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Friday, February 15, 2019

New Play By ‘The Americans’ Writer Among Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off Broadway Plans by Greg Evans

A new play by The Americans writer Hilary Bettis is among a trio of new works announced for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2019-2020 Off Broadway season. The world premiere of Bettis…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Review: Tom Sturridge & Jake Gyllenhaal Deliver Powerhouse Performances Off Broadway by Greg Evans

In the Public Theater’s double bill Sea Wall/A Life, Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal deliver scorching performances that can stand alongside anything on the New York stage so far th…

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Broadway-Bound Michael Jackson Musical Cancels Chicago Run, Citing Recent Equity Strike by Greg Evans

Producers for a planned Michael Jackson stage musical have canceled a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago, citing “scheduling difficulties” caused by the recently ended ActorsR…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Broadway Box Office Warms A Bit: Receipts For Week 37 Hit $28M by Greg Evans

Broadway had a slight rebound last week, warming up a tad from the previous week’s chilly winter numbers. In all, the 27 productions combined averaged a small 4% uptick, grossing $27,6…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Actors’ Equity Reaches Development Deal With Broadway Producers; Strike Over by Greg Evans

Actors' Equity Association and the Broadway League has reached what Equity is calling a “historic” agreement on a profit-sharing contract model for lab development. With the agre…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

‘Beetlejuice’ Musical Announces Full Broadway Cast Of 25 by Greg Evans

Still more of last fall’s pre-Broadway Beetlejuice cast will be making the move to Broadway when the new musical begins previews next month: Jill Abramovitz, Kelvin Moon Loh, Danny Ru…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

‘Beetlejuice’ Sets Broadway Cast: Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso To Star by Greg Evans

Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso and four other principal stars of the pre-Broadway run of Beetlejuice will repeat their roles when the new musical begins previews March 28 at BroadwayR…

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‘Hercules’ Musical Based On Disney Film Set For Shakespeare In The Park Staging by Greg Evans

A new adaptation of Hercules based on Disney’s 1997 animated film and featuring additional music by Alan Menken and David Zippel, a new book by Glow writer Kristoffer Diaz and choreog…

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New York Stage And Film Taps Christopher Burney As Artistic Director by Greg Evans

Christopher Burney, whose tenure at New York’s Second Stage Theater included such hits as Dear Evan Hansen, Next to Normal and Lobby Hero, will be the new artistic director of the New …

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Cirque du Soleil Acquires The Illusionists’ Production Company by Greg Evans

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group announced today the acquisition of The Works Entertainment, the production company behind The Illusionists stage magic franchise and other variety shows.…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Broadway Finds Its Tina Turner: Adrienne Warren Cast In Upcoming Bio-Musical by Greg Evans

Adrienne Warren will reprise her critically lauded West End portrayal of Tina Turner on Broadway this fall when Tina – The Tina Turner Musical makes its New York debut. The casting was…

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Benjamin Walker Joins Broadway’s ‘All My Sons’ Production by Greg Evans

Benjamin Walker, a Broadway star since his 2010 breakthrough in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, will join Annette Bening and Tracy Letts in the Roundabout Theater Company’s upcoming revi…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Harry Belafonte Stage Rights Nabbed By ‘Once On This Island’ Broadway Producer by Greg Evans

Broadway producer Ken Davenport, whose revival of the Caribbean-themed Once on This Island took the top Tony Award in its category last year, has obtained the Broadway stage rights to the l…

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Broadway Box Office Cools To $26M With NYC’s Chilly Winter Temperatures by Greg Evans

With New York City temperatures hitting single digits, virtually every Broadway show saw at least some decline at the box office last week, and with two fewer productions on the boards than …

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Broadway’s ‘The Band’s Visit’ Sets Closing Date; The Musical Won 10 Tony Awards by Greg Evans

Broadway’s The Band’s Visit, winner of 10 Tony Awards, a commercial success and widely praised by critics, will play its final performance on Sunday, April 7, producers announced…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

‘Skittles’ Musical Review: Michael C. Hall Gives His All For Broadway And Candy by Greg Evans

As far as we know, Michael C. Hall has no designs on the upcoming Cats movie, but he’d have made a fine Rum Tum Tugger, at least judging by today’s one-time-only, nice-way-to-pas…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

‘Bitter Wheat’ Trailer: John Malkovich Stars in David Mamet Play As Weinstein-Like “Bloated Monster” by Greg Evans

John Malkovich is set to portray a Harvey Weinstein-like “depraved Hollywood mogul” in a world premiere UK production of David Mamet’s new play Bitter Wheat. Just how close…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Broadway Feels Slight Winter Chill As Box Office Dips To $30M; ‘American Son’, ‘Waverly Gallery’ Take Final Bows by Greg Evans

Broadway box office survived the New York chill last week, with receipts dropping a small 5% despite the loss of two productions and some widely spread, if undramatic, downturns. Total recei…

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Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Musical Heading To Broadway by Greg Evans

She’s here to remind you: Alanis Morissette’s ’90s cultural touchstone Jagged Little Pill is heading to Broadway. The new musical, inspired by the themes of MorissetteR…

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Broadway’s ‘Hadestown’ To Star Acclaimed London Cast: Reeve Carney, André De Shields Among Principals by Greg Evans

Reeve Carney, André De Shields and the rest of the original principal cast of London’s sold-out production of Hadestown will star in the upcoming Broadway staging, producers announced…

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‘Oklahoma!’ To Be Broadway’s First “Gun Neutral” Production As Lauded Musical Joins Hollywood Initiative: Sundance by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: The much-anticipated staging of Oklahoma! will be Broadway’s first partner in Hollywood’s Gun Neutral Initiative: For every visible gun that is seen onstage in Oklahom…

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‘Skittles’ Broadway Musical Trailer: Michael C. Hall Repents Commercialism, Sings For Candy Anyway by Greg Evans

If last night’s Rent didn’t meet your weekly minimum requirement of earnestly performed, socially conscious pre-taped musical ensemble productions, enjoy this amuse-bouche for t…

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Broadway Brands Publisher Signs On As Drama Desk Awards Exec Producer by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Broadway Brands, publisher of website Broadway News and newsletter Broadway Briefing, has signed on to present this year’s Drama Desk Awards. The 64th annual event will ta…

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‘Rent’ Review: Live Or Not, The Show Goes On…And On… by Greg Evans

Tech glitches, broken bones, ghosts of stage productions past and, worst of all, live television’s unfortunate and intrusive vogue for giving studio audiences far, far too much screen …

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Friday, January 25, 2019

‘Rent’ Lives: Director Michael Greif On The Show That Changed Broadway And Won A Generation – The Deadline Q&A by Greg Evans

Michael Greif knew Rent would stay in his life – his entire life – by the late 1990s. Jonathan Larson’s rock musical inspired by Puccini’s La bohème – making …

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

‘True West’ Broadway Review: Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano Find Direction In Sam Shepard Classic Of Brotherly Hate by Greg Evans

As Sam Shepard’s True West brothers grim, Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano dig deep into the loamy earth of that macho post-hippie neo-cowboy near-masterpiece, mucking about the desert-edge-…

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Broadway-Bound ‘Magic Mike’ Musical Sets Boston Premiere Date; Channing Tatum Among Producers by Greg Evans

The Broadway-bound Magic Mike The Musical will begin teasing Boston audiences November 30, producers – including the film’s Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh – announced…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Audra McDonald, Michael Shannon Set For Broadway Revival Of Terrence McNally’s ‘Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune’ by Greg Evans

Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon will star in a Broadway revival this May of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, producers announced today. The production will be …

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FX Sets Premiere Date For ‘Fosse/Verdon’ Starring Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams by Greg Evans

FX will premiere its Fosse/Verdon limited series on Tuesday April 9, the network announced today. Production on the eight-episode series starring Michelle Williams as dancer/actress Gwen Ver…

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Broadway-Bound Michael Jackson Bio-Musical Gets Title And Chicago Dates by Greg Evans

The previously announced Michael Jackson stage musical has gotten a name and a pre-Broadway premiere date: The newly titled Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough will begin performances in Chicago…

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Broadway’s Carole King Musical ‘Beautiful’ Offers Free Tickets To Furloughed Federal Workers by Greg Evans

Furloughed federal employees have got a friend in Broadway’s Carole King musical Beautiful: Producers have announced that workers hit by President Donald Trump’s partial governme…

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