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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Javier Bardem in Talks to Play King Triton in Disney's Live-Action Little Mermaid by Eric King

Disney's Little Mermaid remake may have found its King Triton. According to Deadline, Oscar winner Javier Bardem is in talks to play the role of Ariel's father in the live-action film.  …

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Renée Zellweger Finds Her Voice as Judy Garland in First Full-Length Judy Trailer by Eric King

Audiences just got the most complete preview yet of Renée Zellweger's take on entertainment icon Judy Garland. Zellweger herself unveiled the full-length trailer for Judy, a biopic exami…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Rock of Ages Star CJ Eldred on Learning How to Sing with Journey and His High School Musical-Inspired Start in Theater by Eric King

Before CJ Eldred ever stepped on a stage, he was just a middle-schooler with a love for rock music. "My dad listened to a ton of classic rock, like the Beatles and Foreigner," the actor sa…

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Kaitlyn Black on Improving Her Improv & Couch-Surfing for #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment by Eric King

After a successful three-year run in Chicago, #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment began performances off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre on June 20. Kaitlyn Black stars as Robyn, a disillusio…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Mallory Portnoy on Turning Down Her Oklahoma! Audition Twice, Gertie's Iconic Laugh & More by Eric King

Mallory Portnoy and Damon Daunno in Oklahoma! (Photo: Little Fang)Mallory Portnoy has been cackling her way through Daniel Fish's reimagined Oklahoma! since its first production at Bard Coll…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

To the World We Dream About! Hadestown Toasts Eight Tony Wins by Eric King

We know one Broadway company who was livin' it up on top Tony Awards weekend! With 14 nominations and eight wins, including Best Musical, Hadestown was the most awarded show of last season. …

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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Boys in the Band Wins 2019 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play by Eric King

The Broadway-premiere mounting of Mart Crowley's iconic work The Boys in the Band has won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. The Joe Mantello-helmed staging was honored at th…

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Oklahoma! Standout Ali Stroker Breaks Ground with First Tony Award Win by Eric King

We cain't say no! Ali Stroker has won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Ado Annie in Oklahoma! The stage-and-screen fave was honored at the…

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Network Star Bryan Cranston Wins Second Tony Award by Eric King

Bryan Cranston has won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Howard Beale in Network. The stage-and-screen star was honored at the 73rd Annual Tony Awa…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Closing Time! Last Chance to See Network, Jeremy Jordan in Waitress, Kiss Me, Kate & More by Eric King

New York theater is preparing to say goodbye to three Broadway offerings, two musical stars, a new show from Dave Malloy and a slew of off Broadway offerings. Here are all the star turns …

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

They Know All About Live Action! Watching the Disney Movie Redo With the Broadway Stars of Aladdin by Eric King

Fans of the classic 1992 Disney animated movie musical Aladdin have been gearing up for the live action remake since it was announced last year. Who wouldn't be excited for this redo, espe…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

What the Constitution Means to Me's Heidi Schreck on Getting Notes from Her Mother, Thinking of Who Else Can Play Her & More by Eric King

Heidi Schreck nabbed Tony nominations for Best Play and Best Leading Actress, and was also named a Pulitzer finalist, for her autobiographical play What the Constitution Means to Me. The wa…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

See Will Smith and the Stars of Disney's Live-Action Aladdin at the Paris Premiere; Plus: Two New Clips! by Eric King

A whole new world premiere! The cast and creatives of Disney's live-action Aladdin celebrated the film's world premiere in Paris, France on May 8. Will Smith, who plays the perennially bl…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

See Tony Nominee Fionnula Flanagan & the Cast of The Ferryman Celebrate Nine Tony Nominations by Eric King

The cast of Broadway's The Ferryman woke up to nine Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, on April 30. The current company, including Brian d'Arcy James, Shuler Hensley, Holley Fain a…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

See Bebe Neuwirth & Brandon Victor Dixon Announce the 2019 Tony Nominations by Eric King

Broadway vets Brandon Victor Dixon and Bebe Neuwirth announced the nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards on April 30 live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln C…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Closing Time! Last Chance to See Wicked's Jessica Vosk, Avenue Q, White Noise & More by Eric King

It's awards season! That means we've weathered the frenzy of openings and, at least for this month, no Broadway shows are closing. However, one standout green girl, a Tony-winning musica…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Pretty Woman Star Samantha Barks Receives a Sardi's Portrait by Eric King

Pretty Woman leading lady Samantha Barks joined the ranks of theater legends on the wall of Broadway landmark Sardi's when she received her portrait at the restaurant on April 17. After…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Oklahoma! Star Damon Daunno on Leveling Up in a Classic Role and Strumming His Way to Broadway by Eric King

Rebecca Naomi Jones and Damon Daunno in Oklahoma! (Photo: Little Fang)As Curly McLain in director Daniel Fish's newly reimagined Oklahoma!, Damon Daunno does double duty as an actor and guit…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Closing Time! Last Chance to See The Band's Visit, Kinky Boots & More by Eric King

It's opening season on Broadway! A ton of exciting theater will hit the boards this month, vying for Tony Awards love, but let's not forget the two Tony-winning musicals coming to an end.…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Anaïs Mitchell & the Cast of Hadestown Preview One Hell of a Show Before Performances Begin by Eric King

Before they take audiences on a ride to hell, the cast and creatives of Hadestown gave press a sneak peek at the new musical on March 18. The cast, including Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney,…

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Spring Preview: Tracy Letts Just Might Weep Through All My Sons by Eric King

If A Raisin in the Sun asks, “What happens to a dream deferred?” then All My Sons asks, “What happens to a secret deferred?” As Joe and Kate Keller in Arthur Miller’s 1947 play, TR…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ben Platt Performs New Single 'Temporary Love' on Ellen & Talks Expressing His Sexuality with Original Music by Eric King

Ben Platt appeared on Ellen on March 14 to perform the new single "Temporary Love" from his upcoming album, and to thank host Ellen Degeneres for inspiring him to express his sexuality thro…

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Spring Preview: The King Lear Daughters on Keeping Up With a Beast by Eric King

The leader of a nation has three adult children who are embroiled in various crimes. People who are close to the leader end up betraying him, and he quickly becomes paranoid and insane. This…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda & More Step Out at Lincoln Center Theater's One-Night Camelot Benefit by Eric King

Lincoln Center Theater held a one-night only benefit of Camelot on March 4. The star-studded cast included Lin Manuel Miranda as King Arthur, Jenn Collela as Sir Lionel, Ethan Slater as Mo…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Closing Time! Last Chance to See Anastasia, Choir Boy, Mean Girls' Ashley Park & More by Eric King

New York theater is hurtling toward a busy spring season, but before you get excited about what's coming, make sure you didn't miss what's going. In March, we're saying goodbye to three Broa…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Celebrating Black History Month: Broadway Milestones You Ought to Know by Eric King

February is Black History Month, and is spotlighting some of the contributions black artists have made to Broadway. Here are the power players, major events and groundbreak…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Closing Time! Last Chance to See Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel in Waitress, Aladdin's Telly Leung & More by Eric King

This month on Closing Time... nothing is closing! Several talented stars, however, will be finishing up their runs in hit Broadway shows like Frozen, Waitress, Aladdin and The Ferryman&…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Waitress Film Star Eddie Jemison to Reprise the Character of Ogie on Broadway by Eric King

Eddie Jemison brought the adorkable character of Ogie to life on screen in the 2007 film Waitress, and now he'll make his Broadway debut playing the same role in the hit Broadway musical…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

School of Rock Celebrates Final Broadway Performance with Former Kid Cast Members by Eric King

After three years on Broadway, School of Rock played its final performance at the Winter Garden Theatre on January 20. For the occasion, several alums of the musical came…

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Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper & More Earn 2019 Oscar Nominations by Eric King

Three-time Tony Award winner Glenn Close and Tony nominee Bradley Cooper have earned 2019 Academy Award nominations. The nominees were announced by actors Kumail Nanjiani and …

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Closing Time! Last Chance to See Once on This Island, Head Over Heels, Taylor Trensch & More by Eric King

The start of a new year spells the end for a whopping nine Broadway offerings and new horizons for some actors departing their roles. It's a Great White Way clearinghouse, …

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