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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Transparent star Alexandra Billings joins Wicked as cast's first trans actress by Rachel Yang

Transparent star Alexandra Billings is breaking Broadway barriers and joining Wicked, becoming the first trans actress to be in its cast. Her first performance as Madame Morrible is set …

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Tony winner Phyllis Newman has died at 86 by Rachel Yang

Phyllis Newman, who won a Tony Award for Subways Are for Sleeping, has died at 86. Deadline first reported the news. Her son, Vogue theater critic Adam Green, confirmed his mother’s deat…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

To Kill a Mockingbird Broadway show ends abruptly as motorcycle backfire mistaken for gunshots by Rachel Yang

A Broadway performance of To Kill a Mockingbird ended in panic as people mistook a motorcycle backfire outside for gunshots and fled the Shubert Theatre in New York City. Gideon Glick, an a…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Faye Dunaway fired from Broadway-bound play Tea at Five by Rachel Yang

The Oscar-winning actress Faye Dunaway has been dropped from Tea at Five, a one-woman play about Katharine Hepburn that had been headed to Broadway. “The producers of Tea at Five announced…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical to end Broadway run after nearly 6 years by Rachel Yang

Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will end its run after nearly six years, producers Paul Blake and Mike Bosner announced on Wednesday. Its last performance will be Oct. 27. …

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Martin Charnin, creator of beloved Annie musical, dies at 84 by Rachel Yang

Martin Charnin, who created and directed the first production of the iconic Broadway musical Annie, has died. He was 84. Charnin’s daughter Sasha confirmed the news in a Facebook post on S…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Broadway's viral hit Be More Chill will end its run in August by Rachel Yang

Be More Chill, the musical whose online popularity gave way to a Broadway debut in March, will play its final performance on Aug. 11. The show follows Jeremy (Will Roland), a self-described…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Prom sets final Broadway performance for August by Rachel Yang

Less than a year after opening, The Prom will be taking its last bow on Broadway this summer. The Tony-nominated musical has set its final performance for Aug. 11 at the Longacre Theatre. …

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Bradley Cooper Felt ‘Embarrassed’ by Oscars Best Director Snub by Rachel Yang

Many “A Star Is Born” fans were shocked that director Bradley Cooper didn’t earn an Oscar nod for the film, and on Tuesday, Cooper himself admitted that he initially felt …

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

#GoldOpen Movement Behind ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ To Partner With AMC Theaters by Rachel Yang

#GoldOpen, the Asian community movement that bought out theaters for showings of “Crazy Rich Asians,” has announced a new partnership with AMC Theaters. The collaboration aims to…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to Oscars Best-Song Performance Shocker by Rachel Yang

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has called the news of a mostly performance-less Oscars ceremony “disappointing.” Variety exclusively learned that only two of …

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Lady Gaga, Barack Obama Among Most Popular Tweets of 2018 by Rachel Yang

Twitter has unveiled its top-trending topics and tweets of 2018, with Lady Gaga, Barack Obama, and BTS commanding the most popular posts. Leave it to Gaga to write a tweet six years ago that…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Lady Gaga Visits Woolsey Fire Victims, Asks Trump to ‘Show Some Compassion’ by Rachel Yang

Lady Gaga was forced to evacuate her Malibu home as the Woolsey fire rages on, but the singer and “A Star Is Born” actress took time to visit a Red Cross shelter on Sunday. ̶…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Ellen DeGeneres, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rob Lowe Urge for Gun Control Reform After Thousand Oaks Shooting: ‘My Heart Is Dust’ by Rachel Yang

After a deadly shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif., that left at least 12 people dead and dozens injured, Hollywood figures including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ellen Degeneres, and Rob Lowe turned t…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Carol Hall, ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ Composer Dies by Rachel Yang

Caroll Hall, who composed and wrote the music for the Broadway musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” died Oct. 11 in New York City, her publicist announced. Hall had bee…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Lead 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominees by Rachel Yang

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, recognizing music in film, TV, video games, commercials, and trailers, today announced nominees for its 2018 edition. Among the nominates films are Brad…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

‘Queer Eye,’ ‘Young Sheldon,’ ‘Angels in America’ Among TV and Theater Artios Award Nominees by Rachel Yang

Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” HBO’s “Barry,” Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and CBS’ “Young Sheldon” are among the TV n…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

‘Black-ish’ Star Jenifer Lewis Wears Nike on Emmys Red Carpet in Support of Colin Kaepernick by Rachel Yang

Broadway actress and “Black-ish” star Jenifer Lewis wore a custom Nike sweater with the brand’s emblem on the Emmys red carpet in support of Colin Kaepernick. “I am w…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Bradley Cooper Addresses ‘A Star Is Born’ Producer Jon Peters’ Harassment Charges by Rachel Yang

Bradley Cooper, the director, producer, writer, and lead actor in the upcoming “A Star Is Born” remake, spoke for the first time about the sexual harassment allegations against o…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Marin Mazzie, ‘Ragtime’ and ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Broadway Star, Dies at 57 by Rachel Yang

Broadway actress Marin Mazzie, who starred in productions of “Ragtime,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” and “Passion,” died on Thursday morning at her Manhattan home fo…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Chance the Rapper’s Pizza Horror Film to Hit Theaters for One Night Only by Rachel Yang

The pizza-related horror movie “Slice,” starring Chance the Rapper, is coming to theaters across the U.S. for one night only on Monday, Sept. 10. Nearly two years after the rappe…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ariana Grande Gets Standing Ovation for Emotional Aretha Franklin Tribute on ‘Tonight Show’ by Rachel Yang

Ariana Grande was only scheduled to do a comedy skit on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday, but ended up bringing the house down with her rendition of Aretha Fr…

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