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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Public Theater, Audible Bringing Back ‘Coal Country’ After Run Was Cut Short Due to COVID (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Audible Inc. will produce a return engagement of The Public Theater’s “Coal Country,” a drama based on a real-life West Virginia mining tragedy that was forced to close its original ru…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Friday, January 14, 2022

NYC Media and Entertainment Commissioner on Omicron’s Impact on Broadway and Production by Brent Lang

The holiday season was supposed to be a celebratory time for New York City’s theater and live events industries, marking a period of revival after months of setbacks and closures related t…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:37PM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

TodayTix Group Buys Goldstar, Live Entertainment Ticketing Service (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

TodayTix Group has acquired Goldstar, a live events ticketing platform that operates in 60 cities across the country. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it comes as TodayTix…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:00AM
Sunday, January 2, 2022

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Announces Broadway Hiatus Until March as COVID Hurts Ticket Sales by Brent Lang

The producers of “Mrs. Doubtfire” will suspend performances of the musical until March 14 as the show struggles to find a way to survive during a resurgence of COVID-19 that has imperile…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:40PM
Friday, December 17, 2021

Omicron Is Here and Hollywood Is Finally Taking Notice by Brent Lang

On Monday, Sony Pictures Entertainment hosted a raucous premiere for “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” a superhero adventure widely expected to generate a new COVID-era record opening weekend. …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:41PM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

‘Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook’ to Stream on BroadwayHD (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

BroadwayHD, a streaming service based around live theater, will exclusively show “Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook” starting this month. The show is from Broadway and film composer, Stephe…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Sidney Poitier’s Life Story Inspires Broadway Play From Charles Randolph-Wright, Ruben Santiago-Hudson (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Few stars shone as brightly as Sidney Poitier. In films like “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “In the Heat of the Night,” Poitier turned in powerful performances that electrified…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:38AM
Sunday, November 28, 2021

Geoffrey Johnson, Casting Director of ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ Dies at 91 by Brent Lang

Geoffrey Johnson, the casting director for “Cats” and “Les Miserables,” died Friday in New York City at the age of 91, Variety has confirmed. The cause was respiratory failure. In …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:34PM
Saturday, November 27, 2021

Broadway’s ‘Chicago’ Cancels Saturday Performance Due to Positive COVID Tests by Brent Lang

“Chicago,” the long-running revival of the classic musical about greed and corruption, canceled its Saturday performance on Broadway after two people who work at the Ambassador Theatre t…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:47PM
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Tour Suspends James D. Beeks After Actor Is Charged With U.S. Capitol Siege by Brent Lang

The U.S. touring production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” has suspended James D. Beeks from its ensemble after the musical theater performer was arrested on charges related to the Jan. 6 a…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:59AM

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Finalist Rosé Starring in Musical Comedy ‘Fowl Play’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” finalist Rosé will star in “Fowl Play, a new musical comedy about the story of two queer theater writers who are commissioned to write an apology for a fried ch…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:01AM
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Billy Crystal Reprising Role in Broadway Musical Adaptation of ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ by Brent Lang

Thirty years ago, Billy Crystal brought the story of Buddy Young Jr., a stand-up comic whose talent can’t outrun his self-destructive tendencies, to the big screen with “Mr. Saturday Nig…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM
Monday, November 8, 2021

Mentalist Jason Suran Announces In-Person Residence at Fifty Hotel (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Mentalist Jason Suran will start an in-person residence this month at the Fifty Hotel & Suites by Affinia. Dubbed “One in a Million: An Evening of Extraordinary Events,” the show wil…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:40PM
Monday, November 1, 2021

Audra McDonald Returns to Broadway in ‘Ohio State Murders’ by Brent Lang

Audra McDonald, the undisputed queen of live theater, will return to Broadway in “Ohio State Murders,” a new play by Adrienne Kennedy. The show, which will look at the destructiveness an…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Friday, October 29, 2021

James McAvoy Bringing Award-Winning ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ to Brooklyn Academy of Music by Brent Lang

James McAvoy will tread the boards in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Academy of Music unveiled new dates on Friday for Jamie Lloyd’s Olivier-winning revival of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” which was …

SOURCE: Variety at 08:03AM
Monday, October 18, 2021

Producers Isaac Robert Hurwitz, Seth A. Goldstein Form Broadway Transmedia Company Hugo Six (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Producers Isaac Robert Hurwitz and Seth A. Goldstein are teaming up to launch Hugo Six, a transmedia production company that will focus on Broadway content and talent. Co-founded by Hurwitz …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:46AM
Friday, October 15, 2021

‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star Noah Reid Replacing Armie Hammer in Broadway’s ‘The Minutes’ by Brent Lang

Noah Reid, best known for causing David Rose to fall madly in love on “Schitt’s Creek,” has joined the cast of “The Minutes,” a new play by Tracy Letts that was in previews in Marc…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:26AM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber on Broadway’s Reopening, ‘Cinderella’ and Why the ‘Cats’ Movie Caused Him to Buy a Dog by Brent Lang

Ever since the chandelier first crashed in thunderous fashion, “The Phantom of the Opera” has been a fixture of Broadway, becoming as iconic a symbol of theatergoing as the celebrity car…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Transgender March on Broadway Protests Cameron Mackintosh Casting Comments, Calls For Greater Representation by Brent Lang

Transgender actors and advocates for greater trans inclusion on Broadway gathered in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district on Monday. Called the Trans March on Broadway, the event was …

SOURCE: Variety at 08:14AM
Friday, September 3, 2021

‘Pass Over’ Breakout Namir Smallwood on His Long Road to Broadway by Brent Lang

When Namir Smallwood took the stage for the first preview of his first show on Broadway, the audience gave him and his “Pass Over” co-star Jon Michael Hill a thunderous standing ovation.…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:43PM
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Tamsen Fadal’s Nationally Syndicated Broadway Show Gets New Name (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Curtains up on a new name for Tamsen Fadal’s nationally syndicated Broadway program. “Broadway Profiles With Tamsen Fadal” will be re-titled “The Broadway Show With Tamsen Fadal.” …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:03PM
Thursday, August 19, 2021

Political Consultant Hank Morris Turns Battles With Andrew Cuomo Into Off-Broadway Musical (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

In 2010, Hank Morris, a big-time political consultant and powerbroker, pleaded guilty to involvement in a pension fraud pay-to-play scandal. Andrew Cuomo, who was then serving as New York’…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM

Jeff Daniels, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Celebrate Broadway’s Return in Short Film (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Jeff Daniels is ready to welcome audiences back to Broadway. The producing team behind “Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird,” a box office juggernaut that already ranks as the most succ…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Beanie Feldstein Starring as Fanny Brice in Broadway Revival of ‘Funny Girl’ by Brent Lang

No one is going to rain on Beanie Feldstein’s parade. The “Booksmart” star will play Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl,” giving the actress an opportunity to put her own spin on a role th…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

‘Pose’ Star Jason Rodriguez, Ricardo Sebastián Launch Arraygency, Talent Agency for BIPOC, Queer and Trans Creatives (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

“Pose” star Jason Rodriguez is partnering with his longtime manager Ricardo Sebastián to form a new talent agency with a mission to elevate BIPOC, queer and trans creative talent. The n…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Monday, August 2, 2021

Natalie Mendoza Replacing Karen Olivo in ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ by Brent Lang

The Moulin Rouge has a new leading lady. Natalie Mendoza will join the Broadway company of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” replacing Karen Olivo in the role of Satine when the Tony-nominate…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Monday, July 12, 2021

Uzo Aduba, Ron Cephas Jones to Star in Lynn Nottage’s ‘Clyde’s’ on Broadway by Brent Lang

Uzo Aduba and Ron Cephas Jones will star in Second Stage Theater’s upcoming Broadway production of Lynn Nottage’s new play, “Clyde’s.” The cast will also include Reza Salazar (“S…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM

‘Sleep No More’ Welcoming Back Audiences in October (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

“Sleep No More,” the groundbreaking and immersive reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” will resume performances this fall, becoming the latest show to announce its return after …

SOURCE: Variety at 10:30AM

‘Enemy of the People’ With Ann Dowd Cancels Remaining Performances by Brent Lang

“Enemy of the People,” an interactive adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic morality tale, has cancelled all remaining performances. The Park Avenue Armory show was scheduled to continu…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:17AM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

‘MJ’ Cast Shakeup, Myles Frost Replacing Ephraim Sykes as Michael Jackson by Brent Lang

“MJ,” the upcoming musical about the life of pop singer Michael Jackson, will begin performances in December, but when it does, a new actor will be moonwalking into the role of “The Gl…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00AM
Thursday, June 24, 2021

‘Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet,’ First New Off-Broadway Musical, Announces Premiere (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

In another sign that New York’s cultural life is coming back after a long COVID-era hiatus, “A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet” will premiere in September. The show will be the firs…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:58PM

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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre