Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Josh Gad on the 2016 Presidential Election: ‘I’m Terrified’ by Ramin Setoodeh

Comedic actor Josh Gad—best known for playing the voice of Olaf in Disney’s “Frozen”—is among the Hollywood stars at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. H…

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James M. Nederlander, Broadway Real Estate Patriarch, Dies at 94 by Gordon Cox

James M. Nederlander, the impresario who was the chairman of Broadway’s Nederlander Organization, died July 25 at 94, it was announced by his son, James L. Nederlander. As the head …

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Ten Questions about ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Answered by Leo Barraclough

The two-part stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” opens officially on Saturday at the Palace Theater in London’s West End, but previews have been running since June 7, an…

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Creatives Reflect on Disney Tale 25 Years Later by Stuart Oldham

One of Disney’s classic films, “Beauty of the Beast,” waltzed the floor of Comic-Con this past weekend, where the “tale as old as time” celebrated its 25th anni…

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Marni Nixon Remembered: A Wonderful Collaborator, Even if Natalie Wood Didn’t Agree by Pat Saperstein

“You are the writer, but I am the author!” When famed ghost-singer Marni Nixon said those words to me, her ghostwriter, I didn’t quite understand how any of it would work. I had writte…

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Is ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ the Next ‘Hamilton’? by Gordon Cox

It’s been a stage megasmash since tickets first went on sale — and were snapped up instantly. It’s got a huge, rabid fanbase. And theater critics are going gaga for it. It&…

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West End Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ by Gordon Cox

It is, quite simply, spellbinding: The Show That Lived Up to Expectations — and Then Some. Three years after J. K. Rowling announced her boy wizard would hit the stage, “Harry Potter…

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Broadway Box Office: ‘Shuffle Along’ Shuffles Off as ‘Cats’ Calls Crowds by Gordon Cox

Broadway box office took a dip last week in what could be the first of several weeks of gradually tapering sales on the way down to Labor Day — especially now that some productions a…

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Marni Nixon, Voice Behind Stars in Movie Musicals Like ‘My Fair Lady,’ Dies at 86 by Maane Khatchatourian

Marni Nixon, who gained fame as a “ghost singer” for Deborah Kerr in “The King and I,” Natalie Wood in “West Side Story” and Audrey Hepburn in “My F…

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

New York Theater Review: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ Starring Jonathan Pryce by Gordon Cox

Jonathan Pryce makes a strong case for Shylock’s infamous demand for a pound of flesh in Shakespeare’s Globe‘s gorgeously stylized production of “The Merchant of Veni…

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Kristin Chenoweth Cast in ‘American Gods’ by Debra Birnbaum

It’s a “Pushing Daisies” reunion: Kristin Chenoweth has joined executive producer Bryan Fuller in his upcoming Starz series “American Gods.” The announcement wa…

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Confused By Broadway’s ‘Great Comet’ Seating Chart? Think Of It As The Culmination Of A Wild Night in Moscow by Gordon Cox

Broadway ticketbuyers expect seating charts to look a certain way: The stage is here; the audience is there. So when tickets went on sale for the $14 million Broadway production of “…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Narrate Hamilton on Comedy Central’s ‘Drunk History’ by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” will return for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m., and the ten-episode season will bring a slew of guest stars. The seas…

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Mike Birbiglia Says ‘Don’t Think Twice’ is ‘More Like Life’ Than a Movie by Mannie Holmes

“I’ll be the sixth lead in the indie film and that’s ok,” joked comedian Chris Gethard Wednesday night at the Sunshine Landmark Cinema for the New York premiere of “Don’t Think T…

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Daveed Diggs of ‘Hamilton’ Joins ‘Black-ish’ Family in Season 3 (EXCLUSIVE) by Moryan66

When the third season of “Black-ish” arrives, the Johnson family will expand. Fresh from the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” Daveed Diggs will have a major Season 3 arc as Rainbow Johnson…

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Broadway’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ to Close at Year’s End by Gordon Cox

The well-reviewed Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” will close at the end of the year, with its producer, Jeffrey Richards, announcing the end date well in advance in hop…

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Neil Gaiman’s ‘Interworld’ in Development with ‘Hamilton’ Producer Attached as Universal Cable Productions Leans Into Genre by Oriana Schwindt

After the success of USA’s “Mr. Robot” and Syfy’s “The Magicians,” Universal Cable Productions is leaning hard into genre development. Most notably, UCP will adapt Neil Gaiman an…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Taper Sets Rajiv Joseph, David Henry Hwang World Premieres by Arya Roshanian

The world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s “Archduke” will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2017-18. Joseph&…

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Behind the Scenes at ‘Spamilton,’ Off Broadway’s New ‘Hamilton’ Spoof by Gordon Cox

Can’t get a ticket to “Hamilton”? Try “Spamilton,” the new spoof of the Broadway megasmash from the mind behind 30 years of “Forbidden Broadway,” Ge…

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Make Broadway Return in ‘Burn This’ by Gordon Cox

Jake Gyllenhaal will star in a revival of the 1987 play “Burn This,” leading a production that will re-open midtown’s Hudson Theater as a Broadway venue. Michael Mayer, the…

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Off Broadway Review: Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Privacy’ by Gordon Cox

Wait! Do you really want to click on that Baby Pandas / Neo-Nazi / S&M website? British scribe James Graham and Donmar Warehouse artistic director Josie Rourke, who co-created the mind-…

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Broadway Box Office: ‘Cats’ Starts Out Purring by Gordon Cox

The new revival of “Cats” pounced on Broadway last week, launching to healthy sales in a window that saw a few titles dial up to nine-show weeks in order to take advantage of su…

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Denzel Washington’s ‘Fences’ Gets December Release by Dave McNary

Paramount has given an awards-season December release to Denzel Washington’s “Fences” with a limited opening in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 16 and a wide release on De…

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Beatles Family Reunites for 10th Anniversary of ‘Love’ Show by Variety Staff

Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, were on hand Thursday night in Las Vegas to officially mark the ten year anniversary of Cirque du S…

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

‘Hamilton’ Star Daveed Diggs in Talks to Join Julia Roberts in ‘Wonder’ by Dave McNary

“Hamilton” co-star Daveed Diggs is in talks to join Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay and Owen Wilson in Lionsgate’s drama “Wonder.” Diggs, who departed the Broadway production…

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Friday, July 15, 2016

L.A. Theater Review: ‘West Side Story’ at the Hollywood Bowl by Arya Roshanian

It’s easy for the musical theater staple “West Side Story” to take on a been-there, done-that quality, but the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s concert rendition, now playing at the Hollyw…

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Emmy Nominations 2016: Watch the Live Stream by Variety Staff

The 68th Emmy Award nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 14 at 8:30 a.m. PT. Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham will do the honors from the Wolf Theatre at the Television Academ…

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2016 Emmy Nominations: ‘Game of Thrones’ Leads Field, ‘The Americans,’ ‘Mr. Robot’ Grab Series Bids by Cynthia Littleton

HBO’s epic fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” once again leads the pack of contenders for the Primetime Emmy Awards, grabbing 23 nominations for its sixth season. “Thron…

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Emmy Nominations 2016: Full List of Nominees by Laura Prudom

The nominations for the 2016 Emmy Awards were announced on July 14; check out the nominees who will be vying for Emmys on September 18, with the full list to come. Lead Actor in a Drama Seri…

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London Theater Review: ‘The Stripper,’ A New Musical by The Creator of ‘Rocky Horror Show’ by Gordon Cox

Horribly misogynistic or fatally misjudged? Turns out “The Stripper,” the pulp fiction pastiche by “The Rocky Horror Show” creator Richard O’Brien, is both. Ad…

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