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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 New York Drama Critics Circle, 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.

Posts (40)

  • 8 of Broadway's Most Beloved Living Legends

    Category Broadway

    |by David Sheward |January 4, 2017

    Some performers just have "it," like these 8 amazing actors and actresses

  • Top 10 Shows to Book Now for the Holidays in NYC

    Category Broadway

    |by David Sheward |October 14, 2016

    ‘Tis the season to book your shows for the holidays

  • History Was Made at the 2016 Tony Awards

    Category Broadway

    |by David Sheward |June 13, 2016

    Though sorrow tinged the proceedings, the 70th annual Tony Awards was one of the best presentations of Broadway’s highest honors in recent memory

  • The 10 Most Iconic Broadway Theaters

    Category Broadway

    |by David Sheward |February 25, 2016

    From multiple monikers to elaborate architecture to (gulp) ghosts, these theaters tell stories as intriguing as the ones on stage

  • 8 New Classic Broadway Show Tunes

    Category Broadway

    |by David Sheward |February 20, 2015

    We predict that these eight songs will join the ranks of top Broadway tunes of all time. Grab your headphones and check them out for yourself!

  • 10 Most Memorable Broadway Show Tunes

    Category Broadway

    |by David Sheward |March 25, 2014

    Listen to our picks for the toe-tappiest, snappiest and most heart-tuggiest songs from the stage

  • The 10 Most Controversial Shows On and Off-Broadway

    Category Broadway

    |by David Sheward |December 10, 2013

    From a provocative sex farce appropriately called 'Sex' that ran in 1926 to one-woman play depicting the Virgin Mary as a doubting Thomas, these 10 shows have ruffled some serious feathers over the years -- even inciting death threats and police raids

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Wicked’

    Category Broadway

    |by David Sheward |October 21, 2013

    As 'Wicked' celebrates a decade on Broadway, here are 10 amazing facts about the megahit show, from how the Wicked Witch got her name to just how much dry ice it takes to create all the drama on stage

  • What It Takes to Train a Broadway Star

    Category Broadway

    |by David Sheward |September 30, 2013

    Acting coaches, vocal trainers … yoga instructors? You might be surprised by how many experts it takes to create a Broadway success story; we reveal the cast of coaches behind every performer -- and the time it takes to turn out a star

  • A Day in the Life of a Broadway Set Designer

    Category Broadway

    |by David Sheward |April 24, 2013

    Anna Louizos creates Broadway magic with her stage designs for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 'Cinderella.’ Find out what it's like to step into her world