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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Broadway and West End star Marin Mazzie dies by Mark Kennedy

Actress and soprano Marin Mazzie, a three-time Tony Award nominee known for powerhouse Broadway performances in "Ragtime," ''Passion" and "Kiss Me, Kate," has died following a three-year bat…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Neil Simon dies at 91: Gentle humor was the lifeblood of playwright by Mark Kennedy

When master playwright Neil Simon accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2006, he was visibly nervous. But his gentle humor was evident.

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Neil Simon, Broadway’s master of comedy, dies at 91 by Mark Kennedy

Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Couple,” ‘’Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy dominated Broadway for deca…

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Gary Beach, who won a Tony in ‘The Producers,’ dies at 70 by Mark Kennedy

Gary Beach, a Broadway and TV veteran whose portrayal of a truly terrible theater director in Mel Brooks’ monster hit “The Producers” won him a Tony Award in 2001, has died, according …

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Bruce Springsteen's Broadway show to be seen on Netflix by Mark Kennedy

Put away your wallet — you won't have to pay hundreds of dollars to see Bruce Springsteen's Broadway show. Netflix announced Wednesday that it will broadcast The Boss' one-man show on Dec.…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

‘Supergirl’ Melissa Benoist heads to Broadway in ‘Beautiful’ by Mark Kennedy

The cast of the Carole King musical on Broadway is getting a super addition.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Mean Girls, SpongeBob lead Tony Award nominations with 12 nods each by Mark Kennedy

Mean Girls is an adaptation of Tina Fey’s much-beloved 2004 high school comedy movie and SpongeBob SquarePants is the goofy undersea adaptation from the cartoon.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Actor and writer Tracy Letts ‘having the time of my life’ by Mark Kennedy

If you want to get Tracy Letts in your movie, you’d better proofread the script.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

For live 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' NBC turns to a Legend by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Most Easter Sundays, you can find John Legend at home, helping cook a big dinner for family and friends. Except this Easter. He'll be a little busy - being J…

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

No laughing matter: When exactly did clowns become scary? by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- His nose was round and bright red, his face as white as a sheet. His mouth was surrounded by an exaggerated smear of red makeup and his arched eyebrows hung ridiculou…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tony-winner Sammy Williams from 'A Chorus Line' dies at 69 by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sammy Williams, who won a Tony Award in the original Broadway production of "A Chorus Line," has died. He was 69....

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber, turning 70, looks back and forward by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Andrew Lloyd Webber's 70th birthday is coming up and it turns out there is something the composer really wants on his special day. More work....

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Harvey Schmidt who co-created 'The Fantasticks,' dies at 88 by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Harvey Schmidt, the composer of "The Fantasticks," which made its debut when Dwight D. Eisenhower was still president and became the longest running…

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Harvey Schmidt, who co-created 'The Fantasticks,' dies at 88 by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- The composer of "The Fantasticks," the longest running musical in history, has died. Harvey Schmidt was 88....

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Review: 'Red Sparrow' with Jennifer Lawrence never takes off by Mark Kennedy

In the James Bond films, sex with a globe-trotting spy seems to be fun, fun, fun. A martini, a tuxedo, a witty line or two and then it's off to a luxurious bed with two tanned, musc…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Actor and writer Tracy Letts 'having the time of my life' by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- If you want to get Tracy Letts in your movie - and that might be a good idea since he has two up for best picture at the Oscars - you'd better proofread the …

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

'Scorpion' actress Katharine McPhee heading to Broadway by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Actress Katharine McPhee has already played someone who stars in a Broadway show. Now she's really going to do it herself....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review: 'Nostalgia' is an unrushed poem with a great cast by Mark Kennedy

One of the first images in the film "Nostalgia" is of an heirloom necklace dangling on the neck of a diner waitress. One of the last images is of a massive puffy cloud, eve…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Betty Buckley to lead US national tour of 'Hello, Dolly!' by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Betty Buckley, the Tony Award-winning actress who belted out "Memories" in "Cats" on Broadway and starred in "Eight Is En…

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Theater veteran and 'Mad About You' actor Louis Zorich dies by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tony Award-nominated actor Louis Zorich, who played a grumpy Greek diner owner in "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and the father of Paul Reiser&apo…

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Producers guild unveils anti-sexual harassment guidelines by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Producers Guild of America has ratified guidelines for combating sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, requesting that every film and TV production off…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Doreen Tracey, an original Disney Mouseketeer, dies at 74 by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Doreen Tracey, a former child star who played one of the original cute-as-a-button Mouseketeers on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, has died, a…

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Box office records made as Broadway says goodbye to 2017 by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- The year on Broadway came to a very sparkly end for theater producers as many shows recorded their most profitable weeks ever despite theater-goers facing bitter cold…

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Box office records made as Broadway says goodbye to 2017 by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- The year on Broadway has come to a very sparkly end for theater producers as many shows recorded their most profitable weeks ever despite theater-goers facing bitter …

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

American Ballet Theatre dancer resigns amid investigation by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Marcelo Gomes, a high-profile principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, has resigned amid an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct eight years …

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Bruce Springsteen extends his Broadway concerts into June by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Boss isn't leaving Broadway any time soon - he's extended his stay again, this time until summer....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

BroadwayHD to offer West End plays and musicals by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- The digital theater streaming network BroadwayHD is growing bigger than its name. It will soon be the first to stream hits from London's West End....

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

'Monk' star Tony Shalhoub's 'irresistible' Broadway musical by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's always a little startling to hear Tony Shalhoub talk in his regular voice. After all, he spends so much time onstage and onscreen trying on other people…

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

The swift unraveling of Kevin Spacey _ in less than a week by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- It took less than a week for two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey to go from admired stage, TV and film star to a pariah, under investigation by the police and fired fr…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

'House of Cards' filming suspended; new Spacey allegations by Lynn Elber and Mark Kennedy

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hollywood's widening sexual harassment crisis brought forth a second actor's allegation against Kevin Spacey on Tuesday, halted production on his…

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'House of Cards' filming suspended amid Spacey allegation by Lynn Elber and Mark Kennedy

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The suspension of filming on "House of Cards" Tuesday in response to allegations that star Kevin Spacey made sexual advances on a teen boy is a r…

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