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Monday, June 17, 2024

Inside the Tony Awards: From Jay-Z’s Lobby Act, an Accidental F-Bomb to Overzealous Ushers, Here’s What You Didn’t See on TV by Rebecca Rubin

Angelina Jolie may get the award for most enthusiastic audience member. The A-list star was seated in the front row at the Tony Awards on Sunday and jumped to her feet at every win for “Th…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:30PM
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Audra McDonald to Star in Broadway’s ‘Gypsy’ Revival as Mama Rose by Rebecca Rubin

Audra McDonald will portray the ultimate stage mom, Mama Rose, in the upcoming Broadway revival of “Gypsy.” George C. Wolfe, a Tony winner for “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:30PM
Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Robert Downey Jr. to Make Broadway Debut in New Play, ‘McNeal’ by Rebecca Rubin

Robert Downey Jr. will make his Broadway debut this fall in the new play, “McNeal.” Written by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Bartlett Sher (“To Kill a Mockingbird”), “McNeal” will …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:07PM
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Cole Escola’s Play ‘Oh, Mary!’ to Open on Broadway After Sold-Out Off Broadway Run by Rebecca Rubin

Mary Todd Lincoln had grand ambitions of being a cabaret star, at least according to playwright Cole Escola. Now, the former first lady is getting her due on the grandest stage of all. “Oh…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM
Wednesday, April 17, 2024

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Broadway Musical in the Works From Director Jon M. Chu by Rebecca Rubin

Break out the dumpling wrappers and mahjong sets because “Crazy Rich Asians” is coming to Broadway. The beloved romantic comedy is being developed as a Broadway musical by director Jon M…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Rachel Zegler, Kit Connor to Make Broadway Debuts in ‘Romeo+Juliet’ With Music by Jack Antonoff by Rebecca Rubin

“West Side Story” star Rachel Zegler and “Heartstopper” breakout Kit Connor will make their Broadway debuts in “Romeo+ Juliet,” a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:59AM
Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Ariana DeBose Returns to Host 2024 Tony Awards by Rebecca Rubin

Ariana DeBose will host the Tony Awards for the third consecutive year. Broadway’s biggest night will take place on June 16 in New York City at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Sufjan Stevens’ Musical ‘Illinoise’ Sets Broadway Opening Date by Rebecca Rubin

Sufjan Stevens is bringing his musical talents to Broadway. The singer-songwriter’s show “Illinoise,” based on his album of the same name, will open at the St. James Theatre in the spr…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:01AM
Friday, March 15, 2024

Michael Imperioli Escorts Climate Protestors Out of Broadway’s ‘An Enemy of the People’ by Rebecca Rubin

Climate change protestors disrupted Thursday night’s performance of Broadway’s “An Enemy of the People.” The disturbance briefly halted the play and resulted in several of the cast m…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:31AM
Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Broadway’s ‘Othello’ by Rebecca Rubin

Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal will return to Broadway to interpret the Bard. They will star in a revival of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello,” which opens in the spring of 2025 a…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:46AM
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Netflix to Produce Broadway’s ‘Patriots,’ Play About Vladimir Putin From ‘The Crown’ Creator by Rebecca Rubin

Netflix is getting into the business of Broadway. The streaming behemoth is producing the upcoming play “Patriots,” from “The Crown” creator Peter Morgan. The show, set in 1991 after…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:22PM
Thursday, February 8, 2024

‘My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?)’ Postpones Broadway Debut by Rebecca Rubin

“My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?)” has postponed its Broadway debut. The comedic play, which premiered on London’s West End, will open next season instead of this spring. The …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:47PM
Monday, January 29, 2024

Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells Broadway Comedy ‘Gutenberg! The Musical’ Recoups $6.75 Million Investment by Rebecca Rubin

Hats off to “Gutenberg! The Musical!” The Broadway show, starring Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells (whose characters wear dozens of caps) as they reunited 12 years after “The Book of Mormo…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:56PM
Wednesday, December 6, 2023

‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Ariana Madix to Play Roxie Hart in Broadway’s ‘Chicago’ by Rebecca Rubin

“Vanderpump Rules” star Ariana Madix will make her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in “Chicago.” She will play the blond-haired ingenue, the one whose name is on everybody’s lips, for…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:37AM
Thursday, November 16, 2023

Jason Biggs, Edie Falco and Hank Azaria to Produce Off-Broadway Comedy ‘The White Chip’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Rebecca Rubin

Jason Biggs, Edie Falco and Hank Azaria have joined the producing team of “The White Chip,” a comedy that will premiere Off-Broadway in 2024. Described as a “wry and wild” journey, t…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Monday, November 13, 2023

NBCUniversal Veteran Chris Lucarz Joins RWS Global as Chief Financial Officer (EXCLUSIVE) by Rebecca Rubin

RWS Global, the world’s largest producer of live experiences, has hired former NBCUniversal executive Chris Lucarz as chief financial officer. In his new role, Lucarz will oversee all fina…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons to Star in Paula Vogel’s New Broadway Show ‘Mother Play’ by Rebecca Rubin

Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons and Celia Keenan-Bolger will star in the world premiere of “Mother Play,” a new Broadway show by playwright Paula Vogel. Tina Landau is directing the limited e…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Monday, August 21, 2023

Britney Spears-Inspired Musical ‘Once Upon a One More Time’ to Close on Broadway by Rebecca Rubin

“Once Upon a One More Time,” a fairy tale-inspired musical powered by the discography of Britney Spears, is closing on Broadway. The show, which opened in June, will play its final perfo…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:44PM

‘The Outsiders’ Musical to Open on Broadway With Angelina Jolie as Producer by Rebecca Rubin

“The Outsiders,” a musical adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s 1967 novel and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 movie, is heading to Broadway. The show will open on April 11, 2024 at the Bernard …

SOURCE: Variety at 10:36AM
Monday, August 7, 2023

Broadway Across America Announces New Executive Team, Richard Jaffe Named CEO by Rebecca Rubin

Broadway Across America, a touring network of shows and musicals, has set a new executive team. As part of the shakeup, Richard Jaffe, who currently serves as co-CEO, is taking over as the s…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:07PM
Thursday, August 3, 2023

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Adapt ‘The Warriors’ as Stage Musical by Rebecca Rubin

Lin-Manuel Miranda is adapting a stage musical version of “The Warriors,” Sol Yurick’s 1965 novel. That book inspired a 1979 cult action thriller directed by Walter Hill that is even …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:31PM
Monday, June 12, 2023

Inside the Tony Awards: From Air Conditioning Mishaps to Free Shake Shack, Here’s What You Didn’t See on TV by Rebecca Rubin

Washington Heights, a neighborhood in northern Manhattan that’s best known to theater lovers as the setting of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first hit show, played host to thousands in the Broadw…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:03AM
Thursday, June 8, 2023

Lea Michele and ‘Funny Girl’ Cast to Perform at the Tonys by Rebecca Rubin

Although “Funny Girl” isn’t eligible at this year’s Tony Awards, the cast of the Broadway musical is performing a musical number during Sunday’s ceremony. It’s an unconventional …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Broadway’s ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Camelot’ Cancel Performances Amid NYC Wildfire Smoke by Rebecca Rubin

Broadway performances of “Hamilton” and “Camelot,” as well as a Shakespeare in the Park production of “Hamlet,” were canceled on Wednesday night as smoke from Canadian wildfires …

SOURCE: Variety at 08:08PM
Wednesday, May 10, 2023

‘Bad Cinderella’ Closing on Broadway, Ending Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 43-Year Streak by Rebecca Rubin

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Bad Cinderella” is closing on Broadway roughly four months after opening night. The producers announced it will play its final show at the Imperial Theat…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:34PM
Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Tony Awards: Joel Grey, John Kander to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honors by Rebecca Rubin

Joel Grey and John Kander will receive special honors at this year’s Tony Awards, for lifetime achievements in theater. Kander, a composer and one half of the songwriting duo known as Kand…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:49PM
Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Tony Award Nominations 2023: ‘Some Like It Hot’ Dominates, Followed by ‘& Juliet,’ ‘Shucked,’ ‘New York, New York’ by Rebecca Rubin

“Some Like It Hot,” a jazzy re-imagining of the classic comedy film about two musicians on the run, dominated the nominations for the 2023 Tony Awards, which were announced on Tuesday, w…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:10AM
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

How Alex Newell, the Non-Binary and Gender Nonconforming Star of Broadway’s ‘Shucked,’ Decided to Compete for Supporting Actor at the Tonys by Rebecca Rubin

Each night at Broadway’s new musical-comedy “Shucked,” audiences are treated to the sweet (and pun-filled) story of Cobb County residents Maizy and Beau, who are forced to postpone the…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:48PM
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

‘Sweeney Todd’ Star Jordan Fisher on Conquering Sondheim Lyrics and Recovering From His Eating Disorder: ‘I Would Go Days Without Food’ by Rebecca Rubin

Jordan Fisher savors those 7 p.m. showtimes. It’s not that there’s a huge difference on the nights that Broadway’s revival of “Sweeney Todd” starts at 8 p.m. But the extra hour of …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:45AM
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Ariana DeBose to Host the 2023 Tony Awards by Rebecca Rubin

Ariana DeBose is back to do “the thing” as the host of this year’s Tony Awards. It’s the second time the actor is serving as emcee for Broadway’s biggest night, which is taking pla…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Thursday, April 6, 2023

‘Wicked’ to Become Fourth-Longest Running Show in Broadway History by Rebecca Rubin

“Wicked,” the untold story of everything that happened before Dorothy dropped down in Oz, is poised to make Broadway history. When the hit musical plays its 7,486th performance on Tuesda…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:59AM

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