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David Sheward

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David Sheward

David Sheward is a respected writer, editor, and critic. He is the former executive editor and theater critic for Back Stage, the actors’ resource. He has published three books on show business: Rage and Glory: The Volatile Life and Career of George C. Scott, It’s a Hit! The Back Stage Book of Broadway’s Longest-Running Shows and The Big Book of Show Business Awards. He served as president of the Drama Desk, the organization of New York-based theater critics, editors and reporters for seven years. He's also a member of the Outer Critics Circle and the American Theater Critics Association where he currently is a member of the organization's New Play Committee. For over ten years, he was a contributing correspondent on NY-1 News’ weekly theater show On Stage. You can read his reviews at and and visit his blog The David Desk 2.

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8 Longest-Running Shows in NYC

What do an intricate murder mystery, a trio of men in blue paint and a family-friendly Disney production have in common? Longevity on the New York stage


The cast of Newsies (Photo: Deen van Meer)

10 Quintessential New York Musicals

There are few cities as inspirational as New York and nowhere is that felt quite as strongly as the Broadway stage. The city is not only the backdrop in these shows, but the main character


Constantine Maroulis

A Day in the Life of Constantine Maroulis of ‘Rock of Ages’

The Tony nominee recounts his first day back on stage in the 80s-era musical and how much has changed since he last slipped on those spiky bracelets