Saturday, June 25, 2016

‘Hamilton’ to Fundraise for Hillary Clinton With Extra Performance by Gordon Cox

Hillary Clinton supporters have a chance to score Broadway’s hottest ticket with a special fundraising performance of “Hamilton,” scheduled as an extra matinee on July 12. …

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Daniel Radcliffe Calls Brexit Vote, Donald Trump ‘Scary as S–t’ by Alex Stedman

Daniel Radcliffe is pointing out the parallels between the United Kingdom’s recent vote to leave the European Union and the rise of Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP candidate in the…

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Scott Rudin Joins Board of Barry Diller’s Expedia by Todd Spangler

Producer Scott Rudin has been elected to the board of Expedia, the online travel-booking company headed by chairman Barry Diller. Expedia disclosed Rudin’s appointment to the board eff…

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Broadway’s ‘Shuffle Along’ To Close in July, When Audra McDonald Exits by Gordon Cox

“Shuffle Along,” the starry Broadway musical that was nominated for 10 Tony Awards earlier this year, will be closing much earlier than expected, with producers choosing to shutt…

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Broadway’s ‘An American in Paris’ to Close in January by Gordon Cox

“An American in Paris,” the stage musical that meshed Broadway and ballet, will close on Broadway in January — but the major renovations planned for the production’s…

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Tony Winner ‘The Humans’ Will Move to a Bigger Broadway Theater by Gordon Cox

“The Humans,” the production that won best play at this year’s Tony Awards, will finish up its run at the Helen Hayes Theater in late July — and then resume performa…

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Cirque du Soleil, NFL Team Up For Massive Times Square Attraction by Gordon Cox

Cirque du Soleil and the NFL are planting a flag in Times Square, constructing a four-story, 40,000 square-foot interactive exhibit, “NFL Times Square,” that aims to attract 25,…

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Al Pacino, James Taylor, the Eagles Named 2016 Recipients of Kennedy Center Honors by Gordon Cox

Al Pacino, James Taylor, the rock band The Eagles, Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, and gospel/blues singer Mavis Staples have been named the 2016 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors,…

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Time Warner Cable, Charter Routinely Overcharged Customers and Failed to Issue Refunds, Senate Report Finds by Todd Spangler

A U.S. Senate investigation into pay-TV billing practices found that Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications — which completed their $67 billion merger in May — have regularly overb…

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‘Hamilton’ Special, Presidential Election Coverage Lead PBS Fall Schedule by Daniel Holloway

PBS has set its fall primetime schedule, including premieres for a special on the Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton,” coverage of the 2016 presidential election and the premie…

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Showbiz Solidarity for House Sit-In: Funny or Die Stages Stand-Up Marathon by Ted Johnson

As Democrats continued their sit-in on the floor of the House on Thursday, showbiz figures lined up in solidarity, with Funny or Die staging a marathon of standup comics that ran for about 1…

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Off Broadway Review: Samuel D. Hunter’s ‘The Healing’ by Gordon Cox

“The Healing,” the new play by MacArthur Foundation genius grant winner Samuel D. Hunter, was written specifically for Theater Breaking Through Barriers, a company of disabled ac…

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Aaron Sorkin to Teach Online Course on Screenwriting by Todd Spangler

For $90, Aaron Sorkin will share his tricks of the screenwriting trade. Sorkin, scribe of such films such as “A Few Good Men,” “Steve Jobs” and “The Social Netw…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Broadway’s Binder Casting Acquired by Cruise Ship Entertainment Producer RWS (EXCLUSIVE) by Gordon Cox

RWS & Associates, a producer of stage shows for cruise ships and theme parks, is looking to make a name for itself in commercial theater with the acquisition of Binder Casting, the vete…

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Tony Champ ‘Fun Home’ to Close in September by Gordon Cox

“Fun Home,” the intimately scaled musical that won five 2015 Tony Awards including best musical, will close in September after 18 months on Broadway. Although the production̵…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Kristin Chenoweth Joins NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’ by Laura Prudom

Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth has joined the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” show, Variety has learned. The Emmy and Tony Award winner will play Velma Von Tussle, the se…

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Upright Citizens Brigade Signs Deal With Universal Cable Productions by Daniel Holloway

Universal Cable Productions has signed the Upright Citizens Brigade to a first-look production deal. The agreement is the first such for the comedy troupe founded by in 1990 by Amy Poehler, …

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London Theater Review: Mike Bartlett’s Snowden-Inspired ‘Wild’ by Gordon Cox

A twist on the Edward Snowden story, Mike Bartlett’s new play “Wild” is really an examination of rampant rational skepticism. If ours is a world in which nothing is what it seems and n…

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Disney To Unveil New ‘Frozen’ Tale, ‘Northern Lights’ Via Books, Video Shorts by Brian Steinberg

Disney wants to try to keep “Frozen” at full boil. The company said it would launch a new adventure featuring Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and the rest of the characters from its h…

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Broadway Box Office: ‘The Humans’ Gets a Tony Bump by Gordon Cox

A recent win at the 2016 Tony Awards seems to have had an instant effect on the Broadway box office of “The Humans,” the glowingly received production that took home the 2016 …

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Pre-Broadway Review: ‘The SpongeBob Musical’ by Gordon Cox

Nickelodeon’s endearing, absorbent, animated oddball optimist SpongeBob SquarePants and his surreal undersea habitat Bikini Bottom get a Broadway-scaled stage treatment in “The Spon…

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‘Monopoly The Musical’: Hasbro Partners With Broadway Producer for Live Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE) by Gordon Cox

Hasbro is getting into the live entertainment game. Their first move: “Monopoly the Musical,” targeted for Broadway and the first of a series of stage projects to be announced ou…

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Phillipa Soo of ‘Hamilton’ To Star in Broadway’s ‘Amelie’ by Gordon Cox

Philippa Soo, the actress nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in “Hamilton,” will take on the title role in the brewing musical adaptation of “Amelie,” set…

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

13 Questions for New ‘Hamilton’ Star Javier Munoz by Gordon Cox

When Javier Munoz takes the stage as the new Hamilton in “Hamilton” this July, it won’t be the first time he’s playing the role. He’s been creator-star Lin-Manu…

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Lady Gaga in Talks for Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Remake by Justin Kroll

After a lengthy courtship, Lady Gaga is ready for her close-up as the titular starlet in Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” remake. Deadline Hollywood reported last month t…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ Exit Set for July with Javier Munoz to Take Over by Gordon Cox

“Hamilton” will have a new Hamilton in July, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator-star of the Tony-winning Broadway smash, confirmed to exit the show July 9 and his longtime alte…

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Bradley Cooper to Produce ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ TV Special by Variety Staff

Bradley Cooper is on board to exec produce the latest “Stand Up to Cancer” primetime fundraising special, set to air Sept. 9 as a roadblock across more than two dozen networks. T…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

‘The Big Gay Musical’ Creator Fred Caruso Dies in Apparent Suicide by Seth Kelley

Fred Caruso, writer and producer best known as the creator of “The Big Gay Musical,” has died in an apparent suicide. He was 41. His friend, Rick Crom, posted to Facebook on Tue…

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‘The Waltons’ Actress Ronnie Claire Edwards Dies at 83 by Lamarco McClendon

Ronnie Claire Edwards, best known for her portrayal of Corabeth Godsey in the 1971 series “The Waltons,” has died, according to a post on her Facebook page. She was 83. Edwards m…

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Zac Efron in Talks to Join Hugh Jackman’s ‘Greatest Showman’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Dave McNary

Fox is in negotiations with Zac Efron to join Hugh Jackman in the P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman on Earth.” Fox had no comment on Efron’s possible attachment. The project…

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Broadway Bands Together for Song to Benefit Orlando LGBT Center by Gordon Cox

Members of the Broadway community have teamed up for a charity recording of “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” performed by a “We Are the World”-style supergoup of t…

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