Why You Should Boo Amar Ramasar in the "West Side Story" Revival

Why You Should Boo Amar Ramasar in the "West Side Story" Revival

When Amar Ramasar takes his first bows as Bernardo, it will have been just a year and a half since he was fired from the New York City Ballet for sharing nude photos of female company members without their knowledge or consent. Yet, in typical professional theatre industry fashion, the powers-that-be decided to overlook egregious behavior and declare that talent trumps unethical behavior, no matter how vile.

So when Ramasar takes his first bows, I encourage you to give him the reception he deserves - boo him.

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Heidi Schreck and Laurence Tribe Challenge the Constitution at 92Y Talkback

Heidi Schreck and Laurence Tribe Challenge the Constitution at 92Y Talkback

Upon entering the Helen Hayes Theatre to see “What the Constitution Means to Me”, I was met with a wall of white cis male faces symbolically relegating anyone falling outside of these parameters as an inherent outlier. Fortunately, this was not my experience walking into the 92Y to hear Heidi Schreck and Harvard professor Laurence Tribe discuss Schreck’s play as well as our nation’s complicated relationship with the titular document.

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Revealed: The Most Popular Musicals of all Time

Revealed: The Most Popular Musicals of all Time

During the 2017-18 theatre season, Broadway attendance was higher than the cumulative attendance for ALL of New York’s main sports teams (Mets, Yankees, Rangers, Islanders, Knicks, Liberty, Giants, Jets, Devils and Nets).

This goes to show that musical theatre is still as popular as ever, with over a third (62%) of Broadway audiences attending at least two shows every season.

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The Toxic Masculinity of the New "Moulin Rouge!"

The Toxic Masculinity of the New "Moulin Rouge!"

This season, nothing on Broadway can match the colorful explosions of Moulin Rouge! However, what the film brought forth in unadulterated, heart-wrenching romance, the stage show sadly twists into familiar examples of masculinity at its most toxic. In changing things drastically from the contemporary film classic, book writer John Logan, and returning writers Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce have turned the show into something less than bohemian romance.

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Are Broadway Theaters Having a Bathroom Discrimination Problem?

Are Broadway Theaters Having a Bathroom Discrimination Problem?

With Broadway audiences becoming more diverse, theaters have made adjustments to their facilities to make them more inclusive and accommodating, especially when it comes to restrooms. However, there have been recently reported issues where front of house staff have been discriminating various people based on their gender identity or appearance with which restrooms audience members were going to use.

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Is Social Media a Good Thing for Performers?

Is Social Media a Good Thing for Performers?

I’ve even made a job out of doing social media marketing, and actually, I love it. From a business point of view, it’s a great way of promoting yourself, but as an individual and for your mental health, I’m not sure I agree. Is social media good for performers? 

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