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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

‘REBECCA’ PRODUCER SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS OF PROBATION IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE by Philip Boroff

Ben Sprecher, who has produced shows and managed theaters in New York since the early 1980s and is best-known for a Broadway musical that collapsed before it could open, was sentenced Thursd…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 06:56PM
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

MASKED AUDIENCES, CAR & DRIVERS FOR CAST: ACTORS’ EQUITY WANTS PRICEY PROTECTIONS BEFORE MEMBERS RETURN by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: For theater actors, a car and driver is generally a perquisite reserved for bankable stars. In this pandemic, the labor union Actors’ Equity Association considers private transp…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 06:07PM
Saturday, February 27, 2021

‘BOOK OF MORMON’ BLACK ACTORS PUSH TO CHANGE PORTRAYAL OF AFRICANS (EXCLUSIVE) by Philip Boroff

If and when The Book of Mormon  resumes performances on Broadway, the take-no-prisoners musical will reconsider its mission. In a video call last summer organized by lead producer Anne Gar…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 04:04PM
Friday, February 5, 2021

INSURANCE KEEPS ‘COMPANY,’ ‘COME FROM AWAY’ ALIVE AS JUJAMCYN FIGHTS CHUBB SNUB by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: No one put more money into the highly anticipated Broadway revival of Company  than the insurance giant Chubb. The Ladies Who Lunch LLC, which transferred the Stephen Sondheim …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 12:47PM
Friday, January 8, 2021

WOMEN’S PROJECT SEEKS $30,000 PARTY PAYBACK by Philip Boroff

EXCLUSIVE: The nation’s oldest theater company specializing in nurturing women writers and directors is in a seven-month court battle to recover $30,000, a significant sum for a nonprofit…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:00PM
Monday, November 16, 2020

PRODUCERS WANT UNION CONCESSIONS BEFORE RE-REOPENING: BROADWAY LEAGUE by Philip Boroff

Broadway seeks givebacks from the industry’s unions before performances resume, the head of the trade group that represents producers and theater owners told an online industry conference …

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 07:30PM
Sunday, November 15, 2020

DISNEY’S SCHUMACHER SEES SLOW RETURN OF AUDIENCES & TICKET PRICES by Philip Boroff

Speaking at an industry video conference Saturday, Broadway League Chairman Thomas Schumacher said that restarting Broadway after the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic will be gradual and depen…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 06:51PM
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

BROADWAY’S REOPENING GETS A SHOT IN THE ARM by Philip Boroff

A Covid-19 vaccine was said to be highly effective in a large trial, heightening the possibility that Broadway can restart next year. On Monday, Pfizer Inc. and German partner BioNTech said…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:04PM
Sunday, November 1, 2020

BAY STREET THEATER PLANS SAG HARBOR COMPLEX by Philip Boroff

While performing arts spaces in the region remain largely shuttered because of Covid-19, Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater said that it plans to build a permanent home, its first since the L…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 04:09PM
Monday, October 26, 2020

BROADWAY CONDUCTORS & ARRANGERS WILL FOSTER INCLUSION IN THE PIT by Philip Boroff

Growing up in Las Vegas, Ilana Atkins started studying piano at six but eventually hit a wall with classical music. “The music didn’t speak to me,” she said. “As I got older, the mos…

SOURCE: Broadway Journal at 03:11PM

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