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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ Review: Disney TV Musical Proves Cartoon-Live Action Hybrids Can Float by Dino-Ray Ramos

Spoiler Alert! This review contains spoilers for West Coast viewers of The Little Mermaid Live! Disney’s library will never be short on projects to adapt, but of all things Mouse The Littl…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

‘West Side Story’ Wraps Production, Steven Spielberg Thanks Cast, Says Filming The Musical Was “A Journey Without Precedence” by Dino-Ray Ramos

The rumble between the Jets and the Sharks has come to a close as director Steven Spielberg wrapped production on his iteration of West Side Story. The official Amblin Twitter account poste…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ Review: Campy Classic Devours Pasadena Playhouse With Soul, Heart And Inclusivity by Dino-Ray Ramos

The original production of Little Shop of Horrors first debuted Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 and then suddenly Seymour and company made their way to the Orpheum Theater for an Off-Broadway produ…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Phyllis Newman Dies: Tony-Winning Broadway Legend Was 86 by Dino-Ray Ramos

Phyllis Newman, known for her Tony Award-winning role as the bath towel-clad Martha Vail in the musical Subways Are for Sleeping, has died. The star of stage and screen was 86. The news was …

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Ryan Murphy Adds ‘A Chorus Line’, Halston Miniseries With Ewan McGregor and Warhol Docuseries To Robust Netflix Slate by Dino-Ray Ramos

Ryan Murphy has unpacked a jaw-dropping, star-studded slate of excitement with his new slate of Netflix shows that was part of his mega deal with the streamer. In an interview with Time, Mur…

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Monday, July 29, 2019

‘Miss Saigon’ Ages Horribly In Era Of #MeToo And Authentic Representation; Broadway Classic Needs A Makeover by Dino-Ray Ramos

Miss Saigon in 2019 is not the Miss Saigon I remember from 1997. With music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, Miss Saigon is inspired by the …

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Tony Awards Winners List (Updating Live) by Dino-Ray Ramos

Winners will be announced Sunday at the 2019 Tony Awards, which begin at 5 PM ET live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York. James Corden, a Tony winner himself, his handling host du…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

East West Players Unveils 54th Season Featuring BD Wong-Directed ‘The Great Leap’, Jiehae Park’s ‘Hannah And The Dread Gazebo’ by Dino-Ray Ramos

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month may have ended, but the Los Angeles-based theatre organization East West Players (EWP) continues to celebrate Asian and Asian American by announcing the…

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Drama Desk Awards Winners List: ‘The Ferryman’, ‘The Prom’ Among Top Honorees by Dino-Ray Ramos

The winners for the 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced Sunday night with Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman winning for Outstanding Play and The Prom taking home the trophy for Outs…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

East West Players Asian-Led Production Of ‘Mamma Mia!’ Puts Inclusive Casting Center Stage by Dino-Ray Ramos

Everybody loves ABBA — and that includes every race, gender, religion and every kind of person under the sun. That said, it’s no wonder that Mamma Mia!, a Broadway show that turned into …

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Broadway’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Breaks Own Box Office Record For The Fourth Time by Dino-Ray Ramos

EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird is continuing to make waves on Broadway. Producer Scott Rudin announced today that the play based on Harper Lee’s …

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

‘What The Constitution Means To Me’ Adds Immigration Rights Activist and Writer Jose Antonio Vargas As Producer by Dino-Ray Ramos

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas is adding his first Broadway producer credit to his resume. Vargas will join Broadway veterans Diana DiM…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Netflix To Adapt Broadway Hit ‘American Son’ With Kerry Washington Reprising Role by Dino-Ray Ramos

Christopher Demos-Brown’s Broadway play American Son is heading to Netflix. The critically-acclaimed hit will be adapted for the streaming giant. Kerry Washington, who will reprise h…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Colin Quinn’s New Comedy ‘Red State Blue State’ Sets Opening Date by Dino-Ray Ramos

Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State is set to open at Brooklyn’s Minette Lane Theatre on January 5 with an official opening night on January 22. The new comedy written by and starring …

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

‘Rent’ Alum Adam Pascal To Star In ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ by Dino-Ray Ramos

Tony Award-nominee Adam Pascal is set to star in Pretty Woman: The Musical for one week. The original Roger from the landmark musical Rent will step into the role of Edward Lewis from Ja…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Sets First International Production In Germany by Dino-Ray Ramos

The magical fairytale production of Pretty Woman: The Musical is about to go international. Producer Paula Wagner announced that the musical will have its first international production …

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda Shares Unreleased ‘Hamilton’ Song by Dino-Ray Ramos

Ever since Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton made its Broadway debut in 2015, it has become a cultural phenomenon. With numerous tours, a dope mixtape and tickets that people would sell t…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Kanye West Apologizes For His “Lack Of Etiquette” During ‘The Cher Show’ by Dino-Ray Ramos

Kanye West is making headlines again — but this time it’s not for weird late night rants, his MAGA cap, or his insightful thoughts on slavery. It’s for causing a small disr…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda Sets Freestyle Love Supreme For Off-Broadway Run by Dino-Ray Ramos

Hamilton maestro and overall modern-day renaissance man Lin-Manuel Miranda took to Twitter earlier today and teased that he would be announcing some news. From the forthcoming Mary Poppins…

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Stuns L.A. With Cautionary Tale Of Acceptance And Fitting In by Dino-Ray Ramos

When Dear Evan Hansen debuted on Broadway, it became the hot ticket musical and went on to win six Tony Awards in 2017 including Best Musical. With music and lyrics from Academy Award-wi…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

‘Beautiful’ Review: Carole King Musical Is A Fine “Tapestry” Of A “Natural Woman” by Dino-Ray Ramos

The beginning of Beautiful isn’t a full-blown orchestral overture to introduce the story of legendary singer-songwriter Carole King as one might expect from a Broadway musical. Inste…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

‘Miss Saigon’ Actresses Lea Salonga And Eva Noblezada To Star In Musical Indie ‘Yellow Rose’ by Dino-Ray Ramos

Two generations of Miss Saigon actresses are set to co-star in the musical drama Yellow Rose. Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, who played the lead role of Kim in the original Broadway cast…

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Jonah Platt Set To Play Country Songwriting Legend Dean Dillon In ‘Tennessee Whiskey The Musical’ by Dino-Ray Ramos

EXCLUSIVE: Jonah Platt has been tapped to don the cowboy hat and the signature mustache of Country Songwriter Hall of Famer Dean Dillon in Tennessee Whiskey The Musical: The Story of Dean D…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Illusionists Set To Bring ‘Magic Of The Holidays’ To Broadway by Dino-Ray Ramos

It’s going to be a magical holiday season in New York — literally. Coming off their successful magic spectaculars Witness The Impossible, Live on Broadway and Turn of the Century…

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tony Winner Sarah Jones Brings One-Woman Show ‘Sell/Buy/Date’ To Los Angeles by Dino-Ray Ramos

EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Jones is making her return to the west coast to open her one-woman show Sell/Buy/Date at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center on Oct…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Rosie O’Donnell & Broadway Stars Protest Trump With Show Tunes Of Resistance by Dino-Ray Ramos

Broadway made its way down from New York City to Washington D.C.’s Lafayette Park Monday when Rosie O’Donnell and company members from Hamilton, Wicked, The Phantom of the Oper…

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‘Waitress’ Review: A Musical Slice Of Sweet Joy Drizzled With Female Empowerment by Dino-Ray Ramos

In Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson’s stage musical adaptation of the feature film Waitress, there’s a purity and innocence baked into the sweet story which follows, like the t…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

New ‘Diary Of Anne Frank’ Stage Production Reimagined With Immigration Narrative by Dino-Ray Ramos

Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett’s play The Diary of Anne Frank is getting a timely retooling. Director Stan Zimmerman is helming a new version of the play that will change the na…

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

‘Henry IV’ Review: Tom Hanks & Hamish Linklater Give Charismatic Pulse To Shakespeare Classic by Dino-Ray Ramos

For the average theatergoer, going to a production of a William Shakespeare play can either be an enlightening night of poetic culture or it can feel like homework. The Shakespeare Center of…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tony Awards Review: Theater Geek Culture Is Celebrated During Lively, Emotional And Politically-Lite Ceremony by Dino-Ray Ramos

After last year’s Kevin Spacey-hosted Tony Awards, the annual award show honoring the best of Broadway needed a palette cleanser for obvious reasons. With Sara Bareilles and Josh Grob…

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Tony Awards: Hosts Sara Bareilles & Josh Groban Celebrate The Losers In Opening Number by Dino-Ray Ramos

True to form, hosts Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban opened the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York with an original piano duet. As they played their grand pianos side…

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