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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Chicago’s Long-Running ‘#DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment’ Musical Comedy Makes Off Broadway Date by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Chicago’s long-running #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment is finally making a date with New York City: The offbeat blend of improv, scripted comedy and musical theater will begin pe…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

‘Jekyll And Hyde’ Musical Screen Adaptation In Works From ‘Birdman’, ‘On Your Feet!’ Writer Alexander Dinelaris by Greg Evans

A re-imagining of the 1997 Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde will be the first project under Birdman screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris’ Lexicon and Richard Saperstein's Bluestone Entertainme…

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Actors’ Equity Vows To Fight Donald Trump’s Proposed NEA Elimination by Greg Evans

Calling President Donald Trump’s proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts “short-sighted at best,” Actors’ Equity Association has vowed to continue fighting what h…

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James Corden To Host 2019 Tony Awards by Greg Evans

James Corden, host of CBS’ The Late Late Show, will host the 73rd annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 9, the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards have announced. The gig marks Corden's secon…

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‘Beetlejuice’ Broadway Ticket Lottery To Include Weekly Trivia Contest With Cast by Greg Evans

Lots of Broadway shows have digital lotteries for specially priced tickets – Oklahoma! just announced one for $40 seats – but Beetlejuice is combining its lottery with some attempted buz…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Broadway Box Office Warms To $33M; ‘Burn This’, ‘Hillary And Clinton’ Arrive by Greg Evans

Another slate of high-profile Broadway arrivals hit the street last week, with much anticipated productions like Burn This, Hillary and Clinton, What the Constitution Means to Me and Gary: A…

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“The Wanderer” Singer Dion Scores Latest Broadway-Bound Jukebox Musical by Greg Evans

Rock n' Roll Hall-of-Famer Dion DiMucci – best known simply as Dion for his hits including “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer” – is the latest classic rocker to get the jukebox mu…

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Yanni Named First ‘In Residence On Broadway’ Performer, Sets Show Dates by Greg Evans

The recently announced “In Residence On Broadway” series has named its first star: Yanni. The multi-instrumentalist and composer will take the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre stage with Pure Yanni…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Broadway Review: Will Chase, Kelli O’Hara Stay True To Cole Porter’s Fashion – In Their Way by Greg Evans

Like last season’s Lincoln Center production of My Fair Lady, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s current Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Scott Ellis and opening tonight at S…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Broadway’s Elton John-Scored ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Names Director by Greg Evans

The Broadway-bound The Devil Wears Prada, with music by Elton John, has found its director: Anna D. Shapiro, Tony Award-winner in 2008 for August: Osage County, was announced today by produc…

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Hugh Jackman Headed To Broadway In ‘The Music Man’ Revival by Greg Evans

Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway in a 2020 revival of Meredith Willson's 1957 classic musical The Music Man, producer Scott Rudin confirmed today. Directed by Jerry Zaks, with choreograp…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Broadway-Bound Britney Spears Musical Fills Chicago Theater Vacancy Left By Canceled Michael Jackson Show by Greg Evans

A musical comedy featuring the songs of Britney Spears will fill the slot at the Chicago theater left vacant when producers of the upcoming Michael Jackson bio-musical scotched its own pre-B…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Broadway Box Office Climbs To $30M; Temptations Musical Nabs $872K by Greg Evans

With recent arrivals Kiss Me, Kate, Be More Chill, Ain’t Too Proud and King Lear adding to the till, Broadway box office last week took an 11% hike over the previous week, hitting $30,252,…

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Danny Elfman Adds Music To Broadway’s ‘Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus’; Previews Begin Tonight by Greg Evans

Composer Danny Elfman will contribute original music to Broadway’s Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, the latest surprise for the show that begins previews tonight. Elfman’s arrival was…

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Live Nation, Araca & EBG Announce Partnership To Stage Limited-Run Broadway Residency Shows by Greg Evans

Bruce Springsteen may have set an unbeatable bar for Broadway solo shows with his 2017-18 box office record-breaker Springsteen on Broadway, but as last week’s announcement of an upcoming …

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

‘Be More Chill’ Review: No Heat Lost As Joyous Viral Musical Sensation Finally Charges Broadway by Greg Evans

To quote a song from the tenacious – and tenaciously enjoyable – Be More Chill, the Joe Iconis-Joe Tracz musical arrives on Broadway with just enough of an “upgrade” from last summer…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Broadway’s ‘Network’ Recoups $7M Capitalization In 15 Weeks by Greg Evans

Network, the Broadway production starring Bryan Cranston as the imploding newsman Howard Beale, has recouped its reported $7 million investment just 15 weeks into its limited engagement. One…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tom Sturridge Can Hear The Sobs: The Actor Talks About Off Broadway’s Heart-Wrenching ‘Sea Wall’ – Deadline Q&A by Greg Evans

On nights when Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal perform the two monologues that make up the Public Theatre’s critically acclaimed Off Broadway double bill Sea Wall/A Life, the British hal…

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Drama League Names 2019 Special Honorees: Kelli O’Hara, Alex Timbers And Taylor Mac by Greg Evans

Tony-winning actress Kelli O’Hara, playwright Taylor Mac and Beetlejuice director Alex Timbers will receive special honors at the upcoming Drama League Awards. The three recipients, along …

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‘Nashville’ Begins Road To Broadway: Lionsgate Announces Stage Musical by Greg Evans

Broadway producer Scott Delman has acquired live theatrical rights to Nashville, the country music-themed series that spanned six seasons on ABC, CMT and Hulu, and will team with Lionsgate t…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Broadway Box Office Slips To $27M; Glenda Jackson’s ‘King Lear’ & Temptations Musical Arrive by Greg Evans

When Glenda Jackson’s King Lear and the new Temptations jukebox musical arrive on Broadway in the same week, the fledgling spring season has officially kicked into gear. Still, box office …

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Andrea Martin Breaks Ribs In Accident, Drops Out Of Broadway’s ‘Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus’ by Greg Evans

Andrea Martin has dropped out of the upcoming Broadway production Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus after breaking four ribs in a recent accident during rehearsals, producer Scott Rudin ann…

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Alec Baldwin & Anne Heche To Reprise Broadway’s ‘Twentieth Century’ For One-Night Roundabout Theatre Benefit by Greg Evans

Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche will bring back Twentieth Century for a one-night-only benefit reading next month at Broadway’s Studio 54: The two actors will reprise their roles from a 2004 R…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Scott Rudin Offers Community Theaters ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ After Controversy by Greg Evans

UPDATE, with response After some community theaters were forced to cancel planned productions of a 1991 version of To Kill A Mockingbird following litigation threats by Broadway producer Sco…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Daniel Craig To Star In One-Night-Only Stage Reading For Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop by Greg Evans

Daniel Craig, the once and future James Bond, will star in a one-night-only benefit reading next month of Caryl Churchill's A Number as part of New York Theatre Workshop’s 40th anniversary…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Broadway Box Office Holds Steady At $30M; Brian d’Arcy James Heads ‘The Ferryman’ Replacement Cast by Greg Evans

Broadway box office held fairly steady for the theater season’s Week 39 (ending February 24), with most shows reporting some slippage. Total receipts for the 29 productions was $29.9 milli…

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Broadway’s ‘Frankie And Johnny…’ Starring Audra McDonald, Michael Shannon Finds Theater, Sets Opening by Greg Evans

Broadway’s upcoming revival of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon has a home and opening date: The production directed b…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mark Bramble Dies: Tony-Nominated Broadway Writer, Director Was 68 by Greg Evans

Mark Bramble, the Tony Award-nominated librettist of Broadway’s hit musicals 42nd Street and Barnum, died Wednesday at a Baltimore hospital of complications related to cardiovascular hyper…

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

‘Be More Chill’ Composer Joe Iconis’ New Musical Sets Off-Broadway Premiere; ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Actress To Star by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: New musical Broadway Bounty Hunter from Be More Chill composer Joe Iconis will get its New York premiere Off Broadway this summer with Orange is the New Black actress Annie Golden…

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Broadway’s ‘Network’ Announces Third And Final Extension by Greg Evans

Broadway’s Network starring Bryan Cranston as newsman on the verge of a nervous breakdown Howard Beale has extended its run for the second and final time: The play will now run through Sat…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Broadway’s ‘Be More Chill’ Breaks House Record As Overall Box Office Hits $31M by Greg Evans

Be More Chill arrived on Broadway to a big welcome, beginning previews and breaking the seven-performance house record at the Lyceum Theatre with a gross of $738,384, a virtual sell-out with…

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