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

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 5:18 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 | 4:43 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 | 12:43 PM

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 | 1:48 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 | 5:28 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 | 10:24 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 | 7:19 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 | 2:55 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 | 7:02 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 | 1:26 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 | 12:53 PM

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 | 11:49 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 | 1:44 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 9, 2015 | 12:51 AM

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 9, 2015 | 12:29 AM

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 | 2:59 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 | 1:34 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 | 11:48 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 | 2:29 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 | 1:56 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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