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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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Phylicia Rashad, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Victoria Clark and Jordan Donica Join The Gilded Age Season Three by Hayley Levitt

The Gilded Age, Tony nominee Julian Fellowes' HBO drama series about the power struggle between old and new money in late-19th-century New York City, has announced new stars for its upcomin…

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

David Adjmi's Stereophonic Takes Home the Tony Award for Best Play by Hayley Levitt

Stereophonic, David Adjmi's musical play with songs by Will Butler, has won the 2024 Tony Award for Best Play. It takes home the top prize after earning a record-breaking 13 Tony nomination…

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Nick Jonas and Adrienne Warren Will Bring Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years to Broadway by Hayley Levitt

Nick Jonas and Tony Award winner Adrienne Warren will lead the first-ever Broadway production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, opening in spring 2025 at a theater to be announc…

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Nicole Scherzinger to Perform During the Tony Awards In Memoriam; Chita Rivera to Receive Special Tribute by Hayley Levitt

Nicole Scherzinger, who will bring her Olivier Award-winning performance as Sunset Boulevard's Norma Desmond to Broadway this fall, will sing at the Tony Awards during the In Memoriam segme…

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Broadway Bares: Hit the Strip to Feature Ariana DeBose, Amber Iman, Amber Ardolino and More by Hayley Levitt

Broadway Bares: Hit the Strip, this year's Vegas-themed edition of the annual striptease fundraising event, has announced a lineup of Broadway performers to take the stage. Produced by and …

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Lempicka's Broadway Cast Album Has Arrived by Hayley Levitt

After severals delays, the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Lempicka is now available digitally, with a CD release set for August 9. The album was originally scheduled for a May 29 rele…

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Suffs' Tony-Nominated Costume Designer Paul Tazewell Knows How to Dress Up American History by Hayley Levitt

Costume designer Paul Tazewell is a seasoned veteran of the Tony Awards, earning the ninth nomination of his career this season for his work on Shaina Taub's historical musical Suffs. The p…

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Idina Menzel to Lead Original Musical Redwood on Broadway in 2025 by Hayley Levitt

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel will return to Broadway next year as part of the 2024-25 season in Redwood, a new musical written and directed by Tony Award nominee Tina Landau with music b…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Stereophonic's Record-Breaking Broadway Stars Drive Toward Tony Night by Hayley Levitt

Stereophonic, David Adjmi's painstakingly constructed musical play about the inner workings of a band on the rise, made Tony history this year with 13 nominations—the most ever received b…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Tony First-Timers: Spamalot’s Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer Is Thrilled to Be Invited to the 'Shmony' Party by Hayley Levitt

The Broadway revival of Spamalot played its final performance on April 7, but Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer’s final performance as Lady of the Lake is still to be determined. Visit Kritzer’s …

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Evan Alexander Smith and David Josefsberg to Join Back to the Future on Broadway by Hayley Levitt

Broadway's Back to the Future will welcome two new principal cast members to the Winter Garden Theatre beginning June 25. Evan Alexander Smith and David Josefsberg will join the cast as Ge…

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Casts Its National Tour by Hayley Levitt

The national tour of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, launching this September in Chicago, has found its cast. Previews begin September 10 at Broadway In Chicago’s James M. Nederlander…

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Adam Guettel's Floyd Collins, Ibsen's Ghosts and More Join Lincoln Center Theater's 40th Anniversary Season by Hayley Levitt

Lincoln Center Theater has released the lineup of productions set for its 40th anniversary season, André Bishop's final season as the company's producing artistic director. As previously an…

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Skylar Astin to Host 'Broadway Fanfare' Tony Awards Simulcast Event in Damrosch Park by Hayley Levitt

Broadway veteran Skylar Astin will host the American Express “Broadway Fanfare” simulcast event on June 16 in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The event will kick…

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

A Hairspray Revival May Be Broadway-Bound by Hayley Levitt

Are the nicest kids in town coming back to Broadway? In a recent interview with, director Jack O'Brien teased a revival of Hairspray, the musical comedy that won eight Tony Aw…

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Romeo and Juliet, Staged by Jagged Little Pill's Diane Paulus and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, to Open A.R.T.'s 2024-25 Season by Hayley Levitt

American Repertory Theater at Harvard University has announced three of the four productions to comprise its 2024-25 subscription season, kicking off with a reunion between Jagged Little Pi…

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Tony Nominee Steven Skybell Takes His Freshly Mended Heart on a Walk to Cabaret's Kit Kat Club by Hayley Levitt

Just two months before starting rehearsals for Cabaret—the Broadway transfer of Rebecca Frecknall's Olivier Award-winning production—Steven Skybell underwent open heart surgery. He down…

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Road to the Jimmys, Episode 6: Inspiration Meets Collaboration at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, 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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With Mother Play, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Paula Vogel Turn 15 Years of Mutual Admiration Into Art by Hayley Levitt

Paula Vogel gave Celia Keenan-Bolger a heads-up 15 years ago that she was writing a play with the actress’ voice in mind. They never discussed what the play was about or anything about the…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Broadway Bets Raises Record-Breaking $540,600 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by Hayley Levitt

Broadway Bets, an evening of Texas Hold ’em poker at Sardi’s produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, raised a record $540,600 at this year's June 3 event. The amo…

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The Notebook Adapter Bekah Brunstetter Tried to Hide Inside a Big Musical But Got a Tony Nomination Instead by Hayley Levitt

The Notebook is aware of its reputation. Hence its winking decision to sell branded tissue boxes at the Schoenfeld Theatre (a souvenir that’s both practical and clever). Imagine the pressu…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Josh Groban to Host the 2024 Jimmy Awards by Hayley Levitt

Two-time Tony nominee Josh Groban will host the 15th Annual Jimmy Awards, to be held on June 24 at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre. A showcase of the country's top high school musical theater ta…

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Julianne Hough and Utkarsh Ambudkar to Co-Host The Tony Awards: Act One by Hayley Levitt

Julianne Hough and Utkarsh Ambudkar will co-host The Tony Awards: Act One, a live pre-show ahead of the official Tony Awards ceremony. Available to viewers for free on Pluto TV, the show w…

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Thursday, May 30, 2024

The Great Gatsby’s Sara Chase Speaks Out About Cancer Diagnosis: ‘I'm Living My Greatest Dream and My Nightmare’ by Hayley Levitt

“When my doctor told me the diagnosis, I said, ‘I promise you if I get through this, I will speak about it.’” Sara Chase is already making good on that promise—a show of faith that…

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Empire: The Musical, Directed by Cady Huffman, to Premiere at New World Stages This Summer by Hayley Levitt

Empire: The Musical, a new musical centered around the history of the Empire State Building, will premiere this summer with a 12-week limited engagement at New World Stages. Directed by Ton…

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Road to the Jimmys, Episode 5: Nurturing Talent at the Jerry Awards in Madison, WI 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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From Wicked to Lempicka, Tony Nominee Eden Espinosa Walks Through Her Broadway Resume by Hayley Levitt

Eden Espinosa has one of Broadway's most recognizable voices—a strong, clear belt that has earned her a lifelong coterie of fans, some of whom still gift her Wicked-related trinkets in hon…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Gypsy, Starring Audra McDonald as Momma Rose, to Reopen Broadway's Majestic Theatre by Hayley Levitt

Gypsy, the musical by Jule Styne, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, will be revived on Broadway with six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald starring as Momma Rose. The production wil…

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Michael Urie to Join Sutton Foster in Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway by Hayley Levitt

Michael Urie will join Sutton Foster in the Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress this summer. Urie returns to the role of Prince Dauntless while Foster reprises her performance as Winn…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Stephanie Mills, Original Dorothy in The Wiz, to Join Broadway's Hadestown as Hermes by Hayley Levitt

Stephanie Mills, best known for her performance as Dorothy in the original 1975 production of The Wiz, will return to Broadway as Hermes in the Tony-winning musical Hadestown. She replac…

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