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Saturday, July 4, 2020

‘Hamilton’ Debut Has Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cast All Atwitter by Bruce Haring

There’s nowhere to go and little to do this July 4 weekend (thanks, coronavirus!). But Disney+ has capitalized on the downtime to bring a streaming treat to masses with the debut last nigh…

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Bruce Jay Friedman Dies: Oscar-Nominated Screenplay Writer, Author And Playwright Was 90 by Bruce Haring

Bruce Jay Friedman, an author, playwright and Oscar-nominated screenplay writer for Tom Hanks’s 1984 ilm Splash, died today in New York City. He was 90 and no cause of death was given by h…

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Drama Desk Awards Postponed Amid George Floyd Protests In New York by Bruce Haring

The 65th Drama Desk Awards has postponed its plan to stream its awards tonight during a presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage. The organization cited “breaking news events in New …

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Broadway Actor Nick Cordero “Showing Small Improvements Each Day,” According To Wife Amanda Kloots by Bruce Haring

Broadway star Nick Cordero’s has had a positive uptick in his health as he continues to battle coronavirus at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. His wife, Amanda Kloots, issued a positi…

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Broadway Actor Nick Cordero “Has Not Given Up” Despite Severe Coronavirus Complications, His Wife Posts Online by Bruce Haring

Actor Nick Cordero’s wife, Amanda Kloots, has once again posted on her husband’s condition as he battles the COVID-19 virus. Cordero has had horrible complications since being hospitaliz…

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

‘Broadway On Demand’ Streaming Service Sets May Launch, Will Offer Library, Live Concerts, Instruction by Bruce Haring

A new streaming service, Broadway on Demand, will have its US launch next month. The membership-based streaming service promises a library of content, exclusive livestream events, interactiv…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Rosie O’Donnell Brings Back Her Show As One-Night-Only Streaming Fundraiser by Bruce Haring

Rosie O’Donnell and actor/producer Erich Bergen will bring back the Emmy-winning The Rosie O’Donnell Show this Sunday. The special event is a live, one-night-only streaming fundraiser fo…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda Offers A Free Unreleased Cut From ‘Hamilton’ To Soothe Fans In Turbulent Times by Bruce Haring

The world is turned upside down, but Lin-Manuel Miranda is offering something to help us all get through it. The Hamilton creator has issued a free cut from the Broadway smash musical calle…

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Broadway’s ‘Beetlejuice’ Sees Sophia Anne Caruso Abruptly Exit Production by Bruce Haring

Sophia Anne Caruso, who originated the role of Lydia Deetz in Broadway’s Beetlejuice, has exited the production as of its Wednesday, Feb. 19 show. The production is scheduled to close to …

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Friday, February 21, 2020

WME Signs Tony Award-Winning Director Kathleen Marshall In All Areas by Bruce Haring

EXCLUSIVE: WME has enlisted Tony Award-winning director Kathleen Marshall for representation in all areas. Marshall has a busy slate of upcoming projects on tap. She will helm the film adapt…

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Lynn Cohen Dies: Veteran Actor Who Played “Magda” On HBO’s ‘Sex And The City’ Was 86 by Bruce Haring

Veteran screen and stage actor Lynn Cohen, who was best known for her role as “Magda” on HBO’s Sex and the City and its two film versions, died today at age 86. No cause of death was g…

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Margo Lion Dies: Producer For ‘Hairspray’ And ‘Angels In America’ Was 75 by Bruce Haring

Margo Lion, the producer behind the Tony-winning musical adaption of Hairspray, died January 24 at age 75. She had a brain aneurysm, according to her son. Lion was an independent producer wi…

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Lan O’Kun Dies: Emmy Winning Collaborator With Shari Lewis, Screenwriter And Playwright Was 87 by Bruce Haring

Lan O’Kun, a multi-talent whose long collaboration with sister-in-law and entertainer Shari Lewis brought to life Lamb Chop and other beloved characters, died Jan. 9 at his home in Malibu.…

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Alanis Morissette Fans Angered At Censors For Bleeping Lines From New Year’s Performance by Bruce Haring

Fans took to social media on New Year’s Eve to remind ABC censors of the mess they made when they went away and bleeped the performance of Alanis Morissette’s signature song, “You Ough…

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

‘Mean Girls’ Musical Adds Cameron Dallas For A Four-Week Broadway Run by Bruce Haring

Social media icon and musician Cameron Dallas will make his Broadway debut in the role of “Aaron Samuels” in Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, the show’s producers have announced. Dallas will …

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Peter Larkin Dies: Four-Time Tony-Winning Production Designer Was 93 by Bruce Haring

Peter Larkin, whose innovative set design graced Broadway productions and major films, died Monday at his home in Bridgehampton, New York after a brief illness. He was 93 years old and his d…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Ron Leibman Dies: Actor In ‘Norma Rae’ And ‘Angels In America’ Was 82 by Bruce Haring

Ron Leibman, who won a Tony Award for his role as Roy Cohn in 1993’s Angels In America: Millennium Approaches, and co-starred with Sally Field in the 1979 Oscar-winner Norma Rae, has died …

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

‘Hamilton’ Star Giles Terera Says UK Bar Turned His Group Away Because Of Race by Bruce Haring

A star from the musical Hamilton is singing the blues because his group of friends wasn’t hearing the blues. Giles Terera said a London bar barred entry to his party of eight fellow actors…

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

‘Frozen’ National Tour To Kick Off Next Week At Pantages Theatre by Bruce Haring

The national tour for Disney’s Frozen musical is opening next week just over the hill from the studio that created the animated versions. Frozen starts performances on at the Hollywood P…

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Laurel Griggs Dies: Broadway Actress Who Played Ivanka In ‘Once’ Was 13 by Bruce Haring

Teenage actress Laurel Griggs, who made her Broadway debut at age 6 next to Scarlett Johansson and appeared on Saturday Night Live, has died, according to reports and an online obituary. She…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Bernard Slade Dies: Creator Of TV’s ‘The Partridge Family’ And Broadway’s ‘Same Time, Next Year’ Was 89 by Bruce Haring

Bernard Slade, a versatile writer who created one of Broadway’s most successful plays and several hit TV shows, has died. He passed Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. at age 89…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Zings Upcoming Democratic Presidential Debate by Bruce Haring

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert was “Doin’ It Donkey Style” tonight, focusing on the Oct. 15 Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio. Colbert ran down the list of candid…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Jo-An Anderson Fox Dies: Marketing Guru For County And Pop Stars Was 68 by Bruce Haring

Jo-An Anderson Fox, the Nashville-based talent, marketing and television development executive whose client list included Bobby Vinton, Perry Como, Jerry Vale, Engelbert Humperdink, Marty Ra…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Stewart Talent Adds Ellen Drantch-Billet, Daniel Ortega As Theatrical Agents by Bruce Haring

Stewart Talent has added two new agents in its Los Angeles office, as Ellen Drantch-Billet and Daniel Ortega have joined the theatrical department. Drantch-Billet, a 30-year veteran, has wor…

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Martin Charnin Dies: ‘Annie’ Creator, Director And Lyricist Was 84 by Bruce Haring

Martin Charnin, best known for creating and directing the Broadway musical Annie, has died at 84. The Tony-winning lyricist, writer and librettist suffered a heart attack on Wednesday, accor…

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda And ‘In The Heights’ Crew Surprise High School Musical by Bruce Haring

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the In the Heights movie crew surprised on Friday by turning out for a high school performance of the play at New York’s George Washington High. Crazy Rich Asians‘…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Wallenda Family Members Will Attempt Times Square Highwire Walk For ABC by Bruce Haring

Nik Wallenda and his sister, Lijana, seventh-generation members of the Wallenda family highwire act, will attempt a walk of approximately 1,300 feet long and 25 stories above street level ac…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

‘Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus’ Sets New Open Date, Adds Julie White by Bruce Haring

The world premiere of Taylor Mac's new comedy Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus has moved its opening night and found a replacement for injured lead Andrea Martin. The new opening night wil…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

David Foster Signs With ICM Partners, Expanding To Broadway by Bruce Haring

David Foster, a 16-time Grammy-winning musician, songwriter, composer, arranger, producer and recording artist, has signed with ICM Partners, which will make touring its top priority. The ag…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Verna Bloom Dies: Versatile TV, Film, Broadway Actress Was 80 by Bruce Haring

Verna Bloom, whose memorable turn as Marion Wormer in the 1979 comedy classic Animal House saw her immortalize cucumber innuendo, has died. She passed Wednesday in Bar Harbor, Maine from dem…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Ethel Ayler Dies: Actress For Stage, Film And TV’s ‘Cosby Show’ Was 88 by Bruce Haring

Ethel Ayler, whose career spanned prominent Broadway, film and TV roles for five decades, died at age 88 on Nov. 18 in Loma Linda, Calif., according to her family. The cause of death was not…

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