Monday, September 27, 2021

Tonys Awards: The Biggest Snubs, Surprises and Takeaways of the 2021 Ceremony by Gordon Cox

The long-delayed Tony Awards ceremony has happened at last, and much of it played out as expected — see, for instance, the string of wins for “Moulin Rouge!,” which seemed the likely w…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:04AM
Sunday, September 26, 2021

Tony Awards: Full List of Winners (Updating Live) by Meredith Woerner

Almost a year after the Tony Award nominations dropped, it’s finally time to announce the winners. Amid rising health concerns Broadway (and theater across the globe) went dark in March of…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:04PM

‘Moulin Rouge’ Star Robyn Hurder Talks Her Tony Nomination and Returning to Broadway After COVID-19 Shutdown by Haley Kluge

When “Moulin Rouge” re-opened on Broadway Friday night after COVID-19 shut its doors, Robyn Hurder returned to the production not just as one of its stars, but as a Tony nominee. At Sund…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:53PM
Saturday, September 25, 2021

At ‘Tarantino Live,’ Director’s Soundtracks Come to Life, With a Little Help From Jackie Brown, the Bride and the Gimp by Chris Willman

What do the Bride, Jackie Brown, Django, Mia Wallace, Hans Landa, Cottonmouth, Stuntman Mike McKay, Mr. Pink, Charles Manson and the Gimp all have in common? For one thing, that they’re al…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:57PM
Friday, September 24, 2021

As CBS and Paramount Plus Expand and Split This Year’s Tony Awards, Execs and Producers Explain Why by Michael Schneider

As the Tony Awards return for the first time in more than two years, CBS and White Cherry Entertainment’s Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss faced a challenging task: How to hand out awards, c…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:59PM

New York Launches Mental Health Initiative for Performers, Restaurant Workers and Nightlife Community by Jordan Moreau

Through a new initiative from the New York’s Office of Nightlife, restaurant workers, performers, and hospitality business operators can receive mental health support as the COVID-19 pande…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:09PM

Tony Awards Predictions: Breaking Down the Likely 2021 Winners by Gordon Cox

A Tony predictions story? In this climate? Yes, the Tony Awards are happening Sunday, although you might not know it. Publicity has been hampered by the confusing roll-out of the plan for th…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:20PM

Tony Awards Make Comeback as Nominees Discuss a Changed Broadway by Gordon Cox

With all the uncertainty around Broadway right now, one thing’s for sure: The Tony Awards this year will be unlike any other. The 2021 ceremony comes just as Broadway has begun its recove…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Alaska 5000, Lea DeLaria Cast as Royal Leads in Pasadena Production of Go-Go’s Musical ‘Head Over Heels’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Chris Willman

Initial casting is being revealed for the Pasadena Playhouse’s production of the Go-Go’s-scored musical comedy “Head Over Heels,” opening in a reconfigured, immersive setting within …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Melvin Van Peebles, Influential Director, Actor and Writer, Dies at 89 by Carmel Dagan

Melvin Van Peebles, the influential filmmaker behind “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song,” and father of director and actor Mario Van Peebles, has died. He was 89. “Sweet Sweetback” …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:03PM
Friday, September 17, 2021

‘Camp Siegfried’ Review: Bess Wohl’s New Play at the Old Vic in London by Gordon Cox

The claim to theatrical fame of the Long Island hamlet of Yaphank has thus far rested with PG Wodehouse, who included the town in his lyrics for Jerome Kern’s satirical hymn to the simple …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00PM
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Jane Powell, Spirited Star of Movie Musicals ‘Royal Wedding,’ ‘Seven Brides,’ Dies at 92 by Carmel Dagan

Jane Powell, who starred as an angelically visaged young actress in a number of MGM musicals including “Royal Wedding” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” during the 1940s and ’5…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:54PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Broadway Reopening Hits High Gear With ‘Hamilton,’ ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Wicked’ and More by Gordon Cox

“I don’t want to take live theater for granted ever again, do you?” That was Lin-Manuel Miranda, in a brief curtain speech welcoming back the first Broadway audience at “Hamilton” …

SOURCE: Variety at 10:22PM

How Broadway’s New Diversity Director Aims to Change the Industry by Gordon Cox

Broadway is back — and it’s looking to make some changes to how it used to operate. Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcast below: With producers, creators, advocates and exec…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:07PM
Monday, September 13, 2021

‘Back to the Future’ Review: West End Musical Is Lots of Fun Despite Flaws by Gordon Cox

In recent decades, numerous musical have arrived in London with outsized production values swamping the material, leading critics to wish for time machines so that they can fast-forward to t…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:05PM

‘Beetlejuice’ Is Back! Fueled by Social Media Embrace, Musical Sets Broadway Return by Rebecca Rubin

Whether or not you say his name three times, Beetlejuice is returning to Broadway. The musical, based on Tim Burton’s 1988 film about a pesky poltergeist, was presumed to be leaving the Gr…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Transgender March on Broadway Protests Cameron Mackintosh Casting Comments, Calls For Greater Representation by Brent Lang

Transgender actors and advocates for greater trans inclusion on Broadway gathered in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district on Monday. Called the Trans March on Broadway, the event was …

SOURCE: Variety at 08:14AM
Friday, September 3, 2021

‘Pass Over’ Breakout Namir Smallwood on His Long Road to Broadway by Brent Lang

When Namir Smallwood took the stage for the first preview of his first show on Broadway, the audience gave him and his “Pass Over” co-star Jon Michael Hill a thunderous standing ovation.…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:43PM

‘Hadestown’ and ‘Waitress’ Reopen on Broadway, Sara Bareilles Honors Nick Cordero by Marc Malkin

Broadway took its next step toward reopening Thursday night, carefully and deliberately on the backs of two shows telling stories of fear and resilience. “Hadestown,” the 2019 Tony-winni…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:09PM
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

‘Operation Mincemeat’ Review: Hilarious Small-Scale Musical Could Become a Big Hit by Gordon Cox

Is the quite splendid “Operation Mincemeat” ridiculously clever or cleverly ridiculous? Both. Making a song-n-dance show out of a real-life, stiff-upper-lip, British World War II intelli…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:42PM

Tamsen Fadal’s Nationally Syndicated Broadway Show Gets New Name (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Curtains up on a new name for Tamsen Fadal’s nationally syndicated Broadway program. “Broadway Profiles With Tamsen Fadal” will be re-titled “The Broadway Show With Tamsen Fadal.” …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:03PM

Broadway Staple TKTS Will Reopen in September by Rebecca Rubin

TKTS, the premier destination for discount Broadway tickets, will reopen this fall after being shuttered for more than a year due to the pandemic. Its return, set for Sept. 15 at 3 p.m., mar…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:34PM
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Inside Disney Theatrical’s Global Restart by Gordon Cox

From “Aladdin” in Mexico City to “Frozen” in London to “The Lion King” in Tokyo — not to mention “Lion King” and “Aladdin” on Broadway — Disney Theatrical Productions…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:44PM
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

‘Moulin Rouge: The Musical’ Hires Chloe Beck as Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by Rebecca Rubin

“Moulin Rouge: The Musical” has appointed Chloe Beck to oversee its equity, diversity and inclusion efforts. As director of EDI, Beck will focus on the Broadway production, the upcoming …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:30AM
Monday, August 23, 2021

Barry Manilow’s ‘Harmony’ Musical Will Finally Get Its First NYC Run in Spring 2022 by Chris Willman

Barry Manilow fans never got to hear the end of his set at Saturday’s “We Love NYC” Central Park concert, after the all-star show got shut down right in the middle of a Manilow medley.…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:08PM
Sunday, August 22, 2021

‘Pass Over’ Review: Antoinette Nwandu’s Play Reignites Broadway by Gordon Cox

In Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s surreal and morbidly funny existential drama “Pass Over,” two characters who might be fugitives from a Samuel Beckett play find themselves in a world wh…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:05PM
Thursday, August 19, 2021

‘Cinderella’ Review: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Fairy Tale Redux Opens at Last by Gordon Cox

Where do you go after you’ve seen “Wicked”? That worldwide smash has built a vast young audience hungry for stories propelled by power ballads of female empowerment, and it’s clearly…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:48PM

Political Consultant Hank Morris Turns Battles With Andrew Cuomo Into Off-Broadway Musical (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

In 2010, Hank Morris, a big-time political consultant and powerbroker, pleaded guilty to involvement in a pension fraud pay-to-play scandal. Andrew Cuomo, who was then serving as New York’…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM

Jeff Daniels, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Celebrate Broadway’s Return in Short Film (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Jeff Daniels is ready to welcome audiences back to Broadway. The producing team behind “Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird,” a box office juggernaut that already ranks as the most succ…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Go-Go’s Stage Musical ‘Head Over Heels’ Headed to L.A., Reconfigured as a ‘Dance Party’ by Chris Willman

“Head Over Heels,” the Broadway production that put the song catalog of the Go-Go’s to use as the basis of a narrative musical-comedy, is finally reaching the band’s hometown of Los …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:42PM

‘Hamilton’ Marks Live Theater’s Emotional Return to Los Angeles by Katcy Stephan

It’s been a long road for the company of “Hamilton” in Los Angeles — just eight hours before opening night back in March 2020, the show was shut down as fears swelled over a looming …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:50PM

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