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Monday, December 5, 2022

Lost Stephen Sondheim musical reveals insight into a giant by Mark Kennedy

A copy of what’s being called Stephen Sondheim’s first original cast recording has been found. "Phinney's Rainbow" was a student-led musical at Williams College in 1948.

SOURCE: at 10:25AM
Monday, November 7, 2022

Oscar, Tony-nominated writer-director Douglas McGrath dies by Mark Kennedy

Stage, TV and film writer-director Douglas McGrath has died at age 64. His solo off-Broadway show, "Everything's Fine," had opened last month.

SOURCE: at 01:00PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

James Rado, who co-created groundbreaking ‘Hair,’ dies at 90 by Mark Kennedy

James Rado, co-creator of the groundbreaking hippie musical “Hair,” which celebrated protest, pot and free love and paved the way for the sound of rock on Broadway, has died.

SOURCE: at 09:44AM
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Broadway theaters drop their mask mandate starting in July by Mark Kennedy

In another sign that the world of entertainment is returning to pre-pandemic normal, Broadway theaters will no longer demand audiences wear masks starting in July.

SOURCE: at 02:08PM
Monday, June 13, 2022

Pulitzer and now top Tony, ‘A Strange Loop’ makes history by Mark Kennedy

"A Strange Loop," a sexually frank work about Blackness and queerness won best new musical, as voters celebrated Broadway’s most racially diverse season.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 12:13AM
Monday, May 23, 2022

Actor Angela Lansbury to receive a special Tony Award by Mark Kennedy

The folks who hand out Tony Awards believe five is not enough for Angela Lansbury.

SOURCE: at 11:01AM
Monday, May 9, 2022

2022 Tony Award nominations: ‘A Strange Loops’ leads with 11 noms; Steppenwolf’s ‘Minutes’ for best play by Mark Kennedy

“A Strange Loop,” Michael R. Jackson’s critically cheered theater meta-journey earned a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Monday.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 09:46AM

‘A Strange Loop’ earns a leading 11 Tony Award nominations by Mark Kennedy

“A Strange Loop,” Michael R. Jackson’s drama about a Black gay man writing a show about a Black gay man is an envelope-pushing Black-written and Black-led musical.

SOURCE: at 12:45AM
Monday, April 25, 2022

Playwright Neil Simon’s papers go to Library of Congress by Mark Kennedy

Dozens of notebooks, scripts, speeches, drafts of letters, artwork and even signed baseballs owned by the late playwright Neil Simon have been donated to the Library of Congress.

SOURCE: at 08:43AM
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Tony Awards return to Radio City Music Hall in June by Mark Kennedy

In another sign that show business is snapping back to its pre-pandemic rhythm, the Tony Awards will once again take place in June and at a familiar location, Radio City Music Hall.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 04:41PM
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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