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Friday, March 12, 2021

Inside Liza Minnelli’s 75th Birthday Celebration With Barbra Streisand, Kristen Chenoweth and Shirley MacLaine by Marc Malkin

A year to the day since Broadway shuttered, Liza Minnelli celebrated her 75th birthday — but not over post-show drinks with Joan Collins, in a limo in Paris with John Waters, or at her chi…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:11PM
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Liza Minnelli’s 75th Birthday Party Will ‘Give You Goosebumps,’ Producer Promises by Marc Malkin

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety”… We’re just a couple days away from Liza Minnelli’s birthday, which is March 12. As I first told you, the Hollywood legend — and Varie…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:31PM
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Ann Reinking Scholarship Created for Young Dancers Moving to New York City by Marc Malkin

The late Ann Reinking is being honored with a scholarship in her name. The $5,000 grant from Off the Lane will be awarded annually to a young dancer moving to New York City to help them in t…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:56PM
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Evan Ross Says Mom Diana Ross Loves ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ by Marc Malkin

  Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.” Evan Ross appears in Lee Daniels’ “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” as a federal agent. He knows the subject well — his mom, …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:45AM
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Liza Minnelli to Celebrate 75th Birthday With Star-Studded Streaming Party by Marc Malkin

Ring them bells! Liza Minnelli will be celebrating her 75th birthday on March 12 with a dancing and singing streaming shindig. The virtual “Love Letter to Liza: A 75th Birthday Tribute Cel…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:52AM
Friday, February 12, 2021

Golden Globes Presenters Asked to Appear in Person for Live Telecast (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Live from New York or Beverly Hills, it’s the 78th Golden Globe Awards. While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC announced earlier this month that the Globes would be broadcas…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:15PM
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey Remember Legendary Restaurateur Joe Allen by Marc Malkin

Joe Allen may have named his New York City restaurant after himself, but he was never one to seek the spotlight, even as the eatery became more renowned than he could have ever imagined. “…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:53PM
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

‘The Prom’ Star Jo Ellen Pellman on Why Kate McKinnon Is Her Queer Role Model by Marc Malkin

  Long before Jo Ellen Pellman was cast in the starring role of Emma in Ryan Murphy’s movie adaptation of “The Prom,” she saw the original production of the Broadway musical. “I’m…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:59PM
Saturday, January 23, 2021

How Inauguration Night’s Star-Studded ‘Celebrating America’ Spectacle Came Together in a Pandemic by Marc Malkin

The inauguration television special “Celebrating America” was only about six weeks in the making. “We did election night, and people are calling me and going, ‘Okay, what are we doin…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:13PM
Thursday, January 21, 2021

Broadway Vet Exits Theater Career to Become a Teacher After COVID by Marc Malkin

Kate Elliott has been working in and around New York’s theater scene for about 20 years, after graduating from Boston University with a BFA in sound design and music. Most recently, she wa…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Tina Fey and Wayne Brady Sign on for Educational Theatre Foundation Gala (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Tina Fey and Wayne Brady have joined the lineup for this year’s Educational Theatre Foundation Gala. Theatre Alive!: A Celebration of School Theatre, to be held virtually on Jan. 28, will …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:39PM
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Tony Winner Brian Stokes Mitchell on the Actors Fund and the ‘Ratatouille’ TikTok Musical by Marc Malkin

In March, Brian Stokes Mitchell was just four days away from performing a concert at New York’s City Center when the pandemic forced theaters to close. All the other jobs that Mitchell, wh…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Must Attend: Variety’s Calendar of New Year’s Eve Events by Marc Malkin

Looking for something to do while you are stuck inside? Check out Variety’s Must Attend calendar of (mostly virtual) events. Jan. 6 El Museo del Barrio hosts the 44th annual Three Kings Da…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM
Friday, June 5, 2020

Billy Porter, Laverne Cox, Shangela and More Talk About the Meaning of LGBTQ Pride by Marc Malkin

This year’s Pride Month celebrations won’t look anything like they’ve looked in the 50 years since the first took place in 1970 in New York City, but that doesn’t mean there’s not …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:27PM
Friday, April 26, 2019

‘Beetlejuice’ Musical Team Hopes to Attract New Audiences to Broadway by Marc Malkin

In the new Broadway adaptation of Tim Burton’s 1988 cult classic film “Beetlejuice,” teenager Lydia takes center-stage alongside the titular gut-busting demon (Alex Brightman) to refle…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:07AM
Friday, April 19, 2019

Why John Lithgow Worried About Starring in Broadway’s ‘Hillary and Clinton’ by Marc Malkin

When Lucas Hnath first conceived of “Hillary and Clinton” in 2008, he was writing for and about a very different America. Now, a total reimagining of the show has made its way to Broadwa…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:14PM
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Why David Harbour Just Compared ‘Hellboy’ to ‘Hamlet’ by Marc Malkin

David Harbour understands if movie-goers don’t realize he’s the star of the new “Hellboy.” “I was kind of stunned. It’s quite a transformation. I didn’t even recognize myself,…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:51PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Michelle Williams on Becoming Gwen Verdon: “I Had to Start Meditating” by Marc Malkin

Michelle Williams is dancing her way into another hit leading role with FX’s “Fosse/Verdon.” At the New York premiere on Monday night, the actress told Variety it took more than dance…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:57PM
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

‘Rocketman’: Paramount Previews Footage of Elton John Biopic by Marc Malkin

“Rocketman” is ready for lift off. Paramount Pictures threw a cocktail party Monday night to preview 15 minutes of the upcoming Elton John biopic, set for release on May 31, at the Troub…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:22AM
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

‘Spring Awakening’ Creative Duo Has Six More Musicals in Development by Marc Malkin

At the Off-Broadway premiere of “Alice by Heart,” a new musical from “Spring Awakening” creators Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik and inspired by “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:53PM
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Steven Spielberg Takes Veiled Shot at Streamers, Urges Filmmakers to Make Movies for Theaters by Marc Malkin

Steven Spielberg is continuing his quest to push filmmakers to make movies for theaters and not just for television. “I hope all of us really continue to believe that the greatest contribu…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:49PM
Thursday, February 7, 2019

John Legend, Cheryl “Salt” James, More Bring Black Roller Skating Culture to the Spotlight by Marc Malkin

Roller skating isn’t just a hobby. In black communities across the country, it’s a culture. It’s a way of life. At the premiere for documentary “United Skates” in Los Angel…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:26PM
Sunday, January 6, 2019

Diane Warren Wants to Write a Song for Lady Gaga and Celine Dion by Marc Malkin

Social media exploded last week when Celine Dion showed up at Lady Gaga’s new Enigma show in Las Vegas. Not only was the “My Heart Will Go On” songstress in the audience, b…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:42AM
Friday, December 14, 2018

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’s’ Starry Opening: Oprah, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and More by Marc Malkin

The Shubert Theatre in New York City last was filled on Thursday night with Oscar winners, media titans and, of course, Broadway legends who came out for the opening of “To Kill a Mockingb…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:39PM
Friday, December 7, 2018

Hillary Clinton Attends Opening of Broadway’s ‘Network’ by Marc Malkin

A 1976 film might not be expected to translate seamlessly to Broadway in 2018, but for the cast and creative team behind “Network,” which premiered Thursday night with Hillary Clinton in…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:54PM
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Watch Cher’s Surprise Performance at the Opening of Broadway’s ‘Cher’ Musical by Marc Malkin

Kanye West may have caused some unwanted drama at the opening of Broadway’s “The Cher Show” on Monday in New York, but thankfully his alleged bad behavior didn’t come…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:12PM
Friday, November 30, 2018

Lady Gaga Fights Back Tears While Honoring Bradley Cooper at American Cinematheque Gala by Marc Malkin

Bradley Cooper’s friends and colleagues gathered at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday night to salute his career as he was presented with the American Cinematheque’s 2018 Sid Grauma…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:08PM
Thursday, November 15, 2018

‘Younger’ Star Sutton Foster Recalls One of Her Early ‘Terrible’ Auditions by Marc Malkin

The road to success for Sutton Foster was not always an easy journey, but it was a trip she looks back on with laughter. “Auditions are terrible. They really are,” the “Younger” star…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:50PM
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

‘Frozen 2’ Already Has Four New Songs; Elsa and Anna Will ‘Go Far Out of Arendelle’ by Marc Malkin

The “Frozen” sequel may already have its “Let It Go.” “We have a new song that I think is an evolution,” Jennifer Lee, co-director of the first and second films, told Variety on …

SOURCE: Variety at 08:05PM

Lady Gaga, Sean Penn to Honor Bradley Cooper at American Cinematheque by Marc Malkin

Bradley Cooper is about to get showered in a lot of love. The four-time Oscar nominee will receive the American Cinematheque Award later this month in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Cinematheque…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:07PM
Friday, November 2, 2018

‘Torch Song’ Legacy Celebrated at Play’s Revival Opening Night by Marc Malkin

Thursday night’s performance of “Torch Song” at the Hayes Theater was both a premiere and a homecoming. Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song Trilogy” first arrived on Broadway on the s…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:29PM