Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera Sets October Reopening by Dan Meyer

After a 19-month hiatus, the longest-running show in Broadway history will return to the Majestic Theatre.

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Sydney Chatman and Winsome Pinnock Named Inaugural Recipients of Golden & Ruth Harris Commission by Andrew Gans

Each playwright will receive a $50,000 commission for a new theatrical work.

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Shoba Narayan Taps Broadway Stars for Benefit to Support India During COVID-19 Crisis by Dan Meyer

Jessie Mueller, Denée Benton, and more will appear in Broadway for Every Breath.

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Video Auditions Roundup: Ain't Too Proud National Tour, The Bedwetter Off-Broadway, 42nd Street, More Seeking Performers by Playbill Staff

Find your next job with self-tape audition opportunities for shows across the country.

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Watch Norm Lewis and Raúl Esparza Discuss What Theatre Might Look Like When It Returns by Dan Meyer

Plus, the Tony nominees talk about working with Sondheim and what roles they’d like to revisit.

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Andrew Cuomo Says Broadway Shows Will Open at Full Capacity September 14 by Ryan McPhee

The New York governor added that tickets would go on sale as soon as this week.

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The National Theatre Continues Life In Stages Series With Sophie Okonedo, Bill Nighy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and More by Talaura Harms

The conversation series featuring British leading talent of stage and screen is available to stream for free.

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Stars in the House Welcomes Bob Newhart, Julia Duffy, Peter Bonerz, More May 5 by Andrew Gans

Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley's daily series benefits The Actors Fund.

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Checking In With… Tony Winner Beth Leavel, Star of The Drowsy Chaperone, The Prom, Mamma Mia!, More by Andrew Gans

Leavel will be part of the virtual concert Broadway by the Year: The Kander & Ebb Years, streaming May 10.

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Digital Production of Closer Than Ever, With West End Favorites and More, Coming This Fall by Dan Meyer

The production will feature The X Factor winner Dalton Harris along with West End stars Kerry Ellis, Lee Mead, and Grace Mouat.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

In the News: Lea Salonga, David Henry Hwang Named to API Impactful Leaders List, Rock-Baroque Hybrid My Cyrano to Play NYC by Andrew Gans

Plus: Watch schoolchildren take on the Disney musical Frozen in a trailer for the new documentary Curtain Up!.

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Watch The Dalmatian (Adrianna Hicks) Sing 'Take Me or Leave Me' in Bonus Video From Broadway's Masked Singer by Dan Meyer

Plus, more bonus videos and a Q&A with contestants Nic Rouleau and Jelani Remy.

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Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s Pass Over Is Heading to Broadway by Ryan McPhee

The Danya Taymor-helmed production, previously seen at Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3, will reopen Broadway's August Wilson Theatre.

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Productions of Clybourne Park, Newsies, Songs for a New World, More Will Perform at Virtual 2021 International Thespian Festival by Logan Culwell-Block

This year's festival will spotlight the best in high school theatre nationwide with productions offered through both primetime streams and an on-demand library.

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Chita Rivera, Billy Porter, Patti LuPone, More to be Featured on Broadway Teachers Podcast by Logan Culwell-Block

The new series will feature conversations recorded live over more than two decades of Broadway Teaching Group's workshops for theatre educators.

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Tim Dolan to Help Keep the Bustle of the Theatre District Alive With Virtual Tour of the Hudson Theatre by Victoria Cairl

“I start with a kernel of an idea around Broadway and see where it takes me.”

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Drag Race Alum Jan to Star in Drive-In Screening-Meets-Punk Concert Jannifer’s Body by Ryan McPhee

The presentation at Radial Park marks The Neon Coven’s first offering in its “Come On Out” series.

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Sara Bareilles, Brian d’Arcy James, Joe Morton, More Join PBS Memorial Day Concert by Dan Meyer

Tony winner Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinese will host the special presentation.

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Cast Complete for London's Les Misérables Concert, Resuming West End Performances in May by Andrew Gans

The limited engagement will continue through September, with a full production of the international hit to follow.

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We Asked, You Answered: 32 Broadway Costumes Theatre Fans Wished They Owned by Marc J. Franklin

From Natasha’s coat from The Great Comet to Beetlejuice’s suit, check out Playbill readers' favorite theatre costumes.

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Becca Concert, Honoring Late Rebecca Luker, Streams May 4 by Andrew Gans

The evening, featuring Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara, Norm Lewis, Judy Kuhn, and more, benefits ALS research.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

In the News: Donja R. Love Wins Terrence McNally Award, Rosalie Craig Joins 1899 on Netflix, More by Andrew Gans

Plus: Andrea Miller will create a live performance installation for Lincoln Center's outdoor performing arts center, Restart Stages.

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Broadway Dancers and Choreographers Recall How Jacques D’Amboise Changed Musical Theatre Dance by Ruthie Fierberg

Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown, and more share how the choreographer, who passed away May 2 at age 86, impacted Broadway and beyond.

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Watch: How the Geffen Stayhouse Built a Suite of Successful Theatre Online by Roberto Araujo

A conversation with artistic director Matt Shakman and playwright and performer Jared Mezzocchi.

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Metropolitan Opera Commemorates Mother’s Day With a Questionable Lineup of Family Drama by Ryan McPhee

For when flowers just won’t cut it, there’s Elektra and Agrippina.

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Ann Reinking Scholarship to Aid Early Career Dancers Now Accepting Applications by Logan Culwell-Block

Off The Lane is offering a $5,000 grant to a young dancer moving to New York City.

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WATCH: New In the Heights Preview Spotlights Showstopper '96,000' by Logan Culwell-Block

Get an extended preview of the splashingly elaborate number as the full song becomes available to stream.

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Looking Back at Olympia Dukakis’ Stage Career by Ryan McPhee

The Oscar winner and theatre veteran died May 1 at the age of 89.

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The Niceties, Starring Lisa Banes and Jordan Boatman, Will Stream for Free by Andrew Gans

Kimberly Senior directs Eleanor Burgess' virtual adaptation for Manhattan Theatre Club.

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Episode 3 Recap: The Whale’s Hamilton Hot Tub Performance Proves Crown-Worthy by Dan Meyer

Stars From The Prom, Wicked, and more are revealed in the Broadway's Masked Singer Season 1 finale.

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New York to Lift Capacity Restrictions on Broadway and More Beginning May 19 by Ryan McPhee

That doesn’t mean Broadway productions will reopen this month—but they do have the state government go-ahead now.

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