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Thursday, March 14, 2024

‘Willyfest – A Musical Parody’ Turns Sour Glasgow Immersive Disaster Into Sweet by Bruce Haring

A team of top film, television and stage songwriters have joined forces to create a musical satire inspired by the recent, ill-fated Willy Wonka knockoff fiasco in Glasgow, Scotland that bec…

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Rita McKenzie Dies: Star Of One-Woman Show ‘Ethel Merman’s Broadway’ Was 76 by Bruce Haring

Rita McKenzie, known for staging the longest-running one-woman show in theatrical history, died Feb. 17 in Los Angeles days before her 77th birthday. She succumbed to what her family describ…

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Sunday, September 3, 2023

‘Funny Girl’ Farewell For Lea Michele, Who Ends Her Broadway Run Today by Bruce Haring

Lea Michele, the star of Funny Girl, ends her stay today in the Broadway revival. She noted the milestone with an Instagram post that touted thhe show’s recoupment of its $16.5 million cap…

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Sunday, August 27, 2023

Messi Lights Up Broadway, Scores Goal In Game Simulcast On Times Square Screens by Bruce Haring

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi sure knows how to make a Broadway entrance. In a game livestreamed in New York’s Times Square, the heart of the theater district, Messi entered Saturday night…

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Saturday, August 12, 2023

Tom Jones Dies: Wrote Book And Lyrics For Long-Running ‘The Fantasticks’, Was 95 by Bruce Haring

Tom Jones, who wrote the book and lyrics for the musical “The Fantasticks” that ran for 42 years, died on Friday at his home in Sharon, Conn. He was 95 and passed from cancer, his son sa…

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Friday, July 28, 2023

‘Back To The Future: The Musical’ Transports Film’s Cast To The Present For Gala Celebration by Bruce Haring

It’s been 38 years since the release of the film version of Back to the Future. But the cast gathered earlier this week as if no time had passed at all, joining a gala celebrating Back to …

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Thursday, July 20, 2023

Carlin Glynn Dies: Tony Winner For ‘The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas’ And Mother Of Mary Stuart Masterson Was 83 by Bruce Haring

Carlin Glynn, the Tony-winning star of Broadway hit The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, died July 13 from complications of dementia and cancer. She was 83 and her death was confirmed by her…

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Saturday, July 8, 2023

John Deyle Dies: Broadway And TV Actor Was 68 by Bruce Haring

John Deyle, a veteran actor on Broadway and television commercials, died June 22 in Mount Kisco, NY of esophageal cancer. He was 68. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, he studied at t…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Smoke Cancellations Spreading Across US As Canadian Wildfires Blanket Skies With Orange by Bruce Haring

Concerts, baseball games, and flights in the East and Midwest are among the cancellations being wrought by the excessive smoke from more than 400 Canadian wildfires. The orange haze has resi…

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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Ed Ames Dies: TV, Stage Star And Hitmaking Singer Was 95 by Bruce Haring

Ed Ames, whose long career included hit recordings, TV stardom, and Broadway roles, died May 21 in Los Angeles at 95. No cause was given. Ames began his career in the 1950s as part of the si…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Barbara Bryne Dies: Actress in Sondheim’s ‘Sunday In The Park With George’ Was 94 by Bruce Haring

Barbara Bryne, a British actress who worked in stage, television, and film during a decades-long career, died Tuesday at age 94. Her death was confirmed by the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis…

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Saturday, April 1, 2023

Maude Apatow Hit The Wall During ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ Show, But Soldiered On by Bruce Haring

Maude Apatow has been accused of getting ahead because of her famous name. But a wall in her “Little Shop of Horrors” theater put a halt to that – at least, the head part. Apatow, the …

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Andrew Lloyd Webber Updates Son’s Grave Condition, Says He’s ‘Bravely Fighting’ by Bruce Haring

Andrew Lloyd Webber is thanking fans for their outpouring of support in the wake of his eldest son’s diagnosis with gastric cancer. The composer issued an Instagram video and revealed th…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

‘Funny Girl’ Star Lea Michele Will Miss Some Performances Of Broadway Hit by Bruce Haring

Lea Michele will miss upcoming performances of Funny Girl because of an unspecified “scary health issue” affecting her 2-year-old son, Ever Leo Reich. The news was announced Wednesday by…

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Thursday, March 9, 2023

Chaim Topol Dies: ‘Tevye’ In Stage And Film Versions Of ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ Was 87 by Bruce Haring

Chaim Topol, an Israeli actor best known for his role as Tevye in the film version of Fiddler on the Roof, died Thursday at age 87 in Tel Aviv after a multi-year battle with Alzheimer’s. T…

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Charles Kimbrough Dies: Tony And Emmy Nominated Actor And Anchorman On ‘Murphy Brown’ Was 86 by Bruce Haring

Charles Kimbrough, best known for his portrayal of network anchorman Jim Dial on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown, died Jan. 11 in Culver City, Calif. No cause was given by his son, who confirmed…

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Friday, February 3, 2023

George Santos Again Spinning A Tangled Web On His Claimed Role In Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ by Bruce Haring

It has been said that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Evidently, Congressman George Santos didn’t understand the memo. He once claimed he was a producer on the troubled…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

‘Riverdance’ And ‘Lord Of The Dance’ Star Michael Flatley Has An Aggressive Form Of Cancer by Bruce Haring

Riverdance star Michael Flatley is now at home recovering from surgery after a cancer diagnosis, his team announced Wednesday. “Dear friends, we have something personal to share, Michael …

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Broadway’s ‘Death Of A Saleman’ Stopped By Disruptive Woman, Cops Escort Her Out Of Theater by Bruce Haring

An unhinged and disruptive woman stopped Broadway’s “Death of a Saleman” Tuesday night, finally being escorted from the theater by police. It’s safe to say she was not well-liked by …

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Nicole Kidman Steps Up At Charity Auction With Whopping Bid For Hugh Jackman’s ‘The Music Man’ Hat by Bruce Haring

They were passing the hat on Broadway, but Nicole Kidman wasn’t passing on the opportunity to do some good. At a charity fundraiser held on Saturday for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AI…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

‘Glee’ Costar Chris Colfer Loves Broadway, But No Plans To Catch His Former Castmate’s Show by Bruce Haring

Chris Colfer isn’t going out of his way to catch former Glee castmate Lea Michele’s appearance in Broadway’s Funny Girl. Speaking on Tuesday’s The Michelle Collins Show podcast, Col…

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Lea Michele Cancels ‘Funny Girl’ Performances, Cites Symptoms Of Covid-19 by Bruce Haring

Lea Michele is canceling some of her Funny Girl performances, citing early signs and symptoms of Covid-19. The Broadway star just started as Fanny Brice, the Funny Girl lead, on Sept. 6, tak…

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Pat Carroll Dies: Veteran Actress Of Stage, TV, Film And Voice Of Ursula In ‘The Little Mermaid’ Was 95 by Bruce Haring

Comedian and actress Pat Carroll, a television pioneer and an Emmy, Drama Desk and Grammy winner, died at her home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts on July 30, while recovering from pnuemonia. A f…

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

‘ER’ Star Anthony Edwards Joins Tony-Nominated ‘Girl From The North Country’ On Broadway by Bruce Haring

Calling Dr. Mark Greene. Please report to the Broadway stage. ER star Anthony Edwards made his Broadway musical debut Friday night as “Dr. Walker” in the Tony-nominated Girl From The Nor…

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Saturday, April 2, 2022

Daniel Craig Contracts Covid-19, Cancels ‘Macbeth’ Performances On Broadway by Bruce Haring

There will be no Daniel Craig appearances in the latest Broadway staging of Shakepeare’s Macbeth for a while. The Longacre Theater announced that the actor has tested postive for Covid-19 …

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Taron Egerton Drops Out Of London Play ‘Cock’ After Short Run In Starring Role by Bruce Haring

The ill-fated run of Rocketman and Kingsman star Taron Egerton in the London play Cock has apparently come to an end. Show producers announced that Egerton has withdrawn from the starring ro…

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Patti LuPone Tests Positive For Covid-19, Out Until March From Broadway’s ‘Company’ by Bruce Haring

Veteran actress Patti LuPone tested positive for Covid-19 before Saturday’s Broadway matinee of Company, triggering increased testing protocols for the rest of the performers and staff. L…

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Friday, January 28, 2022

Broadway Icon Chita Rivera Signs With HarperCollins For Her Memoir by Bruce Haring

From West Side Story through Bye Bye Birdie, from Chicago to Kiss of the Spider Woman, one actor has been a constant – Chita Rivera. Now, the two-time Tony winners is recapping her Broadwa…

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Friday, December 24, 2021

‘Music Man’ Broadway Revival Cancels Christmas Day And Dec. 26 Performances Because Of Covid-19 by Bruce Haring

They won’t be singing “Ya Got Trouble” at the Hugh Jackman Music Man revival. At least, not on the scheduled Christmas Day and Dec. 26 shows, which have been officially canceled becaus…

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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Rita Moreno Talks Turning 90: “I’m Older And Deeply Grateful For Still Being Here”; ‘One Day At A Time’ Co-Stars Latest To Pay Tribute by Bruce Haring

It’s a happy 90th birthday to iconic actress Rita Moreno, celebrating today the renewal of interest in one of her most famous roles, that of Anita in the 1961 version of West Side Story (s…

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Geoffrey Johnson Dies: Tony Award-Winning Casting Director For ‘Cats’ And ‘Les Miserables’ Was 91 by Bruce Haring

Geoffrey Johnson, whose Johnson-Liff Casting was behind the roles for Cats, Les Miserables, and Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s three longest-running shows, died Friday, Nov. 26. He was…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards