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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Proposed NYC Legislation Could Create More Outdoor Performance Opportunities, Alleviate Roadblocks by Ryan McPhee

Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer, Laurie A. Cumbo, and Paul Vallone and more discussed the bills in a September 23 hearing.

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Rhiannon Giddens, Renée Fleming, More to Headline Carnegie Hall’s Digital Opening Night Gala by Ryan McPhee

The New York City venue previously canceled all in-person programming through 2020.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Ryan Spahn’s Nora Highland, Maurice Hines Documentary, More on Tap at NewFest’s 2020 LGBTQ Film Festival by Ryan McPhee

The 32nd annual edition will feature drive-in screenings and virtual premieres.

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Metropolitan Opera Cancels Entire 2020–2021 Season, Lays Out Plans for Future by Ryan McPhee

The New York institution aims to reopen in Fall 2021 with Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, marking the first work by a Black composer to play the Met.

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Andy Karl, Richard H. Blake, More Jersey Boys Alums Pay Tribute to Tommy DeVito by Ryan McPhee

The founding member of The Four Seasons died September 21 at 92.

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WATCH: The Broadway Cast of Hamilton Doesn’t Want You to Throw Away Your Shot This Election by Ryan McPhee

Cast members from the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical—including Lin-Manuel Miranda himself—offered a voter mobilization twist to the show’s lyrics on National Voter Registration Day.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Carey Mulligan Joins Bradley Cooper in Leonard Bernsten Biopic Maestro by Ryan McPhee

Cooper will also direct the Netflix project.

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Madrid Opera Performance Halted After Audience Protests Over Social Distance Concerns by Ryan McPhee

Teatro Real’s performance of Un Ballo in Maschera was suspended September 20 after a delayed start and two attempts to resume.

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Marc Kudisch, Vincent Rodriguez III, More to Lead Virtual Reading of New Play Exploring the Creation of West Side Story by Ryan McPhee

Something’s Coming will launch the New Works Virtual Festival, benefiting The Actors Fund, October 25.

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What 2 Broadway Musicals Have to Say About Voter Mobilization by Ryan McPhee

Jagged Little Pill depicts contemporary kitchen table topics. SIX is comprised of a half dozen Tudor queens. Both are about waking up and finding a voice.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

In the News: Phillipa Soo Lands Role on Hulu's Dopesick, Kelvin Harrison Jr. Joins Cyrano Movie Musical, More by Ryan McPhee

Plus: Joe Mantello and the cast of Netflix's The Boys in the Band are heading to 92Y.

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Original West End SIX Stars to Reunite in Live Streamed Concert by Ryan McPhee

The Reunion, celebrating various female pop stars, will welcome a socially distant live audience and be broadcast globally.

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Metropolitan Opera Does 'Puccini Week' With Streams of Bohème, Butterfly, Tosca, More by Ryan McPhee

The Nightly Met Streams series enters its 28th week.

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Playbill's Weekly Streaming Guide: What to Watch September 21-25 by Ryan McPhee

Relive your Renthead days, return to the Bee, sate your sweet tooth with show tunes, and more.

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Broadway Green Alliance, Playbill, More Partner for Lights Up on Voter Mobilization Town Hall September 21 by Ryan McPhee

The virtual event will feature such Broadway favorites as LaChanze, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Jenn Colella.

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

A Schitt’s Creek Sweep, a Call for Accurate Representation, More at the 2020 Emmy Awards by Ryan McPhee

The Pop TV comedy made history with its swansong season by earning seven wins in the primetime ceremony,

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Senator Schumer and the Broadway League Unite to Rally for Save Our Stages Act by Ryan McPhee

The aptly named S.O.S. would provide $10 billion in grants to live venues across the country in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Laura Benanti to Release Debut Studio Album, Drops Single of Rufus Wainwright Cover by Ryan McPhee

The Tony winner's self-titled album arrives in October.

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The Playbill Weekend Streaming Guide: What to Watch September 18-20 by Ryan McPhee

The Sugar in Our Wounds cast reunites, the Broadway Flea Market goes virtual, and more.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Playwright Steve Carter Dies at 90 by Ryan McPhee

The writer premiered several of his works at the New York City-based Negro Ensemble Company and Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater.

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What the Constitution Means to Me, Starring Heidi Schreck, Heading to Amazon by Ryan McPhee

The filmed capture of the Pulitzer finalist and Tony-nominated play will premiere in October, marking a new overall deal between Schreck and Amazon Studios.

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London's National Theatre to Present Dick Whittington Panto on Its Newly Configured Olivier Stage by Ryan McPhee

The in-the-round production will follow the Giles Terera-led Death of England: Delroy, marking the National's first in-person offering since March.

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André Holland and Kara Young Lead Online Reading of Eisa Davis' Pulitzer Finalist Bulrusher September 17 by Ryan McPhee

The streaming event is the third title in Paula Vogel's "Bard at the Gate" series.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Vineyard Theatre’s Upcoming Season to Include Tori Sampson World Premiere, Return of Dana H. by Ryan McPhee

The new Off-Broadway lineup includes digital and outdoor performances with a potential return indoors in 2021.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Len Cariou’s Broadway & The Bard Stream to Benefit The Actors Fund by Ryan McPhee

The performance from Aruba Productions will be available September 30—the Sweeney Todd star’s 81st birthday.

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In the Absence of Live Theatre, Some Touring Venues Will Offer In-Person Screenings of Filmed Performances by Ryan McPhee

The partnership between Broadway Booking Office and BY Experience will present socially distanced presentations of Kinky Boots, Fleabag, and more.

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Laverne Cox, J'Nai Bridges, More Take Part in Event Celebrating Jessye Norman September 15 by Ryan McPhee

The tribute from Black Opera Productions honors the late soprano on what would have been her 75th birthday.

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Inside the Broadway Community Project: What Does a Prop Master and Set Decorator Do? by Ryan McPhee

Faye Armon-Troncoso brings detail to the worlds of such Broadway shows as In the Heights, Fun Home, War Horse, and Of Mice and Men.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Hamilton Veterans Brandon Victor Dixon and Rory O'Malley Team Up for #MeBecomesWe Voter Registration Campaign by Ryan McPhee

The campaign includes a September 17 virtual town hall featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adrienne Warren, Nikki M. James, and more.

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Jennifer Holliday Will Celebrate Her 60th Birthday With Streaming Concert by Ryan McPhee

The Dreamgirls Tony winner will take the stage October 19.

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Watch Renée Fleming, Heather Headley, More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Virtual Gala by Ryan McPhee

For the Love of Lyric, also featuring opera stars Ailyn Pérez, Soloman Howard, and J'Nai Bridges, premiered September 13.

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