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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rift Widens As Broadway Producers Threaten Action Against Casting Directors’ ‘Cartel’ And Union Supporters by Jeremy Gerard

Smarting over protests during the Tony Awards season on behalf of casting directors seeking union recognition, Broadway theater owners and producers have fired back with threats of legal act…

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‘Hello Again’ Trailer: Rumer Willis, T.R. Knight, Martha Plimpton And Audra McDonald In A Rondelay Of Passion by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a first look at Hello Again, the film adaptation by Tom Gustafson (Mariachi Gringo) of composer-lyricist Michael John LaChiusa's acclaimed 1994 musical. A new riff on…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk Re-Up For ‘The Band’s Visit’ Broadway Transfer by Jeremy Gerard

The multi-talented stars of The Band’s Visit, several of whom also play their own instruments, have re-upped for the Broadway transfer this fall, including leads Tony Shalhoub and Katr…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Oh, Donna! ‘Dolly’s Double Divas Drive 8-Show Week To $2.3M: Broadway Box Office by Jeremy Gerard

Donna Murphy began her turn as the eighth Dolly Levi last week, propelling the Bette Midler-led revival of Hello, Dolly! into the box-office stratosphere occupied almost exclusively by Hamil…

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Julie Taymor’s ‘M. Butterfly’ Revival With Clive Owen Will Alight At Broadway’s Cort Theatre by Jeremy Gerard

Clive Owen is set to star in the first Broadway revival of M. Butterfly, slated to open on Broadway at the Shubert Organization’s Cort Theatre on October 26, after previews beginning O…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Brutus, Interruptus: Protester Charges Assassination Scene In Trumpy ‘Julius Caesar’ by Jeremy Gerard

As an accomplice videotaped from the audience, a lone protester charged the stage of the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park Friday night just after a Donald Trump lookalike portraying Julius …

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Amy Schumer Close To Signing On For Steve Martin’s Broadway-Bound ‘Meteor Shower’ by Jeremy Gerard

Steve Martin‘s next Broadway venture appears to be setting the stage for pal Amy Schumer’s Broadway debut this fall, production sources confirmed to Deadline on Friday, following…

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Review: Kevin Spacey’s ‘Darrow’ At Center Court Is A Net Win by Jeremy Gerard

Kevin Spacey has an enduring passion for Clarence Darrow, the Chicago lawyer famed for defending the defenseless and the undefendable. Championing the causes of union “anarchists”…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Steven Pasquale Takes Lead In Pulitzer Winner Ayad Akhtar’s ‘Junk’ On Broadway by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Steven Pasquale (Mark Fuhrman in FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson; soon to be recurring on HBO’s Divorce) will return to Broadwa…

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Pop Star Ingrid Michaelson Joins Broadway’s ‘Great Comet’ by Jeremy Gerard

Multi-platinum recording artist Ingrid Michaelson will join the cast of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, the epic-scale musical on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre, beginning J…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A.R. Gurney Dies: ‘Love Letters’ Playwright Gently Jabbed American WASP In Decline by Jeremy Gerard

A.R. Gurney, the playwright who in such comedies as The Dining Room, The Middle Ages and Sylvia chronicled the foibles and fantasies of the well-heeled American WASPS of which he was a quint…

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Free Theaters Threatened In Fallout From ‘Julius Caesar’ As Supporters Plan Rally by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: Yesterday’s press release promoting New York Classical Theatre’s production of The Rivals, a comedy dating from 1775, promised “It is not controversy, but comedy…

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Acclaimed Tony Winner ‘Indecent’ Will Close June 25 by Jeremy Gerard

Paula Vogel’s drama Indecent, which won two Tony Awards on Sunday, announced this morning that it will close following the matinée on June 25 at the Cort Theatre after 79 performances…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Post-Tonys Fallout Begins As ‘Six Degrees’ With Corey Hawkins Sets Closing by Jeremy Gerard

The culling of shows denied a boost from the Tony Awards began this morning with the announcement that John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, directed by Trip Cullman and starring seven-tim…

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‘Julius Caesar’ Director Oskar Eustis Tells Opening-Night Crowd: “We All Own The Culture” by Jeremy Gerard

Monday night was the official opening of the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare In The Park production of Julius Caesar. But reaction to the show, which depicts Caesar and his wife as F…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Tony Fever Sparks Lively Broadway Box Office; Sara Bareilles Departs ‘Waitress’ On Lemon Chiffon High by Jeremy Gerard

Broadway showed plenty of life last week, as crowds pumped the box office during the run-up to Sunday’s 71st Tony Awards. Seven of the 35 shows running exceeded their official gross po…

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‘Julius Caesar’, Delta Airlines And ‘The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree’ by Jeremy Gerard

On Sunday afternoon, a few hours before the Tony Awards, Delta Airlines declared that the Public Theater had gone beyond the boundaries of civil discourse with its production of Shakespeare&…

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Tonys Review: Kevin Spacey Does Bill Clinton And Johnny Carson As Bette Midler Drowns Out The Band In A Low-Key Show by Jeremy Gerard

With no Hamilton to electrify the TV audience, the 71st Tony Awards tried hard to generate some excitement Sunday night with first-time host Kevin Spacey and a slew of competitive races that…

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Tony Award Winners: Best Score Goes To ‘Dear Eva Hansen’ – Live by Jeremy Gerard

Refresh For Updates Gavin Creel of Hello, Dolly! has won Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Gavin Cree…

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Deadline’s Tony Awards Live Blog by Jeremy Gerard

Will Come From Away edge out Dear Evan Hansen for this year’s Best Broadway Musical? Welcome to Deadline’s live blog of the 2017 Antoinette Perry Awards, better known as the Tony…

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Delta Air Lines Ends Sponsorship Of Public Theater Over Trump-Like Julius Caesar Assassination In Central Park by Jeremy Gerard

Delta Air Lines said today that it was terminating its sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater because a production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar “crossed the line”…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Review: A Trump-Like Julius Caesar Falls To Assassins In Central Park by Jeremy Gerard

Julius Caesar, his strawberry blonde hair teased and coiffed, a cigar in one hand as he paws his wife Calpurnia’s crotch with the other in a crude public display, swaggers about the st…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Tight Tony Races, Classy Contenders & Kevin Spacey Hosting = Must-See TV On Sunday Night by Jeremy Gerard

The 71st annual Tony Awards are Sunday night, telecast live on CBS beginning at 8 PM New York time (delayed in CA). Even if Golden State fails to nail the NBA championship tonight, Broadway …

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tony Watch: ‘Billions’ Star Condola Rashad On Marriage, Race And ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ by Jeremy Gerard

Condola Rashad’s eyes convey volumes. Any fan of Showtime’s Billions knows the camera can’t resist Assistant D.A. Kate Sacker’s peepers. But you don’t need a sc…

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Stephen Colbert And Lin-Manuel Miranda Join Tony Awards As Performers For Sunday’s CBS Live Telecast by Jeremy Gerard

CBS will take advantage of Late Show host and Broadway devotee Stephen Colbert’s ratings blitz by injecting him into the lineup of Sunday’s Tonycast, along with Lin-Manuel Miran…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Stephanie J. Block’s Freaky Flight From Elphaba To ‘Falsettos’ by Jeremy Gerard

You don’t always know the names of the working actors who make up the vertebrae of Broadway, even if you’ve scanned them in a dozen Playbills over the years. They may understudy …

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Casting Directors Plan Pre-Tony Awards Rally At Radio City Music Hall by Jeremy Gerard

With growing support from Broadway unions and individual celebrities, including Liam Neeson, casting directors and their allies will rally Thursday morning outside Radio City Music Hall, dur…

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Ahmanson Theatre Will Present ‘Crazy For You’ Revival In Pre-Broadway Run by Jeremy Gerard

Crazy For You, the Tony-winning musical that led to a revival of interest in the songs of George and Ira Gerswhin 80 years after their reign in popular music, will be produced by Center Thea…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

‘Working Girl’ Is Latest Screen-To-Broadway Hopeful, With Cyndi Lauper, Kim Rosenstock Adapting by Jeremy Gerard

Having found worldwide success with her songs for the Broadway blockbuster Kinky Boots, pop star Cyndi Lauper will turn her attention to a stage adaptation of Working Girl, the 1988 Mike Ni…

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Exclusive Podcast: From ‘Hamlet’ To ‘Groundhog Day’, Keegan-Michael Key & Andy Karl Talk Shop by Jeremy Gerard

A few days ago, Keegan-Michael Key took time off from rehearsals for director Sam Gold’s production of Hamlet at the Public Theater – in which he plays Horatio, the best friend o…

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Tony Watch: Scott Rudin On The Rally Of The ‘Dolls’, Awards Madness And ‘Pier’ Pressure by Jeremy Gerard

You may not know it, but Scott Rudin is an old-fashioned kind of guy. He believes in the sanctity of marriage, the centrality of hands-on producing and, as anyone with functioning eyes knows…

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