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Friday, December 6, 2019

Harry Chapin Stage Musical In The Works; ‘Cat’s In The Cradle’ Singer’s Brothers Will Consult by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: A project to develop a biographical stage musical about 1970s singer-songwriter Harry Chapin has gotten the support of Chapin’s wife Sandy and brothers Tom Chapin and Steve Chap…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

‘Jagged Little Pill’ Broadway Review: Hot Buttons, Alanis Morissette Songs And One Very Troubled Family by Greg Evans

In Jagged Little Pill, a record album gets its own jukebox musical, though there’s none of the Wikipedia-style rat-a-tat biographical highlights (airbrushed or otherwise) that accompanied …

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Richard Greenberg’s ‘The Perplexed’ Rounds Out Off-Broadway Cast With Gregg Edelman & Eric William Morris by Greg Evans

Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of Richard Greenberg’s The Perplexed has completed its cast with Gregg Edelman (City of Angels, Into the Woods) and Eric William Morris (King Kong…

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‘Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, ‘Game of Thrones’ Mark Addy Head Martin McDonagh’s Broadway Return ‘Hangmen’ by Greg Evans

Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens and Game of Thrones‘ Mark Addy will head up the Broadway production of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy Hangmen, arriving at the Golden Theatre Friday, Feb. 28…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

‘Rent Live’s Jordan Fisher To Star In Broadway’s ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ by Greg Evans

Jordan Fisher, who played Mark in Fox’s Rent Live TV special and made his Broadway debut in Hamilton, will take over the title role of Dear Evan Hansen in January. A star of Disney’s Liv…

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Pre-Broadway ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Finds Its Fashion Boss From Hell; Chicago Production Postpones Engagement by Greg Evans

Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel has been cast in the pre-Broadway production of The Devil Wears Prada as tyrannical fashion editor Miranda Priestly, while Taylor Iman Jones (Broadway’s Head …

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Broadway Bounces For Thanksgiving; ‘Tina’, ‘Beetlejuice’ Set House Records, David Byrne Joins Million Dollar Club by Greg Evans

Broadway’s Thanksgiving Weekend was a trip to bountiful, with Tina and Beetlejuice breaking house records, David Byrne joining the Million Dollar Club and total box office for the 35 produ…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Marion McClinton Dies: Broadway Director Of August Wilson Plays Was 65 by Greg Evans

Stage director Marion McClinton, who staged for Broadway two of August Wilson’s plays and Regina Taylor’s Drowning Crow, died yesterday in St. Paul, Minn. He was 65. The New York Times r…

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

New ‘Sleepless In Seattle’ Stage Musical Adaptation Set For London World Premiere by Greg Evans

A new stage musical version of the 1993 Tom Hanks comedy Sleepless in Seattle is set for a London world premiere next spring. Sleepless, a Musical Romance will begin previews March 21 at Lon…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

New York-Based Nederlander National Markets Merges With Chicago’s Jam For New Theater Entity by Greg Evans

Nederlander National Markets LLC, a stand-alone company that’s part of Broadway heavyweight Nederlander Organization, and Chicago-based theater presenter Jam Theatricals have combined to c…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Broadway Box Office Flat In Pre-Holiday Week; David Byrne, Tina Turner Musical Buck Trend by Greg Evans

Broadway box office mostly held steady last week, even as many shows might not have overmuch to cheer about during the pre-holiday week. In all, the 35 productions took in $32,015,929, down …

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‘Slave Play’s Annie McNamara Signs With CESD Talent by Greg Evans

Annie McNamara, currently starring in Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play on Broadway, has signed with CESD Talent Agency. In a critically lauded performance, McNamara plays Alana, a sexually fru…

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John Simon Dies: Longtime, Caustic Theater Critic Was 94 by Greg Evans

John Simon, whose biting, sometimes personal New York Magazine theater reviews drew devoted readers and withering criticism of their own, died yesterday at a hospital in Valhalla, New York. …

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‘Tommy’: Broadway’s Tony Winning Katrina Lenk Cast In Recurring Role On CBS Drama by Greg Evans

The Tony Award-winning actress Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit) has been cast in a recurring role in CBS’ upcoming midseason drama series Tommy as a sports agent. Tommy stars Edie Falco …

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Broadway’s Michael Jackson Musical Finds Its King Of Pop: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’s Ephraim Sykes To Moonwalk by Greg Evans

Broadway has found its Michael Jackson: Tony-nominated Ain’t Too Proud star Ephraim Sykes will take the title role in the upcoming MJ The Musical, producers announced today. The musical, l…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

‘A Christmas Carol’ Broadway Review: Campbell Scott, Andrea Martin & LaChanze Raise The Spirits In Vivid Telling by Greg Evans

There’s an abundance of treats offered by director Matthew Warchus’ staging of A Christmas Carol – like Andrea Martin dressed as a Victorian caroler mingling with the audience at Broad…

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Composers Largely Left Out Of Grammy Noms As Broadway Cast Albums Feature Reworked Oldies by Greg Evans

The Grammys took a fairly expansive sweep with this morning’s nominations for Best Musical Theater Album, The Motown sound, Rodgers & Hammerstein, the folk-rock music of Anaïs Mitchel…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Nickelodeon To Simulcast ‘SpongeBob’ Musical Special; Original Voice Actor Tom Kenny Joins Cast by Greg Evans

Nickelodeon will simulcast The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! across Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons next month, Nickelodeon said today, also noting that veteran SpongeBob SquarePants…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

‘Tina’ Takes Best-Ever $1.5M; Overall Broadway Box Office Slips At $32M by Greg Evans

Broadway box office took a step back last week, with most shows reporting receipt drops from the prior week (which included Veterans Day Weekend, perhaps boosting tourist money). In all, the…

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James Cusati-Moyer Of Broadway’s ‘Slave Play’ Signed By Paradigm by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: James Cusati-Moyer, currently starring in Broadway’s Slave Play after originating his role in the sold-out Off Broadway production, is now a Paradigm client. In Jeremy O. Harri…

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Martin McDonagh’s Olivier-Winning ‘Hangmen’ Sets Date With Broadway by Greg Evans

Martin McDonagh’s Olivier Award-winning comedy Hangmen is headed to Broadway. The Royal Court Theatre/Atlantic Theater Company production will begin performances in February 2020 for a str…

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Sony Exec Lia Vollack Launches Stage Production Company; Initial Roster Includes Controversial Michael Jackson Musical by Greg Evans

Lia Vollack, a 22-year veteran of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s music and theater divisions, has formed a new company to develop Broadway productions, Deadline has confirmed. Lia Vollack P…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘The Inheritance’ Broadway Review: When Home Is Where So Very Many Hearts Were by Greg Evans

One may as well begin with Forster, E.M. to state the obvious, called Morgan in Matthew Lopez’ The Inheritance, directed by Stephen Daldry, an ambitious, often powerful two-part epic of ga…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Harold Prince Memorial Set For December At ‘Phantom’ Broadway Home by Greg Evans

A celebration of Broadway legend Harold Prince is set for Monday, December 16, at The Majestic Theatre, 31-year home of Prince’s record-breaking production of The Phantom of the Opera. Pri…

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

‘Hedwig’ Composer Stephen Trask Signs With ICM Partners by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE Composer Stephen Trask, co-creator/composer/lyricist of the award-winning stage musical Hedwig and The Angry Inch, has signed with ICM Partners. Trask, who is currently working on …

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HarperVia To Publish Stefano Massini’s ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Novel As Play Hits Broadway by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE With his acclaimed stage play The Lehman Trilogy arriving on Broadway this Spring, playwright Stefano Massini will also be in bookstores shortly thereafter: HarperVia, an imprint o…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

NYC Bookstore Rescued By Lin-Manuel Miranda & Friends Sets Spring Opening by Greg Evans

Maybe Lin-Manuel Miranda really can do everything. When Broadway’s favorite bookstore — The Drama Book Shop — was evicted from its longtime Theater District home in January, Miranda an…

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‘Slave Play’s Joaquina Kalukango Signs With ICM Partners by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Joaquina Kalukango, earning terrific reviews for her powerful performance in Broadway’s much-talked-about Slave Play, has signed with ICM Partners. She can also be seen in Ava D…

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Ben McKenzie To Make Broadway Debut Opposite Jane Alexander In Bess Wohl’s ‘Grand Horizons’ by Greg Evans

Ben McKenzie has been cast in Bess Wohl’s Broadway-Bound Grand Horizons, joining the previously announced Jane Alexander and James Cromwell, among others. The strictly limited 10-week enga…

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Jerry O’Connell Joins Kenny Leon’s ‘A Soldier’s Play’ On Broadway; Casting Completed by Greg Evans

Broadway’s upcoming production of Charles Fullers’ A Soldier’s Play starring David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood has rounded out the 12-member cast, with Jerry O’Connell, Namdi Asom…

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London’s Long-Running ‘The Woman In Black’ Play To Scare Up New York Return by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: The Woman in Black, a West End theater staple for 30 years, will make its long-in-coming New York return in January at The McKittrick Hotel, home of the popular, similarly immersi…

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