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Thursday, May 16, 2019

TodayTix Gets $73M Equity Investment From Great Hill Partners For Theater Ticketing Expansion by Dade Hayes

TodayTix, a six-year-old purveyor of tickets for Broadway shows and theater and other arts and culture events in several international cities, has gotten a $73 million equity investment led …

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tony Awards Nominations: Reactions In A Year Full Of Surprises by Dade Hayes

The reactions to this year’s Tony Award nominations didn’t take long to materialize. Gayle King, who was emceeing this morning’s announcement of the noms along with Bebe Neuwirth and B…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

‘Frozen’ Marks Broadway Anniversary With News Of International Expansion by Dade Hayes

With the Broadway production of Frozen about to mark its first anniversary, Disney Theatrical Productions has announced versions of the show will be performed in Australia, London and German…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Morrissey Books First Broadway Dates In May For Career-Retrospective Shows by Dade Hayes

Morrissey, who will release an album of classic 1960s and ’70s covers on May 24, has booked his first Broadway engagement May 2-11 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The announcement of the gig…

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Live ‘Rent’ On Fox Will Go On Despite Injury To Lead Actor Brennin Hunt by Dade Hayes

In one of the more serious obstacles to broadcast networks’ recent run of live musicals, a serious ankle injury to actor Brennin Hunt has altered Fox’s plans for its version of R…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Public TV Force WNET Launches Broadcast And Streaming Channel All Arts by Dade Hayes

WNET, the parent company of New York PBS stations Thirteen and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, is launching a free, 24-hour broadcast and streaming channel dedicated to dance, film, literature,…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Carol Channing, Broadway’s ‘Dolly,’ Dies At 97 by Dade Hayes

Carol Channing, the star of Broadway classics like Hello, Dolly! who continued performing well into her 90s, has died of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, CA. She was 97. B Harla…

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Carole King Makes Surprise Appearance At ‘Beautiful’ 5th Anniversary Show by Dade Hayes

Carole King surprised the Broadway audience at last night’s fifth-anniversary performance of Beautiful, the musical about her journey through the music business, performing the title s…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

‘The Jungle’ Sets Move To San Francisco’s Fabled Curran Theater After Hit Runs In London And New York by Dade Hayes

EXCLUSIVE: After acclaimed and sold-out runs in London and New York, current-events-based play The Jungle will have its West Coast premiere at the storied Curran Theater in San Francisco thi…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Releases New Ticket Block Through November 1 by Dade Hayes

EXCLUSIVE: As it continues to set records, the new Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird has released a new block of tickets through November 1. That will extend the run of the Scott …

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Smashes Shubert Organization Box Office Mark With Nearly $1.6M In First Full Week by Dade Hayes

EXCLUSIVE: In its first full week of performances, producer Scott Rudin’s new production of To Kill A Mockingbird has broken the all-time weekly box office record for any Broadway play…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Concord Music Group Acquires Samuel French In Landmark Theater Licensing Deal by Dade Hayes

Concord Music has acquired 188-year-old theater publisher and licensing mainstay Samuel French, combining it with other assets in its burgeoning Concord Theatricals unit. The deal, whose ter…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘Moulin Rouge!’ Sets Date For Broadway Run by Dade Hayes

The Broadway adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! will begin its run on the boards next summer, producers announced, with previews starting June 28 and opening night on June 25. …

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Broadway Musical Sets Jerry Zaks As Director, ‘Something’s Rotten!’ Duo For Book by Dade Hayes

Fox Stage Productions and producer Kevin McCollum have announced the creative team for Mrs. Doubtfire, which is headed by director Jerry Zaks, a four-time Tony Award winner. John O’Far…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Melissa Benoist On Playing Carole King On Broadway, ‘Supergirl’s’ Topical Shift And ‘Glee’ Castmate Demi Lovato: Q&A by Dade Hayes

Melissa Benoist broke out on television, but her original show business ideal was being where she is right now: Broadway. Her summer stint playing the lead in the long-running Beautiful: Th…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Michael Jackson Musical Slated For Broadway Run In 2020 by Dade Hayes

The Michael Jackson estate and Columbia Stage are developing a musical based on the King of Pop’s catalog, adding one more jukebox show to the Broadway boards. Lynn Nottage, a Pulitzer…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Tony Season Mojo Helps Power Broadway Box Office To Slight Gain by Dade Hayes

While Broadway grosses for the week ending June 10 did not directly benefit from the Tony Awards (which were held June 10), the clear path for established titles saw many post week-to-week g…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Parkland Students’ Tony Awards Performance Melts Radio City Crowd by Dade Hayes

Students from Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took the Radio City Musical Hall stage to deliver a rendition of “Seasons of Love” from Rent that bro…

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Bruce Springsteen Delivers Concise Tony Award Speech: “Thank You For Making Me Feel So Welcome On The Block” by Dade Hayes

If you blinked, you might have missed it, but Bruce Springsteen did amble onstage and accept a special Tony Award recognizing the commercial powerhouse that he has been presenting in recent …

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Monday, June 4, 2018

In First Week Of 2018-19, Broadway Box Office Dips 6% From Prior Frame by Dade Hayes

Broadway shuffled toward its biggest night, Sunday’s Tony Awards, with overall box office declining for the week ending June 3 compared with the prior week, according to figures from t…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Anonymous Content Taps Weinstein Co.’s Whitney Dibo As Theater Scout by Dade Hayes

Anonymous Content has hired its first theater scout, Whitney Dibo, who most recently was working as director of development and acquisitions for The Weinstein Co. Dibo’s new title at A…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Price Hikes, Extra Week Lift Broadway Box Office 17% Over 2016-17 Levels by Dade Hayes

Aided by a 53rd week in the year (added every seven years for statistical reasons), plus aggressive pricing of certain shows, Broadway box office ended 2017-18 up 17.1% over the prior year. …

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Broadway Box Office Steady With Prior Week, Remains 14% Ahead Of 2016-17 by Dade Hayes

With Broadway in the final days of its statistically extended 2017-2018 year (53 weeks instead of 52, long story), grosses held steady for the week ending May 20, according to figures from t…

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‘Sweeney Todd’ Sets Date When It Will Bake Its Last Off-Broadway Meat Pie by Dade Hayes

Producers of the long-running Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street said the intimate, immersive rendering of the Stephen Sondheim masterpiece will close…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Harry Potter’ Top Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards by Dade Hayes

EXCLUSIVE: Mean Girls led the field by winning eight prizes, including Favorite New Musical, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won Favorite New Play in the 18th annual Broadway.com Audi…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Tony Nominees Nudge Broadway Box Office 4% Ahead Of Prior Week by Dade Hayes

Strong grosses for several shows pacing the field of Tony Award nominees — including Angels in America, Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants — nudged the Broadway box office last…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

The Boss And ‘The Boys In The Band’ Boost Weekly Broadway Grosses 5% by Dade Hayes

The return of Bruce Springsteen’s long-running engagement at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which was on hiatus last week, and the initial previews of a starry revival of The Boys in the Ban…

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‘Cost Of Living,’ ‘School Girls,’ ‘KPOP’ Lead Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Awards by Dade Hayes

Cost of Living and School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play tied for Best Play and KPOP captured Best Musical at the 33rd annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Of…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Vitaly Beckman, Illusionist Who Fooled Penn & Teller, Books Off-Broadway Run In Theater Where Duo Got Start In ’80s by Dade Hayes

Illusionist Vitaly Beckman, who fooled magicians Penn & Teller on their CW magic show Fool Us, will have an Off-Broadway run in the same theater where the duo launched their career in th…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tony Watch: Nominees Get Moment In The Sun Just Before Matinee Curtain by Dade Hayes

Emotions — mostly the good kind, like ebullience, delight and satisfaction — ricocheted around today’s press event honoring the 2018 Tony Award nominees. Time, though, was …

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tony Awards Nominations Reactions: Tina Fey & Nominees From ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Angels In America’ Weigh In by Dade Hayes

The 2018 Tony Award nominations this morning spread the honors around, with Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants leading the field with 12 nominations apiece. Tied with 11 nominations each w…

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