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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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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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Be More Chill: Songwriter Joe Iconis Takes on Adaptations

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 12:44 AM

A few years after I began covering the theater, I was introduced to Joe Iconis through a mutual friend. Though he had only recently graduated from NYU's Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, he was in the midst of a bidding war involving his show The Black Suits, the rights...

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The Theater Community Parties Post-Tonys: The Carlyle

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 11:51 PM

After the telecast (discussed in my post here), Broadway is all about the after-parties. There is the official Tony Gala at the Plaza. Then each show or each lead producer usually hosts their own party. My favorite venue is the Rock Center Café, which this year went to An...

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Thoughts on the Tony Awards Broadcast, Ruthie Ann Miles, Curious Incident & More

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 11:29 PM

It's approximately 24 hours since the Tony Awards ended -- and, while most of the community is at a Bombshell party, I feel like it's about time to reflect on the night that was. Because it was Broadway's biggest night, I can't contain it in one column, and it will...

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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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