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Monday, November 11, 2019

Tootsie to close on Broadway in January by Maureen Lee Lenker

It’s time for Santino Fontana to hang up his heels. On Monday, producers announced a closing date for Broadway’s Tootsie, the musical based on the 1982 film of the same name. The produ…

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Watch the cast of Broadway's Jagged Little Pill perform 'You Learn' in new video by Maureen Lee Lenker

Trying to swallow something like a jagged little pill? Wash it down with this exclusive video of the cast of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill performing “You Learn” through the course of…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Watch all 4 current Evan Hansens come together for stirring new rendition of 'For Forever' by Maureen Lee Lenker

All we see is Evan Hansens for forever. In an unprecedented move, the producers of Dear Evan Hansen have brought together all four of the world’s current Evan Hansens to mark the opening…

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Bernard Slade, creator of The Partridge Family, dies at 89 by Maureen Lee Lenker

Bernard Slade, the creator of The Partridge Family, has died. He was 89. Slade died on Wednesday from complications of Lewy body dementia, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A seasoned …

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Darren Criss to return to Broadway in revival of American Buffalo by Maureen Lee Lenker

From teenage dream to pursuing a cut of the American Dream… Darren Criss is poised to return to Broadway next spring in a revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, a tale of three sma…

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Monday, October 21, 2019

The Who's Tommy will return to Broadway in 2021 by Maureen Lee Lenker

The Who’s Tommy is once again inviting audiences to see it and feel it on Broadway. On Monday, producers announced plans for a revival of the iconic rock musical aimed at hitting Broadway …

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Kristin Chenoweth and Cheyenne Jackson have a Descendants family reunion with Dove Cameron by Maureen Lee Lenker

Dove Cameron had one wicked family reunion with her onscreen parents Cheyenne Jackson and Kristin Chenoweth this weekend. In an Instagram photo shared Sunday, Jackson — who portrayed Hades…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Mrs. Doubtfire Broadway musical gets full cast, opening date by Maureen Lee Lenker

Broadway is about to be hit with a run-by fruiting. On Wednesday, producers announced the full cast and a spring Broadway opening date for Mrs. Doubtfire, a musical based on the 1993 film …

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Dove Cameron and Renée Fleming shine in staid The Light in the Piazza at L.A. Opera by Maureen Lee Lenker

The Light in the Piazza occupies a strange space somewhere in between musical theatre and opera, with its sweeping, operatic score paired with a more traditionally theatrical mode of storyte…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

David Byrne on bringing American Utopia to a more 'open-minded' Broadway by Maureen Lee Lenker

While jukebox musicals may never die (at least based on the enduring popularity of titles like Jersey Boys and Mamma Mia), Broadway is also expanding its space for pop and rock musicians, in…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Joni Mitchell reunited with Cameron Crowe at the Almost Famous musical premiere by Maureen Lee Lenker

We’re guessing the cast members of the Almost Famous musical weren’t wishing for a river to skate away on when Joni Mitchell showed up at their show. The iconic folk singer made a rare p…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Devil Wears Prada musical to premiere in Chicago before Broadway run by Maureen Lee Lenker

“Everybody wants to be us,” says Miranda Priestly, the fashion magazine maven who gives The Devil Wears Prada its imposing title. And soon fans who can’t quite be Miranda will at least…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

'Skintight' is a taut examination of our obsession with youth and beauty by Maureen Lee Lenker

Skintight, now making its West Coast premiere at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse, is an acerbic, neurotic, heart-achingly funny meditation on family, love, and beauty – and how we quantify…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

J.K. Rowling sends internet into a frenzy with mysterious Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tweet by Maureen Lee Lenker

UPDATE: It turns out Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has a new tagline courtesy of J.K. Rowling — “Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places” — and new marketing artwork…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Richard Linklater adapting Sondheim musical over 20 years with Beanie Feldstein, Ben Platt by Maureen Lee Lenker

From this point on, not a day goes by when Richard Linklater isn’t thinking about Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along. That’s because the filmmaker plans to spend the next…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's one-woman show version of Fleabag is headed to movie theaters by Maureen Lee Lenker

You might want to kneel for this news. Fleabag, which began as a one-woman play and then became a hit Emmy-nominated TV series, is headed to the big screen. National Theatre Live, which regu…

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Six, the hit pop musical about Henry VIII's wives, is headed to Broadway by Maureen Lee Lenker

Don’t lose your head — a musical about Henry VIII’s six wives is headed for Broadway. Six, the musical which has drawn a cult following after successful runs in London and Chicago, is…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

How Moulin Rouge! The Musical turned a smash soundtrack into a Broadway show by Maureen Lee Lenker

A spectacular (spectacular) new musical is born with the buzzy adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s lush 2001 film Moulin Rouge, which calls on Broadway veterans Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo to rei…

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Pretty Woman: The Musical announces August closing date on Broadway by Maureen Lee Lenker

As of August 18, the street Pretty Woman: The Musical is walking down will no longer be Broadway. On Wednesday, producers announced it will play its final performance on Broadway at the Ne…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Norbert Leo Butz once missed a performance of The Last Five Years because he was arrested by Maureen Lee Lenker

There are a lot of reasons an actor might miss a theatrical performance — calling out due to illness, a death in the family, etc. But two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz once missed a pe…

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Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott on mining their 23-year friendship for new show by Maureen Lee Lenker

For theater lovers, Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott are as iconic a duo as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, PB&J, or Ethel Merman and things coming up roses. The award-winning perf…

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Tom Hiddleston will make his Broadway debut with revival of Betrayal by Maureen Lee Lenker

We’re having trouble staying Loki about this news… Tom Hiddleston, beloved for his portrayal of the mischievous Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will make his Broadway debut later …

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Broadway's The Cher Show sets closing date for August by Maureen Lee Lenker

Do you believe in Broadway after The Cher Show? You’re gonna have to because the musical, which traces the life of recording icon Cher and features her most beloved songs, has set its clo…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Vanessa Hudgens to lead reading of The Notebook musical adaptation by Maureen Lee Lenker

Vanessa Hudgens is once again finding the music in her. The former High School Musical star, who has impressed critics and audiences with her work in live TV musicals like Grease: Live and R…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Indecent is a masterful, exquisitely rendered piece of storytelling: EW review by Maureen Lee Lenker

Paula Vogel’s Indecent uses the production history of a little-known Yiddish play to get at haunting truths about the paradoxical nature of storytelling. In the world of Indecent, theater …

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Watch Catherine O'Hara visit the cast of Beetlejuice on Broadway by Maureen Lee Lenker

It looks like the cast of Beetlejuice said Catherine O’Hara’s name three times. The Schitt’s Creek actress attended the Broadway production of Beetlejuice on Saturday before intro…

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Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles trailer previews the story of the musical's unlikely journey to Broadway classic by Maureen Lee Lenker

Fiddler on the Roof is an essential part of Broadway traditions at this point — as crucial to the American songbook and stage as Oklahoma or West Side Story. And yet, for a time, it see…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Vanessa Carlton to make Broadway debut as Carole King in Beautiful by Maureen Lee Lenker

Vanessa Carlton can feel the earth move under her feet. Producers announced today that the pop singer is poised to make her Broadway debut this summer stepping behind the piano as Carole Kin…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

See Jake Gyllenhaal mash up his Spider-Man character and Broadway play by Maureen Lee Lenker

Jake Gyllenhaal has shared an Instagram video that is very “mysterio.” The actor posted a mashed-up version of the trailer for his forthcoming Broadway play Sea Wall/A Life, in which h…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Taye Diggs explains why he really didn't want to audition for Rent on Broadway by Maureen Lee Lenker

Watch the full episode of Couch Surfing streaming now on PeopleTV.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite device. The original Broadway cast of Rent found the project opened …

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Bruce Springsteen says he's written 'almost an album’s worth of material for the band' by Maureen Lee Lenker

Bruce Springsteen is no longer sick of sitting ’round here trying to write this . On Sunday night at a Netflix FYSEE event on behalf of his special Springsteen on Broadway, the Boss reveal…

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