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Friday, May 19, 2017

Roseanne Barr Goes to See TV Sister Laurie Metcalf on Broadway, Walks with a Cane by Roger Friedman

On Wednesday night the audience at “A Doll’s House Part 2” got a nice surprise: Roseanne Barr was in the house. Roseanne, Categories: Celebrity Featured Theater(Read mo…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Unfrozen: Idina Menzel Will Return to (Off) Broadway Next Summer But Not in a Musical by Roger Friedman

Idina Menzel is coming back to Broadway– well, the Broadway area, but an off Broadway theater. But she won’t be singing. She’s Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Broadway, TV: “Rent” the Groundbreaking Musical Coming to Fox As a Live Presentation by Roger Friedman

Of all things, “Rent” is coming to Fox TV as a live broadcast. The hit Jonathan Larson musical, with a cult following, Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Broadway: “Hello, Dolly!” — With Biggest Box Office Advance of All Time– Not Giving Charity Performance for Actors Fund by Roger Friedman

Every year, Broadway producers turn over their house one for a charity performance to raise money for the Actors’ Fund. This year Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Broadway: Box Office Sharp Downturn as “Hello, Dolly!” Cools Off, “Glass Menagerie” Sets Closing by Roger Friedman

The Broadway box office was up, up, and away for a few weeks. But all of a sudden there’s been a big Categories: business Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Broadway: “Hello, Dolly!” Breaks All Time Shubert Theater Records– Should It Get a Tony Award Or Is Money the Reward? by Roger Friedman

Big announcement this morning: “Hello, Dolly!” with Bette Midler has broken the all time sales record for all Shubert Theaters in history Categories: Featured Theater(Read mor…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Broadway: Sally Field, Cate Blanchett, Danny DeVito Reverse Tony Awards Trend Against “Hollywood” Actors by Roger Friedman

This year’s Tony Awards nominees include three names usually associated with Hollywood: Sally Field, Cate Blanchett, and Danny DeVito. That’s a big Categories: Theater(Read mor…

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Tony Awards Nominations: Evan Hansen, Hello, Dolly! Score Big, Charlie, Anastasia, Amelie Wiped Out by Roger Friedman

keep refreshing. Unfortunately, the Live Stream from the Tony Awards did not work at all… The biggest snubs: Allison Janney and John Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Stay Tuned: Michael Moore Announcing His Broadway Debut This Morning by Roger Friedman

Oscar winner documentary filmmaker and political agitator (in the best way) Michael Moore is making a big announcement this morning. He’s coming Categories: Featured Theater(Read mo…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Kevin Spacey Charging $2,500 for One Man Show of “Darrow” Plus Meet and Greet by Roger Friedman

You really have to be a fan of Kevin Spacey to appreciate his latest gimmick. He’s going to do a one man Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Friday, April 28, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Allison Janney Could Win Tony Award for “Six Degrees of Separation,” and Maybe an Emmy Too for “Mom” by Roger Friedman

Allison Janney leads a superb cast in the revival of John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation.” She, John Benjamin Hickey, and Corey Categories: Featured Theater(Read mor…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Broadway: Outer Critics Go For “Dolly,” “Anastasia,” Snub “Chocolate Factory,” “Bandstand” by Roger Friedman

The first Broadway nominations are here from the Outer Critics Circle. They already handled “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Natasha and Pierre” in Categories: Featured The…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Broadway: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Universally Panned, Faces Few Awards, But Still Selling Tickets by Roger Friedman

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” opened on Broadway last night to uniformly negative reviews. This is after the show was completely overhauled Categories: Featured Theater(…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Broadway: Headline for “Hello, Dolly!” Review at The Wrap Either Anti-Semitic or Just Stupid by Roger Friedman

The Wrap, a terrible entertainment website, gets it wrong again. The headline for their “Hello,Dolly!” review is either anti-Semitic or just stupid. Categories: Featured Theat…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bette Midler is the Oldest Dolly Levi Ever in “Hello, Dolly!” By Several Years– Including Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey and Ruth Go by Roger Friedman

Bette Midler opens tonight in “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway. This isn’t a review because there are no press seats except for the Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Broadway: A More than Decent “Indecent” Draws A List Crowd, Aims at Tony Award by Roger Friedman

You know a new play will be good if Mercedes Ruehl turns up for opening night. Ruehl, an Oscar and Tony winner, Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Exclusive: Uma Thurman Coming To Broadway in Play by “House of Cards” Writer by Roger Friedman

Back in January Uma Thurman skipped a court hearing over custody of daughter Luna with ex-fiancee Arki Busson. The reason given was Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Renee Fleming Hasn’t Retired, She’s Coming to Broadway Next Year in A Revival of “Carousel” by Roger Friedman

I was getting worried that opera great Renee Fleming had really retired. Nonsense! She’s too young to start playing mah jong in Categories: Featured Music Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Broadway: “Hamilton” Parody “Spamilton” Moving to Theater District, Just Blocks Away by Roger Friedman

So you can’t get in to see “Hamilton”? How about the next best thing? The hilarious parody called “Spamilton” is moving down Categories: Featured Theater(Rea…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Broadway: After “Sunset Boulevard” Performance, Glenn Close Sells Her Eyelashes, Gloves for $2000 for Charity by Roger Friedman

Last night on Broadway: Superstar Glenn Close sold her eyelashes, gloves, and signed photos for $2000 after a stunning night playing Nora Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Theater: Kevin Kline Angles for His First Tony Award Since 1981, Campus Violence Highlighted in “Church and State” by Roger Friedman

Is it possible Kevin Kline hasn’t been on Broadway in a decade? And that his Tony Awards were in 1978 and 1981? Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

“Hamilton” Star Phillippa Soo is a Vision, Propelling New Musical “Amelie” on Broadway by Roger Friedman

All the main theater critics are on the fence, as they say, about last night’s Broadway musical opening, “Amelie.” This is the Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: Hilarious “The Play That Goes Wrong” Opens with George Stephanopolous in Surprise Role by Roger Friedman

First off: “The Play that Goes Wrong” goes very right and went very well tonight opening at the Lyceum Theater on Broadway. Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal Selling Signed Broadway Drawings for Charity for Either $500, $1000, or A Million Bucks by Roger Friedman

Last night on Broadway at “Sunday in the Park with George” was also the first night of selling merch for Broadway Cares/Equity Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

First Image: Bette Midler Starts Tonight in “Hello, Dolly!” with Biggest Advance in History by Roger Friedman

This is the first image of Bette Midler as Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” The musical with the biggest advance in history Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Broadway: “Come from Away” is the Pleasing Sleeper Hit of a Very Busy Season by Roger Friedman

“Come from Away” has no stars and no big songs that stop the show. Still, it’s the sleeper hit of a very Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Two Time Oscar Winner, Emmy Winner Sally Field Goes for the “T” in EGOT with “Glass Menagerie” by Roger Friedman

Just as Cate Blanchett is getting ready to leave Broadway and her outstanding performance in “The Present,” Sally Field arrives tonight. I Categories: Featured Theater(Read mo…

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