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Thursday, February 20, 2020

‘West Side Story’ Rumbles Full-Force Into A New Century: Broadway Review by Greg Evans

One of the breathtaking moments in director Ivo van Hove’s bold, gorgeous multi-media re-imagining of the great New York musical West Side Story comes when those famously brawling street g…

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Broadway’s ‘The Inheritance’ Sets Closing Notice by Greg Evans

The Inheritance, playwright Matthew Lopez’s two-part drama that re-imagines E.M. Forster’s Howards End as a 21st Century tale set among gay men in Manhattan, will close on Sunday, March …

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Monday, February 17, 2020

‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’ Will Return To Broadway In The Fall by Greg Evans

David Byrne’s American Utopia will be back on Broadway this fall, producers have announced. The smash concert-style production – a commercial and critical hit – ended its limited run a…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ Sets House Record Of $1.4M; Broadway Box Office Hits $27M by Greg Evans

Heading into the final stretch of its limited Broadway run, David Byrne’s American Utopia set a box office house record at the Hudson Theatre, grossing $1,416,344 for the week ending Febru…

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Three-Time Tony Award Nominee Rebecca Luker Reveals ALS Diagnosis; Broadway Stars Rally Support by Greg Evans

Three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker announced today that she’s been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, drawing a wave of support on social media from the Broadway commun…

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

‘West Side Story’ Actor’s Girlfriend Disavows Me Too-Style Protests As Picketing Continues Outside Broadway Theater by Greg Evans

A group of protesters outside Broadway’s West Side Story Friday night continued to call for the dismissal of a cast member who in 2018 shared a sexually explicit photo of his girlfriend wh…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Newsman Dan Rather To Tell Life Stories Off-Broadway For Audible Recording by Greg Evans

Veteran newsman Dan Rather will stage an autobiographical two-night stand Off Broadway next month called Stories Of A Lifetime, recording the show for audiobook publisher Audible. Set for Tu…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Broadway Box Office Dips, David Byrne Doesn’t: ‘American Utopia’ Passes $200 Average Ticket Price by Greg Evans

Broadway continued to drop a some box office winter weight last week, though no one seems to have notified David Byrne: The former Talking Head’s American Utopia was not only a sell-out bu…

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‘Chandelier’ Choreographer Ryan Heffington Joins Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘tick, tick…BOOM!’ For Netflix by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Choreographer Ryan Heffington, whose work on Sia’s 2014 video for her hit ‘Chandelier’ earned him the second of two Grammy nominations, has boarded Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Ne…

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Broadway Playwrights Jeremy O. Harris & Matthew Lopez To Receive HRC’s LGBTQ Equality Award by Greg Evans

Broadway playwrights Jeremy O. Harris (Slave Play) and Matthew Lopez (The Inheritance) will be honored by the Human Rights Campaign with each receiving this year’s HRC Equality Award. HRC,…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

‘Grand Horizons’ Broadway Review: Jane Alexander & James Cromwell In A Marriage Story With Jokes by Greg Evans

Even before the great James Cromwell arrives at the punchline of a decrepit dirty nun joke, or the incomparable Jane Alexander gets to a vibrator bit exhausted seasons ago by Grace and Frank…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

‘The Karate Kid’ In Training For Broadway: Musical Adaptation Has Original Screenwriter On Board by Greg Evans

The Karate Kid is being developed as a musical for Broadway, with the 1984 film’s screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen penning the book and Drew Gasparini writing music and lyrics. The project w…

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Phylicia Rashad’s ‘Blue’ Revival To Play The Apollo; Leslie Uggams, Lynn Whitfield Head Cast by Greg Evans

The previously announced revival of Charles Randolph-Wright’s play Blue, directed by Phylicia Rashad, will play a 16-week engagement at Harlam’s legendary Apollo Theater, with Tony winne…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

‘A Soldier’s Play’ Broadway Review: Stars David Alan Grier & Blair Underwood Earn Stripes In Charles Fuller’s Potent 1981 Masterpiece by Greg Evans

Nearly 40 years after its celebrated Off Broadway debut and subsequent hit movie adaptation, Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier’s Play, opening tonight on Broadway at the …

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Broadway Box Office Keeps Warm At $30M; ‘Oklahoma!’, ‘Slave Play’ Leave On High Notes by Greg Evans

Broadway settled into its new winter clothes last week, with recent arrivals My Name Is Lucy Barton, Grand Horizons and A Soldier’s Play padding the roster as Oklahoma! and Slave Play join…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Gregg Smith Dies: ‘Hair’ Actor, Dance Collaborator On ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘Newsies’ Was 73 by Greg Evans

Gregg Smith, an actor and dancer whose three-decade collaboration with director and choreographer Kenny Ortega included casting dancers for such films and TV productions as Dirty Dancing, Ne…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Tony Winners Stephanie J. Block & Linda Lavin Set For Sarah Silverman’s ‘The Bedwetter’ Musical by Greg Evans

Tony Award winners Linda Lavin and Stephanie J. Block are among the cast announced today for the world premiere production of Sarah Silverman’s Off Broadway musical The Bedwetter. Sami Bra…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A Mesmerizing Laura Linney Conjures A Life (Or Two) In Broadway’s ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’ – Review by Greg Evans

Laura Linney pours the breath of life into Broadway’s My Name Is Lucy Barton, based on the novel by Olive Kitteridge author Elizabeth Strout. Arriving in New York following an acclaimed Lo…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Broadway Drops Holiday Weight: Thinner Roster Sees Box Office Down 28% To $31M by Greg Evans

Broadway’s winter thinning continued last week, with a trimmer roster and lower ticket prices sending total box office on a 28% drop from the previous week to $31.1 million. Attendance for…

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Average Age For Broadway Attendees Isn’t Getting Any Younger, Says Report by Greg Evans

Be More Chill and Beetlejuice notwithstanding, the average Broadway theatergoer hasn’t gotten much younger over the last couple decades: Of the 14.8 million people who attended a Broadway …

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‘Broadway Vacation’: The Griswolds Get A Stage Musical by Greg Evans

Broadway Vacation The Musical, with characters from the popular Chevy Chase-fronted film franchise, will make its world premiere at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre this Fall. Though no announ…

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Cynthia Nixon To Direct Landmark Lesbian Play ‘Last Summer At Bluefish Cove’ For Broadway by Greg Evans

Cynthia Nixon will direct a 40th anniversary Broadway production of Jane Chambers’ landmark lesbian stage drama Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, to be produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de R…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Second ‘West Side Story’ Actor Suffers Onstage Injury During Broadway Musical by Greg Evans

A second actor in Broadway’s West Side Story has suffered an onstage injury, and this time he’ll leave the show: Ben Cook, who played the role of Riff, sustained the unspecified injury S…

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‘Trevor: The Musical’ Based On Oscar-Winning Short Film Set For Off Broadway Debut by Greg Evans

Trevor: The Musical, an acclaimed stage adaptation of the 1994 Oscar-winning short film that gave rise to one of the nation’s most prominent LGBTQ organizations, will make its New York deb…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Suzanne Vega Adds Name To Off Broadway’s ‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice’ Cast by Greg Evans

Duncan Sheik, the composer and co-lyricist of the upcoming Off Broadway musical version of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, is handing off his planned onstage role to his pal and frequ…

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Fran Drescher, Rachel Bloom Developing ‘The Nanny’ Broadway Musical Inspired By ’90s Sitcom by Greg Evans

The ’90s sitcom The Nanny is being developed into a Broadway musical, with series creators Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson on board to write the show’s book, while Crazy Ex-Girlfri…

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Sold-Out ‘Sing Street’ Off-Broadway Musical From ‘Once’ Writers Heads To Broadway by Greg Evans

Off Broadway’s hit Sing Street, a musical adaptation of the 2016 film about a group of Dublin teens in the 1980s who form a New Wave band to escape troubled home lives and small town drudg…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Broadway’s Michael Jackson Musical Sets Additional Cast, Still Looking For 10-Year-Old Michael by Greg Evans

Broadway’s upcoming Michael Jackson musical MJ has announced additional casting, with Grammy nominee Quentin Earl Darrington, Hamilton‘s Raymond Baynard and The Bridges of Madison County…

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André Braugher Joins Debra Messing In Broadway’s Upcoming ‘Birthday Candles’ by Greg Evans

André Braugher has been cast opposite the previously announced Debra Messing in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s upcoming Broadway production of Noah Haidle’s play Birthday Candles. Al…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ Recoups Broadway Investment by Greg Evans

Broadway’s Freestyle Love Supreme, co-created by Hamilton team Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, has recouped its investment after 14 weeks, making it one of the first…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Broadway Box Office Takes Post-Christmas Tumble; ‘Waitress’ Sells Out Final Week by Greg Evans

A post-Christmas Broadway box office fell like so many dry pine needles last week, with most shows taking fairly significant tumbles as ticket prices settled back to reality. In all, total g…

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