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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Javier Munoz Says Goodbye to Lin-Manuel Miranda: 'Hamilton' Creator, Star and "My Great Friend" by Ashley Lee

Ahead of their final performances in the hit Broadway musical, the actor also shared how Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo have helped him through his recent battle with cancer.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 02:41PM
Friday, July 8, 2016

Meet the New 'Hamilton' Actors Playing Aaron Burr and Eliza Schuyler (Q&A) by Ashley Lee

Brandon Victor Dixon and Lexi Lawson tell THR of learning from departing actors Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo, plus the story of that fruitful night in 2009.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:00AM
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ariana Grande Joins NBC's 'Hairspray Live!' as Penny Pingleton by Ashley Lee

"I've never been more excited for anything in my entire life," says the singer-actress.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 03:09PM

Chita Rivera, Kelli O'Hara Headline Broadway's Benefit Concert for Orlando Victims by Ashley Lee

Jessie Mueller and Brian Stokes Mitchell will also perform at the July 25 event.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 01:19PM
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

What's Next for 'Hamilton' and Its Stars: New Cities, Disney and a Documentary by Ashley Lee

The hit Broadway musical opens in Chicago, California and London as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo move on to other projects after their final performance on July 9.rea…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 03:54PM

Lin-Manuel Miranda Bids Farewell to 'Hamilton' With Archive Letter to Eliza by Ashley Lee

Fans also sang "Happy Trails" to stars Phillipa Soo and Leslie Odom Jr. outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Wednesday afternoon.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 02:15PM
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Off Script: How Sean Hayes Survives Starring on Broadway While Producing TV in L.A. (Q&A) by Ashley Lee

The sitcom star of 'Will and Grace' and producer of 'Hollywood Game Night' opts for cocktails and creativity to get him through his New York City run of 'An Act of God,' following Los Angele…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 11:59AM
Monday, July 4, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Lopez Collaborate on Song to Benefit Orlando Victims by Ashley Lee

"Love Make the World Go Round" will benefit the Hispanic Federation's Proyecto Somos Orlando initiative.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 12:44PM
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Off Script: What '2 Broke Girls' Star Beth Behrs Learned From Playing a Stand-Up Comic in NYC by Ashley Lee

The theater-trained TV actress survived her New York stage debut in 'A Funny Thing...' thanks to yoga videos on YouTube, transmittal meditation and big Italian dinners in the West Village.re…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 04:32PM
Thursday, June 30, 2016

All the Broadway Shows of the 2016-17 Season by Ashley Lee

Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett and Liev Schreiber light up a season with Cirque du Soleil acrobats and the breakouts of 'Pitch Perfect' and 'Hamilton.'

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 07:28AM
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

'Hamilton's' Leslie Odom Jr. Talks Jazz Album, Residency Dreams and Potentially Playing Aaron Burr Again (Q&A) by Ashley Lee

"I'm in no way running from 'Hamilton' or its success," the Tony winner tells THR. "I have a few weeks left, and I'm still learning lessons from this show."read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 03:40PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Rebel Wilson Rotates Into 'Guys and Dolls' on West End by Ashley Lee

"Hopefully I crush it," said the 'Pitch Perfect' actress of playing Miss Adelaide.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 01:40PM
Monday, June 27, 2016

Jimmy Buffett Musical Sets San Diego Premiere by Ashley Lee

'Escape to Margaritaville' will feature both original songs and the singer's classic tracks.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 04:57PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Aaron Tveit Sings With Lin-Manuel Miranda for 'Hamilton' Lottery Show by Ashley Lee

Rory O'Malley, who plays King George III in the hit Broadway musical, will take over the star-studded sing-alongs after the Tony-winning composer exits the show.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 02:08PM
Monday, June 20, 2016

'Monopoly' Stage Musical in the Works by Ashley Lee

The Broadway-bound production is part of a new partnership between Hasbro and The Araca Group. Could a play based on Play-Doh be next?read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 11:53AM
Friday, June 17, 2016

'Hamilton's' Phillipa Soo to Star in 'Amelie' on Broadway by Ashley Lee

The Tony-nominated actress will star in the controversial musical adaptation of the 2001 film, which made its world premiere with 'Les Miserables' actress Samantha Barks.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 04:18PM
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Javier Munoz to Replace Lin-Manuel Miranda in 'Hamilton,' Broadway Show to Film With Original Cast by Ashley Lee

It's official: The composer-star will exit the hit musical on July 9.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 11:52AM

Off Script: 'Daredevil' Star Charlie Cox Plays Six Characters (With Eyesight) in 'Incognito' by Ashley Lee

The actor bounces back from a botched 'Star Wars' audition with the off-Broadway play, foam-rolling and brunch in Brooklyn.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 11:32AM
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Broadway Stars Join to Record "What the World Needs Now Is Love" as Orlando Charity Single by Ashley Lee

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bernadette Peters, Idina Menzel, Sara Bareilles, Audra McDonald, Gloria Estefan, Kelli O'Hara, Chita Rivera and more will record "What the World Needs Now Is Love" to ben…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 03:43PM

Broadway's 'She Loves Me' to Stream Live Online by Ashley Lee

"Vanilla Ice Cream" for everyone.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 11:00AM
Monday, June 13, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016

Off Script: Jessie Mueller Talks 'Waitress' Self-Worth, Sara Bareilles' Score and Escaping NYC by Ashley Lee

"New York City is a lot for me — things just move so fast here, and sometimes it's too much for the human spirit," the Tony nominee tells THR. "I like trees and fresh air. Thank god for Zi…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 03:10PM

Rosie O'Donnell Reflects on the Healing Power of 'Hamilton,' Which She's Seen 15 Times by Ashley Lee

O'Donnell tells THR of her ticket strategy, job-securing run-in and political suggestion: "Every single presidential candidate should be required to see this show twice a week until they fin…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:30AM
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Off Script: How Phillipa Soo Treats Herself Between "Vulnerable" Performances in 'Hamilton' by Ashley Lee

The Tony nominee, who will lend her voice to Disney's 'Moana' and exchange vows with Steven Pasquale, talks meeting the Obamas and avid fans barely old enough to read.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 03:37PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Pens Op-Ed Criticizing Use of Ticket Bots on Broadway by Ashley Lee

"The extra money doesn’t provide a better concert or show experience for you, the fan," he wrote in The New York Times. "Instead, it goes straight to the broker’s bottom line."read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 10:32AM
Monday, June 6, 2016

'Groundhog Day' Musical Loses Producer Scott Rudin by Ashley Lee

"The more it evolved, the more it felt that there was no way for me to do what I like to do," he said. "It's a great show, and I'm sure it will be a big hit."read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 03:20PM

Tonys: Angela Lansbury, Neil Patrick Harris, Jake Gyllenhaal to Present by Ashley Lee

James Earl Jones, Claire Danes, Daniel Dae Kim, Diane Lane, Lucy Liu, Sean Hayes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Marlee Matlin, Uzo Aduba, Blair Underwood and Andrew Rannells also will appear at Sund…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 12:48PM

Off Script: Mark Strong Talks Shaves, Steaks and New York City Strolls for 'A View From the Bridge' by Ashley Lee

"There’s part of me that wonders whether you're 'out of sight, out of mind' when it comes to voting," the Tony nominee. "I hope they’d vote for it without needing to see me at some cockt…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 10:00AM
Friday, June 3, 2016

Off Script: Andrea Martin Says "I Honestly Do Not Know How I Survived" Broadway's 'Noises Off' by Ashley Lee

The Tony nominee, who was shooting Hulu's 'Difficult People' while starring in the intricate farce, admitted to always having her script open backstage for the first time.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:30AM
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Off Script: Alex Brightman Needs Pineapples and 'Family Guy' to Keep Up With 'School of Rock' Kids by Ashley Lee

"I lose at least a pound a day," the Tony nominee tells THR. Offstage, "I have seconds, not minutes. I’m drinking small sips of water, toweling off and changing. Trying to breathe."read mo…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:30AM
Monday, May 30, 2016

Off Script: How 'Hamilton' Star Renee Elise Goldsberry Absolved Steven Spielberg's 10-Year Guilt by Ashley Lee

The Tony nominee talks napping strategies, showtime snacking and leaving Hollywood speechless: "We're all having these awkward moments backstage, trying to form words to just talk about what…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:30AM