Thursday, June 4, 2020

‘Slave Play’ Team Pledges $10G To National Bailout Fund, Challenges Broadway Community by Greg Evans

The creative team and producers of Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play have donated $10,000 to the National Bailout Fund in support of Black Lives Matter, and have challenged others in the theate…

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Bruce Jay Friedman Dies: Oscar-Nominated Screenplay Writer, Author And Playwright Was 90 by Bruce Haring

Bruce Jay Friedman, an author, playwright and Oscar-nominated screenplay writer for Tom Hanks’s 1984 ilm Splash, died today in New York City. He was 90 and no cause of death was given by h…

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Some Off Broadway & Brooklyn Theaters Open Lobbies – And Restrooms – To George Floyd Protesters by Greg Evans

A social media campaign encouraging shutdown New York City theaters to open their lobbies – and restrooms – to protesters is gaining traction among Manhattan’s Off Broadway venues and …

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Colman Domingo On George Floyd, Nat King Cole And The Deep Legacy That Connects The Two – Guest Column by Greg Evans

Editors’ Note: Colman Domingo, playwright, director and actor, was researching his musical (with co-author Patricia McGregor) about the iconic Nat King Cole when he realized the great sing…

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Off Broadway’s Obie Awards Postponed Due To National Unrest: “Not A Time For Celebration Or Diversion” by Greg Evans

Saying that now is no time for “celebration or diversion,” the presenters of the annual Obie Awards for excellent in Off and Off Off Broadway theater, have postponed this year’s virtua…

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Monday, June 1, 2020

John McCormack Dies From COVID-19: Veteran Off-Broadway Artistic Director, Mentor Was 61 by Greg Evans

John McCormack, a longtime behind-the-scenes force in Off Broadway theater, died Monday, May 18, at his home in Queens, New York from complications related to COVID-19. He was 61. McCormack…

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Streaming Tony Award Celebration Postponed Amidst National Unrest by Greg Evans

A streaming Broadway-themed fundraising special scheduled to air on Sunday, June 7 – the night that originally had been set for the annual Tony Awards – has been postponed in the wake of…

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Drama Desk Awards Postponed Amid George Floyd Protests In New York by Bruce Haring

The 65th Drama Desk Awards has postponed its plan to stream its awards tonight during a presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage. The organization cited “breaking news events in New …

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Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’, ‘Hadestown’ Speak Out Against Racism, White Supremacy: Lin-Manuel Miranda Calls Previous Silence “Moral Failure” by Greg Evans

Update, with Broadway League statement The companies of Hamilton, Hadestown and What the Constitution Means To Me are among the Broadway voices speaking out on the issues that have filled ci…

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Longtime Artistic Director Jane Moss Steps Down As Live Shows On Pause by Greg Evans

Jane Moss, the artistic director at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for nearly 30 years, will step down from the post effective August 1. Moss said the timing of her departure was inf…

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

‘Star Trek: Voyager’ Reunion Sets ‘Stars In The House’ Actors Fund Donation Record by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: A Star Trek: Voyager reunion broke the Stars In The House single-episode fundraising record, drawing donations totaling $19,225 for The Actors Fund’s efforts to assist entertain…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

‘The Normal Heart’ Director Ryan Murphy Praises Larry Kramer As ‘The Most Important Gay Activist Of All Time”, Reveals They’d Planned Broadw by Greg Evans

Ryan Murphy, the producer and director who finally got Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking play The Normal Heart to screen, remembered his late friend and collaborator today as “the single gre…

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Coping With COVID-19 Crisis: ‘The Present’ Sleight-Of-Hand Artist Helder Guimarães Transforms Homebound Audiences Into Awestruck Assistants by Greg Evans

Few artists can say they’ve surmounted social-distancing obstacles as magically as Portuguese illusionist Helder Guimarães. The impact of social distancing on the performing arts needn’…

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Hollywood & Broadway Remember Larry Kramer: “His Passionate Voice Will Be Missed” by Greg Evans

Refresh for updates Lin-Manuel Miranda, Benj Pasek, Rob Reiner and other figures of Hollywood and Broadway paid tribute today to Larry Kramer, the Normal Heart playwright and AIDS activist …

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Larry Kramer Dies: ‘The Normal Heart’ Playwright, AIDS Activist Was 84 by Greg Evans

Larry Kramer, the playwright whose righteous fury over a lackluster governmental – and societal – response to the early AIDS crisis fueled his groundbreaking 1985 play The Normal Heart a…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Actors’ Equity President Insists Performers Not Be “Epidemiological Guinea Pigs” As Union Releases Guiding Principals For Broadway Reopening by Greg Evans

The reopening of Broadway theaters should not come without as much consideration for actors’ safety as for that of audiences, Actors’ Equity Association made clear today in a presentatio…

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Broadway Actor Nick Cordero “Showing Small Improvements Each Day,” According To Wife Amanda Kloots by Bruce Haring

Broadway star Nick Cordero’s has had a positive uptick in his health as he continues to battle coronavirus at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. His wife, Amanda Kloots, issued a positi…

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

SiriusXM Town Hall Addresses Devastation Of COVID-19 Shutdown And Hopes For Re-Opening NYC by David Robb

Leaders from a cross-section of entertainment and sports spoke today in a town hall on SiriusXM about the devastation the COVID-19 shutdown has had on their industries. The get-together was …

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Off Broadway’s Irish Repertory Theatre Sets First-Ever Online Season, Including World Premiere Of COVID-19 Drama by Greg Evans

EXCLUSIVE: New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre has announced an upcoming online run of four plays, becoming what could be Off Broadway’s first summer season created specifically for virtu…

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‘Smash’ Broadway Musical In Development; Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt & Neil Meron To Produce Adaptation Of NBC Series by Greg Evans

A musical stage adaptation of NBC’s Smash is in development for Broadway, with Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt and Neil Meron on board as lead producers. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman…

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Broadway Actor Nick Cordero Has “Bad Morning”, Says Wife Amanda Kloots: “It’s Not How His Story Ends” by Greg Evans

Nick Cordero, the Broadway actor whose long battle with COVID-19 has been chronicled on Instagram, “had a bad morning,” with wife Amanda Kloots noting in an Instagram Story video today t…

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Streaming Broadway Benefit Special Hopelessly Devoted To Scrapped Tony Night by Greg Evans

Broadway fans won’t have to rely on CBS’ Grease Sing-a-Long for their would-have-been Tony night celebrations: the Broadway On Demand streaming service, with support from the  American…

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Coping With COVID-19 Crisis: Acting Students Step – Virtually – Into An Industry Without Traditional Launchpad Live Showcases by Greg Evans

Katelyn Kelley and Jon Demegillo, classmates in their fourth and final years at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, felt a calling to perform early in their young lives. Kat…

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John Mahon Dies: ‘The Exorcist’, ‘L.A. Confidential’ Actor Was 82 by Greg Evans

John Mahon, an actor, director and writer who played a police chief in 1997’s L.A. Confidential and, as a language lab director in one of the creepiest moments of The Exorcist revealed tha…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Theater Legend Hal Prince Named First Recipient Of New York Drama Desk’s Lifetime Achievement Honor by Greg Evans

The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards will celebrate the life and legacy of American theater producer and director Harold “Hal” Prince (Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, among many others) with …

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Friday, May 15, 2020

‘Some Like It Hot’ Broadway Musical Sets Fall 2021 World Premiere; Chicago Engagement Canceled by Greg Evans

Some Like It Hot, a planned stage musical based on the great 1959 Billy Wilder comedy, has set its sights on a Fall 2021 Broadway opening, producers announced today. The staging would mark t…

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Bette Midler To Match Broadway Cares COVID-19 Assistance Fund Donations To $100,000 by Greg Evans

Bette Midler will personally match donations to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund up to $100,000, the charitable organization announced today. “Betwee…

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Becomes Broadway’s First Long-Running Coronavirus Casualty: Producers Announce Permanent Closing by Greg Evans

Disney’s Frozen has become Broadway’s first long-running casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic and industrywide shutdown. The production, which opened March 22, 2018 at the St. James Theatre…

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The Actors Fund Distributes Record-Breaking $10.5M In Financial Aid During Coronavirus Pandemic by Greg Evans

The Actors Fund has distributed a record-breaking $10.5 million over the past eight weeks to provide emergency financial assistance for performing arts and entertainment workers in need due …

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Michael Jackson Musical ‘MJ’ Postpones Broadway Opening Until Next Spring Due To Coronavirus Shutdown by Greg Evans

MJ, the Michael Jackson stage musical headed for Broadway, will begin previews next March, an eight-month postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. The new dates were announced …

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Coping With COVID-19 Crisis: Christopher Jackson, Star Of ‘Bull’ And ‘Hamilton’, On The “Routine” Challenges Of Raising An Autistic Son In by Greg Evans

Christopher Jackson originated the role of President George Washington for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash Hamilton – a role he’ll reprise in the film version, set to debut on Appl…

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