver a top-rate performance, every single time. In her latest role, she has joined Out of the Box Theatric’s new and improved version of David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr.’s Baby as Arlene. I recently caught up with Murney via Zoom to chat all about updating the script, finally getting her Arlene moment, and returning to the stage. 
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Chatting with Kaila Mullady of FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME

November 22, 2021

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Meg Masseron

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November 22, 2021

The hit improv hip-hop sensation Freestyle Love Supreme is officially back on Broadway and we caught up with beatboxer extraordinaire Kaila Mullady a.k.a. Kaiser Rözé to chat all about the show and making it to the Great White Way. 
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Director Chay Yew on Helping To Craft KRISTINA WONG, SWEATSHOP OVERLORD

November 16, 2021

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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November 16, 2021

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many people suffered with feeling isolated. In response to this loneliness, lots of people looked for new ways to build communities as a way to adapt to this new normal. For some, this meant finding online spaces bound by common interests. For others, it looked like connecting with family and neighbors.For Kristina Wong, it meant starting up a network of hundreds of volunteers, the Auntie Sewing Squad, to make facemasks for vulnerable groups. Playing at the New York Theatre Workshop, Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord tells a story of finding community in a time of isolation while revisiting and reflecting on the social and political landscape in the United States over the past 18 months. Director Chay Yew described Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord as a sort of “docutestimonial” about Wong’s own experience, starting in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic back in March 2020.
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COMPANY Celebrates First Performance Back On Broadway | Photo Journal

November 15, 2021

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Kobi Kassal

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November 15, 2021

We’d all like to propose a toast now that Company is back in performance on Broadway. Marianne Elliott’s stunning new production, direct from London’s West End, restarted preview performances earlier tonight at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre here in New York City. The Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical will officially open on Thursday, December 9, 2021. Go on the town and see photos from tonight’s first performance.
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Scenic Designer Dan Daly Offers A Behinds The Scenes Glimpse At TAMMANY HALL

November 10, 2021

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Joey Sims

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November 10, 2021

Scenic designer Dan Daly has recreated The Huron Club in painstaking detail, carefully utilizing elements of the Playhouse building harken back to its 1929 form along the way, while also throwing in some contemporary flourishes as needed. Dan Daly guided Theatrely through his designs for Tammany Hall to give us a taste of this immersive experience.
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