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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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

Pandemic Negative Effects on Broadway Community Huge In Actors Fund Survery Of Mental Health, Lost Income, Displaced Housing by Roger Friedman

The Actors Fund survey of the Broadway community concerning the pandemic has alarming results. ” Here it is. It’s not good news.

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:18PM

Like it Or Not, “The Phantom of the Opera,” a Show about a Man Already Wearing a Mask, Will Return to Broadway This Fall by Roger Friedman

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” is returning to Broadway whether we like it or not. The tourist trap musical,

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:12AM
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Damn the Pandemic and Everything Else! Sir Ian McKellen, 81, Playing Hamlet, 30, in “Reimagined age, colour and gender-blind production” by Roger Friedman

Well, you know, Sir Ian McKellen can do anything. And he is forever young. So it’s no surprise that he’ll be playing

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:06PM
Sunday, April 25, 2021

Scott Rudin’s Biggest Mistake: Insulting Rita Wilson, aka Mrs. Tom Hanks, Making Her Feel “Worthless, Unvaluable, and Replaceable” by Roger Friedman

Rita Wilson speaking on the record about Scott Rudin. Don’t take this lightly. This is a major headline. Rita Wilson tells the

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:18PM

Broadway Shake Up: Outside Producers Move in for the Kill as Scott Rudin Exits Broadway League Under Dark Cloud by Roger Friedman

The vultures are circling Scott Rudin’s shows. Revealed in a New York Times article this afternoon was news that Rudin has resigned

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:06AM
Saturday, April 24, 2021

“Star Trek” Writer Michael Chabon Recalls Producer Scott Rudin “Demeaned My Wife” Among “Fury, Vitriol and Vituperation” by Roger Friedman

Before author Michael Chabon got involved as a writer on the recent “Star Trek” TV off shoots, he was a very acclaimed

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:48PM
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

“Music Man” Star Hugh Jackman Says Scott Rudin Has Stepped Away But There’s Trouble in River City with a Capital T by Roger Friedman

“Music Man” star Hugh Jackman is not leaving the show, don’t worry. He’ll still be starring in the musical revival this winter

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:48PM

Hollywood Shake Ups as Golden Globes Racism Trouble Deepens, Producer Scott Rudin Loses Main Movie Partner by Roger Friedman

We’re waking up to a lot of changes in Hollywood. At the Golden Globes, where things couldn’t be worse, Diversity and Inclusion

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:42PM
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

After Impassioned Accusations, Producer Scott Rudin Says He’s “Stepping Back” From Film & TV Projects, Too by Roger Friedman

Over the weekend, the brother of a former Scott Rudin assistant accused the producer of adding to his brother’s suicide last October.

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:18PM
Monday, April 19, 2021

Video: Severe Accusation of Abuse Against Producer Scott Rudin from Brother of Dead Former Assistant by Roger Friedman

David Graham-Caso, who works in city of Los Angeles government, has posted an alarming video accusing producer Scott Rudin of abusing his

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:48AM
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Broadway Producer Scott Rudin’s Act of Contrition Should Get a Tony: He’s Saving His Mega “Music Man” Production by Roger Friedman

Don’t be fooled by Broadway producer Scott Rudin’s sudden act of contrition this morning. He’s not stepping away from anything. He’s saving

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:12PM
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

“Moulin Rouge” Star Karen Olivo Says Won’t Return to Broadway Show Because of Scott Rudin: “Unacceptable. That’s a monster” by Roger Friedman

OMG Standing ovation for Karen Olivo! The Tony winning actress (“West Side Story” 2009 she was incredible) says she will not return

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 10:18PM
Sunday, April 11, 2021

All Star Quarantunes Will Broadcast LIVE from Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theater Today at 5PM Eastern by Roger Friedman

Big news: Uber agent Richard Weitz and his daughter Demi are streaming an all star Quarantunes today at 5pm Eastern LIVE from

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 09:12PM
Saturday, April 3, 2021

RIP Arthur Kopit, 83, Three Time Tony Award Nominee, Author of “Nine,” “Wings,” “Oh Dad, Poor Dad” by Roger Friedman

Arthur Kopit, the legendary dramatist, died yesterday morning at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife, Leslie Garis; his children

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:12PM

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Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre