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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 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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Les Freres Corbusier Is Back! And So Is Herbert Hoover!

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 5:47 PM

Now that Alex Timbers is a big Broadway director and also the co-creator/writer of an Amazon series (Mozart in the Jungle), I was afraid we wouldn't see much from his theater company, Les Freres Corbusier. But not so! Les Freres is back with a tribute to, or a roast of,...

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Scott Elliott and the Theater of the Uncomfortable

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 12:10 PM

Every year there is at least one show I get excited about at The New Group. And then I go. About 50 percent of the time I am completely confused and miserable that I went, 45 percent of the time I'm uncomfortable at some point but happy I went and...

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Rooting for The Last Ship and Applauding MTC

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Two things happened in theater yesterday that had me thinking -- The New York Times reported Sting was going into The Last Ship, which he wrote the score for, and The Country House closed. These two things are totally unrelated, but I'm going to write about both of them together.

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Dr. Zhivago and Other Possible Broadway Entries

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Ever since Dr. Zhivago was announced last month for a spring Broadway berth, I've been thinking: "What other shows that I never thought would make it will come?"

Now, buzz around town is that Dr. Zhivago doesn't have anywhere near...

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A Glimpse Inside the Life of Elaine Stritch

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 1:16 PM

There have been very few people during my career -- some, maybe, but not many -- that have meant as much to the Broadway community as Elaine Stritch did.

Everyone in the community (including myself) has some Elaine Stritch story. Some encounter with her personally or some magical moment of...

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