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Monday, January 20, 2020

Alexandra Billings Joins Wicked as Madame Morrible; Becomes First Openly Trans Actress to Play the Role by Andy Lefkowitz

Stage-and-screen veteran Alexandra Billings, acclaimed for her turn on Amazon's Transparent, joins the Broadway company of Wicked as Madame Morrible on January 20. Billings makes history, b…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Tonight! Recovered from Injury, Isaac Powell Returns to Broadway's West Side Story by Andy Lefkowitz

Isaac Powell heads back into the new Broadway revival of West Side Story on January 17. Powell, who plays the lead role of Tony, had been on leave from the production following a knee inju…

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Director Rebecca Taichman to Repeat Tony-Winning Work for European Premiere of Indecent at Menier by Andy Lefkowitz

Rebecca Taichman, the multi-talented director who won a 2017 Tony Award for directing Paula Vogel's Tony-nominated drama Indecent, will reprise her work for a European-premiere staging set t…

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Lucas Hnath's Dana H. to Start Off-Broadway Previews Later Than Planned by Andy Lefkowitz

Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre has adjusted the schedule for the upcoming New York premiere of Dana H. Originally announced to begin previews on February 7, Lucas Hnath's recent L.A. Ovati…

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Jason Manford to Return as Host for 2020 Olivier Awards by Andy Lefkowitz

Jason Manford has been announced as host of the 2020 Olivier Awards. Having previously hosted in 2017 and 2019, the much-loved comedian, actor and singer will return to the Royal Albert Hall…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Cambodian Rock Band, Starring Courtney Reed & More, Extends at Off-Broadway's Signature by Andy Lefkowitz

Lauren Yee's New York premiere play Cambodian Rock Band has received an extension by off-Broadway's Signature Theatre. Originally announced to run through March 8, the production will now c…

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Erika Henningsen, Jeremy Kushnier & More Complete the Cast of New Broadway Musical Flying Over Sunset by Andy Lefkowitz

Stage favorites Erika Henningsen and Jeremy Kushnier are among the full cast of the upcoming world premiere musical Flying Over Sunset. The previously announced Broadway production will…

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Casting Complete for Plaza Suite Starring Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker by Andy Lefkowitz

Full casting has been announced for the highly anticipated Broadway revival of Neil Simon's 1968 comedy Plaza Suite. Tony winner John Benjamin Hickey will direct the previously announced pr…

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Stephanie J. Block, Linda Lavin & More to Lead Sarah Silverman & Joshua Harmon's New Musical The Bedwetter by Andy Lefkowitz

Stephanie J. Block, the celebrated star who picked up a 2019 Tony Award for her turn in The Cher Show, will co-star with Tony-winning legend Linda Lavin this spring in The Bedwetter, a new m…

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Peter Friedman to Join Fellow Ragtime Originals Audra McDonald & Brian Stokes Mitchell for Reunion Benefit by Andy Lefkowitz

Peter Friedman, the veteran actor who earned a Tony nomination for his turn as Tateh in the 1998 original Broadway production of Ragtime, will reprise his performance in the upcoming Actors …

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Sideways to Be Performed as Immersive Wine Experience Off-Broadway by Andy Lefkowitz

New York theater audiences will wine and dine off-Broadway this spring, as a unique take on Rex Pickett's stage adaptation of his novel Sideways arrives off-Broadway. Pickett will adapt and …

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Christy Altomare to Join Michael Wartella & Joey McIntyre in The Wanderer at Paper Mill Playhouse by Andy Lefkowitz

Christy Altomare is headed back to the stage in a new musical. The original Anastasia star and former vlogger will play Susan, wife of legendary rocker Dion, in the new musical …

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A Crossing, Dance Musical from Tony Nominee Joshua Bergasse, Sets World Premiere with Barrington Stage by Andy Lefkowitz

The Berkshires' Barrington Stage Company will debut the new dance musical A Crossing during its 2020 summer season. Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse will direct and choreograph the world premier…

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Louis Armstrong Bio-Musical A Wonderful World to Make World Premiere in Miami by Andy Lefkowitz

A new musical based on the life of music legend Louis Armstrong will arrive on stage in Miami Beach, Florida this spring. Titled A Wonderful World, the musical will play a world premiere en…

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Exclusive! Michael Wartella to Headline Dion Musical The Wanderer at Paper Mill Playhouse by Andy Lefkowitz

Talented stage alum Michael Wartella will portray singer-songwriter Dion DiMucci in the world premiere musical The Wanderer at Paper Mill Playhouse this spring. The previously announced prod…

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Ciara Renée, McKenzie Kurtz & Ryan McCartan to Join Frozen on Broadway by Andy Lefkowitz

A trio of new stars are headed to Arendelle. The Tony-nominated musical Frozen will welcome stage veteran Ciara Renée as Elsa, newcomer McKenzie Kurtz as Anna and recent Scotland, PA star …

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New Solo Drama My Name Is Lucy Barton, Starring Laura Linney, Opens on Broadway by Andy Lefkowitz

Four-time Tony-nominated actress Laura Linney officially opens the new solo drama My Name Is Lucy Barton at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 15. Richard Eyre directs the prod…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Daniel J. Watts, Jefferson Mays & More Win 2020 L.A. Ovation Awards by Andy Lefkowitz

A celebrated group of Broadway talents were named winners of Ovation Awards for their work on the Los Angeles stage at a ceremony held on January 13. Tina star Daniel J. Watts, Tony winner J…

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Kelsey Grammer to Lead North American Premiere of Menier's The Boy Friend in Toronto by Andy Lefkowitz

Stage-and-screen star Kelsey Grammer will take on the role of Lord Brockhurst in an upcoming Toronto staging of Sandy Wilson's delightful 1953 tuner The Boy Friend. The production, a transfe…

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Jerry Herman Memorial to Feature Performances from Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster & More by Andy Lefkowitz

A memorial service for legendary Broadway composer Jerry Herman will be held on February 3 at 3:00pm at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, according to Variety. Herman passed away on December 26 of …

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Kearstin Piper Brown to Star in Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel Opera Off-Broadway by Andy Lefkowitz

Lincoln Center Theater has announced Kearstin Piper Brown as star of its upcoming world premiere opera Intimate Apparel, based on the award-winning play by two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn No…

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Cameron Dallas Makes Broadway Debut as Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls by Andy Lefkowitz

Cameron Dallas heads to the stage on January 14, stepping into the Tony-nominated musical Mean Girls for a four-week run as Aaron Samuels. Dallas fills in for original cast member Kyle Sel…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Ethan Slater Joins Cast of Assassins at Classic Stage by Andy Lefkowitz

Ethan Slater, the Tony-nominated and Audience Choice Award-winning star of SpongeBob SquarePants, has been cast in the upcoming off-Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim and …

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Cynthia Nixon to Direct Landmark Lesbian Play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove on Broadway; Ellen DeGeneres & More to Produce by Andy Lefkowitz

Jane Chambers' groundbreaking lesbian-themed play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove will receive a 40th-anniversary production on Broadway this year. Two-time Tony winner Cynthia Nixon will direc…

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Broadway Vacation, New Musical Based on Vacation Film Franchise, Sets World Premiere at 5th Avenue Theatre by Andy Lefkowitz

Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre has been selected to present the world premiere production of Broadway Vacation, The Musical, a new stage show drawn from characters in the popular Vacation film…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Andy Nyman to Join Imelda Staunton & Jenna Russell in London Revival of Hello, Dolly! by Andy Lefkowitz

Olivier-winning theater mainstay Andy Nyman has landed the role of Horace Vandergelder in the highly anticipated London revival of Hello, Dolly! Dominic Cooke will direct the previously anno…

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London's Come From Away to Welcome New Cast Members by Andy Lefkowitz

A slate of new stars will join the Olivier-winning London production of Come From Away next month. New cast members will begin in the production at the Phoenix Theatre on February 10. The n…

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Lilli Cooper & More Complete the Cast of Jerry Herman & Michael Stewart's Mack & Mabel at Encores! by Andy Lefkowitz

Full casting has been announced for the upcoming Encores! staging of Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart's 1974 Tony-nominated musical Mack and Mabel. The previously announced production will r…

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My Name Is Lucy Barton Recorded by Laura Linney as an Audiobook by Andy Lefkowitz

The new play My Name Is Lucy Barton, based on Elizabeth Strout's bestselling novel, has been recorded by as an audiobook by Tony nominee Laura Linney, headliner of the current Broadway prod…

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Classic Stage Delays Start of Dracula Due to Heat Issue in Theater by Andy Lefkowitz

Vampires really do love the cold! Due to a heating glitch at Classic Stage Company's downtown venue, the off-Broadway company has canceled the first two performances of Dracula. The heating …

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's New Take on Cinderella to Make World Premiere in London's West End by Andy Lefkowitz

Cinderella is returning to the stage as you have never seen it before. A new adaptation of the beloved fairy tale, featuring an original score by Tony-winning hit maker Andrew Lloyd Webber,…

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