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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

How the Catchy Only Murders in the Building Song Was Written by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

Which of the Pickwick triplets did it? Now that the finale’s out, we finally know who the murderer is, and we just might be able to stop singing the patter song heard throughout season thr…

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Friday, September 29, 2023

Hollywood Stars Taking the New York Stage This Fall by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

There’s an opportunity to catch some of Hollywood’s brightest stars on stage this fall. Whether they already had plans to perform on Broadway or signed up while off-screen during the ong…

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Monday, June 13, 2022

Highlights from the 75th Annual Tony Awards by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

The Tony Award for Best Musical went to A Strange Loop, in the most anticipated award of the night on Sunday. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is about a young Black gay man writing a musi…

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Theatre Fans Look Forward to Returning to Broadway by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

The rumble of a subway train, the rattle of a taxi. The orchestra warming up. The bell ringing to note the imminent end of intermission. The sound of thunderous applause after the 11 o’clo…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:16AM
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Everything to Know About the Movie Musicals of 2021 by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

Broadway may be on hiatus right now, but while we eagerly wait for it to reopen, several movie musicals will help us get through 2021. Shows such as In the Heights, Dear Evan Hansen, and Wes…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:24AM
Friday, February 12, 2021

Cinderella’s Paolo Montalbán on The Importance of Its Diverse Cast by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

“I’m getting a little emotional,” said Paolo Montalbán, as he started tearing up, realizing how many impressionable young people will now get to see the 1997 made-for-TV movie musical…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:58AM
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

A Valentine’s Day Love Letter From Your Favorite Stars to Their Broadway Heroes by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

They say long-distance makes the heart grow fonder. Some of Broadway’s biggest stars from Patti Murin to Jelani Remy shout out who they’re sending virtual hugs to this Valentine’s Day.…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:40AM
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Memorable Moments Still Shine Through in 2020 by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

Kiss 2020 goodbye and point me towards tomorrow. With Broadway shut down for most of the year, most of the theater season’s exciting events and shows were canceled. Times Square has remain…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 07:23AM
Friday, December 11, 2020

How Ariana DeBose Went From Broadway to Hollywood in The Prom on Netflix by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

After dance class one day when Ariana DeBose was 13 years old, she bravely told her mom she was queer. “I was lucky that my mother was so supportive when I decided to have that conversatio…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:11AM
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Jimmy Award-Winner Sofia Deler Shines in Her First Movie Role in The Prom by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

Two years after winning the coveted top spot at the 2017 Jimmy Awards, what’s considered the Tony Awards for high schoolers, Sofia Deler landed her big break as Shelby in Netflix’s The P…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:48AM
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Perfect Holiday Gift That Also Supports Broadway Artists by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

It may be Only Intermission but not in the creativity and entrepreneurial departments. With Broadway shut down, many in the industry have pivoted to new opportunities until shows can reopen …

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:54AM
Friday, October 30, 2020

Laura Osnes on Being Offered a Hallmark Movie Role During the Pandemic by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

“I started crying,” Laura Osnes revealed of the moment she was asked to be a part of One Royal Holiday, one of Hallmark Channel’s 40 original Christmas movies premiering this winter se…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:43AM
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Halloween-Themed Shows to Stream From Home All Week Long by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

If Karen from Mean Girls had her way, she’d make Halloween every single day. This year, Halloween certainly won’t be one normal night as Wendy in The Addams Family would have it. The hol…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:34AM
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Broadway Musicals You Might Have Forgotten by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

Some Broadway musicals have titles that will be remembered forever, like Cats, Annie, Les Miserables, and The Phantom of the Opera. Other titles might have faded away in time and did not hav…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:27AM
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Little Mermaid‘s Jodi Benson on Working with Lyricist Howard Ashman by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

Some of Ariel’s most famous and instantly recognizable lines in The Little Mermaid like “Flounder, don’t be such a guppy,” “But Daddy, I love him!” and “Maybe he’s right, may…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:05AM
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler on His Tony Award-Winning Choreography by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

Fans of Hamilton who might have only heard the cast album finally get to see the masterpiece in its full glory. The pop-culture phenomenon — which earned 11 Tony Awards including best musi…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:22AM
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Everything You Need to Know for Hamilton on Disney+ by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

Five years after its New York City premiere, the exponentially sought out musical, Hamilton, will now be available to be seen from the comfort of your own home. A filmed version of the Tony …

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:51AM
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Robin de Jesús on Reuniting with Lin-Manuel Miranda on Tick, Tick…Boom! by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

The first day of rehearsals for the upcoming Netflix movie Tick, Tick … Boom! was a “giant hug,” said actor Robin de Jesús of teaming up for the second time with Lin-Manuel Miranda. �…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:25AM
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

How Broadway Families are Celebrating Mother’s Day by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

Every year on Mother’s Day, LaChanze’s two daughters make her breakfast in bed and then spend the whole day celebrating with her. “They literally stop the world for me that day,” sai…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:16AM
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Taylor Louderman Looks Forward to The Broadway Cruise by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

In a year jammed with exciting opportunities off the Great White Way, the singer, actress, and teacher is sailing out of 2020 by taking to the seas. In October, Louderman will be joining fel…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:56AM
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Best Beers Bubbling Over Broadway by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

The Broadway community is a spirited one — and they love spirits as well. After all, Lola asks Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees, “Isn’t it just like a cold beer on hot day?” Here’s a roun…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Andrew Barth Feldman and Stephen Christopher Anthony on Dear Evan Hansen by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

When Dear Evan Hansen actors Andrew Barth Feldman and Stephen Christopher Anthony need a friend to carry them, who do they turn to? Their fellow cast members, of course. “They always have …

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 11:34AM
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Memorable Moments of 2019 by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

Oh, what a beautiful year it was on Broadway! This year was all about making history – from the SpongeBob musical airing on Nickelodeon, to Hadestown taking home the top prize at the 73rd …

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 07:50PM
Monday, November 4, 2019

What the Hamilton Creators Are Working on Right Now by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

It’s been more than four years since Hamilton redefined the possibilities of what a Broadway musical could be. The hit show, which opened in July 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, has g…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 07:14PM
Friday, October 11, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Henry VIII’s Wives in SIX by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

Just like Hamilton, the musical Six is about history. Just don’t confuse its six stars with Chicago’s six merry murderesses of the Cook County Jail. The main characters of this already-p…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 08:42AM
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Krysta Rodriguez Inherits the Torch From Susan Egan as Meg in Hercules by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

A few years ago, one of the original stars of Hercules publically proposed that Krysta Rodriguez should take on her role in a live production. Who knew then that it would actually happen? It…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 06:36PM
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The 2019 Jimmy Awards Celebrate the Next Generation of Broadway Stars by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

The winners of the 2019 Jimmy Awards are 18-year-olds Ekele Ukegbu of Elmont, New York, and Ethan Kelso of Logan, Utah. Each went home with a $25,000 scholarship. The competition, also known…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 10:07AM
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Tina Turner, From Humble Beginnings to Beating the Odds by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

With 200 million records sold, iconic American singer Tina Turner is known worldwide by her big hair, even bigger voice, and her powerful songs that include “River Deep – Mountain High�…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 05:55AM
Friday, May 31, 2019

How William Ivey Long Created Costumes for Two Broadway Shows at the Same Time by Leigh Scheps For Broadway Direct

In his illustrious career, William Ivey Long has dressed stars from Emma Stone and Mick Jagger to Hugh Jackman. The six-time Tony Award–winning costume designer now has 75 Broadway shows u…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 05:29AM

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