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Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 3am (Broadway Time)

The Flick: Annie Baker's play about cinema is really a love letter to theatre

by Lyn Gardner

Baker’s heartbreaking Pulitzer-winner, is set in a doomed picturehouse but it’s really about how nothing beats the live theatrical experienceSome months ago, a friend and I walked into the wrong auditorium …

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 2am (Broadway Time)

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

by Arts Review

A musical song cycle inspired by the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens will be presented at Chapel Off Chapel for a limited season from 11 May 2016. Through a seri…

Fun factory: the finest comedy of summer 2016

by Brian Logan

Bridget Christie grapples with a Motörhead vibrator, David Baddiel tackles dementia, Todd Barry busts boredom – and Mr Swallow re-creates Houdini’s daftest escapeSummer culture: Theatre | Music | Film | Da…

Broadway musical "Hamilton" does what it always does — stuns

by The Associated Press

This year the Tony Awards are being nicknamed the "Hamil-Tonys" in recognition that "Hamilton" is the show to beat.

‘Hamilton’s success is going to cost you

by Gina Daidone, David K. Li

“Hamilton” scored 16 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, making Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash musical potentially the most decorated show in Broadway history. The hip-hop take on the life of US (and New York Pos…

May Preview: Quiara Alegría Hudes, Duke Riley, Anaïs Mitchell, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

by Maxamoo

Download fileWhat we’re excited to see at the theater (and in a few cases outside the theater) in New York City in May:Daphne’s Dive by Quiara Alegría Hudes at Signature TheaterThe Town Hall Affa…

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 1am (Broadway Time)

Indigenous dancer Damian Smith returns to Australia for final pas de deux

by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

He was bullied as a teen, trained until he bled, and triumphed. Now Smith bids farewell to his globally acclaimed career on the stage that launched itIn 1989 Damian Smith, then a 16-year-old Indigenous kid from…

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at midnight (Broadway Time)

Broadway: “Disaster!” Musical to Close Sunday, More–without Tony Noms– to Come

by Roger Friedman

No Tony nods, can’t stay open. It happens every year. “Disaster!” a funny musical parody by Seth Rudetsky, was not loved by Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

Scott Coulter and Jessica Hendy Headline THE QUENTIN TARANTINO SONGBOOK Tonight at BB Kings

by BroadwayWorld

Scott Coulter and Jessica Hendy headline 'The Quentin Tarantino Songbook, Vol. 1 Music from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown' tonight, May 4 at 8 p.m. at BB Kings Blues Club amp Grill.

Melbourne Theatre Company appoints new Associate Directors

by Arts Review

Melbourne Theatre Company Artistic Director Brett Sheehy AO has announced that Sarah Goodes and Dean Bryant will join the MTC artistic team as Associate Directors in 2017. “We’re thrilled that two direc…

Interviews: Renée Elise Goldsberry Takes a Rare Moment to Reflect on Her Hamilton Journey

The brand-new Tony nominee is practicing for her rocking chair days.

Straight White Men

by Arts Review

Poking fun at one of the luckiest social groups in modern society, Melbourne Theatre Company presents Straight White Men – a new razor-edged comedy from one of American theatre’s most acute observers o…

Pittsburgh CLO raises $9 million in private funds for new works and education

by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh CLO has raised $9 million in the private phase of a planned $10 million capital campaign to support initiatives including new work development for the CLO Cabaret and large-scale musicals for the sum…

Dance notes: Pittsburgh native, choreographer Kyle Abraham receives Doris Duke Artist Award

by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh native and New York City-based dancer/choreographer Kyle Abraham is one of 21 recipients of the fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Awards, which recognize artists for their ongoing contributions to dance…

Jose Llana Shares His Favorite Theatregoing Experiences

by Andrew Gans

What performance caused the singing actor to nearly faint?

Alfred Uhry, Charles Aznavour and Jason Robert Brown's My Paris Begins Tonight

by Olivia Clement

Long Wharf Theatre presents the new musical with direction by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall.

Playbill Vault's Today In Theatre History: May 4

by David Gewirtzman

Signature Plays Begin Tonight Off-Broadway

by Olivia Clement

The Signature Theatre revisits the work of its legacy playwrights: Edward Albee, María Irene Fornés and Adrienne Kennedy.

Tim Daly Returns to New York Stage Tonight

by Andrew Gans

The Emmy-nominated actor stars in the premiere of Penelope Skinner's The Ruins of Civilization.

David Yazbek Makes Feinstein's/54 Below Debut Tonight

by Olivia Clement

The composer and lyricist will play songs from his shows, old and new.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 11pm (Broadway Time)

Long Day’s Journey into Night

by Darryl Reilly

Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne joyously enter through a porch door after the sounds of the ocean have been heard. Their love and attraction for each other is palpable. Mr. Byrne embraces her and with his Iris…

Arlene Wolff At The Metropolitan Room

by Sandi Durell

  Changes  – Always With A Song In Her Heart       by Lisa Reitman-Dobi     Arlene Wolff didn’t do a show. She didn’t do a performance of musical interpretations. Every…

The 2016 Tony Nominees, In Studio


The 2016 Tony Nominations were just announced today, and we have been very lucky to have many of the nominees on our show to discuss their productions. Listen below for our in depth discussions with directors,…

DO I HEAR A WALTZ?: The One-Time Collaboration of Rodgers and Sondheim

This May, the ravishingly romantic 1965 musical?Do I Hear a Waltz??will return to the New York stage for the first time in decades. Below,?Encores!?Music Director?Rob Berman?explains why the show is ripe for re…

Twitter campaign wants Elsa from 'Frozen' to warm up to a woman

Also in Tattle: CBS3’s Walt Hunter to retire, ‘Hamilton’ sets Tony’s record, how much is Super 8 art worth?

The 2016 Tony Nominations: Not All About the Hamiltons

by Michael Schulman

Yesterday, the Asian American Performers Action Coalition released its annual report of “Ethnic Representation on New York Stages.” On Broadway and Off, thirty per cent of available roles went to actors of …

Meet Ivo van Hove, the most provocatively illuminating theater director right now

by Charles McNulty

For those who have been tracking the thrilling career of the Belgian-born, Amsterdam-based director Ivo van Hove, the last place you'd expect to find him working is Broadway. But the Flemish auteur, whose radic…

The 'Hamilton' Effect: The hit re-shapes Broadway's Tony season

by Steven Zeitchik

Springtime on Broadway is usually racked with strategy, stress and speculation. New shows vie for any possible edge to capture the Tony Awards' brass ring of best musical, on the (often correct) assumption the …

'Hamilton' breaks Tonys record with 16 nominations

by Steven Zeitchik

Shortly after the news broke that "Hamilton" had landed 16 Tony Award nominations, the musical's director, Thomas Kail, sent a text to choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and others on the show's creative team. "…

Tony Nominations Highlight a New Broadway Era

While ‘Hamilton’ made history at the Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, Broadway as a whole is raising the curtain on a remarkably fertile new phase.

Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Announce 2016 Nominees

Honoring Broadway, Off-Broadway, and film’s most outstanding dancers and choreographers, the 2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Award nominees were announced by New York Post columnist Michael Riedel May 2 at th…

A critic's take: Why 'Hamilton's' Tony Award record ushers in a new era for theater

by Charles McNulty

Last year, the Tony Awards could have adopted the hashtag #TonysSoBritish. This year, the nominees announced Tuesday morning look like the anti-Oscars, so diverse is the roster. There may not be much suspense a…

'Spring Awakening' and Deaf West's unlikely road to three Tony nominations

by David Ng

From its humble start in a small theater space in downtown Los Angeles to its three Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, including a nod for musical revival, Deaf West's production of "Spring Awakening" qualifies…

Broadway musical 'Hamilton' does what it always does _ stuns

by Associated Press

NEW YORK — The Tony Awards are being nicknamed this year the "Hamil-Tonys" in recognition that "Hamilton" is the show to beat. That was proven again Tuesday.Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography ab…

Aurora native Sean Grandillo celebrates three Tony nods for 'Spring Awakening'

by Andrea Simakis

On Tuesday, the Aurora native learned Deaf West Theatre's remarkable production -- which also happened to be his Broadway debut -- had earned three 2016 Tony nominations.

Who got overlooked by the Tonys this year

Audra McDonald, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Hudson among those passed by.        

Tony Awards nominations 2016 by show: ‘Hamilton’ (16), ‘Shuffle Along’ (10), ‘She Loves Me’ (8), ‘Long Day’s’ (7) …

by Paul Sheehan

It is always surprising to see the depth and breadth of support for some shows at the Tony Awards and the limited appeal of others. Which ones with multiple nominations did the best in the performance categori…

Tony Awards nominations 2016 snubs: ‘American Psycho,’ Audra McDonald, Ben Whishaw …

by Daniel Montgomery

With 36 productions in contention for this year’s Tony Awards, there were plenty of names missing when nominations were announced on Tuesday. Among the most surprising was the absence of Tony queen Audr…

Michael Musto takes on the Tony Awards: ‘Hamilton’ sweep, Audra McDonald snub, Jessica Lange to win

by Michael Musto

The biggest Tony nomination surprise? No nod for six-time winner Audra McDonald for “Shuffle Along!” I blame it on the awful blue dress they put her in in Act Two! But despite that snub, there is n…

Tony Awards nominations 2016: Meet the 47 people who decided them

by Paul Sheehan

So who decided that “Hamilton” merited a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards nominations while a trio of musicals warranted only one apiece? The 47 members of the nominating committee who attended all 3…

Tony Awards nominations 2016: Good (Carmen Cusack in), bad (‘Fiddler’ falters) & ugly (Audra McDonald out)

by Paul Sheehan

While the headline news about this morning’s 70th Annual Tony Awards nominations coalesces around the record-breaking 16 nominations received by “Hamilton,” there are plenty of other surprises to be happ…

[WATCH] Tony Awards nominations 2016 slugfest: Will ‘Hamilton’ win a record number?

by David Buchanan

Following the announcement of the Tony Awards nominations on Tuesday, Gold Derby’s in-house Tonys trio — Executive Editor Paul Sheehan, contributor Sam Eckmann and myself — regrouped in a…

Why Jennifer Hudson Isn’t Too Surprised She Got Snubbed for a Tony

by Devon Ivie

When the Tony nominations were announced this morning, most people were quick to analyze just exactly how well Hamilton fared. (Record breaking! Surprised?) But when the initial excitement dissipated a bit, one…

Will Hamilton Win a Record 13 Tony Awards? A Look at Its Nominations

by Jesse Green

Does Hamilton have a chance to beat the record set by The Producers for the most Tony wins — 12? Mathematically, yes. But to do this it would have to sweep all 13 categories in which it is nominated, a f…

2016 Tony Award Nomination Snubs and Surprises

by Jesse Green

In any Tony season, the idea of snubs is a little ridiculous; there’s never been a conspiracy to deny Sutton Foster her next award. Among the nominators, who are generally not affiliated with any current show…

Denzel Washington Event Raises Millions For African American Museum (EXCLUSIVE)

by Claudiaeller

While many in the entertainment and media industries were saying their bittersweet goodbyes to President Barack Obama at his final annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner this past Saturday in D.C., an elit…

‘Hamilton’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Are Great, But When Will We See the Next Oscar Sweep?

by Kristopher Tapley

Recent awards dominance by "Hamilton" and "Game of Thrones" reminds us that awards dominance can be an exciting thing.

On the Couch with Jessica Papst

by Arts Review

Who is Jessica Papst? I am currently touring Australia with Michelle Brasier and Erin Hermann-Young in Carole King: The Songbook of her Life, which is a beautiful project based on the music of singer/songwrite…

2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Nominations Announced

by Sandi Durell

  by Marilyn Lester   The atmosphere in the Friar’s Club Milton Berle Room was well-nigh dancing as the nominations were announced for the 2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, by theater critic Micha…

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 10pm (Broadway Time)

Review: An ‘Idiot,’ Telling a Tale

by Laura Collins-Hughes

Structured as a response to Dostoyevsky, this production pares the cast to four.

Great Comet Of 1812 Reveals Broadway Seating Shift

by Chris Luner

While Broadway continues to celebrate one of its most successful seasons in years, the community is already looking ahead to the 2016-17 season lining itself up with spectacular productions. One of those shows…

Disaster Will Close Early On Broadway

by Chris Luner

Talk about a Disaster! Broadway is losing one of its funniest shows of the season earlier than expected. Seth Rudetsky’s brilliant musical spoof of the 1970’s movie series is facing its own disaste…

STAGE TUBE: It's Gonna Be May! College-Age Lin-Manuel Miranda Puts Latin Spin on Pop Hits

by Stage Tube

Yesterday, in honor of the first week of May, HAMILTON creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda shared a video of his performance as part of his junior-year 'Expresiones Latino' talent show at Wesleyan University in…

Rachael Ray to Be Honored by Dr. Oz and HealthCorps Next Week; Ben Vereen to Perform!

by BroadwayWorld

On Tuesday, May 10th, HealthCorps, a leader in the nationwide movement of healthy young people, will honor television personality, best-selling author and philanthropist Rachael Ray.

Review: ‘The Ring Cycle’: ‘The Valkyrie –The Ring of the Nibelung-Part One’ at Washington National Opera

by David Friscic

Love in all of its many manifestations runs rampant throughout the Washington National Opera’s most recent offering in the continuing tale of The Ring Cycle—-namely, The Valkyrie –The Ring of the Nibe…

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 9pm (Broadway Time)

'Hamilton' Producers Strike Deal To Share Profits With Original Cast Members

The Broadway hit musical, Hamilton, is up for 16 Tony Award nominations, and that's sure to boost its already high profits. In April, the musical's producers struck a deal to share some of its profits with orig…

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 8pm (Broadway Time)

Review: A Red Line Runs Through It (Second City e.t.c.)

by Scotty Zacher

A Red Line Runs Through It is a funny commentary on the anxiety-laden life in Chicago specifically, with a definite bias toward northside-near-the-lakefront crowd. It has a good share of improv along with the s…

Review: Follow the Faun, Arts Theatre

by Holly Casey

I hope you’re ready for audience participation, because Follow the Faun is not just a show that only occasionally asks for your interaction, but is an experience that has you dancing, clawing, flying, swimmin…

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7pm (Broadway Time)

Oh, What a Night! Michael Lomenda Returns to Jersey Boys

by Lindsey Sullivan

The big man is back in town! Jersey Boys vet Michael Lomenda will step in for Matt Bogart as Nick Massi in Jersey Boys from May 3 through September 4. Bogart is on leave from the long-running tuner while he app…

Review: ‘See What I Wanna See’ at 11th Hour Theatre Company in Philadelphia

by Rachel Beecher

Based on short stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, See What I Wanna See tells stories of two different time lines questioning truth and faith. Originally work shopped at Williamstown Theater Festival and produced …

Jennifer Ellis, Ciaran Sheehan and Leigh Barrett to Lead Reagle's CAROUSEL This June

by BroadwayWorld

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Bostonwill open its 48th consecutive summer season with Rodgers and Hammerstein's masterpieceCAROUSEL from June 9-19, 2016.

Budget fails to invest in ‘Jobs and Growth’ for Live Performance Industry

by Arts Review

The Budget fails to deliver jobs and growth for Australia’s live performance industry – but the worst news is yet to come. “This Budget is supposed to be focused on jobs and growth. But the live perfo…

2016 Tony Awards Announced

by Michael Block

And the 2016 Hamiltony goes to...yes, that's right. A Hamilton  joke to kick off the article. To no surprise to anyone, Hamilton broke records this year collecting 16 nominations. While it's safe to say th…

Lupita Nyong'o Defends "Small" Tony-Nominated Play 'Eclipsed'

by Jackie Strause

After a journalist asked the Oscar-winning actress why she would choose to do "such a small play," Nyong'o penned a Lenny Letter essay explaining why she won't chase "Hollywood" more

Annual Tony (Or Hamiltony) Nomination Post

by Linda

A lot has changed since I started this blog in 2006, but one constant is my annual Tony nomination post. I do this partly for myself, to organize my thoughts after the initial excitement/anger, and in an attemp…

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6pm (Broadway Time)

Sixteen ways Hamilton transformed theater – and the world

by Alexis Soloski

The theater sensation of the decade scooped a record 16 Tony nominations. Here are 16 reasons Lin-Miranda Manuel’s hip-hop musical broke new groundTony awards: Hamilton musical makes history with 16 nominatio…

Theater News: Disaster! to Close on Broadway

Seth Rudetsky's musical sendup of disaster films will end its run at the Nederlander Theatre.

Tony Nomination Can't Save 'Disaster!'

by David Rooney

Despite landing on the featured actress shortlist for Jennifer Simard's inspired comic turn as a nun with a gambling habit, the Broadway musical will close Sunday. read more

The Disco Is Closing Early... Broadway's DISASTER! to Play Final Performance This Weekend

by BroadwayWorld

Just announced, Broadway's new musical comedy DISASTER will play its final performance early on Sunday, May 8, 2016, after playing 32 preview and 72 regular performances at the Nederlander Theatre 208 West 41 S…

Chicago's Ireon Roach Tops 2016 National August Wilson Monologue Competition

by BroadwayWorld

Chicago Public School student Ireon Roach was awarded first place in the National August Wilson Monologue Competition, which was held May 2, 2016, at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway in New York City.

They're in the Band! See Danielle Brooks, Billy Porter & More Broadway Faves at School of Rock's Actors Fund Performance

by Lindsey Sullivan

The Actors Fund truly rocks! Click through our gallery to see which Broadway faves attended School of Rock's performance to benefit the nonprofit on May 2. #LiveatFive with Fiddler on the Roof's Adam Dannheisser


Fiddler on the Roof's Adam Dannheisser drops by HQ to chat with Paul Wontorek.

SOS: Jack Plotnick & Seth Rudetsky's Disaster! Sets Early Closing Date on Broadway

by Imogen Lloyd Webber

Red alert! After a lack of Tony love, Disaster!, starring Roger Bart (and currently Will Swenson), Kerry Butler, Adam Pascal and more, is set to shutter on May 8 at the Nederlander Theatre; it had been schedule…

Disaster! Announces Closing Date

by Ruthie Fierberg

The ’70s disco musical will play its final performance May 8.

[GALLERY] Opening Night at American Idiot at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

by @ This Stage Staff

Review: The New York Pops: Do You Hear the People Sing

by Jose Solis

In their 33rd birthday gala, called Do You Hear the People Sing, The New York Pops celebrated the works of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg best known for Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, and truly, on…

TWITTER WATCH: SHUFFLE ALONG's Audra McDonald Shows Class and Love After Tony Non-Nomination

by Michael Dale

Despite not being nominated this year, six-time Tony winner is happy to celebrate.

Florida Repertory Theatre Announces 2016–17 Season

by American Theatre Editors

The season includes two murder mysteries, a comedy, and a world premiere play.

Don't miss this: Sardonic mom-com at Pump and Dump

by John Wenzel

Mother's Day: The Pump and Dump's comedy therapySaturday. Denver's nationally touring Pump and Dump show has built its success on a refreshing brand of mom-comedy that avoids bland,

Photo Flash: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Samira Wiley, and More Star in Daphne's Dive

The new play by Quiara Alegría Hudes is directed by Thomas Kail.


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