All stories by Brent Lang on BroadwayStars

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Left for Dead, ‘Beetlejuice: The Musical’ Scores a Big Broadway Resurrection by Brent Lang

After two years of delays, setbacks and an unending pandemic, Adam Lucas witnessed a resurrection. The 19-year-old New Jersey resident joined hundreds of screaming fans at the Marquis Theatr…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:39AM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Broadway Licensing Buys Stage Rights (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Broadway Licensing has acquired Stage Rights, an independent theatrical publisher and licensing company. Stage Rights joins Broadway Licensing family of imprints alongside Dramatists Play Se…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:28AM
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Martin McDonagh Returns to Broadway With ‘Hangmen’ After Pandemic Pause: ‘I’ve Learned a Few Hard Truths’ by Brent Lang

Martin McDonagh has a profound feeling of déjà vu these days. The last time he was in New York, McDonagh was in the thick of Broadway previews for “Hangmen,” his criminally funny look …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:49AM
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Matthew Broderick Missing ‘Plaza Suite’ After Testing Positive for COVID by Brent Lang

One of the biggest hits on Broadway is down a star. Matthew Broderick will miss an unspecified number of performances of “Plaza Suite” after testing positive for COVID-19. A second test …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:39PM
Thursday, March 31, 2022

‘Next to Normal’ Reimagined as Immersive, Live Event (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

“Next to Normal,” the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning 2009 musical, will be reimagined as a live immersive theatrical event. The new version of the acclaimed production will have i…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, Danielle Brooks Starring in Broadway Revival of ‘The Piano Lesson’ by Brent Lang

Samuel L. Jackson will return to Broadway in a new revival of August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson.” He’s joined by a cast that includes “Tenet” star John David Washington and “Th…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:14PM
Monday, March 28, 2022

Aaron Sorkin, Bartlett Sher Team for ‘Camelot’ Revival by Brent Lang

Lerner & Loewe’s “Camelot,” that oft-old story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, will return to Broadway featuring a new book by Aaron Sorkin. That creative change…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

RWS Entertainment Group Taps Keith Senglaub as CFO (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

RWS Entertainment Group has tapped Keith Senglaub as its next chief financial officer. A former Feld Entertainment finance executive, Senglaub joins RWS with more than 30 years of experience…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:29PM
Monday, March 7, 2022

Pamela Anderson Making Broadway Debut in ‘Chicago’ by Brent Lang

After conquering the beach, “Baywatch” luminary Pamela Anderson will now try to dominate Broadway. Anderson will portray Roxie Hart, the morally flexible antiheroine at the heart of “C…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:02PM
Sunday, February 27, 2022

Patti LuPone Tests Positive for COVID-19, Will Miss Performances of ‘Company’ by Brent Lang

Patti LuPone tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. The theater legend will sit out her ongoing role in the current Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” while she recove…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:19AM
Friday, February 25, 2022

‘Kimberly Akimbo’ Announces Broadway Transfer Becoming the Next Hot Ticket by Brent Lang

“Kimberly Akimbo,” one of the hottest tickets of the theatrical season will transfer to Broadway this fall following an acclaimed run at the Atlantic Theatre Company. The musical about a…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:30AM
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Martin McDonagh’s ‘Hangmen’ Will Premiere on Broadway Two Years After COVID Closure by Brent Lang

Martin McDonagh’s “Hangmen,” an early casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, will at long last have its Broadway premiere. The show will begin performances Friday, April 8 and open Thursda…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM
Thursday, January 27, 2022

Edie Brickell Writes ‘38 Minutes,’ Musical About 2018 Hawaii False Missile Alert (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Edie Brickell has penned “38 Minutes,” a new musical about her personal experience living through the 2018 false alarm nuclear missile alert that shook Hawaii. The title is a reference t…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:09PM
Sunday, January 23, 2022

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Star James Snyder Fired From Broadway Show After Independent Investigation by Brent Lang

James Snyder, the star of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” has been fired from the hit Broadway play in the wake of a cast member complaint about the actor’s conduct. The producers…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:10PM
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Public Theater, Audible Bringing Back ‘Coal Country’ After Run Was Cut Short Due to COVID (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Audible Inc. will produce a return engagement of The Public Theater’s “Coal Country,” a drama based on a real-life West Virginia mining tragedy that was forced to close its original ru…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Friday, January 14, 2022

NYC Media and Entertainment Commissioner on Omicron’s Impact on Broadway and Production by Brent Lang

The holiday season was supposed to be a celebratory time for New York City’s theater and live events industries, marking a period of revival after months of setbacks and closures related t…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:37PM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

TodayTix Group Buys Goldstar, Live Entertainment Ticketing Service (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

TodayTix Group has acquired Goldstar, a live events ticketing platform that operates in 60 cities across the country. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it comes as TodayTix…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:00AM
Sunday, January 2, 2022

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Announces Broadway Hiatus Until March as COVID Hurts Ticket Sales by Brent Lang

The producers of “Mrs. Doubtfire” will suspend performances of the musical until March 14 as the show struggles to find a way to survive during a resurgence of COVID-19 that has imperile…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:40PM
Friday, December 17, 2021

Omicron Is Here and Hollywood Is Finally Taking Notice by Brent Lang

On Monday, Sony Pictures Entertainment hosted a raucous premiere for “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” a superhero adventure widely expected to generate a new COVID-era record opening weekend. …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:41PM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

‘Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook’ to Stream on BroadwayHD (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

BroadwayHD, a streaming service based around live theater, will exclusively show “Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook” starting this month. The show is from Broadway and film composer, Stephe…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Sidney Poitier’s Life Story Inspires Broadway Play From Charles Randolph-Wright, Ruben Santiago-Hudson (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Few stars shone as brightly as Sidney Poitier. In films like “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “In the Heat of the Night,” Poitier turned in powerful performances that electrified…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:38AM
Sunday, November 28, 2021

Geoffrey Johnson, Casting Director of ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ Dies at 91 by Brent Lang

Geoffrey Johnson, the casting director for “Cats” and “Les Miserables,” died Friday in New York City at the age of 91, Variety has confirmed. The cause was respiratory failure. In …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:34PM
Saturday, November 27, 2021

Broadway’s ‘Chicago’ Cancels Saturday Performance Due to Positive COVID Tests by Brent Lang

“Chicago,” the long-running revival of the classic musical about greed and corruption, canceled its Saturday performance on Broadway after two people who work at the Ambassador Theatre t…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:47PM
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Tour Suspends James D. Beeks After Actor Is Charged With U.S. Capitol Siege by Brent Lang

The U.S. touring production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” has suspended James D. Beeks from its ensemble after the musical theater performer was arrested on charges related to the Jan. 6 a…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:59AM

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Finalist Rosé Starring in Musical Comedy ‘Fowl Play’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” finalist Rosé will star in “Fowl Play, a new musical comedy about the story of two queer theater writers who are commissioned to write an apology for a fried ch…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:01AM
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Billy Crystal Reprising Role in Broadway Musical Adaptation of ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ by Brent Lang

Thirty years ago, Billy Crystal brought the story of Buddy Young Jr., a stand-up comic whose talent can’t outrun his self-destructive tendencies, to the big screen with “Mr. Saturday Nig…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM
Monday, November 8, 2021

Mentalist Jason Suran Announces In-Person Residence at Fifty Hotel (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Mentalist Jason Suran will start an in-person residence this month at the Fifty Hotel & Suites by Affinia. Dubbed “One in a Million: An Evening of Extraordinary Events,” the show wil…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:40PM
Monday, November 1, 2021

Audra McDonald Returns to Broadway in ‘Ohio State Murders’ by Brent Lang

Audra McDonald, the undisputed queen of live theater, will return to Broadway in “Ohio State Murders,” a new play by Adrienne Kennedy. The show, which will look at the destructiveness an…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Friday, October 29, 2021

James McAvoy Bringing Award-Winning ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ to Brooklyn Academy of Music by Brent Lang

James McAvoy will tread the boards in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Academy of Music unveiled new dates on Friday for Jamie Lloyd’s Olivier-winning revival of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” which was …

SOURCE: Variety at 08:03AM
Monday, October 18, 2021

Producers Isaac Robert Hurwitz, Seth A. Goldstein Form Broadway Transmedia Company Hugo Six (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Producers Isaac Robert Hurwitz and Seth A. Goldstein are teaming up to launch Hugo Six, a transmedia production company that will focus on Broadway content and talent. Co-founded by Hurwitz …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:46AM
Friday, October 15, 2021

‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star Noah Reid Replacing Armie Hammer in Broadway’s ‘The Minutes’ by Brent Lang

Noah Reid, best known for causing David Rose to fall madly in love on “Schitt’s Creek,” has joined the cast of “The Minutes,” a new play by Tracy Letts that was in previews in Marc…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:26AM