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Ben Brantley was formerly the co-chief theater critic for The New York Times. He has been a staff critic since 1996, filing reviews regularly from London as well as New York. Subjects of his profiles include the underground Belarus Free Theater in Minsk, and Barbra Streisand in Malibu.
Before joining the Times in 1993, Mr. Brantley was a staff writer for the New Yorker and Vanity Fair. He reviewed fashion for Women’s Wear Daily, where he was the Paris bureau chief and European editor, and movies for Elle magazine.
Mr. Brantley grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C., and graduated from Swarthmore College. He is the editor of two books of New York Times theater reviews and a recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for theater criticism.

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Lea Delaria And Judy Gold Announce Dates Join BIG GAY CABARET At Mercury Theater

The Big Gay Cabaret Series presented by Ginger Minj has announced performance dates for Lea DeLaria and Judy Gold.

Spotlight: BOEING BOEING at Valencia College

“Boeing Boeing” takes a comedic flight at Valencia College.

Alexandra Billings, Honey West, and Claybourne Elder Set For Ginger Minj's BIG GAY CABARET SERIES

The Big Gay Cabaret Series presented by Ginger Minj has announced performance dates for Alexandra Billings & Honey West and Broadway's Claybourne Elder.

Spotlight: BOEING BOEING at Valencia College

“Boeing Boeing” takes a comedic flight at Valencia College.

Video: In Rehearsal with Judy Kuhn for UNKNOWN SOLDIER

Watch as Judy Kuhn talks about joining the company of Unkown Solider at Arena Stage. Said Kuhn on the project 'I play Lucy Anderson... She's a woman who has had a fantasy about what her life should or could have been. I love doing theater, it's so collaborative and there's nothing more collaborative than a new musical.'

MR. BURNS Original Cast and Director to Reunite for 10th Anniversary Benefit Readings

Playwrights Horizons will present a benefit concert reading of Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets.

ARC to Present Fundraiser Reading of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT in May

The Actors' Reading Collective (ARC) will present a live reading of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis' hilarious, poignant, thought-provoking work The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot, to raise funds for ARC's first fully-produced, in-person production of The Antipodes by Annie Baker.

New Musical TEETH Gets Second Extension At Playwrights Horizons

Due to popular demand, the new Off-Broadway musical TEETH has extended its run again. Get the latest updates on the show's schedule and more.

Mad Horse Theatre Company Presents TUMACHO, A COWBOY COMEDY This Spring

Catch the hilarious cowboy comedy TUMACHO by Ethan Lipton at Mad Horse Theatre Company from April 11 - May 5.


LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is now running at The Westside Theatre. See what the critics are saying!

Video: Matt Gould Teases Lempicka's Plot in 90 Seconds

Get ready to laugh! Matt Gould, the Book Writer & Lyricist for LEMPICKA, hilariously dissects the plot of the latest Broadway musical!

Judy Kuhn, Kerstin Anderson, Perry Sherman & More to Star in UNKNOWN SOLDIER D.C. Premiere

The cast and creative team has been revealed for Unknown Soldier at Arena Stage. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets.

Review: TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at Invictus Theatre Company

Invictus Theatre Company's production of the Pulitzer Prize-winner TOPDOG/UNDERDOG has moments of comedic entertainment and dramatic import, but it struggles to live up to the play's substantial reputation. It runs through March 31.

London Theatre Week - See over 50 Award-Winning Musicals and Plays with Tickets from £15, £25 or £35

London Theatre Week is the West End’s biggest promotion, giving you the chance to see over 50 amazing award-winning musicals and stunning plays with tickets from £15, £25 or £35

Interview: Luke Yankee's Being Me in MARILYN, MOM & ME

Luke Yankee’s Marilyn, Mom & Me world premieres February 16, 2024, at the International City Theatre. Written by Luke, he also directs the cast of Laura Gardner, Alisha Soper, Jacquelin Lorraine Schofield, Brian Rohan and Noah Wagner.

Complete Cast Set For LEMPICKA on Broadway, Starring Eden Espinosa

The complete cast has been revealed for Lempicka, the highly anticipated new musical celebrating the true story of renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka. Learn who is joining the previously announced Eden Espinosa, Amber Iman, and more!

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld January 26, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is January 26, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

The Contemporary Theatre Of Ohio to Present THE SKELETON CREW Next Month

The Contemporary Theatre of Ohio presents 'Skeleton Crew,' a play that explores the lives of four auto plant workers during the 2008 recession.

Caissie Levy to Reprise Role in NEXT TO NORMAL West End Transfer

The critically acclaimed cast of the smash hit Donmar Warehouse production of the Broadway musical Next to Normal – which sold every seat at every performance across its season at Donmar Warehouse, where the production made its long-awaited UK Premiere –are to return as the show prepares to transfer to London’s West End.

LEMPICKA On Broadway Adds Beth Leavel, Amber Iman And More To Principal Cast

At a special event at Sotheby's, the new principal cast of Lempicka, the sweeping new musical portrait celebrating the gripping true story of renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka, was announced.

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