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Monday, September 27, 2021

‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ sashays home with 10 Tony Awards by Mark Kennedy

The show was expanded to four hours, with Audra McDonald handing out Tonys for the first half and Leslie Odom Jr. hosting a "Broadway’s Back!" celebration for the second half.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:23AM

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” sashays home with 10 Tony Awards by Mark Kennedy

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, won the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday night when Broadway looked bac…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 12:18AM
Sunday, September 26, 2021

‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ sashays home with 10 Tony Awards by Mark Kennedy

"Moulin Rouge," the show set in a turn-of-the-century Paris nightclub, features songs “Single Ladies” and “Firework” alongside the big hit “Lady Marmalade." Its producer sharing th…

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 03:00AM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Broadway reopens after pandemic shutdown with three blockbusters: ‘The Lion King’, ‘Hamilton’, ‘Wicked’ by Mark Kennedy

Eighteen months after the global pandemic shuttered live theater in March 2020, Broadway takes a step forward Tuesday when “The Lion King,” “Hamilton” and “Wicked” open with new …

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 07:57PM

Reopening of 3 powerhouse Broadway shows signals new dawn by Mark Kennedy

Tuesday's reopening of three powerhouse shows — “The Lion King,” "Hamilton" and “Wicked” — feels like the real reopening of Broadway after New York's live theater scene was close…

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 11:17AM
Monday, September 13, 2021

Tony Awards land hosts Leslie Odom Jr. and Audra McDonald by Mark Kennedy

The long-delayed Tony Awards have landed two impressive master of ceremonies — Tony- and Grammy-winning singer and actor Leslie Odom Jr. will host a splashy TV special and the awards will …

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 10:02AM
Friday, August 27, 2021

Broadway theaters attack virus: ‘This is absolutely doable’ by Mark Kennedy

Examining every aspect of their productions has led New York's theaters to everything from touchless bathroom facilities to scrapping the tradition of actors signing autographs after shows.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 10:33AM
Friday, August 6, 2021

Lisa Loeb and fellow Brown University alumni musicalize 2020 by Mark Kennedy

Musician Lisa Loeb logged onto a Zoom of former Brown musical theater students and listened as people reminisced about shows and talked about how COVID-19 had affected their plans and hopes.…

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 12:13PM
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Fractured fairy tale musical to use Britney Spears music by Mark Kennedy

The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. announced Thursday that it will stage “Once Upon a One More Time,” featuring Spears’ tunes, including “Oops!… I Did It Again,”…

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 11:35AM
Monday, May 24, 2021

‘Hadestown’ jumps ahead of pack to welcome Broadway patrons by Mark Kennedy

Producers announced Monday that tickets will go on sale June 11 for the eight-time Tony Award winning musical and that the production will resume playing the Walter Kerr Theatre weeks before…

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 10:27AM
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Concert to honor Broadway star Rebecca Luker, fight ALS by Mark Kennedy

Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Benanti, Sierra Boggess, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Santino Fontana, Judy Kuhn, Howard McGillin, Norm Lewis, Kelli O’Hara and Sally Wilfert will perform in …

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 11:23AM
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Florence Welch throws her hat into the musical theater ring by Mark Kennedy

The Grammy-nominated leader of Florence + The Machine is supplying the lyrics and co-writing music for a stage musical adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” it was announced Wednesday. No ca…

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 09:51AM
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin will ‘step back’ after allegations of bullying by Mark Kennedy

The move comes more than a week after The Hollywood Reporter’s cover story on Rudin contained accounts of the producing heavyweight throwing glass bowls, staples and baked potatoes at form…

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 11:54AM
Sunday, April 11, 2021

After Scott Rudin bullying exposé, there are mostly crickets by Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr and Mark Kennedy

How have Hollywood and Broadway responded to an exposé detailing routine abuse and bullying by producer Scott Rudin? Mostly, with crickets.

SOURCE: apnews.com at 09:00AM
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Meryl Streep, Mary-Louise Parker to star in virtual spring plays by Mark Kennedy

The series kicks off Thursday with “The Thanksgiving Play” by Larissa FastHorse, directed by Leigh Silverman starring Reeves, Bobby Cannavale, Heidi Schreck and Alia Shawkat.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 03:11PM
Friday, January 8, 2021

Sidelined ‘Mean Girls’ musical won’t reopen on Broadway by Mark Kennedy

Sidelined ‘Mean Girls’ musical won’t reopen on Broadway

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 07:23AM
Monday, December 14, 2020

Tony-winning choreographer, actress Ann Reinking dies at 71 by Mark Kennedy

Ann Reinking, the Tony Award-winning choreographer, actress and Bob Fosse collaborator who helped spread a cool, muscular hybrid of jazz and burlesque movement to Broadway and beyond, has di…

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 07:31PM
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to march on despite pandemic by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) — Jawan M. Jackson recently got to do something he’s been yearning to do for months — sing and dance again with his Broadway cast. Jackson is one of the stars of “Ain…

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 10:57AM
Friday, October 30, 2020

Andrew Lloyd Webber releases first song from ‘Cinderella’ by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Lloyd Webber is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of his “Jesus Christ Superstar” album with the first single from his latest musical, “Cinderell…

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 03:30PM
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Theater world to unite for get-out-the-vote event on Oct. 29 by Mark Kennedy

The hourlong, nonpartisan “Act Out: Vote 2020” will be performed by Yvette Nicole Brown, Ryan J. Haddad, Brian Tyree Henry, Lloyd Knight, Sandra Oh and Ephraim Skyes.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 10:50AM
Friday, October 9, 2020

Broadway shutdown due to virus extended again until May 30 by Mark Kennedy

Although an exact date for various performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through May 30.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 09:43AM
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Chita Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Lin-Manuel Miranda to star in digital benefit show by Mark Kennedy

“Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices” will be held online Oct. 1 and will be hosted by Andréa Burns. It will be directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 10:40AM
Friday, August 21, 2020

Tony Awards for shortened Broadway season will go digital by Mark Kennedy

Tony Award Productions said Friday that the celebration of live theatre will be digital but offered no date or streaming platform.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:03PM
Sunday, July 5, 2020

Broadway veteran Nick Cordero dies from virus complications by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero, who specialized in playing tough guys on Broadway in such shows as “Waitress,” “A Bronx Tale” and “Bullets Over Broadway,…

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:29PM
Monday, June 29, 2020

Broadway shutdown due to virus extended again until January by Mark Kennedy

The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again — until at least early January. Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offe…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:16PM

Broadway shutdown due to coronavirus extended again until January by Mark Kennedy

Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Jan. 3.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:11PM

Broadway shutdown due to virus extended again until January by Mark Kennedy

Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Jan. 3.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 11:33AM
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Theater master classes for youth attract Broadway talent by Mark Kennedy

Joining the Oscar- and Tony-winners for virtual tutorials are Tony award-winning Broadway director Jerry Zaks and Tony-nominee Judy Kuhn. Broadway director Stephen Brackett, composer Joe Ico…

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 12:58PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84 by Mark Kennedy

Kramer’s husband, David Webster, told The New York Times that Kramer died of pneumonia on Wednesday.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:33PM

Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84 by Mark Kennedy

Larry Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, has died …

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:06PM
Friday, May 15, 2020

‘Frozen’ musical on Broadway not to reopen by Mark Kennedy

The Disney show opened in March 2018 and placed among the top five Broadway productions for both gross and attendance over both years it ran, often pulling in over $1 million, and even $2 mi…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:16PM

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