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Ben Brantley


October 21, 2005 - September 1, 2006

Friday, October 21, 2005

Mondo Broadway: New York Theater and the Cult of Celebrity

Ben Brantley, chief theater critic for the New York Times and Swarthmore class of 1977, discusses theater and the cult of celebrity on Broadway as well as his time at Swarthmore, and how it prepared him for his career.

Benjamin D. Brantley became chief theater critic of The New York Times in September 1996 after having served as its drama critic since joining the newspaper in August 1993. Prior to joining The Times, Brantley was a writer for The New Yorker magazine, Vanity Fair, and Elle and worked as European editor, publisher and Paris bureau chief for Women's Wear Daily. He is also the editor of The New York Times Book of Broadway: On the Aisle for the Unforgettable Plays of the Last Century (St. Martin's Press, 2001).