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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Broadway: Rumored Big Change in Theater Ownership Today as Curtain May Come Down on Jujamcyn After Many Standing Ovations by Roger Friedman

Five famous Broadway houses may be changing ownership today. The rumor on the Rialto, as the late Earl Wilson would say, is

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 11:18AM
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Madonna Movie Cancelled at Universal Pictures Says Report, But We Kinda Knew, That Didn’t We? by Roger Friedman

The Madonna movie ain’t happening. Variety says Universal has cancelled the project, which was announced two years ago. The reason given is

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 08:42PM
Monday, January 9, 2023

Review: Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, Danielle Brooks Turn in a Resounding Version of “The Piano Lesson” by Roger Friedman

I’m sorry it took so long for me to get to LaTanya Richardson Jackson‘s “The Piano Lesson.” Now that I’ve seen her

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:42AM
Friday, December 30, 2022

Broadway Had a Bad Xmas Week Despite Huge Times Square Crowds, “Some Like it Not” But Not Enough by Roger Friedman

Times Square is overflowing with people. And Elmo’s. The grotesque pedestrian mall has brought looky-loo’s from all over, but they’re not going

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:12PM
Thursday, December 29, 2022

Exclusive: Jennifer Hudson Surprises Common, Cast Backstage at Broadway Hit “Riverside and Crazy” by Roger Friedman

The audience at Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theater turned out en masse for actor/rapper Common making his debut in the hit, Between Riverside

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:42PM
Saturday, December 24, 2022

Broadway: Tony Winner “Strange Loop” and “1776” Revival Cancel Shows for Illness, Other Shows Use Standbys by Roger Friedman

It’s 2:28pm. A half hour ago, two Broadway shows didn’t start their matinees. According to Twitter account BroadwayCovers, both “A Strange Loop”

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:54PM
Friday, December 23, 2022

Review: Wendell Pierce’s Willy Loman Reinvents Greatest American Drama, “Death of a Salesman” by Roger Friedman

Almost four years ago I ran into the great actor Wendell Pierce sitting in the lobby of the Four Seasons hotel in

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:32PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Broadway: Good News, Bad News as “Funny Girl” Breaks Record, Two Shows to Close by Roger Friedman

Broadway is surviving the kinda recession, pandemic, and bad weather with good news, bad news. “Funny Girl” has gone from a disaster

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:36PM
Friday, December 16, 2022

Broadway: Sondheim’s “Merrily” Will Roll Along Next Fall, Skipping 2023 Tony Awards by Roger Friedman

There will not be a Sondheim vs. Sondheim cage match at the 2023 Tony Awards, after all. Stephen Sondheim’s “Merry We’ll Roll

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:48PM
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Fake New Sondheim Show for Broadway with Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane Announced on Twitter by Hoaxer by Roger Friedman

Earlier today, the Broadway crowd got very excited for a few precious minutes. On Twitter came the news that an unproduced show

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:32PM
Monday, December 12, 2022

Broadway Review: Everyone’s Favorite Movie “Some Like It Hot” Finally Becomes a Terrific Musical by Roger Friedman

The Shubert Theater was ringing with ovations and applause Sunday night. That’s because everyone’s favorite comedy, Billy Wilder’s 1959 hit, “Some Like

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:06AM
Friday, December 9, 2022

Broadway: Audra McDonald Goes for Her 7th Tony Award in “Ohio State Murders” Drama, A List Crowd Cheers Opening Night by Roger Friedman

You know that Audra McDonald has six Tony Awards, she’s only 52 so more are coming. And tonight, the 7th was lined

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:54AM
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Broadway: Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt” Extends Run Through July and Probably Tony Awards Win by Roger Friedman

Oh come on, you knew “Leopoldstadt” wasn’t going anywhere. The sensationally moving and profound Tom Stoppard play has just been extended through

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:48PM
Monday, December 5, 2022

Broadway: Neil Diamond Juke Box Musical “A Beautiful Noise” is a Big, Incoherent Mess by Roger Friedman

I am sad to report that there is very little salvageable in the new musical that opened last night about singer songwriter

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:24AM
Sunday, December 4, 2022

Broadway Exclusive: David Byrne’s Amazing “Here Lies Love” Finally Coming this Spring, Should Win the Tony Award Hands Down by Roger Friedman

I told you all about David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim’s “Here Lies Love” back in 2014. It was a sensation at

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:03AM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Broadway Bewildered: “Great Gatsby” Musical Coming from Failed “Paradise Square” Team by Roger Friedman

How badly can this group maim “The Great Gatsby”? Weren’t two movies enough? And yet, here comes a “Gatsby” musical from the

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:12PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Broadway: “Phantom” Extends Run: Now Like Electronics Stores That Say They’re Going Out of Business by Roger Friedman

“Phantom of the Opera” will not go away. As soon as the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical announced that it was closing in

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:32PM
Monday, November 28, 2022

Broadway: Mariah Carey Likes It Hot, “Fiddler” a Gem in Yiddish is Back and Better Than Ever, Have Gumbo Downtown with The White Blacks by Roger Friedman

Theater news: MARIAH CAREY has added her name to the new musical version of “Some Like it Hot” as a producer. This

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 05:06PM
Sunday, November 27, 2022

Watch Wild Ovation for Nicole Kidman When She Donates $100K to Broadway AIDS Charity Last Night at Hugh Jackman’s “Music Man” by Roger Friedman

You’ve got to watch this video. Last night at “The Music Man” Nicole Kidman donated $100,000 to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. She

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:42PM

Legendary Borscht Belt Comic Freddie Roman, 85, Dies, The Last of a Great Generation of Jewish Humor by Roger Friedman

Alan King, Don Rickles, Jackie Mason, Shecky Greene. They were among the legendary giants of Borscht belt Jewish humor. What was the

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:32AM
Saturday, November 19, 2022

Review: Motown Songwriting Legend Valerie Simpson’s Triumphant Night in “Under Broadway” Show Sells Out Sony Hall by Roger Friedman

The biggest problem I could see last night with Valerie Simpson’s insanely jubilant show at Sony Hall was that every song sounds

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:42PM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Michelle Pfeiffer, Sigourney Weaver, Woody Allen Among A Listers at Sad Goodbye for Writer-Director Douglas McGrath by Roger Friedman

Most of the 500 people who filed into historic St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Fifth Avenue today were still in shock after

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:03PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Oscar Winner Jessica Chastain is Coming Back to Broadway in a New Production of “A Doll’s House” by Roger Friedman

Jessica Chastain doesn’t take a minute off from interesting work. This year’s Oscar winner for Best Actress is returning to Broadway this

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:36PM
Friday, November 11, 2022

Broadway Bible Playbill Says They Will No Longer Use Twitter For Any Accounts– They Have Over 400K Followers by Roger Friedman

Playbill is off Twitter. The Broadway bible has over 400,000 followers. Read below. Keep refreshing… To our dear friends and valued followers,

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:48PM
Friday, November 4, 2022

Shock: RIP Douglas McGrath, Tony Nominee, Woody Allen Collaborator, Former “SNL” Writer, Dead at 64 by Roger Friedman

I am in shock and a lot of people are this afternoon. Just last week I told you about my friend Doug

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:54PM

Broadway: Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Make Surprise Appearances at “Almost Famous” Opening Night by Roger Friedman

The great 2000 movie, “Almost Famous,” is now a sensationally fun musical on Broadway. It’s wildly entertaining with a totally energetic cast,

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:42AM
Thursday, November 3, 2022

Broadway Box Office Struggling as Only 2 Shows Played at 100% Capacity Last Week by Roger Friedman

If you’re looking for signs of a recession, or even worries about Times Square, last week’s Broadway grosses may provide some answers.

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:32AM
Sunday, October 30, 2022

Theater Review: Everything’s Better than Fine at One Man Show from Former “SNL” Writer Doug McGrath by Roger Friedman

I often feel when I read memoirs or see one-actor shows like “Everything’s Fine” that I’ve led a sheltered life. In 1971,

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:13PM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

NYC’s Stunning David Geffen Hall Opens with All Star Show Including Alicia Keys, “Hamilton,” Sara Bareilles, with Geffen, Barry Diller, Mayor Ad by Roger Friedman

It was a throwback night of celebration in New York tonight as Lincoln Center opened its stunning new David Geffen Hall with

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:55AM
Friday, October 21, 2022

Broadway: “Top Dog/Underdog” Returns Even More Triumphant 20 Years Later, Corey Hawkins in Knockout Performance by Roger Friedman

When a show is good or bad coming to Broadway, you can smell it. Certainly the aroma of success was in the

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:37PM

RIP Broadway Composer Lucy Simon, 82, Wrote “The Secret Garden,” Sister of Carly by Roger Friedman

I’m very sad to report the death of Lucy Simon, Broadway composer of “The Secret Garden” and “Dr. Zhivago.” She was also

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:25AM

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