All stories by Michael Gioia on BroadwayStars

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Chicago Premiere of Straight White Men Begins by Michael Gioia

Young Jean Lee wrote and directs the piece at Steppenwolf.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Kinky Boots Will Play Germany by Michael Gioia

The German production is slated to begin in December 2017.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:54PM

Off-Broadway’s Pretty Filthy Will Celebrate Album Release in Concert by Michael Gioia

The evening will be held at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:21PM

Tony Yazbeck and Caissie Levy Will Join New York Pops in Concert by Michael Gioia

They will celebrate the music of Kander and Ebb.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:48AM
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Jane Krakowski and Paul Shaffer Will Join Don Scardino for Nothing to Hide by Michael Gioia

Actor and director Scardino will take his show to Feinstein’s/54 Below.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:44PM
Monday, January 30, 2017

Bistro Award Winners Announced by Michael Gioia

The 32nd Annual Bistro Awards will be held March 13.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:38PM

Hamilton Sing-Along Event Will Return to Illinois by Michael Gioia

A sing-along of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical Hamilton will be held the day before President’s Day.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:54AM

Watch Sebastian Arcelus and Stephanie J. Block Play Married Couple on Madam Secretary by Michael Gioia

The real-life husband and wife played a married couple on CBS’ Madam Secretary.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:42AM

Shuler Hensley and Cady Huffman Take Part in Gravid Water by Michael Gioia

The improv show returns to Upright Citizens Brigade in Chelsea.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:18AM

Kyle Dean Massey, Tommy Bracco, and Jackie Burns Sing from TV’s Nashville by Michael Gioia

The concert evening is held at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Laura Osnes’ Princess Party Returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below by Michael Gioia

The Broadway Princess Party plays another sold-out engagement.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda Surprises BroadwayCon and Answers 7 Burning Questions by Michael Gioia

The Tony Award winner, now in London, utilized FaceTime to answer a few fan questions during the second annual convention.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:32PM
Friday, January 27, 2017

The 5 Best Things About BroadwayCon’s Opening Number by Michael Gioia

Here’s what happened at the January 27 opening ceremonies.

SOURCE: Playbill at 06:24PM

Hamilton Improv Parody, Shamilton, Debuts in Chicago by Michael Gioia

The musical comes from Chicago-based improv troupe Baby Wants Candy.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Darlene Love Will Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bistro Awards by Michael Gioia

The recording artist and Broadway star will be honored for her musical accomplishments.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:51PM

Watch Moving Broadway Cover of X Ambassadors’ “Unsteady” by Michael Gioia

Members of the theatre community felt the “need” to create art following the outcome of the presidential election.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:19PM

Broadway Sessions Will Host Post-BroadwayCon Open Mic Party by Michael Gioia

Celebrate your weekend at BroadwayCon with a final performance at Broadway Sessions.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:02PM

Lora Lee Gayer and Ryann Redmond Join Concert of Demi Lovato Covers by Michael Gioia

The evening will be held at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:12PM

How Phantom of the Opera Still Runs Flawlessly After 29 Years by Michael Gioia

Tony-winning director Harold Prince and the creative team share the secrets behind The Phantom of the Opera’s three-decade upkeep.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Steady Rain Playwright Will Debut New Play in Chicago by Michael Gioia

The world premiere is part of American Blues Theater’s 2017-18 season.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:37PM

No Decision Reached in Ragtime Censorship Dispute at New Jersey High School by Michael Gioia

The school board’s decision to cut racial slurs from the script brought over 100 community members to the school board meeting.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:12AM

Taylor Louderman and Natalie Weiss Sing Songs of Goldrich & Heisler by Michael Gioia

Marcy & Zina & Friends take the stage at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Jennifer Damiano and Lesli Margherita Will Stand Up Against Bullying in Concert by Michael Gioia

The second annual Broadway Against Bullying cabaret will return to New York.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:54PM

Musical Parody of Valley of the Dolls Will Premiere in Chicago by Michael Gioia

The production is among Hell in a Handbag’s 15th season, which also includes the return of Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:51PM

New Jersey Production of Ragtime Faces Language Censorship by Michael Gioia

The school plans to remove racial slurs from the musical, although the licensing agreement doesn’t allow change.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:17PM

The Expert Guide to Vocal Health: Broadway Professionals Share Secrets by Michael Gioia

Sick before opening night? Dried out vocal cords in the winter? Losing your voice from overexertion? Broadway professionals and vocal experts share their secrets to remain in good voice.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:42PM

Stardust Diner Fires 15 More Employees; Owners Hit With Wage Theft Suit by Michael Gioia

The number of employees who have been let go by the popular restaurant since August 2016 is now 31.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:44AM

EXCLUSIVE: Watch the Present Laughter Marquee Go Up in Under a Minute by Michael Gioia

Kevin Kline will star in the revival, set to open April 5 at the St. James Theatre.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:55AM
Monday, January 23, 2017

Complete Cast Announced for Broadway Revival of Sunday in the Park With George by Michael Gioia

The production, co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, will re-open the historic Hudson Theatre.

SOURCE: Playbill at 06:39PM

Cynthia Erivo Announces London Concert Return by Michael Gioia

The Tony Award winner will play an intimate concert.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:14AM

Emma Stone Not “Dying to Do” Another Musical by Michael Gioia

The La La Land actor is looking to get back onstage, but no singing this time around.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:36AM

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