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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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Monday, April 29, 2019

You can now watch Alien: The Play — Sigourney Weaver even introduced the high school production by Maureen Lee Lenker

This news is so good it’s likely to make your chest burst. The viral sensation Alien: The Play, an unofficial adaptation of the 1979 film Alien, can now be viewed in-full thanks to a v…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Hear Sara Bareilles' first demo of 'She Used to Be Mine' from Waitress by Maureen Lee Lenker

It might take sugar, butter, and flour to make a perfect pie, but it took a lot more, including Sara Bareilles’ songwriting chops, to get to three years on Broadway. Waitress is celebratin…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Falsettos loses some of its luster but still packs a punch on tour: EW review by Maureen Lee Lenker

Since its Broadway debut in 1992, Falsettos has been hailed as a moving love story and a profound exploration of masculinity and sexuality. The 2016 Broadway revival continued to garner grea…

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge taking Sea Wall/A Life to Broadway this summer by Maureen Lee Lenker

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge are headed to Broadway. Producers announced on Thursday that the duo will take the critically-acclaimed production of Sea Wall/A Life, which played to sol…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

How Be More Chill became the online phenomenon everyone's tweeting about by Maureen Lee Lenker

What if going viral could get you to Broadway? Based on a novel by Ned Vizzini, with music and lyrics from Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz, Be More Chill, which opened on Broadway March 1…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Off Script: Darren Criss Talks Tweaking 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' for L.A. Audiences by Maureen Lee Lenker

"I like hiking — I realize that’s such an L.A. cliché," he says of reprising his Broadway role at the Pantages Theatre, opening Wednesday (which "is actually the worst time to go.")read…

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Los Angeles Stages Hit with Trio of Lesser-Known Tennessee Williams Shows by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER Williams could arguably be dubbed an American Shakespeare — a playwright who, in capturing a singular vision of the mid-twentieth century American South, also con…

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Beneath the Punk Veneer: Four Chords and a Gun by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER Johnny and June Carter Cash in Walk the Line to The Four Seasons in Jersey Boys, the musical biography is familiar fodder for storytelling. As neither screenplay no…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

[INTERVIEW] Making a Disruption with Mary Anna King by Maureen Lee Lenker

interview by MAUREEN LEE LENKER Disrupted, currently making its world premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, is the first play from writer and memoirist Mary Anna King. King is the auth…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I Only Have Eyes For You: On Al Dubin and Bringing the Golden Age Back to Hollywood by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER "Come on along and listen to, the lullaby of Broadway…" man who wrote these words, lyricist Al Dubin, was himself tempted by the lullaby of Broadway — cutting …

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Lunatics & Actors, and a Swan Song for Clowns by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER “What is the identity of an actor? Is an actor a charlatan and a fraud? Is an actor an important member of our cultural society? Is an actor, in fact, a truth-teller…

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Dry Land Finds Authenticity the Voices of Young Women by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER Connor Kelly-Eiding volunteers with an organization called L.A. For Choice, where she serves as an escort at women’s health clinics, acting as a buffer between fe…

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Friday, March 18, 2016

The Tin Can Brothers Premiere Musical Comedy Spy Spoof, Spies are Forever by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER are Forever, now playing at the NoHo Arts Center, takes James Bond and the world of espionage as ingredients for a molotov cocktail of parody and hilarity. The musica…

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Stories of Progress and Racial Equality Allowed to Fly, Soar at Pasadena Playhouse by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER , now making its West Coast premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse, tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen — the first African-American Army Air Corps fighters — who…

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Friday, December 11, 2015

A Panto at the Playhouse: British Christmas Traditions in Pasadena by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning… holiday season, Peter Pan’s directions to Neverland will lead families to the Pasadena Playhouse. Follow…

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Artists Hope to Inspire Climate Change Action by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER Harry Belafonte to Jennifer Lawrence, artists are frequently agitators for social change. The arts allow audiences to encounter complex problems in a narrative sett…

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Something is Funny in the State of Denmark by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER . Vengeance. Lunacy. Clowns? Hamlet is a hotter property than ever (thank you, Benedict Cumberbatch!), and Los Angeles is privy to a new take on the text as the mela…

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Deaf West’s Spring Awakening: From 99-Seat to Broadway by Maureen Lee Lenker

by MAUREEN LEE LENKER . Insane. Ridiculous." That’s how Cody Lassen, producer of Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, describes the past year — a journey which has included a production tr…

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