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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Performance Ends Abruptly After Panic Caused By Sounds Mistaken For Gunshots by Erik Pedersen

EXCLUSIVE: Tonight’s performance of To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway ended abruptly after backfire sounds heard on the street outside the Shubert Theatre were mistaken for gunshots. A wi…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Harold Prince Dies: Broadway Legend Who Produced Original ‘West Side Story’, ‘Fiddler’, ‘Phantom’ & More Was 91 by Erik Pedersen

Harold Prince, the Broadway icon who produced and/or directed some of the 20th century’s most famous musicals West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Cabaret, Evita and The Pha…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ Sets Broadway Closing Date by Erik Pedersen

It’s not one fine day for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The hit show’s producers said it will end its nearly six-year Broadway run on October 27. Based on the songs of its titula…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Rip Torn Dies: ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Emmy Winner & Broadway Veteran Was 88 by Erik Pedersen

Rip Torn, who played the Garry Shandling’s profane, fiercely loyal producer on HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, co-starred in the original Men in Black films and won a Tony during a long Br…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Glenda Jackson’s ‘King Lear’ Ending Broadway Run On June 9 by Erik Pedersen

Many a true word hath been spoken in jest, but this is legit: Glenda Jackson’s King Lear will end its Broadway run on June 9. It originally was pegged to run through July 7. Producer Scot…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Katherine Helmond Dies: ‘Soap’ & ‘Who’s The Boss?’ Star Was 89 by Erik Pedersen

Katherine Helmond, who played the ditzy Tate matriarch on the groundbreaking 1970s comedy Soap and later starred on Who’s the Boss? among many other roles, died February 23 of Alzheimer’…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

‘Once On This Island’ Ending Its Tony-Winning Broadway Run In January by Erik Pedersen

Once on This Island is shoving off for good soon. The show, which won this year’s Tony Award for Best Revival, will stage its final Broadway performance January 6, its producers said t…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

‘Kinky Boots’ To End Broadway Run In The Spring After Five Years & Six Tonys by Erik Pedersen

These boots were made for Broadway, and that’s just where they’ll be — until the spring. Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig said today that Kinky Boots, which won six Tony…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

‘The Lion Guard’ Raids Broadway For Guest Voices On Disney Junior Toon by Erik Pedersen

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s your morning report: A host of Broadway actors have been recruited for guest voice roles on Season 3 of Disney Junior’s The Lion Guard. Among those headed from …

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Broadway Dispute Settled; Show Will Go On by Erik Pedersen

Three weeks before its scheduled trial date, the lawsuit over the Aaron Sorkin-penned Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird has been settled. The estate of book author Harper Lee and …

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Broadway Dispute Gets NYC Trial Date by Erik Pedersen

Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of the Great American Novel To Kill a Mockingbird appears headed to court before it can head to Broadway. A New York judge has set a June 4 trial date for the…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Roy Dotrice Dies: Tony Winner & ‘Amadeus’ Actor Was 94 by Erik Pedersen

Roy Dotrice, who played Leopold Mozart in Best Picture Oscar winner Amadeus and won a Tony Award for Best Actor in A Moon for the Misbegotten, died today in London. He was 94. His family c…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

‘Dear Evan Hansen’: ‘Hello, Dolly!’s Taylor Trensch Set For Title Role After Noah Galvin Steps In For 2 Months by Erik Pedersen

There soon will be a new Evan Hansen on Broadway — and then another. Dear Evan Hansen producer Stacey Mindich said today that Taylor Trensch, who plays Barnaby Tucker in the Main S…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Headed To Broadway: Palace Theatre Become Bikini Bottom In Late 2017 by Erik Pedersen

Absorbent and yellow and porous is he — and soon a Broadway star to boot. A new SpongeBob SquarePants musical is headed to the Main Stem, which previews starting November 6 at the Pal…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

NBC’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Live Musical Moved To 2018 by Erik Pedersen

NBC’s Bye Bye Birdie is saying bye-bye to 2017. The network said today that its live musical starring Jennifer Lopez that was set for December has been pushed to 2018. The news comes t…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Ed Sherin Dies: ‘Law & Order’ Veteran, Broadway Director & Former DGA Officer Was 87 by Erik Pedersen

Ed Sherin, an Emmy winner who executive produced more than 160 Law & Order episodes, directed three dozen and acted in and/or directed more than 20 Broadway shows during his six-decade …

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Musical From Elton John & Paul Rudnick Eyed For Broadway by Erik Pedersen

“Is there some reason that my coffee isn’t here? Has she died or something?” That’s a snippet of Meryl Streep’s dialogue from the 2006 comedy The Devil Wears Pr…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

‘Hamilton’ Adds ‘SNL’s Taran Killam & Four Other New Cast Members by Erik Pedersen

The Broadway smash Hamilton with feature some new faces for the new year. Producer Jeffrey Seller said today that Saturday Night Live‘s Taran Killam will join the cast as King George n…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Closes In On Broadway, Now That Cirque Is Leaving by Erik Pedersen

The Wizarding World in headed for the Great White Way. The same day Cirque du Soleil said its big-budget Paramour will end its run at the Lyric Theatre in April, word surfaces that London s…

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Curtain Rises On Date For 71st Tony Awards On CBS by Erik Pedersen

CBS said today that it will air the 71st annual Tony Awards on June 11 from the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom. Broadway’s trophy show will be live at 8 PM in the East and delayed in t…

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Monday, August 1, 2016

‘L.A. Law’ Reboot In The Works From Co-Creator Steve Bochco & 20th TV by Erik Pedersen

Are they about to take new clients at McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak? L.A. Law co-creator Steven Bochco said this morning that he and 20th Television are developing a new take on t…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Darcie Denkert Dies: Longtime MGM/UA Exec & Broadway Producer Was 64 by Erik Pedersen

Darcie Denkert, a longtime MGM/United Artists executive and pioneer for women in entertainment law, has died. She was 64. Her family said she died June 9 at her home in West Los Angeles …

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Monday, June 20, 2016

‘Maya & Marty’ Sets “What The World Needs Now” Performance By Broadway All-Stars by Erik Pedersen

NBC’s summer variety series Maya & Marty on Tuesday will air the first nonstudio performance of “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” the new single benefiting the Orland…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Tony Awards: Lin-Manuel Miranda & Frank Langella Cite Orlando Tragedy In Speeches by Erik Pedersen

Tonight’s Tony Awards were dedicated to the victims of the abhorrent mass murder in Orlando, and two of the night’s big winners addressed the incident in their acceptance speeche…

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tony Awards Winners List – Updated Live by Erik Pedersen

Refresh for updates… The Broadway community has a heavy heart as it hands out the Tony Awards tonight. Nominees, presenters, fans and the rest of the country are thinking about the vic…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Laura Linney & Cynthia Nixon Lead ‘The Little Foxes’ Back To Broadway; Daniel Sullivan Directs by Erik Pedersen

Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon are set to topline the Manhattan Theatre Club’s revival of The Little Foxes — with a twist: The veteran actresses will trade off playing the lead …

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

‘The SpongeBob Musical’: Here Come The Songs In Behind-The-Scenes Promo by Erik Pedersen

Are you ready, kids? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Bikini Bottom (Eventually) Goes Broadway — otherwise known as The SpongeBob Musical.  The clip focuses on the songs and s…

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Anne Jackson Dies: Stage & Screen Veteran And Widow Of Eli Wallach Was 90 by Erik Pedersen

Anne Jackson, whose Broadway career spanned 50 years — including many shows with her late husband Eli Wallach — and also had dozens of TV and film credits, has died. She was 90…

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Patricia Elliott Dies; Tony Winner & Soap Actress Was 77 by Erik Pedersen

Patricia Elliott, who won a Tony for A Little Night Music and appeared for many years on One Life To Life, has died. She was 77. The actress died Sunday of cancer at her Manhattan home, a…

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Friday, November 20, 2015

James Prideaux Dies: TV & Broadway Writer Was 87 by Erik Pedersen

James Prideaux, who went from short-story writer to penning Broadway plays and TV movies, has died. He was 87. The WGA said he died Wednesday at West Hills (CA) Medical Center after a major…

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom by Erik Pedersen

Some Hollywood and Broadway royalty are among the newest recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor. The government said today that Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Stephen…

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