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Friday, September 18, 2020

Billy Porter To Direct Revival Of Broadway’s ‘The Life’ For Encores! Upcoming Season by Greg Evans

The upcoming season of Encores! at New York’s City Center will include an adaptation by Pose‘s Billy Porter of The Life, a musical last seen in New York on Broadway in 1997. Porter’s a…

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer Urges Federal Aid For Broadway At Times Square Rally by Greg Evans

U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Broadway League renewed the call for dedicated federal funding for Broadway and other New York live venues today, reiterating the push for the…

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Nick Cordero Posthumous Album ‘Live Your Life’ Hits #1 On Day Of Release by Greg Evans

Nick Cordero’s album Live Your Life: Live at Feinstein’s/54 Below, released posthumously yesterday on what would have been the Broadway star’s 42nd birthday, hit #1 on iTunes album cha…

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Heidi Schreck’s ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ Film Adaptation Gets Amazon Prime Video Debut As Playwright Signs Exclusive Deal by Greg Evans

A filmed version of Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed, Tony-nominated Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me will premiere Oct. 16 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, the streamer said tod…

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Tony Tanner Dies: Broadway Director Of ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ Was 88 by Greg Evans

Tony Tanner, the Tony Award-nominated director and choreographer of Broadway’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1982, died Sept. 8 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 88. His…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

‘The Prom’ Co-Writer Bob Martin Signs With Verve by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Bob Martin, co-writer of the Tony Award-nominated book for Broadway’s The Prom and the upcoming Netflix film adaptation, has signed with Verve for representation in all areas. M…

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New York Stage Alliance Launches COVID Relief Fund For Small Theaters by Greg Evans

A coronavirus relief fund for New York City’s small theaters was launched today by The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, the arts service organization dedicated to supporting nonpro…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Broadway’s Roundabout Theatre Names Miranda Haymon As Resident Director by Greg Evans

Broadway’s Roundabout Theatre Company has named Miranda Haymon as Resident Director, making the company’s resources available to develop their own work and to contribute to the overall a…

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Al Kasha Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘The Morning After’ Composer Was 83 by Greg Evans

Al Kasha, the Academy Award-winning composer who, along with songwriting partner Joel Hirschhorn, won Oscars for the soft rock disaster movie classics “The Morning After” and “We May N…

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Broadway Acting Duo Orfeh And Andy Karl Acquire Rights To Mystery Novel ‘The Dancer’ by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Broadway’s Tony- and Grammy-nominated couple Andy Karl and Orfeh have acquired the rights to Eric Bernat’s 2016 mystery novel The Dancer. The deal marks the duo’s first coll…

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci Predicts Yearlong Intermission Between Vaccine Arrival And Maskless Theater by Greg Evans

A COVID-19 vaccine would likely not be an immediate, complete solution to Broadway’s woes, says Dr. Anthony Fauci, who noted in an interview this week that it could take a year of reliable…

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Pulitzer Board Allows Streaming Productions And Canceled Shows To Compete For Drama Prize by Greg Evans

With Broadway theaters and other stages shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic, the Pulitzer Prize board has amended its rules of drama prize eligibility to include online productions and sho…

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New York Times Theater Critic Ben Brantley Stepping Down From Post by Greg Evans

Ben Brantley, the influential New York Times theater critic, will leave the job next month. “This pandemic pause in the great, energizing party that is the theater seemed to me like a goo…

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

New Dickens-Inspired ‘Estella Scrooge’ Musical To Stream With Cast & Creatives From Top Broadway Productions by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE With a roster of Broadway actors from such recent or on-pause productions as Waitress, Hadestown, The Play That Goes Wrong and Moulin Rouge!, a new musical inspired by A Christmas …

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Broadway General Manager Nathan Gehan Launches ShowTown Theatricals Firm by Greg Evans

Veteran Broadway general manager Nathan Gehan is opening his own New York City general management firm, ShowTown Theatricals, with a roster of clients including the international musical pro…

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Steppenwolf Theatre’s ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’ World Premiere Adaptation Postponed Indefinitely Due To Pandemic by Greg Evans

Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre has indefinitely postponed its world premiere stage adaptation of the 2005 George Clooney-co-written film Good Night, and Good Luck, a project that had genera…

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Timothy Graphenreed Dies: ‘The Wiz’ Song Composer Was 68 by Greg Evans

Timothy Graphenreed, a longtime musical and dance arranger who composed two numbers for the beloved Broadway musical The Wiz, died March 1 at New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital. He was 68. Gra…

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Costume Industry Coalition Launches COVID Relief Fund, Sets $4.5M Goal For “Survival” by Greg Evans

The recently formed Costume Industry Coalition has launched a pandemic emergency relief campaign for New York City’s pattern makers, cutters, stitchers, tailors, milliners, hand finishers …

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Ryan Murphy Shares First-Look Photo Of “Icon-Packed” Cast Of Netflix’s ‘The Prom’ by Greg Evans

Producer Ryan Murphy drew the curtain back on the cast of Netflix’s The Prom, sharing a first-look photo of the “icon-packed” group on Instagram. See the entire photo below. “Meet th…

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Broadway’s Second Stage Theater Names Arena Stage’s Khady Kamara Exec Director by Greg Evans

Broadway’s Second Stage Theater has hired Khady Kamara, the managing director of Arena Stage in Washington D.C., as the New York company’s new executive director. Kamara will join Second…

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Tony Awards Committee Deems Eighteen Broadway Productions Eligible For 2020 Nominations by Greg Evans

Eighteen Broadway productions will be eligible for this year’s Tony Awards competition, an awards committee confirmed today. The figure is significantly lower than last year’s pre-pandem…

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Major Broadway Theater Owner Jujamcyn Sues Insurance Companies Over Paltry COVID Payout by Greg Evans

In a lawsuit that offers a glimpse of COVID-19’s economic threat to the Broadway industry, Jujamcyn Theaters, owner of five major Broadway venues, is suing its insurance companies after th…

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Broadway Actor-Writers Wesley Taylor & Alex Wyse Sign With ICM Partners For Literary Representation by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Broadway and TV writers, actors and directors Wesley Taylor and Alex Wyse have signed with ICM Partners for literary representation across all media. Taylor is best known for perf…

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Nick Cordero Memorial Tribute Special To Feature Actor’s Broadway Castmates by Greg Evans

Castmates of the late Nick Cordero from such stage productions as A Bronx Tale, Bullets Over Broadway, The Toxic Avenger, Rock of Ages and Waitress will take part in a special memorial tribu…

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Sarah Jones, Tony Award-Winning Writer-Actor-Producer, Signs With UTA by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Tony Award-winning playwright, actor and producer Sarah Jones has signed with UTA for worldwide representation in all areas. Jones, who won a Special Tony Award in 2006 for her on…

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‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’ Teaser: HBO Releases First Look At Spike Lee’s Film Adaptation Of Broadway Smash by Greg Evans

The Broadway future of the acclaimed David Byrne’s American Utopia is unclear, but the date with HBO is certain: Spike Lee’s film adaptation of the theatrical concert is set for Oct. 17,…

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Jerry Seinfeld Slams Manhattan Comedy Club Owner For Deserting Beleaguered NYC by Greg Evans

In an impassioned defense of his beloved and beleaguered New York City, comedian Jerry Seinfeld has some harsh words for a Manhattan comedy club owner who bolted for Florida and recently cla…

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Broadway Production Company Behind Michael Jackson Musical ‘MJ’ Hires Producer Travis LeMont Ballenger by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: The Broadway production company behind the upcoming Michael Jackson musical MJ and the stage adaptation of the hit 2000 film Almost Famous has hired The Old Globe Theater’s Trav…

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Andrew Lloyd Webber Volunteers For COVID Vaccine To Help Rescue Live Theater by Greg Evans

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who recently vowed to reopen London’s The Phantom of the Opera despite what the show’s producer called a “huge financial hit” from the coronavirus shutd…

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Princess ‘Diana’ Musical To Premiere On Netflix Prior To Broadway Reopening, Making History by Greg Evans

In a Broadway first, Diana: A New Musical, the stage production about Princess Diana that went dark with the COVID shutdown just prior to its opening night, will premiere on Netflix next yea…

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tony Charmoli Dies: Three-Time Emmy-Winning Choreographer For TV & Broadway Was 99 by Greg Evans

Tony Charmoli, a leading television and Broadway choreographer and director who won three Emmy Awards from the 1950s through 1970s and worked with stars from Mitzi Gaynor and Shirley MacLain…

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