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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Ali Stroker wins a Tony Award and makes history with her wheelchair trip to the podium by Ashley Lee

The Tony Awards cain't say no to Ali Stroker, who made history Sunday by becoming the first actor in a wheelchair to win the biggest honor in theater. The actress took home the Tony for feat…

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Why 'The Prom’ wanted that same-sex kiss to be on the Tonys telecast by Ashley Lee

When the cast of “The Prom” performed at the Tony Awards, it drove home the show’s themes of acceptance and inclusion with a same-sex kiss. The musical, which entered the night with se…

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Tony winners: 'Hadestown' leads with seven awards so far, including best director by Ashley Lee

The Tony Awards are underway, and “Hadestown” has proved to be the show to beat. The musical entered the night with a leading 14 nominations and has won seven statues so far, taking home…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Amber Gray, Tony nominee, on her ‘Hadestown’ audition from hell by Ashley Lee

When Amber Gray was auditioning for “Hadestown,” Anais Mitchell’s folk-operatic reimagining of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, she nearly blew it. The actress, who was making her Broadw…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tony Award nominations led by ‘Hadestown,’ ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ and ‘Tootsie’ by Ashley Lee

The Tony Award nominations Tuesday were dominated by new musicals and “Hadestown” led the way, the folk-operatic reimagining of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth collecting 14 nods. “Ain't…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

‘Almost Famous’ musical to debut at San Diego’s Old Globe theater by Ashley Lee

The stage adaptation of “Almost Famous” will make its world premiere at the Old Globe, the theater announced Friday. The musical features a book by Cameron Crowe, who wrote and directed …

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Why Zoe Lister-Jones is adapting her movie ‘Band Aid’ into a stage musical by Ashley Lee

Zoe Lister-Jones wrote, directed and starred in the 2017 movie "Band Aid." Now, she’s adapting the indie film for the stage. The new musical dramedy will debut as a reading May 20 in New Y…

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Phylicia Rashad sets Broadway directing debut with ‘Blue’ by Ashley Lee

When Phylicia Rashad returns to Broadway, she will do so as a director. The Tony-winning actress is set to direct the Broadway premiere of “Blue,” producers announced Monday. The new sta…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Sutton Foster to return to Broadway in ‘The Music Man’ revival with Hugh Jackman by Ashley Lee

Get ready to meet the new Marian the Librarian. Sutton Foster is joining the Broadway revival of “The Music Man,” producer Scott Rudin announced on Monday. After a six-year absence from …

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hugh Jackman to star in Broadway revival of 'The Music Man' by Ashley Lee

Get those “Seventy-Six Trombones” ready, because Hugh Jackman is starring in a Broadway revival of “The Music Man,” producer Scott Rudin announced on Wednesday. Though the two-time T…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Oh, baby baby: Britney Spears’ songs inspire a Broadway-bound musical by Ashley Lee

The hits of Britney Spears are featured in a new Broadway-bound musical, producers announced Tuesday. “Once Upon a One More Time,” whose title references Spears’ debut single, “...Ba…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Nia Vardalos to reprise role in ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ at Pasadena Playhouse by Ashley Lee

Nia Vardalos is returning to “Tiny Beautiful Things.” The writer and actress, who penned the stage adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling book, will reprise her starring role in a…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Michael Jackson musical's pre-Broadway run canceled amid latest scandal by Ashley Lee

The new stage musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson has hit a snag on its way to Broadway amid renewed scrutiny of the pop star’s legacy. Three weeks ago, the Michael Jackson est…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

'Magic Mike' musical to launch in Boston before Broadway by Ashley Lee

“Magic Mike,” Channing Tatum’s dance-centric franchise about male strippers, will debut as a stage musical in Boston on Nov. 30, producers announced on Thursday. The world-premiere pro…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

How ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ tries to dismantle stereotypes of women and love on TV by Ashley Lee

The show's co-creator on portraying LGBT characters and middle-moms in more nuanced ways.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Jason Alexander directed Karen Zacarias' 'Native Gardens' — but he dreams of Barry Manilow by Ashley Lee

Jason Alexander directs the latest iteration of "Native Gardens," Karen Zacarías' popular play that has already sprouted up in theaters across the country . Playing Wednesday through Sept. …

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

For Tony Awards hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, it's showtime by Ashley Lee

The Tony Awards airing Sunday on CBS will be chock full of well-known names, as the stage adaptations of “Frozen,” “Mean Girls,” “SpongeBob SquarePants” and a new “Harry Potter…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Lauren Ambrose on a 'My Fair Lady' for a new generation by Ashley Lee

The era of Times Up and #MeToo might seem like the exact wrong time to revisit “My Fair Lady,” the 1956 Lerner & Loewe classic about a phonetics professor who, as part of an amusing bet,…

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

13 Broadway Breakout Stars of 2017 by David Rooney and Ashley Lee

THR spotlights some of the fresh faces who turned heads on the Great White Way this year.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda Shares 'Hamilton Mixtape' Tracklist, Kelly Clarkson and Busta Rhymes Songs by Ashley Lee

The offshoot album features Alicia Keys, John Legend, Usher, Wiz Khalifa, Common, Sia, Nas, Chance the Rapper, Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon and a Ja Rule-Ashanti reunion.read more

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Andre Holland, John Legend Join August Wilson's 'Jitney' on Broadway by Ashley Lee

The 'Moonlight' star will play Youngblood in director Ruben Santiago-Hudson's staging of the ensemble drama, with the musician coming on board as a producer.read more

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

'The Kid Stays in the Picture' Stage Adaptation to Debut at Royal Court Theater by Ashley Lee

'The Encounter' creator and star Simon McBurney will direct the new play, centering on the meteoric rise, fall and rise of legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans.read more

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Monday, October 31, 2016

How Broadway's 'Falsettos' Cast Handles Audiences' Audible Crying Each Night by Ashley Lee

Andrew Rannells, Christian Borle and Stephanie J. Block tell THR of hearing — and encouraging — ticketholders' inhales and sniffles: "Those sounds send chills throughout my entire body."…

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Why Broadway's 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' Almost Included Donald Trump References by Ashley Lee

Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer star in the revival, which opened Sunday and was attended by Pierce Brosnan, F. Murray Abraham, Zac Posen, Alan Cumming and Naomi Watts.read more

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lucas Hedges to Star in Off-Broadway Play 'Yen' (Exclusive) by Ashley Lee

Trip Cullman will direct the 'Manchester By the Sea' actor, making his stage debut in the MCC Theater production.read more

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Paula Vogel's Historical Play 'Indecent' Bound for Broadway by Ashley Lee

The new play with music centers on Yiddish playwright Sholem Asch's controversial 'God of Vengeance', which was shut down by police after a single performance in 1923.read more

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Broadway's 'She Loves Me' to Screen in Movie Theaters by Ashley Lee

Starring Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski, the one-night-only showing is set for Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in nearly 500 movie theaters nationwide.read more

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Off Script: Diane Lane on Returning to Broadway's 'The Cherry Orchard' (With Clive Owen in Her Dressing Room) by Ashley Lee

The actress also tells THR why she prefers to ride New York City buses and how Liam Neeson and Jane Fonda’s opening-night gifts are particularly strategic.read more

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Friday, October 21, 2016

'13 Going on 30' Stage Musical in the Works by Ashley Lee

Andy Fickman — who directed 'Heathers: The Musical' onstage and 'She's the Man' onscreen — is set to direct the adaptation of the 2004 romantic comedy that starred Jennifer Garner and Ma…

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Andy Karl to Star in 'Groundhog Day' on Broadway by Ashley Lee

The actor will reprise his role as Phil Connors in the musical adaptation of the much-loved Bill Murray screen comedy.read more

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Allison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey to Star in 'Six Degrees of Separation' on Broadway by Ashley Lee

Trip Cullman will direct the spring 2017 revival of John Guare's 1990 play.read more

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