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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Springsteen on Broadway May Not Be Possible for Tourists, Others Without FDA Approved Vaccines by Roger Friedman

Wanna see Bruce on Broadway? People are paying thousands of dollars on reseller site for the tickets to “Springsteen on Broadway.” But

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:48PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Broadway: $8,500 for Hugh Jackman in “The Music Man”? Scalpers and Resellers Have Hijacked New Musical by Roger Friedman

Want a ticket to see Hugh Jackman in “The Music Man” this winter? Forgetaboutit. The Scott Rudin-produced musical has been hijacked by

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 09:32PM

Bruce Springsteen Teams Up with The Killers for New “Dustland” Single Before Broadway Show Returns by Roger Friedman

Bruce Springsteen, as he promised last week, has teamed up with The Killers for a new single. “Dustland” may be the first

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:24PM

Broadway: “The Book of Mormon,” with Sinking Ticket Sales Pre-Pandemic, Returns without Producer Scott Rudin by Roger Friedman

Before the pandemic I was chronicling the sinking ticket sales of “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway. After 11 years, the irreverent

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:24PM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Theater: John Logan Will Try a Different Take on “The Last Ship” at Berkeley Rep with “Swept Away,” Music by the Avett Brothers by Roger Friedman

Hmmmm… Just a few short years ago, John Logan wrote the revised script for Sting’s musical, “The Last Ship,” which sailed on

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:03PM

RIP Elegant, Soulful Actress Lisa Banes, With Broadway, Movies, TV Resume, Killed by Hit and Run Driver in Manhattan by Roger Friedman

Kids, life is fragile. We don’t know what’s going to happen. I was at a dinner party with Lisa Banes on May

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 08:54AM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Professional Criminal Producer Garth Drabinsky Returning to Broadway After Prison Stint with “Paradise Square” Musical by Roger Friedman

Scott Rudin is gone but guess who’s back? Actual professional criminal GArth Drabinsky. The Canadian theater producer whose company was called Livent

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:06PM

Broadway: To Save a “Mockingbird,” Media Mogul Barry Diller Brings Back Jeff Daniels As Star and Without Producer Scott Rudin by Roger Friedman

The first of Scott Rudin’s Broadway shows is coming back without him as producer. Media mogul Barry Diller, who financed the original

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:12PM
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Buyer Beware: Unscrupulous Brokers Are Selling Springsteen on Broadway Tickets for Thousands of Dollars by Roger Friedman

Tickets to Springsteen on Broadway don’t go on sale until tomorrow, Thursday June 10th. And you can only get them on SeatGeek.com

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:48PM

(Watch Video) CBS Should Let, Nay, Insist, Jimmy Fallon and Lin Manuel Miranda Host the Tony Awards by Roger Friedman

After watching this video, CBS should demand that Jimmy Fallon and Lin Manuel Miranda host the Tony Awards in September and forever.

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:36AM
Monday, June 7, 2021

Bruce Springsteen Returning to Broadway Show June 26th for the Whole Summer! The Boss Coming to Save Broadway! by Roger Friedman

“I loved doing Springsteen on Broadway and I’m thrilled to have been asked to reprise the show as part of the reopening

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:06PM
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Broadway’s New “Lehman Trilogy” Adds Great British Actor Adrian Lester, Subtracts Ousted Producer Scott Rudin by Roger Friedman

The great British actor Adrian Lester, who is Black, will now play Jewish banker Ernest Lehman in the returning “Lehman Trilogy” when

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:06AM

Broadway’s Back But the Audience is Tentative: Except for “Music Man” Ticket Sales Are Slow So Far, Even for “Hamilton” by Roger Friedman

It used to be you could not get a ticket to “Hamilton” to save your life. Then the pandemic hit. And the

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:06AM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Broadway: Ivo Van Hove’s Dreadful “West Side Story” May Be Returning Despite a Panning by the Times And Picket Lines Out Front Protesting a MeTo by Roger Friedman

I was going to report that Ivo Van Hove’s dreadful, panned version of “West Side Story” doesn’t appear to be coming back.

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:48AM

RIP Robert Hogan, Beloved Veteran Actor of Broadway, Prime Time, Soap Operas Was 87 by Roger Friedman

Robert Hogan was literally on just about every TV show you can imagine, a journeyman actor who starred on Broadway, on prime

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:48AM
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Review: “In the Heights” Is a Big Buoyant Valentine from Lin Manuel Miranda to the City He Loves by Roger Friedman

The first time I saw “In the Heights” was in the spring of 2007 at a little theater on way west 37th

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:48AM
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

2020 Tony Awards Get Compromise Hybrid Show Set for September on Paramount Plus and CBS Network by Roger Friedman

The 2020 Tony Awards are coming, at last, almost 18 months late. The date is September 26th. The show will be divided

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:36PM
Monday, May 24, 2021

Bob Dylan’s 80th Birthday Broadway Gift: Hit Musical “Girl from the North Country” Resumes October 13th by Roger Friedman

Did “Girl from the North Country” ever open on Broadway? Did I write about the opening night? OMG yes. It was a

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:48PM
Friday, May 21, 2021

Broadway Exclusive: Pop Star Deborah Cox Eyed as Replacement for Karen Olivo When “Moulin Rouge” Returns by Roger Friedman

It’s not definite– I’ll tell you when it is– but it looks like the great pop R&B singer Deborah Cox will join

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:36PM
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Watch the Trailer for “Dear Evan Hansen” Starring Ben Platt, in Theaters When Broadway Show Re-opens in September by Roger Friedman

The Tony winning Broadway hit, “Dear Evan Hansen” is a movie, and it opens in theaters on September 24th. That’s around the

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:36PM

John Mulaney Adds 9 New Shows to City Winery Run After Last Week’s Sell Out Despite (or Because of) Tabloid Scandals by Roger Friedman

John Mulaney is either stoking his gossip fire or doing goldmine business because of it. Either, he sold City Winery last week.

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:18AM
Friday, May 14, 2021

UPDATE: Broadway Musical About Princess Diana Will Open a Month Early, On November 17th by Roger Friedman

“Diana: The Musical” cannot be stopped! The Broadway show that will premiere on Netflix first has moved up its Broadway opening date.

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:24PM
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Broadway Surprise: Tony Winner Sutton Foster Will Do 12 Weeks in London in “Anything Goes” Before “The Music Man” by Roger Friedman

This is called a curve ball. Sutton Foster, who won the Tony for starring in “Anything Goes” as Reno Sweeney a decade

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 09:12PM
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Watch Patti Lupone Welcome Us Back to Broadway and “Company” with a Song: “I realized just how much theater means to me” by Roger Friedman

Patti Lupone is coming back to Broadway, finally, in “Company.” Here’s the video she sent out today. Just lovely. Also, don’t forget,

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:42PM
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Don’t Stop til You Get Enough: Michael Jackson Musical “MJ” Will Get 7 Preview Weeks, Open February 1, 2022 by Roger Friedman

The Michael Jackson musical is here. “MJ” will get seven weeks of previews beginning December 20th and open February 1, 2022. This

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:18PM

Broadway’s Back! Tina Turner Musical Returns October 8th, Temptations Motown Show on October 16th by Roger Friedman

Broadway will be full of R&B again soon, I’m happy to report. “Tina– The Tina Turner Musical” will return to its performances

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 08:12AM

Exclusive: John Mulaney Returns to the Stage 141 Days Sober: “I was the best looking person at my intervention” by Roger Friedman

John Mulaney told has last night at City Winery that he is 141 days sober after a terrifying battle with cocaine addiction

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:06AM
Monday, May 10, 2021

Broadway: Sondheim’s “Company” Revival, The One Show Everyone Wanted to See, Will Finally Open on January 9th by Roger Friedman

The one Broadway show everyone wanted to see, the latest revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” will finally open January 9th after an

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:54PM
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Broadway’s Back: “Six” Will Finally Open October 3rd, “Company” to Announce Return Next Week, David Byrne Show Sept. 17th by Roger Friedman

Broadway’s back. Tickets are on sale now and going on sale for a bunch of shows as little by little we acknowledge

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:24PM

Broadway’s Back Pt. 3: Pandemic Delay May Have Been Best Thing After All for “MJ: Michael Jackson Musical” by Roger Friedman

“MJ: The Michael Jackson Musical” was supposed to open in the summer of 2020. When Broadway shut down in March 2020, “MJ”

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:24PM

Broadway’s Back, Part 2: 2020 Tony Awards Should Be Coming This Fall to Launch Comeback by Roger Friedman

The longest ever Tony Awards season may be coming to an end. With the opening of Broadway theaters on September 14 we

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:24PM

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