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Friday, October 7, 2011

One Man Off-Broadway Show Looks at ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ by Ryan Cockerham

Let’s face it – the man changed the world. Steve Jobs will forever be remembered as one of the world’s most brilliant, innovative minds. His tragic passing has been felt by…

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Fred Melamed Drops ‘Relatively Speaking’ for Film Role by Ryan Cockerham

And….he’s gone. Fred Melamed has relinquished his post in the Broadway production of “Relatively Speaking,” a collection of three one-act plays by Woody Allen, Ethan …

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Joel Grey Out of ‘Anything Goes’ Cast After Foot Fracture by Ryan Cockerham

Bad things happen to good people. Bad things also happen to actors. (Ha!) All joking aside, injuries in the world of arts are just as serious as those in professional sports. Joel Grey, a To…

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‘Funny Girl’ to Setup Residence at Imperial Theatre by Ryan Cockerham

Rumor has it that “Funny Girl,” the hit 1967 musical by Jule Styne and Isobel Lennart, will now be the subject of a highly anticipated revival effort.  Bob Boyett, the producer …

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Revival Heads to Broadway in March by Ryan Cockerham

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” is set to return to Broadway in March, 2012. The latest revival of this celebrated musical is produced by the La Jolla Playho…

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Alicia Keys Composes Music for ‘Stick Fly’ by Ryan Cockerham

When it comes to incorporating celebrity star power into musical productions, it doesn’t always have to be in the acting department. Recently, Broadway producers have been turning to c…

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Savannah Wise, Wesley Taylor Sign on for Cast of NBC’s ‘Smash’ by Ryan Cockerham

Rolling with the audience frenzy that accompanied “Glee,” NBC’s new musically-inclined show “Smash,” will feature two prominent Broadway regulars. Savannah Wise…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

‘Billy Elliot’ Takes Final Bow on Broadway in January by Ryan Cockerham

They say that all good things must come to an end. And so it is with the current Broadway production of “Billy Elliot.” It has recently been announced that “Elliot” w…

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‘Lion King’ Stages Performance for Autism by Ryan Cockerham

In an amazing gesture of compassion, the Theatre Development Fund, or TDF, recently performed an autism-friendly version of the beloved movie and staged musical, “The Lion King.”…

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Jersey Boys to Release a Christmas Album by Ryan Cockerham

Face it – you’ve heard enough Mannheim Steamroller. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra just isn’t doing it for you anymore. Thankfully, those who enjoy complementing their holida…

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Friday, September 30, 2011

‘Phantom of the Opera’ Celebrates 25 Years in Cinemas This Week by Ryan Cockerham

In order to properly celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of musical theatre’s most influential masterworks, cinemas around the globe are screening a Royal Albert Hall production of A…

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

‘Ghost’ Launches April 23 at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre by Ryan Cockerham

Apparently, the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway is the official home of all things spiritual. First, there was “The Addams Family”. Next in the lineup? “Ghost” R…

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‘X-Factor’s’ Shayne Ward Becomes Stacee Jaxx in West End ‘Rock of Ages’ by Ryan Cockerham

Shayne Ward, the 2005 winner of Britain’s perennial favorite, “The X Factor,” has recently signed on to the upcoming West End production of “Rock of Ages.” Outs…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Justin Timberlake Being Courted for ‘Time to Kill’ by Ryan Cockerham

Justin Timberlake is exactly the kind of overwhelming, dominating celebrity star power that Broadway producers look for. Face it: 1.  He can sing. 2. He can dance. 3. He can act. 4. Every w…

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‘Silence! The Musical’ Finds New Home Off-Broadway by Ryan Cockerham

When in doubt, make a spoof.  A time-tested approach to approach to art that rarely fails. :Silence! The Musical”, whose first appearance at the 2005 New York Fringe Festival turned s…

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dethroned Julie Taymor Stands Behind ‘Spider-man’ Work by Ryan Cockerham

Never mind the fact that “Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark” went through more preview showings than most Broadway productions have official performances. Never mind the fact that mu…

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New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks Off by Ryan Cockerham

One of musical theatre’s most exciting festivals kicked off last night to a barrage of fanfare and spectacle. The New York Musical Theatre Festival is one of few opportunities for aspi…

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Monday, September 26, 2011

‘Newsies’ Takes Stage in Jersey with Broadway Aspirations by Ryan Cockerham

Certain events are inevitable. The sun will eventually die. “How I Met Your Mother” will eventually….well – eventually, we’ll meet the mother.  These scenarios…

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‘Follies’ Broadway Revival Extended Till January 22 by Ryan Cockerham

There’s no doubting that Stephen Sondheim is a genius when it comes to writing musicals. It has recently been announced that the recent revival of Sondheim’s 1971 classic, “…

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

‘Once’ Eyeing February 2012 for Broadway Debut by Ryan Cockerham

It’s really no surprise that “Once,” the critically-acclaimed and Academy Award-winning film about the little opportunities and chances in our lives that lead to big moment…

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Friday, September 23, 2011

‘Wicked’ Tour Stars Jackie Burns, Chandra Lee Schwartz Join Broadway Production by Ryan Cockerham

It has recently been announced that Jackie Burns and Chandra Lee Schwartz, touring “Wicked” veterans,”  will join the official cast of Broadway’s very own original &…

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Harry Connick Jr Sings ‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’ on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ by Ryan Cockerham

Harry Connick Jr., songwriter/performer extraordinaire, graced the hallowed dance floors of “Dancing With the Stars” last Tuesday and debuted the theme song from his forthcoming …

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Glee Season 3 Premiere Recap by Ryan Cockerham

Drama! Intrigue! New love! Old grudges! Who knew that Glee’s Season 3 Premiere would pack such punch!? For those of you who’ve followed the show, the first episode of Season 3 wa…

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Parker, Stone Get ’60 Minutes’ Profile for ‘Book of Mormon’ by Ryan Cockerham

The good times just keep on rollin’ for Trey Parker and Matt Stone. After the smashing success of “The Book of Mormon,” 60 Minutes has decided it might be time to have a wo…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Barry Levinson, Sheryl Crow Bring ‘Diner’ to Broadway by Ryan Cockerham

A blast from the past…..the unforgettable smell of fried food…the “whirring” sounds of the milkshake machine. Most of us have a fond memory or two from quality time s…

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Thomas Kail Signs on to Direct ‘Magic/Bird’ on Broadway by Ryan Cockerham

It’s about time that somebody adapted basketball for Broadway. A sport full of triumph…tragedy….dancing cheerleaders – what could be better? Thomas Kail has been sele…

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Andy Karl, Quinn VanAntwerp Become ‘Jersey Boys’ on Broadway by Ryan Cockerham

Andy Karl and Quinn Van Antwerp, established theatre veterans, are set to join the cast of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys” following the departur…

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‘Anything Goes’ Broadway Run Extended Through April by Ryan Cockerham

“Anything Goes” is fairing quite well on Broadway. Well enough, in fact, for it to receive yet another extension of shows into Spring, 2012. The latest revival of the famous Cole…

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Kathleen Turner, Short Lived ‘High’ Find New Life on the Road by Ryan Cockerham

It may be a hard lesson to learn, but its often inevitable: if it doesn’t work on Broadway, that doesn’t mean it won’t work elsewhere. Although “High” failed to…

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Reeve Carney Extends ‘Spiderman’ Contract Through May by Ryan Cockerham

In the comics, Spider-Man usually came through in a pinch. Saving the world, sure. Returning to his true form, the striking normal Peter Parker? No problem. Broadway’s high-flying hero…

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jerry O’Connell Debuts on Broadway in ‘Seminar’ by Ryan Cockerham

You may have seen him in “Stand By Me.” Perhaps you recognize his face from “Jerry Maguire,” or “Scream 2″ (that last one is a stretch.) Never before, tho…

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