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Friday, May 24, 2024

Suffs Director Leigh Silverman Is Nominated for Her Second Tony—and This Time, She Appreciates the Company by Hayley Levitt

Few things are more agonizing than the lethargy of progress. Shaina Taub’s musical Suffs theatricalizes just the last seven years of the fight for the 19th Amendment, and even without the …

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Uncle Vanya's William Jackson Harper Turns Ennui Into a Tony Nomination by Hayley Levitt

William Jackson Harper has traded one version of angst for another. Best known for his Emmy-nominated role as the morally anguished Chidi Anagonye in NBC's The Good Place, he now plays Ast…

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Road to the Jimmys, Episode 4: Building Camaraderie at the Stars of Tomorrow Program in Rochester, NY by Hayley Levitt

If the Tony Awards speak to what’s happening on Broadway now, the Jimmy Awards provide a forecast of Broadway's future. Formally known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, t…

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The Outsiders' Brody Grant, Joshua Boone and Sky Lakota-Lynch React to Their Tony Nominations by Hayley Levitt

Of The Outsiders' 12 Tony nominations, three have been claimed by a trio of Greasers who rumble hard and love harder at the Barnard B. Jacobs Theatre. Brody Grant earned a Lead Actor in a …

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Hell's Kitchen Star Shoshana Bean Puts the R&B; in Broadway, Singing Alicia Keys' 'Teenage Love Affair' by Hayley Levitt

Shoshana Bean is now a two-time Tony Award nominee. The former Elphaba, famous for her acrobatic riffing, earned her first nod in 2022 for her featured performance in Mr. Saturday Night, a…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Tony Winner Alex Newell to Perform Alex Newell and the Gospel of a Diva at Audible's Minetta Lane Theatre by Hayley Levitt

Alex Newell and the Gospel of a Diva, a solo show written and performed by its title Tony Award-winning star, will have three performances at Audible's Minetta Lane Theatre from June 27 thr…

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Philadelphia's Wilma Theater to Receive 2024 Regional Theatre Tony Award by Hayley Levitt

The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, PA has been selected as the 2024 Regional Theatre Tony Award winner. The honor, recognizing a regional theater company that has displayed a continuous leve…

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Clooney and Downey and Farrow, Oh My! A Star-Powered Broadway Season Begins to Take Shape by Hayley Levitt

Broadway and Hollywood have long enjoyed a healthy symbiosis. Film stars face their fears of live theater while fulfilling a lifelong artistic ambition. Broadway gets a much-needed bump in a…

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Friday, May 17, 2024

Alan Mingo Jr. to Replace Wayne Brady in the Title Role in The Wiz on Broadway by Hayley Levitt

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 plays his final performance…

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Once Upon a Mattress, Starring Sutton Foster, to Open on Broadway This Summer by Hayley Levitt

Once Upon a Mattress, the recent New York City Center Encores! production led by Sutton Foster, will move to Broadway this summer. Directed by Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet, th…

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Road to the Jimmys, Episode 3: Opening Doors for Students Through Wisconsin's Center Stage High School Musical Theater Program by Hayley Levitt

If the Tony Awards speak to what’s happening on Broadway now, the Jimmy Awards provide a forecast of Broadway's future. Formally known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, t…

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The Notebook's Tony-Nominated Stars, Maryann Plunkett and Dorian Harewood, Redefine the Romantic Lead on Broadway by Hayley Levitt

Whereas the 2004 film version of The Notebook noticably kept the camera lens glued to its two young stars, the story's musical adapters—book writer Bekah Brunstetter and composer Ingrid M…

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Roger Bart Sings Back to the Future's Broadway Ballad, 'For the Dreamers' by Hayley Levitt

Roger Bart recently earned his third career Tony nomination for his performance as Doc Brown in Back to the Future at the Winter Garden Theatre (he became a Tony winner his first time aroun…

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The 2024 Chita Rivera Award Nominees Honor the Icon Who Lent Her Name to the Annual Celebration of Dance by Hayley Levitt

Amid a busy awards season where actors, writers, directors and the like are flooded with accolades, the Chita Rivera Awards pauses on the dancers and choreographers that bring music to life …

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Alex Michaels, Best Known as Alexis Michelle, to Star in La Cage aux Folles at Barrington Stage by Hayley Levitt

Alex Michaels—better known as drag queen Alexis Michelle—will lead the Barrington Stage Company production of La Cage aux Folles as Albin alongside Tom Story as Georges. Directed by Mi…

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Maia Reficco Sets Broadway Debut as Hadestown's Next Eurydice by Hayley Levitt

Maia Reficco, best known for her role as Noa Olivar in the HBO Max series Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, will make her Broadway debut as Eurydice in the Tony-winning musical Hadestow…

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Darren Criss and Helen J Shen to Star in Maybe Happy Ending on Broadway by Hayley Levitt

Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Darren Criss will return to Broadway opposite Helen J Shen in the romantic musical comedy, Maybe Happy Ending. Featuring music by Will Aronson, lyrics by…

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Samm-Art Williams, Tony-Nominated Playwright of Home, Has Died at 78 by Hayley Levitt

Samm-Art Williams—Tony-nominated writer of the play Home, which begins preview performances of its first-ever Broadway revival on Friday, May 17 at Roundabout Theatre Company's Todd Haime…

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Kara Young to Lead World-Premiere Play by Douglas Lyons at MCC; Robert O'Hara Premiere Also Joins 2024-25 Season by Hayley Levitt

Two world-premiere plays have joined MCC's Theater's 2024-25 season, kicking off in August with the world premiere of Table 17, written by Douglas Lyons (Chicken & Biscuits) and directe…

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George Clooney to Make Broadway Debut as Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck by Hayley Levitt

Good Night, and Good Luck, a stage adaptation of the 2005 film of the same name, will premiere on Broadway in spring 2025 at a Shubert Theatre to be announced. The play is written by George…

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I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Starring Santino Fontana, to Release Off-Broadway Cast Recording by Hayley Levitt

Concord Theatrical Recordings will release a cast recording of Classic Stage Company's acclaimed off-Broadway revisal of I Can Get It For You Wholesale in early fall 2024. The production ra…

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Friday, May 10, 2024

NBC to Celebrate Wicked Film Release with Behind-the-Scenes Special Defying Gravity: The Curtain Rises by Hayley Levitt

NBC will be welcoming the world to Oz with a behind-the-scenes special celebrating the first installment of Jon M. Chu's two-part film adaptation of Wicked. The Universal Pictures film is s…

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Todrick Hall to Play Donkey in London Production of Shrek This Summer by Hayley Levitt

Singer-songwriter, choreographer and famed YouTuber Todrick Hall joins the London cast of Shrek, running at the Eventim Apollo Theatre in Hammersmith for six weeks from July 19 through Aug…

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Tears, Hugs and Joy with Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Jonathan Groff and More of the 2024 Tony Award Nominees by Hayley Levitt

The 2023-24 Broadway season has come to an end and the newly minted nominees for the 77th Tony Awards have begun their monthlong period of celebration and reflection. Editor-in-…

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Road to the Jimmys, Episode 2: The Inspiring Rising Stars of the Roger Rees Awards by Hayley Levitt

If the Tony Awards speak to what’s happening on Broadway now, the Jimmy Awards provide a forecast of Broadway's future. Formally known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, t…

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André Bishop and Nathan Lane to Receive Special Drama Desk Awards by Hayley Levitt

The Drama Desk board has announced the recipients of two special awards, to be presented at the 68th annual Drama Desk Awards celebration. The ceremony will be held at the NYU Skirball Cente…

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The Crown Creator Peter Morgan Planning Netflix Film Adaptation of Political Thriller Patriots by Hayley Levitt

According to a Deadline report, Peter Morgan's next project for Netflix is likely to be a film adaptation of his political drama Patriots, now running at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatr…

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Director Kenny Leon and the Cast of Home ‘Lean Into Love’ with a Joyous Broadway Revival by Hayley Levitt

Tony-winning director Kenny Leon brings Samm-Art Williams’ 1979 play Home back to Broadway for the first time in over 40 years. Beginning performances May 17 at Roundabout Theatre Company�…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Hannah Cruz, Marin Ireland, Kecia Lewis and More Receive Actors’ Equity Foundation Performance Awards by Hayley Levitt

The Actors’ Equity Foundation has announced its 2024 Performance Award recipients, honoring outstanding performances on and off-Broadway this past season.  The Richard Seff Awards for tw…

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Jose Llana to Replace Conrad Ricamora in Encores! Titanic by Hayley Levitt

Jose Llana will take on the role of Thomas Andrews in the Encores! production of Titanic this June, replacing the previously announced Conrad Ricamora. The show will have a two-week run a…

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Sam Morrison's Solo Comedy Sugar Daddy Sets West Coast Run Ahead of 2025 Broadway Premiere by Hayley Levitt

Sugar Daddy, comedian Sam Morrison's one-man show, will open at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA this fall ahead of a projected Broadway mounting in …

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards