May 8, 1990 |
The stage can prosper on form ("Cats," "Les Miserables"), content (Pinter, Ionesco, Shakespeare) and performance and any mixtures of the above. Yet there is nothing quite like the star turn to conquer an audience and gallop triumphantly over any lurking difficulties a production might have. Somerset Maugham's "The Circle" was first done nearly 70 years ago, in the very different world of 1921, and by now it seems the very model of the well-made play of a very different time indeed.
June 4, 1996 |
At the start of the 9 p.m. Tony Award telecast on Sunday, Nathan Lane noted it had been an exciting year on Broadway but he didn't really have time to tell us about it, as the show had to be off the air by 11 on the dot. In very quick succession, he landed good jokes on subjects as diverse as Julie Andrews' ruffled feathers, the proposed same-sex marriage legislation and the introduction of taped acceptance speeches for major awards into the Tony telecast.
June 7, 1996 |
Broadway had a record year where it counts--at the box office--and an upsurge in productions, too, according to figures released this week by the League of American Theaters and Producers. Combined figures for both Broadway and the road topped $1.24 billion, with New York shows grossing $436 million and touring companies adding another $810 million. Some 9.4 million people saw a Broadway show, up from 9 million the previous year, but still under the 10.
March 29, 1992 |
Everybody loves a good comeback story, and nowhere more than on Broadway. From Jordan Marsh, the down-and-out director in "42nd Street," to Cassie, the aging hoofer in "A Chorus Line," the cherished and enduring myth of drive and talent winning out against all odds is one of Broadway's longest-running themes. Now there are signs that the Great White Way--down on its luck for much of the past decade, with marquees dark and critics disdainful--may be starring in its own comeback.
June 4, 1991
Once again, the double standard toward China enforced by the Bush Administration has become blatantly apparent. President Bush has announced he plans to renew China's most-favored nation (MFN) trade status, which entitles it to sell goods to the United States at the lowest possible tariffs (Part A, May 28). Despite China's record on human rights, weapon proliferation and economic trade practices, Bush continues to take a soft stance toward China.
February 7, 1991 |
Despite the war, the Los Angeles "legit" box office is booming. The city's theatrical box-office gross hit a new high of $2,246,994 last week, up from the previous week's $2,220,491, according to figures compiled by the trade newspaper Daily Variety. The Los Angeles activity is in stark contrast to London and even New York, where attendance at Broadway theaters fell 20.3% last week, according to Variety.