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Monday, March 1, 2021

Tony Awards campaigns go digital during the Broadway shutdown by Caitlin Huston

Amid a pandemic and a yearlong theatrical shutdown, Tony-nominated productions are taking their campaigns online. Ahead of Tony Awards voting, which began Monday and ends March 15, nominated…

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Shubert Organization to begin expansion of Broadway’s Cort Theatre by Caitlin Huston

The Shubert Organization will begin construction this March on the Cort Theatre, in a project that will see the addition of a five-story annex, as well as improvements to the theater’s fa…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ to play the Golden Theatre by Caitlin Huston

“Thoughts of a Colored Man” announced Thursday that it will play the Golden Theatre. The new play, written by Keenan Scott II and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, has not yet announced…

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Lincoln Center to create outdoor performance spaces this spring by Caitlin Huston

Lincoln Center plans to create 10 outdoor performance spaces and stages this spring, in an effort to revitalize the performing arts industry.  The program, entitled Restart Stages, will inc…

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

New York City’s arts, entertainment sector hardest hit by pandemic, report says by Caitlin Huston

Employment among New York City workers in the arts, entertainment and recreation sectors fell 66% between December 2019 and December 2020, according to a new report from the New York State C…

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Broadway unions lobby New York state for COBRA subsidy renewal by Caitlin Huston

The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds is lobbying New York state to include healthcare provisions, including COBRA subsidies, in the upcoming budget.  With most of the theater industr…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Calleri Casting undergoes name change by Caitlin Huston

Calleri Casting is renaming the casting office Calleri Jensen Davis.  The name now reflects the contributions of the three company partners, James Calleri, Erica Jensen and Paul Davis. In a…

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Madison Square Garden reopens to fans this week by Caitlin Huston

Madison Square Garden will begin welcoming fans back this week, as its sports teams play to an arena at 10% capacity.  The New York Knicks will play Feb. 23, followed by the New York Ranger…

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Theatrical unions unveil diversity, equity and inclusion agenda by Caitlin Huston

Theatrical union leaders put forward a legislative agenda Thursday aimed at increasing diversity, equity and inclusion within the arts industry.  In a joint press conference with affiliated…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Amber Ruffin joins writing team for Broadway musical ‘Some Like It Hot’ by Caitlin Huston

Television host and comedian Amber Ruffin has joined the creative team of the Broadway musical “Some Like It Hot.” Ruffin, host of an eponymous show on Peacock, will work with “The Inh…

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Gov. Cuomo looks to theater reopenings with testing, pop-up events by Caitlin Huston

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo laid out a framework Monday for reopening Broadway theaters and other indoor venues. While Cuomo could not provide a specific timeline for bringing back Broadwa…

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New Broadway League Chair Lauren Reid on the work ahead by Caitlin Huston

When Lauren Reid started as chair of the Broadway League in mid-December 2020, she knew she first had to address the elephant in the virtual room — the ongoing closure of theaters on Broad…

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Actors’ Equity seeks wages owed to Clay Aiken from Broadway Christmas show by Caitlin Huston

Actors’ Equity filed a complaint Wednesday against the producer of “Ruben & Clay’s Christmas Show” seeking wages owed to headliner Clay Aiken.  In the complaint, Equity says tha…

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

‘Come From Away’ to shoot filmed version of Broadway show by Caitlin Huston

“Come From Away” will shoot a filmed version of the live Broadway show this spring.  Produced and financed by Entertainment One, the shoot will take place in May at the Gerald Schoenfel…

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Monday, February 1, 2021

SBA updates guidance and eligibility for Save Our Stages grants by Caitlin Huston

The Small Business Administration has changed its guidance on who is eligible to apply for Save Our Stages grants.  After initially stating that only small businesses would be eligible to a…

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Jujamcyn Theaters switches ticketing platform to SeatGeek by Caitlin Huston

Jujamcyn Theaters has switched its ticketing partner to SeatGeek. Jujamcyn announced a multi-year deal Friday to use SeatGeek in its five theaters, rather than its former partner, Ticketmast…

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Tony Awards voting to take place in March by Caitlin Huston

Voting for the Tony Awards will take place starting March 1, Tony Awards organizers said Friday.  The voting period, for the shows that opened during the shortened 2019-2020 Broadway season…

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Jimmy Awards sets date for virtual ceremony in 2021 by Caitlin Huston

The Jimmy Awards, a Broadway League-backed competition for high school students, has set a date for a virtual show in 2021.  The annual awards show, which involves musical theater students …

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Broadway League offers theaters as vaccination sites by Caitlin Huston

The Broadway League is joining other live events organizations in offering theaters and staff to aid in vaccination efforts.  In a letter to President Joe Biden, the League and live events …

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Monday, January 25, 2021

IATSE president offers union members to help build vaccination centers by Caitlin Huston

International IATSE President Matthew Loeb has formally offered the services of union members to speed up vaccination efforts.  In a letter addressed to President Joe Biden, Loeb proposed t…

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Stewart/Whitley hires new assistants as casting office looks to Broadway reopening by Caitlin Huston

Stewart/Whitley has hired two new casting assistants, as the office works toward its diversity and inclusion goals and looks to Broadway reopening.  The casting office hired Joseph Hayes, w…

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Broadway director and choreographer Bob Avian dies at 83 by Caitlin Huston

Bob Avian, the Tony Award-winning co-choreographer of  “A Chorus Line” and “Ballroom,” died Thursday at the age of 83.  Avian died at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. af…

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Actors’ Equity warns delay in vaccination efforts will hurt theater industry restart by Caitlin Huston

Actors’ Equity spoke out against stalled vaccinations in New York Thursday, saying a delay in vaccinations would lead to a delay in restarting the theater industry.  “New York City must…

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Gov. Cuomo proposes tax credits for theatrical productions in New York by Caitlin Huston

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed new tax credits Tuesday to help restart theatrical productions in New York.  As part of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Cuomo proposed up to $25 million …

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Cody Renard Richard Scholarship program names first cohort by Caitlin Huston

The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship program has named its first 15 recipients. The program, a joint effort between the Broadway Advocacy Coalition and Richard, a Broadway stage manager, is m…

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Philip J. Smith, former chair and co-CEO of the Shubert Organization, dies at age 89 by Caitlin Huston

Philip J. Smith, chairman emeritus of the Shubert Organization, passed away Friday at the age of 89. Smith died from complications due to COVID-19, his daughters Linda Phillips and Jennifer …

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

‘The Devil Wears Prada’ musical pushes back Chicago premiere date by Caitlin Huston

The pre-Broadway run of “The Devil Wears Prada” musical has pushed back by one year.  The musical, which is set to make its world premiere in Chicago, will now start previews in July 20…

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Broadway industry members await guidelines on Save Our Stages legislation by Caitlin Huston

Members of the Broadway community are awaiting further guidance on Save Our Stages legislation after the passage of the landmark relief bill last month.  Save Our Stages was signed into law…

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Gov. Cuomo outlines plan to accelerate return of theater and the arts by Caitlin Huston

Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a plan Tuesday to stage outdoor concerts and create jobs for artists this winter in an effort to accelerate the return of arts and Broadway to the state.  In the …

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Dominique Morisseau’s ‘Skeleton Crew’ announces Broadway premiere by Caitlin Huston

Manhattan Theatre Club will present the Broadway premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s “Skeleton Crew” in winter 2022, the theater company announced Monday.  This joins its previously ann…

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

‘Mean Girls’ announces Broadway closing by Caitlin Huston

“Mean Girls” will not return to Broadway when theaters reopen, the musical announced Thursday. The production had been running at the August Wilson Theatre since April 2018 and cited the…

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