Thursday, April 22, 2021

Arthur T. Birsh Dies: Longtime ‘Playbill’ Publisher Was 88 by Greg Evans

Arthur T. Birsh, whose job titles during his 50-year career at Playbill, the nation’s most recognizable theater program, included publisher, president, chairman, and most recently chairman…

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Actors’ Equity Will Not Place Scott Rudin On “Do Not Work” List: Roster Reserved For Non-Union Productions by Greg Evans

Actors’ Equity Association told members today that it will not place producer Scott Rudin on its “Do Not Work” list, explaining that the union utilizes the list to alert members about …

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Hugh Jackman Says Broadway’s ‘The Music Man’ Is “Rebuilding” In Wake Of Scott Rudin Step Back by Greg Evans

Hugh Jackman, star of the upcoming Broadway revival of The Music Man produced by Scott Rudin, said today that the company is “rebuilding the Music Man team” in the wake of Rudin’s deci…

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Antoine Fuqua To Direct ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ Film With Black Cast by Greg Evans

Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Magnificent Seven) will direct and produce a film adaptation of the Tennessee Williams’ play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof based on the 2008 Broadway production featur…

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Singer Bonnie Tyler Remembers ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ Composer Jim Steinman: He Wrote “Some Of The Most Iconic Rock Songs Of All Time” by Greg Evans

UPDATE, with Bonnie Tyler tribute Jim Steinman, the composer and lyricist whose roster of hit records included the huge Bonnie Tyler hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” was remembered by t…

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Disney’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Stage Director Resigns From U.K. Tour Over Leaked Email To Scott Rudin Mocking Karen Olivo by Greg Evans

Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast stage director Rob Roth has resigned from the Disney show’s upcoming U.K. and Ireland tour after the text of an email he either sent or intended to send p…

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Anthony Powell Dies: Oscar- & Tony-Winning Costumer Designer Was 85 by Greg Evans

Anthony Powell, a three-time Oscar winner whose costume designs helped bring Indiana Jones to rugged life and Broadway’s Norma Desmond to extravagant excess, died Sunday. He was 85. The Co…

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Monday, April 19, 2021

March On Broadway Organizers Call For Action From Producer Scott Rudin, Actors’ Equity And The Broadway League by Greg Evans

The organizers of this week’s March on Broadway: Broadway Fights Back event protesting racism and inequality in the theater industry have released a list of six demands, including calls fo…

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

‘Music Man’ Star Sutton Foster Breaks Silence On Producer Scott Rudin’s Broadway “Step Back” by Greg Evans

Sutton Foster, who is set to co-star in the upcoming $17 million revival of The Music Man on Broadway with Hugh Jackman, made her first public comments about the show’s producer, Scott Rud…

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Actors’ Equity Calls On Broadway Producer Scott Rudin To Release Employees From NDAs by Greg Evans

Actors’ Equity Association is calling on producer Scott Rudin, who “stepped back” from his Broadway productions today in response to allegations of workplace abuse, to release employee…

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Scott Rudin To “Step Back” From Broadway Productions In Response To Abusive Behavior Allegations by Greg Evans

Producer Scott Rudin will “step back” from active involvement in his Broadway shows in response to allegations of abusive and bullying treatment of employees stretching back for years, D…

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Friday, April 16, 2021

New York Theatre Workshop Artistic Director James C. Nicola Announces Departure; Legacy Includes ‘Rent’, ‘Slave Play’, ‘Hadestown’ by Greg Evans

James C. Nicola, whose tenure as artistic director of Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop included the development of such prominent stage works as Rent, Once,  Hadestown, What the C…

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

California Issues Detailed Guidelines For Performers, Crew At Indoor Concerts, Sports, Live Events, Theater Performances by Tomt

Starting Thursday, attendance at indoor concerts, sporting events, theater performances and conferences is allowed with certain capacity limits based on local Covid-19 infection rates. Those…

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

‘Moulin Rouge!” Star Karen Olivo Won’t Return To Broadway Production In Protest Of Industry Silence Over Scott Rudin by Greg Evans

Karen Olivo, the Tony-nominated star of Broadway hit musical Moulin Rouge!, will not return to the production when the industry re-opens in protest of what she says is the industry silence o…

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Robert Fletcher Dies: Costume Designer For ‘Star Trek’ Films, Broadway Was 98 by Greg Evans

Robert Fletcher, a costumer designer whose more than six decades of credits on screen and the Broadway stage included the first four Star Trek films, died April 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. H…

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Live Theater Sets Return For L.A.’s Ahmanson Theatre & D.C.’s Kennedy Center With Fall Reopenings by Greg Evans

Two of the country’s major theatrical venues announced reopening plans today, with the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. set to house Broadway produ…

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George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies & Anthony Edwards Join ‘ER’ Cast Reunion For ‘Stars In The House’ by Greg Evans

George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies and Anthony Edwards will reunite with other cast members of NBC’s classic hospital drama ER for a special Earth Day episode of Stars in the Ho…

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Ethan Hawke and John Leguizamo Set For ‘Waiting For Godot’ Off Broadway Streaming Production by Greg Evans

Ethan Hawke and John Leguizamo will star in an Off Broadway streaming production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot, directed by Scott Elliott and premiering online Tuesday, May 6. The …

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Theater Unions Condemn Workplace Harassment, Bullying And “Violent” Behavior In Wake Of Scott Rudin Allegations by Greg Evans

Leaders of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity Association and American Federation of Musicians Local 802 are condemning harassment, bullying and toxic environments and pledging “to hold accountab…

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NYC Times Square Covid Vaccination Site Opens To Theater, Film & TV Workers by Greg Evans

The Times Square coronavirus vaccination site serving the Broadway theater industry opened today with an open invitation to the city’s film and television workers as well. In a press confe…

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Joseph Siravo Dies: ‘The Sopranos’, ‘Jersey Boys’ & ‘American Crime Story’ Actor Was 66 by Andreas Wiseman

Joseph Siravo, best known for his roles as Tony Soprano’s father in The Sopranos, Fred Goldman in American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson and stage musical Jersey Boys, has died, a…

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Musicians United For Social Equity Announces BIPOC Scholarships For Theater Careers by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: The non-prof organization Musicians United for Social Equity, or Muse, announced today a set of scholarships supporting BIPOC musicians pursuing a career in theater, an initiative…

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

‘Blindness’ Review: Off Broadway Turns Lights On – And Off – For José Saramago’s Nightmare Soundscape by Greg Evans

New York theater is tiptoeing its way through the dark with tonight’s Off Broadway opening of the actor-free technological and storytelling marvel Blindness, a sound-and-light excursion in…

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Neil Diamond Stage Musical Gets New Name, Pre-Broadway 2022 Premiere Date by Greg Evans

A Beautiful Noise, the new name for the previously untitled Broadway-bound musical about the life and songs of Neil Diamond, will stage its world premiere at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Thea…

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Andrew Yang Proposes Public-Private Broadway Ticket Rescue Plan & Pilot Program For Streaming Theater Productions by Greg Evans

NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang released a sweeping “arts revival” proposal today that would include the use of city funds and corporate commitments to purchase “hundreds of thousand…

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L.A. Stage Alliance Ceases Operations After Membership Revolt Over Misidentification Of Asian Ovation Award Nominee by Greg Evans

The L.A. Stage Alliance, the 46-year-old nonprofit service organization behind the Los Angeles-area’s annual Ovation theater awards, has ceased operations following the mass resignation of…

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

William “Biff” McGuire Dies: Tony-Nominated ‘South Pacific’ Actor Was 94 by Brandon Choe

William “Biff” McGuire, whose Broadway career spanned over seven decades and included a role in the original 1958 South Pacific, died according to a statement released on April 1. He was…

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Arthur Kopit Dies: Pulitizer-Nominated ‘Indians’, ‘Nine’ Playwright Was 83 by Greg Evans

Arthur Kopit, whose 1969 Broadway play Indians was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and later adapted as the film Buffalo Bill and the Indians starring Paul Newman, died Friday in New York. He was…

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Friday, April 2, 2021

California Loosens Some Covid Restrictions Based On Vaccination Status by Tomt

On the same day that the federal government loosened restrictions for fully-vaccinated travelers in the U.S., the nation’s most-populous state also modified some Covid-19 guidelines based …

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Armie Hammer Drops Out Of Upcoming Broadway Production ‘The Minutes’ by Greg Evans

Armie Hammer has withdrawn from the planned 2022 Broadway production of Tracy Letts’ The Minutes, producers confirmed today. The news is the latest hit to Hammer’s career in the wake of …

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Los Angeles Theater Companies Leave L.A. Stage Alliance After Asian Actress Misidentified At Ovation Awards by Greg Evans

More than 25 Los Angeles area theater companies, including the Geffen Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse and the Deaf West Theatre, have revoked their memberships in the L.A. Stage Alliance a…

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre