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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Photos: Meet the 2019 Tony Award Nominees by Jackson McHenry

Photographs by Erik Tanner. Welcome to Tony Awards season, when the stars of Broadway’s biggest shows are honored while still, in many cases, performing eight times a week. The day after t…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Enjoy a Close-Up View of My Fair Lady’s ‘Get Me to the Church on Time’ Shot Via GoPro by Jackson McHenry

Danny Burstein hid a GoPro in a hat won by Kerstin Anderson, who plays a reveler in the scene (and is the Eliza alternate for Laura Benanti).

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Rita Moreno Will Be Watching the West Side Story Movie Rehearsals, So Don’t Mess Up by Jackson McHenry

Rita Moreno won the O in her EGOT from playing Anita in the film version of West Side Story, and she’s not about to let anybody mess up the movie’s legacy with the remake. Moreno has a s…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ariana Grande Says Grammys Producer Is ‘Lying’ About Her Cancelled Performance by Jackson McHenry

You would think that the Grammys would know better than to get on the wrong side of someone who wrote a whole album about how she’ll be fine without you. The Associated Press published an …

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

A Hercules Musical Will Go the Distance in Central Park This Summer by Jackson McHenry

Disney’s next movie-to-theater adaptation is arriving in an unexpected format. After premiering big, yet conventional, movie-to-theater adaptations like Frozen and Aladdin on Broadway (and…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Broadway’s Anastasia Will Close Once Upon a March 31 by Jackson McHenry

A journey to the past can only last so long. Broadway’s musical adaptation of the 1997 animated movie Anastasia has announced that it will close on March 31 this year. The musical, with a …

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Monday, February 4, 2019

What the Hell Happened at the Skittles Musical? by Jackson McHenry

Midway through Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical, which performed on the Great White Way Sunday afternoon, Michael C. Hall dies. To be clear, that’s not the Michael C. Hall you kno…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Can Merrily We Roll Along Finally Find Its Ideal Self? by Jackson McHenry

Ever since Merrily We Roll Along premiered and then quickly closed on Broadway in 1981, people have been trying to find a way to resurrect Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s showbiz music…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

The ’90s Live! The Alanis Morissette Musical Jagged Little Pill Is Coming to Broadway by Jackson McHenry

And we’re here to remind you that they made a musical around the songs from Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill. Today, the musical’s producers announced that after premiering…

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Why Rent: Live Wasn’t Actually Live by Jackson McHenry

On Sunday night, Fox had promised to air a live staging of Rent, but after a cast member was injured, the network decided to air footage from a dress rehearsal instead, up until the closing …

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Magic Mike Musical Will Strip in Boston on the Way Toward Broadway by Jackson McHenry

The movie-to-musical stage adaptations just keep, uh, coming. Today, the producers of the long-gestating Magic Mike musical — including Channing Tatum, Steven Soderbergh, Gregory Jacobs, N…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Extremely Theater News: Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon Are Doing Frankie and Johnny by Jackson McHenry

If you were looking for a good 80th birthday present, you could do worse than having Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon star in one of your plays on Broadway. That’s the gift Terrence McNa…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Riverdale Teens Will Take Time Away From Their Cults and Gangs to Do Heathers: The Musical by Jackson McHenry

After the success (well, minus that murder) of last year’s production of Carrie: The Musical, the clearly very theater-nerdy teens of Riverdale High have chosen their next big production. …

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Brush Up Your Civics, Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me Is Transferring to Broadway by Jackson McHenry

A Broadway season stuffed with plays is getting a very exciting new addition. What the Constitution Means to Me, in which playwright and star Heidi Schreck re-creates the lectures she gave o…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Ingrid Michaelson Directly Targeting Your Tear Ducts With a Notebook Musical by Jackson McHenry

A dangerous triumvirate of things capable of making you cry has united together: Ingrid Michaelson, Nicholas Sparks, and This Is Us. Michaelson has teamed up with Bekah Brunstetter, a produc…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Someone Make a TV Series About This Extravagant Musical Playing to Empty Houses in New Zealand by Jackson McHenry

In Auckland, New Zealand, a very expensive musical is not doing very well at the box office, which, to be fair, happens all the time. But according to the New Zealand Herald, this one is doi…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Dark, Sexy, Reconceived Oklahoma! to Transfer to Broadway by Jackson McHenry

That classic musical Oklahoma! is coming back to Broadway, though in a form unlike any you’ve seen before (unless you had a really cool high-school theater teacher or something). Daniel Fi…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Here’s Nicole Kidman As Gretchen Carlson With Not One But Two Handbags by Jackson McHenry

Nicole Kidman is currently filming the upcoming Roger Ailes movie that also stars Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, Margot Robbie as a producer at the news network, and presumably much hairspr…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Actress Alert: Faye Dunaway Will Play Katharine Hepburn on Broadway by Jackson McHenry

In what’s generally referred to as “intense actressing news,” Faye Dunaway will soon be playing Katharine Hepburn. Dunaway will star in a new production of Matthew Lombardo’s play ab…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Cats Fan Lucas Hedges Performs the Song of Rum Tum Tugger, the Cat Who F*cks by Jackson McHenry

Everyone in Hollywood is getting cast in the Cats movie, but not Lucas Hedges — not yet. In an interview with Stephen Colbert last night, Lady Bird’s resident theater devotee started tal…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Dear Evan Hansen Movie Is Waving Into Development by Jackson McHenry

That trademark blue polo shirt might soon be seen on the big screen. According to Deadline, Tony-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen, which follows an awkward high schooler who attempts to…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Hadestown Will Sing Its Mythic Tale on Broadway This Spring by Jackson McHenry

Once Bruce Springsteen leaves the the Walter Kerr Theatre, a different kind of legend will take his place. Hadestown, the folk-music-inflected tale of the Greek myths surrounding Orpheus and…

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How The Ferryman Wrangles Its Onstage Goose by Jackson McHenry

Among a cast of dozens playing an extended Northern Irish family, including aunts, uncles, cousins, and even babies, the breakout stars of The Ferryman may well be the animal actors. Jez But…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Kelli O’Hara on Her Emotional The King and I West End Reunion, and What She Has Learned From Anna by Jackson McHenry

Three years after Kelli O’Hara took the stage in The King and I on Broadway, American audiences will have a chance to see her Tony-winning performance as Anna Leonowens once again. On Nove…

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase Introduce Their ‘Reexamined’ Kiss Me, Kate by Jackson McHenry

Currently, this spring’s production of Kiss Me, Kate is the only musical revival announced for the 2019 Broadway season, but its stars Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase promise it won’t be t…

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Ariana Grande, Mad With Power, Has Cast Herself in All the Rom-Coms by Jackson McHenry

new best friend .... thank u, next Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 20, 2018But Grande’s not just going Blonde, as she teased on her Instagram, she’s also done re-creations of Mean…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Rachel Bloom Wants to Make an Album of ‘Dirty, Dirty’ Songs Once Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Is Over by Jackson McHenry

Once Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s supersize final season finishes airing, creator and star Rachel Bloom mostly has plans to sleep and decompress from her intensive work schedule. But as she told …

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Monday, November 12, 2018

16-Year-Old High-School Junior and Jimmy Awards Winner to Star in Dear Evan Hansen by Jackson McHenry

Those who read No. 1 theater teen competition fan site Vulture dot com might be familiar with Andrew Barth Feldman (winner of the Best Actor award at the Jimmy Awards this year) and will be …

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Laura Benanti Gave up on Starring in My Fair Lady. Then She Got the Job. by Jackson McHenry

Laura Benanti always wanted to play Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. To get there, she just had to give up on that dream first. Back when the Lincoln Center Theater’s revival was first ann…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

How Imogen Heap Conjured Her Magical Tracks for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jackson McHenry

At first, Imogen Heap wasn’t even aware that her music was being used for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In early rehearsals for the play, the show’s movement director Steven Hoggett…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Barbra Streisand ‘Really Liked’ the Few Minutes of Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born She Has Seen by Jackson McHenry

Barbra Streisand has been busy singing out her anger over Trump, so she apparently hasn’t had time to get to a multiplex and check out Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, even though she pr…

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