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Friday, January 17, 2020

Adam Driver Is an Oscar Nominee for Marriage Story; Here's His Broadway Story by Michael Appler

Adam Driver just received his second Oscar nomination. This time it's for playing Charlie in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story—one of the four major films the actor released this year. But …

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The Irishman Oscar Nominee Al Pacino Has Been on Broadway a Dozen Times by Michael Appler

Al Pacino just received his first Oscar nomination in 27 years for playing Jimmy Hoffa, and getting de-aged, in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. And while the Oscar winner’s roles in Th…

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'Get Used to Black People Being in Charge!' Inside the Revolutionary 38-Year History of A Soldier's Play by Michael Appler

When Charles Fuller won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1982 for A Soldier’s Play, he was only the second African-American playwright to do so. A Soldier’s Play, which gave Denzel Washin…

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Exclusive! Fall in Love with Jason Gotay Singing 'Something to Hold Onto' From the New Musical Between the Lines by Michael Appler

Between the Lines, a new musical based on Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer's teen novel of the same name, makes its New York premiere off-Broadway at the Tony Kiser Theatre in April. …

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Take a First Look at Jane Alexander, James Cromwell & the Company of Grand Horizons by Michael Appler

Broadway is currently getting its own marriage story. Grand Horizons, Bess Wohl's new play about a husband and wife divorcing after 50 years of marriage, opens on Thursday, January 23. The…

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They're Alive! Watch Rachel Bay Jones & Brandon Victor Dixon Perform Snippets From Next To Normal at Kennedy Center by Michael Appler

Rachel Bay Jones, Brandon Victor Dixon and the cast of the Kennedy Center's upcoming production of Next To Normal gathered for a rehearsal at the 42nd Street Studios on January 16. Jones …

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Exclusive! Swoon Over Jason Gotay Singing 'Something to Hold Onto' From the New Musical Between The Lines by Michael Appler

Between the Lines, a new musical based on Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer's teen novel of the same name, makes its New York premiere off-Broadway at the Tony Kiser Theatre in April. …

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Antonio Banderas Just Earned His First Oscar Nomination While High-Kicking in A Chorus Line by Michael Appler

Antonio Banderas earned his first Oscar nomination this year for playing a film director struggling to reckon with middle age in Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory, a role that’s likely e…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

See Tony Nominee Montego Glover & the Company of All the Natalie Portmans by Michael Appler

Why have one Natalie Portman when you can have them all? All the Natalie Portmans, a new coming-of-age comedy by playwright C.A. Johnson aboout a young, queer black woman who becomes inspi…

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Matthew Morrison Breaks Our Hearts with a 'Go the Distance' Disney Tribute by Michael Appler

Matthew Morrison, the Tony- and Emmy-nominated actor loved for his role as Will Schuester in Glee, has released the first single and video from his upcoming album, Disney Dreamin' With Ma…

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Harriet Could Earn Cynthia Erivo an Oscar, But Here's How The Color Purple Got Her a Tony, Grammy and Emmy by Michael Appler

Cynthia Erivo, who scored two Oscar nominations for her starring role in Harriet, will become the youngest and fastest EGOT winner ever if she succeeds at the Academy Awards. Erivo earned…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Phantom of the Opera's John Riddle Played Carlotta in His Bedroom, Now He's Raoul on Broadway by Michael Appler

John Riddle, The Phantom of the Opera’s newest Raoul, has been singing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s songs of love and loss for 25 years. Phantom was the first show he ever saw, he said to Beth…

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Jonathan Pryce Won a Tony For Playing a Pimp, Now He's an Oscar Nominee For Playing the Pope by Michael Appler

Jonathan Pryce was just nominated for his first Academy Award for playing Pope Francis in Netflix’s The Two Popes (Twitter must be satisfied), but the veteran British stage actor has alrea…

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Oh How We Love You: Watch Tina's Adrienne Warren Perform 'River Deep, Mountain High' on The Late Show by Michael Appler

Simply the best! Adrienne Warren shimmied her way up to the Ed Sullivan Theater on January 13 to perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Warren, who plays Tina Turner in the smash…

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Get a First Look at Laura Linney in Her Solo Drama My Name Is Lucy Barton by Michael Appler

Laura Linney, the four-time Tony nominee, is back on Broadway. This season, Linney takes on a solo drama based on Elizabeth's Strout  bestselling novel, My Name Is Lucy Barton, which is abo…

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Take a First Look at Blair Underwood, David Alan Grier & the Company of A Soldier's Play by Michael Appler

A Soldier's Play, Charles Fuller's 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a sergeant's murder and the sacrifices of being black and in uniform, opens on Broadway January 21. While Fuller b…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Watch Jimmy Fallon Tell Matthew Lopez and Kyle Soller About Crying During The Inheritance by Michael Appler

Jimmy Fallon attended the opening day of the The Inheritance on Broadway, and Matthew Lopez found him in tears after the curtain fell, the playwright said on The Tonight Show. Lopez appe…

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Cynthia Erivo, Jonathan Pryce, Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver & More Earn 2020 Oscar Nominations by Michael Appler

This year’s Oscar field is crowded with Broadway alums. Cynthia Erivo, who won a Tony Award in 2016 for her turn as Celie in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, and Adam Driver, a th…

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Cynthia Erivo, Adam Driver & More Earn 2020 Oscar Nominations by Michael Appler

This year’s Oscar field is crowded with Broadway alums. Cynthia Erivo, who won a Tony Award in 2016 for her turn as Celie in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, and Adam Driver, a th…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

How Dawnn Lewis’ Portrayal of Tina Turner's Mother in Tina Got the Approval of the Legend Herself by Michael Appler

Dawnn Lewis knows her character in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is hard to love. Lewis currently plays Zelma Bullock, Tina Turner’s mother, in the Broadway bio-musical about the rock 'n' …

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Joaquina Kalukango on Why She Needs to Go on Vacation After Slave Play by Michael Appler

Joaquina Kalukango currently stars as Kaneisha in Slave Play on Broadway, Jeremy O. Harris’ exploration of race and trauma. Slave Play’s intricate discussions about the lingering prese…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Watch Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale Dish on Medea & Raising Kids While Acting Together by Michael Appler

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale are gearing up for the first preview of their innovative stage adaptation of the Euripidean tragedy Medea. The new production at Brooklyn Academy of Music beg…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

What a Trip: See the First Photos of Harry Hadden-Paton, Carmen Cusack & Tony Yazbeck in Flying Over Sunset by Michael Appler

These must have been taken before the acid trip began. The first cast photos for the new musical Flying Over Sunset has been released. With music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Michael Korie, and …

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LisaGay Hamilton Pop & Locked in Krush Groove, Now She's Playing Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway by Michael Appler

LisaGay Hamilton and Nina Grollman in "To Kill a Mockingbird." (Photo: Julieta Cervantes) LisaGay Hamilton may be playing Calpurnia in the record-breaking To Kill a Mockingbird on Broad…

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David Byrne on the Star-Studded Audiences Who've Visited American Utopia on Broadway by Michael Appler

More than a few A-list celebrities have been flocking to David Byrne's American Utopia, the Oscar-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-winning songwriter told Seth Meyers on January 6. Amy Schumer, Je…

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Batter Up! Get a First Look at Jesse Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Patrick J. Adams in Take Me Out by Michael Appler

No Bronx cheers here. The first cast photo has been released for the upcoming Broadway revival of Richard Greenberg's Tony-winning play, Take Me Out. Jesse Williams makes his Broadway de…

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Play It Cool, Boy: Film Jet Russ Tamblyn Visits West Side Story to Meet New Broadway Cast by Michael Appler

Russ Tamblyn, remembered for his iconic portrayal of Riff in the 1961 film adaptation of West Side Story, visited the Broadway Theatre on December 23 to meet the Jets of Ivo van Hove’s ne…

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Watch Alanis Morissette Join Jagged Little Pill's Lauren Patten for a Rockin' New Year's Eve Performance by Michael Appler

You oughta know that Broadway celebrated New Year's Eve with an electric appearance from the cast of Jagged Little Pill, the jukebox musical sourced from Alanis Morissette's 1995 album of…

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Listen to LaChanze! Jagged Little Pill's Celia Rose Gooding Reveals Her Mom's Best Advice by Michael Appler

Celia Rose Gooding in "Jagged Little Pill." (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Celia Rose Gooding isn’t just Broadway’s newest star, leading Jagged Little Pill as Frankie Healy, the rebellious te…

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Samuel H. Levine on His Journey from Bus Boy to The Inheritance on Broadway by Michael Appler

Samuel H. Levine, Kyle Soller and Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance (Photos: Matthew Murphy) Samuel H. Levine is making his Broadway debut in The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez’s two-play int…

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Alex Brightman Is the 2019 Broadway.com Star of the Year! Here’s Why We’re Saying His Name Three Times by Michael Appler

Alex Brightman, Beetlejuice's beloved headliner, is the 2019 Broadway.com Star of the Year! From an elite group of 10 nominees, the fans voted for Brightman, who opened Beetlejuice as th…

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