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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘Moulin Rouge!’ Sets Date For Broadway Run by Dade Hayes

The Broadway adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! will begin its run on the boards next summer, producers announced, with previews starting June 28 and opening night on June 25. …

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Broadway Musical Sets Jerry Zaks As Director, ‘Something’s Rotten!’ Duo For Book by Dade Hayes

Fox Stage Productions and producer Kevin McCollum have announced the creative team for Mrs. Doubtfire, which is headed by director Jerry Zaks, a four-time Tony Award winner. John O’Far…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Melissa Benoist On Playing Carole King On Broadway, ‘Supergirl’s’ Topical Shift And ‘Glee’ Castmate Demi Lovato: Q&A by Dade Hayes

Melissa Benoist broke out on television, but her original show business ideal was being where she is right now: Broadway. Her summer stint playing the lead in the long-running Beautiful: Th…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Michael Jackson Musical Slated For Broadway Run In 2020 by Dade Hayes

The Michael Jackson estate and Columbia Stage are developing a musical based on the King of Pop’s catalog, adding one more jukebox show to the Broadway boards. Lynn Nottage, a Pulitzer…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Tony Season Mojo Helps Power Broadway Box Office To Slight Gain by Dade Hayes

While Broadway grosses for the week ending June 10 did not directly benefit from the Tony Awards (which were held June 10), the clear path for established titles saw many post week-to-week g…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Parkland Students’ Tony Awards Performance Melts Radio City Crowd by Dade Hayes

Students from Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took the Radio City Musical Hall stage to deliver a rendition of “Seasons of Love” from Rent that bro…

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Bruce Springsteen Delivers Concise Tony Award Speech: “Thank You For Making Me Feel So Welcome On The Block” by Dade Hayes

If you blinked, you might have missed it, but Bruce Springsteen did amble onstage and accept a special Tony Award recognizing the commercial powerhouse that he has been presenting in recent …

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Monday, June 4, 2018

In First Week Of 2018-19, Broadway Box Office Dips 6% From Prior Frame by Dade Hayes

Broadway shuffled toward its biggest night, Sunday’s Tony Awards, with overall box office declining for the week ending June 3 compared with the prior week, according to figures from t…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Anonymous Content Taps Weinstein Co.’s Whitney Dibo As Theater Scout by Dade Hayes

Anonymous Content has hired its first theater scout, Whitney Dibo, who most recently was working as director of development and acquisitions for The Weinstein Co. Dibo’s new title at A…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Price Hikes, Extra Week Lift Broadway Box Office 17% Over 2016-17 Levels by Dade Hayes

Aided by a 53rd week in the year (added every seven years for statistical reasons), plus aggressive pricing of certain shows, Broadway box office ended 2017-18 up 17.1% over the prior year. …

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Broadway Box Office Steady With Prior Week, Remains 14% Ahead Of 2016-17 by Dade Hayes

With Broadway in the final days of its statistically extended 2017-2018 year (53 weeks instead of 52, long story), grosses held steady for the week ending May 20, according to figures from t…

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‘Sweeney Todd’ Sets Date When It Will Bake Its Last Off-Broadway Meat Pie by Dade Hayes

Producers of the long-running Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street said the intimate, immersive rendering of the Stephen Sondheim masterpiece will close…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Harry Potter’ Top Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards by Dade Hayes

EXCLUSIVE: Mean Girls led the field by winning eight prizes, including Favorite New Musical, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won Favorite New Play in the 18th annual Broadway.com Audi…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Tony Nominees Nudge Broadway Box Office 4% Ahead Of Prior Week by Dade Hayes

Strong grosses for several shows pacing the field of Tony Award nominees — including Angels in America, Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants — nudged the Broadway box office last…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

The Boss And ‘The Boys In The Band’ Boost Weekly Broadway Grosses 5% by Dade Hayes

The return of Bruce Springsteen’s long-running engagement at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which was on hiatus last week, and the initial previews of a starry revival of The Boys in the Ban…

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‘Cost Of Living,’ ‘School Girls,’ ‘KPOP’ Lead Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Awards by Dade Hayes

Cost of Living and School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play tied for Best Play and KPOP captured Best Musical at the 33rd annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Of…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Vitaly Beckman, Illusionist Who Fooled Penn & Teller, Books Off-Broadway Run In Theater Where Duo Got Start In ’80s by Dade Hayes

Illusionist Vitaly Beckman, who fooled magicians Penn & Teller on their CW magic show Fool Us, will have an Off-Broadway run in the same theater where the duo launched their career in th…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tony Watch: Nominees Get Moment In The Sun Just Before Matinee Curtain by Dade Hayes

Emotions — mostly the good kind, like ebullience, delight and satisfaction — ricocheted around today’s press event honoring the 2018 Tony Award nominees. Time, though, was …

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tony Awards Nominations Reactions: Tina Fey & Nominees From ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Angels In America’ Weigh In by Dade Hayes

The 2018 Tony Award nominations this morning spread the honors around, with Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants leading the field with 12 nominations apiece. Tied with 11 nominations each w…

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Bruce Springsteen To Get Special Tony Award For Sold-Out Broadway Run by Dade Hayes

Bruce Springsteen’s sold-out run on Broadway was ineligible for the Tony Awards by design. Given the scarcity of tickets, producers (and the Boss) didn’t want to take seats from …

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Tony Award Nominations: ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘SpongeBob’ And ‘Harry Potter’ Lead New Crop; ‘Angels’ Tops Revivals by Dade Hayes

The Tony Award nominations favored the familiar, with Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants leading the field with 12 nods apiece, while the American debut of Harry Potter and the Cursed Chi…

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Tony Awards Nominations Live Stream – Watch by Dade Hayes

So exactly how many Tony nominations will Harry Potter and the Cursed Child receive? How deep will the nominations go into the large featured casts of Angels in America or The Band’s V…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Broadway Box Office Slips 13% Despite Pottermania, Simmering ‘Summer’ by Dade Hayes

Overall Broadway grosses fell 13% from the prior week, to $35,335,327, even though Harry Potter and the Cursed Child surged and Summer simmered in its debut commercial week. Figures from th…

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Rupert Murdoch Story ‘Ink’ Sets Broadway Bow At Manhattan Theatre Club by Dade Hayes

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the Broadway premiere next April of the West End hit Ink, a play about Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of UK tabloid The Sun. Ink was written by Jame…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

‘Carousel’ Surges, ‘Potter’ Is Cooler As Broadway Box Office Flattens by Dade Hayes

With less than a month to go in the official Broadway season, total grosses for the week ending April 22 came in at $37,506,237, according to the Broadway League. That’s about $260,000…

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Stage, First Streaming Network Dedicated To Theater, Plans August Launch by Dade Hayes

There are more than a few streaming services in the marketplace — far more than 200, in fact — but a service billing itself as the first streaming network dedicated to the world …

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Monday, April 16, 2018

‘Carousel,’ ‘Children Of A Lesser God’ Debut As Broadway Box Office Dips 9% by Dade Hayes

Broadway box office dipped 9% during the week ending April 15, totaling $37,729,078, compared with $41,151,034 in the same week in 2017, according to figures from the Broadway League. This p…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre Sets 2018-19 Slate With Lynn Nottage Residency, New Musical By Dave Malloy by Dade Hayes

Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre has announced a 2018-19 season featuring six works by five resident playwrights, including two productions by Signature's new playwright-in-residence,…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

American Girl Hits New Stage In National Tour Of Branded Live Musical by Dade Hayes

Mattel’s American Girl and CAA-owned Mills Entertainment, a producer and promoter of branded live entertainment, are teaming to launch the new musical American Girl Live. The show, in…

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

‘Hamilton’ Captures Seven Olivier Awards; ‘The Ferryman’ Wins Best New Play by Dade Hayes

Hamilton‘s revolutionary run is recording more milestones in the UK, with the Lin-Manuel Miranda show collecting seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. On the drama side, Je…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Geffen Playhouse Gala To Honor Lin-Manuel Miranda And Dick Van Dyke by Dade Hayes

The Geffen Playhouse will honor Dick Van Dyke and Lin-Manuel Miranda at its 16th annual “Backstage at the Geffen” fundraiser on May 19. The event supports the theater's mission …

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