Thursday, May 31, 2018

Jimmy Buffett Musical ‘Escape To Margaritaville’ To Cruise Out Of Broadway by Greg Evans

Escape to Margaritaville will blow out its final flip-flop at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre July 1, closing shy of the four-month mark after its official March 15 opening. The Jimmy Buffe…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Lauren Ambrose Talks ‘My Fair Lady’, MeToo & The Odds Of Resurrecting ‘Six Feet Under’ – Tony Awards Watch by Greg Evans

The Tony-nominated Broadway revivals of My Fair Lady and Carousel, falling squarely in the midst of the MeToo moment, have given creative teams (and theater-goers) a chance to re-evaluate th…

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Jim Parsons, Armie Hammer, Zachary Quinto Set To Appear On Tony Broadcast by Greg Evans

Jim Parsons, Armie Hammer, Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto are set to appear on the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, to be hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban from New York’s Radio City Mu…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Price Hikes, Extra Week Lift Broadway Box Office 17% Over 2016-17 Levels by Dade Hayes

Aided by a 53rd week in the year (added every seven years for statistical reasons), plus aggressive pricing of certain shows, Broadway box office ended 2017-18 up 17.1% over the prior year. …

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Donna Murphy Returns To Weekly Performances During Bette Midler’s ‘Hello Dolly!’ Run by Greg Evans

Donna Murphy will return to the Broadway hit Hello, Dolly! for six performances during Bette Midler’s upcoming limited run, repeating the mostly once-a-week schedule that Murphy perfor…

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‘Little Dancer’ Musical Heads To New York For Industry Reading by Greg Evans

Little Dancer, the musical by the Tony-nominated Once on This Island duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, will get a big-name industry reading next month, directed by five-time Tony-winner…

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Tapping Squidward: Broadway’s Gavin Lee Gets To The Heart Of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ – Tony Awards Watch by Greg Evans

That old Broadway dictum – Never share a stage with fuchsia sea anemones – is blown to smithereens when Gavin Lee taps his way through “I’m Not A Loser,” the gl…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Paul Schneider Rounds Out Broadway’s ‘Straight White Men’ Cast; Joins Josh Charles, Armie Hammer by Greg Evans

Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) will round out the Broadway cast of Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men, joining, among othe…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Broadway’s Joe Mantello Talks ‘Three Tall Women’, ‘Boys In The Band’, Even ‘Angels In America’ As Only He Can – Tony Watch by Greg Evans

The gorgeous, deceptively calming bedroom set that frames Three Tall Women at Broadway’s John Golden Theatre loses none of its beauty with the lights way up and the house empty (save f…

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‘Pretty Woman’ Musical Finds Its Man: Andy Karl Cast In Broadway Production by Greg Evans

Three-time Tony Award nominee Andy Karl, last seen on Broadway in Groundhog Day, has been cast as the male lead in the upcoming Pretty Woman: The Musical. He’ll play Edward Lewis (Rich…

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Obie Awards Complete Winners List: Rajiv Joseph’s ‘Describe The Night’ Among Honorees by Dino-Ray Ramos

The American Theatre Wing’s President and CEO Heather Hitchens and The Village Voice President and CEO Peter Barbey revealed the winners of the 63rd Annual Obie Awards Monday night. Ra…

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Broadway Box Office Steady With Prior Week, Remains 14% Ahead Of 2016-17 by Dade Hayes

With Broadway in the final days of its statistically extended 2017-2018 year (53 weeks instead of 52, long story), grosses held steady for the week ending May 20, according to figures from t…

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‘Sweeney Todd’ Sets Date When It Will Bake Its Last Off-Broadway Meat Pie by Dade Hayes

Producers of the long-running Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street said the intimate, immersive rendering of the Stephen Sondheim masterpiece will close…

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Rose McGowan Reads Hollywood Missive In Surprise ‘Letters Live’ NYC Appearance; Joins Benedict Cumberbatch, Edie Falco by Greg Evans

Benedict Cumberbatch, Edie Falco, Hugh Dancy and Tony-nominee Tom Hollander were among the famous faces reading famous – or should-be-famous – correspondence from the past at Fri…

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Friday, May 18, 2018

A New Spin On ‘Carousel’: Joshua Henry & Jessie Mueller Talk #MeToo, Shattering Barriers & Sublime Tunes – Tony Watch by Greg Evans

Carousel pulled into town this year as two seasons were well underway – the first a Broadway spring crammed with Tony-worthy new plays, musicals and revivals, from the thoroughly moder…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

‘In The Heights’: Warner Bros Closing $50M Deal For Movie Rights After Hot Auction by Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is closing a $50 million deal to score film rights to In the Heights, the Tony-winning musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes. The property been the…

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‘Big Fish’ Authors Denounce Community Theater Cancellation Of Musical Over Gay Dad Characters by Greg Evans

A Pittsburgh “family-friendly” community theater has canceled a production of the musical Big Fish after a dispute with the director over the inclusion of a same-sex couple as ba…

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‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Harry Potter’ Top Audience Choice Awards by Dade Hayes

EXCLUSIVE: Mean Girls led the field by winning eight prizes, including Favorite New Musical, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won Favorite New Play in the 18th annual Audi…

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Duncan Sheik To Set ‘Secret Life Of Bees’ Buzzing With New Music For Off Broadway Bow by Greg Evans

The Secret Life of Bees, a new musical based on the best-selling novel and with music by Dunan Sheik, will make its world premiere next May at the Atlantic Theater Off-Broadway. The producti…

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Pregnant Broadway Actress Injured In Car Crash Loses Unborn Baby by Denise Petski

Tony-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles, whose four-year-old daughter was killed in a horrific Brooklyn car crash that also left Miles injured, has lost the baby she was carrying at the time o…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gloria Steinem Bio-Play By Emily Mann Headed For Off Broadway Run by Greg Evans

Gloria: A Life, a new play about Gloria Steinem written by Emily Mann and directed by Diane Paulus, will debut Off Broadway this fall at the Daryl Roth Theater. Roth is producing. Previews w…

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Tony Award Watch: David Morse Talks ‘Iceman’, ‘Elsewhere’, Denzel & ‘Dannemora’ by Greg Evans

May 25 will mark thirty years to the night when little Tommy Westphall gazed into a snow globe and revealed to nearly 23 million TV viewers that six seasons of heartbreak, joy, love, loss, e…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Broadway’s ‘Frozen’, ‘A Bronx Tale’ Announce North American Tour Plans by Greg Evans

Disney’s Tony-nominated musical Frozen will skate across North America beginning in the fall of 2019, with an official, exclusive opening at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angel…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Obie Awards Set Andrew Garfield, Lucy Liu, Matthew Broderick As Presenters by Dino-Ray Ramos

Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of The American Theatre Wing and Peter Barbey, President and CEO of The Village Voice announce today the lineup of presenters at the 63rd Annual Obie A…

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Tony Nominees Nudge Broadway Box Office 4% Ahead Of Prior Week by Dade Hayes

Strong grosses for several shows pacing the field of Tony Award nominees — including Angels in America, Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants — nudged the Broadway box office last…

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville Unearth Secrets & Treasure In ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ At BAM – Review by Greg Evans

Richard Eyre’s staging of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, starring an ideally matched Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, unfolds on a summer home set t…

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Jim Parsons Injury Forces Cancellation Of ‘The Boys In the Band’ Performance by Dino-Ray Ramos

During a Saturday matinee performance of the Broadway revival of the 1968 off-Broadway hit The Boys in the Band, cast member Jim Parsons tripped causing a cancellation of the evening show.…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Tony Awards Watch: Jamie Parker Talks Broadway Magic & Being Harry Potter by Greg Evans

The magic of Broadway’s Harry Potter and The Cursed Child can be as simple as a lightning-quick costume change, as startling as a bolt of fire sent blazing from a wizard’s wand …

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Broadway’s ‘Mean Girls’, ‘My Fair Lady’ Announce National Tours by Greg Evans

Mean Girls and My Fair Lady are taking to the road: With the Broadway productions of the musicals up for a combined 22 Tony Awards, national tours for both shows were announced today for …

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Broadway Dispute Settled; Show Will Go On by Erik Pedersen

Three weeks before its scheduled trial date, the lawsuit over the Aaron Sorkin-penned Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird has been settled. The estate of book author Harper Lee and …

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Olivier-Winning ‘The Ferryman’ To Hit Broadway With London Stars by Greg Evans

Jez Butterworth’s Olivier Award-winning play The Ferryman will arrive on Broadway with most of its acclaimed London cast intact. Paddy Considine, the Olivier-winning Laura Donnelly and…

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