Broadway

‘Phantom,’ Broadway’s Longest Running Show, and Popular ‘Music Man’ Revival to Close in 2023

‘Phantom,’ Broadway’s Longest Running Show, and Popular ‘Music Man’ Revival to Close in 2023

Broadway will look a bit different in the coming year: The chandelier will fall for the last time on Andrew Lloyd Weber’s long-running show “Phantom of the Opera” in early 2023 and the immensely popular revival of “The Music Man” will also close at the start of the new year.
While “Phantom,” the longest-running show in Broadway history, has seemingly been a part of the Theater District landscape forever – it …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 11: Some in China Go Without Meat and Vegetables Under Lockdown, “Funny Girl” Star Hit With Covid

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 11: Some in China Go Without Meat and Vegetables Under Lockdown, “Funny Girl” Star Hit With Covid

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 885th day of the pandemic.
There may be some good news on the puzzling Long Covid front.  Based on recent research, scientists believe that post-acute sequelae, PASC or Long Covid in the vernacular, may be caused when SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid – remains in the body.
Noting that the …

Critic’s Choice: ‘The Kite Runner’ at Helen Hayes Theater – Review

As I took my seat at the Helen Hayes Theater last week, I had to wonder whether my fellow theatergoers – masked in accordance with the theater’s new policy for certain performances – quite knew what they were in for.   Perhaps they had read Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel or  seen the 2007 movie.  But even if they had, they probably didn’t remember much of it and were in for a …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 24: U.S. to Offer Bivalent Vaccines Within Weeks, Germany Moves Ahead with Mask Mandates

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 24: U.S. to Offer Bivalent Vaccines Within Weeks, Germany Moves Ahead with Mask Mandates

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 867th day of the pandemic.
We’re getting closer to our next jab.
Now that both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have submitted applications to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency-use authorization of their new bivalent vaccines (see a related dispatch filed under United States in today’s issue), the next step is that …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 19: U.S. Plans for Insurers and Patients to Pay for Covid Shots, Willie Nelson’s Severe Bout

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 19: U.S. Plans for Insurers and Patients to Pay for Covid Shots, Willie Nelson’s Severe Bout

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 862nd day of the pandemic.
One hallmark of the coronavirus pandemic has been that the U.S. government has paid for all coronavirus inoculations and treatments.  Now it plans to shift that burden to the healthcare industry – and patients.
The move could generate new sources of revenue and higher costs for consumers …

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Closes, Another Casualty of the Pandemic

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Closes, Another Casualty of the Pandemic

The play “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a stage adaptation of the highly regarded Harper Lee novel, won’t reopen after pressing pause in January of this year.
The hit Broadway show closed temporarily twice due to the pandemic, the first time when Broadway theaters were shuttered in March 2020.  It reopened in October of 2021 at its original home, the Shubert Theater, and closed for a second time in January of this …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 13: ComicCon to Require Masks and Vaccine Pass, Shanghai’s Heat Wave

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 13: ComicCon to Require Masks and Vaccine Pass, Shanghai’s Heat Wave

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 825th day of the pandemic.
Sometimes people do things that make eminent sense, in an age where the headlines are filled with, well, nonsense instead.  The San Diego Comic-Con will open its doors to attendees on Thursday with over 130,000 attendees expected at the indoor event.
This will be the first Comic-Con …