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The State of Broadway

May 12th, 2015

Episode 424 of 447 episodes

What, if anything, do the Tony Awards tell us about the state of American theatre? Is Broadway still where the important plays and musicals are staged? On this week’s Out Loud podcast, we assembled two of our resident theatre fanatics—Michael Schulman, an editor in the Goings On About Town section of the magazine, and Alex Barron, a producer for newyorker.com—to answer these and other questions about today’s theatre world. They also discuss the best and worst shows on Broadway this year, whether there’s a recipe for making a hit or avoiding a flop, and the place of the dramatic arts in our culture. “There’s an old saw,” Schulman says, “that theatre is a dying art form that’s been dying for centuries. It would have died by now if it was going to.”

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