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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Broadway’s ‘MJ’ Has A New Michael Jackson As Myles Frost Replaces Ephraim Sykes by Erik Pedersen

As Broadway gets ready to rock with you once again, there’s a new man in the mirror for the Michael Jackson musical. The producers said today that Myles Frost will play the King of Pop in …

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Hollywood & Entertainment Industry Deaths In 2020 – Photo Gallery by Erik Pedersen

As we finally turn the calendar on the Cruelest Year, let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the memorable people we lost from the world of entertainment. Click through the photo galler…

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Friday, December 25, 2020

Roger Berlind Dies: 25-Time Tony-Winning Broadway Producer Of ‘Amadeus’, ‘Book Of Mormon’, ‘Mean Girls’ & 100-Plus Others Was 90 by Erik Pedersen

Roger Berlind, the 25-time Tony-winning producer of more than 100 Broadway plays and musicals ranging from Amadeus, City of Angels and Doubt to The Book of Mormon, Dear Evan Hansen and M…

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Ann Reinking Dies: Original Broadway ‘Chicago’ Star & ‘Annie’, ‘All That Jazz’ Actress Was 71 by Erik Pedersen

Ann Reinking, a Broadway veteran who starred in the original production of Chicago, won a Tony Award as its choreographer and also co-starred in the films Annie and All That Jazz, has died…

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Tony Awards Nominations – Watch The Livestream by Erik Pedersen

Broadway has been dark since mid-March, but its 2019-20 season already was winding down. In fact, there were 31 shows on the Main Stem boards when the coronavirus made this the cruelest of y…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Terrence McNally Mourned: “A Giant In Our World”, Lin-Manuel Miranda Says by Erik Pedersen

Terrence McNally, the revered playwright behind such Broadway shows as Master Class and Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune who also wrote the books for Kiss of the Spider Woman, The F…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Zoe Caldwell Dies: Four-Time Tony Winner Who Played Maria Callas In ‘Master Class’ Was 86 by Erik Pedersen

Zoe Caldwell, a veteran stage, TV and film actress who won four Tony Awards and originated the Broadway roles of Maria Callas in Master Class and the title character in The Prime of Miss J…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Artios Awards: ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ & ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Among Casting Society’s Film Winners – Full List by Erik Pedersen

Sony’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Netflix’s Marriage Story, Searchlight’s Jojo Rabbit and Lionsgate’s Knives Out were among the film winners as the Casting Society of America ha…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Performance Ends Abruptly After Panic Caused By Sounds Mistaken For Gunshots by Erik Pedersen

EXCLUSIVE: Tonight’s performance of To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway ended abruptly after backfire sounds heard on the street outside the Shubert Theatre were mistaken for gunshots. A wi…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Harold Prince Dies: Broadway Legend Who Produced Original ‘West Side Story’, ‘Fiddler’, ‘Phantom’ & More Was 91 by Erik Pedersen

Harold Prince, the Broadway icon who produced and/or directed some of the 20th century’s most famous musicals West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Cabaret, Evita and The Pha…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ Sets Broadway Closing Date by Erik Pedersen

It’s not one fine day for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The hit show’s producers said it will end its nearly six-year Broadway run on October 27. Based on the songs of its titula…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Rip Torn Dies: ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Emmy Winner & Broadway Veteran Was 88 by Erik Pedersen

Rip Torn, who played the Garry Shandling’s profane, fiercely loyal producer on HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, co-starred in the original Men in Black films and won a Tony during a long Br…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Glenda Jackson’s ‘King Lear’ Ending Broadway Run On June 9 by Erik Pedersen

Many a true word hath been spoken in jest, but this is legit: Glenda Jackson’s King Lear will end its Broadway run on June 9. It originally was pegged to run through July 7. Producer Scot…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Katherine Helmond Dies: ‘Soap’ & ‘Who’s The Boss?’ Star Was 89 by Erik Pedersen

Katherine Helmond, who played the ditzy Tate matriarch on the groundbreaking 1970s comedy Soap and later starred on Who’s the Boss? among many other roles, died February 23 of Alzheimer’…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

‘Once On This Island’ Ending Its Tony-Winning Broadway Run In January by Erik Pedersen

Once on This Island is shoving off for good soon. The show, which won this year’s Tony Award for Best Revival, will stage its final Broadway performance January 6, its producers said t…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

‘Kinky Boots’ To End Broadway Run In The Spring After Five Years & Six Tonys by Erik Pedersen

These boots were made for Broadway, and that’s just where they’ll be — until the spring. Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig said today that Kinky Boots, which won six Tony…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

‘The Lion Guard’ Raids Broadway For Guest Voices On Disney Junior Toon by Erik Pedersen

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s your morning report: A host of Broadway actors have been recruited for guest voice roles on Season 3 of Disney Junior’s The Lion Guard. Among those headed from …

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Broadway Dispute Settled; Show Will Go On by Erik Pedersen

Three weeks before its scheduled trial date, the lawsuit over the Aaron Sorkin-penned Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird has been settled. The estate of book author Harper Lee and …

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Broadway Dispute Gets NYC Trial Date by Erik Pedersen

Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of the Great American Novel To Kill a Mockingbird appears headed to court before it can head to Broadway. A New York judge has set a June 4 trial date for the…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Roy Dotrice Dies: Tony Winner & ‘Amadeus’ Actor Was 94 by Erik Pedersen

Roy Dotrice, who played Leopold Mozart in Best Picture Oscar winner Amadeus and won a Tony Award for Best Actor in A Moon for the Misbegotten, died today in London. He was 94. His family c…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

‘Dear Evan Hansen’: ‘Hello, Dolly!’s Taylor Trensch Set For Title Role After Noah Galvin Steps In For 2 Months by Erik Pedersen

There soon will be a new Evan Hansen on Broadway — and then another. Dear Evan Hansen producer Stacey Mindich said today that Taylor Trensch, who plays Barnaby Tucker in the Main S…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Headed To Broadway: Palace Theatre Become Bikini Bottom In Late 2017 by Erik Pedersen

Absorbent and yellow and porous is he — and soon a Broadway star to boot. A new SpongeBob SquarePants musical is headed to the Main Stem, which previews starting November 6 at the Pal…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

NBC’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Live Musical Moved To 2018 by Erik Pedersen

NBC’s Bye Bye Birdie is saying bye-bye to 2017. The network said today that its live musical starring Jennifer Lopez that was set for December has been pushed to 2018. The news comes t…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Ed Sherin Dies: ‘Law & Order’ Veteran, Broadway Director & Former DGA Officer Was 87 by Erik Pedersen

Ed Sherin, an Emmy winner who executive produced more than 160 Law & Order episodes, directed three dozen and acted in and/or directed more than 20 Broadway shows during his six-decade …

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Musical From Elton John & Paul Rudnick Eyed For Broadway by Erik Pedersen

“Is there some reason that my coffee isn’t here? Has she died or something?” That’s a snippet of Meryl Streep’s dialogue from the 2006 comedy The Devil Wears Pr…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

‘Hamilton’ Adds ‘SNL’s Taran Killam & Four Other New Cast Members by Erik Pedersen

The Broadway smash Hamilton with feature some new faces for the new year. Producer Jeffrey Seller said today that Saturday Night Live‘s Taran Killam will join the cast as King George n…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Closes In On Broadway, Now That Cirque Is Leaving by Erik Pedersen

The Wizarding World in headed for the Great White Way. The same day Cirque du Soleil said its big-budget Paramour will end its run at the Lyric Theatre in April, word surfaces that London s…

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Curtain Rises On Date For 71st Tony Awards On CBS by Erik Pedersen

CBS said today that it will air the 71st annual Tony Awards on June 11 from the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom. Broadway’s trophy show will be live at 8 PM in the East and delayed in t…

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Monday, August 1, 2016

‘L.A. Law’ Reboot In The Works From Co-Creator Steve Bochco & 20th TV by Erik Pedersen

Are they about to take new clients at McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak? L.A. Law co-creator Steven Bochco said this morning that he and 20th Television are developing a new take on t…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Darcie Denkert Dies: Longtime MGM/UA Exec & Broadway Producer Was 64 by Erik Pedersen

Darcie Denkert, a longtime MGM/United Artists executive and pioneer for women in entertainment law, has died. She was 64. Her family said she died June 9 at her home in West Los Angeles …

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Monday, June 20, 2016

‘Maya & Marty’ Sets “What The World Needs Now” Performance By Broadway All-Stars by Erik Pedersen

NBC’s summer variety series Maya & Marty on Tuesday will air the first nonstudio performance of “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” the new single benefiting the Orland…

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