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Friday, May 25, 2018

Tapping Squidward: Broadway’s Gavin Lee Gets To The Heart Of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ – Tony Awards Watch by Greg Evans

That old Broadway dictum – Never share a stage with fuchsia sea anemones – is blown to smithereens when Gavin Lee taps his way through “I’m Not A Loser,” the gl…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Paul Schneider Rounds Out Broadway’s ‘Straight White Men’ Cast; Joins Josh Charles, Armie Hammer by Greg Evans

Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) will round out the Broadway cast of Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men, joining, among othe…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Broadway’s Joe Mantello Talks ‘Three Tall Women’, ‘Boys In The Band’, Even ‘Angels In America’ As Only He Can – Tony Watch by Greg Evans

The gorgeous, deceptively calming bedroom set that frames Three Tall Women at Broadway’s John Golden Theatre loses none of its beauty with the lights way up and the house empty (save f…

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‘Pretty Woman’ Musical Finds Its Man: Andy Karl Cast In Broadway Production by Greg Evans

Three-time Tony Award nominee Andy Karl, last seen on Broadway in Groundhog Day, has been cast as the male lead in the upcoming Pretty Woman: The Musical. He’ll play Edward Lewis (Rich…

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Rose McGowan Reads Hollywood Missive In Surprise ‘Letters Live’ NYC Appearance; Joins Benedict Cumberbatch, Edie Falco by Greg Evans

Benedict Cumberbatch, Edie Falco, Hugh Dancy and Tony-nominee Tom Hollander were among the famous faces reading famous – or should-be-famous – correspondence from the past at Fri…

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Friday, May 18, 2018

A New Spin On ‘Carousel’: Joshua Henry & Jessie Mueller Talk #MeToo, Shattering Barriers & Sublime Tunes – Tony Watch by Greg Evans

Carousel pulled into town this year as two seasons were well underway – the first a Broadway spring crammed with Tony-worthy new plays, musicals and revivals, from the thoroughly moder…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

‘Big Fish’ Authors Denounce Community Theater Cancellation Of Musical Over Gay Dad Characters by Greg Evans

A Pittsburgh “family-friendly” community theater has canceled a production of the musical Big Fish after a dispute with the director over the inclusion of a same-sex couple as ba…

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Duncan Sheik To Set ‘Secret Life Of Bees’ Buzzing With New Music For Off Broadway Bow by Greg Evans

The Secret Life of Bees, a new musical based on the best-selling novel and with music by Dunan Sheik, will make its world premiere next May at the Atlantic Theater Off-Broadway. The producti…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gloria Steinem Bio-Play By Emily Mann Headed For Off Broadway Run by Greg Evans

Gloria: A Life, a new play about Gloria Steinem written by Emily Mann and directed by Diane Paulus, will debut Off Broadway this fall at the Daryl Roth Theater. Roth is producing. Previews w…

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Tony Award Watch: David Morse Talks ‘Iceman’, ‘Elsewhere’, Denzel & ‘Dannemora’ by Greg Evans

May 25 will mark thirty years to the night when little Tommy Westphall gazed into a snow globe and revealed to nearly 23 million TV viewers that six seasons of heartbreak, joy, love, loss, e…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Broadway’s ‘Frozen’, ‘A Bronx Tale’ Announce North American Tour Plans by Greg Evans

Disney’s Tony-nominated musical Frozen will skate across North America beginning in the fall of 2019, with an official, exclusive opening at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angel…

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville Unearth Secrets & Treasure In ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ At BAM – Review by Greg Evans

Richard Eyre’s staging of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, starring an ideally matched Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, unfolds on a summer home set t…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Tony Awards Watch: Jamie Parker Talks Broadway Magic & Being Harry Potter by Greg Evans

The magic of Broadway’s Harry Potter and The Cursed Child can be as simple as a lightning-quick costume change, as startling as a bolt of fire sent blazing from a wizard’s wand …

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Broadway’s ‘Mean Girls’, ‘My Fair Lady’ Announce National Tours by Greg Evans

Mean Girls and My Fair Lady are taking to the road: With the Broadway productions of the musicals up for a combined 22 Tony Awards, national tours for both shows were announced today for …

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Olivier-Winning ‘The Ferryman’ To Hit Broadway With London Stars by Greg Evans

Jez Butterworth’s Olivier Award-winning play The Ferryman will arrive on Broadway with most of its acclaimed London cast intact. Paddy Considine, the Olivier-winning Laura Donnelly and…

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Second Stage Sets Season With New Play From ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Playwright, New Musical & Pulitzer Finalist by Greg Evans

A new play by Dear Evan Hansen playwright Steven Levenson, a new musical from the creators of Red, Next to Normal and Avenue Q and a production of Christopher Shinn's Pulitzer Prize fina…

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Tony Awards Watch: Denise Gough Lands Big In New York With ‘Angels In America’ by Greg Evans

Irish actress Denise Gough won her first Olivier Award in 2016 for the starring role as a recovering addict in Duncan Macmillan’s play People, Places and Things, and her second earlie…

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Andrew Lloyd Webber ‘Unmasked’ Musical Retrospective Dropped From Theater’s Upcoming Season by Greg Evans

The new Andrew Lloyd Webber bio-musical Unmasked, which had been planned for a September debut at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, has been scuttled, for now. The regional theater ha…

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Broadway’s ‘Children Of A Lesser God’ Sets Closing Date by Greg Evans

A single Tony Award nomination for Children of a Lesser God wasn’t enough to keep the production going: Producer Hal Luftig says the Broadway revival will close with the Sunday, May 27…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

‘Harry Potter & The Cursed Child’, ‘Angels In America’ Broadway Newcomers Among 2018 Theatre World Honorees by Greg Evans

Broadway newcomers Anthony Boyle, who plays Scorpius Malfoy in Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, and Angels in America‘s Denise Gough are among this year’s Theatre World Award…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Dressing Broadway: Costume Designer Ann Roth Talks Denzel, ‘Carousel’, Tall Women And Finding Soul In Patches by Greg Evans

Look closely at Carousel's dancing millworkers and you might see the patches. Maybe you’ll wonder whether the pipe-dreaming barflies of The Iceman Cometh scrub the collars of their thr…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tonys 2018: Snubs, Surprises & Analysis From ‘Harry Potter’ Magic To “Let It Go” by Greg Evans

I suspect we’ll be seeing more than one silly and misleading “frozen out” reference in coverage of this year’s Tony Awards nominations – starting with that one …

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Mike Birbiglia Extends Off Broadway Summer Engagement After Sell-Out by Greg Evans

Comic and actor Mike Birbiglia’s return to Off Broadway this summer sold out within hours yesterday and is being extended by two weeks. Mike Birbiglia: The New One begins a limited eng…

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Tony Committee Makes Final Eligibility Rulings: ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Harry Potter & The Cursed Child’ Among Decisions by Greg Evans

Both Erika Henningsen and Taylor Louderman of Broadway’s Mean Girls will be Tony-eligible for the leading actress in a musical award, the Tony Awards Administration Committee determine…

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From ‘Atlanta’ To Broadway, Brian Tyree Henry Is Breaking Out by Greg Evans

Last week, Brian Tyree Henry was having the sort of moment his Atlanta character – the reluctant, verge-of-success rapper Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles – might observe wit…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

‘The Iceman Cometh’ Review: Denzel Washington Returns To Broadway, Shattering Pipe Dreams by Greg Evans

Well before Denzel Washington’s glad-handing salesman Hickey makes his fateful arrival in the dive bar of George C. Wolfe’s strong new Broadway staging of The Iceman Cometh, Euge…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

‘Saint Joan’ Broadway Review: Condola Rashad Stakes Claim On Shaw’s Firebrand by Greg Evans

Nevertheless, she persists, that maid of Orleans, and by the end of the Manhattan Theatre Club’s attractive, not flawless, Broadway revival of Shaw’s Saint Joan, starring the end…

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Tony Awards To Honor Photographer, Beader And Broadway’s Drycleaner by Greg Evans

A New York Times photographer, a premiere beader of stage costumes and a drycleaning business that’s been removing opening night sweat stains since the days of George M. Cohan will rec…

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‘Frozen’ Star Patti Murin Speaks Out On Anxiety, That Missed Performance & The Responsibilities Of A Disney Princess by Greg Evans

Frozen‘s Patti Murin missed a show last week. Not unheard of, certainly, but rare enough at the peak of this high-focus (and high-stress) Tony Awards season. And Murin stands a better-…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

‘Travesties’ Broadway Review: Tom Stoppard’s Brainy Comedy Finds Its Heart by Greg Evans

Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning 1974 play Travesties, stuffed thick as a English gentleman’s armchair, its ideas on art, war, patriotism and purposeful nonsense fashioned into a nons…

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Tony Awards To Honor Nederlander’s Nick Scandalios With Humanitarian Award by Greg Evans

Nick Scandalios, Executive Vice President of the Nederlander Organization, will be this year's recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award, the Tony administration committee announced tod…

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