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Monday, August 2, 2021

Ten Years Later, Actress Who Had a Concussion on “Spider Man” Musical Returns to Broadway with “Moulin Rouge” by Roger Friedman

When Broadway’s “Moulin Rouge” announced the replacement for Karen Olivo today, I thought, that name sounds familiar. And it wasn’t who we

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:48PM
Saturday, July 31, 2021

Broadway Is Returning But Shows Will Require Masks and Proof of Being Fully Vaccinated for Audience, Cast, Crew, Staff by Roger Friedman

And so it should be.  The Broadway League has decreed that everyone who sets foot in a Broadway theater in New York

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:54PM
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Nick Jonas Quietly Filming “Jersey Boys” in Cleveland for Peacock, Hoping for a Disney “Hamilton” Type Success by Roger Friedman

Much as we love Clint Eastwood, his film version of “Jersey Boys” was not a success. Ever since its disappointing run in

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:48AM
Monday, July 26, 2021

Advance Sales for Michael Jackson Broadway Musical “MJ” Suffering Even Though King of Pop’s Record Sales are Soaring by Roger Friedman

“MJ: The Michael Jackson Musical” is suffering at the box office. Advance sales are very poor so far because tourists are restricted

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:18PM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

AM Round Up: Rolling Stones Hit the Road, Anne Hathway’s Criminal BF Upset, Adrienne Warren’s “Tina” Tony Victory Lap, “Dune” Director Get by Roger Friedman

A lot of things are going on this morning… THE ROLLING STONES, THE WORLD’S GREATEST ROCK AND ROLL BAND are hitting the

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:48PM
Sunday, July 18, 2021

RIP Elliot Lawrence, 96, Won 9 Emmy Awards, 1 Tony, Jazz Composer, Big Band Leader, the Bernard Herrmann of Soap Operas by Roger Friedman

The composer, jazz musician, big band leader, Elliot Lawrence, died on July 2nd at age 96. He won 9 Emmy awards in

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 09:06AM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Broadway: “Company” Is Coming Sooner Than Expected, Patti Lupone and Pals Start Performances November 15th by Roger Friedman

Now I know where I’ll be on November 15th. The Broadway revival of “Company” starring Patti Lupone and Katrina Lenk has moved

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:42PM
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

David Geffen Gives $150 Million Donation to Yale School of Drama, Which Will Now Be Tuition-Free and Named for Him by Roger Friedman

Call it the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University. The record and movie mogul, and current co-producer of “The Music

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:24PM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Broadway’s Hottest Ticket is Back: Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker Check into “Plaza Suite” Next February by Roger Friedman

Finally. “Plaza Suite” is back. Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker will check in next February with a March opening night. Like

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:03PM

Michael Jackson Broadway Musical Casts Unknown as King of Pop as Tony Nominee Moonwalks Away from Show by Roger Friedman

The Michael Jackson Broadway musical, “MJ,” is having a rough time. Ephraim Sykes, Tony nominated for “Ain’t Too Proud,” has moonwalked right

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:03PM

Happy 95th Birthday to Mel Brooks, Purveyor of Joy and Jokes, Subversive Social Satirist Extraordinaire by Roger Friedman

I know Mel Brooks is lonely for his real friends, like Carl Reiner, and his wife, Anne Bancroft. But we will have

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:54AM
Monday, June 28, 2021

Broadway: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Returns in November as One Show Not Two, And Maybe a Little Shorter by Roger Friedman

Big Broadway news: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is returning in November. But this time, it won’t be two different plays.

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:48PM
Sunday, June 27, 2021

Bruce Springsteen Makes a Triumphant, Emotional Return to Broadway, Jokes About Arrest by Roger Friedman

Bruce Springsteen made an emotional, Triumphant return to Broadway tonight at the St James Theater. His audience included the governor of New

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:06AM
Friday, June 25, 2021

Diane Warren-Susan Stroman Musical, “The Right Girl,” to Get Autumn Workshop in Upstate New York by Roger Friedman

“The Right Girl” is the name of the musical with songs by Diane Warren, directed by Tony winner Susan Stroman. It’s going

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:42PM
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Report: Scott Rudin Called the Police to Remove An Assistant He Didn’t Like From His Office by Roger Friedman

The Hollywood Reporter’s Tatiana Siegel is back with a scathing follow up story to her original Scott Rudin expose. Former Rudin assistant

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:03PM

Broadway: Hugh Jackman’s “Music Man” Revival Sets A Possible Record for One Seat at $11,777.49 by Roger Friedman

“The Music Man” sold out whatever seats it had left on Tuesday. The musical revival starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:48AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

David Byrne Moves One Letter Closer to “EGOT” with Special Tony Award Announced Today for “American Utopia” by Roger Friedman

I think I first saw David Byrne and the Talking Heads in 1977 in Boston, probably at the Rathskeller. I awoke one

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:36PM

UPDATE: “Music Man” Tickets Go on Sale Early, Smattering of $300 Seats Still Left on Telecharge by Roger Friedman

Tickets for “The Music Man” went on sale before 10am on There’s a smattering of seats left in the orchestra on

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 11:32AM

Broadway: Hugh Jackman’s “Music Man” Replaces Scott Rudin with Female Producer, Readies for Ticket Onslaught by Roger Friedman

Check your clocks at 10am. That’s when “The Music Man” should send Telecharge into a frenzy. The Hugh Jackman musical revival is

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 11:32AM
Saturday, June 19, 2021

“Springsteen on Broadway” Backtracks on Astra Zeneca Vaccinated Fans: Now All WHO Approved May Come by Roger Friedman

WHO are you? WHO? WHO? Springsteen on Broadway has backtracked on its vaccine proclamation, to the relief of Canadians and other international

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:36PM
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Springsteen on Broadway May Not Be Possible for Tourists, Others Without FDA Approved Vaccines by Roger Friedman

Wanna see Bruce on Broadway? People are paying thousands of dollars on reseller site for the tickets to “Springsteen on Broadway.” But

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:48PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Broadway: $8,500 for Hugh Jackman in “The Music Man”? Scalpers and Resellers Have Hijacked New Musical by Roger Friedman

Want a ticket to see Hugh Jackman in “The Music Man” this winter? Forgetaboutit. The Scott Rudin-produced musical has been hijacked by

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 09:32PM

Bruce Springsteen Teams Up with The Killers for New “Dustland” Single Before Broadway Show Returns by Roger Friedman

Bruce Springsteen, as he promised last week, has teamed up with The Killers for a new single. “Dustland” may be the first

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:24PM

Broadway: “The Book of Mormon,” with Sinking Ticket Sales Pre-Pandemic, Returns without Producer Scott Rudin by Roger Friedman

Before the pandemic I was chronicling the sinking ticket sales of “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway. After 11 years, the irreverent

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:24PM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Theater: John Logan Will Try a Different Take on “The Last Ship” at Berkeley Rep with “Swept Away,” Music by the Avett Brothers by Roger Friedman

Hmmmm… Just a few short years ago, John Logan wrote the revised script for Sting’s musical, “The Last Ship,” which sailed on

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:03PM

RIP Elegant, Soulful Actress Lisa Banes, With Broadway, Movies, TV Resume, Killed by Hit and Run Driver in Manhattan by Roger Friedman

Kids, life is fragile. We don’t know what’s going to happen. I was at a dinner party with Lisa Banes on May

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 08:54AM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Professional Criminal Producer Garth Drabinsky Returning to Broadway After Prison Stint with “Paradise Square” Musical by Roger Friedman

Scott Rudin is gone but guess who’s back? Actual professional criminal GArth Drabinsky. The Canadian theater producer whose company was called Livent

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:06PM

Broadway: To Save a “Mockingbird,” Media Mogul Barry Diller Brings Back Jeff Daniels As Star and Without Producer Scott Rudin by Roger Friedman

The first of Scott Rudin’s Broadway shows is coming back without him as producer. Media mogul Barry Diller, who financed the original

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:12PM
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Buyer Beware: Unscrupulous Brokers Are Selling Springsteen on Broadway Tickets for Thousands of Dollars by Roger Friedman

Tickets to Springsteen on Broadway don’t go on sale until tomorrow, Thursday June 10th. And you can only get them on

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:48PM

(Watch Video) CBS Should Let, Nay, Insist, Jimmy Fallon and Lin Manuel Miranda Host the Tony Awards by Roger Friedman

After watching this video, CBS should demand that Jimmy Fallon and Lin Manuel Miranda host the Tony Awards in September and forever.

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:36AM
Monday, June 7, 2021

Bruce Springsteen Returning to Broadway Show June 26th for the Whole Summer! The Boss Coming to Save Broadway! by Roger Friedman

“I loved doing Springsteen on Broadway and I’m thrilled to have been asked to reprise the show as part of the reopening

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:06PM

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