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Thursday, June 23, 2016

'An American in Paris' to Close on Broadway by David Rooney

The Tony-winning musical adaptation of the MGM screen classic is expected to recoup its investment by the end of the run in January, with a national tour commencing in the fall. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 07:00PM

Tony-Winning 'The Humans' Gets New Home on Broadway by David Rooney

The surge in post-awards business has prompted lead producer Scott Rudin to move the play to a different theater once its current venue becomes unavailable. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 03:39PM

'Nashville' Star Will Chase to Return to Broadway by David Rooney

The actor will step into the role of theatrical rock star William Shakespeare in the musical comedy 'Something Rotten!,' a part he originated in the show's earliest reading. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 02:30PM
Friday, June 17, 2016

Alfred Molina, Jane Kaczmarek to Take 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' (Exclusive) by David Rooney

The actors will star as James and Mary Tyrone in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical drama, beginning performances Jan. 31 at the Geffen Playhouse. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 04:03PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Robert De Niro to Make Broadway Directing Debut on 'A Bronx Tale' by David Rooney

The actor teams with stage veteran Jerry Zaks on the musical version of Chazz Palminteri's streetwise neighborhood memoir. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 04:00PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Steve Martin's 'Bright Star' to Close on Broadway by David Rooney

After struggling to build audiences and walking away empty-handed from the Tony Awards, the original bluegrass musical will play its final performance June 26. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 07:34PM
Monday, June 13, 2016

'The Taming of the Shrew': Theater Review by David Rooney

Janet McTeer and Cush Jumbo play combative newlyweds Petruchio and Katherina in Phyllida Lloyd's all-female Shakespeare in the Park staging. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 09:00PM

The 70th Annual Tony Awards: TV Review by David Rooney

James Corden hosted Broadway’s annual lovefest, a ceremony in which the triumphant success of ‘Hamilton’ was countered by the somber aftermath of Saturday night’s horrific shooting i…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 12:54AM
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016

Tonys: Why a Record Number of Wins for 'Hamilton' Is a Long Shot by David Rooney

THR's chief theater critic explains that despite hitting a new high with an unprecedented 16 nominations, the odds appear to be against the hip-hop juggernaut topping 'The Producers,' which …

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:00AM
Thursday, June 9, 2016

'Hamilton' Jacks Up Premium Seats to New High of $849 by David Rooney

The move, accompanied by a more modest hike in standard ticket prices, is part of a bid by producers to combat the escalating loss of revenues to scalpers. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 11:09AM
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ben Platt to Reprise 'Dear Evan Hansen' on Broadway by David Rooney

The 'Pitch Perfect' star will head the cast in the transfer of his hit off-Broadway show, one of the most critically acclaimed new musicals of the 2015-16 season. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 01:02PM

Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon to Double Up on Broadway in 'The Little Foxes' by David Rooney

The stars will alternate in the main female roles in Daniel Sullivan's revival of the classic 1939 Lillian Hellman drama for Manhattan Theatre Club. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 01:00PM

Tonys: James Corden Heads Back to Broadway as Awards Host (Q&A) by David Rooney

The 'Late Late Show' ringmaster talks to THR about being in the room where it happens Sunday night in the trailblazing year of 'Hamilton.' read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 09:15AM
Monday, June 6, 2016

Critic's Notebook: Peter Shaffer, Master of Duality by David Rooney

The playwright was a classicist who distanced himself from the angry young men of his generation in elegantly structured dramas such as 'Amadeus' and 'Equus.'read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 07:05PM

Sally Field, Joe Mantello to Lead 'Glass Menagerie' Revival on Broadway by David Rooney

Tony-winning 'Fun Home' director Sam Gold will stage the Tennessee Williams drama, with Finn Wittrock and Madison Ferris rounding out the cast and Scott Rudin producing. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 04:27PM
Sunday, June 5, 2016

Broadway's 'The King and I' Sets June Closing by David Rooney

The Tony-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival will take its final New York bow this summer, prior to launching a national tour in November. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 07:47PM

Disney's 'Frozen' Musical Switches Up Dance Moves by David Rooney

Tony winner Christopher Gattelli is in advanced negotiations to step in for previously announced choreographer Peter Darling, who has dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 06:28PM
Friday, June 3, 2016

Frank Sinatra to Get Stage Bio-Musical Treatment by David Rooney

Targeted for a 2018 opening, the show will feature songs from Ol' Blue Eyes' hit catalogue to chart the singer-actor's life and career.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 11:45AM

Angela Lansbury Sets Broadway Return in 'The Chalk Garden' by David Rooney

The five-time Tony Award winner will star in a revival of Enid Bagnold's 1955 play planned for the 2017-18 season, with Scott Rudin and Andrew Bryan producing. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 09:38AM
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tonys: Barbra Streisand to Make First Appearance in 46 Years by David Rooney

Returning to the Tony stage for the first time since 1970, Streisand joins a roster of presenters that includes Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett and Steve Martin. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 01:51PM
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

'Tuck Everlasting' Doesn't Last Long on Broadway by David Rooney

After struggling to attract audiences and landing only a single Tony nomination, the family-friendly musical will play its final performance on Sunday.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 06:25PM
Monday, May 23, 2016

Broadway Season Hits Record High by David Rooney

New hits like 'Hamilton' and perennials like 'The Lion King' and 'Wicked' pushed 2015-16 season grosses to an all-time high north of $1.3 billion, with 13.3 million admissions. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 05:39PM
Monday, May 9, 2016

Christian Borle to Play Willy Wonka on Broadway by David Rooney

The two-time Tony winner will star in the new Roald Dahl musical, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' beginning performances next March at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:00AM
Thursday, May 5, 2016

New York Drama Critics Circle Honors 'The Humans,' 'Shuffle Along' by David Rooney

Stephen Karam's ensemble drama about the conflicts and comforts of the American family in an age of anxiety took best play honors, while George C. Wolfe's glittering historical exhumation wa…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 07:43PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

John Boyega Heads to London Stage in 'Woyzeck' by David Rooney

The 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' actor will appear in a new version of the drama by Jack Thorne, the playwright behind the upcoming 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.' read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 11:37AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 06:46PM

Tonys: 'Hamilton' Makes History With 16 Nominations by David Rooney

Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop juggernaut is one of a handful of shows that yielded noms for actors of color, flipping the trend of this year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy. read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 12:19AM
Monday, May 2, 2016

Diversity Representation Hits Record High on New York Stages by David Rooney

An annual report covering the 2014-15 theater season showed increased hiring of non-white actors at the city’s top non-profits, even if Broadway experienced a dip.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:37PM

Tonys: Paper Mill Playhouse to Receive Regional Theater Honor by David Rooney

Established in 1938, the New Jersey venue has propelled a number of musicals to Broadway, including 'Newsies,' 'Honeymoon in Vegas' and the upcoming 'The Bandstand.'

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 12:45PM

Lucille Lortel Awards: The Complete Winners List by David Rooney

The top honors for off-Broadway theater were presented Sunday in New York, with 'Guards at the Taj' and 'The Robber Bridegroom' leading the winners.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 12:33PM