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Monday, February 19, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018

#MeToo Sweeps Through Movies, Plays: Famed Playwright Severed from Off Broadway Theater, Universal Fires Marketing Exec, Puts Another on Leave by Roger Friedman

The #MeToo movement continues to sweep through show biz. I’m hearing that at one record company a serious investigation is ongoing. If Categories: Featured Movies Theater(Read more…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Tragedy: Broadway Great Jan Maxwell, Double Tony Award Nominee in 2010, Passes Away at 61 by Roger Friedman

Jan Maxwell, one of the great Broadway stars, has died at age 61 from cancer according to reports. Twitter is starting to Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Broadway Box Office: “Hello, Dolly!” Without Bette Midler Falls to Earth, Is Audra McDonald Next to Join Show? by Roger Friedman

The party is over at the Shubert Theater. “Hello,Dolly!” without Bette Midler has fallen back to Earth at the box office. The Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Broadway: “Hello, Dolly!” Without Bette Midler Already in Trouble with Big Blocks of Unsold Seats by Roger Friedman

Bette Midler is gone, and soon “Hello, Dolly!” may be, too. Tony winner and beloved Broadway star Bernadette Peters begins performances on Categories: Featured Theater(Read mo…

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Bette Midler Exits “Hello, Dolly!” Today, Cash in Hand: Can the Show Survive Without Her? by Roger Friedman

Today, Sunday, Bette Midler exits “Hello, Dolly!” after a 10 month run with cash in hand. By various estimates, Bette was taking Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Big Sick: Steven Martin Play “Meteor Shower” Cancels Matinee as Two of Four Stars Have Flu by Roger Friedman

It’s not easy doing eight performances a week on Broadway. It’s especially grueling in sub zero temps outside, as the audience — Categories: Featured Theater(Read more..…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Seeing Bette Midler for $229 a Pop As She Finishes Her Run in “Hello, Bette”–er, “Hello, Dolly!” by Roger Friedman

Bette Midler is winding up her run on Broadway as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly!– or Dolly Levi as Bette Midler in Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Broadway: Uma Thurman Shows She Has the Chops in a Watery New Play from “House of Cards” Writer by Roger Friedman

Don’t get me wrong– I really like Beau Willimon’s writing. “Ides of March” is a terrific movie. The first few seasons of Categories: Featured Theater(Read mo…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Springsteen On Broadway Extended Through June: I Told You Back On October 20th by Roger Friedman

Springsteen on Broadway has been extended through June. I told you this on October 20th, but hey–nice to hear it officially now. Categories: Celebrity Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Broadway: Struggling “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Will Close in January 2018 by Roger Friedman

It wasn’t meant to be. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will close its Broadway run on January 14, 2018. It’s been a Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Friday, November 10, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017

Exclusive: Post-“Logan Lucky” Steven Soderbergh Plots Next Film, “High Flying Bird” by Roger Friedman

For those of us who loved “Logan Lucky” the summer, it’s really good to hear that Steven Soderbergh is plotting his next Categories: Featured Movies Theater(Read more..…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Broadway Show Born to Run Through June and Tony Awards at $2 Mil Per Week by Roger Friedman

Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show is born to run– til June, if it must. That’s the best way for Bruce to ensure active Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Broadway: Bruce Springsteen One Man Show Drops by $407,000– Even with Crazy Prices by Roger Friedman

The second full week of “Springsteen on Broadway” brought a box office surprise. Even with crazy secondary market prices– thousands of dollars Categories: Featured Theat…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Review: Bruce Springsteen’s Transcendent One Man Broadway Show: He’s Just Like Us and Not At All by Roger Friedman

Bruce Springsteen is just like us and then again, not at all. He’s like us: he struggles with his childhood, has father Categories: Featured Music Theater(Read more...)

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Broadway: “Pretty Woman” with Songs from Bryan Adams, Sets Openings for Chicago, New York by Roger Friedman

“Pretty Woman” is finally in place to be a Broadway musical. The Garry Marshall-directed hit film starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere Categories: Featured Theater(Read mor…

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Sunday: 50th Anniversary of The Doors Defying Ed Sullivan And Singing Their Lyrics to “Light My Fire” by Roger Friedman

This Sunday is the 50th anniversary of The Doors’ one and only appearance on CBS’s “Ed Sullivan Show.” They defied Ed and Categories: Featured Music Theater(Read …

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Broadway: Tony Winner Bernadette Peters Tapped to Succeed Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!” by Roger Friedman

This is Part 2 to my story from this morning. Bernadette Peters is taking over as the title character in “Hello, Dolly!” Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Bette Midler Takes Another Week off from “Hello, Dolly!” and Sets January 14, 2018 as End Date of Relatively Short Run by Roger Friedman

Goodbye, Dolly, once again. Starting tomorrow Bette Midler takes her second full week off from “Hello, Dolly!” The first back at the Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Broadway Run Extended by 10 Weeks After Tickets Sell Out Instantly by Roger Friedman

Bruce Springsteen may be on Broadway forever. Today tickets went on sale to his limited run one man show on Broadway beginning Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Broadway Gets A Late Summer Gift with “Prince of Broadway” And An A List Premiere by Roger Friedman

There is much to love in “Prince of Broadway,” legendary producer-director Hal Prince’s tribute to himself. I mean it: the show is Categories: Featured Theater(Read more…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

RIP: Three-Time Tony Winner Tom Meehan, Wrote “The Producers,” “Annie,” “Hairspray” by Roger Friedman

Tom Meehan has died at age 88. My friend and neighbor, who I was lucky to know, was a Broadway superstar when Categories: Broadway Reviews Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, August 21, 2017

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