American Theater Is Collapsing. The Federal Government Must Save It.

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Written by: Isaac Butler

The American theater is on the verge of collapse.

Here’s just a sampling of recent dire developments: The Public Theater announced this year that the Under the Radar festival, the most exciting of New York’s experimental performance incubators, would be postponed indefinitely and later announced it was laying off 19 percent of its staff. The Humana Festival of New American Plays, a vital launching pad for such great playwrights as Lynn Nottage and Will Eno over the past four decades, was canceled this year.

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Brooklyn Academy of Music Lays Off 13 Percent of Its Staff

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Written by: Matt Stevens

The organization, which made Brooklyn a destination for pathbreaking performances, is reducing programming next season as it seeks to rebound from the pandemic. The Brooklyn Academy of Music, one of the most important cultural organizations in New York, has laid off 13 percent of its staff members and reduced its programming as it seeks to plug a “sizable structural deficit” during a challenging time for the arts, officials confirmed on Monday.

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Michael James Scott Hosts Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth

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Written by: Leah Putnam

Cabaret & Concert News

The concert will feature a sneak peek performance of Broadway’s upcoming revival of The Wiz.

Michael James Scott (Aladdin, Something Rotten!) hosts the return of the annual Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth Concert June 18. The event, set for Times Square beginning at 11 AM, will feature a sneak peek performance from the upcoming Broadway revival of The Wiz.

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39 Tony-Nominated Performers on Why They Act: ‘It’s Intoxicating’

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Written by: Thea Traff, Michael Paulson, Julia Jacobs and Amanda Webster

Each year we photograph Tony nominees, and talk with them about their craft. This year we focused on actors.

“I’m good at a lot of things, but I’m best at performing. It has brought me so much joy.” — Alex Newell of “Shucked”

What draws an actor to the stage? There’s the desire to be seen, sure, and a passion for storytelling. For some it feels like a calling; for others, a compulsion. A way to connect, or to feel. In preparation for this year’s Tony Awards, which take place on June 11, we asked Tony-nominated performers to reflect on why they do what they do. And, as we have done since 2018 (with a break for the pandemic), we took their pictures.

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