Thursday, March 21, 2019

Harvey Fierstein to Play Bella Abzug in New Solo Show by Dave Itzkoff

The play, called “Bella Bella” and written by Mr. Fierstein, casts him as the outspoken New York congresswoman and activist.

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Tickling Worms in the Lab, Tickling Funny Bones Onstage by Sopan Deb

Matt Walker just got his big acting break in the farce “The Play That Goes Wrong.” But he’s not giving up his day job in a Nobel winner’s biology lab.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Broadway's Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus Pushes Back Opening Night by Ryan McPhee

Taylor Mac's play, starring Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen, and Julie White, previously delayed its start date after an injury caused Andrea Martin to depart the production.

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John Doyle to Direct ‘Assassins’ at Classic Stage Company by Gabe Cohn

Mr. Doyle will also helm a production of “Macbeth” in a season that focuses on gothic horror, too, with “Dracula” and “Frankenstein.”

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Watch Melissa Benoist Nail A Chorus Line Choreography While in Full Supergirl Costume by Ryan McPhee

The Glee and Beautiful alum channels her musical theatre roots while on set for the CW series.

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This Is Lupita Nyong’o. Hollywood, Please Keep Up. by Reggie Ugwu

The Kenyan-Mexican star of “Us” and “Black Panther,” who seems to excel at everything — even rap — is an exception in her industry, for better and worse.

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He’s the Star of ‘Tootsie’ on Broadway. Wearing Heels Is the Easy Part. by Alexis Soloski

Santino Fontana’s turn as a man in a wig comes at a time when Broadway has been reckoning with the idea that musical comedies need to offer fully realized female characters.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

‘West Side Story’ Remake Adds Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James as Cops by Dave McNary

Steven Spielberg has cast Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James as police officers in his movie adaptation of “West Side Story.” Stoll will take on the role of Lieutenant Schrank, the New…

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‘Jekyll And Hyde’ Musical Screen Adaptation In Works From ‘Birdman’, ‘On Your Feet!’ Writer Alexander Dinelaris by Greg Evans

A re-imagining of the 1997 Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde will be the first project under Birdman screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris’ Lexicon and Richard Saperstein's Bluestone Entertainme…

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James Corden to Host 2019 Tony Awards by Ryan McPhee

The Tony Award winner previously emceed the ceremony in 2016.

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Doors Swing Open for Women and Minorities at Top Ranks of American Theater by Michael Paulson

Artistic directors, the faces of local theater and tastemakers in their communities, have long been white men who have held the posts for many years. That’s changing.

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The Theater at the Forefront of Poland’s Culture Wars by Alex Marshall

The Powszechny Theater in Warsaw faced protests and acid attacks when it staged a play about the Catholic Church. Will its staging of “Mein Kampf” cause more uproar?

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Monday, March 18, 2019

How Do You Build a Giant Glass Box? Very Carefully by Peter Libbey

A team of workers spent Friday at the Park Avenue Armory putting together the centerpiece of the set for “The Lehman Trilogy,” an 800-square-foot transparent cube.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 3/18 by Bww Special

Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the …

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“The Wanderer” Singer Dion Scores Latest Broadway-Bound Jukebox Musical by Greg Evans

Rock n' Roll Hall-of-Famer Dion DiMucci – best known simply as Dion for his hits including “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer” – is the latest classic rocker to get the jukebox mu…

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Why Heidi Schreck Stopped Her Very First Performance of What the Constitution Means to Me by Ruthie Fierberg

The playwright and actor tells Stephen Colbert about how the new Broadway play almost stopped before it started.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Rialto Chatter: Jeremy Jordan is the Next Dr. Pomatter in WAITRESS by Stephanie Wild

Waitress has released a not-so-subtle clue as to who its next Dr. Pomatter is The show's Twitter account posted an audio snippet, asking the fans if they can guess the next Pomatter. The aud…

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Jason Zinoman Explains What Michael Riedel Means (Beetlejuice) by Jason Zinoman

The new Michael Riedel column on Beetlejuice is a subtext-rich doozy. Time for a new Reidel translator.

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The Color Purple star: 'I do not believe homosexuality is right' by Shannon Power

Oluwaseyi Omooba had just landed the starring role of the upcoming Curve Leicester and Birmingham Hippodrome production of The Color Purple when an old Facebook post of her resurfaced.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Disney Theatrical’s Women’s Day on Broadway Takes Over the St. James Theatre by Danielle Moore

The event featured theater “changemakers” on Broadway and beyond.

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Broadway Company of Be More Chill to Record New Cast Album by Ryan McPhee

The musical, featuring a score by Joe Iconis, opened at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre March 10.

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Sunday Routine: How Andrew Rannells, Actor, Spends His Sundays by Kara Mayer Robinson

If/when he manages to separate from his group of friends, Mr. Rannells will take a Swiffer to his floors, attempt to work out, or listen to a podcast.

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Burn This Returns to Broadway with Keri Russell & Adam Driver by Andy Lefkowitz

The first Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's Burn This begins preview performances on March 15 at the Hudson Theatre. Michael Mayer directs the new production, set to officially open on Ap…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

'Aladdin' Advertisement Sparks Controversy by Marc Hershberg

Consumer protection advocates fear that the folks featured in a new Aladdin commercial might not be friends like me.

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Revamped ‘Beetlejuice’ still may not have the juice for Broadway by Michael Riedel

A Washington Post critic sprayed a can of Raid on the out-of-town tryout of “Beetlejuice” last fall. Peter Marks called the $20 million musical “overcaffeinated, overstuffed and virtua…

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3 Playwrights Will Look to the Future in BAM’s America 2024 by Olivia Clement

New works by Jackie Sibblies Drury, Adam Rapp, and Celine Song imagine futures that range from the utopian to the dystopian, from the fantastical to the very real.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

NYTW Postpones New Anna Deavere Smith Project by Olivia Clement

The world premiere, slated to round out the 2019 season, will run at a later date.

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An Inside Look at the [title of show] Broadway Reunion Concert by Marc J. Franklin

The Actors Fund benefit starring the show's original Broadway cast took place at the Broadhurst Theatre March 11.

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Sara Bareilles to Sing Out as Musical Guest on Saturday Night Live by Andy Lefkowitz

Sara Bareilles has landed the sweetest of small-screen gigs. The Tony-nominated Waitress songwriter has been selected as the musical guest for the April 6 edition of NBC's Saturday Night L…

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Anna D. Shapiro to Direct Broadway-Bound Devil Wears Prada Musical by Andy Lefkowitz

Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro has been named director of the Broadway-aimed new musical The Devil Wears Prada. The previously announced tuner, featuring a book by Paul Rudnick, music by Elton …

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Hugh Jackman Starring in ‘The Music Man’ Revival on Broadway by Brent Lang

Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway in an upcoming revival of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.” It marks Jackman’s first musical role in more than a decade, which should make it a…

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Improv So White? Yes, And by American Theatre Editors

Efforts to diversify the popular and influential form are no laughing matter.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Britney Spears Musical Once Upon a One More Time to Play Chicago, Eyes Broadway by Ryan McPhee

The show, featuring the songs of the pop superstar, will make its world premiere this fall.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

At this show, you get to eat cake. But you might feel a little guilty about it. by Maura Judkis

New York’s Third Rail Projects stages immersive production in Folger reading room.

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TheatreSquared Announces First Season in New Building by American Theatre Editors

The Arkansas theatre has announced the first season in its new 50,000-square-foot theatre center.

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John Mulaney Wants to Host the Tonys & 'Would Love to Write the Book & Maybe Even Lyrics for a Broadway Musical' by Andy Lefkowitz

John Mulaney has been heating up the small screen lately between a high-profile hosting gig on Saturday Night Live and a turn as Stephen Sondheim on Documentary Now!'s Original Cast Album: C…

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Following Upcoming Morrissey Engagement, Additional High-Profile Concerts Will Play Broadway by Andy Lefkowitz

On the heels of the recent announcement that celebrated English singer-songwriter Morrissey will appear at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from May 2-11, a residency has been launched that…

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A musical about the Cubs — 'Miracle' — readies for its opening day in Chicago by Chris Jones

Coming this spring, hard on the heels of opening day at Wrigley Field: A new Chicago-born stage musical, officially encouraged and approved by the Chicago Cubs and produced by a former state…

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Seth Rudetsky is Broadway's Secret Star-Maker by Marc Hershberg

One of the top folks responsible for putting Broadway performers in plum roles is not a casting director.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Seth Rudetsky is Broadway's Secret Star-maker by Marc Hershberg

One of the top folks responsible for putting Broadway performers in plum roles is not a casting director.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Daveed Diggs: Freedom Is an Illusion by American Theatre Editors

The 'Hamilton' star is back onstage for a Suzan-Lori Parks play and reflects on what he learned from acting in the Bay Area.

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Ben Platt Lends Soul-Stirring Vocals to 'Temporary Love' from His Upcoming Album by Andy Lefkowitz

We're merely three weeks away from the release of Sing to Me Instead, the debut solo album from Tony-winning original Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt. In advance of the album's release, the…

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What’s it like behind the scenes at ‘My Fair Lady’? We went backstage with Laura Benanti. by Peter Marks

The Broadway production, and its new lead, brim with life, onstage and off.

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Morrissey’s seven-night engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre sold well in the first hour of general public availability, suggesting a bright future for rock stars on Broadway. As of 11 …

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Tony Kushner And Heidi Schreck Talk About ‘What The Constitution Means To Me’ by Artsjournal1

TK: “I’ve always been a little skeptical of the notion that there’s something sort of shamanistic or medicinal or restorative about theater in a kind of mysterious way, but I really fe…

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‘Mockingbird’ Play Publisher Demands $500,000 From Harper Lee Estate by Alexandra Alter and Michael Paulson

A filing seeking arbitration says the estate allowed eight theaters around the United States to stage “To Kill a Mockingbird,” then flip-flopped at the last minute.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Yiddish ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is a sleeper hit off-Broadway by Michael Riedel

The biggest little hit in town right now is “Fiddler on the Roof,” which has lifted the curse from the Shubert Organization’s Stage 42, an off-Broadway theater on far West 42nd Street.…

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Lincoln Center Will Celebrate 60th Anniversary With Free Block Party by Ruthie Fierberg

Enjoy free performances, concerts, communal art-marking, and more at the May event.

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Tweet, Tweet: BroadwayWorld's Must-Follow Twitter Accounts in 2019 by BWW Special

Twitter users, check out your next list of must-follow accounts for 2019

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Survey Results Revealed! Why do people line up for shows so early? by Ken Davenport

I’ve been working on Broadway for 2.5 decades now, and a lot of things have changed over those years . . . from the types of lights we use, to how our customers order our tickets . . . and…

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Shubert Organization and partners will bring a startup accelerator to Broadway by Caitlin Huston

The Shubert Organization is teaming up with two partners to bring Silicon Valley to Broadway. Alongside venture capital firm Exponential Creativity Ventures and tech training company IT Ment…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Meet the 10 Hottest Chorus Girls in 2019 Broadway Shows by Adam Feldman

These 10 sexy chorus gals will make your heart sing and dance in this season's Broadway musicals

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Meet the 10 Hottest Chorus Boys in 2019 Broadway Shows by Adam Feldman

These 10 sexy chorus guys will make your heart sing and dance in this season's Broadway musicals

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Hugh Fordin, Writer and Record Producer, Is Dead at 83 by Neil Genzlinger

His DRG label specialized in the American songbook, cast albums and artists like Barbara Cook.

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Daryl Roth: Producing With a Purpose by American Theatre Editors

After 30 years in the business, what one of the most powerful women in the theatre has learned along the way.

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Patti LuPone: ‘Casting hierarchy in musicals makes them tough to work in’ by Georgia Snow

Patti LuPone has claimed that the hierarchy within musical theatre productions can make them “very tough” environments to work in. LuPone, who

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Meet the cast of Broadway's shocking revival of Oklahoma! by Adam Feldman

A revival of Oklahoma! may not sound very state-of-the-art. The show’s very name conjures a bygone era of song and dance: cheerful cowboys, tunes about mornings and fancy carriages, Americ…

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‘Nashville’ Begins Road To Broadway: Lionsgate Announces Stage Musical by Greg Evans

Broadway producer Scott Delman has acquired live theatrical rights to Nashville, the country music-themed series that spanned six seasons on ABC, CMT and Hulu, and will team with Lionsgate t…

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2019 Olivier Award Nominations: London's Company and Come From Away Lead the Pack by Ryan McPhee

The two West End productions received nine nominations each.

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Steppenwolf Theatre, known for bold moves, plans a new $54M theater-in-the-round project on Halsted Street by Chris Jones

In a development likely to reshape, and possibly reignite, the Halsted Street corridor in Lincoln Park and impact the fiscal and artistic fortunes of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company for year…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Too Distracting? English National Opera To Cut Back On Supertitles by Artsjournal

The opera company said the move had been prompted by a desire to “give audiences even more choice in the new season”, which will be announced in April. “This confirms ENO’s commitmen…

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Broadway Box Office Slips To $27M; Glenda Jackson’s ‘King Lear’ & Temptations Musical Arrive by Greg Evans

When Glenda Jackson’s King Lear and the new Temptations jukebox musical arrive on Broadway in the same week, the fledgling spring season has officially kicked into gear. Still, box office …

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The Long, Strange Flight of ‘Mockingbird’ by American Theatre Editors

The new Broadway version, and its legal battles, are just the latest chapter in a complicated 50-year history of the popular novel’s theatrical life.

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Julie White Joins Broadway's Gary as Andrea Martin Withdraws; First Performance Delayed by Ryan McPhee

Kristine Nielsen will now star opposite Nathan Lane in the Taylor Mac play, with White assuming Nielsen's original role.

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Bob Greenblatt Talks WarnerMedia Mandate, Streaming Wars and HBO’s Future by Cynthia Littleton

AT&T has just handed the keys to WarnerMedia’s most high-profile business initiative to Bob Greenblatt, the seasoned TV executive whose resume includes helping to build the Fox network…

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Rachel Bloom Will Bring Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to Radio City Music Hall by Ruthie Fierberg

The TV musical comedy series will perform a live show in New York City in May.

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Morrissey to Perform Residency on Broadway by Jem Aswad

Morrissey announced today that he will perform on Broadway for the first time in his career this May. The seven dates, at New York’s Lunt-Fontanne Theater, will be “an intimate yet excit…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Scott Rudin Offers Community Theaters ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ After Controversy by Greg Evans

UPDATE, with response After some community theaters were forced to cancel planned productions of a 1991 version of To Kill A Mockingbird following litigation threats by Broadway producer Sco…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Jennifer Ashley Tepper Upgrades Be More Chill by Anita Martin

Broadway historian makes Broadway history The post Jennifer Ashley Tepper Upgrades <em>Be More Chill</em> appeared first on Dramatics Magazine Online.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Hello, Betty Buckley! A new Dolly hits town, and she’s ready to add to her legend by Charles McNulty

Time catches everyone by surprise. For Betty Buckley, the rude awakening happened when director Michael Wilson called to say he was planning a revival of the musical “Grey Gardens.”

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Friends Purchase Drama Book Shop by Michael Paulson

Mr. Miranda and three of his “Hamilton” collaborators have purchased the Drama Book Shop, a century-old theater district purveyor of scripts, sheet music and other stage-related reading …

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Perspective: Why political pundits give drama critics a bad name - Los Angeles Times by Charles McNulty

Political pundits have long been giving drama critics a bad name. Inevitably, in the run-up to an election, some op-ed columnist will make a crack comparing recent political coverage to thea…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

What Did Broadway Critics Think of Jez Butterworth’s London Hit The Ferryman? by Adam Hetrick

The latest play from the celebrated writer of Jerusalem opens on Broadway following a sold-out London run where it won the 2018 Olivier Award for Best New Play.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Not Just for Grown-Ups: The Broadway Audience Is Getting Younger by Michael Paulson

The average age of the Broadway theatergoer last season was 40.6 — the lowest since 2000, the Broadway League says, and 15 percent of theatergoers were under 18.

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The Week in Arts: ‘Wildlife,’ Terence McNally, American Ballet Theater by The New York Times

With barely contained fury, Carey Mulligan stars as a Montana housewife in Paul Dano’s directorial debut.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

How This Trio Joined Forces To Help Broadway's Best Become Social Media Superstars by Jeryl Brunner

Frank Spadafora, Ryan Ratelle and Sam Ratelle joined forces to create The Cast, the first dedicated digital talent agency which represents leading Broadway talent.

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Nick taps Susan Vargo as new VP of live entertainment by Jane Hobson

The kidcaster has hired Susan Vargo to lead creative development and production for its live stage shows, resorts and attractions.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tituss Burgess is bringing another Whitney Houston movie to the stage by Michael Riedel

Tituss Burgess, enjoying small-screen fame as the struggling actor of Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” is also the driving creative force behind “The Preacher’s Wife,” a ne…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Broadway: “Funny Girl,” Barbra Streisand’s Famed Musical, Will Be Revived, With Rosie O’Donnell, Without Lady Gaga by Roger Friedman

It’s exciting news for Broadway, but not for Lady Gaga fans. The star of “A Star is Born” will not be playing Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 5am (Broadway Time)

BWW Review: MARY'S BABIES, Jermyn Street Theatre by Cindy Marcolina

Mary Barton founded one of the first fertility clinics. She pioneered artificial insemination and worked within the confined of tabooed subjects, coming in aid of those married couples who w…

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Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 3am (Broadway Time)

Giacomo Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” at Teatro alla Scala, Milan by Blouin Artinfo

Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera “Manon Lescaut,” is soon going to be staged at Teatro alla Scala, Milan. The opera will be on stage from March 31 through April 27, 2019.  The opera, wh…

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Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 2am (Broadway Time)

The Week in Arts: Dorrance Dance, Janet Jackson, Tintoretto by The New York Times

Michelle Dorrance brings three distinct programs to City Center; Jackson and others are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; and an artist gets a retrospective in D.C.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019 at midnight (Broadway Time)

Richard Fleeshman on Stripping Down in London's Company, His Olivier Nomination & What Patti LuPone Calls Him by Matt Wolf

Richard Fleeshman starred on the West End and Broadway opposite Caissie Levy in Ghost the Musical and was part of the British ensembles of Urinetown and The Last Ship. But it’s fai…

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Mark Buehrle leads off major-league display in St. Charles by Joe Holleman St. Louis Post-Dispatch

County parks department plans tribute to its former MLB players

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Recently reviewed theater for March 22 by From Staff Reports

‘La Cage aux Folles’

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BroadwayRadio Special: Interview with Andrew Lippa by James Marino

Andrew Lippa chats with Matt Tamanini and James Marino about his newest project, “Unbreakable” [display_podcast] Guest: Andrew Lippa Spanning 120 years of unsung history, Unbreakable is …

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Which Musicals Won in the First Round of Broadway Brackets 2019? by Playbill Staff

Is Wicked or Gypsy moving on to the next round? Check out the results from the initial round of voting.

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