Monday, March 27, 2017

‘Dolly!’ Looks Delish At $1.7M As B.O. Takes Off – But Broadway Attendance Dips by Jeremy Gerard

Crowds keep popping up like spring crocuses to see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! In previews at the Shubert Theatre, the Scott Rudin-led revival, helmed by Jerry Zaks and co-starring David …

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Broadway Interest Piqued As Former NY Times Drama Critic Charles Isherwood Heads To Web by Jeremy Gerard

Proving there are second, and even third, acts in theater reviewing, ex-New York Times and Variety critic Charles Isherwood will return to his aisle seat in time for Broadway’s pre-Ton…

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Broadway Review: In ‘Sweat’, Trump’s Pipe Dream Deferred; ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ by Jeremy Gerard

Sharp and threatening as a box-cutter blade, Lynn Nottage’s drama Sweat opened last fall at the Public Theater shortly before the election, an unnervingly prescient reality check even …

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Broadway Review: ‘Miss Saigon’ Returns, ‘Copter & Caddie Intact; Glittering ‘New Yorkers’ by Jeremy Gerard

The lumbering whirlibird with the dragonfly eyes and the glittering Cadillac have returned to Broadway, possibly, to steal a phrase from that other big revival down the street, back where th…

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Jerry Seinfeld Backs Prankster “Ted L. Nancy” Show At Geffen Playhouse Lab Space by Jeremy Gerard

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who’s lent his name and financial backing to stage shows by Colin Quinn, will produce Letters From A Nut by Ted L. Nancy, slated to run at the Geffen Playhouse…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NY Times Names Jesse Green Co-Chief Theater Critic by Jeremy Gerard

The New York Times poached New York magazine’s Jesse Green to be co-chief theater critic with longtime Number One, Ben Brantley. The hiring, effective May 1, according to a memo to th…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls’ Musical Will Launch In D.C. With ‘Hamilton’ Tour Tix Asking $210 by Jeremy Gerard

Washington’s National Theatre announced its upcoming season Tuesday morning, confirming the Broadway tryout of Mean Girls, adapted from the 2004 Paramount film by scripter Tina Fey, wi…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Marisa Tomei Is Dazzled (And Confused) In ‘How To Transcend A Happy Marriage’ by Jeremy Gerard

I don’t know how many Oscar-winning actresses are willing to take a deep dive into new work on stage, especially when there isn’t even the prospect of a Tony nomination in the of…

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‘Dolly’ Looks Divine As Bette Midler Descends On Broadway; Box Office Thrilled by Jeremy Gerard

Bette Midler stormed back to Broadway this week, returning for the first time since her sold-out run as superagent Sue Mengers in I’ll Eat You Last, back in 2013. This time she has a b…

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Shonda Rhimes Reaches A New Stage With Playwrights’ Grants by Jeremy Gerard

Shonda Rhimes announced today that she’s backing IAMA Theatre, an L.A.-based nonprofit with strong ties to Shondaland-produced shows including Scandal and Pretty Little Lies. The 9-yea…

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Jimmy Breslin Dies: Quintessential New York Columnist Was 88 by Jeremy Gerard

UPDATE 11:30 with more information throughout. Jimmy Breslin, the influential, combative and often-imitated New York City newspaper journalist, died today at 88. His death was reported in hi…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

JJ Abrams Plays Straight Man On ‘Tonight Show’ In The Interview That Goes Wrong by Patrick Hipes

JJ Abrams was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to help promote the Broadway-bound comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, which was a hit on London’s West End (it won an…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mark Ruffalo And Danny DeVito Square Off In ‘The Price’: Broadway Review by Jeremy Gerard

From the moment he climbs onstage, cane in hand, specs at tip of nose, a snowy mustache and goatee encircling his mouth, and looking jauntily proper in three-piece pinstripe suit, Danny DeVi…

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PBS, Hollywood & New York Denounce Trump’s Proposed Cultural Budget Cuts by Jeremy Gerard

Officials of the Public Broadcasting Service are reminding Congress of PBS’ historically “strong support” among both Republican and Democratic voters – support the or…

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau And Ivanka Trump Take In Broadway’s ‘Come From Away’ by Jeremy Gerard

Alternative First Lady Ivanka Trump, daughter of the President and frequent stand-in for her step-mother, joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeaub at Wednesday night’s performance of the …

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

David Byrne’s Inspired ‘Joan Of Arc’ Rocker & ‘The Outer Space’ At The Public: Review by Jeremy Gerard

David Byrne’s boisterous segue from Imelda Marcos (Here Lies Love) to Saint Joan (Joan of Arc: Into the Fire) is the ultimate example of crab-walking from the ridiculous to the sublime…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Musicals Kick Broadway Box Office Into Spring With $3.8M Boost by Jeremy Gerard

Music is in the air as the Broadway roster fills up with new shows, especially the tuners that have been circling the airspace over Times Square looking to land as close as possible to the A…

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Review: ‘Come From Away’ Unearths Joy From The Ashes Of 9/11 by Jeremy Gerard

Tuesday, September 11, 2001 is not a day many of us willingily return to, and when we do – especially those of us in New York City and Washington – it’s with a shudder, sti…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Jim Broadbent And Harriet Walter On ‘The Sense Of An Ending’ by Jeremy Gerard

Based on Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sense of An Ending has opened in New York and Los Angeles, directed by Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), and adapted by playwrigh…

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Robert James Waller Has Died; ‘Bridges Of Madison County’ Author Was 77 by Jeremy Gerard

Robert James Waller, whose romantic novel The Bridges of Madison County sold over 12 million copies and was turned into an Oscar-nominated film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, has …

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Diane Lane, Barbara Kopple, Rory Kennedy, and Aisha Tyler Set For Sarasota Film Fest by Jeremy Gerard

Women filmmakers and stars take the spotlight at the 19th Sarasota Film Festival, set to run March 31 – April 9 in the arts-heavy west Florida seaside town. Take Every Wave: The Life …

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: Sally Field Is Gritty In Pink For A Smashing ‘Glass Menagerie’ On Broadway by Jeremy Gerard

Sally Field‘s citric, unvarnished performance as Amanda Wingfield is so riveting you may find your focus pulled from the larger picture created by Sam Gold‘s shocking revival of…

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Reviewing Al Pacino, Broadway’s Collateral Damage And Air For Sale, Cheap: Gerard & Roth by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline theater critic Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres president Jordan Roth discuss the hottest topics on the Rialto, the only precondition being: no holds barred. GERARD: I…

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Bill Condon Signs On For ‘A Star Is Born’ Stage Musical by Jeremy Gerard

Just in time for the premiere of his live-action Beauty & The Beast film, Chicago and Dreamgirls helmer Bill Condon has signed on to develop a stage adaptation of A Star Is Born, based …

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

He’ll Be Back: ‘Spotlight’ Star Brian d’Arcy James Set To Return To Broadway As King George In ‘Hamilton’ by Jeremy Gerard

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told by insiders at Broadway’s megahit Hamilton that Brian d’Arcy James will return to Broadway as King George III, the killer comedic role that he created i…

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Mary-Louise Parker And Dennis Arndt Will Reprise ‘Heisenberg’ Two-Hander At L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum by Jeremy Gerard

Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and Dennis Arndt (The Practice, Picket Fences) will summer in Los Angeles, bringing their acclaimed performances in Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg to the Center …

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

‘Harry Potter’ Stage Star Anthony Boyle Signs With UTA by Jeremy Gerard

  Dublin-born actor Anthony Boyle, currently playing Scorpius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the megahit at London’s Palace Theatre, has signed with UTA. The two-pa…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

American Dreamy ‘Miss Saigon’ Lands With $723K Flair; ‘Sunday’ Hot As Broadway Box Office Softens by Jeremy Gerard

Saigon and Paris looked enticing on Broadway last week, despite a general dip in receipts across Times Square. Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Claude-Michel Schönberg, Richard Maltby …

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‘Kim Dotcom: Caught In The Web’: Exclusive First Look At Docu About MegaUpload Founder by Jeremy Gerard

Here’s an exclusive first look at Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, a documentary about one of the world’s most notorious Internet entrepreneurs (or pirates. depending on your poin…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: Joshua Harmon’s ‘Significant Other’ Brings Millennial Angst To Broadway by Jeremy Gerard

The Roundabout Theatre Company, a non-profit that operates three Broadway houses and two off-Broadway, has quietly emerged as a powerhouse, even if it often seems overshadowed by competitors…

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Nickelodeon To Add New Series, Plenty Of Spinoffs & A Live Festival To Lineup – Upfronts by Jeremy Gerard

Viacom’s principal unit Nickelodeon will expand the offerings on its hit series like School Of Rock, introduce new shows, including spinoffs developed in its own pipeline and move the …

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