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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

'Nutcracker' Claras Grow Up To Be Rockettes by Mark Kennedy

Megan Levinson had one wish when she turned 12. She was already starring onstage as Clara in the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular," but she wanted more. "I blew out my candles and I said, '…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Garth Drabinsky musical Sousatzka to have world premiere in Toronto by Mark Kennedy

Sousatzka will begin performances on Feb. 25 at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Jack Hofsiss, Tony-winning director of ‘The Elephant Man,’ dies at 65 by Mark Kennedy

Mr. Hofsiss continued to work as a theater director after a paralyzing accident.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Acclaimed playwright Edward Albee dies at 88 by Mark Kennedy

Albee challenged theatrical convention in masterworks such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Delicate Balance

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: 'Don't Breathe' is a well-plotted, thrilling trap by Mark Kennedy

To all you Detroit-area robbery crews, we should probably warn you right away: It's just not a good idea to pick 1837 Buena Vista Street for your big - and final - score. Take our w…

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'The Color Purple' lands Jennifer Holliday on Broadway by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Broadway's revival of "The Color Purple" has lured a real dream girl - Jennifer Holliday....

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jason Sudeikis will lead stage play of 'Dead Poets Society' by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former "Saturday Night Live" star Jason Sudeikis will lead the cast of the world premiere stage adaptation of "Dead Poets Society.&quot…

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Fyvush Finkel, plastic-faced character actor, dead at 93 by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Actor Fyvush Finkel, the plastic-faced character actor whose career in stage and screen started in Yiddish theater and led to memorable roles in "Fiddler on …

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Will Chase back on Broadway in a role he helped create by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Will Chase's return to Broadway should be familiar - and it is. He's playing a role in "Something Rotten!" that he had to let go -…

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Broadway and TV star Laura Benanti expecting a baby by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- TV and Broadway star Laura Benanti is pregnant, and she and her husband are expecting a baby girl this winter....

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Review: 'Florence Foster Jenkins' never nails the right tone by Mark Kennedy

Give Meryl Streep her due: She's mastered drama and comedy, musicals and various accents. In her latest film, the multiple Oscar-winner has even crushed an unexpected skill - singin…

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Monday, August 8, 2016

'Game of Thrones' music to tour America with full orchestra by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- If you can't get to Westeros, don't fret: It's coming to a town near you next year. Or, at least the music is....

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Lorenzo Lamas to hit a New York stage in 'The Fantasticks' by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lorenzo Lamas, known for starring in such soap operas as "Falcon Crest" and "Renegade," is going into one of the longest-running s…

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Escape rooms get an upgrade into a deeper theatrical show by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- You meet in a nondescript reception room in a midtown Manhattan skyscraper. You're handed a form on a clipboard. Then the receptionist slips away and the doo…

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review: The Dead Daisies will impress rock fans with 3rd CD by Mark Kennedy

The Dead Daisies, "Make Some Noise" (Spitfire Music/SPV)...

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Review: The hairball that is 'Cats' returns to Broadway by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- During this divisive election season, there's yet another potentially fractious issue we Americans will have to deal with. We mean, of course, "Cats…

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Musical of 'The Flamingo Kid' eyeing Broadway pool in 2018 by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new stage musical based on Garry Marshall's 1984 movie, "The Flamingo Kid," is hoping to cha-cha to Broadway by 2018....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Guns N' Roses star Slash surprises 'School of Rock' cast by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- The kid band at the heart of the Broadway musical "School of Rock" got a surprise guest during rehearsal - Guns N' Roses star Slash....

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Jonathan Pryce makes 'Merchant of Venice' a family affair by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jonathan Pryce is no stranger to William Shakespeare, but one play he has refused to do is "The Merchant of Venice" - until now....

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Broadway impresario Jimmy Nederlander dies at 94 by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- The man who built the Nederlander Organization into one of the largest producers of live entertainment and a dominant national theater chain that includes nine Broadw…

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'Motown' star Allison Semmes credits show with 1st big part by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the best moments in the carefully crafted Broadway show "Motown: The Musical" is when the unpredictable happens....

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Marni Nixon, voice of classic movie songs, has died at 86 by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hollywood voice double Marni Nixon, whose singing was heard in place of the leading actresses in such classic movie musicals as "West Side Story," &…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Jake Gyllenhaal to return to Broadway in 'Burn This' in 2017 by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jake Gyllenhaal, who made his Broadway debut last year, will be returning to star in Lanford Wilson's acclaimed play "Burn This."...

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Brian Stokes Mitchell to lead 'Ragtime' on Ellis Island by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Brian Stokes Mitchell will lead a concert of the sprawling musical "Ragtime" - about the clash of cultures that created American culture - in a spec…

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Sumer campers dream up way to help Orlando nightclub victims by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- The deadly nightclub shooting in Florida has inspired Broadway stars to sing in concerts, record songs and perform a few blocks from the massacre. Now there'…

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Two more ‘Hamilton’ cast members leave Broadway production by Mark Kennedy

Meanwhile, the hit Broadway show's producers announced the cast for the upcoming Chicago production.

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Broadway star Barbara Cook recounts highs, lows in memoir by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barbara Cook has won a Tony Award, a Grammy and she's a Kennedy Center honoree. But the thing she seems most pleased about these days is her latest title - a…

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2 more 'Hamilton' principals leave; Chicago cast revealed by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two new Tony Award-winners from "Hamilton" - Daveed Diggs and Renée Elise Goldsberry - will soon leave the Broadway company, while producers unveil…

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Monday, July 11, 2016

On new CD, Cheyenne Jackson says 'This is who I truly am' by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cheyenne Jackson would like to get something off his chest: He's proudly old-fashioned when it comes to music....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Post Tony, Leslie Odom Jr. to 'pour energy into my music' by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Many theater-lovers are looking at Saturday with dread. That's the day key members of the Broadway cast of "Hamilton" play their last perfo…

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