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Friday, February 28, 2020

Flying Over Sunset Creators James Lapine, Tom Kitt and Michael Korie on Why Their New Musical Is a Trip by Michael Appler

Years before Timothy Leary popularized psychedelic experimentation, LSD found a home in Hollywood. Lysergic acid diethylamide—then legal—was used in elite circles during the 1950s, emp…

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Family Drama Abounds in This First Look at the New Off-Broadway Play The Perplexed by Michael Appler

The Perplexed, Tony-winner Richard Greenberg's new play about two tumultous families gathered in the massive library of a gaudy Fifth Avenue apartment, opens off-Broadway at the Manhattan …

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'Did You Love Him?' The Six Queens Talk to Their Characters in Episode 5 of Abby Mueller's Vlog by Michael Appler

This week, the queens turned introspective in episode 5 of Abby Mueller's vlog, Yas, Queen! Mueller asked leading ladies Andrea Macasaet, Samantha Pauly, Brittney Mack, Adrianna Hicks a…

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See James Cromwell Celebrate His Sardi's Portrait with Ashley Park, Michael Urie & the Cast of Grand Horizons by Michael Appler

James Cromwell met his Sardi's self on February 27. He was the latest Broadway star to receive a Sardi’s restaurant portrait. Cromwell is currently starring in Bess Wohl’s Grand Horiz…

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Celebrating Black History Month: Ben Vereen Honors Sammy Davis Jr. by Michael Appler

In honor of Black History Month, Broadway.com asked actors, directors and playwrights to tell us about black theater-makers who inspired them. Stars jumped at the chance to honor those who…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Take a First Look at Tony Winner Roger Bart & the Cast of Back to the Future the Musical in London by Michael Appler

Back to the Future, a new musical based on Robert Zemeckis' hit 1985 movie, is making its world premiere in London. As previously announced, the new musical will run from February 20 through…

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Colton Ryan on Why Girl From the North Country Is an 'Anti-Musical' by Michael Appler

Colton Ryan is currently on Broadway in Girl From the North Country, but the Belasco Theatre isn’t the most exciting place he’s performed recently. On February 25, Ryan and his fellow ca…

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Celebrating Black History Month: Leslie Uggams Honors Her Aunt Eloise Uggams, Ethel Waters & More Broadway Role Models by Michael Appler

In honor of Black History Month, Broadway.com asked actors, directors and playwrights to tell us about black theater-makers who inspired them. Stars jumped at the chance to honor those who…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Celebrating Black History Month: Renée Elise Goldsberry Honors Three Black Actresses of Broadway and Daytime Television by Michael Appler

In honor of Black History Month, Broadway.com asked actors, directors and playwrights to tell us about black theater-makers who inspired them. Stars jumped at the chance to honor those who…

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David Alan Grier on his Whirlwind Broadway Entrance & Returning to His Roots with A Soldier's Play on Show People by Michael Appler

The 1981-1982 Broadway season was one for the ages. Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince’s historic Broadway flop, Merrily We Roll Along, opened and closed in 12 days; a month later, Dreamg…

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Watch the Cast of Girl From the North Country Perform Bob Dylan's 'Slow Train'/'License to Kill' by Michael Appler

The cast of Girl From the North Country, Conor McPherson's new musical about American life in the Great Depression set to Bob Dylan's songbook (though not to first use it!), made an appeara…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

See Montego Glover & the Cast of the Off-Broadway Play All The Natalie Portmans on Opening Night by Michael Appler

All the Natalie Portmans, C.A. Johnson's new off-Broadway play about a young, queer black girl whose imaginations of Natalie Portman offer an escape from a troubled home and alcoholic moth…

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Celebrating Black History Month: The Lion King's L. Steven Taylor Honors Tony-Winning Actor Harry Belafonte by Michael Appler

In honor of Black History Month, Broadway.com asked actors, directors and playwrights to tell us about black theater-makers who inspired them. Stars jumped at the chance to honor those who…

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Exclusive! Listen to 'Zeros and Ones' from the New Musical Comedy Emojiland by Michael Appler

Emojiland, a new "textistential" musical about a band of emojis who must to learn to embrace the changes wrought by a smartphone update, was a surprise fan favorite when it opened off-Broa…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Celebrating Black History Month: Hailey Kilgore Honors 'Epitome of a Legend,' Camille A. Brown by Michael Appler

In honor of Black History Month, Broadway.com asked actors, directors and playwrights to tell us about black theater-makers who inspired them. Stars jumped at the chance to honor those who…

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'Wow, I Get to Finally Play a Southeast Asian': Courtney Reed is Embracing Her Heritage in Cambodian Rock Band by Michael Appler

Cambodian Rock Band, Lauren Yee’s new off-Broadway play that uses music to talk about the Khmer Rouge genocide, is about a lot more than history and trauma. Written by an Asian-American p…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Something's Here! See West Side Story's Isaac Powell, Shereen Pimentel & More in These Exclusive Opening Night Portraits by Michael Appler

West Side Story celebrated its Broadway opening night at the Broadway Theatre on February 20. Director Ivo van Hove's radical reimagining of the classic American musical from Leonard Berns…

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See Jessie Mueller, Armie Hammer & the Company of The Minutes in Their First Character Portrait by Michael Appler

The Minutes, two-time Tony winner Tracy Letts' new dramedy that unleashes a fracturing American political spirit from within a mundane town hall meeting, will open on Broadway on March 15 …

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On the West Side Story Red Carpet, Sierra Boggess and Other Stars Discuss the Musical's Lasting Relevance by Michael Appler

“West Side Story changed my life,” said Harolyn Blackwell, who played Francisca, a Shark girl, in the 1980 Broadway revival. On February 20, Blackwell was on the opening night red carpe…

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Celebrating Black History Month: Ciara Renée Honors Sarah Jones & the 'Super Power' of Mixed Race Artists by Michael Appler

In honor of Black History Month, Broadway.com asked actors, directors and playwrights to tell us about black theater-makers who inspired them. Stars jumped at the chance to honor those who…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Lit! Six Begins Previews on Broadway in Episode 4 of Abby Mueller's Vlog by Michael Appler

It was a historic week for the queendom in episode 4 of Abby Mueller's vlog, Yas, Queen! The cast of Six began previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, and most of them—including Andrea…

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See Rob McClure & the Cast of Broadway's Mrs. Doubtfire Perform Songs from the New Musical by Michael Appler

Mrs. Doubtfire is the latest in a steady stream of movie-to-musical adaptations on Broadway, and the Jerry Zaks-directed reimagining of Robin Williams-led film comedy met the press on Febr…

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Celebrating Black History Month: David Alan Grier Honors Vinnette Carroll, the First Black Woman to Direct on Broadway by Michael Appler

In honor of Black History Month, Broadway.com asked actors, directors and playwrights to tell us about black theater-makers who inspired them. Stars jumped at the chance to honor those who…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Celebrating Black History Month: LisaGay Hamilton Remembers the 'Perfect Company' of The Piano Lesson by Michael Appler

In honor of Black History Month, Broadway.com asked actors, directors and playwrights to tell us about black theater-makers who inspired them. Stars jumped at the chance to honor those who…

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Jessica Phillips on Why Dear Evan Hansen Isn't Just for Teens, It's for Their Parents Too by Michael Appler

Jessica Phillips plays Heidi Hansen on Broadway, the loving, work-strained single mom in Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's long-running musical Dear Evan Hansen. Phillips stepped into the role …

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David Byrne's American Utopia Announces Return to Broadway in 2021 by Michael Appler

David Byrne’s American Utopia announced that it will return to Broadway for a 17-week staging next fall and winter. It just completed its run on Broadway on February 16. American Utopia…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

See the First Photo of Darren Criss, Sam Rockwell & Laurence Fishburne in American Buffalo by Michael Appler

American Buffalo, David Mamet's foul-mouthed 1977 Broadway play about three hustlers conspiring in a Chicago junk shop to steal a man’s rare coin collection, will be revived on Broadway…

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Broadway Grosses: Six Begins Previews to Sold-Out Houses by Michael Appler

Six, Broadway's newest West End transfer about the six ex-wives of King Henry VIII, hasn't played a full week of performances, but the new musical's already filling houses at the Brooks A…

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Lynn Cohen, Sex and the City Alum and Off-Broadway Veteran, Dies at 86 by Michael Appler

Lynn Cohen, an admired character actress who cultivated a regular presence off-Broadway since the late 1970s, died in New York City on February 14. She was 86. Cohen appeared on Broadway tw…

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American Utopia Extends Run & Announces Return to Broadway in 2021 by Michael Appler

David Byrne’s American Utopia has extended its box office-breaking run at the Hudson Theatre for a further five days. The production, initially set to the close on February 16, will now en…

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Watch Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein & the Cast of Moulin Rouge! Perform 'Lady Marmalade' by Michael Appler

Danny Burstein, Aaron Tveit and the company of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, director Alex Timbers’ Broadway adaptation of the beloved Baz Luhrmann film, performed for Good Morning America o…

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