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Friday, January 17, 2020

Gregg Smith Dies: ‘Hair’ Actor, Dance Collaborator On ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘Newsies’ Was 73 by Greg Evans

Gregg Smith, an actor and dancer whose three-decade collaboration with director and choreographer Kenny Ortega included casting dancers for such films and TV productions as Dirty Dancing, Ne…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Tony Winners Stephanie J. Block & Linda Lavin Set For Sarah Silverman’s ‘The Bedwetter’ Musical by Greg Evans

Tony Award winners Linda Lavin and Stephanie J. Block are among the cast announced today for the world premiere production of Sarah Silverman’s Off Broadway musical The Bedwetter. Sami Bra…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A Mesmerizing Laura Linney Conjures A Life (Or Two) In Broadway’s ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’ – Review by Greg Evans

Laura Linney pours the breath of life into Broadway’s My Name Is Lucy Barton, based on the novel by Olive Kitteridge author Elizabeth Strout. Arriving in New York following an acclaimed Lo…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Broadway Drops Holiday Weight: Thinner Roster Sees Box Office Down 28% To $31M by Greg Evans

Broadway’s winter thinning continued last week, with a trimmer roster and lower ticket prices sending total box office on a 28% drop from the previous week to $31.1 million. Attendance for…

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Average Age For Broadway Attendees Isn’t Getting Any Younger, Says Report by Greg Evans

Be More Chill and Beetlejuice notwithstanding, the average Broadway theatergoer hasn’t gotten much younger over the last couple decades: Of the 14.8 million people who attended a Broadway …

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‘Broadway Vacation’: The Griswolds Get A Stage Musical by Greg Evans

Broadway Vacation The Musical, with characters from the popular Chevy Chase-fronted film franchise, will make its world premiere at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre this Fall. Though no announ…

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Cynthia Nixon To Direct Landmark Lesbian Play ‘Last Summer At Bluefish Cove’ For Broadway by Greg Evans

Cynthia Nixon will direct a 40th anniversary Broadway production of Jane Chambers’ landmark lesbian stage drama Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, to be produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de R…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Second ‘West Side Story’ Actor Suffers Onstage Injury During Broadway Musical by Greg Evans

A second actor in Broadway’s West Side Story has suffered an onstage injury, and this time he’ll leave the show: Ben Cook, who played the role of Riff, sustained the unspecified injury S…

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‘Trevor: The Musical’ Based On Oscar-Winning Short Film Set For Off Broadway Debut by Greg Evans

Trevor: The Musical, an acclaimed stage adaptation of the 1994 Oscar-winning short film that gave rise to one of the nation’s most prominent LGBTQ organizations, will make its New York deb…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Suzanne Vega Adds Name To Off Broadway’s ‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice’ Cast by Greg Evans

Duncan Sheik, the composer and co-lyricist of the upcoming Off Broadway musical version of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, is handing off his planned onstage role to his pal and frequ…

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Fran Drescher, Rachel Bloom Developing ‘The Nanny’ Broadway Musical Inspired By ’90s Sitcom by Greg Evans

The ’90s sitcom The Nanny is being developed into a Broadway musical, with series creators Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson on board to write the show’s book, while Crazy Ex-Girlfri…

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Sold-Out ‘Sing Street’ Off-Broadway Musical From ‘Once’ Writers Heads To Broadway by Greg Evans

Off Broadway’s hit Sing Street, a musical adaptation of the 2016 film about a group of Dublin teens in the 1980s who form a New Wave band to escape troubled home lives and small town drudg…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Broadway’s Michael Jackson Musical Sets Additional Cast, Still Looking For 10-Year-Old Michael by Greg Evans

Broadway’s upcoming Michael Jackson musical MJ has announced additional casting, with Grammy nominee Quentin Earl Darrington, Hamilton‘s Raymond Baynard and The Bridges of Madison County…

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André Braugher Joins Debra Messing In Broadway’s Upcoming ‘Birthday Candles’ by Greg Evans

André Braugher has been cast opposite the previously announced Debra Messing in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s upcoming Broadway production of Noah Haidle’s play Birthday Candles. Al…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ Recoups Broadway Investment by Greg Evans

Broadway’s Freestyle Love Supreme, co-created by Hamilton team Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, has recouped its investment after 14 weeks, making it one of the first…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Broadway Box Office Takes Post-Christmas Tumble; ‘Waitress’ Sells Out Final Week by Greg Evans

A post-Christmas Broadway box office fell like so many dry pine needles last week, with most shows taking fairly significant tumbles as ticket prices settled back to reality. In all, total g…

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Friday, January 3, 2020

GLAAD Awards Revives Outstanding Broadway Production Category by Greg Evans

For the first time since 2014, LGBTQ group GLAAD will include Broadway productions in its annual media awards categories, the organization said today. With such major recent Broadway product…

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Friday, December 27, 2019

‘West Side Story’ Revival, Michael Jackson & Bob Dylan Musicals Among Broadway’s Most Anticipated Shows In 2020 by Greg Evans

Broadway’s 2019 was one of lofty highs: the sumptuousness of Hadestown, the twin shocks of Oklahoma! and Slave Play, the marvelous risk-taking of What The Constitution Means To Me and Gary…

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Broadway’s ‘West Side Story’ Postpones Opening Night Following Leading Man’s Onstage Knee Injury by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Producer Scott Rudin is postponing the Feb. 6 Broadway opening of director Ivo van Hove’s much-anticipated West Side Story by two weeks after an onstage knee injury Friday left …

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‘West Side Story’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ Break House Records As Broadway Season B.O. Total Passes $1 Billion by Greg Evans

Broadway’s West Side Story and A Christmas Carol broke house records at their respective theaters last week as holiday business kept overall box office very sturdy. From the previous week,…

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Friday, December 20, 2019

‘Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke Sets Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’ For London Stage Debut by Greg Evans

Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke is all set to torch London – in a good way – with her West End stage debut in Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. The former Daene…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

‘The Crown’s Claire Foy, Matt Smith Set U.S. Stage Debuts In New York ‘Lungs’ by Greg Evans

The Crown‘s Claire Foy and Matt Smith will reprise their acclaimed London stage roles for a New York production of director Matthew Warchus’ staging of Duncan Macmillan’s play Lungs. F…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

‘West Side Story’ Breaks $1M In First Week On Broadway; ‘A Christmas Carol’ Sets House Record by Greg Evans

Well, that was fast: Director Ivo van Hove’s West Side Story joined Broadway’s Million Dollar Club after only six previews, grossing $1,254,440 in its first week of performances. The mus…

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Harry Connick Jr. Broadway Review: A Celebration Of Cole Porter’s Voodoo That Harry Doodoo So Well by Greg Evans

Returning to Broadway, Harry Connick Jr. chooses his muse wisely and well, taking the stage in an attractively modern, multi-media setting to celebrate that most sophisticated of the America…

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‘La Bamba’ Rocker Richie Valens Stage Musical In The Works; Los Lobos Band Members On Board by Greg Evans

A stage musical about pioneering Chicano rock & roller Richie Valens is in the works, with Los Lobos’ Louie Pérez and David Hidalgo on board to provide original music alongside Valens…

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Broadway’s ‘Caroline, Or Change’ Adds Caissie Levy, Chip Zien, Others To Cast by Greg Evans

Frozen‘s Caissie Levy, The Band’s Visit‘s John Cariani and stage veteran Chip Zien will join the previously announced Sharon D. Clarke in the upcoming Broadway revival of the Tony Kush…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Harry Chapin Stage Musical In The Works; ‘Cat’s In The Cradle’ Singer’s Brothers Will Consult by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: A project to develop a biographical stage musical about 1970s singer-songwriter Harry Chapin has gotten the support of Chapin’s wife Sandy and brothers Tom Chapin and Steve Chap…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

‘Jagged Little Pill’ Broadway Review: Hot Buttons, Alanis Morissette Songs And One Very Troubled Family by Greg Evans

In Jagged Little Pill, a record album gets its own jukebox musical, though there’s none of the Wikipedia-style rat-a-tat biographical highlights (airbrushed or otherwise) that accompanied …

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Richard Greenberg’s ‘The Perplexed’ Rounds Out Off-Broadway Cast With Gregg Edelman & Eric William Morris by Greg Evans

Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of Richard Greenberg’s The Perplexed has completed its cast with Gregg Edelman (City of Angels, Into the Woods) and Eric William Morris (King Kong…

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‘Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, ‘Game of Thrones’ Mark Addy Head Martin McDonagh’s Broadway Return ‘Hangmen’ by Greg Evans

Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens and Game of Thrones‘ Mark Addy will head up the Broadway production of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy Hangmen, arriving at the Golden Theatre Friday, Feb. 28…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

‘Rent Live’s Jordan Fisher To Star In Broadway’s ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ by Greg Evans

Jordan Fisher, who played Mark in Fox’s Rent Live TV special and made his Broadway debut in Hamilton, will take over the title role of Dear Evan Hansen in January. A star of Disney’s Liv…

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