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Thursday, November 26, 2020

TV Review: Thanksgiving Pandemic Parade Reminds Of Happier Holidays Past And Yet To Come by Greg Evans

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon opened today’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with an energetic rendition of “Dancing In The Streets,” strutting like Jagger on the barricaded, crowd-f…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Sarah Brightman-Andrew Lloyd Webber Reunion Set For Singer’s Livestream Christmas Concert by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Singer Sarah Brightman’s first livestream Christmas concert next month will include a reunion with her former husband and partner-in-theater Andrew Lloyd Webber. The two will pe…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Fewer Broadway Contenders Open Grammy’s Musical Theater Nominations To Off Broadway, London by Greg Evans

The theater industry’s pandemic-shortened season seems to have opened up the Grammy playing field for cast albums, as only two of the six just-announced nominees for the 2021 awards repres…

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Monday, November 23, 2020

A Weinstein Accuser, A Miramax Bidder, A Top Broadway Director And Hollywood’s Premier Songwriter Created The First #MeToo Musical – And Then Covi by Greg Evans

Despite what you may have read, The Right Girl is not a musical about Harvey Weinstein. Then again, having been created by one of the first women to speak out against the rapist, it’s not …

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Study Credits ‘Hamilton’ For Boosting Cast Diversity But Says Gains Insufficient For Industry Hiring Problems by Greg Evans

The first Actors’ Equity diversity and inclusion report since 2017 finds “modest improvement” in the hiring of actors and stage managers of color in the last three years, but describes…

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Sony Music Masterworks Acquires 50% Of Broadway’s ‘Slave Play’ Production Company Seaview by Greg Evans

Sony Music Masterworks has announced a strategic investment in Seaview, the theater production company behind Broadway’s Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris and the Jake Gyllenhaal-Tom Sturridg…

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

New York’s Encores! Sets ‘Into The Woods’ As First Production In New Icon Series by Greg Evans

Encores!, the acclaimed series of concert-style theatrical productions founded to rediscover overlooked Broadway gems of years past, announced plans to stage Into The Woods, the beloved Step…

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Tina Fey To Host NBC’s ‘One Night Only: The Best of Broadway’ Two-Hour Special by Greg Evans

Tina Fey will host NBC’s One Night Only: The Best of Broadway, a two-hour special on Dec. 10 celebrating Broadway and featuring street performances from some of its most popular shows. Fey…

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Dylan McDermott, Phylicia Rashad To Headline ‘The Night Of The Iguana’ Benefit by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Dylan McDermott and Phylicia Rashad will headline a streaming performance of the Tennessee Williams classic The Night of the Iguana, directed by Emily Mann and benefitting the Act…

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Keenan Scott II’s Acclaimed Play ‘Thoughts Of A Colored Man’ Headed To Broadway by Greg Evans

Thoughts of a Colored Man, the critically lauded new play by Keenan Scott II and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, will open on Broadway during the upcoming season, producers announced toda…

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‘Caroline, Or Change’, ‘Trouble In Mind’, ‘1776’ Target New Broadway Openings; No Date Yet For ‘Birthday Candles’ With Debra Messing by Greg Evans

The Roundabout Theatre Company says it will resume production in Fall 2021 with two much anticipated shows – the COVID-delayed Jeanine Tesori/Tony Kushner musical Caroline, Or Change and A…

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Monday, November 16, 2020

‘Lackawanna Blues’ And ‘How I Learned To Drive’ Target New Broadway Openings by Greg Evans

The Broadway premieres of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues and Paula Vogel’s How I Learned To Drive have been set for 2022 and 2021, respectively, with producers at the Manhattan…

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Broadway Actor & COVID Survivor Chad Kimball Sparks Backlash For Pledging To “Respectfully Disobey” State Restrictions On Religious Services by Greg Evans

Tony Award-nominated actor Chad Kimball, among Broadway’s first wave of performers to contract the coronavirus last spring, is finding little support among his Broadway colleagues after he…

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Broadway Stagehand Who Fell To Death Remembered As “Force Of Nature”, Theater Marquee Undimmed In Honor by Greg Evans

Pete Wright, the 54-year-old Broadway stagehand who fell to his death last Thursday from a ladder on the fly floor above the Winter Garden Theater stage, is being remembered as “a force of…

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Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Finalist ‘The Minutes’ Sets Post-COVID 2022 Broadway Reopening, Plans Venue Switch by Greg Evans

Steppenwolf’s Broadway production of Tracy Letts’ The Minutes is exiting the Cort Theatre, its pre-COVID home, with plans to re-open in 2022 at another Broadway venue. The move signals y…

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‘Estella Scrooge’ Trailer: First Look At Innovative New Holiday Musical With Broadway Cast by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: “You thought you knew Scrooge,” an ominous voice intones. “You don’t know this Scrooge.” So get acquainted with Estella Scrooge, the upcoming world premiere streaming mu…

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Broadway Stagehand Falls To Death Clearing ‘Beetlejuice’ Props by Greg Evans

A 54-year-old stagehand fell to his death from scaffolding inside Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre this morning as workers were removing props from the Beetlejuice musical in preparation f…

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Israel Horovitz Dies: Prolific Playwright, Screenwriter Accused Of Sexual Abuse Was 81 by Greg Evans

Playwright Israel Horovitz, whose Off Broadway productions provided early stages for such soon-to-be-stars as Al Pacino, Marsha Mason, John Cazale and Richard Dreyfus but whose later career …

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‘West Side Story’s Isaac Powell Joins Universal’s ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Movie by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Isaac Powell, the star of Ivo van Howe’s 2020 Broadway revival of West Side Story, has joined the cast of Universal’s Dear Evan Hansen. The project will mark Powell’s featur…

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Broadway Invited To Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Event by Greg Evans

The slimmed down Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will include some of its traditional Broadway dazzle, with parade organizers announcing that four stage productions will be included in the …

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Lawrence Clayton Dies: Broadway’s ‘The Color Purple’, ‘Dreamgirls’ Actor Was 64 by Greg Evans

Actor Lawrence Clayton, who made his Broadway debut in 1981 in Dreamgirls and most recently starred in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple, died Nov. 2 following a two-year battle with glio…

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

NBC Sets Matthew Morrison In ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical!’ As Latest Holiday Theatrical Event by Greg Evans

NBC is inviting the Grinch to share its holiday season: The network will air a two-hour production of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical! on December 9. Staged at the Troubadour Theatre in Lond…

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Monday, November 9, 2020

‘Jagged Little Pill’ Cast To Reunite For One-Night-Only Broadway Benefit Concert by Greg Evans

Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill cast will reunite for a one-night-only special concert performance next month, bringing the musical’s stars together for the first time since the pandemic s…

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Jeremy Stevens Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Writer, Exec Producer Was 83 by Greg Evans

Jeremy Stevens, a three-time Emmy Award winner – including two as a writer and executive producer on Everybody Loves Raymond – died of renal failure on October 27 at his home in Northrid…

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

All-Star Cast Teams With Top Playwrights For Tonight’s Get-Out-The-Vote Streaming Event: Sandra Oh, Brian Tyree Henry, Kathryn Hahn Among Performers by Greg Evans

Succession‘s Juliana Canfield, WandaVision‘s Kathryn Hahn, Messiah‘s Emily Kinney, Moulin Rouge!‘s Sahr Ngaujah, and Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert‘s Joel Perez have joine…

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Laura Benanti Joins ‘Gossip Girl’ Cast On HBO Max by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Tony Award winning actress Laura Benanti is joining the ensemble cast of HBO Max’s upcoming Gossip Girl sequel series. No word yet on character details, but the actress joins Go…

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Broadway Background Of Wisconsin GOP Candidate’s Wife Becomes Political Talking Point by Greg Evans

The Broadway performances of a U.S. congressman’s wife has become an unlikely talking point in Wisconsin politics. In her campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher by highligh…

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Broadway Casting & Live Event Exec Resigns For Failure To Meet “High Standards” by Greg Evans

Bruston Manuel, the Chief Operating Officer of live event producer RWS Entertainment and its subsidiary Binder Casting, resigned his position today, stating he had “not lived up to the hig…

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Eight Off Broadway Theaters & Comedy Clubs Sue Gov. Andrew Cuomo To Lift Shutdown For Small Venues by Greg Evans

If Saturday Night Live can do it, why not Off Broadway? That’s one of the arguments in a lawsuit filed by six small New York theaters and two comedy clubs against New York Governor Andrew …

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Ming Cho Lee Dies: Broadway’s Tony-Winning Scenic Designer, Mentor To Generations Was 90 by Greg Evans

Ming Cho Lee, an innovative and influential scenic designer whose career of more than 60 years included unforgettable creations for Broadway, Off Broadway, regional theater, opera and dance,…

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Marge Champion Dies: Golden Age TV Dancer, Model For Disney’s Snow White Was 101 by Greg Evans

Marge Champion, a dancer who achieved nationwide television fame in the 1950s with her husband and dance partner Gower Champion and even then had already contributed to cinema history as a m…

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