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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Applications Now Open for 3rd Annual Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge by Ryan McPhee

The program from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Theatre Wing pairs high school songwriters with Broadway mentors.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

National Endowment for the Arts Grants $27.3 Million in First Round of 2020 Funding by Ryan McPhee

Grants will go toward theatre companies and arts organizations in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

TADA! Youth Theater to Honor Jason Robert Brown and Georgia Stitt at 2020 Gala by Ryan McPhee

Tituss Burgess will host the March event.

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Broadway’s Moulin Rouge! to Present Benefit Concert for Australian Wildfire Relief by Ryan McPhee

The musical will also donate its proceeds from its performance on January 26 (Australia Day).

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Bernadette Peters, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, More to Perform at Jerry Herman Tribute by Ryan McPhee

The memorial service will take place at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where two separate revivals of Hello, Dolly! played.

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New Broadway Demographics Research Shows Growth in Nonwhite and International Audiences by Ryan McPhee

The new report from the Broadway League explores data from the 2018–2019 Broadway season.

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Tony Nominee Ethan Slater Joins Off-Broadway Assassins Revival by Ryan McPhee

The cast of the Classic Stage Company production will also include Judy Kuhn, Steven Pasquale, and Brandon Uranowitz.

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2020 Oscars: Cynthia Erivo, More Stage Alums Earn Double Academy Award Nominations by Ryan McPhee

The 92nd annual ceremony will take place February 9.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Off-Broadway’s Dracula Pushes Back Start Date by Ryan McPhee

The play is one of two in Classic Stage Company’s Gothic repertory presentation, paired with Frankenstein.

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Lilli Cooper and More Complete Cast of Encores! Mack and Mabel, Starring Douglas Sills and Alexandra Socha by Ryan McPhee

Performances will run February 19–23 at New York City Center.

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Hairspray Live! Star Maddie Baillio Joins Idina Menzel, Billy Porter, More in New Cinderella Movie by Ryan McPhee

The new take on the fairytale will arrive in theatres in February 2021.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Billy Porter, Cynthia Erivo, More Earn 2020 NAACP Image Award Nominations by Ryan McPhee

Tony-winning Pose favorite Porter is up for Entertainer of the Year.

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John Keating and More Tapped for Lady G at Irish Repertory Theatre by Ryan McPhee

Lady G: Plays and Whisperings of Lady Gregory will begin Off-Broadway February 12.

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Jessica Vosk to Headline Broadway Unplugged Concert at Connecticut’s ACT by Ryan McPhee

The Wicked alum will join ACT Resident Music Supervisor Bryan Perri for the February event.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

ABC to Present Young Frankenstein Live! by Ryan McPhee

The Mel Brooks musical heads to the network following its success with The Little Mermaid.

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Alice Ripley Reprises Solo Drama The Pink Unicorn in New Jersey by Ryan McPhee

The monologue play follows a conservative Christian woman grappling with her daughter's gender identity.

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Dear Evan Hansen Alums Ben Levi Ross and Michael Park, More Join Rachel Bay Jones-Led Next to Normal by Ryan McPhee

Tony winner Jones and Brandon Victor Dixon will star as Diana and Dan Goodman in the Kennedy Center production.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Quentin Earl Darrington and More Join Ephraim Sykes in Broadway's MJ Musical by Ryan McPhee

The show, exploring the life of Michael Jackson at various stages, will premiere this summer.

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Tyler Lansing Weaks, Eduardo Ramos Join Broadway’s Upcoming Take Me Out Revival by Ryan McPhee

The two replace the previously announced Will Harrison and Joél Pérez.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Grosses Analysis: Beetlejuice Continues to Revive Box Office Figures With Another House Record by Ryan McPhee

The musical is slated to end its run at the Winter Garden Theatre in June, making way for the upcoming revival of The Music Man.

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New Musical About the Youngest Selma Marcher to Play N.Y.C. Before National Tour by Ryan McPhee

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, adapted by Ally Sheedy, will star Queade Norah as Lynda Blackmon.

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Miguel Cervantes to Play Title Role in Hamilton on Broadway by Ryan McPhee

The actor returns to the company after a long-running stint as Alexander Hamilton in Chicago.

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Broadway-Bound Michael Jackson Musical Searching for Performers of All Ages to Play Title Role by Ryan McPhee

The musical, simply titled MJ, will open this summer at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Hamilton Closes in Chicago January 5 by Ryan McPhee

The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical has played the Windy City since September 2016.

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Waitress Ends Broadway Run January 5 by Ryan McPhee

The musical, featuring a Tony- and Grammy-nominated score by Sara Bareilles, opened in 2016.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Making a Brand New Madame Morrible in Broadway’s Long-Running Wicked by Ryan McPhee

After a lifetime dreaming of the Emerald City, Transparent star Alexandra Billings joins the cast of Wicked on Broadway.

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Watch the Cast of the Frozen National Tour Perform 'For the First Time in Forever' by Ryan McPhee

The company took to the streets at the 2020 Rose Parade in Pasadena.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

New York Musical Festival Shuts Doors After 15 Years by Ryan McPhee

The program has served as a developmental stage for such shows as Next to Normal, [title of show], and Emojiland.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What Did Critics Think of Wozzeck at the Metropolitan Opera? by Ryan McPhee

William Kentridge's production of the Alban Berg opera opened in New York City December 27.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

The Top 9 Theatre Stories of 2019 by Ryan McPhee

See what announcements and trends kept theatre reporters busy and readers engaged this year.

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
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