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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Disney Misses Quarterly Revenue Target as Disney Plus Growth Slows by Brent Lang

Streaming hits like “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” failed to deliver the kind of Disney Plus subscriber numbers that Wall Street was looking for, as the Walt D…

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Disney’s New World Order Leads to Confusion and Bruised Egos by Brent Lang

The Walt Disney Company is in the throes of a major leadership shift, with newly minted CEO Bob Chapek asserting more authority as the longtime leader he replaced, Bob Iger, prepares to surr…

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

‘Hamilton,’ ‘Wicked,’ ‘Lion King’ Announce Broadway Return by Brent Lang

Broadway is busting out some major firepower as it looks to reopen after more than a year of COVID-related closures. Three of the most successful shows in theater history — “Hamilton,”…

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Cinemark Signs New Theatrical Deals With Five Major Studios by Brent Lang

Cinemark has reached new agreements with the five major studios that could help formalize a shorter theatrical window. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it comes as COVID-19 has resh…

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Broadway Theaters Will Reopen in September by Brent Lang

The show will go on. Broadway theaters will reopen at full capacity on Sept. 14, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced via Twitter on Wednesday. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday (though a …

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Impresario Howard Panter Predicts Theater Business Will Boom Again Post-COVID by Brent Lang

Sir Howard Panter, one of the leading forces in live theater, is so convinced that Broadway, the West End and other stage hubs are poised to come back in a big way post-pandemic, that he’s…

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Monday, May 3, 2021

New York Lifts Capacity Restrictions Beginning May 19, Setting Stage for Broadway Reopening by Brent Lang

New York will lift capacity restrictions beginning on May 19, a move that potentially sets the stage for a Broadway and live theater revival. The new guidelines will also help cinemas in the…

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

After Oscars Ratings Tank, Do the Academy Awards Need Another Makeover? by Brent Lang

The producers of the 93rd Academy Awards promised to make the Oscars more like a movie. But the abysmal ratings and atrocious reviews that greeted their efforts to shake things up wasn’t t…

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Florence Welch Writing ‘Great Gatsby’ Musical by Brent Lang

Florence Welch will journey into the Jazz Age for her new musical project, one that will offer up fortune seekers and flappers, rum runners and rich dilettantes, self-made men and high socie…

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Broadway Community Demands Scott Rudin’s Ouster Over Abuse Allegations by Brent Lang

Several hundred Broadway advocates and theater workers gathered in New York City on Thursday to demand the industry banish Scott Rudin in the wake of a growing controversy around the produce…

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

As Elaine May Turns 89, It’s Time to Give the Filmmaking Giant the Credit She Deserves by Brent Lang

Nevertheless, she persisted. Elaine May, who turns 89 on Wednesday, has enjoyed a late career resurgence, earning a Tony Award for her work in Kenneth Lonergan’s play “The Waverly Galler…

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

PBS, WNET Group Launch Programming Celebrating Arts During COVID-19 Pandemic by Brent Lang

PBS and The WNET Group are launching a multi-platform campaign dubbed #PBSForTheArts, which will pay tribute to the struggle and resilience of American artists and arts organizations during …

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Broadway Composer Lewis Flinn Releasing ‘The Curtain Call Mixes’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

It’s been a tough year for composer Lewis Flinn and most of the people who make their living producing live performances. COVID-19 has left the marquee lights dark across Broadway and beyo…

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Will ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Kick Off a Post-COVID Renaissance for Movie Theaters? by Brent Lang

With vaccinations rising and COVID restrictions easing, movie theaters are slowly getting their grove back. This weekend saw the debut of the first pandemic-era hit in “Godzilla vs. Kong,…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

‘Game of Thrones’ Play Eyes Broadway, West End Run by Brent Lang

George R.R. Martin is facing something even more menacing than White Walkers: New York theater critics. The fantasy maestro is bringing “Game of Thrones” to the stage, hoping to transfor…

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Post-Pandemic Hollywood: Why Working in Entertainment Will Never Be the Same by Brent Lang

Working in entertainment may never look the same again. To hear numerous executives tell it, the past 12 months have shifted the paradigm for modern office life. Gone are the days of staying…

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Friday, March 12, 2021

L.A. Movie Theaters Can Reopen Next Week at 25% Capacity by Brent Lang

Movie theaters in Los Angeles will be able to reopen early next week, public health officials said Thursday. The announcement punctuates nearly a year without cinemas in the film capital of …

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

‘The Show Must Go On’ Documentary Chronicles Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Fight for Theater During Lockdown by Brent Lang

Last year, after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Broadway and the West End indefinitely, Andrew Lloyd Webber was desperate to find a way to safely reopen theaters. The composer of some of t…

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Disney CEO Addresses Gina Carano ‘Mandalorian’ Firing, Lucasfilm Chief’s Future at Shareholder Meeting by Brent Lang

Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek was questioned by shareholders about Gina Carano’s firing from “The Mandalorian,” when cruise ships would set sail again and the future of Lucasfilm chie…

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Monday, March 8, 2021

‘The Queen’s Gambit’ getting turned into stage musical by Brent Lang

“The Queen’s Gambit” centers on Beth Harmon, an orphan who discovers she has a preternatural ability to move the pieces around a chess board and dominate the competition.

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‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Getting Turned Into Stage Musical by Brent Lang

“The Queen’s Gambit,” the story of a chess prodigy that was a streaming smash for Netflix, may become a musical. Level Forward, has acquired the theatrical stage rights to Walter Tevis…

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Friday, February 26, 2021

AMC Chief Adam Aron Gets $3.75 Million Bonus by Brent Lang

AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron received a $3.75 million bonus at a time when many of the company’s employees have been laid off and several of its theaters are closed due to COVID-19, acc…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Actor, Director and Playwright, Signs With CAA and Redefine Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

The British playwright, director and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah has signed with CAA and Redefine Entertainment. He currently serves as the artistic director for the Young Vic in London and was p…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Calleri Casting Changes Name to Calleri Jensen Davis (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Calleri Casting is being renamed Calleri Jensen Davis. The rechristening is taking place as a nod to the fact that the company has become triumvirate of co-equals, with James Calleri Erica J…

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Michael Cassel Group Hires Disney Theatrical’s Jane Abramson (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Australia-based theatrical producer Michael Cassel Group is planting a flag in the United States. The company has made its first New York City-based hire, tapping Jane Abramson to serve as i…

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Hugh Jackman Thriller ‘Reminiscence’ Debuting in Theaters and on HBO Max in September by Brent Lang

“Reminiscence,” a new action thriller with Hugh Jackman, will open in theaters and on HBO Max on September 3, 2021. The Warner Bros. film, which co-stars Thandie Newton and Rebecca Fergu…

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Second City Sells to Private Equity Company ZMC by Brent Lang

The Second City, a legendary theater that has nurtured generations of top comics, has sold to ZMC, a private equity firm run by Strauss Zelnick. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Variety…

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Disney Earnings Beat Expectations Thanks to Streaming Growth by Brent Lang

Coronavirus took a big chunk out of the Walt Disney Company’s profits during its most recent quarterly results, but the popularity of Disney Plus helped cushion the blow of the pandemic. I…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Amber Ruffin Joins Creative Team of ‘Some Like It Hot’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Amber Ruffin is partnering with Matthew López to adapt film classic “Some Like It Hot” for the stage. The new stage adaptation will also feature music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scot…

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Box Office: ‘The Marksman’ Captures Top Spot With $2 Million, Bleak Times for Movie Theaters by Brent Lang

Pray for movie theaters. “The Marksman,” a Liam Neeson thriller from Open Road, held onto first place for the second weekend in a row, grossing just over $2 million. The film has grossed…

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Tony Award-winning choreographer Bob Avian dies at 83 by Brent Lang

In a career that spanned seven decades, Avian appeared in, staged, produced, directed or designed the dances for dozens of Broadway hits -- his resume reads like a history of musical theater…

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