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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Alley Theatre Moves Chisa Hutchinson's Amerikin and Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone to 2020–2021 Season by Ryan McPhee

The two titles were slated to play the Houston venue this spring prior to the coronvirus pandemic.

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Drag Race’s Jan Sport on Impersonating Bernadette Peters, Feeling Her Frozen Fantasy, More by Ryan McPhee

The New York City-based drag queen channeled the Tony winner in this season’s “Snatch Game” challenge.

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The Cast of Mrs. Doubtfire Sings the Musical's 'As Long as There Is Love' From Their Homes by Ryan McPhee

While they can't perform on Broadway at the moment, they have an inspirational message for theatre lovers.

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The Daily Distraction: Remembering Laurie Beechman and Her Magical Belting Arms by Ryan McPhee

The Broadway powerhouse was born on this day in 1953.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

The Daily Distraction: Kentucky's Krissalyn Love Delivers a World Full of Love in The Wiz by Ryan McPhee

Sick of staying at home? Let this "Home" cheer you up.

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West End Return of Hairspray Pushed to Fall by Ryan McPhee

The revival was slated to begin April 23 at the London Coliseum.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Carnegie Hall Cancels Rest of 2019–2020 Season by Ryan McPhee

The New York City venue has put all programming through July 25 on hold.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago's 42nd Street Pushed to Later Season, Britney Spears Musical Once Upon a One More Time Canceled, More During Coronavirus Pandem by Ryan McPhee

Chicago-area venues have been forced to readjust their performance schedules as theatres across the country go dark.

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The Daily Distraction: Alli Mauzey Has Got a 'Screw Loose' for You by Ryan McPhee

Revisit Mauzey's hilarious performance in Broadway's Cry-Baby, co-written by the late Adam Schlesinger.

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Calling All Aspiring Royals: How to Be a Part of SIX From Home by Ryan McPhee

The musical is searching for a global digital chorus for a new video as the coronavirus pandemic keeps productions closed.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Daily Distraction: Julie Andrews, Dorothy Loudon, and More Present a Sondheim Tribute by Ryan McPhee

The medley at the 1984 Tony Awards offers something familiar, yet something very, very peculiar.

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San Francisco Engagement of Hamilton Canceled, Harry Potter and More Impacted Following COVID-19 Restrictions by Ryan McPhee

California has issued a "Shelter in Place" order in an effort to flatten the curve.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center Furloughs Over Half of Administrative Staff by Ryan McPhee

The move follows previous cuts to sustain the venue in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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2020 Lucille Lortel Awards to Be Held Online by Ryan McPhee

The awards, honoring the best of Off-Broadway, remain on schedule, though in a different way.

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The Daily Distraction: Sutton Foster Belts Out Her 'Most Requested Song' by Ryan McPhee

Celebrate a Rodgers and Hammerstein anniversary with the Tony winner's surprising audition choice.

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Online at the Metropolitan Opera This Week: Anna Netrebko in Macbeth, Twice the Joyce DiDonato, More by Ryan McPhee

The company, in the midst of canceling the remainder of its 2019–2020 season, is offering free video streams of previous performances.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Spot Christine Baranski in Latex, a Singing John Cameron Mitchell, Audra McDonald, More in The Good Fight Season 4 Trailer by Ryan McPhee

The CBS All Access drama, featuring a slew of theatre favorites, returns in April.

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The Daily Distraction: Lauren Bacall Wants Hearts Not Diamonds, and We Want This Song Out of Our Heads by Ryan McPhee

The Tony winner bellows her way through a bizarre Marvin Hamlisch and Tim Rice number in the 1981 thriller The Fan.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Daily Distraction: Pearl Bailey Goes Medieval on the Muppets by Ryan McPhee

Nothing about this sketch makes sense. You should watch it immediately.

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Daily Distraction: Reba McEntire Sings of Her 'Honey Bun' in South Pacific by Ryan McPhee

The country star and one-time Broadway headliner celebrates her birthday March 28.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

The Daily Distraction: Gloria Swanson in the Sunset Boulevard Musical (No, Not That Sunset Boulevard Musical) by Ryan McPhee

The star of the original movie had theatrical intentions for the title before Andrew Lloyd Webber musicalized Norma Desmond.

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Swansong Rent Tour to Launch This Winter Following Current Postponement by Ryan McPhee

The 25th anniversary staging is billed as “The Farewell Tour.”

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

New York City Ballet Cancels Entire Spring 2020 Season by Ryan McPhee

The lineup was to begin April 21.

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The Daily Distraction: Don't Rain on Heather Headley's Parade by Ryan McPhee

The Tony and Grammy winner starred in her high school production of Funny Girl just a few years before making her Broadway debut.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2020 Tony Awards Put on Hold as Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Broadway Shutdown by Ryan McPhee

The 74th annual ceremony will be presented at a later date.

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The Daily Distraction: Everything's Coming Up Rita Moreno in Terrence McNally's The Ritz by Ryan McPhee

Toast the late, great playwright with Googie Gomez, direct from her Fiddler on the Roof bus-and-truck.

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Goodspeed Postpones South Pacific, Scraps Candide in Wake of Coronavirus by Ryan McPhee

The Connecticut venue still intends to present the world premiere of Anne of Green Gables this summer.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tony Award-Winning Playwright Terrence McNally Dies at 81 by Ryan McPhee

Among his celebrated works were Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class, and the books to Ragtime and Kiss of the Spider Woman.

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The Daily Distraction: Angela Lansbury Provides a Relaxing (and a Little Sensual) Fitness Regimen, Perfect for Self-Isolation by Ryan McPhee

Let everyone else break a sweat doing their at-home exercises—this is one that prioritizes mindfulness and a peach onesie.

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