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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

‘The Elephant Man’ playwright Bernard Pomerance dies at 76 by Mark Kennedy

The playwright best known for the Tony Award-winning play, “The Elephant Man,” has died. Bernard Pomerance was 76.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bruce Springsteen plans a series of Broadway fall concerts by Mark Kennedy

The Boss is coming to Broadway — but he's ditching the E Street Band. Bruce Springsteen said Wednesday on his website that he plans to make his Broadway debut onstage this fall at the Walt…

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Acclaimed singer and actress Barbara Cook has died at 89 by Mark Kennedy

Barbara Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway's leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died. She was 89. Cook died…

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Acclaimed singer and actress Barbara Cook dies at 89 by Mark Kennedy

Cook died early Tuesday of respiratory failure at her home in Manhattan

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Amy Schumer to star in a Steve Martin play on Broadway by Mark Kennedy

Amy Schumer and Steve Martin are teaming up for laughs — on Broadway.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Married ballet stars Tiler Peck, Robert Fairchild split by Mark Kennedy

The real-life fairy tale marriage of ballet stars Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck is over.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Without ‘Hamilton’ buzz, Tony Awards put on brave face by Mark Kennedy

Last year at the Tony Awards, a rabid interest in “Hamilton” stemmed a three-year slide in viewership. This year, there’s a new host, an old home and hope that a starry list of celebri…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Kevin Spacey tight-lipped about his plans as host of Tonys by Mark Kennedy and John Carucci | ap

Getting Kevin Spacey to spill the beans about his plans hosting the Tony Awards turns out to be as likely as his character on “House of Cards” renouncing blackmail and backstabbing.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Musical of ‘King Kong’ to roar on Broadway next year by Mark Kennedy

A musical version of “King Kong” is hoping to make Broadway go bananas.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

‘Harry Potter’ will make Broadway jump in spring 2018 by Mark Kennedy

The stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has become London’s theater event of the year. Now Broadway will shortly be under its spell, too.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Kevin Spacey to host the Tony Awards show by Mark Kennedy

Kevin Spacey has been picked to host this year's Tony Awards, putting the award-winning star of "House of Cards" in the unenviable position of steering a telecast surely facing a post-"Hamil…

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Kevin Spacey to host 2017 Tony Awards by Mark Kennedy

With a foot in both Broadway and Hollywood, Spacey brings glamour and acting chops to the job

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Stage version of ‘Frozen’ musical casts 2 Broadway veterans by Mark Kennedy

The upcoming stage adaptation of “Frozen” has found its sisters Anna and Elsa — they’ll be played by two Broadway veterans in Patti Murin and Cassie Levy.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Olivia Wilde to make her Broadway debut in play of ‘1984’ by Mark Kennedy

A new stage adaptation of George Orwell’s chilling dystopic novel “1984” will star Olivia Wilde, making her Broadway debut.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Kevin Kline says farce looks easy but it’s certainly not by Mark Kennedy

At a press event celebrating his return to Broadway, Kevin Kline wanted to be crystal clear on one topic: He’s not having a midlife crisis. He’s PLAYING someone who’s having a midlife …

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Off-Broadway’s ‘The Fantasticks’ to close after 21,000 shows by Mark Kennedy

The off-Broadway phenomenon “The Fantasticks” will end its record-breaking run this summer.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Broadway theaters to stay open Tuesday night despite snow by Mark Kennedy

Broadway producers have decided to keep theaters open Tuesday night for the hardy folks willing to brave the snow and sleet.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

‘You’ll Be Back’ — Brian d’Arcy James returns to ‘Hamilton’ by Mark Kennedy

The first King George III from “Hamilton” is ready to put on his crown again.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

‘Hamilton’ US tour led by actor who vows a ‘gritty’ take by Mark Kennedy

You may not particularly recall Nov. 16, but Broadway actor Michael Luwoye will never forget it.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Obama returns to Broadway to see Arthur Miller’s ‘The Price’ by Mark Kennedy

The Obamas just can’t quit Broadway.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

You can find ‘Moonlight’ star Andre Holland on Broadway by Mark Kennedy

There was someone important missing when the cast and creators of the film “Moonlight” joyfully crowded a Los Angeles-area stage last month to accept the Golden Globe for best film drama.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal helps open a new Broadway theater by Mark Kennedy

Broadway has welcomed a new theater with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Play of George Orwell’s ‘1984’ coming to Broadway this year by Mark Kennedy

A new British stage adaptation of George Orwell’s chilling dystopic novel “1984” is coming to an America where issues of “newspeak” and surveillance are quite relevant.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

‘Aladdin’ star James Monroe Iglehart switches to ‘Hamilton’ by Mark Kennedy

Tony Award-winner James Monroe Iglehart is trading in his genie bottle for a place in American history onstage.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Benefit to fight pulmonary fibrosis draws Stephanie J. Block by Mark Kennedy

Stephanie J. Block, Mandy Gonzalez, Mario Cantone, Robert Creighton and Randy Graff will lend their voices to the fight against the lung-scarring disease pulmonary fibrosis.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hillary Clinton cheered at Broadway’s ‘The Color Purple’ by Mark Kennedy

“The Color Purple” had a special guest in the audience as it bid farewell to Broadway — Hillary Clinton.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Joshua Henry leads ‘Hamilton’ national tour in San Francisco by Mark Kennedy

Tony Award-nominee Joshua Henry, who has been playing Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of “Hamilton,” will take his character on the road in the show’s first national tour.

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Sing-alongs, celebrities and more on tap for 2nd BroadwayCon by Mark Kennedy

The first-ever convention for Broadway fans was nearing the end of its first of three days in New York last January when snow began falling.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Colorado Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ wins audience prize by Mark Kennedy

Colorado Ballet’s version of “The Nutcracker” has won the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, beating more than 80 other “Nutcracker”-themed productions to be named an audience fav…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

‘Hairspray’ Tony Award-winner Dick Latessa dies at 87 by Mark Kennedy

A veteran Broadway actor who was in the original productions of “Follies,” ‘’Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “The Will Rogers Follies” and who won a Tony Award playing Harvey Fiers…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

‘SNL’ vet included in new ‘Hamilton’ cast for Broadway by Mark Kennedy

Former “Saturday Night Live” star Taran Killam will be getting plenty of live performances next year — he’s joining the Broadway company of “Hamilton.”

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