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Friday, February 26, 2021

AMC Chief Adam Aron Gets $3.75 Million Bonus by Brent Lang

AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron received a $3.75 million bonus at a time when many of the company’s employees have been laid off and several of its theaters are closed due to COVID-19, acc…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Actor, Director and Playwright, Signs With CAA and Redefine Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

The British playwright, director and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah has signed with CAA and Redefine Entertainment. He currently serves as the artistic director for the Young Vic in London and was p…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Calleri Casting Changes Name to Calleri Jensen Davis (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Calleri Casting is being renamed Calleri Jensen Davis. The rechristening is taking place as a nod to the fact that the company has become triumvirate of co-equals, with James Calleri Erica J…

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Michael Cassel Group Hires Disney Theatrical’s Jane Abramson (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Australia-based theatrical producer Michael Cassel Group is planting a flag in the United States. The company has made its first New York City-based hire, tapping Jane Abramson to serve as i…

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Hugh Jackman Thriller ‘Reminiscence’ Debuting in Theaters and on HBO Max in September by Brent Lang

“Reminiscence,” a new action thriller with Hugh Jackman, will open in theaters and on HBO Max on September 3, 2021. The Warner Bros. film, which co-stars Thandie Newton and Rebecca Fergu…

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Second City Sells to Private Equity Company ZMC by Brent Lang

The Second City, a legendary theater that has nurtured generations of top comics, has sold to ZMC, a private equity firm run by Strauss Zelnick. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Variety…

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Disney Earnings Beat Expectations Thanks to Streaming Growth by Brent Lang

Coronavirus took a big chunk out of the Walt Disney Company’s profits during its most recent quarterly results, but the popularity of Disney Plus helped cushion the blow of the pandemic. I…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Amber Ruffin Joins Creative Team of ‘Some Like It Hot’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Amber Ruffin is partnering with Matthew López to adapt film classic “Some Like It Hot” for the stage. The new stage adaptation will also feature music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scot…

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Box Office: ‘The Marksman’ Captures Top Spot With $2 Million, Bleak Times for Movie Theaters by Brent Lang

Pray for movie theaters. “The Marksman,” a Liam Neeson thriller from Open Road, held onto first place for the second weekend in a row, grossing just over $2 million. The film has grossed…

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Tony Award-winning choreographer Bob Avian dies at 83 by Brent Lang

In a career that spanned seven decades, Avian appeared in, staged, produced, directed or designed the dances for dozens of Broadway hits -- his resume reads like a history of musical theater…

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Bob Avian, ‘A Chorus Line’ Choreographer and Tony Winner, Dies at 83 by Brent Lang

Bob Avian, the Tony Award-winning choreographer of “A Chorus Line,” died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 83. In a career that spanned seven decades, Avian appeared in, staged, produce…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Disney Leaders Bob Iger, Bob Chapek Forgo Bonuses, but Still Rake in Millions by Brent Lang

Bob Iger and Bob Chapek, the two men in charge of the Walt Disney Company, saw their pay packages shrink in 2020 after forgoing bonuses that could have added millions of dollars to their com…

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Daniel J. Mertzlufft, TikTok Musical Star, Signs With CAA, Kraft-Engel Management (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Daniel J. Mertzlufft, who went viral with his arrangement of “Remy the Ratatouille” by Emily Jacobson, has signed with CAA and Kraft-Engel Management. The composer, arranger, music direc…

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Women Directed Record Number of 2020 Films, Study Finds by Brent Lang

Hollywood tapped a record number of women to call the shots on major movies in 2020, according to a new study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tony Awards 2019: Celia Keenan-Bolger, Bertie Carvel Win Featured Actor Awards by Brent Lang

Celia Keenan-Bolger won best featured actress in a play for her performance as Scout in the blockbuster hit “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Bertie Carvel earned a best featured actor in a pl…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Marisa Tomei Starring in Broadway Revival of ‘The Rose Tattoo’ by Brent Lang

Marisa Tomei will star in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo.” The Oscar-winning actress will play Serafina, a part previously performed by the likes of Maure…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

‘Rocketman,’ ‘Pain and Glory’ Generate Oscar Chatter at Cannes by Brent Lang

The Cannes Film Festival is intended to celebrate the best of cinema. It’s the favored venue for world-class auteurs such as Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, and Hirokazu Kore…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tony Awards Nominations 2019: ‘Hadestown,’ ‘Ain’t Too Proud,’ ‘Tootsie’ Dominate by Brent Lang

“Hadestown” a scruffy take on Greek mythology, dominated the Tony Award nominations, picking up a leading 14 nods on Tuesday, including one for best musical. “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Recoups Investment After 19 Weeks on Broadway by Brent Lang

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” the hit adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel, has recouped its entire investment after 19 weeks. The announcement was something of a foregone conclusion af…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Laurie Metcalf, Eddie Izzard, Starring in Broadway Revival of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ by Brent Lang

You are cordially invited to George and Martha’s for an evening of fun and games. Laurie Metcalf and Eddie Izzard will play the battling, boozy couple at the heart of Edward Albee’s mast…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

High School Musical Director Kenny Ortega Signs Multi-Year Deal With Netflix by Brent Lang

Kenny Ortega of the “High School Musical” franchise has just signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix. The pact with the producer, director, and choreographer continues Netflix’s …

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Creator Rachel Bloom to Host Obie Awards (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” creator and star Rachel Bloom will host the 64th Annual Obie Awards, Variety has learned. The event honors the best in Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway entertainme…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

‘Guys and Dolls’ Getting Remade at TriStar (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

“Guys and Dolls,” the venerable Broadway musical, is set to return to the big screen. TriStar Pictures has purchased remake rights to the original Damon Runyon short stories about gamble…

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‘Black Widow,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Among Most Tracked Female Directed Projects, IMDb Says (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women,” Cate Shortland’s “Black Widow,” Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman 2,” and Elizabeth Banks’s “Charlie’s Angles” are among the ten most tra…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

‘Angels in America’ Audiobook Will Be Narrated by Full Cast of Broadway Revival (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

If you missed the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” last year, fear not. The full cast of the acclaimed production of Tony Kus…

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Sutton Foster starring opposite Hugh Jackman in Broadway's 'The Music Man' by Brent Lang

"The Music Man" has found its Marian, the librarian. Sutton Foster, the two-time Tony Award winner, will star opposite Hugh Jackman in the upcoming revival of "The Music Man." She will pla…

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Sutton Foster Starring Opposite Hugh Jackman in Broadway’s ‘The Music Man’ by Brent Lang

“The Music Man” has found its Marian, the librarian. Sutton Foster, the two-time Tony Award winner, will star opposite Hugh Jackman in the upcoming revival of “The Music Man.” She wi…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Global Box Office Flat in 2018, Netflix and Subscription Services Rise in Popularity by Brent Lang

The domestic box office rebounded in 2018 in a recovery fueled by blockbusters such as “Black Panther” and “Incredibles 2.” Ticket sales in the U.S. climbed 7% to top out at a record…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Disney, Fox Employees Grapple With Day One Transition on Two Hollywood Lots by Brent Lang

What kind of a boss will Disney be? That’s a question facing employees at 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, National Geographic Partners, FX Networks, and other assorted parts of Rupert M…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Musical Taps Anna D. Shapiro to Direct by Brent Lang

Miranda Priestly can’t call all the shots. The upcoming musical adaptation of “The Devil Wears Prada” has tapped Anna D. Shapiro to direct the show, which is eyeing an eventual Broadwa…

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Hugh Jackman Starring in ‘The Music Man’ Revival on Broadway by Brent Lang

Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway in an upcoming revival of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.” It marks Jackman’s first musical role in more than a decade, which should make it a…

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre