Sunday, June 18, 2017

Time Warner CEO Defends Public Theater’s ‘Julius Caesar’ | Variety by Daniel Holloway

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes defended his company’s financial support for New York’s embattled Public Theater on Thursday at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Burbank, Cal…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TV Review: 71st Annual Tony Awards by Cynthia Littleton

Maybe it was inevitable that in the year after “Hamilton’s” triumph, the Tony Awards would seem to be lacking in pizzazz. The 71st annual Tony Awards was, as always, a well-pro…

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Tony Awards: Winners Champion the Arts in Politically Charged Speeches by Cynthia Littleton

The turbulent state of culture and politics in the Trump era were top of mind for many Tony Award winners. A number of those who made the trip to the stage at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday…

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Tony Awards 2017: Updating Winners List by Variety Staff

Broadway’s biggest awards show officially kicks off on Sunday night. The 71st annual Tonys will see theater’s biggest stars gather for a night of performances, speeches, and of c…

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Tony Awards 2017: ‘Hello Dolly!,’ ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Up for Top Honors by Brent Lang

“Hello Dolly!,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” and “A Doll’s House, Part 2” are among the plays and musicals that are hoping to be crowned winners at the 71st …

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3 Big Takeaways From 2017 Tony Awards by Gordon Cox

There weren’t many surprises from this year’s Tony Awards ceremony, which handed “Dear Evan Hansen” its expected win for best new musical and saw major acting trophies go to Ben Plat…

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How to Watch the 71st Annual Tony Awards Live by Variety Staff

The 71st annual Tony Awards are just hours away from honoring the very best of Broadway for the 2016-17 season. Tony-winner Kevin Spacey will host Sunday’s show live from Radio City Mu…

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TV Ratings: Tony Awards Tumble Without ‘Hamilton’ by Joseph Otterson

The 2017 Tony Awards were down significantly from last year according to Nielsen overnight data, which is not surprising given the fact that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton”…

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Tony Awards: Secrets From Inside the Room — And the After-Parties by Gordon Cox

About six million people watched the Tony Awards Sunday night on CBS — but a live audience of only about 6,000 caught the show from inside the room itself. Here’s what you missed…

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Tony Awards Fallout: ‘Sweat,’ Allison Janney’s ‘Six Degrees’ to Close by Gordon Cox

Two plays that walked away empty-handed from the Tony Awards ceremony have posted closing notices, now that it’s become clear that the awards-season attention hasn’t provided eno…

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Off Broadway Review: Richard Nelson's "What Did You Expect?" at the Public us a timely family drama. by Marilyn Stasio

The Gabriel Family of Rhinebeck, NY features a sublime MARYANN PLUNKETT, a steady as a rock JAY O. SANDERS, the lovely LYNN HAWLEY and a tour de force performance by ROBERTA MAXWELL.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

How Show-Score Aims to Become the Rotten Tomatoes of Broadway by Gordon Cox

No theater producer or creator likes to face the critics. Even worse? Seeing their Broadway baby, the show they’ve slaved over for years, rated with a number. Which means that Show-Score, …

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94 by Carmel Dagan

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier played the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Gra…

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Patrick Wilson Boards Liam Neeson’s Thriller ‘The Commuter’ by Dave McNary

Patrick Wilson is coming aboard the Liam Neeson thriller “The Commuter,” joining his “The Conjuring 2” star Vera Farmiga. Jaume Collet-Serra is directing the film, marking…

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New York Film Festival Adds ‘Hamilton’s America,’ Stephen Sondheim and More Jarmusch by Gordon Cox

The world premieres of two theater documentaries — Alex Horwitz’s “Hamilton’s America,” a behind-the-scenes look at the history of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Br…

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Broadway Box Office: Sales Slip As ‘Finding Neverland’ Flies Away by Gordon Cox

The Broadway box office continued its late-August deflation last week as nearly every show on the boards saw sales decline — except for a few productions including “Finding Never…

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Broadway Dancer Marcus Bellamy Charged With Murder by Arya Roshanian

Dancer Marcus Bellamy, who worked as dance captain for the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,” has been charged with the murder of his boyfriend, 27-year-old Berna…

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Italian Soprano Daniela Dessi Dies at 59 by Arya Roshanian

Italian soprano Daniela Dessì, known for her performances at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, died on Saturday evening in Brescia, Italy, after a short…

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Regional Theater Review: ‘Broadway Bounty Hunter’ by Gordon Cox

Annie Golden, the theater veteran and regular on TV’s “Orange Is the New Black” (playing inmate Norma), isn’t precisely “Annie Golden,” protagonist of Joe Iconis’s new musical…

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fake Broadway Play Starring Lupita Nyong’o at Center of New Criminal Case by Gordon Cox

The Manhattan District Attorney has indicted a former theater agent, Roland Scahill, for stealing $165,000 from investors in a phony Broadway play that would have starred Lupita N’yong…

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Watch: NBC Releases First Trailer for ‘Hairspray Live!’ by Elizabeth Wagmeister

“Hairspray Live!” doesn’t debut until this December, but the first footage is already here. “Hairspray Live!” features newcomer Maddie Baillio in the star-makin…

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Edinburgh Theater Review: ‘Anything That Gives Off Light,’ Directed by Rachel Chavkin by Gordon Cox

Most theatrical road movies take a trip through the landscape; this one goes on a journey through time. Directed by Rachel Chavkin, “Anything That Gives Off Light,” part of the E…

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London Theater Review: ‘946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips’ by Gordon Cox

Even war has its blue-sky days. Opening with Brecht’s question — “In the dark times, will there also be singing?” — Kneehigh, the company behind Broadway’s “Brief Encou…

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

TV News Roundup: ‘Arrow’ Casts Human Target, Andrea Martin Joins ‘Hairspray Live!’ by Maria Cavassuto

“Jessica Jones” star Wil Traval is joining “Arrow” as Human Target for the upcoming season on the CW, plus Andrea Martin will be joining NBC’s “Hairspra…

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Leslie Odom Jr. in Talks to Join ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Dave McNary

Leslie Odom Jr. is in talks to join the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” at Fox, Variety has learned exclusively Branagh will star as dete…

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London Theater Review: ‘Groundhog Day,’ the Musical by Gordon Cox

This one will run and run. And run. And run… Reuniting the Tony Award-winning team behind “Matilda,” “Groundhog Day” cracks open Danny Rubin’s story for the 1993 Harold Ramis f…

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‘Come From Away’ Musical Locks in Broadway Dates by Gordon Cox

“Come From Away,” inbound for Broadway this spring, has locked in its New York dates, setting a March opening night after pre-Broadway runs in Washington, D.C. and Toronto. The c…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Joining ‘Little Mermaid’ as Producer and Songwriter by Justin Kroll

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken have come on to pen the songs for Disney’s live-action reboot of “The Little Mermaid.” Miranda will also produce the film along with Marc…

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Jason Sudeikis to Star in Off Broadway ‘Dead Poets Society’ by Gordon Cox

Jason Sudeikis will take on the Robin Williams role in “Dead Poets Society,” a new stage adaptation of the 1989 movie opening in November at Off Broadway’s Classic Stage Co…

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

‘Grease Live’: Lin-Manuel Miranda Helps Creative Team Revisit ‘Magic’ of Fox’s Live Musical by Cynthia Littleton

Show the magic — that was a guiding principle for the “Grease Live” team as they tackled the challenge of mounting Fox’s live staging of the beloved musical. The end result of th…

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Broadway Box Office: Tony Champ ‘The Humans’ Has Best Week Yet by Gordon Cox

The play that won the crown at the 2016 Tony Awards, “The Humans,” played its first week in its new home at the Schoenfeld Theater last week, and the bigger venue helped the prod…

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