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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Cops Arrest Elton John’s Broadway Songwriting Partner on “Devil Wears Prada” for Cheering on Protestors from Stoop by Roger Friedman

NYPD over zealousness hit a really sour note Thursday. Cops arrested songwriter Shaina Taub, who’s writing the musical “The Devil Wears Prada”

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Broadway Star Nick Cordero’s Wife, Amanda, Sad Admission After 62 Days Unconscious: “I’ve been told to say goodbye…” by Roger Friedman

After 62 days suffering from the effects of COVID 19, Nick Cordero’s wife Amanda Kloots is sadly admitting what the doctors have

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Reality Check on the Saga of Nick Cordero After 61 Days Wife Admits: “We’re at a standstill…Looking for a miracle” by Roger Friedman

Reality is setting in unfortunately on the status of Broadway star Nick Cordero. His wife, Amanda Kloots, has posted to Instagram stories

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Stevie van Zandt, Vinnie Pastore Launch a Sopranos-E Street Tribute to Nick Cordero with His Song “Live Your Life” by Roger Friedman

All the coolest people in New York have gotten together for a tribute to Broadway star Nick Cordero. It’s a Sopranos-E Street-Broadway

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Larry Kramer, Fierce AIDS Activist and Playwright Author of “The Normal Heart,” Dies of Pneumonia at Age 84 by Roger Friedman

Larry Kramer, the most ferocious AIDS activist in history, and playwright author of “The Normal Heart,” has died at age 84. The

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Friday, May 22, 2020

NYC’s Famed Public Theater Will Stream All-Star Show with Sting, Glenn Close, Audra McDonald, Oscar Isaac, Elvis Costello, More by Roger Friedman

New York’s famed Public Theater is losing a lot of money while the lockdown continues. Their revenue stream needs a big shot

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Steven Spielberg to Produce First Ever Broadway Musical, “Smash,” Based on the Failed Cult NBC TV Show by Roger Friedman

Steven Spielberg has produced dozens of movies and TV shows but just one Broadway play. “The Farnsworth Invention,” written by Aaron Sorkin,

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Broadway Will Celebrate the Tony Awards as Planned on June 7th, Retaliation Against CBS “Grease” Screening by Roger Friedman

Well played! The Tony Awards will be celebrated on June 7th as planned, streaming on Broadway.com. The John Gore Organization will produce

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

CBS Will Replace the Tony Awards with the Movie of “Grease,” A Show That’s Never Won A Tony Award by Roger Friedman

“Grease” is the word. The movie of “Grease” will air on CBS on Sunday, June 7th in place of the Tony Awards.

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Condition of Broadway Star Nick Cordero, Still on a Tracheostomy Ventilator, Continues to Be Up in the Air by Roger Friedman

I can’t imagine what life is like right now for Amanda Kloots, the devoted young wife of Broadway star Nick Cordero. Forty

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Broadway Star Nick Cordero’s Wife Amanda Says: “He is starting to wake up” after Six Weeks in a Coma Because of Corona virus by Roger Friedman

Amanda Kloots, wife of Broadway star Nick Cordero, has some hopeful news. She writes on Instagram: “We had some great news this

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Disney Plus Moves 11 Tony Award Winner “Hamilton” Up to July from October ’21 to Score Broadway Starved Audience by Roger Friedman

Disney has tried everything to get us to subscribe to Disney Plus– all the “Star Wars” movies, their whole animation catalog, etc.

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Michael Jackson Broadway Musical “MJ” Moves from This Summer to Next March 2021 with April Opening Night by Roger Friedman

The Michael Jackson Broadway musical, “MJ,” was supposed to open this summer. But those plans have gone awry, and now “MJ” will

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Good News at Last: Broadway Star Nick Cordero is Out of His Coma and Awake, Reports Wife Amanda Kloots by Roger Friedman

Nick Cordero is awake. He’s out of his coma. His wife, Amanda Kloots, reported it two hours ago on her Instagram stories.

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This Season is Over for Broadway, Shows Won’t Open Until Fall, At Least, “Plaza Suite” Announces March 2021 Performances by Roger Friedman

“Plaza Suite” starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker will open in March 2021 on Broadway. The Neil Simon revival would have

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Broadway: Disney’s Musical “Frozen” Will “Let it Go” After 825 Performances, Won’t Resume After Shows Come Back This Fall by Roger Friedman

The Broadway lockdown has claimed a victim: Disney’s “Frozen.” The party’s over. The show is closing up shop and not returning when

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Broadway Star Nick Cordero’s Wife Summarizes His 38 Days in the ICU Including 2 Strokes and Leg Amputation–And He’s Still in a Coma by Roger Friedman

Broadway star Nick Cordero’s wife, Amanda Kloots, has been detailing his long stay in the hospital with corona virus on Instagram. She’s

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

No Tony Awards This Year, Maybe Next Year, So Who Gets Hurt the Most? David Byrne, Adrienne Warren, Mare Winningham, Jay O. Sanders by Roger Friedman

My friends at Variety– they’re smart people, but they just realized there probably will not be any Tony Awards this season. That’s

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Update on Broadway Star Nick Cordero: Holes in His Lungs, Still in a Coma and on Ventilator, Fighting for His Life by Roger Friedman

Nick Cordero’s wife, Amanda, has been updating his situation on Instagram stories. This young woman is just amazing. I don’t know how

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Audra McDonald Headline Sondheim Tribute That Started Late, Had Glitches, Was Worth It by Roger Friedman

The show must go on and it did, but what a mess. The much anticipated 90th birthday salute to Stephen Sondheim was

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BROADWAY Celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 90th Birthday HERE Right Now With More than 90 Stars by Roger Friedman

Thanks to Broadway.com for hosting this special event on their YouTube channel– and for letting us watch it here.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

“Bronx Tale” Star Nick Cordero Undergoing Surgery to Amputate Leg After Blood Clotting Issues from COVID-19 by Roger Friedman

It’s good news, bad news as Nick Cordero struggles through his battle against COVID-19. The Broadway star of “Waitress” and “A Bronx

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Alas, Poor Shakespeare in the Park, We Knew it Well: Public Theater Cancels Annual Summer Shows First Time in 58 Years by Roger Friedman

 Shakespeare in the Park will be MIA this summer. The Public Theater has cancelled performances thanks to COVID-19. It’s the first time

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The Great Actor Brian Dennehy Dies at Age 81 of Natural Causes, Says Family, Was 2 Time Tony Award Winner, and Golden Globe Winner by Roger Friedman

Brian Dennehy has died at 81 from natural causes. This great actor was a star of all media, particularly theater and TV.

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Broadway Star Nick Cordero’s Wife Amanda Reports More Encouraging News: “We are staying positive” by Roger Friedman

Nick Cordero’s wife, Amanda Kloots, reports that things are looking up for the husband, father, actor, Tony nominee. He’s off the respirator,

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Encouraging News about Broadway Star Nick Cordero from Wife Amanda: “It’s all about small wins in the ICu” by Roger Friedman

Amanda Kloots, the wife of Broadway star Nick Cordero, offered some encouraging news about her husband on Wednesday afternoon. Nick has been

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Broadway: Nick Cordero UPDATED Update as Wife Says Doctors are “Concerned About Right Leg” and “Small Responses off Sedation” by Roger Friedman

Update on Broadway star Nick Cordero thanks to his wife Amanda Kloots, who is somehow holding up during this incredibly tense time.

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Broadway: “Avenue Q” Creator Jeff Whitty Writes Scathing Screed About Gwyneth Paltrow and Other Collaborators of Flop Musical “Head over Heels by Roger Friedman

Jeff Whitty is a seasoned Broadway pro. But on Monday night (Tuesday morning) Whitty let loose on Facebook against his collaborators on

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Nick Cordero’s Wife, Amanda, Asks Everyone to Blast Elvis Presley Song, It Helped His Blood Pressure Over Face Time by Roger Friedman

Broadway star Nick Cordero’s wife, Amanda Kloots, posted this this afternoon: “I just got to FaceTime with Nick and I played him

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Broadway Star Nick Cordero’s Wife Says He’s “Fighting for His Life Right Now,” Still in ICU After 11 Days by Roger Friedman

Amanda Kloots, wife of Broadway star Nick Cordero, issued a dire warning this morning about her husband. Nick has been unconscious and

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Listen to the First Song from the Hilarious Parody “Tiger King: The Musical” from Composer Andrew Lippa and Kristen Chenoweth by Roger Friedman

As much as I loathe all the people from “The Tiger King,” a parody is just the right thing. So here’s “Little

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