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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Ivo van Hove's Met Debuts, Michael Mayer's Aida, More Tapped for Metropolitan Opera's 2020–2021 Season by Ryan McPhee

The season opens this fall with Mayer's new production of Verdi's Aida, starring Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili.

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Japanese-Language Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Sets 2022 Premiere in Tokyo by Ryan McPhee

The two-part play currently runs in London, New York, Melbourne, Hamburg, and San Francisco.

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Julian Ovenden, Gina Beck, Rob Houchen to Star in South Pacific at Chichester Festival Theatre by Ryan McPhee

The festival’s 2020 lineup also includes Assassins, The Real Thing, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and five world premieres.

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Glee Alum Lindsay Pearce and Sam Gravitte to Star in Wicked on Broadway by Ryan McPhee

The two join the company as Elphaba and Fiyero this month.

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Skirball’s Winter 2020 Season Goes Global With West Side Story’s Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker by Ryan McPhee

De Keersmaeker's Mitten Wir Im Leben Sind runs February 13–15.

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History's About to Get Overthrown: SIX Begins on Broadway February 13 by Ryan McPhee

The pop twist on the Tudor monarchy heads to New York with a devoted following already bowing down.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

New York Philharmonic's 2020–2021 Season to Feature U.S. Premiere of György Kurtág's Endgame Opera, Directed by Claire van Kampen by Ryan McPhee

The organization has unveiled its new lineup, which also includes the continuation of its female composer-driven Project 19.

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Several The Watsons Alums Will Reprise Their Work in the West End by Ryan McPhee

The Laura Wade play heads to the Harold Pinter Theatre following runs at Chichester and London's Menier Chocolate Factory.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

William Forsythe World Premieres, Christopher Wheeldon's A Midsummer Night's Dream, More in Boston Ballet's 2020–2021 Season by Ryan McPhee

A Forsythe triple bill will kick off the lineup, which also includes four world premieres from the ongoing ChoreograpHER initiative.

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Sarah Ruhl and Lynn Nottage on How They Transformed Their Acclaimed Plays Into Operas by Ryan McPhee

The two Tony-nominated playwrights-turned-librettists share exclusive notated pages from the scripts of their operatic debuts as they revisit Eurydice and Intimate Apparel, respectively.

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Broadway's Aladdin Will Get 2 New Title Players and a Jasmine This Winter by Ryan McPhee

Two veterans of the Disney musical will play rejoin the company as Aladdin.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Remembering the Lyricism and Drama of Soprano Mirella Freni by Ryan McPhee

The Italian opera singer died February 9 at 84.

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Watch Cynthia Erivo Sing Harriet Anthem 'Stand Up' at the Oscars by Ryan McPhee

The biopic earned the Color Purple star two nods at the 92nd annual ceremony.

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Renée Zellweger Wins Oscar for Judy Garland Biopic Judy by Ryan McPhee

The 92nd annual Academy Awards also featured performances from Tony winners Cynthia Erivo, Idina Menzel and—albeit briefly—Billy Porter.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Read the Reviews for the Metropolitan Opera Premiere of Agrippina by Ryan McPhee

Joyce DiDonato takes on the conniving title role in the Met's first production of Handel's satirical take on ancient Rome.

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Full Cast Set for Love Life at Encores!, Starring Kate Baldwin and Brian Stokes Mitchell by Ryan McPhee

Victoria Clark directs the March staging at New York City Center.

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Hit-Filled & Juliet to Hold Sing-a-Long Performance by Ryan McPhee

The musical, featuring Max Martin tunes made famous by the likes of Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and Justin Timberlake, opened in London's West End in November.

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Willemijn Verkaik Will Join Fellow Elphaba and Elsa Idina Menzel During Oscars Performance of ‘Into the Unknown’ by Ryan McPhee

A total of 10 women who’ve voiced Elsa around the world will sing the Oscar-nominated song from Frozen 2.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Producer Neil Meron Joins Netflix Adaptation of Jason Robert Brown Musical 13 by Ryan McPhee

Co-bookwriter Robert Horn will pen the script for the movie, directed by Tamra Davis.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Joe Curnutte and More Set for New York Premiere of Will Eno’s Gnit by Ryan McPhee

The Peer Gynt-inspired play will begin March 7 in a production from Theatre for a New Audience.

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Aaron Tveit, Adrienne Warren, Ben Platt, More to Perform at MCC's 2020 Miscast Gala by Ryan McPhee

The 20th annual evening of unexpected tunes will honor Oscar Isaac.

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Jeremy Jordan to Join Off-Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors by Ryan McPhee

The Tony nominee will play Seymour beginning in March.

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Watch Clips From New Andrew Lloyd Webber Retrospective Revue Unmasked by Ryan McPhee

The musical tribute makes its world premiere at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse.

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Jaws-Inspired The Shark Is Broken to Play the West End by Ryan McPhee

The Edinburgh Fringe hit heads to London’s Ambassadors Theatre in May.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Evgeny Nikitin Replaces Bryn Terfel in Metropolitan Opera's Der Fliegende Holländer by Ryan McPhee

Terfel withdrew from the production, opening in March, after a recent injury.

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Royal Shakespeare Company to Present The Magician's Elephant Musical and The Wars of the Roses by Ryan McPhee

The titles comprise the London company's winter 2020 season, announced in the wake of the death of former Artistic Director Terry Hands.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Grosses Analysis: American Utopia Continues Euphoric Broadway Run by Ryan McPhee

David Byrne's theatrical concert is among the leaders of the boards, even when playing only six performances a week.

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Hamilton Film, With Original Broadway Cast, Will Premiere in October 2021 by Ryan McPhee

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical was filmed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Taps New and Familiar Faces for 3rd Year on Broadway by Ryan McPhee

James Snyder will continue in the title role at the Lyric Theatre; see who's joining him.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

From Fearless to Grand: Ashley Park Takes on Her First Straight Play by Ryan McPhee

The Mean Girls Tony nominee discusses taking the stage in Bess Wohl’s Grand Horizons before heading Thoroughly Modern Millie at Encores!.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Saffron Burrows to Star in London Presentation of Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men by Ryan McPhee

The one-night-only staged reading is part of the Voices in the Dark series at Shakespeare's Globe.

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