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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Joni Mitchell reunited with Cameron Crowe at the Almost Famous musical premiere by Maureen Lee Lenker

We’re guessing the cast members of the Almost Famous musical weren’t wishing for a river to skate away on when Joni Mitchell showed up at their show. The iconic folk singer made a rare p…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 03:28PM
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Devil Wears Prada musical to premiere in Chicago before Broadway run by Maureen Lee Lenker

“Everybody wants to be us,” says Miranda Priestly, the fashion magazine maven who gives The Devil Wears Prada its imposing title. And soon fans who can’t quite be Miranda will at least…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 06:41PM
Friday, September 13, 2019

'Skintight' is a taut examination of our obsession with youth and beauty by Maureen Lee Lenker

Skintight, now making its West Coast premiere at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse, is an acerbic, neurotic, heart-achingly funny meditation on family, love, and beauty – and how we quantify…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 01:25PM
Thursday, September 5, 2019

J.K. Rowling sends internet into a frenzy with mysterious Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tweet by Maureen Lee Lenker

UPDATE: It turns out Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has a new tagline courtesy of J.K. Rowling — “Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places” — and new marketing artwork…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 06:36PM
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Richard Linklater adapting Sondheim musical over 20 years with Beanie Feldstein, Ben Platt by Maureen Lee Lenker

From this point on, not a day goes by when Richard Linklater isn’t thinking about Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along. That’s because the filmmaker plans to spend the next…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 09:43PM
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's one-woman show version of Fleabag is headed to movie theaters by Maureen Lee Lenker

You might want to kneel for this news. Fleabag, which began as a one-woman play and then became a hit Emmy-nominated TV series, is headed to the big screen. National Theatre Live, which regu…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 07:12PM
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Six, the hit pop musical about Henry VIII's wives, is headed to Broadway by Maureen Lee Lenker

Don’t lose your head — a musical about Henry VIII’s six wives is headed for Broadway. Six, the musical which has drawn a cult following after successful runs in London and Chicago, is…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 04:22PM
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

How Moulin Rouge! The Musical turned a smash soundtrack into a Broadway show by Maureen Lee Lenker

A spectacular (spectacular) new musical is born with the buzzy adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s lush 2001 film Moulin Rouge, which calls on Broadway veterans Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo to rei…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 02:35PM
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Pretty Woman: The Musical announces August closing date on Broadway by Maureen Lee Lenker

As of August 18, the street Pretty Woman: The Musical is walking down will no longer be Broadway. On Wednesday, producers announced it will play its final performance on Broadway at the Ne…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 01:45AM
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Norbert Leo Butz once missed a performance of The Last Five Years because he was arrested by Maureen Lee Lenker

There are a lot of reasons an actor might miss a theatrical performance — calling out due to illness, a death in the family, etc. But two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz once missed a pe…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 11:00AM

Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott on mining their 23-year friendship for new show by Maureen Lee Lenker

For theater lovers, Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott are as iconic a duo as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, PB&J, or Ethel Merman and things coming up roses. The award-winning perf…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 09:30AM
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Tom Hiddleston will make his Broadway debut with revival of Betrayal by Maureen Lee Lenker

We’re having trouble staying Loki about this news… Tom Hiddleston, beloved for his portrayal of the mischievous Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will make his Broadway debut later …

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 03:43PM
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Broadway's The Cher Show sets closing date for August by Maureen Lee Lenker

Do you believe in Broadway after The Cher Show? You’re gonna have to because the musical, which traces the life of recording icon Cher and features her most beloved songs, has set its clo…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 10:30PM
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Vanessa Hudgens to lead reading of The Notebook musical adaptation by Maureen Lee Lenker

Vanessa Hudgens is once again finding the music in her. The former High School Musical star, who has impressed critics and audiences with her work in live TV musicals like Grease: Live and R…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 10:15AM
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Indecent is a masterful, exquisitely rendered piece of storytelling: EW review by Maureen Lee Lenker

Paula Vogel’s Indecent uses the production history of a little-known Yiddish play to get at haunting truths about the paradoxical nature of storytelling. In the world of Indecent, theater …

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 04:39PM

Watch Catherine O'Hara visit the cast of Beetlejuice on Broadway by Maureen Lee Lenker

It looks like the cast of Beetlejuice said Catherine O’Hara’s name three times. The Schitt’s Creek actress attended the Broadway production of Beetlejuice on Saturday before intro…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 02:38PM

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles trailer previews the story of the musical's unlikely journey to Broadway classic by Maureen Lee Lenker

Fiddler on the Roof is an essential part of Broadway traditions at this point — as crucial to the American songbook and stage as Oklahoma or West Side Story. And yet, for a time, it see…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 11:00AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Vanessa Carlton to make Broadway debut as Carole King in Beautiful by Maureen Lee Lenker

Vanessa Carlton can feel the earth move under her feet. Producers announced today that the pop singer is poised to make her Broadway debut this summer stepping behind the piano as Carole Kin…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 04:45PM
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

See Jake Gyllenhaal mash up his Spider-Man character and Broadway play by Maureen Lee Lenker

Jake Gyllenhaal has shared an Instagram video that is very “mysterio.” The actor posted a mashed-up version of the trailer for his forthcoming Broadway play Sea Wall/A Life, in which h…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 09:23PM
Monday, May 6, 2019

Taye Diggs explains why he really didn't want to audition for Rent on Broadway by Maureen Lee Lenker

Watch the full episode of Couch Surfing streaming now on, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite device. The original Broadway cast of Rent found the project opened …

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 11:00AM

Bruce Springsteen says he's written 'almost an album’s worth of material for the band' by Maureen Lee Lenker

Bruce Springsteen is no longer sick of sitting ’round here trying to write this . On Sunday night at a Netflix FYSEE event on behalf of his special Springsteen on Broadway, the Boss reveal…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 02:06AM
Monday, April 29, 2019

You can now watch Alien: The Play — Sigourney Weaver even introduced the high school production by Maureen Lee Lenker

This news is so good it’s likely to make your chest burst. The viral sensation Alien: The Play, an unofficial adaptation of the 1979 film Alien, can now be viewed in-full thanks to a v…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 07:13PM
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Hear Sara Bareilles' first demo of 'She Used to Be Mine' from Waitress by Maureen Lee Lenker

It might take sugar, butter, and flour to make a perfect pie, but it took a lot more, including Sara Bareilles’ songwriting chops, to get to three years on Broadway. Waitress is celebratin…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 09:00AM
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Falsettos loses some of its luster but still packs a punch on tour: EW review by Maureen Lee Lenker

Since its Broadway debut in 1992, Falsettos has been hailed as a moving love story and a profound exploration of masculinity and sexuality. The 2016 Broadway revival continued to garner grea…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 07:28PM

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge taking Sea Wall/A Life to Broadway this summer by Maureen Lee Lenker

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge are headed to Broadway. Producers announced on Thursday that the duo will take the critically-acclaimed production of Sea Wall/A Life, which played to sol…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 07:18PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

How Be More Chill became the online phenomenon everyone's tweeting about by Maureen Lee Lenker

What if going viral could get you to Broadway? Based on a novel by Ned Vizzini, with music and lyrics from Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz, Be More Chill, which opened on Broadway March 1…

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly at 12:00PM
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Off Script: Darren Criss Talks Tweaking 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' for L.A. Audiences by Maureen Lee Lenker

"I like hiking — I realize that’s such an L.A. cliché," he says of reprising his Broadway role at the Pantages Theatre, opening Wednesday (which "is actually the worst time to go.")read…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 03:55PM
Friday, August 12, 2016

Los Angeles Stages Hit with Trio of Lesser-Known Tennessee Williams Shows by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER Williams could arguably be dubbed an American Shakespeare — a playwright who, in capturing a singular vision of the mid-twentieth century American South, also con…

SOURCE: at 08:57PM
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Beneath the Punk Veneer: Four Chords and a Gun by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER Johnny and June Carter Cash in Walk the Line to The Four Seasons in Jersey Boys, the musical biography is familiar fodder for storytelling. As neither screenplay no…

SOURCE: at 03:33PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

[INTERVIEW] Making a Disruption with Mary Anna King by Maureen Lee Lenker

interview by MAUREEN LEE LENKER Disrupted, currently making its world premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, is the first play from writer and memoirist Mary Anna King. King is the auth…

SOURCE: at 09:14PM
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I Only Have Eyes For You: On Al Dubin and Bringing the Golden Age Back to Hollywood by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER "Come on along and listen to, the lullaby of Broadway…" man who wrote these words, lyricist Al Dubin, was himself tempted by the lullaby of Broadway — cutting …

SOURCE: at 06:35PM

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