All stories by Ryan McPhee on BroadwayStars

Monday, August 2, 2021

Natalie Mendoza Will Play Satine When Moulin Rouge! Musical Reopens on Broadway by Ryan McPhee

Mendoza, who also appeared in the original Baz Luhrmann film, replaces Tony winner Karen Olivo.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:59AM
Friday, July 30, 2021

Broadway Will Require COVID Vaccines for Audiences by Ryan McPhee

Theatregoers will need to show proof of vaccination prior to entering all 41 Broadway venues.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:12AM
Thursday, July 29, 2021

Broadway Shows Will Require COVID-19 Vaccines for Employees Under Actors’ Equity Agreement by Ryan McPhee

The various safety protocols were released as both new and returning shows enter rehearsals.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:37PM
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Original Stars of Broadway's Six Will Return to Court by Ryan McPhee

The musical about Henry VIII's (ex) wives resumes performances September 17.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:41AM

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Reopens in the West End July 28 by Ryan McPhee

Aisha Jawando and Jammy Kasongo star in the London production of the jukebox biomusical.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Ali Stroker, Larry Owens, More Among Little Island’s ‘NYC Free’ Festival Headliners by Ryan McPhee

The four-week showcase will feature over 450 artists across 160 varied performances.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:07PM
Thursday, July 15, 2021

13 Singers and 25 Tons of Sand: Beach-Set Sun & Sea Opera to Play Brooklyn Academy of Music by Ryan McPhee

The Lina Lapelyte piece will make its U.S. debut at BAM, having debuted at the Venice Biennale in 2019.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:04PM
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Will Arbery World Premiere Added to Playwrights Horizons’ Upcoming Season by Ryan McPhee

The lineup also includes previously announced titles by Aleshea Harris, Sylvia Khoury, Dave Harris, and Sanaz Toossi.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:05PM

Meet Some of This Year’s Jimmy Award Nominees... And Watch Them Dance by Ryan McPhee

This year, 72 teens from around the country compete in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards—and in a first, it’s all digital.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:29AM
Monday, July 12, 2021

The Met Praises Puccini in New Week of Free Opera Streams by Ryan McPhee

Catch classic performances of Tosca, La Fanciulla del West, La Bohème, and more.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:50PM

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Pushes Up Broadway Return by Ryan McPhee

As previously reported, the Tony- and Olivier-winning play will reopen in North America as one part instead of two.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:39AM

Park Avenue Armory Cancels Remainder of Ann Dowd-Led Enemy of the People Run by Ryan McPhee

The interactive solo piece was scheduled to run through August 8.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:42AM

Jesus Christ Superstar Concert, Starring Ramin Karimloo, Michael K. Lee, Telly Leung, Begins July 12 in Japan by Ryan McPhee

The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical plays in Tokyo with COVID-19 protocols.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:01AM
Friday, July 9, 2021

Ashley Park Tapped to Star in New Comedy From Crazy Rich Asians Screenwriter Adele Lim by Ryan McPhee

The untitled project will follow four Asian-Americans who travel to Asia.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:21PM

Full Cast Set for World Premiere of Bob Marley Musical Get Up, Stand Up! by Ryan McPhee

Clint Dyer directs the new biomusical, set to begin performances in London’s West End in October.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:49AM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Waitress Will Return to Broadway; Sara Bareilles to Star by Ryan McPhee

Performances will begin in September at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:59AM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Metropolitan Opera and IATSE Local 1 Reach Agreement After Months-Long Dispute by Ryan McPhee

The NYC house intends to reopen in September.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:32AM
Friday, July 2, 2021

Actors’ Equity Issues New COVID Safety Protocols as Broadway Reopens, Including Mask and Testing Lifts if Vaccinated by Ryan McPhee

The new guidances are an evolution of the union’s previously released guidelines for “fully vaccinated” productions.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:48AM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Jaws-Inspired The Shark Is Broken Confirms New West End Dates by Ryan McPhee

Sonia Freidman Productions heads the London transfer of the Edinburgh Fringe hit.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:21AM

Stream of The Wolves, Featuring Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Performers, Benefits ACLU of Kentucky June 29 by Ryan McPhee

Actors Theatre of Louisville and Charlie Hano produce the virtual version of Sarah DeLappe's Pulitzer finalist.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:02AM
Monday, June 28, 2021

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Will Reopen on Broadway as One Show by Ryan McPhee

The Tony- and Olivier-winning play was originally presented in two parts; the newly staged version is also heading elsewhere in North America.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:14PM

Metropolitan Opera Offers Free Streams of American-Composed Operas in Week Leading Up to July 4 by Ryan McPhee

The latest Nightly Met Streams lineup includes Nico Muhly’s Marnie and Philip Glass’ Satyagraha and Akhnaten.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:06PM

Full Cast Set for West End Reopening of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical by Ryan McPhee

See who's joining Aisha Jawando and Jammy Kasongo when the jukebox biomusical reopens in London.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:32AM

Read the Reviews for the Return of Springsteen on Broadway by Ryan McPhee

The Grammy winner and Tony honoree welcomed audiences back to Broadway June 26.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:27AM
Friday, June 25, 2021

Track-by-Track Breakdown: Jennifer Nettles Celebrates Broadway on New Album Always Like New by Ryan McPhee

The Grammy-winning country star dives deep into her love of musical theatre, (literally) singing the praises of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, Pasek and Paul, and more.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:59AM
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Sonia Friedman, More Taking Legal Action Against U.K. Government to Release Reopening Data by Ryan McPhee

The Events Research Program was established to identify and track protocols that would help theatres and more venues safely welcome back audiences. Its findings have yet to reach producers a…

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:24PM

Norm Lewis and Michael Urie Will Star in Chicken and Biscuits on Broadway by Ryan McPhee

Zhalion Levingston will direct the limited engagement of the Douglas Lyons comedy.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:30AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Special Tony Award Honors Will Go to Broadway Advocacy Coalition, American Utopia, Freestyle Love Supreme by Ryan McPhee

The 74th annual ceremony will take place (in two parts) September 26.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:59PM

Upcoming West Side Story Star Rachel Zegler to Star in Disney’s Live-Action Snow White by Ryan McPhee

Tony and Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will pen new songs for the movie.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:21PM

Producer Kate Horton Joins The Music Man Revival Following Scott Rudin Departure by Ryan McPhee

The Hugh Jackman- and Sutton Foster-led production will begin previews in December.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:24AM

Inside the Broadway Community Project: How Group Sales Help Develop Today and Tomorrow's Audiences by Ryan McPhee

Walk Tall Girl Productions' Marcia Pendelton is an audience diversity and development specialist working to make the theatregoing experience accessible to all.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:00AM

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