All stories by Ryan McPhee on BroadwayStars

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Cody Renard Richard on Experiencing Racism as a Broadway Stage Manager, and a Call to Allies by Ryan McPhee

"We have to do better. Let’s actually create a 'community.'"

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Choreographer Warren Adams Challenges Broadway to Confront Racism by Ryan McPhee

"We are not looking for empathy. We are not victims. We are only asking for humanity and equality."

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Obie Awards Postpone 2020 Virtual Ceremony: ‘This Is a Time for Reflection and Mourning’ by Ryan McPhee

The awards honoring Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theatre were to take place June 4 on YouTube.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Metropolitan Opera Cancels First Half of 2020–2021 Season, Revamps Spring Slate in Wake of Coronavirus by Ryan McPhee

The season is now scheduled to launch December 31 with a special reopening gala.

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Streaming This Week: Alvin Ailey's Revelations, Tom Hiddleston as Coriolanus, More by Ryan McPhee

Plus, catch performances by Angel Blue and Andrew Scott, conversations with Eboni Booth and Joshua Harmon.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

2020 Drama Desks Awards Postponed in Solidarity With Black Lives Matter Protests by Ryan McPhee

Winners were to be announced on NY1 in a ceremony made remote due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Revisit Tony-Winning The Boys in the Band on Broadway by Ryan McPhee

Joe Mantello’s production of the Mart Crowley play, which opened May 31, 2018, featured Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, and more.

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65th Annual Drama Desk Awards Take Place May 31 by Ryan McPhee

The remote ceremony, honoring a theatre season cut short, airs on NY1.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Sundance Institute Names 8 Works to Be Developed Under Its 2020 Digital Theatre Lab by Ryan McPhee

The 2020 program will take place through Sundance's Co//ab initiative.

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What to Stream This Weekend: The Drama Desks Go Digital, Party With [title of show], More by Ryan McPhee

Plus, catch streams of Broadway's Allegiance and Holiday Inn, co-hosted by Playbill.

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The Daily Distraction: Marisha Wallace, Lea Salonga, Katharine McPhee, More Think—and Sing—About 'Tomorrow' by Ryan McPhee

Wallace virtually gathered several friends and co-stars for this moving Annie cover, benefiting Broadway Cares and MAD Trust.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Daily Distraction: Gladys Knight Pours Her Soul Into 'And I Am Telling You' by Ryan McPhee

Celebrate the Grammy winner's birthday with her rendition of the Dreamgirls anthem.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Daily Distraction: Noah Galvin Was Ready to Play Mama Rose...at Age 15 by Ryan McPhee

Catch the Dear Evan Hansen star live out his Gypsy dreams as a teen.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Date and Details Set for 2020 Obie Awards as Ceremony Goes Digital by Ryan McPhee

Cole Escola will host the virtual event honoring Off-Broadway theatre.

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Streaming This Week: Broadway's Allegiance, a Chat With Kristen Bell, More by Ryan McPhee

As theatres stay dark, screens brighten up with performances, interviews, and classes.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

The Daily Distraction: The Touring Cast of Falsettos Ensure Everything Will Be Alright by Ryan McPhee

Catch Max Von Essen, Nick Adams, Eden Espinosa, and more reunite for a virtual performance.

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What to Stream This Weekend: Broadway Stars Sing Their Dream Roles, Puffs Brings Magic Home, More by Ryan McPhee

A sampling of the virtual offerings to entice theatre enthusiasts over Memorial Day weekend.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Daily Distraction: Let Cher Entertain You, Let Cher Make You Smile by Ryan McPhee

Happy belated birthday to the goddess warrior, and happy anniversary to Gypsy.

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Dramatists Guild Foundation Announces 2020 Stephen Schwartz Award Honoree and Multiple Thom Thomas Award Recipients by Ryan McPhee

The awards go to rising composers and writers and come with a no-strings-attached grant.

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Smash Eyes Broadway (Again): A Musical Adaptation of the NBC Series Is in the Works by Ryan McPhee

The Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt, and Neil Meron production will bring Karen Cartwright, Ivy Lynn, and more to the stage.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Daily Distraction: Watch Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff Enter a Battle of the Marilyns Ahead of the Bombshell Concert by Ryan McPhee

The two channeled their inner Karen Cartwright and Ivy Lynn, respectively, at MCC Theater's 2013 Miscast gala.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Daily Distraction: Let's Play 'Count the Lifts' With Shoshana Bean by Ryan McPhee

The Broadway favorite serves riffs and whistle tones in this delightfully chaotic Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat montage.

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Drama Desk Awards to Present Late Harold Prince With Inaugural Namesake Lifetime Achievement Honor by Ryan McPhee

The 65th annual ceremony will take place remotely May 31.

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Alanis Morissette, Cast and Creatives of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill Headline Actors Fund Benefit May 19 by Ryan McPhee

Proceeds from the musical’s live stream will go to the organization’s COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Metropolitan Opera's Manon With Anna Netrebko, Don Giovanni With Joan Sutherland, More Head Online This Week by Ryan McPhee

The company enters its 10th week of its Nightly Met Streams series.

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The Daily Distraction: Tina Fey and Jonathan Groff Are 2 Lovers in the Amish Night by Ryan McPhee

Fey (who celebrates her birthday today) and Groff returned to their Pennsylvania roots for Ars Nova's Nova Ball 2019.

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

New Streaming Service Broadway on Demand Launches May 17 by Ryan McPhee

The slate of programming includes Allegiance, series from Tiler Peck and Frankie James Grande, and more.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Some Like It Hot Musical to Go Straight to Broadway, Scraps Chicago Premiere by Ryan McPhee

The new stage adaptation of the 1959 comedy features a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and a book by Matthew Lopez.

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Disney Theatrical Productions Reveals Next Steps for Hercules and The Jungle Book Musicals, Aida Revival, More by Ryan McPhee

The slate arrives on the heels of the announcement that Frozen would not return to Broadway following the coronavirus shutdown.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Good Fight to End 4th Season Early, But Will Return for a 5th by Ryan McPhee

The CBS All Access series, featuring a slew of Broadway veterans, will wrap up its current season sooner than scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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