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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

“Moulin Rouge” Star Karen Olivo Says Won’t Return to Broadway Show Because of Scott Rudin: “Unacceptable. That’s a monster” by Roger Friedman

OMG Standing ovation for Karen Olivo! The Tony winning actress (“West Side Story” 2009 she was incredible) says she will not return

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

All Star Quarantunes Will Broadcast LIVE from Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theater Today at 5PM Eastern by Roger Friedman

Big news: Uber agent Richard Weitz and his daughter Demi are streaming an all star Quarantunes today at 5pm Eastern LIVE from

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

RIP Arthur Kopit, 83, Three Time Tony Award Nominee, Author of “Nine,” “Wings,” “Oh Dad, Poor Dad” by Roger Friedman

Arthur Kopit, the legendary dramatist, died yesterday morning at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife, Leslie Garis; his children

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Armie Hammer Eating His Heart Out After Exiting Broadway Play, “The Minutes,” by Tracy Letts by Roger Friedman

Armie Hammer is thinking of recording a version of the Rascals’ “Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore.” Seriously, potential cannibal Hammer,

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Broadway: “Diana,” the Musical That Won’t Go Away, Going First to Netflix then Opens Dec. 16th by Roger Friedman

Princess Diana always went her own way. Her musical is following suit. “Diana The Musical” almost opened a year ago. The pandemic

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“Game of Thrones” Coming to Broadway a la “Harry Potter” with Flying Dragons, White Walkers and HBO by Roger Friedman

Now we know why HBO made a big deal of announcing a huge new pact with George R. R. Martin last week.

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Checkmate! Popular Award Winning Netflix Series “The Queen’s Gambit” Will Be a Broadway Musical by Roger Friedman

Not surprised: Broadway producers have made their move, and it’s checkmate. They’ve optioned “The Queen’s Gambit” to be a musical. Press release

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Voting Begins in Earnest for Last Year’s Tony Awards, Which Will Be Handed Out Sometime in the Future by Roger Friedman

Yes, we are still talking about the 2020 Tony Awards. For the 2019-2020 season that ended abruptly a year ago. Yes, the

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Liza Minnelli All Star 75th Birthday Tribute Special With Joel Grey, Chita Rivera to Stream March 12th by Roger Friedman

Liza Minnelli is turning 75, how do you like that? For her 75th Birthday,  Liz will get an all star virtual celebration

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Report: Broadway On Hold Until Summer or Fall, Six to Nine Months Says League President by Roger Friedman

Broadway will not be back before this summer or fall. That’s what Broadway League president Charlotte St Martin said in an interview

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Rest in Peace, Joe Allen: There’d Be No Restaurant Row without His Eponymous Eatery, and Orso, Bar Centrale by Roger Friedman

Joe Allen was no Elaine Kaufman. He wasn’t sitting in his eatery on West 46th St. every night, entertaining and hosting the

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Remember the Tony Awards? Now They’re Going to Vote in March for Nominations from Last October by Roger Friedman

This is turning into pretty good theater. The 2019-2020 Broadway season never really happened, remember? It stopped on March 13th because of

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RIP The Amazing Cicely Tyson, Age 96, Award Winning Actress, Activist, Epitome of Ageless Grace and Elegance by Roger Friedman

“I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing,” her manager, Larry Thompson,

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Friday, January 15, 2021

RIP Phil Smith, 89, Longtime Head of the Shubert Organization, a Broadway Star in His Own Right by Roger Friedman

Phil Smith, the long time head of the Shubert Organization, and a Broadway star in his own right, has died at age

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Emma Thompson Will Play Mrs. Trunchbull in Movie “Matilda,” Even Though Men Have Always Played the Role on Stage by Roger Friedman

Harvey Fierstein, stand down. Emma Thompson has been cast as evil Mrs. Trunchbull, the deliciously malicious central antagonist in the movie version

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Broadway: Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls” Musical Closes for Good, Will Not Return After Pandemic, Will Get Movie Treatment by Roger Friedman

This is interesting. Yesterday, Paramount announced a film version of “Spamalot” directed by Casey Nicholaw. Today their theatrical division pulled the plug

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Monty Python Hit Broadway Musical “Spamalot” Will Be a Movie, But Will Original Cast (Hank Azaria, David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry) Return? by Roger Friedman

The hit Monty Python musical, “Spamalot,” played to sold out Broadway audiences for four years, from 2005 to 2009. It accrued 1,575

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Copyrights End for 1925 Hits “The Great Gatsby,” “Mrs. Dalloway,” Songs by the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Ma Rainey, “Sweet Georgia Brown” by Roger Friedman

1925– it was a very good year. It was the year F. Scott Fitzgerald published “The Great Gatsby,” Virgina Woolf issued “Mrs.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

David Bowie’s Much Lauded Off Broadway Hit, “Lazarus,” Will Be Streamed Live This Weekend in Honor of His Birthday on an Obscure App by Roger Friedman

I had to read this information a couple of times– I’ve translated it into English for you. (It was supposedly written in

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Broadway: The Year Ends with Botched Tony Nominations But No Tony Awards: Did They Forget? by Roger Friedman

2020 is almost over. Hey wait– what happened to the Tony Awards? Well, the Tony season never really happened. Broadway closed back

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Justin Bieber Prepares for Live Stream New Year’s Eve Show to Promote Failing 2021 Ticket Sales for Tour by Roger Friedman

Justin Bieber is preparing for a live streamed New Year’s Eve show tomorrow night, sponsored by T Mobile. The question is: Why?

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

RIP Rebecca Luker, 59, Broadway Star, 3 Time Tony Awards Nominee, Mom, Wife of Tony Winner Danny Burstein by Roger Friedman

Rebecca Luker was literally a light on Broadway. Beloved by all, with a gorgeous voice, she was nominated for three Tony Awards

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

SNL: Watch Maya Rudolph’s Show Stopping Ode to New York “I’m Still Here” as the Statue of Liberty by Roger Friedman

John Mulaney restored “Saturday Night Live” to its past glory when he hosted the show last night for the second time in

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Tony Nominations So Weird Aaron Tveit Could Lose to No One, Only Best Score Nominations Went to Plays, Not Musicals by Roger Friedman

Really, it’s another world. The Tony nominations came from 16 eligible shows, a very slight field. The result is that Aaron Tveit

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Watch the 2020 Tony Awards Nominations Here at 12 Noon Including “Tina!” “Moulin Rouge” “Jagged Little Pill,” “The Sound Inside” by Roger Friedman

There are only 16 shows eligible for the 2020 Tony Awards. The nominees come from these shows, and it’s a mediocre list

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Social Distancing Killing Showbiz? Cirque du Soleil Co-Creator Opens First Ever Drive-Thru Dazzling Light Show Extravaganza Outside Montreal by Roger Friedman

Normand Latourelle was the co-creator of the Cirque du Soleil empire and took it to the top. He left to create Cavalia,

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Broadway Disaster: Shows Will Not Open Before the End of May 2021, Announcement Coming This Morning by Roger Friedman

The situation on Broadway and in New York theater is now a full scale disaster. The word is that the Broadway League

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Tony Nominated Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd Murdered in Atlanta, Acted in Many Spike Lee Movies and TV Shows by Roger Friedman

Keep refreshing… Spike Lee has announced on Twitter and Instagram that actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd was murdered last night in Atlanta. Byrd

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Metropolitan Opera Cancels 2020-21 Season But Will Return With First Ever Opera by a Black Composer by Roger Friedman

Good news and bad news at the Metropolitan Opera. First the bad news: they’ve cancelled the season right through May 2021. No

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Friday, September 11, 2020

RIP Diana Rigg, the Once and Forever Emma Peel from “The Avengers,” Star of “Game of Thrones,” Great Stage Star by Roger Friedman

Diana Rigg, the gifted and beloved stage, TV and movie star has died in the UK at age 82. Rigg is permanently

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New York Times Theater Critic Ben Brantley Out After 24 Years: When Broadway Returns, What Will Happen Next? by Roger Friedman

Is he stepping down or being pushed out the window? Whichever way it’s gone, Ben Brantley is out as the New York

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All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre