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Friday, December 1, 2023

MJ the Musical Has a New (Junior) King of Pop on Broadway by Darryn King

A new Little Michael is set to portray the pint-sized version of the King of Pop. Jackson Hayes will join the cast of MJ starting December 1, sharing the role with Max Chambers. Jackson is …

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Tony Awards Eligibility Determined for Merrily We Roll Along, Back to the Future & More by Darryn King

The journey to Broadway’s night of nights has begun. The Tony Awards Administration Committee met today to confirm the eligibility status of 10 Broadway productions for the 2023-2024 seaso…

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Tony Nominee Katy Sullivan to Star in Chicago’s Richard III in History-Making Performance by Darryn King

Katy Sullivan will play Shakespeare’s "crook-backed" king in what is believed to be the first major U.S. production of Richard III to feature a woman with a disability in the title role. …

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Watch Maria Friedman Talk Directing Merrily We Roll Along and Missing Stephen Sondheim by Darryn King

When Maria Friedman was a young girl, she caught the first London production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd at the Drury Lane Theatre. “I was pushed up in a rocket,” she to…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

New Musical A Sign of the Times Will Bring the Sounds and Spirit of the Sixties to Off-Broadway by Darryn King

A Sign of the Times, a new musical set in the 1960s and featuring several of that decade’s catchiest pop hits, will have its off-Broadway premiere at New World Stages. Previews begin Febru…

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Eddie Izzard Returns Off-Broadway to Play Every Character in Solo Version of Hamlet by Darryn King

Eddie Izzard is set to play Hamlet in New York. Also Ophelia. And Claudius. And Gertrude and Laertes and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and… The British comedian-actor-writer-activist will …

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Director Alex Timbers on the End of Here Lies Love and a Career of Daring to Do 'Too Many Things' by Darryn King

In 2006, before Broadway beckoned, Alex Timbers was the fresh-out-of-college director of the viscerally confronting haunted attraction Hell House. At that time, he took pride in the number o…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Weekly Grail with Spamalot's Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Episode 2: Not Sponsored by Invisalign by Darryn King

Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Spamalot’s enchanting Lady of the Lake, is here to ceremonially bestow viewers with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the musical comedy now playing at the St. James…

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The Lion King to Welcome Four New Cubs as Young Simba and Nala by Darryn King

Four new cast members are about to step into the sun in Broadway’s The Lion King. From December 5, Ezekiel Kekuna and Albert Rhodes Jr. will share the role of Young Simba, while Annika Fra…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Meet the Public High School Principal Cultivating the Next Generation of Theater Lovers by Darryn King

A group of students from Leadership and Public Service High Schoo in downtown Manhattan took an excursion to 44th Street in November. They were off to the Shubert Theatre to attend a matinee…

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Sarah Paulson Is More Than Ready for Her Return to Broadway in Appropriate by Darryn King

Sarah Paulson was shocked to come face to face with, well, herself the other day. “We were driving up and we pulled up, and I was like, ‘Oh my God—my face,’” she tells…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

The Weekly Grail with Spamalot's Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Episode 1: A Phenomenal Opening (K)Night by Darryn King

Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Spamalot’s mighty Lady of the Lake, is here to ceremonially bestow viewers with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the musical comedy now playing at the St. James The…

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Punk-Folk Icon Ani DiFranco to Make Broadway Debut in Hadestown by Darryn King

The Grammy Award winner and indie music icon Ani DiFranco will play the role of Persephone in the Tony Award-winning musical Hadestown beginning February 9, 2024. It will be DiFranco's Broa…

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Monday, November 20, 2023

Watch the Cast of Spamalot Glory in ‘Taking the Pee Out of Broadway’ on Opening Night by Darryn King

Spamalot, the revival of the Broadway musical reimagining of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, opened on November 16 at the St. James Theatre. It’s an uproariously good time, said Ethan S…

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical Next to Normal Is (Finally!) Heading to the West End by Darryn King

The Donmar Warehouse production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal will transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre in 2024. Directed by Donmar Artistic Director Michael Longhurst, the…

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Saturday, November 18, 2023

Patrick Page’s All the Devils Are Here Extends Off-Broadway by Darryn King

Patrick Page will channel his inner demons a little while longer. All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain, a new work created and performed by Page, centering on the sc…

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Friday, November 17, 2023

New Elton John Musical Tammy Faye Is Coming to Broadway by Darryn King

Tammy Faye, a musical about the heavily made-up American televangelist with music by Elton John, is headed to Broadway for the 2024-25 season. In addition to John's music, the score features…

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

Introducing The Weekly Grail with Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, a New Vlog Revealing the Magic (and Silliness) of Spamalot by Darryn King

Eight times a week at the St. James Theatre, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer commands the stage as the all-powerful Lady of the Lake in the riotous new revival production of Spamalot. (You probabl…

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Meet Hadestown’s Onstage Guitarist: 'I Feel Like I’m Playing in a Bar Band' by Darryn King

Born in Soviet-era Georgia and emigrating to the U.S. when he was eight, singer and guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze has made a name for himself in the New York music scene with his interpretations…

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Watch Jerry Mitchell and Jasmine Amy Rogers Bring a Cartoon Heroine to Life in BOOP! The Musical by Darryn King

With her oversized head, flapper dress and tendency to attract unwanted male attention, Betty Boop first came to prominence in the 1930s. She was a kind of character that hadn’t been seen …

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Taran Killam Finds Use for His Deep Monty Python Knowledge in Spamalot by Darryn King

Taran Killiam has been a fan of the British comedy troupe Monty Python his whole life. “Holy Grail in particular I could quote start to finish,” he tells Tamsen Fadal on The Broadway Sh…

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Full Cast Set for Broadway's Days of Wine and Roses, Starring Kelli O'Hara and Brian d'Arcy James by Darryn King

The complete cast is set for Days of Wine and Roses, starring the previously announced Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James. The new musical, adapted from the 1962 film and 1958 telepla…

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Natascia Diaz and Henry Gottfried Join the Cast of Cabaret on Broadway by Darryn King

The Kit Kat Club is bidding Willkommen to two new cast members. Natascia Diaz and Henry Gottfried are joining the upcoming Broadway revival of Cabaret. Diaz will play Fraulein Kost and Frit…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Eboni Booth, Whitney White and Mitski Are Working on The Queen's Gambit Musical by Darryn King

A musical adaptation of Walter Tevis’ novel The Queen’s Gambit, the book that was adapted into the acclaimed Netflix miniseries, is eyeing Broadway with a top-notch creative team attache…

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McFly Files, Backstage at Back to the Future with Casey Likes, Episode 8: Outta Time by Darryn King

Back to the Future star Casey Likes is back with the eighth and highly caffeinated last episode of McFly Files! This week, Likes, who plays Marty McFly, meets fans at the stage door, explore…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

See the Stars of Harmony Talk Joy, Laughter and Tears on Opening Night by Darryn King

Harmony, the new musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, opened on November 13 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The show tells the remarkable true story of The Comedian Harmonists, whose …

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Gabby Beans, Carmen M. Herlihy, April Matthis & Taylor Schilling Set for Buzzy Premiere of The Apiary at Second Stage by Darryn King

Tony nomineee Gabby Beans, Carmen M. Herlihy, April Matthis and Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling will star in the world premiere of The Apiary off-Broadway. The new comedy, wr…

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Steve Carell, Alison Pill, Anika Noni Rose & More to Star in Uncle Vanya on Broadway by Darryn King

A starry cast is set to get extremely miserable together for Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Uncle Vanya. The cast will feature Steve Carell as the depressive Vanya in his Broadway…

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Full Cast Set for Ingrid Michaelson and Bekah Brunstetter's The Notebook on Broadway by Darryn King

The full cast is set for The Notebook on Broadway. The new musical is based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks (which inspired the tearjerker movie) and features music and lyrics b…

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Michael Imperioli Will Join Jeremy Strong in An Enemy of the People by Darryn King

In his Broadway debut, Michael Imperioli will join Jeremy Strong in An Enemy of the People, it was announced today. The strictly limited 16-week engagement will play Broadway’s Circle in …

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Monday, November 13, 2023

Joshua Boone, Emma Pittman, Daryl Tofa & Kevin William Paul Join the Cast of The Outsiders by Darryn King

Additional casting has been announced for The Outsiders. Joining the cast are Joshua Boone as Dallas Winston, Emma Pittman as Cherry Valance, Daryl Tofa as Two-Bit Mathews and Kevin William…

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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
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