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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Michelle Pfeiffer, Sigourney Weaver, Woody Allen Among A Listers at Sad Goodbye for Writer-Director Douglas McGrath by Roger Friedman

Most of the 500 people who filed into historic St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Fifth Avenue today were still in shock after

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:03PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Oscar Winner Jessica Chastain is Coming Back to Broadway in a New Production of “A Doll’s House” by Roger Friedman

Jessica Chastain doesn’t take a minute off from interesting work. This year’s Oscar winner for Best Actress is returning to Broadway this

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:36PM
Friday, November 11, 2022

Broadway Bible Playbill Says They Will No Longer Use Twitter For Any Accounts– They Have Over 400K Followers by Roger Friedman

Playbill is off Twitter. The Broadway bible has over 400,000 followers. Read below. Keep refreshing… To our dear friends and valued followers,

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:48PM
Friday, November 4, 2022

Shock: RIP Douglas McGrath, Tony Nominee, Woody Allen Collaborator, Former “SNL” Writer, Dead at 64 by Roger Friedman

I am in shock and a lot of people are this afternoon. Just last week I told you about my friend Doug

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:54PM

Broadway: Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Make Surprise Appearances at “Almost Famous” Opening Night by Roger Friedman

The great 2000 movie, “Almost Famous,” is now a sensationally fun musical on Broadway. It’s wildly entertaining with a totally energetic cast,

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:42AM
Thursday, November 3, 2022

Broadway Box Office Struggling as Only 2 Shows Played at 100% Capacity Last Week by Roger Friedman

If you’re looking for signs of a recession, or even worries about Times Square, last week’s Broadway grosses may provide some answers.

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:32AM
Sunday, October 30, 2022

Theater Review: Everything’s Better than Fine at One Man Show from Former “SNL” Writer Doug McGrath by Roger Friedman

I often feel when I read memoirs or see one-actor shows like “Everything’s Fine” that I’ve led a sheltered life. In 1971,

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:13PM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

NYC’s Stunning David Geffen Hall Opens with All Star Show Including Alicia Keys, “Hamilton,” Sara Bareilles, with Geffen, Barry Diller, Mayor Ad by Roger Friedman

It was a throwback night of celebration in New York tonight as Lincoln Center opened its stunning new David Geffen Hall with

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:55AM
Friday, October 21, 2022

Broadway: “Top Dog/Underdog” Returns Even More Triumphant 20 Years Later, Corey Hawkins in Knockout Performance by Roger Friedman

When a show is good or bad coming to Broadway, you can smell it. Certainly the aroma of success was in the

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:37PM

RIP Broadway Composer Lucy Simon, 82, Wrote “The Secret Garden,” Sister of Carly by Roger Friedman

I’m very sad to report the death of Lucy Simon, Broadway composer of “The Secret Garden” and “Dr. Zhivago.” She was also

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:25AM
Monday, October 17, 2022

Patti Lupone Gives Up Equity Card, Indicating Possible Retirement from US Theater Career by Roger Friedman

I guess Patti Lupone has had enough. The mega Broadway star Tweeted this morning that she’s turned in her Equity card, meaning

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:07PM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Broadway: Lea Michele “Funny Girl” Scores Highest Week Yet, Enters Rare 100% Club by Roger Friedman

Lea Michele has proven to be everything producers hoped for with her arrival at “Funny Girl.” Last week, the musical revival had

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:19AM
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Broadway: Tony Winner “A Strange Loop,” by the Other Michael Jackson, Closing After Less than a Year by Roger Friedman

There were two Michael Jackson musicals in the last Broadway season. One was a hit, and the other is closing after less

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:07PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

RIP Angela Lansbury, Maybe the Most Popular Actor Ever, from “Manchurian” to “Sweeney Todd” to “Murder She Wrote” by Roger Friedman

Angela Lansbury was maybe the most popular actress in American history and one of the most gifted. She’s passed away today at

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:43PM
Monday, October 3, 2022

Bad Andrew Lloyd Webber: Composer/Producer Bringing Reinvented Cancelled West End Show to Broadway by Roger Friedman

It was only a few months ago there were protests in the West End of London against Andrew Lloyd Webber. The composer/producer/theater

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:37PM

Sunday Night Live: Lorne Michaels Brings An A+Plus Audience to Broadway Opening of Sensational”Leopoldstadt” Including Mick Jagger, Steven Spielbe by Roger Friedman

You don;t often see Mick Jagger at a Broadway opening night, but he was there Sunday night for the premiere of Tom

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:25AM
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Louis CK, Cancelled or Not? Sells Out Most of His Winter Tour Including Madison Square Garden by Roger Friedman

Louis CK: is he cancelled? Or not? The controversial comedian was wiped out in the #MeToo tsunami. He had one terrible movie

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:43PM

Broadway: It Worked, Lea Michele Saves “Funny Girl,” Box Office Up By $1 Million a Week by Roger Friedman

Maybe the next role for Lea Michele should be Wonder Woman. Since the “Glee” star took over as Fanny Brice in “Funny

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 11:33AM
Friday, September 16, 2022

Broadway Report: “Phantom of the Opera” Will Close After Its 35th Anniversary Next Winter by Roger Friedman

The magic and the moonlight are over. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s signature musical, “Phantom of the Opera,” will play its final show on

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:25PM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Broadway’s Biggest Hit to Close January 1st: Hugh Jackman Will Exit “The Music Man” After 358 Performances by Roger Friedman

For the last couple of weeks, Hugh Jackman has been out of “The Music Man” on Broadway as he promoted his new

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:13PM
Sunday, September 11, 2022

Broadway: Is “Funny Girl” Cursed? Lea Michele Out for a Week with COVID After Just 4 Days On Stage by Roger Friedman

On Tuesday, Lea Michele played her first performance as Fanny brice in “Funny Girl” on Broadway. It didn’t last long. Lea was

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:13AM
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Broadway: Can’t Get Away from “Into the Woods,” Hit Revival Extends Again Until January by Roger Friedman

“Into the Woods” to get away– but you can’t get away from “Into the Woods.” The Sondheim revival says it’s extending its

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:07PM

Broadway Gets the Star it Wanted as Lea Michele Takes Over “Funny Girl” to Many Standing Ovations by Roger Friedman

“Funny Girl” 2.0 launched tonight at the August Wilson Theater. Lea Michele, star of “Glee,” took over as Fanny Brice, with Tovah

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:55AM
Monday, September 5, 2022

“Sweeney Todd” Officially Returning to Broadway, with Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford by Roger Friedman

Here it is, the poster for “Sweeney Todd.” My favorite musical is coming back to Broadway next spring with Josh Groban as

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 09:25PM
Sunday, August 28, 2022

Broadway: Tony Nominee for “A Chorus Line,” Robert Lupone, Passes Away At 76, Brother of Patti by Roger Friedman

Robert Lupone, co-director of the MCC Theater in Manhattan, has passed away after a three year battle with Pancreatic cancer. He was 76.

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:40PM
Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Cecily Strong Will Miss the First Month of New “SNL” Season Doing Play in Los Angeles by Roger Friedman

Cecily Strong, one of the most popular members of the “Saturday Night Live” troupe, will miss the first month of the new

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 10:42AM

Broadway: Josh Groban, Annaleigh Ashford Eyed for $14 Million “Sweeney Todd” Next Spring by Roger Friedman

Is it true? I don’t know. But the blog says the following. “Hamilton” produced Jeffrey Seller is raising $14.5 million to

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:37AM
Friday, August 19, 2022

Broadway: “Funny Girl” Relaunch with Lea Michele Offers First Commercial (See Video) by Roger Friedman

The producers of “Funny Girl” on Broadway are looking for magic when they relaunch on September 6th with Lea Michele. They’ve got

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 08:55PM
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Showdown at Broadway’s Coming “High Noon”: Family of Original, Blacklisted Screenwriter Carl Foreman Wants Him Acknowledged by Roger Friedman

EXCLUSIVE Big trumpeted announcement a couple of weeks ago. The 1952 classic film, “High Noon,” starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, is

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:03PM
Thursday, August 11, 2022

For All People Named Cuomo, Not a Good Year: Weezer Cancels Broadway Run, Can’t Sell Tickets by Roger Friedman

You thought Andrew Cuomo and Chris Cuomo were having a bad year. So is Rivers Cuomo. He’s the not-related lead singer for

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 11:42AM
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Broadway: The Great Musical “1776” is Coming Back with All the Forefathers Played by Women, Transgender, or Non-Binary Actors by Roger Friedman

The great musical, “1776,” is coming back for a revival — with a twist. All the forefathers of the American revolution will

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 11:33PM

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