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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

LaChanze to Make New York Directorial Debut with Alice Childress’ Wine in the Wilderness by Darryn King

Tony Award winner LaChanze will direct Alice Childress' Wine in the Wilderness in her New York directorial debut. The production is part of Classic Stage Company's 2024-25 season, which wi…

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Second Stage to Present New Plays by Russian Doll Co-Creator Leslye Headland and Pulitzer Winner Donald Margulies by Darryn King

Second Stage Theater has announced two new fall productions for its upcoming season, including the New York premiere of a play by Russian Doll co-creator and Emmy nominee Leslye Headland, op…

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Monday, June 24, 2024

Drag: The Musical, Starring Drag Star Alaska Thunderf*ck, Joey McIntyre and More, Sets Off-Broadway Run by Darryn King

Drag: The Musical is set to make its premiere off-Broadway. The show, starring singer, drag queen and RuPauls Drag Race All Stars winner Alaska Thunderf*ck, will begin performances at New Wo…

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Broadway's MJ the Musical Has Two New Junior Kings of Pop by Darryn King

Broadway newcomers Austin Rankin and Eric Williams will join the cast of MJ, alternating the role of Little Michael. Originally from Las Vegas, Austin made his Broadway debut in the show on …

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Sam Mendes' The Motive and the Cue Eyeing a Transfer to Broadway by Darryn King

The Motive and the Cue, a new play by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) directed by Sam Mendes, is eyeing Broadway, per a Deadline report. The play premiered at the National Th…

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Kathleen Marshall to Direct My Best Friend's Wedding Musical World Premiere by Darryn King

Three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall will direct the world premiere of the My Best Friend's Wedding musical. The new musical adaptation of the Julia Roberts-led 1997 romantic come…

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Friday, June 21, 2024

Bridgerton's Jonathan Bailey to Play Richard II in London by Darryn King

Olivier Award winner and Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey will play Richard II in London. The production of Shakespeare’s play will be directed by Nicholas Hytner. Performances begin at the…

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Following the Voyage of Encores! Titanic, Episode 3: The Sitzprobe, Composer Maury Yeston and More by Darryn King

In 1997, the musical Titanic, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, sailed onto Broadway. Running for 804 performances, it won five Tony Awards, including for Best Musical, Best Score and B…

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Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Three More World Premieres for 2024-25 Season by Darryn King

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced three more world premieres for the off-Broadway stage in its upcoming 2024-25 season. MTC will produce Dakar 2000 written by Pulitzer finalist Rajiv Jose…

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Aaron Tveit and Singer JoJo to Return to Broadway's Moulin Rouge! by Darryn King

Tony Award winner Aaron Tveit and singer Joanna “JoJo” Levesque will return to Broadway’s Moulin Rouge!  Tveit, an original cast member, will reprise his performance as Christian with…

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Life and Trust, From Sleep No More Producers Emursive, Sets Opening Date by Darryn King

Life and Trust, a new immersive-theater production from Emursive (Sleep No More) now in previews, has set its official opening date. Performances began June 17 in the Conwell Tower, also hom…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Tony-Winning Best Musical Revival Merrily We Roll Along Is Being Captured on Film by Darryn King

The Broadway revival of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along—which recently won the Tony for Best Musical Revival, and stars Tony winners Jonathan Groff and Da…

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Take a Deep Dive Into How S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders Became This Year's Tony-Winning Best Musical by Darryn King

The Outsiders, the new Broadway musical based on the novel by S.E. Hinton and the 1983 film, won the Award for Best Musical at the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16. It wasn't a sure thing…

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Tony Awards Viewership Falls for Second Year in a Row by Darryn King

Early viewership figures for the 77th Tony Awards on June 16 are down compared to previous years. The CBS telecast drew 3.51 million viewers—including out-of-home viewers—according to Ni…

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Monday, June 17, 2024

From a Jay-Z Cameo to a Rainy Rumble, 2024 Tony Awards Surprises and Showstoppers by Darryn King and Hayley Levitt

The 77th Annual Tony Awards took place at the David H. Koch Theater at New York's Lincoln Center on June 16. The ceremony had its fair share of stunning highlights and quite a few surprises.…

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The Outsiders Wins Best Musical at the Tony Awards by Darryn King

The Outsiders won the Tony Award for Best Musical at the 77th Annual Tony Awards. The production won a total of four awards throughout the evening, with Danya Taymor winning for Best Direct…

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The Outsiders Wins Best Musical in a Split Tony Year; Read the Complete Winners List! by Darryn King

The 77th Annual Tony Awards were broadcast this evening live from the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The ceremony was hosted by Ariana DeBose, with the pre-show, The Tony Awards: …

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Two-Time Tony Nominee Andrew Rannells Departs Broadway's Tammy Faye by Darryn King

Two-time Tony nominee Andrew Rannells, who was to star in the Broadway transfer of the Elton John musical Tammy Faye in October, has departed the production. The actor, who was to perform …

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The 2024 Tony Awards Are Tonight! Winners Updating Live by Darryn King

The 77th Annual Tony Awards are tonight. The ceremony, hosted by Ariana DeBose, begins at 8:00 PM ET and will be broadcast live from the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, airing on th…

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The 2024 Tony Awards Are Tonight by Darryn King

The 77th Annual Tony Awards are tonight. The ceremony, hosted by Ariana DeBose, begins at 8:00 PM ET and will be broadcast live from the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, airing on th…

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Ron Simons, Four-Time Tony-Winning Producer, Dies at 63 by Darryn King

Ron Simons, a four-time Tony-winning actor and producer, died on June 13. His death was confirmed by his production company, SimonSays Entertainment. The cause of death and surviving family …

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Aaron Lazar Will Release Star-Studded Debut Album, Impossible Dream by Darryn King

The actor and singer Aaron Lazar, whose Broadway credits include roles in The Phantom of the Opera, The Light in the Piazza and Les Misérables, is set to release his debut album, featuring …

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

The Heart of Rock and Roll Cast Album Is Almost Here by Darryn King

The original Broadway cast recording of The Heart of Rock and Roll, the Huey Lewis and the News-scored musical romcom, will be released on June 14. Featuring musical-theaterized versions of…

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The Outsiders Director Danya Taymor Remembers What It Was Like as a Teenager by Darryn King

Before 2 PM on a Wednesday outside the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, the anticipation is high and the energy is electric. “It’s like 800 high school students,” said The Outsiders' Tony-no…

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Alan Mingo Jr. Whizzes Back to The Wiz on Broadway Tonight by Darryn King

Alan Mingo Jr. will reprise his title performance in The Wiz, joining the featured Broadway cast at the Marquis Theatre on June 13. He replaces Wayne Brady, who played his final performanc…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Robyn Hurder Extends Run as Velma Kelly in Broadway's Chicago by Darryn King

Tony nominee Robyn Hurder has extended her run as nightclub murderess Velma Kelly in Chicago at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre. Originally slated to fill the role until June 16, she will st…

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Nominees for 2024 Jimmy Awards, Student Reporters and Inspiring Teachers Announced by Darryn King

The Broadway League Foundation has announced the nominees who will compete for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress at the 15th annual Jimmy Awards, the yearly showcase of the country's …

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The Cast of Stereophonic Will Perform at the Tony Awards; Presenters Announced by Darryn King

The cast of the Tony-nominated play Stereophonic will perform at the 77th Annual Tony Awards. They join the casts of Tony Award-nominated musicals and revivals Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club,…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Sleep No More Announces Final Extension... Again by Darryn King

The immersive off-Broadway sensation Sleep No More has yet again announced its final performance date. The show initially announced plans to close in January, after its 5,000th performance,…

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Call Me Cherry with The Outsiders’ Emma Pittman, Episode 8: Gifts From Fans and Messages to Younger Selves by Darryn King

In the new Broadway musical The Outsiders, now playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, Emma Pittman plays Cherry Valance, the sensitive, red-headed cheerleader in a world of battle-ready b…

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Tony First-Timers: Appropriate Star Corey Stoll on the Luck of Falling for Theater at an Early Age by Darryn King

Growing up on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, Corey Stoll was seeing theater while he was still, by his own admission, “too young to see theater.” “My dad was a junior high school En…

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