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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Ariana DeBose to Host the 2023 Tony Awards by Rebecca Rubin

Ariana DeBose is back to do “the thing” as the host of this year’s Tony Awards. It’s the second time the actor is serving as emcee for Broadway’s biggest night, which is taking pla…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Thursday, April 6, 2023

‘Wicked’ to Become Fourth-Longest Running Show in Broadway History by Rebecca Rubin

“Wicked,” the untold story of everything that happened before Dorothy dropped down in Oz, is poised to make Broadway history. When the hit musical plays its 7,486th performance on Tuesda…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:59AM
Wednesday, March 22, 2023

‘Smash’ Musical Headed to Broadway From Producers Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron by Rebecca Rubin

At long last, “Smash,” a stage musical adaptation of the NBC series, is heading to Broadway. Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt and Neil Meron, who produced the original series, will se…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:15AM
Thursday, March 16, 2023

David Burtka to Lead Off-Broadway ‘God of Carnage’ Revival (EXCLUSIVE) by Rebecca Rubin

David Burtka and Carey Cox will lead the upcoming revival of “God of Carnage,” which is expected to open Off-Broadway in the spring. Theater Breaking Through Barriers, an inclusive theat…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:24PM

Stephen Sondheim’s Final Musical ‘Here We Are’ to Premiere Off-Broadway in Fall by Rebecca Rubin

Stephen Sondheim’s final musical “Here We Are” is hitting the stage in the fall. The legendary musical theater figure, who composed “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Follies,”…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM

Broadway’s ‘Room’ Postponed Indefinitely After Financing Falls Short, Producer Exits by Rebecca Rubin

“Room,” a stage version of the Oscar-winning movie, will no longer open on Broadway due to insufficient financing and the withdrawal of a lead producer. The production was scheduled to b…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:43AM
Thursday, March 2, 2023

‘Funny Girl’ With Lea Michele Sets Closing Date on Broadway by Rebecca Rubin

Life in the the-a-ter is coming to a close for the company of “Funny Girl.” The Broadway revival has extended its run, but the show will play its final performance on Sunday, Sept. 3, 20…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Thursday, February 23, 2023

JoJo to Make Broadway Debut in ‘Moulin Rouge’ by Rebecca Rubin

JoJo, the singer of bops from the early aughts like “Leave (Get Out)” and “Too Little Too Late,” is making her Broadway debut as Satine in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” She will t…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:34AM
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Ben Platt Denounces Anti-Semitic Protesters at ‘Parade’ on Broadway by Rebecca Rubin

Ben Platt is speaking out against the anti-semitic protestors who gathered outside the first preview performance of Broadway’s revival of “Parade,” a musical about the true story of th…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:54AM
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Laurie Metcalf and Tatiana Maslany to Star in Thriller ‘Grey House’ on Broadway by Rebecca Rubin

Laurie Metcalf and Tatiana Maslany will share the stage in the upcoming Broadway play “Grey House.” Joe Mantello, the Tony-winning director of “Wicked,” “Take Me Out” and “As…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

‘La La Land’ Musical to Open on Broadway by Rebecca Rubin

The City of Stars is heading to the Great White Way. The Oscar-winning musical “La La Land” is being adapted as a stage show, with plans to open on Broadway at an undetermined date. The …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

‘Funny Girl’ With Lea Michele Breaks a Broadway Box Office Record by Rebecca Rubin

Lea Michele is officially the greatest star. “Funny Girl,” the once-struggling musical revival, has been selling strong and broke the all-time box office record at Broadway’s August Wi…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:18AM
Friday, December 2, 2022

Britney Spears Musical ‘Once Upon a One More Time’ Sets Broadway Debut by Rebecca Rubin

“Once Upon a One More Time,” a musical powered by the discography of Britney Spears, is coming to Broadway in 2023. The show will begin previews at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre ahead of …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Aaron Tveit Returning to Broadway’s ‘Moulin Rouge’ in 2023 by Rebecca Rubin

Broadway darling Aaron Tveit is returning to Broadway in January, reprising his Tony-winning role as Christian in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” But don’t get too excited, chickens. Tvei…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:34PM
Friday, November 25, 2022

Agatha Christie‘s Legendary Play ’The Mousetrap’ Coming to Broadway in 2023 by Rebecca Rubin

Agatha Christie’s landmark thriller “The Mousetrap” is the longest-running play in the world, yet it’s never been staged on the Great White Way. That’s about to change as the show …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Jessica Chastain to Star in Broadway Play ‘A Doll’s House’ by Rebecca Rubin

Jessica Chastain will return to Broadway to star in “A Doll’s House,” a modern version of Henrik Ibsen’s landmark play. Jamie Lloyd (“Betrayal,” “Cyrano de Bergerac”) is dire…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:21AM
Monday, November 14, 2022

‘Shucked,’ Musical Comedy With Songs by Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, Heads to Broadway by Rebecca Rubin

“Shucked,” a musical comedy featuring songs by Grammy winners Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, will open on Broadway in the spring. The show will play at the Nederlander Theatre with pre…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:32PM
Monday, November 7, 2022

‘The Music Man’ With Hugh Jackman Extends Broadway Run by Rebecca Rubin

Hugh Jackman isn’t leaving River City just yet. “The Music Man” is extending its Broadway run and will now play its “positively final performance” on Jan. 15, 2023. The hit musical…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:26AM
Monday, October 24, 2022

‘Life of Pi’ Play to Open on Broadway by Rebecca Rubin

“Life of Pi” is rowing to Broadway in the new year. A stage version of Yann Martel’s bestselling adventure novel, which also inspired the Oscar-winning movie by director Ang Lee, is be…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:59AM
Monday, October 17, 2022

Jesse Williams and ‘Take Me Out’ Co-Stars Discuss Need for Hot Water in Infamous Shower Scenes by Rebecca Rubin

Jesse Williams and the company of “Take Me Out” are especially grateful to the plumbing on Broadway. Without hot water flowing through the pipes at the Schonfeld Theatre, the infamous lo…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:03PM
Friday, October 14, 2022

‘Funny Girl’ Star Tovah Feldshuh on Sharing the Stage With Lea Michele and What the Talmud Says About Gossip by Rebecca Rubin

Theater veteran Tovah Feldshuh has performed in 10 Broadway shows over the last five decades, garnering acclaim and Tony Awards love for “Yentl” and “Golda’s Balcony,” among others…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:15AM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Carolines on Broadway Turns 40: How the Legendary Comedy Club Survived a Sleazy Times Square, Changing Tastes and COVID by Rebecca Rubin

At Carolines on Broadway, the legendary comedy club in Times Square, taking the main stage can be a death-­defying propo­sition — and not just because the audience, likely several drinks…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Tony-Winning Musical ‘A Strange Loop’ to Close on Broadway in January by Rebecca Rubin

“A Strange Loop,” creator Michael R. Jackson’s meta comedy-drama, which won the Tony for best musical, is closing on Broadway in 2023. It will play its final performance on Jan. 15 at …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:33PM
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

‘Beetlejuice’ Closing on Broadway in January by Rebecca Rubin

“Beetlejuice” is closing on Broadway in January, ending its unconventional, fan-fueled run on the Great White Way. It will play its final show at the Marquis Theater on Jan. 8, 2023. But…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:05PM
Saturday, September 10, 2022

Lea Michele Drops Out of Saturday’s ‘Funny Girl’ Performances Due to ‘Early Signs and Symptoms’ of COVID by Rebecca Rubin

Lea Michele won’t be taking the stage in “Funny Girl” on Saturday due to “early signs and symptoms of COVID.” Even though the results of her COVID test were “inconclusive,” she…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:17PM
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Six Standing Ovations Later, Lea Michele Triumphantly Returns to Broadway in ‘Funny Girl’ by Rebecca Rubin

It appears the weather gods didn’t heed Fanny Brice’s humble request. But not even a dreary, drizzly Tuesday in Manhattan could rain on Lea Michele’s parade as the former “Glee” st…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:15AM
Thursday, August 11, 2022

Lin-Manuel Miranda Calls Out ‘Illegal, Unauthorized’ Production of ‘Hamilton’ by Texas Church by Rebecca Rubin

Lin-Manuel Miranda is praising lawyers who get the job done after a Texas church staged an “illegal, unauthorized” production of “Hamilton.” Producers of the hit Broadway musical hav…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:45PM
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

‘Paradise Square’: How an Ambitious Broadway Musical Got Overshadowed by Lawsuits, Unpaid Bills and Alleged Bullying by Rebecca Rubin

“Let It Burn,” the galvanic highpoint of the Broadway musical “Paradise Square,” pours out of star Joaquina Kalukango in a torrent of pain and frustration over the hurt that her char…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Thursday, July 14, 2022

‘Funny Girl’ Producers Weren’t Blindsided by Beanie Feldstein’s Early Exit by Rebecca Rubin

“Funny Girl” producers are attesting they knew about Beanie Feldstein’s earlier-than-expected exit from the Broadway musical. Amid the whirlwind drama over the actor’s abrupt departu…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:46AM
Monday, July 11, 2022

Lea Michele Replaces Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice in Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’ by Rebecca Rubin

The rumors are true: Lea Michele is replacing Beanie Feldstein in Broadway’s revival of “Funny Girl.” Feldstein on Sunday night announced she would be leaving the show on July 31, roug…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Monday, June 13, 2022

Inside the Tonys — From Andrew Garfield Sightings to ‘A Strange Loop’s’ Interrupted Speech, What You Didn’t See on TV by Rebecca Rubin

On Sunday night, the Tony Awards returned to Radio City Music Hall, where relaxed mask mandates made it easier than ever (OK, easier than last year’s ceremony) to spot the stars mixing and…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:14PM

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