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Cara Joy David
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.

Entries by Cara Joy David

How Broadway Contributed to Its Own Cell Phone Problem

(8) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 4:58 PM

It's great that Lin-Manuel Miranda is publicly shaming folks who use their cell phones. I applauded Patti LuPone doing it during a show. I was in the audience at She Loves Me a few weeks ago when Laura Benanti stopped the show while someone picked up her phone. Applause. This...

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What Makes a Good Revival? Thoughts on This Season's Tony Nominees

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 2:26 PM

What makes a good revival? Is it just lovingly recreating an original or a prior revival? Or does it require reinvention? It depends who you ask.

This season has been unusually strong for Broadway musical revivals, as one can see from the four Tony nominees: The Color Purple, Fiddler...

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My Own Tony Nominations, 2016 Edition

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 11:38 AM

Each year I write about people/shows I'd like to see get Tony nominations. These are people/shows that aren't necessarily going to get nominated. Indeed often they are people I think will likely not get nominations because of the amount of (often worthy) competition in their respective categories, but they are...

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Talking With Broadway's Bright Star Choreographer, Josh Rhodes

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 3:43 PM

Sitting in the Steve Martin/Edie Brickell bluegrass musical Bright Star I knew the show would divide critics, but I also knew that it was impossible to leave and not at least respect the work of choreographer Josh Rhodes. His work is so perfect for the story both in an overt...

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What Makes a Theater Tryout City? Not Much.

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 5:34 PM

Back when I began my career, Broadway shows tried out in a handful of cities. That was pretty much it. When Urban Cowboy, which had played only Florida's Coconut Grove Playhouse, was announced for Broadway, none of us could figure out what the positive reviews meant. Who were these critics?...

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Thoughts on Broadway's Current and Next Spring

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 3:10 PM

I forgot to write my normal spring preview this year. Each season I either ask producers to speak about their own shows or do some pretty extensive surveying of "regular" people to see what they are excited about, but this time I forgot. I think that is because I have...

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Thinking Through Broadway's New Message Board Controversy

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 5:32 PM

I like Patti Murin. I think I've written on this very site about at least one of her performances. And I am not the biggest fan of the theater message boards. So I by no means intend to put down one and exalt the other. In fact, I agree with...

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A Special Place in Hell, Wellesley and Supporting Hillary

(215) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 12:01 AM

I sometimes consider myself a bad feminist. Last year when folks I greatly respect expressed outrage that Manhattan Theatre Club had not announced a play by a female playwright, I was opposed to the hoopla. I thought: "MTC has produced numerous plays by women and has women in prominent positions....

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Thoughts on Preteen Theater: 'Wimpy Kid' Sans Iconis, 'Akeelah and the Bee', 'Woodsman' and More

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 4:18 PM

As of late, I get a lot of questions on what to take a preteen to from adults who want something they see as slightly more mature than a Disney show but not really an adult one. It's odd but there are very few things that sort of fall in...

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Aladdin Continues to Introduce Audiences to A Whole New World

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 3:43 PM

Every week when the grosses come in, I think: "Wow, look at Aladdin go." I thought this even last winter, the winter not being known as a great time for children's musicals. It's an amazing success story.

Now every independent Broadway producer is going to tell you Disney Theatricals has...

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Annie: A Look at Tomorrow and Yesterday

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 11:43 AM

When I was a very young child, I saw Annie. It was the first show I had ever seen. And I was younger than you would expect an audience member to be. Apparently, even though I was a hyper child, I was well-behaved, thus beginning my lifelong commitment to theater...

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Get Your Laugh on: Sylvia and Gentleman's Guide

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 12:48 PM

I love a comedy. I wrote a couple of years ago about how excited I was about the success of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and The Explorers Club. Then we had It's Only a Play and other stories about the return of comedy began to pop...

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Thoughts on On Your Feet!'s Lead, Blackbird's Tony Chances, Waitress and More

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 4:28 PM

A lot has been going on in the last few months in the theater. Instead of writing separate posts, I share my random thoughts below:

I think we've all gotten too 2015-11-04-1446671353-3422113-onfeet05_444_665.jpgused to actors doing less than eight performances a week. And...

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What to See on Broadway This Fall? Ask the Producers.

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 9:24 PM

Anyone who knows me knows there are very few things I love as much as the fall theater season. There is a ton of new theater, but it's not as cramped and competitive as the spring.

Of course, the season has already crowned one giant hit,...

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Why You Should Start Over With Linda Lavin at 54 Below

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 6:19 PM

There is a line in Matilda where Mr. Wormwood sings: "All I know I learned from telly." It's meant to be a negative, and I get why, but I am not ashamed to admit that I learned a lot from television. Two shows I watched many times growing up were...

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Why You Should Watch Playing House Close Out Its Season 2

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 1:55 PM

It was just last month I was saying goodbye to my favorite new summer show, Lifetime's UnREAL, and welcoming back a favorite of mine from last season, USA's Playing House. Playing House is already ending its season tonight, too soon. You should watch.

I had dinner with someone who asked...

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Spring Broadway Entry Shuffle Along -- a Revival?

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 6:02 PM

A couple of weeks ago, my Twitter feed included a post from The New York Times referring to SHUFFLE ALONG, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, as a "revival." My immediate reaction was: "Do they mean 'revival' not in a theatrical sense?" That...

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Donna Lynne Champlin, From Broadway to the CW

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 12:26 AM

I met Donna Lynne Champlin in 2002 and I've seen basically everything she has done in New York since, which means I have seen her in an enormous amount of things. From starring as a young Carol Burnett in a Broadway play to portraying Jane Austen in a festival musical,...

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Two-time Tony Nom Fitzgerald Is an Angel in Act of God

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 11:53 AM

I am going to estimate that 95 percent of audience members going into An Act of God believe it is a one-person show starring Jim Parsons as God. (While he doesn't like you to take his name in vain, the show's title does, and therefore I will spare you "G-d.")...

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Saying Goodbye to Gigi and Realizing the Limits of Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 10:49 AM

What makes a show fail? Many in the industry have pondered that question. If we knew the answer, shows wouldn't fail. Even veteran producers with a string of hits sometimes stumble. For there is really no magic key. I thought Gigi and An American in Paris would do equally well...

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