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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ Announces Broadway Reopening by Greg Evans

The Phantom of the Opera, at 33 years old the longest-running show in Broadway history, is the first post-Covid production to make it official: The musical will resume performances on Friday…

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Broadway To Reopen Sept. 14, Says Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Broadway League “Cautiously Optimistic” by Greg Evans

UPDATE, with Broadway League comment New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that Broadway will reopen on Sept. 14, with some tickets going on sale beginning tomorrow. Theaters will be open…

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s Acclaimed ‘Pass Over’ Heading To Broadway by Greg Evans

Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s play Pass Over, which received the 2019 Lortel Award for Outstanding Play for its Off Broadway run, will open at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre for a limit…

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Billie Hayes Dies: Wicked Witchiepoo Of ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’ Was 96 by Greg Evans

Billie Hayes, whose portrayal of the flamboyantly and comically wicked witch Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf, died of natural causes…

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Broadway Gets May 19 Reopening OK From New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; September Remains Likely Target by Greg Evans

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that all state-mandated capacity restrictions in New York City will be lifted May 19, including Broadway theaters. While acknowledging that a M…

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

HBO Sets Premiere For ‘Revolution Rent’ Doc From Exec Producer Neil Patrick Harris by Greg Evans

Revolution Rent, a documentary that follows director/actor Andy Señor Jr. to Cuba as he stages a production of Jonathan Larson’s Rent that marks the first American company of a Broadway m…

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Proposed NYC July Reopening Won’t Include Broadway, Mayor Says; September Remains Target by Greg Evans

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said today that he expects the city to be back “full strength” from the yearlong Covid shutdown in July – not including Broadway. “Broadway takes t…

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Broadway Producers Launch Fellowship Program For New Generation Of Black Leadership by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: A group of prominent Broadway theater producers, whose shows include The Band’s Visit, MJ: The Musical, Waitress and August: Osage County to name a few, are teaming with the Bla…

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New ‘The Great Gatsby’ Musical From Florence Welch & Oscar Nominee Thomas Bartlett Headed For Broadway by Greg Evans

A new stage musical adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald masterpiece The Great Gatsby is headed for Broadway, with music by Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch and Oscar-nominated “…

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Broadway League Confirms Scott Rudin Resignation; Ramifications On Theater Landscape Could Be Immense by Greg Evans

The Broadway League has confirmed that producer Scott Rudin has resigned from its ranks, a move that could have colossal ramifications on the Broadway landscape now and in the foreseeable fu…

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Friday, April 23, 2021

‘Kavalier & Clay’ Author Michael Chabon Apologizes For Scott Rudin Collaboration: “I Knew Enough” by Greg Evans

Michael Chabon, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2000 novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and worked for years with producer Scott Rudin on an unrealized film adaptation, has…

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Scott Rudin No Longer Managing NY PopsUp Festival, Organization Says by Greg Evans

Add New York State’s summerlong arts festival NY PopsUp to the roster of projects from which producer Scott Rudin has stepped back. Deadline has confirmed that Rudin, under fire for allega…

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Arthur T. Birsh Dies: Longtime ‘Playbill’ Publisher Was 88 by Greg Evans

Arthur T. Birsh, whose job titles during his 50-year career at Playbill, the nation’s most recognizable theater program, included publisher, president, chairman, and most recently chairman…

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Actors’ Equity Will Not Place Scott Rudin On “Do Not Work” List: Roster Reserved For Non-Union Productions by Greg Evans

Actors’ Equity Association told members today that it will not place producer Scott Rudin on its “Do Not Work” list, explaining that the union utilizes the list to alert members about …

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Hugh Jackman Says Broadway’s ‘The Music Man’ Is “Rebuilding” In Wake Of Scott Rudin Step Back by Greg Evans

Hugh Jackman, star of the upcoming Broadway revival of The Music Man produced by Scott Rudin, said today that the company is “rebuilding the Music Man team” in the wake of Rudin’s deci…

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Antoine Fuqua To Direct ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ Film With Black Cast by Greg Evans

Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Magnificent Seven) will direct and produce a film adaptation of the Tennessee Williams’ play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof based on the 2008 Broadway production featur…

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Singer Bonnie Tyler Remembers ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ Composer Jim Steinman: He Wrote “Some Of The Most Iconic Rock Songs Of All Time” by Greg Evans

UPDATE, with Bonnie Tyler tribute Jim Steinman, the composer and lyricist whose roster of hit records included the huge Bonnie Tyler hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” was remembered by t…

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Disney’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Stage Director Resigns From U.K. Tour Over Leaked Email To Scott Rudin Mocking Karen Olivo by Greg Evans

Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast stage director Rob Roth has resigned from the Disney show’s upcoming U.K. and Ireland tour after the text of an email he either sent or intended to send p…

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Anthony Powell Dies: Oscar- & Tony-Winning Costumer Designer Was 85 by Greg Evans

Anthony Powell, a three-time Oscar winner whose costume designs helped bring Indiana Jones to rugged life and Broadway’s Norma Desmond to extravagant excess, died Sunday. He was 85. The Co…

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Monday, April 19, 2021

March On Broadway Organizers Call For Action From Producer Scott Rudin, Actors’ Equity And The Broadway League by Greg Evans

The organizers of this week’s March on Broadway: Broadway Fights Back event protesting racism and inequality in the theater industry have released a list of six demands, including calls fo…

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

‘Music Man’ Star Sutton Foster Breaks Silence On Producer Scott Rudin’s Broadway “Step Back” by Greg Evans

Sutton Foster, who is set to co-star in the upcoming $17 million revival of The Music Man on Broadway with Hugh Jackman, made her first public comments about the show’s producer, Scott Rud…

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Actors’ Equity Calls On Broadway Producer Scott Rudin To Release Employees From NDAs by Greg Evans

Actors’ Equity Association is calling on producer Scott Rudin, who “stepped back” from his Broadway productions today in response to allegations of workplace abuse, to release employee…

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Scott Rudin To “Step Back” From Broadway Productions In Response To Abusive Behavior Allegations by Greg Evans

Producer Scott Rudin will “step back” from active involvement in his Broadway shows in response to allegations of abusive and bullying treatment of employees stretching back for years, D…

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Friday, April 16, 2021

New York Theatre Workshop Artistic Director James C. Nicola Announces Departure; Legacy Includes ‘Rent’, ‘Slave Play’, ‘Hadestown’ by Greg Evans

James C. Nicola, whose tenure as artistic director of Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop included the development of such prominent stage works as Rent, Once,  Hadestown, What the C…

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

‘Moulin Rouge!” Star Karen Olivo Won’t Return To Broadway Production In Protest Of Industry Silence Over Scott Rudin by Greg Evans

Karen Olivo, the Tony-nominated star of Broadway hit musical Moulin Rouge!, will not return to the production when the industry re-opens in protest of what she says is the industry silence o…

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Robert Fletcher Dies: Costume Designer For ‘Star Trek’ Films, Broadway Was 98 by Greg Evans

Robert Fletcher, a costumer designer whose more than six decades of credits on screen and the Broadway stage included the first four Star Trek films, died April 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. H…

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Live Theater Sets Return For L.A.’s Ahmanson Theatre & D.C.’s Kennedy Center With Fall Reopenings by Greg Evans

Two of the country’s major theatrical venues announced reopening plans today, with the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. set to house Broadway produ…

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George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies & Anthony Edwards Join ‘ER’ Cast Reunion For ‘Stars In The House’ by Greg Evans

George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies and Anthony Edwards will reunite with other cast members of NBC’s classic hospital drama ER for a special Earth Day episode of Stars in the Ho…

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Ethan Hawke and John Leguizamo Set For ‘Waiting For Godot’ Off Broadway Streaming Production by Greg Evans

Ethan Hawke and John Leguizamo will star in an Off Broadway streaming production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot, directed by Scott Elliott and premiering online Tuesday, May 6. The …

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Theater Unions Condemn Workplace Harassment, Bullying And “Violent” Behavior In Wake Of Scott Rudin Allegations by Greg Evans

Leaders of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity Association and American Federation of Musicians Local 802 are condemning harassment, bullying and toxic environments and pledging “to hold accountab…

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NYC Times Square Covid Vaccination Site Opens To Theater, Film & TV Workers by Greg Evans

The Times Square coronavirus vaccination site serving the Broadway theater industry opened today with an open invitation to the city’s film and television workers as well. In a press confe…

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Sep 14, 2021: BROADWAY REOPENS
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre