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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Musical Theater Composers Bring Show-Tune Depth to Disney Junior’s ‘Vampirina’ by Terry Flores

It’s no secret that Disney uses lots of music in its projects, and its TV series are no exception. But new Disney Junior animated show “Vampirina” is more steeped in musical theater th…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:15PM
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ Will Surprise Movie Fans by Terry Flores

It sounds like such an easy gig: Make a Broadway musical out of “Frozen,” the Disney animated smash that already had a score filled with stage-ready songs. But Broadway types know that a…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00AM
Friday, March 9, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber Looks Back on His 1969 Release of ‘Superstar’ by Terry Flores

It’s a big year for Andrew Lloyd Webber. “The Phantom of the Opera,” the longest-running show on Broadway, just celebrated its 30th birthday, and Lloyd Webber himself turns 70 later th…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:15PM
Thursday, March 8, 2018

New York Suburbs Share in City’s Production Boom by Terry Flores

Movie and TV work just outside New York City conjures the vision of outdoor shoots in leafy landscapes with plenty of elbow room, compared with the cramped metropolis — but that image is a…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:15PM
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How Broadway Sets the Stage for This Year’s Oscars by Terry Flores

You’ll see a lot of Broadway at the Oscars this year. There are ties to the theater industry, of course, in nominees like Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”), Denzel Washington (“Roman J. I…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:00AM
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

‘Torch Song,’ Second Stage and the $64 Million Broadway Bet by Terry Flores

“Torch Song” on Broadway this fall? It might happen — at the newly reopened Helen Hayes Theater. “They’re only talking about it at this point,” said Carole Rothman, the artistic …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00AM
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

What Broadway Learned From ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ by Terry Flores

There’s an alternate-universe version of Broadway where “The Phantom of the Opera” closed in 2002. Mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh considered pulling the plug back then. “Not only B…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00AM
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

RWS Entertainment Launches Theatrical Development Department (EXCLUSIVE) by Terry Flores

Long Island City may be a quick subway jaunt from Midtown Manhattan, but for a lot of New York’s Broadway-centric theater industry, it feels about as far away as Long Beach, Calif. That’…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00AM
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

‘Crazy,’ ‘Murder’ and More on Playwright Ken Ludwig’s Packed Plate by Terry Flores

You’re not imagining it: Ken Ludwig is everywhere these days. The playwright’s adaptation of “Murder on the Orient Express” is going into rehearsal just as a likely Broadway revival …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:15PM
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

How Vocal Coach Liz Caplan Makes Both Hollywood and Broadway Sing by Terry Flores

Ben Platt, the Tony-winning original star of “Dear Evan Hansen,” is leaning backward over a piano and singing scales. His head’s cradled in one hand of his voice teacher, Liz Caplan,…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Director-Choreographer-Performer Tommy Tune Talks About the Start of His Stage Career by Terry Flores

Actor, dancer, singer, theater director, producer and choreographer Tommy Tune has collected 10 Tonys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. The 6’6” (and every inch irrepres…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:30PM

‘Hamilton,’ Broadway and the Duel Over Paperless Tickets by Terry Flores

“Hamilton” just opened on the West End, and it’s impossible to get your hands on a ticket. Literally impossible, because ticketing for the show has gone entirely paperless — and prod…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Streaming to Broadway: How New Titles, Talent Grow Buzz Online by Terry Flores

It’s been a year and a half since “Hadestown” was an Off Broadway hit, but fires are still burning for the folk-rock musical. They’ve blazed up online, where the show’s streaming s…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

L.A. Lawsuit Against Nonprofit Theater May Reverberate All the Way to New York by Terry Flores

An artistic director in Los Angeles is suing the nonprofit theater he led for 17 years — and the case has reverberations far beyond Southern California. That’s because the lawsuit points…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00AM
Friday, December 1, 2017

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Was a First Stop for Many Top Stars by Terry Flores

Variety declared “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which opened Dec. 3, 1947, “a smash success.” That was an understatement. The Tennessee Williams play became a hit on Broadway, on the ro…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:15PM
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

How ‘The Lion King’ Ushered in the Era of the Blockbuster on Broadway by Terry Flores

“The Lion King” turned 20 this month — but that’s not the only big birthday on Broadway. When it opened on Nov. 13, 1997, “The Lion King” was an integral part of the transformati…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00AM
Friday, November 10, 2017

Actor-Playwright Tracy Letts Started His Career With a ‘Bang’ by Terry Flores

Tracy Letts is having a busy fall. The writer-actor, who’s won Tonys both for a play (“August: Osage County”) and a performance (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”), not to mentio…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:15PM
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Broadway Gets Serious About Sexual Harassment by Terry Flores

The sexual harassment headlines have touched Broadway, and Broadway is on high alert. In the cascade of public figures to face accusations in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, one na…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00AM
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Temptations Musical Won’t Wait in The Wings for Broadway by Terry Flores

Looking for a Broadway theater? Get in line. That’s the state of affairs in the theater district these days, where an ongoing logjam of projects looking for homes is exacerbated by a seaso…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00AM
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Woody Allen Recreates the Coney Island of His Past With ‘Wonder Wheel’ Production Team by Terry Flores

Even for a filmmaker like Woody Allen, who has dabbled in his share of period pieces, from the Roaring Twenties atmosphere of “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Midnight in Paris” to the D…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:15PM
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Disney, Nora Twomey and John Kahrs Honored With Women in Animation’s First Diversity Awards by Terry Flores

Walt Disney Animation Studios along with filmmakers Nora Twomey and John Kahrs are the first recipients of Women in Animation’s inaugural WIA Diversity Awards, presented in partnership wit…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:51PM
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sexual Harassment in the Theater: How Chicago Fought Back by Terry Flores

Looking for the theater industry’s Harvey Weinstein moment? Look to Chicago. Last year, a bombshell report in the Chicago Reader brought to light two decades of harassment and abuse by Dar…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00AM
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Off Broadway’s Secret Weapon Is Broadway by Terry Flores

Off Broadway’s “Sweeney Todd” has recouped its $1.22 million capitalization in 24 weeks. I’ll give you a minute to pick your jaw up off the floor. Those are staggering numbers for Of…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00AM
Friday, October 6, 2017

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Gets Spooky Stop-Motion Makeover for Halloween Episode by Terry Flores

Spongebob Squarepants’ pineapple under the sea will get a makeover just in time for Halloween. Nickelodeon collaborated with the stop-motion specialists at Screen Novelties on “SpongeBob…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:45PM
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Zoe Kazan on ‘The Big Sick,’ Living in New York and Robots by Terry Flores

Zoe Kazan has been around a lot lately. On-screen, she starred in summer hit “The Big Sick” and has a role in buzzy HBO series “The Deuce.” And if you’re a New Yorker, you might ha…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:45PM
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ben Platt on Meeting Beyonce and Leaving ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ by Terry Flores

The lead role in Broadway’s “Dear Evan Hansen” not only earned Ben Platt a Tony Award, he now curates an Instagram account with more star sightings than the Met Gala. Since the music…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Monday, September 25, 2017

‘Breadwinner,’ ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ Presentations Slated for View Conference by Terry Flores

Special presentations on the upcoming animated film “The Breadwinner” and Disney’s new animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be featured at the View Conference 2017 in Tu…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:10PM
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum by Terry Flores

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Walt Disney Family Museum at its th…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:48PM
Friday, July 14, 2017

‘Phineas and Ferb’ Creators Go for More Realistic Animation Style in Disney XD’s ‘Milo Murphy’s Law’ by Terry Flores

Most people crumble when their world starts to shatter, but not Milo Murphy.  For him, every obstacle is something to embrace. Disney XD channel’s animated series “Milo Murphy’s Law…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:45PM
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nickelodeon Scares Up Halloween Fun With Stop-Motion ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Special by Terry Flores

Nickelodeon is scaring up a new adventure for SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends with the stop-motion animated special “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom,” …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Walt Disney Family Museum to Exhibit Work by ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Artist Eyvind Earle by Terry Flores

The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco will feature a new exhibition on the life and work of iconic Disney artist Eyvind Earle, beginning May 18 and running through Jan. 8. Earle is …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:54PM

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