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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Winter Is Here: Broadway Shows Face January Chill with Big Drops for Long Running Shows Like “Lion King,” “Mormon,” “Wicked” by Roger Friedman

Winter, as they say on Game of Thrones, is here. On Broadway the January chill has set in after three weeks of

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Exclusive: Broadway Great Frank Langella will Direct and Co-Star with Ageless Hot-as-a-Pistol Elaine May in “Love Letters” Off Broadway by Roger Friedman

No one is more “in” right now than Elaine May. At age 87, she’s just won a Tony Award for “The Waverly

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Is the New West Side Story Cursed? Second Actor Sidelined by Injury and Replaced, Opening Date Pushed Back, Creative Team Still Up in Air by Roger Friedman

The new version of “West Side Story” was supposed to open on Broadway on February 6th. But then the actor who plays

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Shakespeare Gets a Raw Deal in 2019: Netflix “The King” Movie Drops His Name, “West Side Story” Cuts Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene by Roger Friedman

William Shakespeare is having a bad year. First, Netflix’s “The King,” starring Timothee Chalamet, dropped his name and all reference to him

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Broadway: “Jagged Little Pill” Gets No Bounce from Opening, “Beetlejuice” Will Close Next June, Tony Goldwyn Heads to “Inheritance” by Roger Friedman

Busy week on Broadway with last week’s box office numbers just in. “Jagged Little Pill,” based on Alanis Morissette’s shrieky album from

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Exclusive Broadway Shocker: New “West Side Story” with Avant Garde Choreographer Adds Tony Winner Serge Trujillo as “Consultant” by Roger Friedman

EXCLUSIVE: The new “West Side Story” is supposed to start previews tomorrow. I’m told that the avant garde choreographer hired for the

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Broadway: “Jagged Little Pill” Awaits Push from Reviews with Tickets on Discount And Plenty Available Through New Year’s by Roger Friedman

Alannis Morissette’s famous album, “Jagged Little Pill,” opens on Broadway tonight. Producers are crossing their fingers for exultant reviews to spur ticket

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Broadway: Tony Winner Beth Leavel Will Play Meryl Streep’s Part in “Prada” Musical, Streep Will Play Leavel’s Role in “Prom” Movie by Roger Friedman

I don’t know if Meryl Streep and Beth Leavel know each other, but they should. Leavel, a 2006 Tony winner for “The

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Exclusive: “Hustlers” Director Lorene Scafaria Wants a Broadway Musical, Not a Sequel,and JLo Pleads Her Awards Case by Roger Friedman

The “Hustlers” awards campaign came to New York Sunday night with an Academy screening, a Q&A, and a reception at the Museum

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Broadway’s Michael Jackson Chosen, Ephraim Sykes Was Tony-Nominated for Playing Temptation in “Ain’t too Proud” by Roger Friedman

The Broadway Michael Jackson musical has a star. Ephraim Sykes, who played David Ruffin in “Ain’t Too Proud” this past season, and

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Broadway: Six Hour “Inheritance” Opens Looking for 2020 Tony Awards, But Martin McDonagh’s “Hangmen” Will Come in Spring by Roger Friedman

The six hour play “The Inheritance” opened last night on Broadway, with eyes on the 2020 Tony Award for Best Play next

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Friday, November 15, 2019

How to Kill a Mockingbird: Broadway Hit Tumbles at Box Office as Jeff Daniels Leaves, Ed Harris Arrives by Roger Friedman

Mock- yeah. It’s Box Office Redux for producer Scott Rudin as Jeff Daniels has exited “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Broadway and

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Broadway Suffers First Major Loss from 2019 Season: “Tootsie” with 11 Tony Nods Will Close In January 2020 by Roger Friedman

#RIP “Tootsie.” Nominated for 11 Tony’s, winner of two including Best Actor and Best Book, “Tootsie” will shuffle off to Buffalo next

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

New Broadway “West Side Story” to Kick Up a Fuss: No Intermission, Famous Song and Ballet Cut, Video Projections for Sets by Roger Friedman

Last year, director Ivo von Hove brought his hit London production of “Network” to New York and caused a lot of talk:

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Tina Turner Musical Opens On Broadway with Oprah, Whoopi in the Audience, Standing Ovation During First Act for Knockout Star Adrienne Warren by Roger Friedman

It was a great night on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater for the opening of “Tina!” the musical about beloved legend Tina

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Chelsea Clinton Coming to Off Broadway (Actually to Chelsea-Clinton) with Musical Based on Her Children’s Book by Roger Friedman

Chelsea Clinton is coming to off Broadway. And in fact in the neighborhood of Chelsea Clinton. The daughter of Bill and Hillary

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Broadway: You Can Stream David Byrne’s Extraordinary “American Utopia” Now on Spotify by Roger Friedman

The CD isn’t out yet, but you can stream David Byrne’s extraordinary Broadway production, “American Utopia,” right now on Spotify. I haven’t

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Friday, October 25, 2019

David Byrne’s Joyous “American Utopia” Keeps Making Sense on Broadway As a Hybrid Experimental Musical by Roger Friedman

It wasn’t that long ago that David Byrne, of Talking Heads fame, was responsible for the unique landmark musical, “Here Lies Love,”

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Broadway Has a Major Hit in “The Sound Inside,” And an Early Tony Nominee for Best Actress in Mary Louise Parker by Roger Friedman

Sometimes the magic is there, everything works. The play is unexpectedly great, the star has a towering moment, the director bats a

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Broadway: Marisa Tomei Works Very Hard But Can’t Save an Alarmingly Pedestrian Reboot of Tennessee William’s “Rose Tattoo” by Roger Friedman

I am flummoxed by the new revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo,” which opens this week with Marisa Tomei as the

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Review: Controversial “Slave Play” Opens on Broadway, Begins with Graphic Sex Play, Ends with a Rape, Critics Love It by Roger Friedman

I did not care for “Slave Play.” The only other writer who agrees with me it seems is Variety’s Marilyn Stasio. The

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Friday, October 4, 2019

“The Great Society” Opens on Broadway, “Succession” Star Brian Cox Gets A List Crowd Including Former US Senator Bill Bradley by Roger Friedman

I’m a little late to the table on the new Broadway hit, “The Great Society.” That’s because everyone got home late Tuesday

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Colin Donnell Left “Chicago Med” for a Good Reason: His Musical, “Almost Famous,” Has Opened to Raves in Pre-Broadway Tryout by Roger Friedman

Broadway actor Colin Donnell has lately been playing a doctor on “Chicago Med.” That is, until they sent him away during the

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Saying Goodbye to the Great Johnnie Planco at the Hallowed Players Club: Enough Actors to Make a Hit Movie by Roger Friedman

Last Thursday afternoon, on the way to the Emmy Awards, I stopped by the Players Club on Gramercy Park to say goodbye

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Madonna Surprises With the Launch of Ambitious, Intimate “Madame X” Show, A Sometimes Over Stuffed Attempt at an Avant Garde Broadway Show by Roger Friedman

It turns out Madonna — the queen of re-invention —  is human. She admitted last night during the first performance of her

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Broadway Bonanza: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell Will Star in New Production of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” in March 2020 by Roger Friedman

The announcements are starting to come in for Tony Award-aimed shows next spring on Broadway. Now we learn that Laurence Fishburne and

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Phyllis Newman Has Died at 86, Tony Winning Broadway Actress, Singer Was Also Wife of Famed Lyricist Adolph Green by Roger Friedman

A great light has gone out on Broadway: Phyllis Newman, Tony winner and widow of famed lyricist Adolph Green, has died at

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Broadway: “Book of Mormon” Goes Back on Discount as Tickets Are Available in Quantities Most Nights by Roger Friedman

The unthinkable has happened again. “The Book of Mormon” is back on discount. Once the king of sold out shows, the Tony

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mary Louise Parker Really Comes Back to Broadway: New Play this Fall, Then “How I Learned to Drive” Next Spring by Roger Friedman

Mary Louise Parker really wants to conquer Broadway this season. She’s doing not one, but two plays for 2019-2020. First up, Parker

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Forget “The Crown”! Princess Diana Musical is Coming to Broadway Next Spring, and it’s Not Called “Candle in the Wind” by Roger Friedman

We just can’t get enough of those British royals! “The Crown” is returning in November. And every day Prince Harry and Megan

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Review: Once Upon a Time…On Broadway as Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Sturridge are the Brad and Leo of NY Theater by Roger Friedman

There were a lot, I do mean a lot, of women packed into the Hudson Theater tonight to see two guys tell

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