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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John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub Sign On For ‘The Price’ on Broadway by Gordon Cox

John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht will star in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Price,” cued up for spring at the Roundabout Theater Company. Turt…

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Jill Soloway Developing Musical Comedy Series at Amazon with ‘Transparent’ Writer by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Amazon is furthering the relationship with one of their most proven hit-makers, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway. Soloway, along with former “Transparent” scribe E…

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fyvush Finkel, ‘Picket Fences’ and ‘Boston Public’ Actor, Dies at 93 by Variety Staff

Fyvush Finkel, an Emmy Award-winning actor who is best known to contemporary audiences for his roles on “Picket Fences” and “Boston Public” but who spent most of his early career on …

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Friday, August 12, 2016

11 Shows to See at the New York International Fringe Festival 2016 by Gordon Cox

The 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival launches tonight, and somewhere in this year’s crop you might find the next “Urinetown,” the 2002 Tony Award winner t…

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How Cirque du Soleil Is Changing Its Broadway Show ‘Paramour’ by Gordon Cox

A new signature acrobatic sequence, rechoreographed flying machines, a trimmed climax, and deeper backstories for the lead characters are all among the creative changes that Cirque du Soleil…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Seth Gelblum, Veteran Broadway Attorney, Dies at 62 by Gordon Cox

Seth Gelblum, the entertainment attorney who was widely respected and much admired in the Broadway community, died Aug. 8 at 62 following a long illness. A partner at Loeb & Loeb, where…

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Norman Twain, ‘Lean on Me’ Producer, Dies at 85 by Lamarco McClendon

Norman Twain, best known for producing 1989’s Morgan Freeman-starrer “Lean On Me,” died Saturday morning, after a brief illness. He was 85. Twain initially made his mark …

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Shakespeare in the Park Review: ‘Troilus and Cressida’ by Gordon Cox

Did Shakespeare really write “Troilus and Cressida”?  That’s fair to ask of a play with unlovely lovers, listless poetry, and a fractured plot that staggers from romantic …

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Monday, August 8, 2016

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Cast Promises to Pay Homage to Original, Raves About Laverne Cox by Elizabeth Wagmeister

More than four decades after the original movie hit theaters, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is coming back — to TV. The cast of Fox’s remake — which includes …

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Broadway Box Office: 3 Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals Land in Top 10 by Gordon Cox

With the summer slate winnowed down to 25 shows — 23 of which were musicals — all three of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s shows notched spots in the Top 10 at the Broadway box offic…

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‘Grease Live’ Director Thomas Kail Sets Pod Deal at 20th Century Fox TV by Cynthia Littleton

“Grease Live” and “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail is setting up shop at 20th Century Fox TV with a pod deal for his newly launched Old 320 Sycamore production banner.…

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