All stories by Ryan McPhee on BroadwayStars

Friday, March 11, 2022

Shaina Taub's Suffs Have Simply Gotta March by Ryan McPhee

In her new musical, Taub hopes to humanize (not glorify) the individuals behind the women's suffrage movement.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:00AM
Friday, December 31, 2021

We'll Drink to That: The Top Theatre Stories of 2021 by Ryan McPhee

Openings, closings, and everything in between.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:00AM
Thursday, December 23, 2021

Medical Experts Stress Continued Importance of Ventilation Strategies in Theatres Amid Omicron Spread by Ryan McPhee

Dr. Jon LaPook and Dr. Joseph G. Allen discuss how Broadway companies and audiences can remain safe as performances face breakthrough COVID-19 cases.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:15AM
Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Is There Still Sex in the City? Cancels Remainder of Run as Candace Bushnell Tests Positive for COVID-19 by Ryan McPhee

Bushnell wrote and starred in the solo show, which opened December 7.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:27PM

When Thoughts of a Colored Man Almost Canceled Broadway Performance, Playwright Keenan Scott II Saved the Day by Ryan McPhee

The playwright and two understudies helped complete the seven-person cast as productions face breakthrough COVID cases.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:51AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Watch Hugh Jackman's Grand Entrance From The Music Man Revival's 1st Performance by Ryan McPhee

The production, starring Jackman and Sutton Foster, began previews December 20 at the Winter Garden Theatre.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:15PM

Holiday Recipes From Broadway Bakers and Showbiz Chefs by Ryan McPhee

Performers from Company, The Music Man, Hadestown, and more shine on stage and in the kitchen.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:06AM
Monday, December 20, 2021

Broadway’s Thoughts of a Colored Man to Welcome New Cast Members in 2022 by Ryan McPhee

Kadeem Ali Harris, Reynaldo Piniella, and Christian Thompson will join the company at the Golden Theatre.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:08AM
Sunday, December 19, 2021

Broadway's Aladdin, Final Performance of Morning Sun, More Canceled December 19 Due to COVID by Ryan McPhee

A number of shows have reported breakthrough cases among their companies.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:00PM
Saturday, December 18, 2021

Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jagged Little Pill Cancel More Performances Due to COVID by Ryan McPhee

Both shows have reported a number of breakthrough cases among their companies.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:32PM
Friday, December 17, 2021

Broadway's Michael Jackson Musical Cancels Performances Until After Christmas by Ryan McPhee

MJ will return December 27 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:33PM
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Metropolitan Opera to Require COVID Booster Shots for Audiences, Staff by Ryan McPhee

The organization is the first major performing arts institution to take this step as cases rise in the wake of the Omicron variant.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:52PM
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Ain't Too Proud Cancels December 14 Broadway Performance Due to Breakthrough COVID Case by Ryan McPhee

The Temptations jukebox musical reopened after the shutdown October 16.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:49PM

Watch the Cast of Broadway's New Company Perform Title Number on Good Morning America by Ryan McPhee

Marianne Elliott's take on the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical opened December 9.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:45AM
Monday, December 13, 2021

KiKi Layne to Star in Aleshea Harris’ On Sugarland Off-Broadway by Ryan McPhee

Whitney White will direct the New York Theatre Workshop production, beginning in February 2022.

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:15PM

What Did London Critics Think of Cabaret, Starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley? by Ryan McPhee

Rebecca Frecknall directs the environmental production, which opened December 12.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:16AM
Saturday, December 11, 2021

Sarah Ruhl and Lynn Nottage on Transforming Their Acclaimed Plays Into Operas by Ryan McPhee

The two Tony-nominated playwrights-turned-librettists share notated pages from the scripts of their operatic debuts as they revisit Eurydice and Intimate Apparel, respectively.

SOURCE: Playbill at 07:00AM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Read the Reviews for Gender-Swapped Broadway Revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company by Ryan McPhee

The new production, directed by Marianne Elliott and starring Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone, opened December 9.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:05PM

What Did Critics Think of the Kimberly Akimbo Musical Off-Broadway? by Ryan McPhee

Victoria Clark stars in the title role of David Lindsay-Abaire and composer Jeanine Tesori's collaboration at Atlantic Theater Company.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:02AM

Tony Awards Committee Makes Eligibility Rulings on Six, Diana, More by Ryan McPhee

See the determinations made for the first 12 shows of the 2021–2022 season.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:14AM

Gender-Swapped Revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company Opens on Broadway December 9 by Ryan McPhee

Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone star in the Marianne Elliott-helmed production of the late composer's examination of life and marriage in New York City.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

City Center President and CEO Arlene Shuler to Step Down in 2022 by Ryan McPhee

Shuler, a former dancer, has held the position since 2003.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:35PM

After Fire Shut Up in My Bones Triumph, The Metropolitan Opera Will Present Terence Blanchard's Champion by Ryan McPhee

The opera, from composer Blanchard and Tony- and Pulitzer-winning librettist Michael Cristofer, explores the complicated life, career, and sexuality of boxing giant Emile Griffith.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:10PM

Broadway Will Now Require COVID Vaccines for Audiences Aged 5 and Older by Ryan McPhee

The Broadway League had previously permitted proof of negative test results for younger theatregoers.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:16AM
Monday, December 6, 2021

How Did NBC’s Annie Live! Compare in Ratings to Its Past Musicals? by Ryan McPhee

The TV special, starring Celina Smith, Taraji P. Henson, and Harry Connick Jr., aired December 2.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:29AM
Friday, December 3, 2021

Julia Lester, Jordan Donica, More Join Encores! Into the Woods; Trevor Jackson Replaces Dulé Hill for The Tap Dance Kid by Ryan McPhee

New York City Center has announced a number of casting and creative team updates for the upcoming 2022 season.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:08PM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Wicked Movie Holds Casting Call for Nessarose, Seeking Wheelchair Users by Ryan McPhee

The Telsey Office is searching for performers to join Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande in the Jon M. Chu-helmed film.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:24PM
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Girl From the North Country Will Embark on U.K. and Ireland Tour by Ryan McPhee

The Bob Dylan musical, written and directed by Conor McPherson, is also currently on Broadway.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:35AM