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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

See Tomorrow's Shows, Today

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 12:36 AM

I always say the best thing about having friends in the industry is the ability to go to private readings and workshops. I love seeing shows in development. Across the country there is an ability for everyone to experience the joy of an in-progress work thanks to various non-profit festivals....

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Thoughts on 54 Below, 'Blood Brothers' and Cabaret

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2016 | 12:47 PM

My friend tells this story about her debut at 54 Below (now Feinstein's/54 Below). I was in the audience. I had purchased tickets like a normal person and was eager to cheer her on. About a half a year prior, she had been dropped from a musical she had been...

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The Joy of Theater & the Joy of 'Bright Star'

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 3:34 AM

I feel compelled to write about the amazing theatrical experience I had watching Bright Star at the Cort this Tuesday. But first a little introduction.

I pay some lip service to being an ordinary theatergoer. I am truly a theater geek. On Twitter, I have a pinned tweet that...

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The Trickle Down Effect of 'Hamilton'

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 1:53 PM

Is Hamilton fever helping Broadway? And will it die down as many of the original cast leave? These questions--or ones just like them--dominate all my recent conversations, as much as I purposely try to avoid them.

As for the opening question, there are two schools of thought. The first, which...

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The Greatest Star: Visiting Shoshana Bean in 'Funny Girl'

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2016 | 10:15 PM

As soon as Shoshana Bean was announced for Funny Girl at North Shore Musical Theatre, I knew I had to go. Months ago I wrote that I was going and friends expressed some disbelief. But how could I miss Shoshana Bean in Funny Girl? I've seen her in all...

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Bright Star & the Art of the Tony Number

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 2:37 AM

The thing about the Tony Awards is most people outside of the theater community don't care who wins the awards (other that perhaps the super big ones); the broadcast is more thought of as a commercial for Broadway. The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing--the folks behind the Tonys--recognize...

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Reflections On The Irish Rep And 'Finian's Rainbow'

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 4:20 PM

For years the night after the Tony Awards has always been a night for special events--benefits, unique for-profit shows. 2016-06-14-1465935597-3822441-Finian.jpgIt used to be because it was the only time everyone was in town. In recent years the events have gotten less starry,...

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Tony Awards 2016: The Party Edition

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 3:22 PM

Well, another Tony Awards is in the record books. Of course this one will forever go down as the Hamiltonys, although the musical did not break or even tie the record for most Tony Awards ever. Hamilton dominated the season and book-ended the broadcast. The broadcast was also notable for...

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Standout Donna Lynne Champlin Is Back On Stage

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 4:01 PM

For years whenever any theater person talked about wanting to break into television, I referenced Sara Ramirez. Because, well, I knew her for a while, and also has a great success story. Shonda Rhimes, seeing her on stage in Spamalot, basically said: "What show of mine do you want to...

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You Can Now Snap Away At Many Broadway Houses

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 1:26 PM

A few weeks ago I wrote a story on theater etiquette -- particularly the use of cell phones inside the theater. Many people agreed with me and emailed, tweeted, posted on social media, etc. words of support. These people are of course in the right. I applaud them. Then...

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Stars in the Alley Brings Broadway to People For Free

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 1:13 PM

In 2001, back when I was fairly new to being a theater reporter, Clive Barnes reviewed Rosie O'Donnell in Seussical. I was shocked to read this sentence in his review: "As a critic who knows the value of everything but the price of nothing (they usually give us unpriced press...

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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

(214) 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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