Saturday, July 23, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda Will ‘Raise a Glass’ for ‘Drunk History’

Two pints of Sam Adams, but he’s working on three...four...five...six? Who is more well-versed on the bad blood between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr—drunk or sober—tha…

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Ensemble Studio Theatre Gets New Mainstage Space

For the first time in almost 50 years, New York City’s Ensemble Studio Theatre is getting a facelift. The 545–549 W. 52 St., Manhattan home will see a complete renovation, adding…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Backstage 2016 Readers’ Choice Award Nominees Announced!

You voted for them, and now the Backstage Readers’ Choice Award nominees are finally here! We tabulated over 6,000 responses from Backstage readers to determine your favorite headshot …

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Where to Catch a Free B’way Performance

Submitting to ticket lotteries is not the only way to catch some of the hottest theater around. For the third consecutive week, Broadway’s best are taking over Bryant Park in New York …

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Submit Your Musical to BMI’s Workshop!

Get ready! The Tony-honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop is now accepting applications. Broadcast Music Inc. is the global leader in music rights management and its workshop fea…

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Friday, July 15, 2016

‘Cats’ on B’way Announces Digital Lottery

The Broadway production of “Cats” is hoping for as much success with its online lottery as “Hamilton” received. The Andrew Lloyd Webber revival, opening at the Neil S…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Karen Olivo to Star in Chicago Production of ‘Hamilton’

As if the Chicago production of “Hamilton” wasn’t buzzy enough, several new casting additions have made the show a can’t-miss event for theatergoers in the Windy City…

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Debate Over 99-Seat Theater Heads to Court

Theaters in Los Angeles with under 100 seats are still facing the potential for a serious financial overhaul after months of negotiations. For well over a year, the Actors’ Equity Asso…

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

4 Podcasts to Inspire and Entertain You

For these performers, taking their careers into their own hands was as simple as “Testing, 1, 2, 3...” “Denzel Washington Is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period”The…

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‘Theater People’ Brings Broadway to the Airwaves

The only reason Patrick Hinds launched “Theater People,” his biweekly podcast of one-on-one interviews with Broadway’s biggest stars, was that he wanted a podcast like that…

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Get Cast in ‘Hamilton’ Through Backstage!

Man, the musical is non-stop! Lin-Manuel Miranda may be stepping down from starring as the titular Founding Father in “Hamilton”—not to mention Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa So…

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Equity Announces New Scholarship

Actors’ Equity Foundation, the organization responsible for giving grants to over 150 nonprofit theaters and other arts institutions, as well as awards to deserving actors, just announ…

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Where to Watch B’way’s Finest Honor Orlando Victims

Tony winners, theater makers, and the Great White Way’s newest additions gathered on June 15 to record a special rendition of “What the World Needs Now” to benefit the vict…

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Nominees Announced for 8th Annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards

The nominees for this year’s National High School Musical Theatre Awards were announced June 16. Representing 31 theaters across the United States, the 62 students set to compete for t…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jane Fonda to Celebrate ‘Laramie Project’ With Tectonic at 25!

This year marks a quarter century of groundbreaking theater at Moisés Kaufman’s Tectonic Theater Project, and the celebrated theater-maker and friends are ringing it in with sty…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

‘Hamilton,’ ‘The Humans’ Dominate 2016 Tony Awards

“Look around, look around, how lucky we are to be alive right now!” said producer Jeffrey Seller at the end of the 70th annual Tony Awards, presented by the Broadway League and t…

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Newest Post-‘Hamilton’ Project

Lin-Manuel Miranda will be taking his last bow in his Broadway hit “Hamilton” come summertime. But the prolific writer-actor will not be sitting on his laurels. In addition to hi…

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NYC Has Never Been Better for the Working Actor

If there was ever any doubt that New York City is one of the greatest hubs for actors and entertainers of all kinds, June 8’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the Mayor’s Office…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

#ICastIt Casting Fresh Faces Not Followers

Craig Bettendorf may not have an entertainment industry background, but that didn’t stop him from creating and producing his own web series, “Treading Yesterday,” premierin…

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How to Become a Stage Manager

As any professional stage manager will tell you, there’s no single, right way to navigate the road to success. But the USC School of Dramatic Arts just made it a little easier for aspi…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Non-Equity Jeff Awards Honor ‘London Wall,’ ‘Rent’

Celebrating excellence in Chicago’s nonunion theater scene, the 43rd annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards gave top honors to Griffin Theatre Company’s production of John Van Druten&rsqu…

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Why the Star of ‘Hairspray Live!’ Almost Skipped Her Audition

Selected out of 1,000 auditioning hopefuls, Maddie Baillio, 20, has landed the role of Tracy Turnblad for the NBC telecast of “Hairspray Live!” It was announced Tuesday morning. …

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4 Broadway Legends Join Carpool Karaoke

Just you wait, just you wait. The Broadway community is abuzz with excitement for the 70th annual Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden at the Beacon Theatre. To fuel the excitement, the &ldqu…

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Jessica Lange, ‘The Humans’ Win 2016 Drama Desk Awards

In a celebration of Broadway and Off-Broadway hosted by Michael Urie at The Town Hall June 5, the 61st annual Drama Desk Awards recognized some of the most talented artists of the 2015&ndash…

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14 Stage Stars Who Have Never Won Tony Awards

The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, better known among Broadway aficionados as the Tonys, have been around since 1947. How is it, then, that these 14 terrifically talented…

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

10 Reactions to the ‘Every Disney Movie Ever Will Be on Netflix’ Announcement

It’s been a long time coming, but Netflix, after penning the deal in 2012, has finally announced that their purchase of the rights to the entire Disney archive will finally be made ava…

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Neil Patrick Harris Could Be Your New Mentor

The National YoungArts Foundation is accepting applications now through Oct. 14 from performing, visual, literary, and design students ages 15–18. The 2017 winners will receive mentors…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Barbra Streisand to Make Momentous Tonys Return

If there was ever any doubt that this was a great year for American theater, consider it snuffed: After 46 years away from the Tony Awards’ stage, Barbra Streisand is scheduled to retu…

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8 Tony-Nominated Actors on Their Secret Dream Roles

Everybody has a dream role, a once-in-a-lifetime—or possibly never-in-a-lifetime—character that fulfills an actor’s wildest impulses. We asked a handful of this year’…

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The 2016 Tony Nominees: Actors in a Play

The 2015–16 season saw several newcomers and veterans alike working at the top of their game—and on Broadway, the highest platform a theater star can reach. Get to know the 20 br…

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The 2016 Tony Nominees: Actors in a Musical

Sure, the Tony Awards’ musical categories are always competitive. But for the 2015–16 season, the four acting categories seem more crowded with brilliant contenders than usual. G…

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