Monday, May 2, 2016

Theatre World Awards Honor 12 NYC Stage Debuts

Twelve actors—six male and six female—were recognized for their sensational New York theater debuts May 2, including Cynthia Erivo, Ben Whishaw, and 11-year-old leading lady …

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‘Guards at the Taj,’ ‘Robber Bridegroom’ Win Big at 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards

The 31st annual Lucille Lortel Awards, honoring the best of Off-Broadway, wrapped in New York City last night with playwright Rajiv Joseph’s two-hander “Guards at the Taj” …

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Friday, April 29, 2016

WATCH: Santino Fontana Sings His ‘Frozen’ Audition

If you’re ever trying to choose the right audition song given only a few hints about your material, consider Santino Fontana.  Leading up to his audition for Walt Disney Animation…

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

‘School of Rock’ Is Coming to Summer Camp

The hills will truly come alive with the sound of music this summer thanks to Broadway in the Mountains, a new summer theater intensive performance camp hosted at the Catskill Mountain Found…

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‘Hairspray: Live!’ Now Taking Video Auditions for Tracy Turnblad

This week has seen major casting announcements come out of Telsey & Co. for its “Hairspray: Live!” on NBC: Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Harvey Fierstein in drag as…

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Danai Gurira, ‘She Loves Me’ Among 2016 Drama Desk Nominees

Announced by Vanessa Williams and Matthew Morrison at Feinstein’s/54 Below this morning, the 61st annual Drama Desk Award nominations honored the best of Broadway and Off-Broadway, wit…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

‘The Robber Bridegroom’ Among Off-Broadway Alliance Nominees

The next “Hamilton” might be among this year’s crop of Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominees. Nominations for their 6th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, which honor…

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WATCH: ‘Hamilton,’ ‘School of Rock’ Perform at Easter Bonnet Competition

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS held its 30th annual Easter Bonnet Competition April 25–26 at the Minskoff Theatre, celebrating a record-breaking culmination of weeks of fundraising …

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Donate Textiles and Clothing to Broadway Green Alliance!

It’s time for spring cleaning! The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA), the NYC theater community’s environmental advocates, are sponsoring a textile collection drive for industry prof…

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Drama League Awards Announce 2016 Nominees

The stars of Broadway’s “Aladdin” announced nominations for the Drama League Awards on April 20 at Sardi’s Restaurant in midtown Manhattan. Recognizing some of the be…

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SAG-AFTRA and ‘Hamilton’ Make Strides in Actors’ Fair Pay

This month has seen major strides for actors standing up for proper pay: one for actors everywhere with the proposed amendments to SAG-AFTRA commercials contracts, and one for actors that pe…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Meryl Streep Reveals 1 of Her Least Favorite Acting Performances

Meryl Streep expressed regret about one of her most lauded performances. The revered three-time Oscar winner played coy before eventually revealing dissatisfaction with her performance in 19…

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‘American Psycho,’ ‘She Loves Me’ Lead 2016 OCC Nominations

Broadway stars Brian d’Arcy James (“Something Rotten!”) and Jennifer Simard (“Disaster!”) announced the 2016 Outer Critics Circle (OCC) nominees this morning at…

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‘Hamilton’ Wins 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

As was widely anticipated, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Founding Fathers musical “Hamilton” took home one of theater’s top honors April 18. Announced via livestream from …

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Friday, April 15, 2016

WATCH: The ‘Les Miz’ Cast Auditions for ‘Hamilton’

In July of last year before “Hamilton” was taking Broadway by storm, it was just the new kid on the block! Instead of sending over a fruit basket the day before opening last summ…

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Seth Gelblum, Joan Lader, Sally Ann Parsons Named Tony Award Honorees

The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced Seth Gelblum, Joan Lader, and Sally Ann Parsons as this year’s recipients of the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre. This hono…

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Should Actors Be on Social Media?

Sometimes, it’s better to act up than act out! The Los Angeles–based radio series, ActingUpRadio, brings hour-long segments of tips, interviews, and industry news to the working …

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Tony Awards Committee Rules on Performer, Show Eligibility

The Tony Awards Administration Committee ruled on the eligibility of several shows and performers this week. Productions up for discussion included the musicals “The Color Purple,&rdqu…

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Women Take Center Stage at Chicago’s 1-Minute Play Festival

The 6th Annual Chicago One-Minute Play Festival is celebrating the contributions of women with this year’s fest. The event will showcase one-minute plays from more than 70 of Chicago&r…

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BroadwayCon 2017 to Be Held at Javits Center

The second annual BroadwayCon is already in the works! Bringing together theater stars and their fans in a fun conference environment, the inaugural BroadwayCon was held Jan. 22–24 in …

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

WATCH: Amy Schumer Makes Lin-Manuel Miranda Very Uncomfortable

Amy Schumer shouldn’t count on Lin-Manuel Miranda to invest in her hip-hopera musical based on Betsy Ross. Schumer pitched her own musical about the Revolutionary War hero to the &ldqu…

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12 of Our Favorite Screen-to-Stage Adaptations

Transferring films to Broadway has become routine, and the same is true for popular plays and musicals that were originally set on Broadway and made their way to the silver screen. Recent sc…

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Monday, April 4, 2016

WATCH: The Cast of ‘American Psycho’ Performs ‘Selling Out’

The cast of “American Psycho” visited Stephen Colbert’s late night studio on April 2, ahead of their April 21 opening at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Previews began March 24. St…

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‘Gypsy,’ Dench Win Big at 40th Annual Oliviers

Honoring the best of London theater, the Laurence Olivier Awards celebrated its 40th anniversary April 3 at the iconic Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Hosted by two-time Olivier win…

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Seattle Repertory Theatre Now More Accessible

The Seattle Repertory Theatre has taken steps to improve the listening experience for guests with hearing loss. The theater announced the installation of induction hearing loop systems in bo…

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WATCH: Jason Tam’s Unforgettable Audition for ‘A Chorus Line’

In the classic musical “A Chorus Line,” the character Paul recites a monologue about how performing affirmed his identity as a gay man. The speech culminates in a tearful recolle…

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WATCH: ‘Aladdin’ Star James Monroe Iglehart’s April Fools Prank

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum celebrated April Fools’ Day early pulling a prank on unsuspecting guests at their famed establishment in New York City. Tony-winning “Aladdin” st…

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Tune Into the 40th Annual Olivier Awards!

London theater is gearing up for its biggest celebration of the year! This Sunday, April 3 at 10 p.m. BST, the 40th annual Laurence Olivier Awards will be held at Covent Garden’s iconi…

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Rachel Bloom Shows Stephen Colbert How to Make a Musical

Golden Globe–winning “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom sat with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” last night, and just like the acclaimed CW series, thin…

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Telsey + Co. Will Hold Open Casting Call for ‘Hairspray Live!’

Welcome to the ’60s. NBC is holding an open casting call to find their next Tracy Turnblad for the upcoming live production of the Tony Award–winning musical, “Hairspray.&r…

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Sean Hayes Stars in B’way’s Second Coming of ‘God’

The big man Himself is coming back to the Great White Way. That’s right! “An Act of God” is returning to Broadway! Instead of Jim Parsons, however, the Lord Almighty will b…

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