Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tony Awards TV audience slumps without 'Hamilton'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Some six million Americans watched the Tony Awards on television on Sunday, down sharply from last year's televised ceremony when pop culture juggernaut "Hamilton" do…

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Timely shows, big stars vie for top honors at Broadway's Tony Awards

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shows about teen suicide, Middle East peace negotiations, labor strife and the Sept. 11 attacks will square off on Sunday at the annual Tony Awards honoring the best of …

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

'A Star is Born' again with Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Lady Gaga and Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper are joining forces to remake classic Hollywood musical drama "A Star is Born," Warner Bros said on Tuesd…

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Harry Potter 'Cursed Child' producers crack down on scalpers

LONDON (Reuters) - Tickets for London stage play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" are in such high demand that asking prices are reaching thousands of pounds (dollars), but producers are …

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber brings hit musical 'Cats' back to Broadway

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Cats", composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical based on poet T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats", has returned to Broadway after 16 years.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Bolshoi Ballet marks 60th anniversary of landmark London visit

MOSCOW (Reuters) - At the height of the Cold War, dancers from Russia's Bolshoi Ballet did their bit to thaw East-West relations, flying to London in 1956 to make their first performances fo…

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Dying on stage: comedian Marx has come closer than most

GREENWICH, England(Reuters) - Like most stand-up comedians, Carey Marx has stories about "dying on stage", but in his case they are almost literally true.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Actor Miranda bows out of award-winning 'Hamilton'

LONDON (Reuters) - After 11 Tony awards, a Pulitzer prize and plenty of critical acclaim, Lin-Manuel Miranda bowed out of his hit Broadway show "Hamilton", the pop culture phenomenon based o…

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Major sing-off kicks off at 'ChoirOlympics' in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia - Chorists from various countries are belting out their best tunes at the World Choir Games in the southern Black Sea resort of Sochi, competing in the biennial event dubbed …

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Comedienne Rebel Wilson makes London stage debut in 'Guys and Dolls'

LONDON (Reuters) - Having made audiences laugh in movies such as "Bridesmaids" and "Pitch Perfect", Australian comedienne Rebel Wilson now sets her sights on the London stage, making her Wes…

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Going "ham" in line for Hamilton

Tickets for Broadway’s hottest show “Hamilton” hit fever pitch as fans camp out for days at a time in the hopes of a chance to see the sold-out show ahead of creator-writer and star Li…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

'Hamilton' fans endure heat for hot tickets in Chicago

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of "Hamilton" fans lined up in Chicago for as much as 24 hours in 90-degree heat to buy the year's hottest theater tickets, for the award-winning hip-hop musical…

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Actor Leslie Odom Jr. to exit hit Broadway show 'Hamilton'

(Reuters) - Leslie Odom Jr., winner of the 2016 Tony Award for best leading actor in a musical for his role in the smash Broadway hit "Hamilton," became on Sunday the latest member of the ca…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Broadway stars to record song for Orlando's gay community

(Reuters) - Broadway stars including Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda and actress Kristen Bell will record a song to show their support for Orlando's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender comm…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Bill Murray to be awarded Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Actor and comedian Bill Murray has been chosen to receive the 19th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Ian McKellen praises Shakespeare in Shanghai

Veteran actor Ian McKellen brought celebrations marking 400 years since William Shakespeare's death to Shanghai on Monday (June 13), launching the British Film Institute's "Shakespeare on Fi…

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Same-sex kiss removed from Les Miserables musical in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore organizers of the musical "Les Miserables" have cut a scene in which two male actors kiss after complaints from the public in the conservative city state wher…

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

'Hamilton' effect expected to swell TV audience for 2016 Tony Awards

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - The 2016 Tony Awards were generating more buzz than usual ahead of Sunday's ceremony, with all eyes on the musical "Hamilton," a pop culture phenomenon that was expecte…

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Singers vie to play Shkreli, America's 'most-hated man', in musical

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fourteen fame-hungry young men tried to out-smug each other at a small studio in Manhattan's Theater District on Saturday to prove they could play 'America's most hated …

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New Harry Potter play enchants fans in first preview

LONDON (Reuters) - Dressed in Hogwarts robes and waving wands, eager fans got a first glimpse of the next installment in the Harry Potter saga, giving a new London stage production glowing r…

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Peter Shaffer, award-winning British playwright, dies at 90

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The award-winning British playwright Sir Peter Shaffer, best known for penning "Amadeus" and "Equus," died Monday in County Cork, Ireland, of pneumonia and age-relate…

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Eisenberg makes 'nerve-racking' UK stage debut with 'The Spoils'

LONDON (Reuters) - Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg brings his self-penned play "The Spoils" to London audiences, making "a nerve-racking" stage debut in Britain which he regards as a t…

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

'Mary Poppins Returns' with Blunt, 'Hamilton' star Miranda

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Britain's beloved cinematic singing nanny Mary Poppins will once again grace the big screens, this time with Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star …

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Hit musical 'Hamilton' leads Broadway's Tony nominations with record 16 nods

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Broadway hit "Hamilton" scored a record 16 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, solidifying its front-runner status for the top prize of best musical.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

JFK subject of Texas opera, with singing Jack and Jackie

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - Before that fateful day in Dallas in 1963, President John F. Kennedy spent one pleasant night in neighboring Fort Worth, which is the subject of an opera due to…

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Hamlet, Lear line the Thames in London Shakespeare celebrations

LONDON (Reuters) - Some of Shakespeare's best known characters - Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and King Lear - will be featuring along a stretch of the River Thames this weekend, as part of celeb…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Bolshoi Theatre does a modern take on 'Don Pasquale' opera

MOSCOW - Russia's Bolshoi Theatre is bringing Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti's comic opera "Don Pasquale," which premiered in Paris in 1843, into modern times with a new production.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pulitzer Prizes mark 100th year with Monday's awards

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Pulitzer Prizes, established in 1917 with a bequest from trail-blazing publisher Joseph Pulitzer, are marking their 100th year on Monday with the announcement of the…

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cirque du Soleil cancels North Carolina shows over transgender law

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Cirque du Soleil said on Friday it was canceling shows in North Carolina over a new state law that it called discriminatory, the performance group said on Fri…

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

New York Met Opera's music director James Levine to retire after 40 years

NEW YORK (Reuters) - James Levine, the music director at New York's Metropolitan Opera for 40 years, will retire this year for health reasons, the Met announced on Thursday.

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New York playwright fails to block opening of new 'Barbershop' movie

(Reuters) - The movie "Barbershop: The Next Cut" may open on Friday, a Manhattan judge ruled on Thursday as he denied an injunction sought by a New York playwright to block the fourth of a s…

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