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Monday, June 29, 2020

Actors Fund Expands Insurance Education Campaign As Theater Workers Face Loss Of Health Benefits by Greg Evans

With thousands of out-of-work theater professionals likely to become ineligible for their union insurance over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown continues, The Actors Fun…

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Broadway Shutdown Extended Through 2020 by Greg Evans

As expected, Broadway will remain dark through 2020, with the Broadway League announcing today that theater owners will refund or exchange all tickets purchased for productions through Jan. …

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Broadway’s Roundabout Postpones ‘Caroline, Or Change’, ‘Birthday Candles’ To 2021, Adds Alice Childress’ ‘Trouble In Mind’ To Line-Up by Greg Evans

The Broadway revival of the Tony Kushner-Jeanine Tesori musical Caroline, or Change and the New York premiere of Noah Haidle’s Birthday Candles starring Debra Messing are the latest produc…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Broadway Producers Of ‘American Buffalo’ & ‘The Minutes’ Call COVID-19 Vaccine “Essential” To Planned Spring 2021 Reopenings by Greg Evans

The Broadway revival of American Buffalo, orignally set to star Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss, and the Steppenwolf production of Tracy Letts’ The Minutes are targeting …

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Marlo Thomas Set For ‘Free To Be…You and Me’ Special On ‘Stars In The House’ by Greg Evans

Marlo Thomas will join Stars In The House creators and hosts Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley Friday on their YouTube series to celebrate the actress’ groundbreaking 1970s TV special Free To…

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Broadway’s ‘Flying Over Sunset’ Postponed Until 2021 Amid Speculation Of Industrywide Shutdown Extension by Greg Evans

Lincoln Center Theater will postpone until Spring 2021 two productions it had planned for this Fall, including the James Lapine-directed Broadway musical Flying Over Sunset, due to the ongoi…

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda Confirms New Disney Animated Movie Set In Colombia by Greg Evans

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney Animation are at work on an animated musical set in Colombia, the Hamilton creator teased in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America today. “I’m actual…

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Audra McDonald, Adrienne Warren, ‘Tina’ & ‘BLKS’ Take Trophies In Inaugural Antonyo Awards For Black Theater Artists – Complete Winners by Greg Evans

Audra McDonald, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and its star Adrienne Warren, LaChanze, Aziza Barnes’ play BLKS and the Off Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Ha…

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Broadway Confronts Its Racism: ‘Tina’ Star Adrienne Warren & ‘Be More Chill’s Britton Smith On Seizing The Moment by Greg Evans

“There is only before this moment,” says Adrienne Warren, star of Broadway’s Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, “and after this moment.” In a remarkable series of big, first steps i…

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Shubert Organization Chairman Philip J. Smith Announces Retirement After 63 Years With Broadway Company by Greg Evans

Philip J. Smith, Chairman and Co-CEO of The Shubert Organization, has announced his retirement, effective June 30, after 63 years with Broadway’s largest theater owner and producer. A majo…

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda Pens Special ‘Hamilton’ Lyric For John Bolton’s “Cash-In” Book ‘The Room Where It Happened’ by Greg Evans

Lin-Manuel Miranda has weighed in on John Bolton’s lift of a Hamilton lyric for use as the title of his memoir The Room Where It Happened. Since the former national security adviser announ…

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Broadway’s ‘West Side Story’ Star Isaac Powell Signs With CAA by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Isaac Powell, who originated the lead role of Tony in Ivo van Howe’s Broadway revival of West Side Story, has signed with CAA. For his critically acclaimed performance, which in…

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Actor Nick Cordero Faces “Long, Long Road Ahead” In COVID-19 Battle, Wife Amanda Kloots Reports by Greg Evans

Broadway actor Nick Cordero could face months more in the hospital and then as much as a year in a rehabilitation facility, his wife Amanda Kloots said in an Instagram Story last night. “W…

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‘Moulin Rouge!’, ‘The Inheritance’, Danny Burstein Among Top Drama League Award Winners by Greg Evans

Broadway’s Moulin Rouge! The Musical and The Inheritance were named outstanding musical and play of the 2019-20 theater season by New York’s Drama League, the organization announced toda…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Producer Cameron Mackintosh Slams British Government For Offering Theaters No “Practical Support”, Says West End ‘Hamilton’, ‘Phantom Of The by Greg Evans

Blasting the British government for what he says has been “no tangible practical support,” producer Cameron Mackintosh says his company’s West End productions of Hamilton, The Phantom …

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Friday, June 12, 2020

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Team Commits $100G To Fight Racism In Theater, Help Fund Broadway Advocacy Coalition 2021 Forum by Greg Evans

The producer and creators of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen has donated $100,000 to organizations fighting racism in the theater industry, including $50,000 to the Broadway Advocacy Coalition…

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Mel Winkler Dies: ‘Doc Hollywood’, ‘Oswald’ Actor Was 78 by Greg Evans

Mel Winkler, a character actor with numerous TV, film and stage credits as well as being a recognizable voice behind characters on the animated series The New Batman Adventures and Oswald, d…

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Inaugural Antonyo Awards For Black Theater Artists Sets Juneteenth Ceremony by Greg Evans

The first annual Antonyo Awards honoring black Broadway and Off Broadway theater artists is set for streaming on June 19 (aka Juneteenth, the date commemorating the end of slavery in America…

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Monday, June 8, 2020

New York Drama Desk Awards Gets Rescheduled Airdate by Greg Evans

The pre-recorded 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards, postponed due to the Black Lives Matter protests in New York, has been rescheduled for streaming on Saturday, June 13, at 7:30pm ET. The speci…

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Broadway Cares Pledges $125G In Grants To Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Other Anti-Racism Groups by Greg Evans

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS today announced $125,000 in immediate grants to the Broadway Advocacy Coalition and three other anti-racism organizations. The grants include a $50,000 comm…

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Broadway Advocacy Coalition Plans Three-Day Forum On Industry Racism by Greg Evans

The Broadway Advocacy Coalition, a group founded by theater producers and actors to promote the use of the arts for social change, will host a three-day online forum June 10-12 to examine an…

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

‘Slave Play’ Team Pledges $10G To National Bailout Fund, Challenges Broadway Community by Greg Evans

The creative team and producers of Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play have donated $10,000 to the National Bailout Fund in support of Black Lives Matter, and have challenged others in the theate…

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Some Off Broadway & Brooklyn Theaters Open Lobbies – And Restrooms – To George Floyd Protesters by Greg Evans

A social media campaign encouraging shutdown New York City theaters to open their lobbies – and restrooms – to protesters is gaining traction among Manhattan’s Off Broadway venues and …

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Colman Domingo On George Floyd, Nat King Cole And The Deep Legacy That Connects The Two – Guest Column by Greg Evans

Editors’ Note: Colman Domingo, playwright, director and actor, was researching his musical (with co-author Patricia McGregor) about the iconic Nat King Cole when he realized the great sing…

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Off Broadway’s Obie Awards Postponed Due To National Unrest: “Not A Time For Celebration Or Diversion” by Greg Evans

Saying that now is no time for “celebration or diversion,” the presenters of the annual Obie Awards for excellent in Off and Off Off Broadway theater, have postponed this year’s virtua…

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Monday, June 1, 2020

John McCormack Dies From COVID-19: Veteran Off-Broadway Artistic Director, Mentor Was 61 by Greg Evans

John McCormack, a longtime behind-the-scenes force in Off Broadway theater, died Monday, May 18, at his home in Queens, New York from complications related to COVID-19. He was 61. McCormack…

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Streaming Tony Award Celebration Postponed Amidst National Unrest by Greg Evans

A streaming Broadway-themed fundraising special scheduled to air on Sunday, June 7 – the night that originally had been set for the annual Tony Awards – has been postponed in the wake of…

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’, ‘Hadestown’ Speak Out Against Racism, White Supremacy: Lin-Manuel Miranda Calls Previous Silence “Moral Failure” by Greg Evans

Update, with Broadway League statement The companies of Hamilton, Hadestown and What the Constitution Means To Me are among the Broadway voices speaking out on the issues that have filled ci…

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Longtime Artistic Director Jane Moss Steps Down As Live Shows On Pause by Greg Evans

Jane Moss, the artistic director at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for nearly 30 years, will step down from the post effective August 1. Moss said the timing of her departure was inf…

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

‘Star Trek: Voyager’ Reunion Sets ‘Stars In The House’ Actors Fund Donation Record by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: A Star Trek: Voyager reunion broke the Stars In The House single-episode fundraising record, drawing donations totaling $19,225 for The Actors Fund’s efforts to assist entertain…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

‘The Normal Heart’ Director Ryan Murphy Praises Larry Kramer As ‘The Most Important Gay Activist Of All Time”, Reveals They’d Planned Broadw by Greg Evans

Ryan Murphy, the producer and director who finally got Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking play The Normal Heart to screen, remembered his late friend and collaborator today as “the single gre…

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