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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Idina Menzel Won’t Let it Go: “Wicked” Star Returning to Broadway in 2025 by Roger Friedman

For Idina Menzel, it’s not “If/When,” it’s spring 2025. The former star of “Wicked” will return then to Broadway in a new musical called “Redwood.” It’s the story of a grie…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:54PM
Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Broadway: Tony Awards Invite “Stereophonic” to Perform on Show After Online Complaints by Roger Friedman

The Tony Awards — coming this Sunday — are acquiescing to a big public complaint. At first it seemed like they were not going to allow the play with music, “Stereophonic,” to perform…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:32PM
Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Tony Awards This Sunday Battle Internal, External Forces Including Competition and Exclusion by Roger Friedman

The Tony Awards are coming this Sunday on CBS. While this has been an excellent season on Broadway, the show — which begins at 8pm — is battling internal and external forces. Let’s sta…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:06AM

Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup Had Their 2nd Wedding in Mexico– Just Like I Said They Would by Roger Friedman

Congrats to two of our best actors and nicest people. Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup had their official wedding in Mexico this weekend. I told you they would back on May 15th. Naomi’s brothe…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:06AM
Thursday, June 6, 2024

Broadway: Dolly Parton Bringing Show About Her Life to Stage in 2026 by Roger Friedman

Hello, I’m Dolly! Is the name of Dolly Parton’s new musical. It will come to Broadway in 2026 with old songs, new songs, and a book by Dolly. We may learn a lot about Dolly’s life and …

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:54PM
Monday, May 27, 2024

Broadway Catch Up: “Suffs” Puts Shain Taub on the Map, “Uncle Vanya” Gives Alfred Molina a Surprise Moment, William Jackson Harper a Star by Roger Friedman

I just caught up with two new Broadway shows whose premieres I couldn’t make — there were just too many openings this season! The first is “Suffs” an original musical from writer-sta…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:18PM
Wednesday, May 22, 2024

“Stranger Things” Drops Trailer for Live Stage Show in UK Before Coming to Broadway in 2025 by Roger Friedman

We’re still waiting for word on the fifth and final season of “Stranger Things” on TV. Meanwhile, a prequel play called “Stranger Things: First Shadow” in London’s West End has b…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:32PM
Friday, May 17, 2024

Broadway: Sutton Foster Coming in “Once Upon a Mattress” Musical Revival Adapted by “Mrs. Maisel” and “Gilmore Girls” Creator by Roger Friedman

Tony winner Sutton Foster, hot off “Sweeney Todd,” is coming back to Broadway immediately. Foster will star in a summer revival of “Once Upon a Mattress,” the musical that brought Ca…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:24PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Broadway: “Death Becomes Her” Musical on the Way, So Are George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., More Stars by Roger Friedman

The Hollywood strikes last year are now turning into a big win for Broadway. Both George Clooney and Robert Downey Jr are coming to town next in plays for the first time. Clooney will star i…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 11:32AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Sigourney Weaver Says: “I’ll be in my 80s” When All the “Avatar” Movies are Finished, Does Have Other Projects (Exclusive) by Roger Friedman

A little more from last night’s elegant and funny one night only performance for Lincoln Center Theater (1000 times better than that low class Met Gala). Sigourney Weaver was deftly funnie…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 09:18PM

Sigourney Weaver Meets Steve Carell in A “Vanya”-Palooza at Star Studded Night for Lincoln Center by Roger Friedman

Wow! Tuesday night Lincoln Center Theater put on the kind of star studded event that was a throwback to the good old days. To raise money, LCT produced — in two days — a retro staging of…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:12AM
Monday, May 6, 2024

Broadway: In the Bizarro World, “The Great Gatsby” — No Tony’s — Gets 11 Audience Nominations, But “Suffs” and “Doubt” are Out by Roger Friedman

In the world of the Tony Awards, musicals like “The Great Gatsby,” “The Notebook,” and “Back to the Future” are considered, well, “bad,” and get no nominations. But in Broadw…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:24PM
Thursday, May 2, 2024

Sting’s “Message in a Bottle” Finally Opens for 2 Weeks in New York, It Should Be on Broadway by Roger Friedman

I gather Sting’s “Message in a Bottle,” directed and choreographed by the remarkable Kate Prince, has had runs in the UK, Australia, and in some US cities. Last night it arrived at Cit…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:12PM

Broadway: Honorary Tony Award Given to Comedian Alex Edelman Despite One Brief Credit by Roger Friedman

Alex Edelman is the toast of Broadway this morning. After one short run on Broadway in the summer of 2023, Edelman has been awarded an honorary Tony. “Just for Us,” which lasted two mont…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 01:02PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Tony Awards Nominations: “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Stereophonic” Tie for 13 Each, “Great Gatsby” Musical, “Wiz” Revival Shut Out by Roger Friedman

The 2024 Tony Nominations are out, and it’s not great for “The Great Gatsby.” The musical based on the famed novel by F Scott Fitzgerald received just one nod. Its death is secured. On…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:18PM
Thursday, April 25, 2024

Broadway: Fleetwood Mac’s 70s Soap Opera is Now a Play Whether They Like it Or Not by Roger Friedman

I don’t know what the surviving members of Fleetwood Mac have made of “Stereophonic.” The play about a mid 70s rock band taking three years to record their masterpiece has opened at th…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:18PM
Monday, April 22, 2024

“Law & Order” Star Sam Waterston Cries, “I’m Not Retired!” at “Cabaret” Opening, Cynthia Nixon Predicts 5th Season of “And Just Li by Roger Friedman

EXCLUSIVE A lot of A-listers and stars packed their way into the two opening nights of “Cabaret” this weekend. The show is sizzling, so it’s understandable that it required two premier…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 09:12PM

Broadway: Ouch! Drama League Awards Nominate Everything on the Boards Except “The Great Gatsby” Musical by Roger Friedman

On Broadway, The Drama League is not the Drama Desk. They’re an outlier group like the National Board of Review that nominates everything so everyone will come to their dinner. So ouch! To…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:06PM

Broadway: Eddie Redmayne, Bebe Neuwirth, Entire Cast Thrilling in Spectacular London Import of “Cabaret” by Roger Friedman

By 10am you will not be able to get a ticket for the six month run of “Cabaret” on Broadway. The sensational revival, imported from London, features a thrilling and award winning perform…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:54AM
Sunday, April 21, 2024

Broadway: Alicia Keys’s Musical “Hell’s Kitchen” Is a High End Jukebox Musical with Soaring Voices by Roger Friedman

Alicia Keys’s musical, “Hell’s Kitchen” — opening tonight — could not have more entertaining performers. Does its story hold up? Not so much. But don’t think about it too hard.…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 02:32AM
Friday, April 19, 2024

Broadway Heads Into a Week from Hell as a Dozen Shows Open for Tony Awards Eligibility by Roger Friedman

Last night I attended a press preview for Alicia Keys’s lively Broadway musical, “Hell’s Kitchen.” The Shubert Theater was packed except for two house seats just across the aisle. At…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 08:02PM
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

New Broadway “Romeo and Juliet” Drops F Word on Poster in New Low, Jack Antonoff Doing the Music by Roger Friedman

Jack Antonoff is making his Broadway debut. The Grammy winning pop producer of Taylor Swift, Lana del Rey, and many others will supply music for a new Broadway production of “Romeo and Jul…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:48PM
Friday, April 12, 2024

Alicia Keys Self Releases New Single “Kaleidoscope” from Broadway Musical “Hell’s Kitchen” by Roger Friedman

You may have heard: Alicia Keys is debuting a Broadway musical this month. It’s called “Hell’s Kitchen.” The show is the story of her life leading up to signing with Clive Davis’s …

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 11:24AM
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Monty Python Star John Cleese Says He’s Been Abandoned on the Road by His Concert Tour Promoter, Warns Future Clients Away by Roger Friedman

“Monty Python” star John Cleese is on a short tour to eclectic cities, from the West Coast to Medford, Massachusetts. The tour began just six days ago, in Portland, Oregon, but already t…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 10:24PM
Thursday, March 28, 2024

Broadway, Can You Hear Me? The Who’s “Tommy” Returns Vibrant as Ever After 30 Years by Roger Friedman

I would guess a lot of people my age are suckers for The Who’s rock opera, “Tommy.” We loved it in 1969 as a double album, the 1974 movie, and in 1992 on Broadway with Michael Cerveris…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 09:03PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Tony Awards On CBS Will Again Be Hosted by Ariana DeBose After Last Year’s Success by Roger Friedman

The Tony Awards are back on CBS on June 16th. This year’s host will the same as last year’s — Ariana DeBose, an Oscar winner and Tony nominee. De Bose was a big hit last year hosting t…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 06:02PM
Friday, March 22, 2024

Broadway Review: “Water for Elephants” Musical Overcomes Book, Movie with The Flash–Grant Gustin –Leading a Real Circus to Victory by Roger Friedman

Thursday night, the elephants got their water on Broadway. A new musical based on the book and movie, Water for Elephants, stormed the Imperial Theater. A magnificent lifesize puppet elephan…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 04:06AM
Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Broadway Shocker: Unheard Of Last Minute Entry “Illinoise” Could Topple Tony Awards With April Afternoon Opening by Roger Friedman

There’s going to be a line outside the Park Avenue Armory today. That’s where “Illinoise” is playing for another week. Theater fans are going to want to see this unusual musical befo…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:18PM

Review: Jeremy Strong and Michael Imperioli Make Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” More Timely Than You Could Imagine by Roger Friedman

Henrik Ibsen wrote “An Enemy of the People” in 1882. He could never guess how timely it would be in 2024 — and in its 11th production on Broadway since 1895! Sam Gold’s revival at Ci…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 03:07AM
Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Al Pacino — Fresh Off Oscar Scandal — Announces Memoir to Be Published this Fall by Roger Friedman

Now we know why Al Pacino was a presenter at the Oscars. The Oscar and Emmy winner is publishing a memoir this fall, on October 8th It’s called “Sonny Boy,” from Penguin. The book will…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 12:36AM
Monday, February 26, 2024

Exclusive: “A Star is Born” Musical Coming to Broadway with the Lady Gaga Hits by Roger Friedman

For a while there, Broadway was getting a musical called “A Star is Born.” A script was being worked on, and Bill Condon was going to direct. This was announced in 2017. Then in 2018 Bra…

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411 at 07:18AM

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