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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Sara Gettelfinger on Her Broadway Rise, Devastating Downfall and Clear-Eyed Comeback in Water for Elephants by Paul Wontorek

In 2011, Water for Elephants star Sara Gettelfinger landed maybe the biggest break in a theater career filled with numerous highlights: a genuine leading lady turn as Morticia Addams in the…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

With His Latest Queer Turn, Gideon Glick Brings Leonard Bernstein's Boyfriend to Life in Maestro by Paul Wontorek

“I’ve made a career playing gay men,” says Gideon Glick, who boasts a resume marked by the memorable queer Broadway characters he introduced in Spring Awakening, Significant Other and…

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Vinny Sainato, Broadway Advertising Visionary, Dies at 55 by Paul Wontorek

Broadway advertising visionary Vinny Sainato, 55, died on January 8 in Ipswich, Massachusetts after a battle with cancer. As Art Director at SpotCo and Vice President of Creative Services …

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Hooray for Tommy Tune! American Dance Machine Takes On The Will Rogers Follies with Original Stars by Paul Wontorek

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21), the reboot of the legendary Broadway choreography restoration project American Dance Machine, has launched its latest video. Led by Tony …

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Jagged Little Pill Producers Address Character's Gender Identity for Broadway Restart by Paul Wontorek

After past fan confusion over the topic of the gender identity of one its lead characters, producers of the Tony-nominated musical Jagged Little Pill have announced script changes for the up…

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Jane Powell, Who Dazzled in Movie Musicals and on Broadway, Dies at 92 by Paul Wontorek

MGM movie musical icon Jane Powell died on September 16, 2021 of natural causes at her home in Wilton, CT. She was 92. After making her Hollywood debut in Song of the Open Road in 1944, Pow…

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Michael Riedel's Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway to Be Released November 10 by Paul Wontorek

Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway, Michael Riedel’s follow-up to his acclaimed bestseller Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway, is set for release. The Simon and Schuster book …

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Diana Musical to Hit Netflix Before Broadway Return, Marking Musical First for Streaming Giant by Paul Wontorek

Diana is headed to Netflix. Producers of the on-hold Broadway bio-musical about Princess Diana of Wales, unveiled plans to premiere a filmed version of the show before opening night at the …

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Christina Tippit Brown, Who Wrote for the Stage and for Stars, Dies at 94 by Paul Wontorek

Christina "Tina" Tippit Brown, writer, photographer, performer and longtime wife and collaborator of The Wiz librettist William F. Brown, died at her Westport, CT home on July 2. She was 94.…

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Rosie O'Donnell on Prepping for the Starry One-Night-Only Return of Her Show: 'I Will Have to Take a Shower!' by Paul Wontorek

From 1996 to 2002, Rosie O’Donnell ruled the daytime airwaves with The Rosie O’Donnell Show, a joyful talk show featuring A-list stars, flying Koosh balls and a healthy obsession with Ba…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Rob McClure's Nanny State: How the Mrs. Doubtfire Star Balances Broadway Fame and His Philly Family by Paul Wontorek

Rob McClure was done. After 17 years as a working Broadway actor, he finally landed in a million-dollar hit. But just as the musical Beetlejuice was topping that magical weekly gross figure,…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Why Blair Underwood is Honored to Be Working Alongside the 'Young Lions' of A Soldier's Play by Paul Wontorek

Emmy-winning actor Blair Underwood is currently playing Army captain Richard Davenport on stage, in Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer-winning work A Soldier’s Play, on Broadway for a limited ru…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Breaking Glass: How Kyle Soller Found His Way Into the Role of a Lifetime by Paul Wontorek

Kyle Soller's callback for The Inheritance was one for the books. He walked into a London audition room in late 2017 with a great desire to play Eric Glass, the lead role of the new play.�…

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Harry Connick Jr. on Playing Diners for Cheeseburgers to Celebrating Cole Porter on Broadway by Paul Wontorek

Harry Connick Jr., a dashing 21-year-old jazz musician from New Orleans, became famous overnight 30 years ago when the double-platinum 1989 soundtrack for the film When Harry Met Sally br…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Choreographer Sonya Tayeh on Expressing Impossible Love and Her Ravishing Moulin Rouge! Dancers by Paul Wontorek

Sonya Tayeh put a shot of adrenaline in the theater season with her electrifying choreography for Moulin Rouge! The deliciously over-the-top musical extravaganza marks the Broadway debut for…

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

"A Great Broadway Binge': Talking with the Stars of The Inheritance by Paul Wontorek

After much buzz following a wildly-successful London run, Matthew Lopez’s two-part play The Inheritance has finally arrived on Broadway, where it opens at the Barrymore Theatre this Sunday…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Original Grand Hotel Stars Reunite for 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration by Paul Wontorek

Grand Hotel original cast members Karen Akers, Keith Crowningshield, David Jackson, Ken Jennings, Timothy Jerome, Charles Mandracchia, Penny Worth and Walter Willison are reuniting on Novemb…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Suddenly Mj! Pose's Mj Rodriguez on Her Star Turn in Little Shop of Horrors and the Broadway Dream Role She'd 'Act a Fool In' by Paul Wontorek

Thirty-seven years after first bowing off-Broadway, suddenly Seymour, Audrey and a mean green mother of a plant and are everywhere. A new staging of Little Shop of Horrors, the classic music…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

The Stars of The Lightning Thief Musical on Why Scrappy Keeps Percy Jackson Fans Happy by Paul Wontorek

Editor's Note: All week, is highlighting the hottest shows of the fall season on Broadway. Be sure to check back every day for more original photo and video features!   Chr…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Tina Star Adrienne Warren On Bucking Up and Triumphing as Music Icon and Survivor Tina Turner by Paul Wontorek

Editor's Note: All week, is highlighting the hottest shows of the fall season on Broadway. Be sure to check back every day for more original photo and video features!   Adr…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Only Connect! Meet the Stars of Matthew Lopez's Riveting Broadway Epic The Inheritance by Paul Wontorek

Editor's Note: All week, is highlighting the hottest shows of the fall season on Broadway. Be sure to check back every day for more original photo and video features! Although…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Ryan Murphy Announces Netflix Plans for A Chorus Line Miniseries, Patti LuPone in Hollywood and More by Paul Wontorek

Hollywood mega-producer Ryan Murphy promised that he would keep bringing “Broadway shows and Broadway talent to the world” with his $300 million Netflix deal back in June an…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

To Life (Outside Your Apartment)!: 5 Top Picks for the Week of August 19 to 25 by Paul Wontorek

This week, you’ll find fantastic singers in the clubs and YouTube sensations in the flesh. Here are our top five ways to spend the week of August 19 through 25. MONDAY, AUGUST 19 HE'S …

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Tee Times, Show Times & More! 5 Must-Do Events for the Week of August 12 to 18 by Paul Wontorek

This week, you’ll find stage stars on the boards, the links, the courts and headlining the most bingeable TV show of summer. Here are our top five ways to spend the week of August 12 thro…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Uma Thurman on Her Summer Stage Adventure in Ghosts at Williamstown Theatre Festival by Paul Wontorek

Until recently, Uma Thurman had only flirted with the stage. As a teen, she headlined The Crucible at boarding school, which inspired a fruitful Hollywood career, but not one in the theat…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Hit the Town! 5 Must-Do Events for the Week of August 5 to 11 by Paul Wontorek

This week, you can see Broadway stars doing it all, all over town—sweating for the fans at Bryant Park, baring their abs at Joe’s Pub, inspiring minions at Green Room 42... All that and …

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Get Out! 5 Must-Do Events for the Week of July 29 to August 4 by Paul Wontorek

This week, some stunning stars are speaking (and singing) out for the New York chapter of the ACLU, one of the most buzzed-about playwrights brings her latest to the boards, an epic back-to-…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

William F. Brown, Tony-Nominated Book Writer of The Wiz, Dies at 91 by Paul Wontorek

William F. Brown, the Tony-nominated American writer who is best known for his libretto to the long-running Broadway musical The Wiz, died on June 23 in Westport, CT, according to his longti…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Ryan Murphy Has Big Plans for Broadway: The Tony Nominee on Bringing The Boys in the Band, The Prom and More to the World by Paul Wontorek

Ryan Murphy has big plans for Broadway. Sure, the Hollywood hit-maker was long linked to the theater world. He directed the Emmy-winning HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart …

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Ready, Set, Tony! Get to Know the Fab Five Up for Leading Actor in a Musical Tony Award by Paul Wontorek

When the Tony Awards telecast begins on Sunday, June 9, 40 nervous and excited actors will take their seats at Radio City Music Hall, hoping to win Broadway’s biggest prize. Throughout the…

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Livin' It Up: Amber Gray Goes from 'Weak Link' of the School Play to Tony-Nominated Hadestown Standout by Paul Wontorek

As Persephone, the life of the underground party in Hadestown, Amber Gray is a dazzling highlight of the romantic hit musical, which has become the toast of Broadway and the recipient of a w…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards