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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Joan Weldon Dies: Actress Terrorized By Giant Ants In Sci-Fi Classic ‘Them!’ Was 90 by Greg Evans

Joan Weldon, stage actress and a Warner Bros. contract player in the 1950s who achieved lasting sci-fi fame in the creature feature giant ant classic Them!, died Feb. 11 at her home in Fort …

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Actors’ Equity Slams New York City’s “Open Culture” Outdoor Performance Plan Over Wage And Safety Issues by Greg Evans

Actors’ Equity is warning members that New York City’s just-launched “Open Culture” program of outdoor performances on city streets does not meet the union’s minimum standards for …

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Select Broadway Theaters To Open For New York Pop Up Events Beginning In April by Greg Evans

A select number of now-dark Broadway venues will begin opening in April for a series of live- performance pop-up events that could establish the safety protocols needed for the theater indus…

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Bill C. Davis Dies: ‘Mass Appeal’ Playwright/Screenwriter Was 69 by Greg Evans

Bill C. Davis, whose 1981 Broadway hit play Mass Appeal was adapted for a 1984 feature film starring Jack Lemmon and Željko Ivanek, died Feb. 26 following a brief illness, his family has an…

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Broadway-Bound ‘Thoughts Of A Colored Man’ Lands Venue, Becoming First New Play To Take Residence Since Shutdown by Greg Evans

Keenan Scott II’s play Thoughts of a Colored Man has officially landed a venue – the Golden Theatre – becoming the first new, non-revival show to take up Broadway residence since the i…

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Broadway Unions Urge New York State Renewal Of COBRA Subsidies by Greg Evans

The Coalition of Broadway Unions & Guilds is calling for health care relief in the upcoming New York State budget, specifically urging for the updating and renewal of the state’s COBRA…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Douglas Turner Ward Dies: Co-Founder Of Pioneering Negro Ensemble Company Was 90 by Greg Evans

Douglas Turner Ward, the director, actor and playwright who co-founded the landmark, influential Off Broadway Black theater group the Negro Ensemble Company, died Saturday, Feb. 20, at his h…

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Gary Gunas Dies: Broadway Executive Producer Of ‘The Who’s Tommy’, ‘Jekyll & Hyde’, ‘Ragtime’ Was 73 by Greg Evans

Gary Gunas, executive producer of such Broadway musicals as The Who’s Tommy, Jekyll & Hyde and Ragtime, died today of pancreatic cancer at his home in London. He was 73. His death was …

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Actress Martha Stewart Dies: ‘In A Lonely Place’, ‘Daisy Kenyon’ Costar Was 98 by Greg Evans

Martha Stewart, an actress whose run of 1940s and ’50s era Hollywood hits included costarring roles in Daisy Kenyon opposite Joan Crawford and In a Lonely Place with Humphrey Bogart, died …

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Christopher Pennock Dies: ‘Dark Shadows’, ‘General Hospital’ Actor Was 76 by Greg Evans

Christopher Pennock, whose long career in daytime drama is best remembered for his portrayal of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character on ABC’s supernatural soap Dark Shadows, died Feb. 12 fo…

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Whoopi Goldberg Exits London ‘Sister Act The Musical’ Starring Role Due To Pandemic Postponement by Greg Evans

Whoopi Goldberg won’t be falling back into the old habit after all: The View moderator has canceled plans to appear in an upcoming London revival of Sister Act The Musical due to the produ…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Amber Ruffin Joins Broadway-Bound ‘Some Like It Hot’ Musical As Co-Writer by Greg Evans

Amber Ruffin has joined the Broadway-bound team of Some Like It Hot as a co-writer of the film-to-stage adaptation. The host of Peacock’s The Amber Ruffin Show will partner with Tony nomin…

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Joe Allen Dies: Legendary Restaurateur To Broadway Theater Folk And The Fans Who Loved Them Was 87 by Greg Evans

Joe Allen, whose self-named restaurant on W. 46th Street in Manhattan’s theater district has been a sort of commissary-slash-clubhouse for Broadway folks – and that fans who love them …

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Cicely Tyson Tribute To Kick Off Black Theatre United February Takeover Of ‘Stars In The House’ by Greg Evans

Stars in the House, the popular YouTube series known for reuniting classic TV and Broadway casts, will be hosted every Tuesday in February by prominent members of the Black theatre community…

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Jujamcyn Theaters Strikes Deal With Broadway Newcomer SeatGeek, Dropping Ticketmaster by Greg Evans

In yet another sign that Broadway is taking its pandemic shutdown pause to re-evaluate itself, Jujamcyn Theaters announced today that it had entered into a multi-year partnership with ticket…

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Tony Awards Set For Broadway’s Reopening; Voting Begins In March by Greg Evans

The curtain’s inching up on the Tony Awards: A ceremony will be held on an as-yet-undetermined date in coordination with Broadway’s eventual reopening, but voters will finally be able to…

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Actors And Stage Managers Are Ready Workforce To Vaccinate America Against Covid-19, Pledges Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle – Guest Column by Greg Evans

Editors note: Earlier this week, IATSE president Matthew Loeb informed President Joe Biden that the union’s members “stand ready to help build vaccination sites across the country, or to…

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Bob Avian Dies: ‘Dreamgirls’ Producer, Broadway Choreographer & Michael Bennett Collaborator Was 83 by Greg Evans

Bob Avian, the dancer-turned-choreographer who played an integral role in such pivotal Broadway musicals as A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, Company, Follies and Miss Saigon, died of cardiac arre…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Laura Benanti Sends Melania Off With Broadway Panache In Final ‘Colbert’ Visit by Greg Evans

There’s at least one thing everyone should agree will be missed after tomorrow: Laura Benanti’s recurring appearances as Melania Trump on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Fortu…

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Philip J. Smith Dies: Former Longtime Chairman Of Broadway’s Shubert Organization Was 89 by Greg Evans

Philip J. Smith, who as the longtime chairman of Broadway’s Shubert Organization was one of the most influential and powerful forces in American theater, died today in New York City of com…

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Stars Of ABC’s ‘All My Children’, ‘One Life To Live’ & ‘General Hospital’ Reunite For Streaming Concert Benefit by Greg Evans

Stars of ABC’s classic daytime dramas All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite next month to present a streaming concert of their past musical performances benef…

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Hundreds Of Playwrights And Composers Urge Biden Administration To Prioritize Arts Support by Greg Evans

More than 200 theater writers – playwrights, composers, lyricists, librettists – have joined a nationwide letter writing campaign urging the incoming Biden-Harris Administration to prior…

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci Remains Optimistic For Fall Theater And Music Venue Reopenings by Greg Evans

Nationwide Covid surges and a disappointingly slow vaccine rollout notwithstanding, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci reiterated over the weekend his belief that live theater venues could reopen during f…

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Martin Markinson Dies: ‘Torch Song Trilogy’ Producer, Broadway Theater Rescuer Was 89 by Greg Evans

Martin Markinson, a producer and theater owner who took Torch Song Trilogy to Broadway and returned the venue now known as the Hayes Theatre to theatrical use, died Thursday, January 7 at hi…

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Dominique Morisseau’s ‘Skeleton Crew’ Headed To Broadway With Ruben Santiago-Hudson Directing by Greg Evans

The Broadway premiere of Skeleton Crew, written by Tony Award nominee Dominique Morisseau (Ain’t Too Proud) and directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s Jitney) wil…

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

‘Mean Girls’ Broadway Musical Announces Permanent Closure Due To Covid Shutdown by Greg Evans

The Mean Girls musical won’t be back when Broadway reopens, producers announced today. The musical, based on Tina Fey’s 2004 film, suspended production when Broadway went dark due to the…

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CAA Signs David Henry Hwang, Tony Award-Winning ‘M. Butterfly’ Playwright by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: David Henry Hwang, the Tony Award-winning M. Butterfly playwright currently writing the script for a live-action musical film adaptation of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame,…

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Marion Ramsey Dies: ‘Police Academy’ & Broadway Actress Was 73 by Greg Evans

Marion Ramsey, an actress and singer who appeared in the 1978 hit Broadway show Eubie! but is best known for her portrayal of the sweet, squeaky-voiced Officer Laverne Hooks in the Police Ac…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Turns To A Dark Broadway For Job-Hunting Actors by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has a warrant out, in a manner of speaking, for Broadway actors. Next week’s episode features Tony-nominated Hadestown actor Eva Noblezada …

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Monday, January 4, 2021

David Bowie Musical ‘Lazarus’ To Stream On Icon’s Birthday And Death Anniversary by Greg Evans

The filmed London production of the David Bowie musical Lazarus starring Michael C. Hall will stream for three performances this weekend to mark both the late singer’s Jan. 8 birthday and …

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Lee Breuer Dies: ‘The Gospel at Colonus’ Playwright, Leading Force In American Avant-Garde Theater Was 83 by Greg Evans

Lee Breuer, a cofounder of New York’s groundbreaking experimental theater company Mabou Mines and writer of Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize finalist The Gospel at Colonus, died Sunday at his h…

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Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre