Monday, May 2, 2016

Broadway Box Office: ‘Wicked’ Hits a Milestone by Gordon Cox

With the theater industry holding its breath ahead of the Tony Awards nominations announcement May 3, the Broadway box office got a bit of a boost last week as spring break at New York Ci…

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National Endowment for the Arts, Miles Wilkin Win 2016 Special Tony Awards by Gordon Cox

The National Endowment for the Arts and longtime theater-industry executive Miles Wilkin will received the 2016 Special Tony Awards. These specials prizes are part of a slate of awards hand…

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Tony Awards: Paper Mill Playhouse Wins 2016 Regional Theater Award by Gordon Cox

Paper Mill Playhouse has been named the winner of the 2016 Regional Theater Tony Award, the annual trophy handed out to companies beyond the Broadway world on which the Tony Awards focus. Lo…

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Lucille Lortel Awards: ‘Guards at the Taj,’ ‘The Robber Bridegroom’ Score Big by Gordon Cox

Rajiv Joseph’s play “Guards at the Taj,” seen at the Atlantic Theater Company last year, and the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of “The Robber Bridgeroom&…

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Off Broadway Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ by Gordon Cox

Watching “Dear Evan Hansen,” now playing at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theater, is like falling down a rabbit hole that leads back to high school. Steven Levenson’s …

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

7 Things to Expect From the 2016 Tony Nominations by Gordon Cox

Now that we finally know what “Shuffle Along” is, Broadway can get down to what it does best: gossiping and prognosticating about awards season. With nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards…

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Friday, April 29, 2016

The Cast of ‘Shuffle Along’ On Their Favorite Parts That Got Cut by Gordon Cox

“It’s been like learning about family members you didn’t know you had.” That’s how six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald described working on the Broadway musical “Shuffle Along,…

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Veteran Disney Theatrical Exec Exits for Independent Producing by Gordon Cox

David Schrader, the longtime executive at Disney Theatrical Productions, will depart his current position as the company’s exec vice president/managing director next month to strike ou…

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Patrick Stewart Plays ‘F—, Mary, Kill’ with Thomas Middleditch Using Star Trek Characters (VIDEO) by Alyssa Sage

Thomas Middleditch and Patrick Stewart engaged in a friendly game of “Star Trek”-themed “F—, Marry, Kill” at Variety‘s fourth edition of “Variety St…

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Tony Awards Eligibility: ‘Shuffle Along’ Deemed a New Musical by Gordon Cox

“Shuffle Along” has been deemed a new musical in the upcoming Tony Awards race — thereby putting the freshly opened show, from a formidable team of creators and performers,…

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London Theater Review: ‘Elegy’ by Nick Payne by Gordon Cox

“Elegy” might be described as a memory play — not because it recalls the past but because it is a play that remembers. As in his earlier play “Constellations” (seen on Broadwa…

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Broadway Review: ‘Shuffle Along’ by Gordon Cox

“Shuffle Along” is to die for. Subtitled “The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” the dance-drunk show (choreographed by Savion Glover) recounts the peril…

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Drama Desk Nominations: ‘She Loves Me,’ ‘American Psycho’ Earn Most Nods (FULL LIST) by Gordon Cox

The well-received Roundabout Theater Company revival of “She Loves Me” led the nominations for the 2016 Drama Desk Awards, pulling in nine nods including best musical revival, pl…

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Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne Train for the Broadway Marathon of ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ by Gordon Cox

When you’ve got big names like Jessica Lange, Michael Shannon, Gabriel Byrne and John Gallagher Jr. starring in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” on Broadway, some equally big names wi…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sam Mendes to Head Venice Film Festival Jury by Nvivarelli

ROME — British film and stage director Sam Mendes will head the jury of the 73rd Venice Film Festival. Mendes’ rapport with the Lido dates back to 2002 when he was in the Venice com…

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Broadway Review: ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ with Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Shannon by Gordon Cox

The tenderness between Gabriel Byrne, in the towering role of the fading Broadway actor James Tyrone, and Jessica Lange, as his beloved but tormented wife Mary, brings welcome relief from th…

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‘My Little Pony’ Movie Release Moved Up to October 2017 by Dave McNary

Lionsgate has moved its “My Little Pony” movie forward from November 3, 2017, to Oct. 6, 2017, and dated Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” for a July 15 limited laun…

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Martin Short, Derek Hough Cast in NBC’s “Hairspray Live” by Daniel Holloway

Comedian Martin Short and “Dancing With the Stars” veteran Derek Hough have been cast in NBC’s live version of the musical “Hairspray.” More to come …

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Broadway Review: ‘Tuck Everlasting,’ The Musical by Gordon Cox

With “Matilda” exiting Broadway in January, there’s a new singing pre-teen hoping to generate the same family-audience appeal. But whether Winnie Foster, the main character in the new …

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Andrew Keenan-Bolger Talks ‘Tuck Everlasting’ and Being Eternally 17 by Gordon Cox

Andrew Keenan-Bolger wears a lot of hats. At 30, the fan-favorite stage actor (“Newsies”) and star of the Broadway musical “Tuck Everlasting” is also an early digital-media adopter, …

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tina Fey, Megan Hilty Fete NBC’s Bob Greenblatt at Actors Fund Gala by Cynthia Littleton

Tina Fey took time out from the opening of her husband’s latest Broadway effort on Monday night to shower praise on NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt as he received the Actors …

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Broadway Review: Jesse Tyler Ferguson in ‘Fully Committed’ by Gordon Cox

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the star of ABC’s “Modern Family,” takes his shot at “Fully Committed,” Becky Mode’s tour-de-force-for-solo-actor about the travails…

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Broadway Box Office: ‘Paramour’ Keeps Flying, But ‘The King and I’ Tumbles by Gordon Cox

The theater industry may be in the final throes of activity before the Tony Awards nominations are announced May 3 — but right now, the brand-new big-earner at the Broadway box office…

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London Theater Review: Kit Harington in ‘Doctor Faustus’ by Gordon Cox

Must theater sell its soul for new audiences? Director Jamie Lloyd has made it his mission to bring a new generation into theater, but at what price? Canny casting pulls in a young crowd; fl…

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Disney Claims Dates for Several New Movies; Confirms ‘Jungle Book 2,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel by Brent Lang

Hot off the blockbuster success of “The Jungle Book,” Disney has been staking out several years worth of live action fairy tales. The studio confirmed that it is making “Cr…

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein to Star in NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’ by Debra Birnbaum

Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein have signed on to NBC’s “Hairspray Live!,” the network’s next live Broadway musical. Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle, while Fierstein will…

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‘Saturday Night Live’ To Run With Fewer Ads Next Season (Report) by Brian Steinberg

When “Saturday Night Live” starts its 42nd season next fall, it will presumably still have “Weekend Update,” musical guests and lots of celebrity impressions. What it…

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How Broadway’s ‘Waitress’ Achieves that Fresh-Baked Smell by Gordon Cox

The Broadway musical “Waitress,” earning a heaping helping of positive reviews in the wake of its April 24 opening, is so fresh out of the oven that it’ll have theatergoers…

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Broadway Review: ‘Waitress’ The Musical by Gordon Cox

“Waitress” owes its sweetness to the mouth-watering goodness of Jessie Mueller. As a diner waitress named Jenna, Mueller is such a honey bun, she melts us like the mounds of butt…

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Baz Luhrmann Talks Unreleased Prince Song, Upcoming Netflix Series at Tribeca Panel by Seth Kelley

Baz Luhrmann took part in an enlightening Q&A during the Tribeca Film Festival with Nelson George, a historian who helped write and produce the Luhrmann-directed Netflix series “Th…

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

London Theater Review: Ivo van Hove Directs Shakespeare in ‘Kings of War’ by Gordon Cox

If Ivo van Hove’s “Roman Tragedies” was a surprising medley of Shakespeare plays, his “Kings of War” history cycle, now running at London’s Barbican Center, is altogether mor…

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