Friday, March 27, 2015

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer Reflect at ‘The Sound of Music’s’ 50th Anniversary by Malinasaval

Whether it was their first time seeing the film or their twenty-first, audience members Thursday night were treated to a magical 50th anniversary screening of “The Sound of Music,” Robe…

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Billie Joe Armstrong, Harold Prince Bring New Musicals to Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater

Rocker Billie Joe Armstrong and Broadway royalty Harold Prince each have a place in the 2015-16 season at Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company, with new musicals from each landing …

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Composer Stephen Schwartz Adds ‘Magic’ to Princess Cruise Ships

On the night of March 25, the Princess Cruises’ 35,000-square-foot rehearsal facility in Valencia, Calif., came alive with the sound of music – the music of Broadway composer Stephen Sch…

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review: ‘New York Spring Spectacular’ at Radio City Music Hall

Don’t start spreading the news just yet: Arriving one year late, extensively retooled, and with a surfeit of undeniably impressive stagecraft ($25 million worth), Radio City’s “New Yor…

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Craig Zadan, Neil Meron Won’t Return as Oscar Producers by Tim Gray

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will not return as Oscar producers for next year, their reps have confirmed. Meron also tweeted about the news on Thursday, saying he and Zadan “would like t…

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Jason Alexander Will Take Over Larry David’s Role in Broadway’s ‘Fish in the Dark’

Larry David’s mega-selling Broadway comedy “Fish in the Dark” is keeping it all in the “Seinfeld” family, with Jason Alexander set to step into the role curre…

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Choreographer Ray Arnett, Best Known for Work With Liberace, Dies at 97

Ray Arnett, a choreographer and stage director best known for his decades spent working with Liberace, died on March 12 in Beverly Hills. He was 97. In HBO’s critically acclaimed Liberace …

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Q&A: ‘Scandal’ Actress Katie Lowes Takes the Stage in ‘A Dog’s House’ by Seth Kelley

Actress Katie Lowes is best known for playing Quinn Perkins on ABC’s hit “Scandal.” But when she’s not playing a gladiator opposite Kerry Washington, Lowes is the co-…

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Twitter Launches Periscope Live-Streaming Video App by Todd Spangler

Twitter has launched live-streaming video app Periscope, developed by the startup it bought earlier in 2015 for a reported $100 million, upping the battle with overnight mobile-app streami…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

London Theater Review: ‘Rules for Living’ by Gordon Cox

Imagine Alan Ayckbourn clawing his fingernails down a blackboard; that’s Sam Holcroft’s “Rules for Living.” She takes your average family farce — a social occasion su…

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Tonys Team With Carnegie Mellon U. to Honor Teachers by Gordon Cox

If you’ve ever thought your high school drama teacher deserved a Tony Award, now is your chance to make it happen. In an unprecedented move, the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards have tea…

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Tonys Preview: Glitzy Shows, Big Stars Likely to Lead Noms by Gordon Cox

With a whopping 14 shows yet to open before the end of Broadway’s 2014-15 season, there’s still plenty of time left for surprises in the upcoming race for the Tony Awards. But a couple o…

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Guest Column: Noah Wyle Urges ‘No’ Vote on Actors’ Equity’s 99-Seat Theater Proposal

Since the late ’80s,  Actors’ Equity has recognized the Los Angeles 99-Seat Theater Agreement, which allows members to showcase their work for negligible stipends. Now, the guild is…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bradley Cooper in Talks to Direct ‘Star Is Born’ Remake by Dave McNary

Bradley Cooper is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct the third remake of the musical “A Star is Born.” The project, based on 1937’s Janet Gaynor-Fredric March dr…

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Off Broadway Review: ‘Small Mouth Sounds’ at Ars Nova

Disney has already grabbed her, and she’s got history with Paramount, so playwright Bess Wohl isn’t exactly a free agent. But with her theatrical know-how and offbeat imagination…

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Broadway Box Office: ‘Neverland’ Flies, ‘Wolf Hall’ Has Some Bite

The combination of mid-March tourism and newly launched productions put a little spring in Broadway’s step last week, as both sales and attendance took a big step up. Among the new s…

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Two Unknowns, One Season: Broadway Producer Bets on Risk

A Broadway play about a potentially satanic handpuppet and a new musical comedy about struggling Renaissance playwrights might not look to have much in common at first glance. But it turns …

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sony to Make ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ a Feature Film by Brent Lang

Broadway hit “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” will be made into a feature film produced by Tom Hanks’ production company and released by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Th…

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

‘Glee’ Regains Its Voice In Touching Series Finale (SPOILERS) by Brian Lowry

Let’s face it, “Glee” has been running on fumes for several seasons, making its two-hour finale more a subject of curiosity than the emotional event it would have been except for the h…

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Friday, March 20, 2015

From Peggy to ‘Heidi,’ Elisabeth Moss Opens on Broadway by Gordon Cox

Watch Elisabeth Moss play the title character in the Broadway revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Heidi Chronicles,” and you can’t help but see Heidi in relation to P…

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Broadway Review: ‘The Heidi Chronicles’ Starring Elisabeth Moss

A shoddy production can’t dim the lights of this long-overdue revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, “The Heidi Chronicles.” On th…

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Showbiz Managers Get Another Shot at Challenging Talent Agencies Act by Ted Johnson

A federal appellate court is giving new life to an effort by an organization of talent managers to challenge the California Talent Agencies Act, which prohibits them from procuring employmen…

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Stars Sing Broadway Tunes for Alzheimer’s at Sardi’s Benefit by Jasmin Rosemberg

“We’re very happy to be here tonight,” said “The Big Bang Theory’s” Johnny Galecki, sandwiched on the Beverly Hilton stage between co-stars Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Jim Parso…

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Penn and Teller Conjure a Broadway Run This Summer

Penn and Teller, the duo of comic magicians who haven’t appeared in New York for 15 years, head back to Broadway this summer for a six-week run beginning in July. The stage show, sim…

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Russell Simmons Bringing Hip-Hop Musical ‘The Scenario’ to New York Next Year

Russell Simmons is developing a hip-hop musical that will draw songs from hip-hop’s “golden age” from between the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s, in the same way that R…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Rookie Broadway Producer Glams Up ‘Gigi’ to Electrify Female Audiences

How do you solve a problem like “Gigi”? That’s the question tyro Broadway producer Jenna Segal asked herself as she set to work on a Broadway revival of the 1973 musical,…

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Manhattan Theater Club Adds New Plays by Writers of ‘Constellations,’ ‘Orange is the New Black’

Manhattan Theater Club, the New York nonprofit that recently wrapped its successful Broadway run of Jake Gyllenhaal topliner “Constellations,” has added new plays to its 2015-16…

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Composer Patrick Doyle Creates Many Moods for ‘Cinderella’ Score by Terry Flores

If ever a movie demanded a rich, romantic score, it’s “Cinderella,” with its fairy-tale story of an orphaned servant girl, a handsome prince, a grand ball and a glass slipper. And who …

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New Director of Edinburgh Intl. Festival Debuts with Strong Theater Lineup

The new chief of the Edinburgh International Festival has announced a stellar theatrical lineup for his inaugural edition of the festival, with Robert Lepage, David Greig, Enda Walsh, Simon …

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bryan Cranston’s ‘Trumbo’ Set for Nov. 6 Release by Dave McNary

Fledgling distributor Bleecker Street has set Bryan Cranston’s “Trumbo” for an awards-season release on Nov. 6 in the U.S. The film is based on the true story of screenwrit…

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Off Broadway Review: ‘Placebo’ with Carrie Coon

Off Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons is justifiably celebrated for its impressive 44-year record of supporting American playwrights. So it’s awkward to be heaping praise on the s…

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