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Monday, June 8, 2020

Broadway Cares donates $125k to Broadway Advocacy Coalition, anti-racism groups by Caitlin Huston

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced Monday a donation of $125,000 distributed across the Broadway Advocacy Coalition and three other social justice and anti-racism groups.  Of the t…

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Broadway members push for industrywide change by Caitlin Huston

Members of the Broadway community are pushing for change in the industry amid a national reckoning on racial inequality.  Last week, several Black members of the theater community posted st…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

SDC and AGMA hire medical professionals to create reopening guidelines by Caitlin Huston

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society has partnered with the American Guild of Musical Artists to hire a team of medical professionals to create safety recommendations around reopen…

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Drama Desk Awards broadcast postponed by Caitlin Huston

NY1 and the Drama Desk Organization have postponed Sunday evening’s broadcast of the Drama Desk Awards amid protests in New York. NY1 was originally scheduled to air a special presentation…

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Broadway speaks out on racial injustice amid George Floyd protests by Caitlin Huston

Broadway shows, theatrical institutions and unions have spoken out against police brutality and racial injustice in light of the ongoing protests occurring across the country.  Over the wee…

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Friday, May 29, 2020

New York’s independent theaters look for rent forgiveness by Caitlin Huston

Off-Off-Broadway theaters are banding together to seek some form of rent relief as continued payments threaten their survival.  Close to 400 attendees tuned in to a virtual town hall Thursd…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

PRG executive Darren DeVerna dies at age 60 by Caitlin Huston

Darren DeVerna, chief executive of global theatre for Production Resource Group, died May 21 at the age of 60.  Deverna passed away after a battle with cancer, according to the company. As …

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Actors’ Equity outlines safety plans for the reopening of theaters by Caitlin Huston

Actors’ Equity has unveiled four overarching principles needed to safely reopen theaters across the country.  The preliminary principles, designed by epidemiologist David Michaels, rely o…

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Equity-League health insurance premiums rise during shutdown by Caitlin Huston

Health insurance premiums will increase for members of Actors’ Equity as fund trustees grapple with maintaining insurance coverage while theaters are closed.  The quarterly premium will i…

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

‘Smash’ musical aims for Broadway by Caitlin Huston

Helmed by a newly announced creative team, a musical adaptation of “Smash” is setting its sights on Broadway. The musical, based on the NBC television show, will feature a book by Bob Ma…

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Livestreaming events to celebrate the Tony Awards by Caitlin Huston

Two digital events will honor the Tony Awards on June 7.  The first will air on streaming platform Broadway on Demand and, with support from the American Theatre Wing and the…

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Friday, May 15, 2020

‘Some Like It Hot’ to open on Broadway in fall 2021 by Caitlin Huston

The musical adaptation of “Some Like It Hot” will now head straight to Broadway in fall 2021.  The musical was originally slated to make its world premiere in Chicago in 2021, but that …

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

‘Frozen’ will not reopen on Broadway by Caitlin Huston

The Broadway production of “Frozen” will not reopen when Broadway resumes, Disney Theatrical Productions announced Thursday. Disney Theatrical says the closure is “a result of the indu…

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Broadway producers receive rent bills amid shutdown by Caitlin Huston

As Broadway theaters remain dark, producers are still receiving weekly rent bills.  They’re not paying yet. The expectation is that producers will pay once they receive money from insuran…

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The Actors Fund distributes more than $10.5 million in financial assistance by Caitlin Huston

The Actors Fund has distributed more than $10.5 million to members of the arts community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The amount, distributed over eight weeks, is a record for the Ac…

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Michael Jackson Broadway musical moves opening to 2021 by Caitlin Huston

“MJ,” the Michael Jackson musical, has moved its world premiere to next March. The musical, produced by Lia Vollack Productions and the Michael Jackson Estate, was previously scheduled t…

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NYC & Company forms recovery coalition with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway League by Caitlin Huston

NYC & Company, the marketing organization for the city, has formed its own coalition aimed at reopening and marketing entertainment and tourism-dependent businesses. The coalition is led…

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

‘Plaza Suite’ moves production to March 2021 by Caitlin Huston

“Plaza Suite,” starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, has moved the production to next spring following the further closure of Broadway theaters. The revival of Neil Simon…

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Broadway theaters to remain closed through September by Caitlin Huston

All Broadway theaters will remain closed through at least Sept. 6, the Broadway League announced Tuesday. A date to resume performances has “yet to be determined,” according to the Leagu…

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‘Hamilton’ movie to premiere on Disney Plus in July by Caitlin Huston

The film of the original cast of “Hamilton” will premiere on Disney Plus in July. The Walt Disney Company, as well as producers and creators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller and Thomas…

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Outer Critics Circle names 2019-2020 honorees by Caitlin Huston

The Outer Critics Circle named its 2019-2020 honorees for the abbreviated Broadway and Off-Broadway season.  Rather than name nominees and winners, the writers organization chose to name up…

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Mayor de Blasio appoints Broadway members to re-opening advisory council by Caitlin Huston

Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed members of the Broadway community to newly formed advisory councils on the re-opening of New York City.  Members of the arts, culture and tourism council …

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Shetler Studios shuts down after 30 years by Caitlin Huston

Shetler Studio and Theatres, a rehearsal and theatrical space in the Theater District, is ceasing operation after 30 years. The closure, announced Wednesday, comes as non-essential businesse…

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Broadway unions raise concerns on health insurance, the return of theater by Caitlin Huston

A coalition of entertainment unions held a call with members of the press Wednesday to highlight the similar issues plaguing their members while theater and film productions remain suspended…

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

TodayTix rebrands and launches new ticket program by Caitlin Huston

TodayTix has temporarily rebranded itself as TomorrowTix, as the ticketing company launches new initiatives while waiting for theater to return.  Along with the new name, the company announ…

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Monday, May 4, 2020

‘A Strange Loop’ wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Caitlin Huston

Michael R. Jackson’s “A Strange Loop” won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The musical, which features a book and score by Michael R. Jackson and direction by Stephen Brackett, premi…

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Patti LuPone, Bryan Cranston, Sally Field and more featured in new play series by Caitlin Huston

Broadway’s Best Shows, a new platform for streaming and written content, will feature a series of one-night-only plays including a star-studded performance of David Mamet’s “November…

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Off-Broadway development moves forward as theaters plan for future by Caitlin Huston

Off-Broadway theaters are continuing to develop work even as the premiere dates remain unclear.  Major nonprofit institutions including the Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company and …

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Monday, April 27, 2020

‘KPOP’ moves casting search online ahead of planned Broadway run by Caitlin Huston

The producers of “KPOP” have moved their casting search online as they prepare for a Broadway run next season. The musical, originally seen Off-Broadway with a book by Jason Kim, music a…

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Bernard Gersten, a leader of nonprofit theater, dies at age 97 by Caitlin Huston

Bernard Gersten, former executive producer of Lincoln Center Theater and a leader of the New York Shakespeare Festival, died Monday at the age of 97.  A recipient of 15 Tony Awards, includi…

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Mirvish theaters move subscription season to January by Caitlin Huston

David Mirvish will open his Toronto theaters in January 2021, the theater producer said Monday.  Mirvish is moving the subscription season from September out of concern for the health and s…

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