Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Theresa Rebeck Joins Broadway-Bound ‘Working Girl’ Musical Adaptation As Book Writer by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: Playwright Theresa Rebeck, who created the stage musical-themed NBC series Smash, has joined the real-life Broadway-bound musical adaptation of the 1988 film comedy Working Girl, …

SOURCE: Deadline
Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Julie Benko Was the ‘Funny Girl’ No One Had Heard of, Until Now by Julia Jacobs

The actress, who covered for Beanie Feldstein, gets the part to herself for the next month, and Broadway fans are thrilled for her.

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In the Theater, Workers Are Demanding Better Conditions by Jesse Green

The requirements of the theater, and the constant physical and emotional risks facing performers, have many demanding their basic needs as humans.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Michael R. Jackson, in a Place All His Own in Washington Heights by Joanne Kaufman

The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning author of ‘A Strange Loop’ finally has an apartment to himself in Manhattan.

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Netflix Sues ‘Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ Duo for Infringement by Kalia Richardson

Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear gained prominence through TikTok and won a Grammy Award for their musical take on the hit streaming series.

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Rebounding From a Revolt, Victory Gardens Is Again Mired in Turmoil by Mark Caro

The esteemed Chicago theater’s artistic director is out, and artists and his supporters are upset with the company’s board of directors.

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Friday, July 29, 2022

Dancer and Choreographer Darius Barnes Dead at 34 by Margaret Hall

Barnes was the associate choreographer of Kimberly Akimbo, set to debut on Broadway this season.

SOURCE: Playbill

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Closes on Broadway as Creators Spar With Rudin by Michael Paulson

The hit play, closed since January, was expected to reopen on Broadway this fall.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Lena Hall Will Take Over as Audrey in Off-Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors by Logan Culwell-Block

Christian Borle has also set his final performance in the Howard Ashman-Alan Menken musical at the Westside Theatre.

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‘Into the Woods’ and a Missing Giant’s Boot by James Barron

When the Stephen Sondheim musical opened in 1987, a huge boot hung over the theater’s facade. The producers of the current revival would love to get it back.

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Dr. Jennifer Katona Named New Executive Director of Educational Theatre Association by Logan Culwell-Block

Katona joins the organization after more than three decades as a theatre educator.

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Ford and Mellon Foundations Announce 2022 Disability Futures Fellows by Sarah Bahr

A Broadway actress, documentary filmmaker and DC comic artist are among this year’s recipients. They were selected by fellow disabled artists from a pool of about 60 nominees.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Broadway Grosses Analysis: Sondheim Sells as Into the Woods Nears $2 Million, Company Sells Out by Logan Culwell-Block

The Music Man, The Lion King, and Hamilton remain Broadway's top earners, with the Meredith Willson revival again bringing in more than $3 million.

SOURCE: Playbill
Monday, July 25, 2022

Goodman Theater Names Susan V. Booth as Artistic Director by Jennifer Schuessler

Booth, who currently leads the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, will succeed Robert Falls, who is retiring after 35 years leading the Chicago mainstay.

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Friday, July 22, 2022

How Claybourne Elder is Paying Forward a 15-Year-Old Random Act of Kindness by Talaura Harms

The Company actor's City of Strangers ticket initiative has sent over 1,300 people to Broadway.

SOURCE: Playbill

London's West End to Get 1st Newly Built Theatre in 50 Years in Fall 2022 by Logan Culwell-Block

@sohoplace, from Nica Burns and Nimax Theatres, will open with its performance space configured in the round.

SOURCE: Playbill
Thursday, July 21, 2022

It’s Never Too Late to Learn the Tango and Fall in Love by Nell McShane Wulfhart

Nancy Cardwell was a successful newspaper editor in New York. Then she took up tango, started spending time in Buenos Aires — and met Luis.

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She Wants to Heal the World Through Second Line by Brian Seibert

Michelle N. Gibson brings her one-woman show exploring the origins of New Orleans second line, “Takin’ It to the Roots,” to Jacob’s Pillow.

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Putin, Chekhov and the Theater of Despair by Matt Wolf

In London, a new play about President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and a revival of “The Seagull” explore undercurrents of pain.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Broadway’s Tough Summer: Only 3 Shows Played at 100% Last Week, “Strange Loop” Wasn’t One of Them, “Mockingbird” Still MIA by Roger Friedman

Broadway is having a tough, tough summer. Shows are closing left and right, or announcing their finales are coming. The mask mandate

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411

Holding Out for a Hero? Ballet Theater Has It Covered. by Gia Kourlas

Daniel Camargo’s breakout season at American Ballet Theater changed his rank from guest artist to principal. (Now, all he needs is an apartment.)

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Educational Theatre Association Awards $50,000 in 2022 Scholarships to Theatre Students by Logan Culwell-Block

The organization has also revealed this year's EdTA Award recipients.

SOURCE: Playbill
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

More Paradise Square Lawsuit Details Emerge, Including Severed Finger by Raven Brunner

It has been reported that a non-binary crew member permanently severed their pinky finger in an accident during a rehearsal for the show's pre-Broadway run.

SOURCE: Playbill

The Devil Wears Prada Stage Musical Begins World Premiere in Chicago July 19 by Logan Culwell-Block

Beth Leavel and Taylor Iman Jones lead the new musical based on the film, with a score by Elton John and Shaina Taub and a book by Kate Wetherhead.

SOURCE: Playbill
Saturday, July 16, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Seeking Additional Off-Broadway Reviewers by Talkin' Broadway

Talkin' Broadway is adding to our review staff. All positions are unpaid volunteers, though reviewers typically receive a pair of complimentary tickets to see the shows they review. Anyone i…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

In a New Census, Dance/NYC Wants to Count Every Dance Worker by Rachel Sherman

The nonprofit organization’s goal is to establish labor standards across the industry, which was hard hit by the pandemic.

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Bidding Farewell to His Theatrical Flock by Scott Heller

In a 34-year run at New York Theater Workshop, James C. Nicola held that directors and writers are equal partners — and helped send “Rent” and “Hadestown” to Broadway.

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Monday, July 11, 2022

Sara Bareilles and ‘Into the Woods’ Co-Stars Honor Stephen Sondheim With ‘Glorious’ Broadway Revival: ‘He’s Smiling Down on Us’ by Jordan Moreau

It’s been 20 years since “Into the Woods” was last on Broadway, but it’s the first time that Stephen Sondheim won’t be there in person to witness his show being revived for new aud…

SOURCE: Variety

‘Paradise Square’ Will Close on Broadway After Winning One Tony by Michael Paulson

The new musical was an unsuccessful comeback attempt by the storied producer Garth H. Drabinsky.

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‘Ain’t No Mo’’ to Take Flight on Broadway by Michael Paulson

The play, by Jordan E. Cooper, is a biting comedy set in an America that offers to relocate Black citizens to Africa.

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Sunday, July 10, 2022

Beanie Feldstein to Depart ‘Funny Girl’ Earlier Than Expected by Julia Jacobs

The actress announced on Instagram that she would be leaving the musical at the end of July, two months earlier than previously announced.

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Almost Famous Musical Sets Broadway Home, Postpones Start by Logan Culwell-Block

Based on the 2000 film of the same name, the musical features a score by Tony and Pulitzer winner Tom Kitt and a book and lyrics by Cameron Crowe, the film's writer.

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West End's & Juliet Musical Sets Fall Broadway Bow With Betsy Wolfe, Paulo Szot, More by Logan Culwell-Block

The jukebox musical with a book by Schitt's Creek writer David West Read imagines a different ending for the Shakespearean heroine.

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Is the Future of American Opera Unfolding in Detroit? by Mark Binelli

Yuval Sharon’s wildly innovative stagings, already celebrated in Berlin and Los Angeles, reach new heights in Michigan.

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On the London Stage, Families in Disarray by Matt Wolf

Two new plays, “The Southbury Child” and “Mad House,” explore domestic discord with contrasting degrees of success.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

When Paying Dues Doesn’t Pay the Rent, How Does the Theater Survive? by Jesse Green

Frank talk about salaries and the end of unpaid internships are positive steps, but the cost may be fewer opportunities to learn the ropes.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Peter Brook, Celebrated Stage Director of Scale and Humanity, Dies at 97 by Benedict Nightingale

He was called “the greatest innovator of his generation,” leaving an indelible mark with plays, musicals, opera and a relentless curiosity.

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Influential theater director Peter Brook dies at 97 by Bob Mondello

Brook's work ranged from classical star-studded productions to radical experiments in theater. He reinvented King Lear and explored the fragility of civilization in the film Lord of the Flie…

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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Theater Books for Summer Reading 2022 by Jan Simpson

Now that Covid has been around for more than two years and vaccines have made contracting the virus a little less scary, a new kind of normal is settling in. The Tony award ceremonies return…

SOURCE: Broadway & Me
Friday, July 1, 2022

A Chameleon Flies From ‘The Blacklist’ to ‘The Kite Runner’ by Laura Zornosa

After nine seasons on the NBC series, Amir Arison is making his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s popular 2003 novel.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

On NBC’s ‘Dancing With Myself,’ TikTok-Like Dances Meet Network TV by Margaret Fuhrer

“Dancing With Myself,” on NBC, shows the deep influence of the dance challenge on popular culture, even as its hold on TikTok has loosened.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

She’ll Have You at Moo: Milky White and the Power of Puppetry by Laura Collins-Hughes

She breathes, coughs and mourns, and now the cow puppet that captured hearts in the Encores! “Into the Woods” revival is on Broadway.

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Broadway: “Music Man” Star Sutton Foster Tests Postive Again for COVID, Out of Show by Roger Friedman

No masks and no vax test proof is cutting down the people on Broadway stages. Sutton Foster is out of “The Music

SOURCE: ShowBiz 411
Friday, June 24, 2022

On Broadway, One Show Decides to Keep Masks. No, It’s Not ‘Phantom.’ by Michael Paulson

“American Buffalo,” at Circle in the Square, is sticking with masking till it closes, July 10, citing the “proximity of the audience to the actors” and “the staging in the round.”

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Immersed in ‘Stranger Things,’ Then Strolling to Beckett by Alexis Soloski

Our writer checked out two very different experiences in New York. In Netflix’s TV re-creation, you fight Demogorgons. In “Cascando,” you walk off your existential angst.

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3 Theaters, 3 Plays, One Cast, All at Once by Holly Williams

The Crucible Theater in Sheffield, England, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a mind-boggling logistical challenge that also honors a declining industry in the city.

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The ‘Most Real Richard III There’s Ever Been’ by Alex Marshall

The Royal Shakespeare Company has cast a disabled actor to play the “deformed, unfinish’d” king for the first time. The choice has been hailed as a landmark moment.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Velcro or Snaps? The ABC’s of Stripping for a Cause by Brian Schaefer

Broadway Bares began as a response to the AIDS crisis. Thirty years later, the one-night-only burlesque spectacle remains a potent, frisky fund-raiser.

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Shubert Foundation Gives Record-Breaking $37.6 Million to 609 Arts Organizations by Andrew Gans

The donations include $1 million gifts to create scholarships for theatre students at two historically Black institutions of higher learning, Spelman College and Morehouse College.

SOURCE: Playbill
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…

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James Rado, Co-Creator of the Musical ‘Hair,’ Is Dead at 90 by Barry Singer

Working with his fellow writer and actor Gerome Ragni and the composer Galt MacDermot, he jolted Broadway into the Age of Aquarius.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

New Soho Rep Season Spotlights Emerging Artists by Sarah Bahr

A Bengali-English play and a meditation on the work of Whitney Houston are among the offerings.

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Broadway Will Drop Mask Mandate Beginning July 1 by Michael Paulson

Most theaters stopped requiring proof of vaccination this spring. Now they are going “mask optional.”

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Watch Vanessa Williams, LaChanze, Andrew Rannells, James Monroe Iglehart, More Sing Showstoppers in 50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center by Andrew Gans

Also, watch Frances Ruffelle reprise "On My Own," and Beth Leavel, Gavin Creel, and Betsy Wolfe travel down "Easy Street."

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She Won a Tony. But Deirdre O’Connell ‘Can’t Think About That.’ by Alexis Soloski

We spoke to the veteran actress as she returned to work, preparing for the opening of her new Off Broadway show “Corsicana.”

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

To Preserve La MaMa’s Legacy, a Shift in Leadership Styles by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Championing collaboration and digital projects, Mia Yoo is forging her own path at the experimental theater incubator.

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In London, a Twist on ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Oklahoma!’ by Matt Wolf

The updated musical version of the popular film challenges preconceived notions about the protagonist’s appearance. A take on “Oklahoma!” similarly offers a twist on a classic.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Beanie Feldstein & Jane Lynch To Depart Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’ In September by Greg Evans

Funny Girl stars Beanie Feldstein and Jane Lynch will depart the productionl on September 25, producers announced today. In a tweet, the show addressed the return of Feldstein following a w…

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Ballet Theater Returns to the Met With a Gimmicky ‘Don Quixote’ by Gia Kourlas

American Ballet Theater opens its summer season at the Metropolitan Opera House with a triple cast, comic production. Where will it go next?

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See Who's Joining Taylor Iman Jones and Beth Leavel in World Premiere of The Devil Wears Prada Musical by Logan Culwell-Block

Javier Muñoz, Tiffany Mann, and more have joined the musical's pre-Broadway run in Chicago.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

‘Topdog/Underdog’ to Star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Corey Hawkins by Michael Paulson

The 20th anniversary Broadway revival will be directed by Kenny Leon. Previews begin in September at the John Golden Theater.

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‘Raisin in the Sun’ and ‘Harder They Come’ to Be Part of Public Theater Season by Laura Zornosa

Two new works by Suzan-Lori Parks will be included in a season that delves into “relationships between Black and white America.”

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They Know Every Page of ‘The Book of Mormon’ by Matt Stevens

Three original cast members, who are still with the audacious musical as it celebrates its 4,000th performance, discussed its history, reception and staying power.

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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

Ratings for the Tony Awards Rebounded, but Remained Low by John Koblin

The Tonys drew an audience of 3.9 million viewers on CBS on Sunday, about a million viewers more than last year. It was the second-lowest viewership on record.

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Best and Worst Moments of the Tony Awards by New York Times

With Joaquina Kalukango’s high notes and Billy Crystal’s lowbrow jokes, the Tonys celebrated Broadway’s return after a tumultuous season.

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The Tony Awards Were So Good: 6 of the Most Memorable Moments from Broadway’s Biggest Night by Gordon Cox

Broadway celebrated its first full season after the COVID lockdown with the 75th annual Tony Awards, hosted by a newly minted Oscar winner and spotlighting stage work that included a media-d…

SOURCE: Variety
Sunday, June 12, 2022

Tony Award Winners 2022: Updating List by Rachel Sherman

The Tony Awards are being held Sunday at Radio City Music Hall.

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Friday, June 10, 2022

From ‘A Strange Loop’ Sweep to an ‘MJ’ Upset: Who Will Win the 2022 Tony Awards? by Gordon Cox

The pool of people who vote for the Tony Awards is a small one — and this year, it’s probably even smaller. As Broadway gears up for its big night June 12, the industry’s annual progno…

SOURCE: Variety

A ‘Strange’ Wind Blowing: Tony Voters Like ‘Loop’ and ‘Lehman’ by Michael Paulson

We surveyed voters ahead of this year’s ceremony on Sunday. They are strikingly split in the races for leading musical performers.

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Ariana DeBose on Hosting the Tonys: ‘Whatever We Do Is Going to Be Fun’ by Michael Paulson

The Broadway ensemble member turned Oscar winner vows that the ceremony will celebrate the often unsung actors who have stepped in so often during the pandemic.

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In a First for Broadway, a Theater Will Be Renamed for Lena Horne by Michael Paulson

Horne, a renowned singer and activist, will be the first Black woman to have a theater named after her once the Brooks Atkinson is renamed.

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Review: In ‘Snow in Midsummer,’ It’s Not Just the Forecast That’s Amiss by Alexis Soloski

Adapted from a 13th-century drama, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play is part ghost story, murder mystery and family melodrama.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

‘Come From Away’ to Close, the Latest Broadway Show to End Run by Michael Paulson

The musical, which opened in 2017, is the third to announce a closing in two days, as many shows struggle in a pandemic-softened marketplace.

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N.Y.U. Names New Performance Space After Nation’s First Black Theater by Rachel Sherman

The university is commemorating the African Grove Theater, part of a new building opening in 2023.

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Is It Finally Twilight for the Theater’s Sacred Monsters? by Jesse Green

Many of the “great men” who helped America create its classics, its institutions and its own acting style were tyrants. We need to cut them loose.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Why Paula Vogel Thinks One Scene in ‘How I Learned to Drive’ Makes No Sense, and How David Morse Solved It by Gordon Cox

Playwright Paula Vogel won a Pulitzer Prize for her 25-year-old play “How I Learned to Drive,” which has been seen in productions around the world and is now on Broadway in a staging nom…

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to End Its Broadway Run by Michael Paulson

The Tony-winning musical will close in September after suffering a double blow from the coronavirus pandemic and a poorly received film adaptation.

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Sunday, August 14, 2022 at midnight (Broadway Time)

Jane Lynch Plays Final Performance in Broadway's Funny Girl August 14 by Logan Culwell-Block

The stage and screen star makes an earlier exit due to a pre-planned vacation and a surprise Emmy nomination.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:07AM

Tina—The Tina Turner Musical Ends Broadway Run August 14; Tour to Follow by Andrew Gans

The Tony-nominated musical began previews October 12, 2019, prior to an official opening November 7 at the Lunt-Fontanne.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:07AM

POTUS Finishes Limited Engagement on Broadway August 14 by Logan Culwell-Block

Vanessa Williams, Rachel Dratch, Lilli Cooper, and more star in the new play directed by Tony winner Susan Stroman.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:07AM

Immersive Barcelona Next to Normal Closes August 14 by Raven Brunner

The adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical is performed without sets or props.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:07AM

Pulitzer Winner Martyna Majok's Sanctuary City Completes West Coast Premiere August 14 by Leah Putnam

The play about two DREAMers in contemporary America completes its run at Berkeley Rep.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:07AM

Fernanda Coppel's King Liz Completes West Coast Premiere August 14 by Leah Putnam

Starring in the Geffen Playhouse production are Ray Abruzzo, Sabrina Sloan, Nancy Linari, and Oscar Best.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:07AM

First Off-Broadway Revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Completes Run August 14 by Leah Putnam

The production stars Sonoya Mizuno, Matt de Rogatis, and Christian Jules Le Blanc.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:07AM

Rajesh and Naresh, a New British Asian Queer Romantic Comedy, Completes Edinburgh Fringe Run August 14 by Leah Putnam

Set after the decriminalization of homosexuality in India, the show follows the cross-continental love story through long distance and cultural clashes.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:07AM

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