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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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  • Mara Davi and Danny Gardner in 'Dames at Sea'

    ‘Dames at Sea’ to Close on Broadway

    Dames at Sea, the affectionate spoof of 1930s movie musicals, will set sail for its final performance at the Helen Hayes Theater on January 3, 2016. Read More

  • Miss Saigon

    ‘Miss Saigon’ Returns to Broadway in 2017

    Miss Saigon, the long-running rock opera from the authors of Les Miserables, will return to Broadway. Producer Cameron Mackintosh stated that his new London production Read More

  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Return to Broadway in ‘Fully Committed’

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of ABC’s long-running comedy series Modern Family, will return to Broadway in Fully Committed. Previews begin April 2 at the Lyceum Theatre in advance of an April 25 opening for a limited Read More

  • Leon Addison Brown, Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf on stage for curtain call during 'Misery' Broadway opening night at The Broadhurst Theatre on November 15, 2015 in New York City (Photo: Michael Stewart/Getty Images)

    Review Roundup: ‘Misery’

    Misery, the stage version of Stephen King’s best-selling 1987 suspense novel, opened on November 15 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Emmy winners Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf star Read More

  • Mark Strong (far right) and company in Arthur Miller's 'A View from the Bridge' at the Lyceum Theatre (Photo: Jan Versweyveld)

    Review Roundup: ‘A View from the Bridge’

    A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller’s 1955 drama of passion and betrayal on the Brooklyn docks, opened at the Lyceum Theatre on November 12 for a limited run. Read More

  • Lea Salonga, George Takei, and the cast of 'Allegiance' bow during the curtain call on the Broadway opening night at The Longacre Theatre on November 8, 2015 (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

    Review Roundup: ‘Allegiance’

    Allegiance, the new musical about a Japanese-American family’s internment during World War II, opened on Nov. 8 at the Longacre Theatre. George Takei of Star Trek fame, whose childhood experiences inspired the story, Read More

  • Bright Star

    Steve Martin Musical Finds a Broadway Home

    Bright Star, the new musical written and composed by comedian-actor-writer Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, has found a Broadway home and announced new dates. The show now begins previews on February 25 at Read More

  • Sergio Trujillo, Josh Segarra, Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Ana Villafane, Jerry Mitchell and Andrea Burns during the Broadway opening night curtain call bows for 'On Your Feet' at the Marquis Theatre on November 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo: Walter McBride/Getty Images)

    Review Roundup: ‘On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan’

    On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan opened at the Marquis Theatre on Nov. 5 after an out-of-town try-out in Chicago. Ana Villafae stars as Grammy winner Gloria Estefan Read More

  • ‘Disaster!’ to Hit Broadway

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the theater, Disaster! hits Broadway. The new musical, a wild parody of suchdestructive thriller movies of the 1970s asThe Poseidon Adventure, Earthquakeand The Towering Inferno, Read More

  • Oliver Chris, Miles Richardson, Tim Pigott-Smith, Adam James, Lydia Wilson take a bow in 'King Charles III' at the Music Box Theatre (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

    Review Roundup: ‘King Charles III’

    King Charles III, Mike Bartlett’s “future history play,” opened on Nov. 1 at the Music Box Theater for a limited engagement, after a hit run in London where it won the Olivier Award as Best New Play. Read More

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