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Friday, January 15, 2021

Emma Thompson to Play Trunchbull in Matilda Movie Musical; Newcomer Alisha Weir Lands Title Role by Ryan McPhee

Lashana Lynch will play Miss Honey in the Netflix adaptation.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Larissa FastHorse, Robert O’Hara, More Added to Playwrights Horizons’ Board of Directors by Ryan McPhee

The Off-Broadway organization is in its 50th anniversary year.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Inside the Broadway Community Project: For Suzanne Tobak, Once the Curtain's Down, the Party's Just Getting Started by Ryan McPhee

Learn more about the veteran events producer and her work in the theatre industry.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Plan to Revive New York’s Arts Scene by Ryan McPhee

In his State of the State address, Cuomo announced his initiative to bolster an economic and cultural sector effectively shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

It's Renée Fleming Week at the Metropolitan Opera by Ryan McPhee

Celebrate with streams of Capriccio, Rusalka, Der Rosenkavalier, and more.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Tony Award Recipient Sarah Jones at Work on Sell/Buy/Date Film Adaptation by Ryan McPhee

Rashida Jones, Meryl Streep, and Laverne Cox are on board as producers for the documentary, based on Jones' 2016 Off-Broadway piece.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Bernadette Peters, David Hyde Pierce, More Tapped for Jerry Herman Tribute From Pasadena Playhouse by Ryan McPhee

The revue will feature some of the late composer’s tunes heard in such shows as Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles.

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Metropolitan Opera Stars Go Head-to-Head in First Week of 2021 Free Streams by Ryan McPhee

Explore some of opera's most epic rivalries in the nightly streaming series.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Watch as Susan Stroman and a Bevy of Dancers Worldwide Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Center Stage by Ryan McPhee

The master class event and cast reunion took place earlier this month, with moves from Robyn Hurder, Clyde Alves, and more.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Bon Appétit! What to Eat as You Watch Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical by Ryan McPhee

Before tuning into the streaming benefit, here's a spread sure to impress the rat of all your dreams.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Luciano Pavarotti Takes Center Screen in Latest Offering of Free Metropolitan Opera Streams by Ryan McPhee

Ring in the new year with La Bohème, Rigoletto, L’Elisir d’Amore, and more.

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In Memoriam: A Look at the Theatre Artists We Lost in 2020 by Ryan McPhee

Playbill remembers the actors, directors, playwrights, and other familiar faces of the stage who died this year.

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Andrew Barth Feldman, Tituss Burgess, André De Shields, More to Star in Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical Benefit by Ryan McPhee

The one-performance-only event, based on the social media viral sensation, will stream January 1 in support of The Actors Fund.

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Stage and Screen Actor Lee Wallace Dead at 90 by Ryan McPhee

The performer (and on-screen mayor) appeared on Broadway in The Cemetery Club, The Apple Doesn’t Fall…, and more.

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Film Adaptation of The Color Purple Musical Secures December 2023 Release Date by Ryan McPhee

Blitz Bazawule, co-director of Beyoncé’s Black Is King, will helm the Warner Bros. project.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Inside the Broadway Community Project: The People Who Nurture Broadway Bodies by Ryan McPhee

“Very few things can top getting to know these casts and add value to their lives, then watching the show from backstage and having them add value to mine.”

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Monday, December 21, 2020

Congress Reaches Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Package, Including $15 Billion 'Save Our Stages' Act by Ryan McPhee

The stimulus bill, expected to pass the House and Senate December 21, follows months of political stalemate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

For Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Colman Domingo Looks to a Century of Code-Switching by Ryan McPhee

"Black folks do this all day long. It's something that's been codified in our spirit. It's interesting to see how much more work we have to do just to have a complex, strong existence."

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Meet the Band: Michael Potts, Colman Domingo, and Glynn Turman on August Wilson, Chadwick Boseman, and the Commoditization of Black Art by Ryan McPhee

The trio star alongside Viola Davis and the late Boseman in the Netflix adaptation of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Interview: Audra McDonald on Creating a Gala for an Empty Theatre, Remembering Terrence McNally, and More by Ryan McPhee

The six-time Tony winner, currently nominated for McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, headlines New York City Center's digital concert event.

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Celia Rose Gooding, Diana DeGarmo, Alysha Umphress, More Star in Virtual Production of Disenchanted!, Streaming December 15 by Ryan McPhee

The musical send-up of familiar animated princesses played Off-Broadway in 2014.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Ann Reinking, Dancer-Turned-Tony-Winning-Choreographer and Fosse Muse, Dies at 71 by Ryan McPhee

Ms. Reinking won Tony and Olivier Awards for choreographing the revival of Chicago and played Roxie Hart in both the original and long-running Broadway productions.

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Under Tier 3 Restrictions, London Theatres Enter Another Lockdown as Holidays Approach by Ryan McPhee

Some shows, such as Six and Everybody's Talking About Jamie, had begun to welcome back audiences in the West End earlier this month.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Tina Tony Nominee Katori Hall Signs Overall TV Deal With Lionsgate, Including Commission for Black Playwrights by Ryan McPhee

Hall's play Pussy Valley was recently adapted into the Starz series P-Valley, which Lionsgate has already picked up for a second season.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Susan Stroman Will Revisit Center Stage for 20th Anniversary Master Class by Ryan McPhee

Learn the moves from the cult favorite and hear from cast members Sascha Radetsky, Priscilla Lopez, and Debra Monk.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Inside the Broadway Community Project: The Art of Fighting by Ryan McPhee

"Good fights are more about trust, teamwork, and collaboration than martial skill," says fight choreographer and movement director David S. Leong.

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National Theatre's Dick Whittington Panto Will Stream For Free by Ryan McPhee

The in-the-round production will be filmed in front of a socially distant audience from the London venue.

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Monday, December 7, 2020

Porgy and Bess, The Exterminating Angel, More Stream for Free in English-Language Week of Met Streams by Ryan McPhee

Week 39 of the Metropolitan Opera's nightly series features seven titles with English libretti.

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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Six Resumes Performances in London's West End December 5 by Ryan McPhee

The high-energy musical welcomes back a socially distanced audience.

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Months After Inequity Reckoning, Flea Theater Discontinues The Bats and Other Resident Artist Groups by Ryan McPhee

In June, the Off-Off-Broadway theatre said it would commit to paying its artists for future programming. Now, it’s unclear what that programming might be.

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