Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A New Streaming Platform For Theatre To Launch This Summer by Artsjournal

A producer and former performer will lead the launch of a new streaming network devoted to theater and theater-related content this summer, bowing a free version before a subscription tier t…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

MoviePass Is Growing Crazy Fast. But Can It Survive? by Artsjournal

Since MoviePass slashed its monthly subscription costs last August from $50 to $9.95, its user base has exploded from roughly 20,000 to more than 2 million. In the process, it’s become the…

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Could ‘Love Never Dies’ Live Again on Broadway? by Terry Flores

Like the Phantom of the Opera — and “The Phantom of the Opera” — “Love Never Dies” isn’t dead yet. The musical, mega-composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to his record-break…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Broadway Box Office: Sales Off 11% After Spring Break Rush by Gordon Cox

The week before last, the Broadway box office boomed. Last week came the inevitable dip out of the stratosphere. After boffo business fueled by spring-break and holiday traffic, nearly every…

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New York Times, New Yorker Share Pulitzer Prize for Harvey Weinstein Exposes by Gordon Cox

The New York Times and the New Yorker have jointly won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for public service for their influential exposes of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The explosive i…

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John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy to Star in Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’ by Dave McNary

John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, and Paul Walter Hauser have joined the cast of Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Late Night,” directed by Nisha Ganatra. The film stars Kaling an…

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Univision Lays Off 150 Amid Debt Woes by Artsjournal

Univision has billions in debt left from its leveraged buyout a decade ago, and is struggling with the same headwinds facing all linear operators. The company also made an aggressive play fo…

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Vanessa Williams Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce by Ariana Brockington

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce presented Vanessa Williams with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Calif. The event, co-sp…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Broadway Review: ‘Carousel’ Starring Joshua Henry, Jessie Mueller by Gordon Cox

Audiences encountering Joshua Henry’s electrifying performance as the charismatic but star-cursed Billy Bigelow will long remember the experience. In this new Broadway revival of Rodgers a…

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Disney CEO Bob Iger Was Considering Presidential Run Before Fox Deal by Kirsten Chuba

Speculation has long surrounded Disney CEO Bob Iger and a possible presidential run in 2020, and in a new interview, he says entering the race was on his mind until recently. He told Vogue t…

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Leslie Odom Jr., Katharine McPhee to Announce Tony Nominations by Gordon Cox

Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee will announce nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards next month. Odom Jr. won a Tony in 2016 for his performance as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton.” M…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Broadway Review: Joshua Jackson in ‘Children of a Lesser God’ by Gordon Cox

Mark Medoff wrote “Children of a Lesser God” specifically for Phyllis Frelich, a deaf actress who made her professional debut as the character Sarah Norman in the 1979 production at the …

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‘Mulan’ Live-Action Disney Reboot Casts ‘Rogue One’ Star Donnie Yen by Justin Kroll

Donnie Yen is set to star opposite Liu Yifei in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Mulan.” Niki Caro is directing, and Chris Bender, Jason Reed, and Jake Weiner are producing the movi…

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Entertainment Companies Reported Their Gender Pay Gaps. It Isn't Pretty by Artsjournal

Much of the media focus has been on the size of the salary gaps. But what really tells the story about ingrained gender inequality is the disparity in bonus pay (men receive 67% more than wo…

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Actors’ Equity Lobbies for New Tony Awards Categories by Gordon Cox

Actors’ Equity Association, the union that represents theater actors and stage managers, has launched a push for two new categories at the Tony Awards that would collectively honor ens…

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Elaine May, Michael Cera, Lucas Hedges to Star in Broadway’s ‘The Waverly Gallery’ by Gordon Cox

Making a rare stage appearance, Elaine May will star alongside Lucas Hedges and Michael Cera in a new Broadway staging of Kenneth Lonergan’s 2000 play “The Waverly Gallery,”…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Off Broadway Review: ‘Miss You Like Hell’ by Gordon Cox

Immigration, parental absence and cyber-relationships all figure in to the road trip musical “Miss You Like Hell,” an earnest — and now very Trump-topical — show that too often gets …

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Stagecraft Podcast: Joshua Jackson, Lauren Ridloff Talk Broadway, Accessibility and ‘Children of a Lesser God’ by Gordon Cox

Lauren Ridloff is playing the lead role in the Broadway revival of “Children of a Lesser God.” Haven’t heard of her? That’s probably because this is her first acting …

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Olivier Awards Rename Prize After Peter Hall Following ‘In Memoriam’ Blunder by Robert Mitchell

Organizers of the Oliver Awards, Britain’s equivalent of the Tonys, apologized “unreservedly” Tuesday for omitting theater legend Peter Hall from the awards ceremony’…

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Emily Blunt on ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘Edge of Tomorrow 2’ by Brent Lang

Emily Blunt knew immediately that John Krasinski needed to direct “A Quiet Place.” As soon as her husband finished describing the story, which centers on a family struggling to s…

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Tribeca Film Festival: 5 Titles to Watch for Theater Fans by Terry Flores

In late April, theater lovers devote most of their attention to the clutch of Broadway shows rushing to open before the eligibility cutoff for Tony nominations. But this year fans should be …

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Broadway Box Office: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Hits Record Sales by Gordon Cox

Well, that didn’t take long. In only its third week of previews, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has set a new record at the Broadway box office — by a wide margi…

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‘Glee’ Alums Lea Michele and Darren Criss Announce Co-Headlining Tour by Kirsten Chuba

It may not be William McKinley High School, but two “Glee” alumni are reuniting on a much bigger stage. Lea Michele and Darren Criss announced Monday that they are re-teaming for…

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American Girl to Launch Live Musical Production This Fall (EXCLUSIVE) by Jem Aswad

The Mattel-owned American Girl doll line — familiar to virtually any adult with female children — today announced a partnership to launch a new musical production inspired by the storie…

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Uzo Aduba, Janet McTeer Join Roundabout Theatre Company Slate by Gordon Cox

Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) and Janet McTeer (“Jessica Jones,” “A Doll’s House”) have signed on to headline New York stage productions tha…

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Tina Fey on Why ‘Mean Girls’ is More Timely Than Ever by Gordon Cox

It’s been 14 years since “Mean Girls” hit cinemas — but it’s only gotten more timely. “The movie was about relational aggression among women,” said …

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Another Director Busts Through A Glass Ceiling by Artsjournal2

How did director Kay Cannon get the job of helming the new sex comedy Blockers - and making it "a harder R" than it had been in its original script? She went to a meeting. "Point Grey and Go…

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Broadway Review: ‘Mean Girls,’ The Musical by Gordon Cox

Those high-school girls who laughed themselves silly at Tina Fey’s 2004 movie “Mean Girls” are now old enough to take their own teenaged daughters to this bouncy musical adapta…

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‘Hamilton’ Takes Home Seven Olivier Awards, Including Best New Musical by Erin Nyren

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” took home seven awards at the U.K.’s Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London Sunday, winning for best new musical, …

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Dramacorp Boards Daniel Di Grado’s ‘Cyptid,’ Launches Season 2 of ‘Hamilton’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Elskes

Sweden’s Dramacorp, the Patrick Nebout-Beta Film joint venture, has come on board “Cyptid,” a Swedish horror thriller series created by up-and-coming Swedish director Danie…

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Soon-Tek Oh, Voice of Mulan’s Father and Asian-American Theater Pioneer, Dies at 85 by Erin Nyren

Soon-Tek Oh, a pioneering figure in Asian-American theater who voiced Fa Zhou in two “Mulan” films and acted with Roger Moore in “Man with the Golden Gun,” has died. …

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