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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Spring Preview: Take a Tour of New 42 Studios, Where Broadway Shows Are Born and Community Converges on the Elevator by Hayley Levitt

New 42 Studios has the best elevators in New York City. Considering the building’s theatrical clientele, the chances of a private concert are not insubstantial. Plus, no matter where the d…

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Black History Month Spotlight: The Wiz and The Notebook Director Schele Williams by Hayley Levitt

Throughout the month of February, The Broadway Show is celebrating some of the theater industry’s most influential Black artists. This week, the spotlight is on director Schele Williams. …

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Spring Preview: Brotherhood, Self-Reflections and a Rumble with the Stars of The Outsiders by Hayley Levitt

The Greasers and Socs of Broadway's The Outsiders convened on neutral territory for The Broadway Show's Spring Preview photo shoot. While a couple of fights broke out, it was primarily a …

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Spring Preview: Grant Gustin, Isabelle McCalla and Paul Alexander Nolan Step Into the Grit and Glamor of Water for Elephants by Hayley Levitt

Grant Gustin, Isabelle McCalla and Paul Alexander Nolan come to Broadway this spring as Jacob, Marlena and August—the romantically tangled trio in the musical Water for Elephants. Their lo…

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Spring Preview: Rachel Chavkin on the ‘Ferocious,’ ‘Divine’ and ‘Aesthetically Spectacular’ Lempicka by Hayley Levitt

The sexy and unsmiling glamor of Tamara de Lempicka’s paintings is exponentially more recognizable than her name. Her work famously set the mood for Madonna’s 1990 “Vogue” music vide…

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Mallory Portnoy and Nick Blaemire Revive A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green at Café Carlyle by Hayley Levitt

Mallory Portnoy and Nick Blaemire will bring A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green to Café Carlyle on March 3 and 4. The pair will portray the famed Broadway songwriting team they th…

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Shoshana Bean, Alex Newell, Jordan Fisher & More to Perform at Broadway Backwards by Hayley Levitt

Over a dozen Broadway stars have joined the lineup for this year's Broadway Backwards, the annual one-night only benefit concert featuring show tunes reimagined as queer anthems and love b…

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Aladdin Star Sonya Balsara Celebrates Her First Anniversary as Broadway Royalty by Hayley Levitt

When The Broadway Show last checked in with Sonya Balsara, she was just beginning her debut run as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin. Now, not only is the musical celebrating its landma…

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Liz Caplan on How She Became the Vocal Guru of Broadway and Hollywood by Hayley Levitt

Liz Caplan wears her storied resume on her studio walls. Over here is a poster of Dear Evan Hansen, signed by its Tony-winning star Ben Platt. Over there you see a framed photo of her cuddli…

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Black History Month Spotlight: Tony-Winning Director and Producer Kenny Leon by Hayley Levitt

Throughout the month of February, The Broadway Show is celebrating some of the theater industry’s most influential Black artists. This week, the spotlight is on director Kenny Leon. Leon …

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David Bedella, Original Star of & Juliet in the West End, to Step in for Paulo Szot on Broadway by Hayley Levitt

David Bedella will join the Broadway cast of & Juliet as Lance, the Olivier Award-winning role he originiated in the West End. He begins performances at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on…

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Meet Grant Gustin, Isabelle McCalla and the Fearless Cast of Broadway’s Water for Elephants by Hayley Levitt

Water for Elephants, the musical adaptation of Sara Gruen’s circus-inspired novel, is just about ready to begin its Broadway run at the Imperial Theatre. Beginning performances February 24…

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Broadway's Cabaret Sets Prologue Company to Welcome Audiences to the Kit Kat Club by Hayley Levitt

The upcoming Broadway revival of Cabaret has its Prologue Company, the musicians and dancers who will introduce audience members to the Kit Kat Club, an immersive Weimaresque reimagining of …

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Bravolebrity Ariana Madix Extends Broadway Debut as Chicago's Roxie Hart by Hayley Levitt

Reality TV star Ariana Madix will extend her run as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway. Previously scheduled to play her final performance at the Ambassador Theatre on March 24, Madix will…

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Chilina Kennedy Makes Joy the Medium and the Message in A Sign of the Times by Hayley Levitt

Chilina Kennedy has cultivated a kinship with the 1960s. It could be how the melodies, which she compares to “putting on a warm blanket,” suit her voice. Or, it could be the decade’s i…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Need a Date for Valentine’s But Don’t Know How to Woo? Poetically Propose a Night on Broadway to Your Boo by Darryn King and Hayley Levitt

For Valentine’s Day this year, why not give the gift of Broadway? To help you woo your plus one of choice—Valentine, galentine or whomever— offers up five poems tailor-made…

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Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play to Open in London's West End by Hayley Levitt

Playwright Jeremy O. Harris announced via Instagram that his 2020 Tony-nominated play Slave Play will open in London's West End. No dates, venue or casting has been announced, but the soc…

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Eddie Izzard's Solo Hamlet Extends at the Greenwich House Theater by Hayley Levitt

Eddie Izzard's solo production of Hamlet has extended its off-Broadway run for a second time, now offering performances through March 16 at the Greenwich House Theater. The production open…

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Taylor Iman Jones, Damon Daunno, Lauren Patten & More to Star in The Lonely Few at MCC by Hayley Levitt

MCC Theater has completed casting for the New York premiere of The Lonely Few, a new rock musical directed by Trip Cullman and Ellenore Scott. Performances will run at MCC's Newman Mills T…

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

The Notebook, Ingrid Michaelson’s Broadway Composing Debut, Begins Performances by Hayley Levitt

The Notebook, the musical adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ famous love story, will have its first Broadway performance on February 10 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Directed by Michael Gr…

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Rob Madge’s My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?) Cancels Spring Broadway Run by Hayley Levitt

My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?), Rob Madge’s comedic solo show, has canceled its upcoming Broadway performances. The play was originally scheduled to begin previews February 27 a…

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Black History Month Spotlight: Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Lynn Nottage by Hayley Levitt

Throughout the month of February, The Broadway Show is celebrating some of the theater industry’s most influential Black artists. This week, the spotlight is on playwright Lynn Nottage. N…

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The 2024 Jimmy Awards to Showcase Students From 51 Regional Awards Programs by Hayley Levitt

The Broadway League Foundation has announced the 51 regional awards programs that will be participating in the 2024 Jimmy Awards, a showcase of high school musical theater talent. Now in its…

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Orchestrator Joseph Joubert Is the Man Deciding What The Wiz Sounds Like in the 21st Century by Hayley Levitt

“I can do a little taste of something from the show,” Joseph Joubert tells Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek after chatting about The Wiz for The Broadway Show. Joubert, arrange…

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Water for Elephants Author Sara Gruen Entrusts Broadway With Her Story of Chosen Family Under the Big Top by Hayley Levitt

Sara Gruen was halfway through writing a different book when Water for Elephants seized control of her imagination. On February 7, 2003, The Chicago Tribune published a piece about elusive c…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Maleah Joi Moon, Shoshana Bean and More to Star in Hell's Kitchen on Broadway by Hayley Levitt

Principal cast members who debuted the Alicia Keys-scored musical, Hell's Kitchen, at the Public Theater this fall will return to the stage for the production's Broadway transfer. Performa…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Purple Rain Stage Musical to Have Pre-Broadway World Premiere in Spring 2025 by Hayley Levitt

Purple Rain, the new musical based on Prince’s 1984 film, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere in Prince's hometown of Minneapolis, MN in spring 2025. The show will run at Hennepin…

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Jayne Atkinson and Tim Daly to Lead New York Premiere of Still Off-Broadway by Hayley Levitt

Colt Coeur will present the New York premiere of Lia Romeo's comedy Still, starring two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson and Tim Daly. Performances will run from April 13 through May 18 at…

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Monday, February 5, 2024

The Who's Tommy Completes Broadway Casting for Spring Revival by Hayley Levitt

Casting is complete for the Broadway revival of The Who's Tommy, beginning preview performances March 8 at the Nederlander Theatre. The production will officially open March 28.  As pre…

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Cara Delevingne Sets Stage Debut as Sally Bowles Alongside Luke Treadaway in West End Cabaret by Hayley Levitt

Actor and model Cara Delevingne will make her stage debut as Sally Bowles in Rebecca Frecknall's Olivier Award-winning West End revival of Cabaret. She joins the production alongside Olivi…

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Sunday, February 4, 2024

Some Like It Hot Wins Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album by Hayley Levitt

Some Like It Hot, the musical adaptation of Billy Wilder's 1959 film, won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The honor was announced at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards ceremon…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards