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Friday, July 13, 2018

West Side Story Real Life Rumble Pits Steven Spielberg Movie Remake vs. Scott Rudin Broadway Revival by Roger Friedman

The Jets and the Sharks are about to rumble again on the West Side– west of Broadway. That’s because yesterday peripatetic Broadway Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Broadway: Tony-Deprived “Spongebob Square Pants” Musical Will Close in September for $2.4 Billion Building Project by Roger Friedman

Another one bites the dust. Following “Escape to Margaritaville,” another 2018 season musical is closing on Broadway. “Spongebob Square Pants” will shutter Categories…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tony Awards After the Show: Willard Scott, Andrew Garfield, and the After Party That Went on Til 4 AM by Roger Friedman

Just now recovering from Sunday night after the Tony Awards… Walking up Sixth avenue from Radio City to the Plaza Hotel and Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Harry Potter aka Daniel Radcliffe Will Be on Broadway While Harry Potter is on Broadway by Roger Friedman

You know, Harry Potter is on Broadway now as a play — “Harry and Potter and the Cursed Child.” It will likely Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Broadway: Springsteen Cutting Back on Performances, “Hello, Dolly!” Slowing Down, “The Iceman” Goeth Soon by Roger Friedman

The Broadway box office is roaring if you look at it one way: Bruce Springsteen adds $2 million to the weekly gross Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

David Foster, Jon Voight Hang Out, Plus Chita Rivera Awards the Best, Shopping to Stop Cancer by Roger Friedman

New York really is a small town. Leaving the Outer Critics Circle annual awards dinner on Thursday afternoon, who should turn up Categories: Empire State of Mind Featured Theater(Read mo…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Broadway Upset: For “Pretty Woman” Musical Tony Winner Steve Kazee Out, Andy Karl (“Groundhog Day”) In by Roger Friedman

It’s a big surprise this afternoon: for the upcoming musical version of “Pretty Woman,” the role of Edward– the millionaire playboy businessman Categories: Featured…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tony Awards 2018: Bruce Springsteen, John Leguizamo to Receive Special Awards, Multiple Nods for Current Shows by Roger Friedman

Bruce Springsteen and John Leguizamo will each receive special Tony awards this year. The announcement came at the end of the exasperating Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Broadway: April is a Cruel Month with Declining Receipts and “Margaritaville” Headed for the Drink by Roger Friedman

April has not been a great month for Broadway, which announces the Tony nominees tomorrow morning. After increases since the end of Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Off Broadway: Carey Mulligan Will Bring UK Play to Tiny Greenwich Village Theater for 5 Weeks This Summer by Roger Friedman

Tony and Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan is coming to off Broadway. Mulligan will bring the play “Boys & Girls” to the tiny Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Broadway: Outer Critics Go Big for “Angels in America,” “SpongeBob,” “Frozen,” “Mean Girls” by Roger Friedman

 The Outer Critics Circle nominations came out today. The only omission really is “The Band’s Visit” which they awarded last year and Categories: Featured Theater(Read …

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Monday, April 23, 2018

$68 Million “Harry Potter” Dazzles Broadway Like it Or Not, Breaks Curse at Former “Spider Man” Theater by Roger Friedman

Seven years ago when it was called the Foxwoods Theater (briefly) the musical “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” put a curse Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Broadway: “Hello, Dolly!” Will Close August 25th After Bette Midler Makes a 6 Week Return at Top Dollar by Roger Friedman

Well, what else can you do? “Hello, Dolly!” has been playing to respectable houses since January when Bernadette Peters took over. Peters, Categories: Featured Theater(Read mo…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018

Broadway: Amy Adams, Uma Thurman Hit Opening Night of Magnificent “Carousel” Revival With Joshua Henry Sealing the Deal on a Tony Award by Roger Friedman

Listen, this is how great the revival of “Carousel” is at the Imperial Theater: Amy Adams and her husband Darren LeGallo flew Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018

Famed Motown Songwriter Valerie Simpson Starring in “Chicago” on Broadway Because of Maya Angelou and Clive Davis by Roger Friedman

Valerie Simpson is best known to everyone as one half of Ashford and Simpson, the songwriting duo of Motown fame who composed Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Broadway Booms But Jimmy Buffett’s “Escape to Margaritaville” Won’t Make it to Last Call by Roger Friedman

Broadway was booming this week, up $20 million since mid February when things looked bleak. Most every show is doing well, or Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Broadway: “Angels in America” Revival is So Good Now You See That it Was Always a Masterpiece by Roger Friedman

You watch “Angels in America” at the Neil Simon Theater and think– Pulitzer, Nobel, Tony Award who cares? You see now with Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Let it Go? Never! Disney’s “Frozen” Opens On Broadway and It’s a Hit out of the Box by Roger Friedman

“Frozen” arrived on Broadway Thursday night and it’s a hard nut to crack. Quibbles? Sure, everyone’s gota quibble. But the facts are Categories: Featured Theater(R…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sting’s Broadway Musical Gets Raves in Revamped UK Open, Singer Chosen for Queen’s 92nd Birthday Performance by Roger Friedman

Sting’s Broadway show of 2016 is back, and it’s a hit. “The Last Ship” sailed two nights ago in Newcastle, UK and Categories: Featured Music Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bruce Will Be Boss til the End of the Year: Springsteen on Broadway Extends Run to December by Roger Friedman

Bruce Springsteen likes Broadway– and why not? He’s extending his one man show (well, one man and one woman– wife Patti) til Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Broadway: Joy Mangano Will Mop it Up with Broadway Musical Based On Her Life by Roger Friedman

You can hear it now: Joy Mangano will be mopping it up soon with a Broadway musical of her own. The QVC Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Broadway: No “Hangmen” This Season, Bruce Springsteen Back Like He Never Left, “Hello, Dolly!” Falls Back to Earth by Roger Friedman

Bruce Springsteen is back on Broadway after a month away, and all is well again. Bruce played four shows last week and Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Friday, February 23, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Broadway Review: Bernadette Peters Makes You Wish That “Hello, Dolly!” Would Never Go Away Again by Roger Friedman

It’s too bad they don’t give Tony Awards to replacement actors. Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber, opening tonight officially in the post-Bette Categories: Featured Theater(…

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