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Thursday, May 2, 2019

How Beauty and the Beast caught fire on Broadway 25 years ago by Marc Snetiker

Robert Jess Roth was a 27-year-old director of stage shows at Disneyland when he fantasized about much more than this provincial life. “I went to Michael Eisner with the idea of Disney do…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

For Santino Fontana, Tootsie is more than a diva's debut by Marc Snetiker

To young fans, he was the voice of villainous Prince Hans in Disney’s Frozen (though five years later, he says he’s still never been recognized). To millennials, he was the face of sarca…

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

SpongeBob Musical first look: Go inside Bikini Bottom — exclusive | EW.com by Marc Snetiker

The SpongeBob Musical is heading your way, and it’ll be hard to ignore the bubbles it will make when it hits the stage this summer for its debut, pre-Broadway run. Ahead of its June premie…

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Five Broadway tickets to snag before Tony nominations make it impossible | EW.com by Marc Snetiker

This article may only serve you well for the next few days, but it may just be the difference between access to the season’s hottest tickets and standing in line with your visiting relativ…

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Watch Emma Thompson sling human meat pies in 'Sweeney Todd' | PopWatch | EW.com by Marc Snetiker

Emma Thompson wants to murder you and cook you into a pie.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Here's why Broadway won't dim its lights for Joan Rivers | PopWatch | EW.com by Marc Snetiker

A decision by the Broadway League not to honor Joan Rivers with the traditional posthumous tribute afforded to deceased stage celebrities has the theater community up in arms on Twitter.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Firsts & Worsts: Audra McDonald recounts bad auditions, stage deaths | PopWatch | EW.com by Marc Snetiker

McDonald stopped by the EW studio to kick off our series with a set stories from her early days on the stage — including the time she learned about the ending of The King and I during the …

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Meet the new 'Book of Mormon' boys: Ben Platt and Nic Rouleau | PopWatch | EW.com by Marc Snetiker

Like the stories you’ve no doubt heard about the wildly popular, box office-busting Broadway show, tickets are one of New York’s hottest commodities, and they have been since the record-…

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Watch the new Broadway cast of 'Les Miserables' sing 'One Day More' | PopWatch | EW.com by Marc Snetiker

It’s been a hot French minute since we last talked about Les Misérables. One of the longest-running and most cherished Broadway musicals of all time was back in the spotlight in late 2012…

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

'Heathers: The Musical': What to expect from the Off Broadway show | PopWatch | EW.com by Marc Snetiker

Before Jawbreaker, Clueless, or Mean Girls, there was 1989’s Heathers, a dark cult comedy that set the standard for films about popular cliques in high school. Pre-Regina George, there wer…

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Bill Lawrence talks 'Scrubs' movie, Broadway musical plans | Inside TV | EW.com by Marc Snetiker

We caught up with Bill Lawrence to find out where his musical resurrection project stands. As it turns out, the sitcom might be scrubbing in to a Broadway theater near you by, oh, 2017 or so.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Anna Kendrick dives into 'The Last Five Years' -- FIRST LOOK | Inside Movies | EW.com by Marc Snetiker

Anna Kendrick did not expect to become Hollywood’s resident musical theater It Girl, even though she earned her first Tony Award nomination at 12 years old and made her film debut in the c…

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Andrew Rannells, Laura Benanti lead fake Russian Broadway musical | PopWatch | EW.com by Marc Snetiker

How does a community band together to protest Russia’s anti-gay legislation? A musical, of course.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

James Franco, Chris O'Dowd in B'way 'Of Mice and Men': See the poster | PopWatch | EW.com by Marc Snetiker

Surely one of this spring’s most interesting new productions on Broadway is the forthcoming revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in their…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

'The Sound of Music Live!': Take a peek at dress rehearsal -- PHOTOS | Inside TV | EW.com by Marc Snetiker

The nation is gearing up for perhaps the most important cultural event of our time: NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood as musical theater’s favorite go…

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Night with Janis Joplin, Starring Mary Bridget Davies as the Rock 'n' Roll Icon, Opens on Broadway by Marc Snetiker

The Lyceum Theatre is pumping with energy and music as A Night with Janis Joplin, starring Mary Bridget Davies as legendary rocker Janis Joplin, opens on Broadway on October 10. The show beg…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Queen Will Rock Baltimore, Jennifer Westfeldt Feels the Power in Boston and More Cross-Country Highlights by Marc Snetiker

What’s going on around the country? Broadway.com has got the scoop for you on the hottest theater offerings right now around the United States. From a spiritual newscaster in Boston to…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sierra Boggess, Lea Salonga, Clay Aiken and More Share Theater Stories in New Anthology Starry-Eyed by Marc Snetiker

Ever wanted to know what Lea Salonga sang at her first audition? Or what show inspired Alice Ripley to venture out of Ohio? Or how Sierra Boggess became a stage manager? A slew of your favor…

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Squigs Concocts a Colorful Portrait of Mary Bridget Davies in A Night with Janis Joplin by Marc Snetiker

Mary Bridget Davies, we have a feeling you’ll be hanging this one up on the dressing room wall! The latest Broadway Ink from master sketch artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson …

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Kevin Cahoon Joins the Bucks County Playhouse Company of The Rocky Horror Show as Frank-N-Furter by Marc Snetiker

Dust off those fishnets, Kevin Cahoon! The Broadway vet will star as Dr. Frank-n-Furter in director Hunter Foster’s upcoming production of The Rocky Horror Show at Pennsylvania’s…

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Learn Some Lessons in Comedy From the Cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder by Marc Snetiker

The cast of the brand new Broadway musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder met the press and performed two numbers from the sly, stylish musical comedy. Find out what they had t…

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Broadway Grosses: Betrayal Smashes the House Record in Its Debut Week, Glass Kicks Ass at the Box Office by Marc Snetiker

Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall aren’t messing around! The trio's revival of Betrayal began performances this week, and if the Broadway community wasn’t a…

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Broadway Grosses: Betrayal Has a Record-Breaking Debut Week, Glass Kicks Ass at the Box Office by Marc Snetiker

Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall aren’t messing around! The trio's revival of Betrayal began performances this week, and if the Broadway community weren’t …

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Danny Burstein and Linda Emond to Join Cabaret Revival, Starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams by Marc Snetiker

Cabaret has found its rightful Herr. Four-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein and two-time nominee Linda Emond have joined the cast of Roundabout Theatre Company’s forthcoming revival of …

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Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham and the Cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Spiff Up for the Press by Marc Snetiker

Broadway is in for one heck of a madcap musical surprise when the new comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder begins performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre on October 22. After …

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Neil Patrick Harris Gets a Blazing Taste of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Off-Broadway by Marc Snetiker

Neil Patrick Harris, meet Natasha! The forthcoming headliner of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway (and the director behind off-Broadway's upcoming Nothing to Hide) was the …

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Bloody Good! Doctor Who’s Matt Smith Will Headline American Psycho Musical in London by Marc Snetiker

American Psycho has found its leading man, and he’s a Doctor! Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith will star as bloodthirsty investment banker Patrick Bateman in the forthcoming world pre…

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Chita Rivera Eats Cake, Janis Joplin Wails & Jessica Lange Gets Witchy in This Week's Datebook by Marc Snetiker

Shhh... do you hear that? It's the sound of your calendar clearing when you finish reading this week's Datebook. How else are you going to make time for all of the theater-related ev…

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Dee Dee Bridgewater Celebrates a Jazzy Opening Night for Off-Broadway’s Lady Day by Marc Snetiker

Is there anything better than an opening night? We imagine that the answer from Tony and Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater would be “No!” as she looked like she was on top of the…

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L'Chaim! Off-Broadway's Bad Jews Returns with a Divine Opening Night Bash by Marc Snetiker

It’s official: the Bad Jews are back! The return off-Broadway engagement of last year’s acclaimed dramedy celebrated its second opening night at the Laura Pels Theatre (moving up…

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Critically Acclaimed The Glass Menagerie Adds Seven Weeks to Limited Broadway Run by Marc Snetiker

John Tiffany’s much praised new revival of the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie has announced an additional seven-week extension to its limited run at Broadway’s Bo…

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