All stories by Mark Kennedy on BroadwayStars

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Broadway giant Hal Prince dead at 91 by Mark Kennedy

As a producer, he helped created Damn Yankees, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Fiddler on the Roof. He became a director and helped shape Cabaret, Company…

Linked From Toronto Star at 12:43PM

Towering Broadway director and producer Hal Prince dead by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) — Harold Prince, a Broadway director and producer who pushed the boundaries of musical theater with such groundbreaking shows as “The Phantom of the Opera,” ”Cabaret,…

Linked From www.seattletimes.com at 11:38AM
Sunday, June 9, 2019

Tony Awards 2019: “Hadestown” leads awards, nets rare female director trophy by Mark Kennedy

The arty and original "Hadestown" was leading the Tony Awards with six wins, including a rare win for a woman director of a musical, while Ali Stroker made history as the first actor in a wh…

Linked From Denver Post at 11:48PM
Friday, June 7, 2019

Tony Awards host James Corden hopes audience will find 'joy' by John Carucci and Mark Kennedy

TV talk show host James Corden steps back into the role of Tony Award host Sunday, not planning anything too political and not worried about any online snark. "I hope people will find joy in…

Linked From Chicago Tribune Subscription at 01:10PM

Tony Awards host James Corden hopes audience will find ‘joy’ by Mark Kennedy and John Carucci

NEW YORK (AP) — TV talk show host James Corden steps back into the role of Tony Award host Sunday, not planning anything too political and not worried about any online snark. “I hope peo…

Linked From www.seattletimes.com at 11:59AM
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

“Hadestown” leads Tony Award nominations with 14 nods by Mark Kennedy

"Hadestown," singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell's Broadway debut, earned a leading 14 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, followed by the jukebox musical "Ain't Too Proud," built around songs by …

Linked From Denver Post at 11:54AM

‘Hadestown’ leads Tony Award nominations with 14 nods by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) — “Hadestown,” singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s Broadway debut, earned a leading 14 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, followed by the jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Pr…

Linked From www.seattletimes.com at 01:04AM
Monday, April 1, 2019

John Leguizamo to tour with his ‘Latin History for Morons’ by Mark Kennedy

John Leguizamo is taking his irreverent one-man comedy show about Latin history on the road for a 12-state tour

Linked From Washington Post at 08:04AM
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

‘Ya Got Trouble’ — Hugh Jackman heading back to Broadway by Mark Kennedy

Hugh Jackman is coming back to Broadway as a classic roguish traveling salesman in a revival of ‘The Music Man’

Linked From Washington Post at 10:07AM
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Why small US theaters have canceled ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Mark Kennedy

Dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. have been forced to abandon productions of “To Kill a Mockingbird” under legal threat

Linked From Washington Post at 12:24PM
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Historians say smash hit musical Hamilton out of tune with its portrait of U.S. founding father by Mark Kennedy

Many academics argue the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the star of U.S. $10 bills, is a counterfeit. Now they’re escalating their fight against the musical.

Linked From Toronto Star at 12:00AM
Monday, February 4, 2019

Historians irked by musical 'Hamilton' escalate their duel by Mark Kennedy

Ever since the historical musical "Hamilton" began its march to near-universal infatuation, one group has noticeably withheld its applause — historians. Many academics argue the portrait o…

Linked From Chicago Tribune Subscription at 05:24PM

Historians irked by musical ‘Hamilton’ escalate their duel by Mark Kennedy

Historians argue that Lin-Manuel Miranda got Alexander Hamilton all wrong — the Founding Father was a slave owner and an anti-immigration elitist who made war on Native Americans. Now, a n…

Linked From www.seattletimes.com at 01:18PM
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Audra McDonald heading back to Broadway to star in romance by Mark Kennedy

Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald is heading back to Broadway to be a waitress — but not in “Waitress.”

Linked From Washington Post at 05:42PM
Monday, January 7, 2019

Broadway actors’ union strikes over developmental labs by Mark Kennedy

The labor union representing theatrical performers is demanding that its members no longer participate in any developmental stage work with commercial producers

Linked From Washington Post at 02:24PM
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Box office records break as Broadway says goodbye to 2018 by Mark Kennedy

Broadway producers had plenty of reasons to pop the bubbly as 2018 wound down, with many shows recorded their most profitable weeks despite some eye-popping ticket prices

Linked From Washington Post at 06:42PM
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…

Linked From Chicago Tribune Subscription at 03:42PM
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.

Linked From Denver Post at 10:06PM

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…

Linked From Washington Post at 12:42PM
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 …

Linked From Washington Post at 06:36PM

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.…

Linked From Chicago Tribune Subscription at 01:35PM
Sunday, June 10, 2018

“The Band’s Visit” dances away with a leading 10 Tony Awards by Mark Kennedy

The American, grown-up musical "The Band's Visit" outmuscled the acclaimed and sprawling British import "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" for the most Tony Awards on Sunday, capturing 10 s…

Linked From Denver Post at 11:51PM
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Patricia Morison, the original 'Kiss Me, Kate' star, dies at 103 by The Associated Press, Mark Kennedy and Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press

Patricia Morison, who starred on Broadway in 'Kiss Me Kate' and opposite Yul Brynner in "The King and I,' and appeared in films alongside Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepb…

Linked From USA Today at 07:23PM
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.

Linked From Washington Post at 11:18AM
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.

Linked From Toronto Star at 09:55AM
Friday, April 20, 2018

Julian Lennon's environmental books hope to 'empower' kids by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- For Earth Day, Julian Lennon hopes to lay the foundation for a whole new crop of environmentalists. He just has to wait a decade or two before they bloom....

Linked From Associated Press at 10:38AM

Bette Midler to return to 'Hello, Dolly' for a summer run by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bette Midler is not quite ready to say goodbye to her Dolly....

Linked From Associated Press at 12:06AM
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer win hailed as 'big for music' by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- The decision to award rapper Kendrick Lamar the Pulitzer Prize for music represents a historic moment for hip-hop and American music, according to two of the music ju…

Linked From Associated Press at 06:26PM

Newscaster Carl Kasell of NPR's 'Morning Edition' dies at 84 by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Newscaster Carl Kasell, a signature voice of NPR who brought his gravitas to "Morning Edition" and later his wit to "Wait, Wait ... Don&…

Linked From Associated Press at 05:23PM
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…

Linked From Associated Press at 10:35AM
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…

Linked From Associated Press at 09:15AM

All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06: Slave Play
Feb 01: The Minutes
TBA: Blue