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Sunday, May 15, 2022

FOUNDERING ‘PARADISE SQUARE’ GHOSTED GROUP SALES CHIEF, LAWSUIT SAYS by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Paradise Square has had a bumpy road to Eden. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, the second-highest total of the season, it was Broadway’s worst-selling musical in the week ending o…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 06:04PM
Monday, May 9, 2022

TONY NOMINATIONS: WILL ‘SIX’ OR ‘MJ’ RAIN ON ‘STRANGE LOOP’S PARADE? by Philip Boroff

Two musicals in the past half-century have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama before they were up for Tony Awards:  Rent in 1996 and Hamilton in 2016. Both went on to win the Tony fo…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 05:58PM
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

‘MUSIC MAN,’ ‘PLAZA SUITE’ SHINE IN BROADWAY GROSSES REVIVAL by Philip Boroff

For the first time in two years, the Broadway League publicly reported grosses for each show. Although the industry and the world have changed in the interim, one thing hasn’t: stars sell …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 07:58PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

BROADWAY NONPROFIT COFFERS SWELLED DURING SHUTDOWN (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

What started as an existential crisis for Broadway’s nonprofit producers turned into an unexpected windfall. Thanks to a resurgent but fickle stock market, insurance payouts, cost-cutting …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 02:01PM
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

JACKSON ESTATE WILL BE THERE FOR OUTSIZED ‘MJ’ PROFITS (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

If MJ  The Musical becomes a box office sensation, Paris Jackson, Bigi Jackson, Prince Jackson and the executors of their father’s estate stand to enjoy an unusual windfall. Typically, h…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:04PM
Friday, January 28, 2022

PANDEMIC PUMMELS AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

The self-described “world’s No. 1 live theater company” has taken a drubbing. The parent company of U.K.-based Ambassador Theatre Group reported a pretax loss of $202 million for the 1…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 04:36PM
Saturday, November 27, 2021

WITH SONDHEIM’S DEATH, ‘COMPANY’ HAS LINK TO ‘RENT’ by Philip Boroff

Stephen Sondheim’s death on Friday morning — an unexpected loss to the people in his life and to musical theater — attaches a new significance to the third Broadway revival of 1970’s…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 05:57PM
Friday, November 19, 2021

‘HAMILTON’ PRODUCER RETURNS TO ROOTS WITH ‘BLACK NO MORE’ AT THE NEW GROUP by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: Seven years after Hamilton began previews at the Public Theater and gave the business of Broadway and touring a shot in the arm, its lead producer, Jeffrey Seller, is following a …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:25PM
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

PANIC OR PRUDENCE? INSIDE THE EQUITY-LEAGUE SUMMER STOCK DRAMA (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

March 2020 ushered in a three-ring crisis for the Equity-League Health Trust Fund, the healthcare plan for theater actors and stage managers. As the industry shut down indefinitely in respo…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:22PM

EQUITY-LEAGUE FUND’S STATEMENT TO BROADWAY JOURNAL by Philip Boroff

The following is the complete statement from the Equity-league Health Trust Fund, attributed to its trustees, in response to questions from Broadway Journal. A spokesman emailed it in August…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 02:22PM
Monday, September 27, 2021

‘MOULIN ROUGE!’ TAKES 10 TONYS, FIRST BIG-BUDGET BEST MUSICAL WINNER IN 12 YEARS by Philip Boroff

More than two years after opening on Broadway, Moulin Rouge! won 10 Tony Awards and became the first big-budget best musical winner since 2009. The pandemic-delayed ceremony celebrated the …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:21AM
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

RUDIN ANGLES TO RETAIN ‘MORMON’ PROFITS AS LAWSUITS FLOURISH (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

Five months after announcing that he would “step back from active participation” on his Broadway shows, producer Scott Rudin is still negotiating the terms of his exit from his biggest …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 04:37PM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

SONIA FRIEDMAN CONFIRMS BEANIE FELDSTEIN FOR ‘FUNNY GIRL’ by Philip Boroff

The producers of the first Broadway revival of Funny Girl,  planned for the spring of 2022, confirmed that Beanie Feldstein has been cast to play Fanny Brice, the role that made Barbra Stre…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:50PM
Monday, August 9, 2021

WILL ‘FUNNY GIRL’ REIGN OVER BROADWAY’S REVIVAL PARADE? by Philip Boroff

Broadway producers are people who need people — especially courageous people willing to congregate indoors during a pandemic. And maybe even get excited about a new take on a classic music…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 12:01AM
Friday, July 30, 2021

BROADWAY LEAGUE SAYS AUDIENCES MUST BE VACCINATED by Philip Boroff

The Broadway League said it will require audiences show proof of vaccination and wear masks except in designated areas for eating and drinking. The mandate by the trade association of theate…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 11:31AM
Thursday, July 29, 2021

ACTORS’ EQUITY, BROADWAY LEAGUE REQUIRE VACCINATIONS FOR EMPLOYEES, NOT AUDIENCES by Philip Boroff

Actors’ Equity Association and the Broadway League mandated that actors and other employees at Broadway theaters be fully vaccinated — with a few exceptions — while unvaccinated audien…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 05:54PM
Monday, July 12, 2021

‘WEST SIDE STORY, ‘HANGMEN’ GET SBA FUNDS TO REOPEN; ‘HAMILTON’ SECURES $50 MILLION by Philip Boroff

Ivo van Hove’s video-heavy revival of West Side Story,  which was originally produced by Scott Rudin and opened a month before Broadway was shuttered, has scored a $10 million Small Busin…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 10:47PM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

‘WAITRESS’ SCORES $10 MILLION TIP FROM FEDS by Philip Boroff

Broadway is usually a risky business — but the remount of Waitress  looks like an excellent bet. Pop star Sara Bareilles, who wrote the musical’s acclaimed score, will return to the lea…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 05:29PM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

‘COMPANY’ REVIVAL MOVES UP FIRST PREVIEW TO NOV. 15 by Philip Boroff

The first post-pandemic preview of the highly anticipated revival of Company,  the groundbreaking Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical, has been rescheduled to Nov. 15, more than a month e…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 08:40AM
Friday, June 25, 2021

DANCING IN THE DARK: BROADWAY LEAGUE WON’T REPORT SPRINGSTEEN GROSSES by Philip Boroff

Bruce Springsteen’s summer engagement at the St. James Theatre will likely break Broadway records — but we may never know for sure. The Broadway League won’t report grosses for the ret…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 05:41PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

SBA TARGETS JULY 4 FOR MOST SHUTTERED VENUE GRANT DECISIONS by Philip Boroff

The U.S. Small Business Administration plans to notify about 10,000 Shuttered Venue Operators Grant applicants, or 70 percent of the total, by Independence Day, Broadway League President Cha…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 06:00PM
Friday, May 21, 2021

SPOTCO DROPS ‘LEHMAN TRILOGY’ FROM LAWSUIT AGAINST RUDIN, CLEARING PATH TO OPENING by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: The company producing The Lehman Trilogy  on Broadway has been removed from a lawsuit by the advertising agency SpotCo, simplifying the show’s return to New York after the Cov…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:07AM
Sunday, May 16, 2021

‘MORMON,’ ‘LEHMAN’ & LITIGATION: AN UPDATE ON THE BOOK OF RUDIN by Philip Boroff

As Scott Rudin steps back from the entertainment industry following reports that he abused his staff, all indications are that his once-formidable influence on Broadway is being dispersed. A…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 07:50PM
Monday, May 10, 2021

LUPONE-LED ‘COMPANY’ TO OPEN ON JAN. 9, 2022; ‘DOUBTFIRE,’ ‘COME FROM AWAY’ ALSO ANNOUNCE RETURN DATES by Philip Boroff

In comes Company  — again. Marianne Elliott’s revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s revered 1970 musical will resume previews on Dec. 20 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre ah…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 10:05AM
Sunday, May 9, 2021

SHUTTERED-VENUE PROGRAM IS FLUSH AFTER WEEK ONE (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

In a hopeful sign for performing arts organizations, music venues and theater producers seeking help to resume live, in-person programming, the federal government’s shuttered-venue subsid…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 09:41PM
Friday, May 7, 2021

‘CHICAGO,’ ‘SIX,’ ‘PHANTOM’ LIMIT PERFORMANCES ON REOPENING by Philip Boroff

Some of the first Broadway shows to return in the fall will restart gradually. Six , the pop concert musical that was poised to open when Broadway shut down in March 2020, is offering ticke…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:38PM
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

CUOMO SAYS BROADWAY CAN REOPEN AT FULL CAPACITY SEPT. 14; RECOMMENDS INDUSTRY REQUIRE VACCINATION FOR ENTRY by Philip Boroff

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today that Broadway can resume performances at 100 percent capacity on Sept. 14 and recommends that Broadway require Covid-19 vaccinations for entry to theaters. “Th…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 12:41PM
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

PRODUCERS WEIGH REDUCING PERFORMANCE WEEK FOR RESTART by Philip Boroff

As Broadway faces the unprecedented challenge of reopening after at least 18 dark months, producers have proposed cutting back the standard eight-performance week while demand for tickets ra…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 11:40AM
Sunday, April 4, 2021

GOODBYE CAR & DRIVER: EQUITY LOOSENS RULES FOR VACCINATED WORKPLACES by Philip Boroff

Actors’ Equity Association says if everyone in a theater company has been vaccinated, a show may go on without adhering to the union’s pricey pandemic protocols. “Vaccination will be a…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 11:06PM
Friday, April 2, 2021

WEAR A MASK, DITCH THE INTERMISSION: LESSONS FROM THE COVID THINK TANK TOWN HALL by Philip Boroff

The rapid rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine has increased optimism about indoor theater swiftly reopening in the U.S. Infectious disease specialists Thursday afternoon said Covid 19-testing, e…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 01:03AM
Thursday, March 18, 2021

ACTORS PAN THEIR UNION’S COVID PROTOCOLS by Philip Boroff

Actors’ Equity Association recently announced far-reaching health protocols that producers complained would prohibitively increase the cost of creating theater and delay the industry’s …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 10:47PM