Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Bernadette Peters shimmers and delights in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ by Charles Isherwood

All those who declined to take out a second mortgage to buy a pair on the aisle for Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!” can stop rending their garments and tearing out their hair. The revere…

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How ‘Mean Girls’ got ready for its Broadway bow by Caitlin Huston

“Mean Girls” is heading toward its Broadway opening with five new songs, including a revamped anthem for Regina George in the first act. The creative team implemented feedback they recei…

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to launch international production in Toronto by Caitlin Huston

“Dear Evan Hansen” producer Stacey Mindich is partnering with David Mirvish, a Canadian producer, to bring the musical to Toronto. The show will play Royal Alexandra Theatre in March 201…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Santino Fontana to temporarily join ‘Hello, Dolly’ as Cornelius Hackl by Caitlin Huston

Santino Fontana will take over the role of Cornelius Hackl in “Hello, Dolly!” as Gavin Creel recovers from back surgery. Fontana will join the cast starting March 1 and will be t…

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Drew Cohen appointed chief executive officer of MTI by Caitlin Huston

Drew Cohen, current president of Musical Theatre International, has been promoted to chief executive officer of the theatrical licensing company. Cohen will continue as both CEO and presiden…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

‘Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song’ to open on Broadway in November by Caitlin Huston

“Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song” is coming back to Broadway this fall in the Hayes Theater, the same house the show opened at in the 1980s. The show is transferring from Sec…

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Why the JOBS Act has not caught on with Broadway producers by Caitlin Huston

Broadway producers have the ability to reach out to a large, untapped pool of investors, but few have taken up the option. Under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, known as the JOBS Ac…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

‘Unmasked,’ a musical featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber songs, will open at Paper Mill Playhouse by Caitlin Huston

“Unmasked,” a new musical featuring the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber, will have its world premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse in September. The musical, co-created by Richard Cu…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tony Yazbeck cast in John Kander’s ‘The Beast in the Jungle’ by Caitlin Huston

The world premiere of the John Kander musical “The Beast in the Jungle” announced its principal cast members including Tony Yazbeck. The musical, which will play the Vineyard The…

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Jeff Daniels, Celia Keenan-Bolger to lead cast of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Caitlin Huston

Jeff Daniels will star as Atticus Finch alongside Celia Keenan-Bolger as Scout in the upcoming Broadway production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The play, directed by Bartlett Sher…

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MCC drops Neil LaBute as playwright-in-residence, cancels upcoming play by Caitlin Huston

MCC Theater has ended Neil LaBute’s role as its playwright in residence, the off Broadway theater company announced Thursday. In a statement obtained by Broadway News, the theater comp…

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‘Kinky Boots’ adds two new cast members, extends Kirstin Maldonado by Caitlin Huston

“Kinky Boots” is adding another new cast member, as David Cook is slated to take over the role of “Charlie Price” in April. Cook, a former “American Idol”…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Katharine McPhee to take over lead role in ‘Waitress’ by Caitlin Huston

Katharine McPhee will take over the lead role of Jenna in “Waitress” on April 10. This will be the Broadway debut for McPhee, who stared in the TV show “Smash” and ap…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New musical ‘The Sting’ aiming for Broadway with star Harry Connick Jr. by Caitlin Huston

A new musical adaptation of “The Sting” is aiming for Broadway, with Harry Connick, Jr. at the forefront. The musical, directed by John Rando, will have its world premiere the Pa…

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‘Frozen’ director Michael Grandage on how the show took shape by Caitlin Huston

In the fall of 2016, Michael Grandage received a phone call from his agent who asked if he would consider helming the Disney musical “Frozen,” a property which was already veering toward…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Jeremy Gerard is no longer working at Deadline by Caitlin Huston

Theater journalist and critic Jeremy Gerard no longer works at Deadline. Deadline did not extend Gerard’s contract, Gerard wrote in an email to Broadway Briefing, which is owned by the…

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Troika Entertainment creates new role of executive vice president of production by Caitlin Huston

Kori Prior is joining Troika Entertainment in the new position of executive vice president of production. Prior comes to Troika after working with Blue Man Productions since 2008, most recen…

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‘The Secret Garden’ coming to Broadway next season by Caitlin Huston

“The Secret Garden” is returning to Broadway next season, producers Gerald Goehring and Michael F. Mitri announced Monday. The show will be directed and choreographed by Warren C…

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Ensemble cast for ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ by Caitlin Huston

Alongside LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever, who will be playing three versions of Donna, Aaron Kohn will take on the role of “Neil,” Ken Robinson will play “Andrew G…

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Betty Buckley to star in ‘Hello Dolly’ national tour by Caitlin Huston

Betty Buckley will take on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in the upcoming national tour. The first national tour will begin Oct. 2, 2018 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio.    ̶…

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Huey Lewis musical ‘Heart of Rock and Roll’ to premiere at The Old Globe by Caitlin Huston

New musical “Heart of Rock and Roll,” featuring the songs of Huey Lewis and the News, will make its world premiere at The Old Globe this fall. The musical, directed by Gordon Gre…

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“The Ferryman” to play the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in October 2018 by Caitlin Huston

“The Ferryman” is transferring to Broadway in October 2018, Sonia Friedman Productions and Neal Street Productions announced Friday. The West End transfer, written by Jez Butterw…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Theaters partner with GalaPro app to offer live closed captioning by Caitlin Huston

Broadway is welcoming the use of certain phones in its theaters. The Shubert Organization has partnered with GalaPro, a Tel Aviv-based tech startup, to provide live closed captioning and aud…

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‘Falsettos’ announces national tour by Caitlin Huston

The Lincoln Center Theater production of “Falsettos” announced a North American tour Monday. The tour will begin in winter 2019, in cities including the Golden Gate Theater in Sa…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Broadway Licensing acquires rights to ‘A Bronx Tale’ by Caitlin Huston

Broadway Licensing has acquired the rights to “A Bronx Tale,” the company announced Monday. “A Bronx Tale” is currently running on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre, w…

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‘Latin History for Morons’ announces recoupment by Caitlin Huston

“Latin History for Morons,” the one-man play starring John Leguizamo has recouped its capitalization, the producers announced Monday. The show recouped after 15 weeks of running …

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New musical adaptation ‘August Rush’ to play Signature Theatre in 2019 by Caitlin Huston

A musical adaptation of “August Rush” will have its world premiere at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virg. next year. The adaptation will be directed by John Doyle, with mus…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

The triumphs and challenges of bringing ‘The Band’s Visit’ to Broadway by Caitlin Huston

“The Band’s Visit” has already been lauded as the best musical of the season by scores of reviewers. The show has been selling out the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, with grosses hovering ar…

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Friday, February 2, 2018

LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever cast in Donna Summer musical by Caitlin Huston

The Donna Summer Musical has named its three Donnas. LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever will reprise their roles as “Diva Donna,” “Disco Donna” and “Duckling Donna” in ̶…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Samuel French acquires licensing rights to ‘War Paint’ by Caitlin Huston

Samuel French has acquired the licensing rights for the musical “War Paint,” the company announced Thursday. “War Paint” closed on Broadway on Nov. 5, 2017, after pla…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Casting directors to begin up to $4.7 million discovery process in lawsuit by Caitlin Huston

Lawyers for Broadway casting directors were directed to begin the discovery process, which they say could cost up to $4.7 million, in the lawsuit filed against them by The Broadway League. U…

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