Thursday, January 16, 2020

Rock of Ages in Hollywood makes dinner theater sexy again: Review by Maureen Lee Lenker

The words “dinner theater” usually conjure up images of linen-covered tables, black-tie-wearing waiters, and productions of classic fare like Hello, Dolly! or Showboat. But a new immersi…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Laura Linney makes memory mesmerizing in My Name is Lucy Barton: Review by Allison Adato

Although it is a one-woman show, there are several very fine storytellers at work in My Name Is Lucy Barton, a new play based on the 2016 Elizabeth Strout novel of the same name. At least…

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Is the musical theater podcast the new concept album? by Maureen Lee Lenker

5,6,7…podcast? Musical theater has always made superb use of aural formats, with original Broadway cast albums filling the gap for theater-goers who can’t shuffle off to the Great White …

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Exclusive: Katy Keene will slay with a screening and panel at BroadwayCon by Maureen Lee Lenker

Katy Keene may dream of seeing herself on a runway, but first she’s headed to Broadway — BroadwayCon, to be exact. EW can exclusively announce the highly anticipated new addition to the …

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

You can now watch Idina Menzel singing 'Seasons of Love' on Uncut Gems set with Adam Sandler by Tyler Aquilina

The Safdie brothers’ live-wire thriller Uncut Gems already has a killer soundtrack, between Daniel Lopatin’s atmospheric, synthy score and pitch-perfect needle-drops like Billy Joel’s …

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Broadway icon Stephen Sondheim 'temporarily incapacitated' after fall at home by Ale Russian

Stephen Sondheim is recovering after a fall at home left him injured. The legendary 89-year-old Broadway composer and lyricist, who’s behind titles like West Side Story and Into the Woods,…

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The Nanny musical in the works for Broadway by way of Fran Drescher, Rachel Bloom by Nick Romano

All thoughts about a Nanny revival have been replaced by Wednesday’s tremendous news out of Broadway. The Nanny, Fran Drescher’s iconically comic sitcom from the ’90s, is being develop…

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Rocketman, Euphoria, Lil Naz X, more land GLAAD Media Award nominations by Nick Romano

Instead of talking about all the room for improvement in pop culture (once again), let’s take a moment to celebrate the strides made in 2019 with LGBTQ representation. On Wednesday, GLAAD …

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Sing Street to transfer to Broadway this spring by Maureen Lee Lenker

The team behind Sing Street are driving their Off Broadway musical like they stole it — straight to the Great White Way. The new stage production, based on the John Carney film of the sam…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Lorene Scafaria says she's 'trying' to adapt Hustlers as Broadway musical by Joey Nolfi

In the immortal words of Jennifer Lopez’s Ramona Vega: “This whole country is a strip club.” And that includes Broadway. Hustlers director Lorene Scafaria revealed Sunday night on the …

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Friday, January 3, 2020

First look: Jesse Williams, Patrick J. Adams suit up for Take Me Out Broadway revival by David Canfield

Jesse Williams is a man in uniform. The Grey’s Anatomy star is set to make his Broadway debut in a revival of the Tony-winning play Take Me Out, which follows a professional baseball play…

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

How Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play shook Broadway's status quo by Jessica Derschowitz

No Broadway debut this year was as thrilling as that of Jeremy O. Harris, the young playwright behind the season’s most talked-about, thought-provoking new work. Harris began writing Slave…

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Hello, Dolly! composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 by Christian Holub

Another Broadway legend has died. Jerry Herman, the Tony Award-winning composer behind Hello Dolly! and other popular works, died Thursday at age 88, according to The Associated Press. Born …

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Broadway’s West Side Story postpones opening night after star’s knee injury by Jessica Derschowitz

The new Broadway revival of West Side Story is pushing its opening night back by two weeks after leading man Isaac Powell suffered an onstage knee injury. Producer Scott Rudin told Deadline …

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Monday, December 23, 2019

How Hadestown and the underworld came out on top in 2019 by Maureen Lee Lenker

“It’s an old song, and we’re gonna sing it again.” The opening hymn of the hit musical Hadestown offers a promise — not just to the eight shows a week for the folk musical that dom…

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How Oklahoma! and Ali Stroker made Broadway history in 2019 by Maureen Lee Lenker

Known affectionately as “the Oklahoma! that f—s,” this Rodgers and Hammerstein revival broke away from its roots, with its in-the-round presentation and potent carnal energy. But the b…

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Friday, December 20, 2019

The conflicted theater fan's guide to Cats by Marc Snetiker

For as long as I’ve been alive, Cats has been a musical theater punchline. How it got there is easy: It’s a show about cats. It features performers dressed as cats. They sing songs where…

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, and Cats co-stars remix 'Memory' with Jimmy Fallon by Nick Romano

The cast of Cats are making new memories with Jimmy Fallon—even if we can’t scratch the image of CGI cat bosoms from our minds. Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, James Corden,…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Hear Jonathan Groff and the Little Shop of Horrors cast sing 'Skid Row/Downtown' by Maureen Lee Lenker

Need a break from holiday music and looking for something a little more horrific instead? Suddenly, Seymour is here to provide you. The Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors, s…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Sing Street's musical charm is even more infectious on stage: Review by Christian Holub

There are both challenges and opportunities in bringing Sing Street to the stage. John Carney’s 2016 film about music videos and young love in ‘80s Dublin is much newer than other movies…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

How Sonya Tayeh brought two epically different movie musicals to the stage this year by Maureen Lee Lenker

On the surface, Sing Street and Moulin Rouge couldn’t be more different. The former uses the synth sounds of the 1980s to tell the story of a Dublin teenager who forms a band to impress a …

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Beetlejuice sets Broadway closing date, announces national tour by Maureen Lee Lenker

It’s time for Beetlejuice to move on from Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (though no word yet on whether their ghosts might stick around to haunt the new owners). On Monday, producers …

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Tony Goldwyn will join Broadway's The Inheritance for four months only by Maureen Lee Lenker

The Inheritance is about to get hit with some Scandal. The much-lauded Broadway play, which transferred from London’s West End, is about to add Tony Goldwyn to its ranks. The former Scan…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake is still an exquisite stunner: Review by Maureen Lee Lenker

In 1995, Matthew Bourne rose to international prominence for his daring reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, casting male dancers for the corps of swans and lending the story’s themes…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Jagged Little Pill arrives on Broadway as a musical with angst to spare: Review by Melissa Rose Bernardo

“Ooh, this could get messy,” sings the ensemble of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill at the top of Act 2. It’s actually a bit from “Hands Clean” — not a song from the eponymous 199…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dan Stevens among cast announced for Martin McDonagh's Hangmen Broadway run by Maureen Lee Lenker

Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen has roped up its Broadway cast. The Olivier-winning play is coming to the Great White Way this spring, and it’s got a cast full of British heavyweights, includ…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Devil Wears Prada musical casts The Prom's Beth Leavel as Miranda Priestly by Marcus Jones

The Devil Wears Prada musical has found its Miranda Priestly in actress Beth Leavel. The Tony Award winner joins Taylor Iman Jones (Head Over Heels), who will be playing Andy Sachs, in the …

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DWTS champ Jordan Fisher to play title role in Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen by Dave Quinn

Jordan Fisher is heading back to Broadway. PEOPLE can exclusively reveal that the actor, recording artist, and Dancing with the Stars season 25 champion will join the Broadway production of…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Mike Birbiglia on The New One and his journey to joy as a parent by Tyler Aquilina

Mike Birbiglia has essentially made a career out of brutal honesty and stark vulnerability. (Or stark honesty and brutal vulnerability.) His one-man show Sleepwalk with Me, which he later a…

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Key Largo is a rip-roaring noir ride buoyed by a magnificently malevolent Andy Garcia: Review by Maureen Lee Lenker

Key Largo, adapted from the 1948 Floridian film noir of the same name, is currently making a splashy world premiere at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse. It’s a straightforward tale of veter…

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Michael Jackson Broadway musical finds its star by Nick Romano

MJ The Musical, the Michael Jackson Broadway show, has found its King of Pop. Ephraim Sykes, who was nominated for a Tony for playing Motown recording artist David Ruffin in Ain’t Too Prou…

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