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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Chita Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Lin-Manuel Miranda to star in digital benefit show by Mark Kennedy

“Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices” will be held online Oct. 1 and will be hosted by Andréa Burns. It will be directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo.

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Tony Awards for shortened Broadway season will go digital by Mark Kennedy

Tony Award Productions said Friday that the celebration of live theatre will be digital but offered no date or streaming platform.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Broadway veteran Nick Cordero dies from virus complications by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero, who specialized in playing tough guys on Broadway in such shows as “Waitress,” “A Bronx Tale” and “Bullets Over Broadway,…

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Broadway shutdown due to virus extended again until January by Mark Kennedy

The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again — until at least early January. Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offe…

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Broadway shutdown due to coronavirus extended again until January by Mark Kennedy

Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Jan. 3.

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Broadway shutdown due to virus extended again until January by Mark Kennedy

Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Jan. 3.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Theater master classes for youth attract Broadway talent by Mark Kennedy

Joining the Oscar- and Tony-winners for virtual tutorials are Tony award-winning Broadway director Jerry Zaks and Tony-nominee Judy Kuhn. Broadway director Stephen Brackett, composer Joe Ico…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84 by Mark Kennedy

Kramer’s husband, David Webster, told The New York Times that Kramer died of pneumonia on Wednesday.

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Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84 by Mark Kennedy

Larry Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, has died …

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Friday, May 15, 2020

‘Frozen’ musical on Broadway not to reopen by Mark Kennedy

The Disney show opened in March 2018 and placed among the top five Broadway productions for both gross and attendance over both years it ran, often pulling in over $1 million, and even $2 mi…

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Broadway shutdown extended until at least Labor Day by Mark Kennedy

Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Sept. 6.

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Broadway shutdown extended until at least Labor Day by Mark Kennedy

It is still not clear when performances will resume.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Broadway considers the path forward for shows to go on by Mark Kennedy and John Carucci

NEW YORK (AP) — When Broadway theaters finally reopen, at least one musical theater fan will show up. But she’ll look a little different. “I would wear a mask and gloves,” said actre…

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Friday, April 24, 2020

A ‘Phantom of the Opera’ contest seeks singer with style by Mark Kennedy

The winning contestant will be introduced onstage by Lloyd Webber at either the home of “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway or London — whichever opens first — and sing after the …

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Hamilton-born Broadway star Nick Cordero has leg amputation due to coronavirus by Mark Kennedy

The Canadian actor entered the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on March 31 and has been on a ventilator and unconscious after contracting COVID-19.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

How do Broadway stars cope with silent theatres? They sing by Mark Kennedy

Musical theatre stars are taking to social media to sing, offering fans a front seat to a Broadway show and a much needed intermission amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies due to coronavirus complications at 81 by Mark Kennedy

The American playwright, known for plays like “Master Class” and musicals such as “Ragtime,” was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic inflammatory lung disease.

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Friday, December 27, 2019

‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 by Mark Kennedy

Tony Award-winning composer Jerry Herman, who wrote the cheerful, good-natured music and lyrics for such classic shows as “Mame,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “La Cage aux Folles,” died T…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Broadway giant Hal Prince dead at 91 by Mark Kennedy

As a producer, he helped created Damn Yankees, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Fiddler on the Roof. He became a director and helped shape Cabaret, Company…

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Towering Broadway director and producer Hal Prince dead by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) — Harold Prince, a Broadway director and producer who pushed the boundaries of musical theater with such groundbreaking shows as “The Phantom of the Opera,” ”Cabaret,…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Tony Awards 2019: “Hadestown” leads awards, nets rare female director trophy by Mark Kennedy

The arty and original "Hadestown" was leading the Tony Awards with six wins, including a rare win for a woman director of a musical, while Ali Stroker made history as the first actor in a wh…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Tony Awards host James Corden hopes audience will find 'joy' by John Carucci and Mark Kennedy

TV talk show host James Corden steps back into the role of Tony Award host Sunday, not planning anything too political and not worried about any online snark. "I hope people will find joy in…

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Tony Awards host James Corden hopes audience will find ‘joy’ by Mark Kennedy and John Carucci

NEW YORK (AP) — TV talk show host James Corden steps back into the role of Tony Award host Sunday, not planning anything too political and not worried about any online snark. “I hope peo…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

“Hadestown” leads Tony Award nominations with 14 nods by Mark Kennedy

"Hadestown," singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell's Broadway debut, earned a leading 14 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, followed by the jukebox musical "Ain't Too Proud," built around songs by …

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‘Hadestown’ leads Tony Award nominations with 14 nods by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) — “Hadestown,” singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s Broadway debut, earned a leading 14 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, followed by the jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Pr…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

John Leguizamo to tour with his ‘Latin History for Morons’ by Mark Kennedy

John Leguizamo is taking his irreverent one-man comedy show about Latin history on the road for a 12-state tour

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

‘Ya Got Trouble’ — Hugh Jackman heading back to Broadway by Mark Kennedy

Hugh Jackman is coming back to Broadway as a classic roguish traveling salesman in a revival of ‘The Music Man’

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Why small US theaters have canceled ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Mark Kennedy

Dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. have been forced to abandon productions of “To Kill a Mockingbird” under legal threat

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Historians say smash hit musical Hamilton out of tune with its portrait of U.S. founding father by Mark Kennedy

Many academics argue the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the star of U.S. $10 bills, is a counterfeit. Now they’re escalating their fight against the musical.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Historians irked by musical 'Hamilton' escalate their duel by Mark Kennedy

Ever since the historical musical "Hamilton" began its march to near-universal infatuation, one group has noticeably withheld its applause — historians. Many academics argue the portrait o…

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Historians irked by musical ‘Hamilton’ escalate their duel by Mark Kennedy

Historians argue that Lin-Manuel Miranda got Alexander Hamilton all wrong — the Founding Father was a slave owner and an anti-immigration elitist who made war on Native Americans. Now, a n…

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