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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

The Fabulous Broadway Season That Was

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 1:59 PM

I want to take a couple of columns to reflect on what a great season it has been. This one will be on musicals. Yes, the musical season started out, um, slow with Holler If Ya Hear Me. And, no, it hasn't all been perfect since then, but overall it...

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Something Wonderful: The King and I's Ruthie Ann Miles Talks Tonys

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 12:34 AM

If I had to choose the one featured performer in a play or musical, on or off-Broadway, who I thought was giving the best performance this season, it would be Ruthie Ann Miles in Lincoln Center Theater's revival of The King and I. I'm sure, based on our interview, if...

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Quick Questions With American in Paris Tony Noms Brandon Uranowitz & Max von Essen

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 10:48 AM

An American in Paris is about many things: Paris after the war, the joy of new experiences, romance, love, dance and the relationship between three friends. Robert Fairchild stars as the titular character with Brandon Uranowitz and Max von Essen often by his side. Uranowitz plays Adam Hochberg, another American...

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The Tony Nominations: Reflections A Week Later

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 1:29 PM

As a fever ate away at my remaining brain cells last week, I was bombarded with questions about the Tony nominations. I answer two main questions below.

Do I think the Finding Neverland omission was about Harvey Weinstein?

I honestly think the Finding Neverland omission was about...

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The Broadway Season of David Rockwell

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 12:56 AM

It's unusual for stars or directors to have over two shows a season -- even two is quite an accomplishment. One of the reasons director Scott Ellis recieved so much press this fall was that he had three entries in the Broadway season. Designers on the other hand frequently have...

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The Tony Awards: Who Nominates? and When Do They Step Back?

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 12:53 PM

Other than the people who, I don't know, get a show up every day, the Tony nominators are pretty much the most important people in theater. But who are they? And when do they recuse themselves?

The process on selecting Tony nominators is not fully transparent. They are chosen by...

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A Look at the Resurgence of Williamstown Theatre Festival

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 4:11 PM

With Living on Love opening tonight, I thought it was a good time to write about the resurgence of Williamstown Theatre Festival. This season alone has seen three productions -- The Elephant Man, Living on Love and The Visit -- which began life on the Williamstown stage taking a Broadway...

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Another Op'ning: The Blue Carpet at Finding Neverland

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 2:12 AM

There is nothing like the electricity present on a Broadway opening night. Those in attendance at film premieres often say the audience feels charged. In the theater, the actors have a chance to pick up on that. That energy impacts them on the stage. But before any of that happens,...

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In Support of Gigi, Entertainment & Vanessa Hudgens

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 2:43 PM

I'm not a critic. I've always thought I'd make a pretty bad one -- little things bother me a tremendous amount, or not at all, depending on my mood. I have odd tastes. But the one thing I would have going for me is that I never prejudge. Yes, I...

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The Party's Over: A Tribute to Polly Bergen

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 1:14 PM

One thing the theater community does well is celebrate its own. And Polly Bergen was a member of the theater community.

Now, as I previously wrote, the League of American Theaters and Producers opted not to dim the lights for her. When I called a friend there, I was...

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Atlantic for Kids Brings Lisa Loeb's Musical and More to NYC

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 5:44 PM

I spend a lot of time writing about how much more producers and non-profits could be doing to encourage a new theater audience. That begins at the youngest of ages. As arts education continues to get cut across the country, someone needs to pick up the slack. There need to...

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Remembering the Great Polly Bergen

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 3:18 PM

On April 5, 2001, I ran into Polly Bergen. And by "ran into," I honestly mean more "tripped into." It was opening night of the Follies revival. I was wearing new heels and somehow I went from walking over to Follies' press agent Bob Fennell to falling into a light-colored...

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Director Scott Schwartz Takes on Disney's Hunchback

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2015 | 1:59 AM

In Spring 2001, I met director Scott Schwartz at the opening night party of Bat Boy. It was in the middle of a huge time for him -- months before he had made his Broadway directorial debut, co-directing Jane Eyre; tick... tick... BOOM! was coming up. In the next couple...

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Broadway Spring Preview: It's All in How You Present It

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 2:57 PM

The spring season is here! And it is a super busy one. I know what I'm most excited about, but I am always wondering what others want to see. I'm too close to it after all. I know what is coming up and a lot about each show, most people...

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Advertising Theater on Television -- What Works

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 5:03 PM

What brings people to the theater? I talk a lot about that each day with various producers and press agents. Of course, if anyone really knew an exact answer, many more shows would be successful. Instead we all try our best to guess. A star really helps, sure. But what...

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The Broadway Musical Season -- Not So Dire

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 1:26 PM

Fret not for the Broadway season of new musicals, dear friends. Even if, as rumors have it, a summer (post-Tony) opening is announced for Hamilton, all is not lost for this season of Broadway musicals. As a matter of fact, I find shocking characterizations of the musical season as "weak"...

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Karaoke for a Good Cause With Carson Kressley

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 12:36 PM

One of the great thing about writing about entertainment is that you get to learn about all of these fabulous charities through the events they host. Every once and a while I get to tell readers about them. This week I am sharing information about a foundation close to my...

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The Art of Cabaret and 54 Below

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2015 | 11:34 PM

I have never really liked cabaret (small "c"). I didn't know this years ago. When I first started writing about theater, I thought it would be great to see actors I liked in solo performances. Then I started going. Patti LuPone's shows are always amazing. I remember laughing really hard...

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A Look Back at Broadway 2014

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 4:16 PM

Around this time of year, I'm asked what my favorite show of the previous year was and what I'm most looking forward to in 2015. It's a little hard for me because I tend to think more in terms of Tony Awards seasons and less in terms of calendar years....

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Saying Goodbye to the Freak Show: Side Show's Inevitable Demise

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2015 | 1:28 PM

Back in 1997, after seeing Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner do a television appearance, my mother said about Side Show: "Who would want to see a musical about freaks?" I was a student, not yet a professional writer, but I had gone. Not many other people did. Perhaps most shared...

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