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Monday, June 17, 2019

Broadway’s ‘The Prom’ To Take Party On The Road With National Tour by Greg Evans

Broadway’s The Prom has a date with the road: The Tony-nominated musical will launch a first national tour in February 2021 in Providence, Rhode Island. The tour was announced today by pro…

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Debra Messing Heading To Broadway In ‘Birthday Candles’ New York Premiere by Greg Evans

Debra Messing will return to Broadway next year in a spring production of playwright Noah Haidle’s Birthday Candles. The Roundabout Theatre Company production will mark the New York premie…

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Broadway’s ‘Hillary And Clinton’ Starring Laurie Metcalf Announces Closing by Greg Evans

Hillary And Clinton, Lucas Hnath’s Broadway play starring Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow, will plays its final performance on Sunday, June 23, producer Scott Rudin announced today. The cr…

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‘The Notebook’ Author Nicholas Sparks Regrets Failure To Express “Unequivocal” Support In Old Emails Regarding Gay Students by Greg Evans

The Notebook author Nicholas Sparks has released a lengthy, 500-word-plus statement in which he expresses “regret” and apologizes for his words that “have potentially hurt young people…

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Gary Busey To Play God In Off Broadway Musical ‘Only Human’ This Fall by Greg Evans

Gary Busey will play God in new pop-rock musical Only Human opening Off Broadway this fall, producers announced today. The musical, with a book by Jess Carson, music and lyrics by Mike Squil…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Beatles Tribute Band Rain Cancels Broadway Residence by Greg Evans

Beatles tribute band Rain has canceled its week-long Broadway residence, producers announced today. “The tour of Rain was scheduled to conclude its Summer engagement in Sioux Falls and is …

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Ed Harris To Succeed Jeff Daniels As Atticus Finch In Broadway’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’: Report by Greg Evans

Westworld actor Ed Harris will succeed the departing Jeff Daniels in Broadway’s record-breaking To Kill A Mockingbird in November. Though an announcement from producers has not been made, …

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Author Nicholas Sparks Dismisses Anti-Gay Claims As Broadway Readies For ‘The Notebook’ Musical by Greg Evans

For the second time in recent months, real-world controversy has visited the make-believe world of Broadway musicals. Nicholas Sparks, whose 1996 novel The Notebook is being turned into a Br…

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‘American Idol’ Vets Diana DeGarmo And Ace Young Hit Road With ‘First Date’ Musical Tour by Greg Evans

Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, the real-life couple and American Idol veterans, will star in the national touring production of First Date, the 2013 Broadway musical comedy. The tour and cast …

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Illusionist Derren Brown To Make Broadway Debut With ‘Secret’; J.J. Abrams Is A Producer by Greg Evans

Illusionist and two-time Olivier Award winner Derren Brown is heading to Broadway. Producers J.J. Abrams, Thomas Kail, and Jeffrey Seller announced today that the 2017 sold-out Off Broadway …

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dave Chappelle Announces Five-Show Broadway Engagement For July by Greg Evans

Dave Chappelle will make his Broadway debut this summer as…Dave Chappelle. The comedian and actor will stage a five-show residency at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre July 9-13. Producer…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

New 42nd Street Nonprofit Names Russell Granet As President & CEO by Greg Evans

Lincoln Center’s Russell Granet has been named the new president and CEO of the New 42nd Street organization, the nonprofit announced today. The hire comes nearly a year after Cora Cahan, …

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Broadway’s ‘Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus’ To Close by Greg Evans

Taylor Mac’s Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus will play its final Broadway performance this Sunday, June 16, becoming the first announced closing in this year’s post-Tony Award shake-o…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Broadway Box Office Hits Pre-Tony $35M; ‘Network’ Signs Off On Schedule With Bryan Cranston Win & House Records by Greg Evans

The annual post-Tony shake-out of Broadway closings has yet to get underway, but the pre-scheduled departure of Network last week saw the Bryan Cranston starrer set a couple of records on it…

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James Corden Tweets Credit For “James In The Bathroom” Tonys Parody, Calls Joe Iconis Original His Favorite Song Of Season by Greg Evans

UPDATE with George Salazar, Joe Iconis responses James Corden is giving some Be More Chill credit where it’s due. After drawing some online criticism for not tipping off the national Tony …

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Tony Awards Review: No Surprises As James Corden, ‘Hadestown’ & ‘Ferryman’ Show How To Get A Job Done by Greg Evans

There were no big surprises or major upsets tonight at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards, as Hadestown, The Ferryman, Bryan Cranston and Elaine May took the trophies they were meant to take, overt…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Deadline’s Tony Awards Live Blog by Greg Evans

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards kick off tonight at 8 p.m. ET, live from Radio City Music Hall in New York, airing on CBS (delayed on the West Coast, 8 p.m. PT). James Corden is the host, with p…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Tony Award Predictions: ‘Hadestown’? Cranston? ‘Constitution’? Who Will Win – And Who Should by Greg Evans

Call them predictions, opinions or hopes, but here are my thoughts on this year’s Tony Awards races. As usual, the roster of nominees includes a mix of consensus categories (famous last wo…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Broadway-Bound ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Musical Sets Seattle Premiere Date by Greg Evans

The Broadway-bound Mrs. Doubtfire musical that was announced last year will premiere at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre this fall, producer Kevin McCollum announced today, with performances s…

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Choreographer Camille A. Brown Brought The Dance To ‘Choir Boy’ And Representation To Broadway – Tony Watch Q&A by Greg Evans

Nearly 10 million people saw Camille A. Brown’s work one night last year. Let that sink in. On a single evening – Easter Sunday 2018 – Brown’s choreography for NBC’s Jesus Christ S…

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Broadway Musicals Confirmed For Tony Night Performances by Greg Evans

The world outside New York’s theater district will get to see what all the Broadway fuss was about when this season’s musical productions get their moments in the Tony broadcast spotligh…

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Carolee Carmello Set As Betty Buckley Replacement In ‘Hello, Dolly!’ National Tour by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Carolee Carmello, following up an acclaimed Off Broadway performance in Sweeney Todd, will be playing another musical theater icon, taking over the lead role from the departing Be…

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Olivier Award-Winning London Hit ‘The Inheritance’ Sets Broadway Premiere by Greg Evans

Matthew Lopez’s Olivier Award-winning two-part West End production The Inheritance will make its Broadway debut this fall, producers Tom Kirdahy, Sonia Friedman Productions and Hunter Arno…

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Amber Gray Of ‘Hadestown’: A Star’s Meteoric Rise Was Years In The Making – Tony Watch Q&A by Greg Evans

Amber Gray had been simmering Off and Off Off Broadway for about a decade when, in 2016, she appeared to arrive fully-formed – to Broadway audiences, anyway – as some sort of next-genera…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

‘Lizzie The Musical’ Off Broadway Engagement Axed Due To “Unforeseen Circumstances” by Greg Evans

Off Broadway won’t be getting a whack at Lizzie The Musical this summer after all. Producers of the Lizzie Borden-inspired rock opera canceled a previously announced late-summer run at The…

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Joins Cast Of Second Stage’s Broadway-Bound ‘Take Me Out’ Revival by Greg Evans

Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson has joined the cast of the Broadway-bound Take Me Out, the Richard Greenberg play being revived next spring with director Scott Ellis and starring the …

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Another Round Of Tony Award Presenters Announced: Jake Gyllenhaal, Shirley Jones Join Roster by Greg Evans

Jake Gyllenhaal, Shirley Jones, Sara Bareilles, Laura Benanti and Judith Light are among the latest round of confirmed presenters for this Sunday’s Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden on C…

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Kenneth Lonergan, Master Of Revival: The ‘Waverly Gallery’ Playwright On His Gift For Sadness & How To Survive It – Tony Watch Q&A by Greg Evans

In just five years, playwright, screenwriter and Oscar-nominated director (for Manchester by the Sea) Kenneth Lonergan has seen three of his earlier works – all originally staged Off Broad…

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Controversial ‘FBI Lovebirds’ Play Finds New Washington Theatrical Nest; Dean Cain, Kristy Swanson Will Star by Greg Evans

Conservative playwright Phelim McAleer has secured a Washington D.C. venue for FBI Lovebirds: UnderCovers, the planned, and already controversial, dramatized staged reading of the anti-Trump…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

‘Oklahoma!’ Director Daniel Fish On Finding Answers In The Dark – Tony Watch Q&A by Greg Evans

New Yorkers started hearing the buzz about Oklahoma! last year, as yet another production from the acclaimed St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn, began making its presence known. The Se…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Broadway Box Office Begins New Season With A Hold-Steady $35M by Greg Evans

In the Tony Awards homestretch, Broadway productions slipped only a tad in the post-Memorial Day holiday week, with total box office for the 38 productions sliding a negligible 4% to $34,573…

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