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Thursday, September 23, 2021

John Legend, Hairspray Original Cast, More to Perform During Tony Awards Celebration by Ryan McPhee

The 74th annual ceremony, presented in two parts, will take place September 26.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:59AM

Sugarland, Butter, Flour: Jennifer Nettles Will Star in Waitress on Broadway by Ryan McPhee

The Grammy-winning country star and avid musical theatre supporter succeeds composer Sara Bareilles in the role of Jenna.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:27AM

Read Steven Levenson's Notes on His Dear Evan Hansen Screenplay by Ryan McPhee

The Tony winner talks adapting his libretto for the screen.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Esau Pritchett Joins Thoughts of a Colored Man Cast, Replacing Keith David for Broadway Bow by Ryan McPhee

Keenan Scott II's play begins performances October 1 at the John Golden Theatre.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:54AM

What Do Critics Think of Off-Broadway's Sanctuary City? by Ryan McPhee

New York Theatre Workshop opened its production of Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok’s play September 21.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:32AM
Monday, September 20, 2021

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, More to Appear in Tony Awards Concert Celebration by Ryan McPhee

Broadway’s Back!, hosted by Leslie Odom Jr., will air September 26 following the Paramount+ presentation of most awards.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:59PM

Watch as Waitress Company Presented With ‘Nick Cordero Day’ Proclamation by Ryan McPhee

The honor from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment commemorated what would have been the late actor’s 43rd birthday.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:58AM
Friday, September 17, 2021

In the News: Showstoppers! Costume Exhibit Extends in Times Square, A Turtle on a Fence Post Casting, More by Ryan McPhee

Plus: Zora Neale Hurston, Maria Irene Fornes, Pauli Murray and more to be depicted as living monuments in StatueFest.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:49PM

Liisi LaFontaine and Newcomer Jamie Bogyo to Lead West End Bow of Moulin Rouge! Musical by Ryan McPhee

The cast will also include Olivier nominees Clive Carter and Jason Pennycooke.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:44AM

Broadway's Six Resumes Performances September 17 by Ryan McPhee

Welcome (back) to the show, to the historemix.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Jaap van Zweden to Leave New York Philharmonic in 2024 by Ryan McPhee

The music director has led the orchestra since 2018.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:16PM

Robert O’Hara Will Direct Anthony Davis' Malcolm X Opera at The Met by Ryan McPhee

The New York production, starring Will Liverman (soon to appear in the Met's Fire Shut Up in My Bones), will open in 2023.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:29PM

Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Performance of Fire Shut Up in My Bones Will Air Live in Times Square and Harlem by Ryan McPhee

Terence Blanchard’s work marks the first opera by a Black composer to be performed at the New York institution.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:49AM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Manu Narayan Joins Cast of Gender-Swapped Broadway Revival of Company by Ryan McPhee

The stage veteran will play Theo, played prior to the coronavirus shutdown by Kyle Dean Massey.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:15PM

What Do Critics Think of Off-Broadway's The Last of the Love Letters? by Ryan McPhee

The play, written by and starring Ngozi Anyanwu, opened September 13 at Atlantic Theater Company.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:17AM

Hamilton Reopens on Broadway September 14 by Ryan McPhee

Closed since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical returns to the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Monday, September 13, 2021

Beetlejuice Finds a New Home; Viral Musical Will Reopen on Broadway by Ryan McPhee

The stage adaptation of the Tim Burton classic had closed prematurely in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:59PM

Ngozi Anyanwu’s The Last of the Love Letters Opens Off-Broadway September 13 by Ryan McPhee

The Atlantic Theater Company production features Anyanwu, Daniel J. Watts, and Xavier Scott Evans.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Martyna Majok's Sanctuary City Resumes Off-Broadway Run September 8 by Ryan McPhee

The New York Theatre Workshop production stars Jasai Chase-Owens, Sharlene Cruz, and Austin Smith.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:31AM
Friday, September 3, 2021

London’s Menier Chocolate Factory Reopens September 3 With Indecent by Ryan McPhee

Alexandra Silber stars in the Paula Vogel play, which was in previews at the venue prior to the coronavirus shutdown.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Opening Up…Again: Waitress Returns to Broadway September 2 by Ryan McPhee

Tony-nominated composer Sara Bareilles reprises her performance as Jenna.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM

Tony-Winning Hadestown Resumes Broadway Performances September 2 by Ryan McPhee

Tony winner André De Shields, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, and Amber Gray reprise their mythological roles at the Walter Kerr.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Thursday, August 26, 2021

Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Welcomes Back Audiences With Ngozi Anyanwu’s The Last of the Love Letters, Beginning August 26 by Ryan McPhee

The production, featuring Anyanwu, Daniel J. Watts, and Xavier Scott Evans, opens September 13.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:47PM
Monday, August 23, 2021

Black Theatre United's 'New Deal' Promises EDIAB Training, Union Audits, Renamed Broadway Houses, More by Ryan McPhee

The document is the outcome of an industry-wide summit of producers, creatives, and more.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:59PM

Mirvish Sets New Timeline for Toronto Bows of Broadway-Aimed & Juliet, Musical Adaptation of Room, More by Ryan McPhee

The 11-show lineup also includes the returns of Hamilton and Canadian favorite Come From Away.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:34AM
Friday, August 20, 2021

Metropolitan Opera’s September 11 Performance of Verdi’s Requiem to Air on PBS by Ryan McPhee

The first post-shutdown performance at the Met will feature soloists Ailyn Pérez, Elīna Garanča, Matthew Polenzani, and Eric Owens.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:54PM
Thursday, August 19, 2021

Boston Regional Theatres Unite in Group COVID Safety Plan, Including Vaccine or Testing Requirements by Ryan McPhee

The Huntington, American Repertory Theater, and a dozen more implement the policies as the venues begin to welcome back in-person audiences.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:02PM

Sammi Cannold, Stephen Brackett, Arpita Mukherjee, More to Direct Works at NAMT 2021 Festival by Ryan McPhee

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre's annual event will be held in-person and digitally in October.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:37AM
Monday, August 16, 2021

Heather Headley, Sara Bareilles, Christian Borle, Ashley Park to Star in Encores! Into the Woods by Ryan McPhee

The season at New York City Center also includes the Dulé Hill-led The Tap Dance Kid and the Billy Porter-helmed The Life.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:59AM

Times Square's Museum of Broadway, Delayed by Pandemic, to Open in Summer 2022 by Ryan McPhee

The permanent attraction will explore the history and geography of New York's theatre district, the various jobs in the industry, and more.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:34AM

Idina Menzel, Kelli O’Hara, LaChanze, More Are in a ‘New York State of Mind’ in New Music Video by Ryan McPhee

The performance, featuring a wide array of NYC-focused artists, is part of NYCNext’s post-pandemic recovery campaign.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:59AM

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