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Cara Joy David is a New York-based entertainment journalist. She began her writing career at Spy magazine, where she engaged in such activities as calling up gossip columnists and asking them how many "X"s they had in their Rolodex. Cara has been covering the theater industry for almost a decade. Her features have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York and more.

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A Musical The Winter's Tale Brings the Community In

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:20 PM

Longtime readers of mine know, I strongly believe in the importance of bringing new people into the theater, whether that means onstage or in the audience. I'm not a theater purist -- I still think Christina Applegate should have won the Tony! A lot of New York non-profits have initiatives...

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Thoughts on 'Dim for Joan,' Playing House and Alli Mauzey

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 10:39 AM

A big thing employers want to see on resumes is additional languages spoken. The only language I speak other than English is broken Yiddish. That's obviously not on my resume, because who would care about that?! Except one person did, one night.

I met Joan Rivers once in my career....

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It's About Time to Renew Playing House

(5) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:20 PM

It has been two weeks since my last post on Playing House. It still has not been renewed. Last week, as part of TV Line's regular "Burning Questions" feature, the site asked: "Isn't it about time Playing House got renewed?" Yes, it is. Yet there has been no word.

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NYMF: Presenting Tomorrow's Musicals, Today

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 1:13 AM

I love musicals. And I know how hard it is to get them off the ground. I recently wrote a New York Times story about a show that hasn't received a full production despite a creative team that includes Wendy Wasserstein and Cy Coleman. So you can imagine the...

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Playing House Should Be Renewed, Now

(7) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 1:59 PM

I've had a pretty crappy few days. When that happens, I like to spend time with my old friends. Unfortunately, as we've gotten older and moved to various locations throughout the country, it has become difficult to call everyone over for a This Is My Life screening. So what to...

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Piece of My Heart: Quick Questions With Leslie Kritzer and Teal Wicks

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:13 PM

I've followed Leslie Kritzer's career for many years -- ever since I saw her in the 2001 Funny Girl staging at Paper Mill Playhouse. I've seen her do a lot of things, most of them comedic. In Piece of My Heart, a jukebox musical based on the life of songwriter...

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Thinking About Theater and Ode to Joy

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:05 PM

For a change of pace, today I'm offering you a series of random theater-related thoughts. None of which could take up a post on its own, but together they seem worthy.

Although it got a couple of great reviews, Fly By Night didn't do as well with critics as...

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We Want the Fame: Holler Introduces New Talent to Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:05 PM

I love when new talent arrives on Broadway. Just like it gives me hope when I see young faces out in the audience, I always cheer particularly loud for those making their Broadway debut (only if they are good, of course). Even if a production is bad overall, I give...

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Tony Night: Awards and After-Parties

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 2:00 PM

I sometimes feel like I have my own Tony Awards black cloud. Last year, my guest got injured at Party #2 (and Matilda lost, which made me sad). This year, I decided to go solo, and I got food poisoning in the morning. (Life lesson: When you're violently ill all...

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Fly By Night: Believe in Stars, Believe in Love?

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 2:56 PM

This week is almost all about the Tony Awards. (I know, I have to report the results of my Tony voters poll to about a dozen producers today.) But I'm already looking beyond the Tonys. You know, the glitzy benefits, the sleep and the opening of Fly By Night at...

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The Drama Desks, All The Way, M&M's and More

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2014 | 1:24 PM

My fair readers -- it is a week before the Tony Awards. What does that mean? It's time for The Drama Desk Awards. There are a good amount of awards that honor theater, but the Drama Desk is certainly the largest award to honor both off-Broadway and Broadway. It's our...

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Jessica Stone as Director: Remounting Vanya and More

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 2:22 PM

In March 2002, I sat in the Helen Hayes Theatre, watching what would become the most controversial play of the season, the short-lived The Smell of the Kill. I don't really remember what I thought of the show in any detail, but I remember one main thing. Sitting there, I...

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For the Love of Theater

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 10:38 AM

A few weeks ago, I wasn't feeling so great. My allergies were bothering me and I was tired, as I often am this time of year. Then I went to the theater. Miraculously I felt better during Act One.

Lincoln Center is pretty much my favorite place to see a...

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The Tony Nominations, Three Weeks Later

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 1:34 PM

I've been getting a lot of calls in the last few weeks asking me what I thought of the Tony nominations. Often I am surprised with something right as the nominations come out, but, upon reflection, my surprise changes to understanding. This year that wasn't so. My opinions haven't changed...

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Why Life May Not Be a Cabaret and More Tony Musings

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 5:50 PM

Well, the Administration Committee did it, they ruled Cabaret Tony eligible. I wrote previously about how there would be precedent for that ruling (including precedent involving the show Cabaret), but I had hoped common-sense would prevail. Oh, well.

This Cabaret already won its Tony -- Roundabout itself is constantly...

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In Support of New Plays... on Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 11:08 AM

My friends are never very excited about new plays. What is The Realistic Joneses and why did celebrities want to be in it? Is Casa Valentina an atmospheric production where they treat us like we're in a resort?

These are serious questions I receive. But, let me tell you something,...

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I'll Remember Mama, Try to Forget the Gym

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2014 | 10:05 PM

Like many critics, I found the Transport Group production of I Remember Mama to be a touching endeavor. I would generally recommend it. My mother cried. The performances were great. Unfortunately, it had the same two flaws that all Transport Group shows now have. First, and most importantly, it...

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A Big Spring for Tony Classics

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 1:14 PM

I write about the Tony Awards a lot. I admit it. A couple of weeks ago, The New York Post's Michael Riedel wrote about Cabaret's potential eligibility and I felt the need to respond. Now I feel equally compelled to talk about another big issue facing the Tony Awards...

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On Stage Kiss Helmer Rebecca Taichman

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Through the years, I have had many discussions with people about directors. A director's work is often tricky to review on the basis of one production -- in the case of a first work, it is often unclear what is a director's idea versus what is a stage direction in...

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Think of Me: Phantom and the Importance of Casting

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2014 | 3:51 PM

When it was announced last week that Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis would step into The Phantom of the Opera this May, most of the press was about the fact that Lewis was to become the first black Phantom on Broadway. I didn't care about that. My first thought was...

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