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Friday, January 15, 2021

RIP Phil Smith, 89, Longtime Head of the Shubert Organization, a Broadway Star in His Own Right by Roger Friedman

Phil Smith, the long time head of the Shubert Organization, and a Broadway star in his own right, has died at age

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Emma Thompson Will Play Mrs. Trunchbull in Movie “Matilda,” Even Though Men Have Always Played the Role on Stage by Roger Friedman

Harvey Fierstein, stand down. Emma Thompson has been cast as evil Mrs. Trunchbull, the deliciously malicious central antagonist in the movie version

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Broadway: Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls” Musical Closes for Good, Will Not Return After Pandemic, Will Get Movie Treatment by Roger Friedman

This is interesting. Yesterday, Paramount announced a film version of “Spamalot” directed by Casey Nicholaw. Today their theatrical division pulled the plug

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Monty Python Hit Broadway Musical “Spamalot” Will Be a Movie, But Will Original Cast (Hank Azaria, David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry) Return? by Roger Friedman

The hit Monty Python musical, “Spamalot,” played to sold out Broadway audiences for four years, from 2005 to 2009. It accrued 1,575

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Copyrights End for 1925 Hits “The Great Gatsby,” “Mrs. Dalloway,” Songs by the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Ma Rainey, “Sweet Georgia Brown” by Roger Friedman

1925– it was a very good year. It was the year F. Scott Fitzgerald published “The Great Gatsby,” Virgina Woolf issued “Mrs.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

David Bowie’s Much Lauded Off Broadway Hit, “Lazarus,” Will Be Streamed Live This Weekend in Honor of His Birthday on an Obscure App by Roger Friedman

I had to read this information a couple of times– I’ve translated it into English for you. (It was supposedly written in

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Broadway: The Year Ends with Botched Tony Nominations But No Tony Awards: Did They Forget? by Roger Friedman

2020 is almost over. Hey wait– what happened to the Tony Awards? Well, the Tony season never really happened. Broadway closed back

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Justin Bieber Prepares for Live Stream New Year’s Eve Show to Promote Failing 2021 Ticket Sales for Tour by Roger Friedman

Justin Bieber is preparing for a live streamed New Year’s Eve show tomorrow night, sponsored by T Mobile. The question is: Why?

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

RIP Rebecca Luker, 59, Broadway Star, 3 Time Tony Awards Nominee, Mom, Wife of Tony Winner Danny Burstein by Roger Friedman

Rebecca Luker was literally a light on Broadway. Beloved by all, with a gorgeous voice, she was nominated for three Tony Awards

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

SNL: Watch Maya Rudolph’s Show Stopping Ode to New York “I’m Still Here” as the Statue of Liberty by Roger Friedman

John Mulaney restored “Saturday Night Live” to its past glory when he hosted the show last night for the second time in

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Tony Nominations So Weird Aaron Tveit Could Lose to No One, Only Best Score Nominations Went to Plays, Not Musicals by Roger Friedman

Really, it’s another world. The Tony nominations came from 16 eligible shows, a very slight field. The result is that Aaron Tveit

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Watch the 2020 Tony Awards Nominations Here at 12 Noon Including “Tina!” “Moulin Rouge” “Jagged Little Pill,” “The Sound Inside” by Roger Friedman

There are only 16 shows eligible for the 2020 Tony Awards. The nominees come from these shows, and it’s a mediocre list

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Social Distancing Killing Showbiz? Cirque du Soleil Co-Creator Opens First Ever Drive-Thru Dazzling Light Show Extravaganza Outside Montreal by Roger Friedman

Normand Latourelle was the co-creator of the Cirque du Soleil empire and took it to the top. He left to create Cavalia,

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Broadway Disaster: Shows Will Not Open Before the End of May 2021, Announcement Coming This Morning by Roger Friedman

The situation on Broadway and in New York theater is now a full scale disaster. The word is that the Broadway League

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Tony Nominated Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd Murdered in Atlanta, Acted in Many Spike Lee Movies and TV Shows by Roger Friedman

Keep refreshing… Spike Lee has announced on Twitter and Instagram that actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd was murdered last night in Atlanta. Byrd

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Metropolitan Opera Cancels 2020-21 Season But Will Return With First Ever Opera by a Black Composer by Roger Friedman

Good news and bad news at the Metropolitan Opera. First the bad news: they’ve cancelled the season right through May 2021. No

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Friday, September 11, 2020

RIP Diana Rigg, the Once and Forever Emma Peel from “The Avengers,” Star of “Game of Thrones,” Great Stage Star by Roger Friedman

Diana Rigg, the gifted and beloved stage, TV and movie star has died in the UK at age 82. Rigg is permanently

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New York Times Theater Critic Ben Brantley Out After 24 Years: When Broadway Returns, What Will Happen Next? by Roger Friedman

Is he stepping down or being pushed out the window? Whichever way it’s gone, Ben Brantley is out as the New York

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Tony Awards: A Desultory List of 18 Mediocre to OK Shows are Eligible, With Only Race in Best Actress in a Play by Roger Friedman

The Tony Awards are really insisting in going through with a faux awards show sometime this fall on a streaming platform. It

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Broadway in a Muddle as NBC Wants to Do a Special Highlighting Shows, Tony Awards Plan a Digital Celebration by Roger Friedman

Broadway is in a muddle, and no one seems to know what’s going on. Today the Broadway League announced they were planning

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Don’t Cry for Andrew Lloyd Webber: Broadway Composer Joins Experimental COVID Vaccine Trial in the UK by Roger Friedman

Don’t cry for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. The composer of “Evita,” “Cats,” and many other Broadway musicals says on Twitter that he’s

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Broadway’s Royal Flush: “Diana” Musical, Postponed from this Season, Will Air on Netflix Before May 2021 Opening by Roger Friedman

Things could not be stranger now on Broadway. With the season demolished, and no Tony Awards, and no fall season, producers are

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Was Broadway Producer Living in a House of Cards? Scott Rudin Sued for Not Paying Ad Agency $6.3 Million by Roger Friedman

Scott Rudin has lived large on Broadway for years. He’s made his recent reputation in the last decade for bringing in big

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Reality Hits: Radio City Music Hall Cancels Christmas Spectacular 1st Time Since 1933, Bad Omen for Movies, Theater by Roger Friedman

Reality has set in: Radio City Music Hall has cancelled the Christmas Spectacular for the first time since 1933. I give them

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Kanye’s 99th Nervous Breakdown: Calls Mother-in-Law “Kris Jong Un,” Says Family Tried to Commit Him with 5150 Hold by Roger Friedman

Kanye West‘s 99th nervous breakdown continues apace. Working up to his album release on Friday (maybe, who knows, maybe he’s imagining it),

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Late Broadway Star Nick Cordero Go Fund Me Campaign Nears $1 Million, with Donations from Stars, Fans, Friends by Roger Friedman

The GoFundMe campaign for Nick Cordero’s family is nearing $1 million. As of 5:30pm it was up to $965,000. Cordero died two

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Phenom: “Hamilton” Soundtrack Is Now Number 1 AND 2 on iTunes, With Six Tracks on the Singles Charts by Roger Friedman

I told you already this week, the “Hamilton” soundtrack is number 1 on iTunes, where it’s selling downloads by the thousands. “Hamilton”

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Exclusive: RIP Nick Cordero, Beloved Tony Nominated Broadway Star Who Spent 91 Days in Hospital with COVID by Roger Friedman

UPDATE Unfortunately, I can confirm that the story is true. Nick is said to have passed around 11:30am at Cedars Sinai in

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“Hamilton” CD Soars Back to Number 1 on iTunes, Sells More Copies Over Weekend than It Did Last Week by Roger Friedman

“Hamilton” is on Disney Plus so we’re never going to know how well it’s doing, or did on its first weekend of

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Nick Cordero’s Wife, Amanda, Writes About His Tragic Death: “My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him” by Roger Friedman

Amanda Kloots, Nick Cordero’s devoted wife, has posted a long, sad message to Instagram following her husband’s death. She writes: “God has

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Cirque du Soleil Bankruptcy Also Involves the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Blue Man Group, and Quebec– Not Just Flying Acrobats by Roger Friedman

When anyone says Cirque du Soleil you think of flying acrobats, nameless, faceless bodies from shows with strange names. But the recent

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