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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Domestic Life Was Never Quite My Style: Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Perform 'Dear Theodosia' at Home by Michael Appler

Like all of us, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning creator of Hamilton, is stuck at home. Last night, Miranda appeared on a special episode of The Tonight Show, with…

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QuaranToons: Wicked's Elphaba and Glinda Share One Not-So Short Day in Quarantine by Michael Appler illustrator Tug Rice has been thinking up what our favorite Broadway characters are doing while theaters are closed and they're at home social distancing. First up, how are Wic…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Why Girl From the North Country's Marc Kudisch Never Planned to Be on Broadway and More on Show People by Michael Appler

Marc Kudisch, the perennial stage actor who’s appeared in 15 Broadway shows and earned three Tony nominations, thinks he’s an unlikely Broadway star. “I didn’t sing when I got to Ne…

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Sabrina Carpenter, Chad Burris & a Fetch New Group of Stars Take Their First Bows in Mean Girls by Michael Appler

Some new arrivals to North Shore High School just took a bow on Broadway. Sabrina Carpenter, Chad Burris, Olivia Kaufmann and Laura Leigh Turner all joined the cast of the Tony-nominated…

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The Cast of the Off-Broadway Immigration Drama 72 Miles to Go Take Their Opening Night Bows by Michael Appler

72 Miles to Go, playwright Hilary Bettis' examination of a Mexican-American family under the duress of deportation, opened on March 10. The cast—led by Maria Elena Ramirez as Anita, a m…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Mean Girls' Chad Burris on the Advice Alum Grey Henson Gave Him & More by Michael Appler

Chad Burris is up for a challenge. In September, he helped develop the first production of Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous musical at San Diego's Old Globe, originating the role of Vic Nunez.…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Meet Euphegenia! See Rob McClure in the Mrs. Doubtfire Costume for the First Time by Michael Appler

In time with the show's first preview at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Mrs. Doubtfire has released the first photos of star Rob McClure as the titular character. Wearing the nanny's icon…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

See Jessie Mueller, Armie Hammer & the Cast of Tracy Letts' The Minutes Battle Out American Politics On Stage by Michael Appler

The Minutes, two-time Tony winner Tracy Letts' new dramedy that uses a mundane town hall meeting to explore the state of American politics, is currently in previews at the Cort Theatre. It …

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Jerry O'Connell Explains Why A Soldier's Play Is 'The Most Important Project' He's Ever Worked On by Michael Appler

Jerry O’Connell is having a lot of fun on Broadway. “I can get a table at Bar Centrale these days!” the prolific television and film actor of Stand By Me fame laughed in a #LiveAtFive…

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Tony-Winning Sunset Boulevard Lyricist Don Black to Receive Special Olivier Award by Michael Appler

Tony-winning lyricist Don Black will receive the Olivier Awards' 2020 Special Award, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the theater. Black will be hon…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

She's Beat! The Six Cast Talk Show Hair and Makeup in Episode 6 of the Yas, Queen! Vlog by Michael Appler

This week, Abby Mueller took a break from filming her vlog, Yas, Queen!, and handed the camera off to fellow Six cast members Andrea Macasaet, Samantha Pauly and Brittney Mack. Pauly …

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Sopranos Alum Joe Pantoliano Says Drift Director Bobby Moresco Once Saved His Life in a Fist Fight by Michael Appler

Joe Pantoliano has made a career out of playing the crooked, the criminal and the corrupt. He played a pimp in Risky Business (1983), a murderous criminal in Goonies (1985), a selfish traito…

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To Be a Newfoundlander: Come From Away Celebrates Three Years on Broadway by Michael Appler

Come From Away, the 2017 Tony nominee for Best Musical about a Canadian town that's inundated with dozens of grounded planes on 9/11, celebrated three years on Broadway on March 4. The cast…

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Playwright Hilary Bettis Is Fighting to Dispel Misconceptions About Immigration in 72 Miles to Go by Michael Appler

While writing 72 Miles to Go, Hilary Bettis found herself at the Mexican-American border. She traveled to Arizona so she could research locations, setting the play in the same city where …

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

How Conor McPherson Captures the Spirit of Bob Dylan in Girl From the North Country by Michael Appler

Conor McPherson, the three-time Tony-nominated writer and director whose musical Girl From the North Country opens on Broadway March 5, sat in his Dublin house with dozens of Bob Dylan albu…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Montego Glover Explains That All the Natalie Portmans is Not About the Oscar-Winning Actress by Michael Appler

Contrary to its title, C.A. Johnson's new off-Broadway play All the Natalie Portmans is not a play about Natalie Portman, assured Montego Glover. “Probably half the time people think Nat…

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David Byrne and the Cast of American Utopia Perform 'Toe Jam' and 'Once in a Lifetime' on SNL by Michael Appler

David Byrne, the two-time Grammy-winning recording artist whose theatrical concert America Utopia was a breakout hit on Broadway last fall, performed on Saturday Night Live February 29. Byr…

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Lights! Camera! Meet the Cast of Jocelyn Bioh's New Off-Broadway Play Nollywood Dreams by Michael Appler

Nollywood Dreams, a new play by Jocelyn Bioh making its world premiere, will begin previews on March 19 and open on April 13 at the off-Broadway Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space. Directed …

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Marriage Stories: See Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick On Stage Together in Plaza Suite by Michael Appler

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are reuniting on stage in a John Benjamin Hickey-directed revival of Neil Simon’s 1968 play, Plaza Suite. The play three couples who visit t…

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Gerald S. Krone, Founding Member of Negro Ensemble Company Original A Soldier's Play Producer, Dies at 86 by Michael Appler

Gerald S. Krone, a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company who joined Douglas Turner Ward and Robert Hooks in building a landmark center for African-American theater, died on February …

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Elaine Paige Shares Selections from New Musicals on This Week's Elaine Paige on Sunday by Michael Appler

Olivier-winning actress Elaine Paige is giving listeners a chance to hear her BBC Radio 2 show, Elaine Paige on Sunday. This week, Paige plays a selection of show tunes from …

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Celebrating Black History Month: Stage Stars Honor African-American Artistry on Stage by Michael Appler

To celebrate Black History Month, we asked black theater-makers to tell us about the African-American artists who inspired them. Over the course of February, 15 actors, singers and choreogra…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Flying Over Sunset Creators James Lapine, Tom Kitt and Michael Korie on Why Their New Musical Is a Trip by Michael Appler

Years before Timothy Leary popularized psychedelic experimentation, LSD found a home in Hollywood. Lysergic acid diethylamide—then legal—was used in elite circles during the 1950s, emp…

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Family Drama Abounds in This First Look at the New Off-Broadway Play The Perplexed by Michael Appler

The Perplexed, Tony-winner Richard Greenberg's new play about two tumultous families gathered in the massive library of a gaudy Fifth Avenue apartment, opens off-Broadway at the Manhattan …

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'Did You Love Him?' The Six Queens Talk to Their Characters in Episode 5 of Abby Mueller's Vlog by Michael Appler

This week, the queens turned introspective in episode 5 of Abby Mueller's vlog, Yas, Queen! Mueller asked leading ladies Andrea Macasaet, Samantha Pauly, Brittney Mack, Adrianna Hicks a…

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See James Cromwell Celebrate His Sardi's Portrait with Ashley Park, Michael Urie & the Cast of Grand Horizons by Michael Appler

James Cromwell met his Sardi's self on February 27. He was the latest Broadway star to receive a Sardi’s restaurant portrait. Cromwell is currently starring in Bess Wohl’s Grand Horiz…

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Celebrating Black History Month: Ben Vereen Honors Sammy Davis Jr. by Michael Appler

In honor of Black History Month, asked actors, directors and playwrights to tell us about black theater-makers who inspired them. Stars jumped at the chance to honor those who…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Take a First Look at Tony Winner Roger Bart & the Cast of Back to the Future the Musical in London by Michael Appler

Back to the Future, a new musical based on Robert Zemeckis' hit 1985 movie, is making its world premiere in London. As previously announced, the new musical will run from February 20 through…

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Colton Ryan on Why Girl From the North Country Is an 'Anti-Musical' by Michael Appler

Colton Ryan is currently on Broadway in Girl From the North Country, but the Belasco Theatre isn’t the most exciting place he’s performed recently. On February 25, Ryan and his fellow ca…

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Celebrating Black History Month: Leslie Uggams Honors Her Aunt Eloise Uggams, Ethel Waters & More Broadway Role Models by Michael Appler

In honor of Black History Month, asked actors, directors and playwrights to tell us about black theater-makers who inspired them. Stars jumped at the chance to honor those who…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Celebrating Black History Month: Renée Elise Goldsberry Honors Three Black Actresses of Broadway and Daytime Television by Michael Appler

In honor of Black History Month, asked actors, directors and playwrights to tell us about black theater-makers who inspired them. Stars jumped at the chance to honor those who…

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