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Friday, July 29, 2022

Aaron Sorkin’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Abruptly Cancels Return to Broadway, Blaming Producer Scott Rudin by Wilson Chapman

“To Kill A Mockingbird,” Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved coming-of-age novel, will not return to Broadway as previously announced, The New York Times reported…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:55PM
Monday, July 11, 2022

Watch Lea Michele Perform ‘Funny Girl’s’ Biggest Songs on ‘Glee’ by Wilson Chapman

After months of speculation, rumors and memes, it’s official: Lea Michele is Fanny Brice. Starting Sept. 6, the former “Glee” star will perform the lead role in “Funny Girl” in the…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:08PM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

Center Theatre Group to Host Productions of ‘1776,’ ‘Ain’t Too Proud,’ Cecily Strong Play in New Season by Wilson Chapman

Los Angeles’ Center Theater Group will host two world premieres, a West Coast bow, a U.S. launch and several classics and modern hits for its 2022-23 season. The initial programming lineup…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:35PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Steve Fickinger, Tony-Winning Producer of ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ Dies at 62 by Wilson Chapman

Steve Fickinger, the Broadway producer who won a Tony for “Dear Evan Hansen,” died suddenly on Friday in Laguna Beach, Calif., representatives confirmed to Variety. He was 62. Born in Wi…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:22PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Beanie Feldstein, Jane Lynch to Depart Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’ in September by Wilson Chapman

Beanie Feldstein and Jane Lynch will depart the current Broadway revival of “Funny Girl” this fall, the production announced Wednesday. The news was announced by the production, which co…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:08PM
Monday, June 13, 2022

Hugh Jackman Tests Positive for COVID the Day After His Tony Awards Performance by Wilson Chapman

One day after performing “The Music Man” at the 2022 Tony Awards ceremony, nominee Hugh Jackman has announced that he has tested positive for COVID. “I wanted you guys to hear it from …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:51PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

‘Come From Away’ to Close on Broadway in October by Wilson Chapman

Long-running musical “Come From Away” will play its final Broadway performance Oct. 2, the production announced on Wednesday. Written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, “Come From Away�…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:33PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Andrew Garfield, Bowen Yang, Jennifer Hudson Among Tony Award Presenters (TV News Roundup) by Wilson Chapman

Andrew Garfield, Bowen Yang and Jennifer Hudson are among the stars set to celebrate Broadway’s biggest night. The three actors have been announced as presenters for the 2022 Tony Awards. …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:58PM
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Liev Schreiber Says He Owes His Career to New York’s Public Theater by Wilson Chapman

Gala on the Green, the Public Theater’s annual benefit held Tuesday night steps from the Delacorte Theater in New York’s Central Park, is the best spot in town for a breezy evening spent…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:58PM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

PhilmCo Media Backs ‘1660 Vine’ Movie Musical About Social Media Influencers by Wilson Chapman

Sixth months after Peter Samuelson and Jonathan Prince launched PhilmCo Media, the production banner is gearing up its first project “1660 Vine,” a musical film that producers hope to ad…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:15PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Patti LuPone Shuts Down Anti-Mask Audience Member: ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ by Wilson Chapman

Broadway legend Patti LuPone is famous for her long history of calling out theatergoers who fail to follow proper theater etiquette, and that continued Tuesday when she exchanged harsh words…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:49PM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Pulitzer Prizes Include James Ijames for ‘Fat Ham,’ Raven Chacon for ‘Voiceless Mass’ by Wilson Chapman

James Ijames and Raven Chacon are among the recipients of the 2022 Pulitzer Prizes. The prestigious Pulitzer Prizes honor achievements across journalism, literature, theater and music. This …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:56PM
Friday, May 6, 2022

Lorna Courtney, Paulo Szot, Betsy Wolfe, Stark Sands Cast in New Musical ‘& Juliet’ by Wilson Chapman

Lorna Courtney, Paulo Szot, Betsy Wolfe and Stark Sands will headline the North American premiere cast of the Max Martin jukebox musical “& Juliet,” the production announced on Frida…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:25PM
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Harry Lennix Set to Establish Black Cultural Center in Chicago by Wilson Chapman

For more than 20 years, Harry Lennix — an actor best known for his roles in TV shows and film such as “The Blacklist,” “Dollhouse” and “Justice League” — has been an advisor …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:51PM
Monday, April 25, 2022

Beanie Feldstein on Starring in Broadway Revival of ‘Funny Girl’: ‘I’m in a State of Shock’ by Wilson Chapman

The bar at the August Wilson Theater, a lounge the theater’s owner Jordan Roth opened last year, was quiet after the curtain fell over Broadway’s first revival of “Funny Girl.” Save …

SOURCE: Variety at 08:04PM
Friday, April 22, 2022

Tony Awards Push Back Nominations Date, Extend Eligibility Period by Wilson Chapman

The 75th Annual Tony Awards are extending the eligibility period of the season by several days and pushing back the nominations announcement date, the awards body announced Friday. Previousl…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:22PM
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Rae Allen, Tony-Award Winning ‘Damn Yankees,’ ‘Sopranos’ Actress, Dies at 95 by Wilson Chapman

Rae Allen, the Tony-winning stage and screen veteran known for her role as nosy reporter Gloria Thorpe in “Damn Yankees” and as Quintina Blundetto on “The Sopranos,” died Wednesday, …

SOURCE: Variety at 08:59PM
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick Mulling Filmed Performance of New ‘Plaza Suite’ Broadway Revival by Wilson Chapman

On Monday evening in New York City, “Plaza Suite,” a Neil Simon comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, opened on Broadway with a comedic crash nearly three years in …

SOURCE: Variety at 08:03PM
Thursday, March 17, 2022

Oksana Shvets, Acclaimed Ukrainian Stage Actor, Killed in Russian Rocket Attack by Wilson Chapman

Oksana Shvets, an acclaimed Ukrainian film and theater actor, has died in a Russian rocket attack on a residential building in Kyiv. Her death was announced by the Young Theater, where she h…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:56PM
Friday, February 25, 2022

Joe Wright Recalls ‘Weeping’ While Watching ‘Cyrano’ Stage Musical Before His Film Adaptation by Wilson Chapman

On Wednesday evening in New York City, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer offered its return to the original movie musical with “Cyrano,” director Joe Wright’s musical adaptation of “Cyrano de Berg…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:28AM

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