Sunday, May 24, 2015

Review: The Lion King by Wendy Rosenfield

The Lion King tour, presented by Broadway at the Kimmel, reviewed by Wendy Rosenfield

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Cheap is Dear: Two Hopeful Signs for the Cash-Strapped Theatergoer by David Lefkowitz

As a theater critic for more than 25 years, I’m used to getting free tickets to the plays I see, be they off-off-Broadway showcases or the latest multi-million dollar blockbusters in Times…

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Impressive Etch A Sketch Video Demonstration Of ALADDIN & THE LION KING Art by Pat Cerasaro

See how ALADDIN and THE LION KING look in Etch A Sketch

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Photo Call: Celebrating Chita Rivera at the Broadway Gypsy Tea Dance Party by David Gewirtzman

On May 17, dancers from Broadway shows including The King and I, Aladdin, Kinky Boots, Something Rotten, Wicked, An American in Paris, The Lion King and Chita Rivera: A Dancer's Life ce…

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Broadway Grosses: Kristin Chenoweth's High Notes Continue to Bring in the Crowds to On the Twentieth Century by

Kristin Chenoweth's vocal talents (not to mention comedic chops), Peter Gallagher's plotting and Andy Karl's arm curls continue to lure in audiences to On the Twentieth Century; …

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Photo Flash: Broadway Gypsy Tea Dance Celebrates 2015 Tony Nominee Chita Rivera by BroadwayWorld

BROADWAY GYPSY TEA DANCE recently gathered to celebrate Chita Rivera's 2015 Tony Award nomination, enlisting dancersfrom most of Broadway's shows. Those represented included TheKing amp I, A…

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Lisa Howard, Kyle Scatliffe and More Will Re-Examine Ragtime and Lion King’s 1998 Tony Battle in Con by Michael Gioia

The Tony Battles: 1998 Edition — Ragtime Vs. The Lion King, re-examining the tight Tony race of 1998, will be held June 4-5 at 54 Below.

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10 Questions For Actress Pippa Bennett-Warner by Marianka Swain

At just 26, Pippa Bennett-Warner has already achieved many actors’ goals, from treading the boards at the National and having a part written specially for her to sharing scenes with lumina…

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Monday, May 11, 2015

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 5/11

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS, part of our new Industry Insights section that will feature insider industry information, commentary and insights! Amo…

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Odds & Ends: Shows Set for Darren Criss-Hosted Stars in the Alley, Spike Lee Reimagines Lysistrata & More by Imogen Lloyd Webber

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Shows Set for Darren Criss-Hosted Stars in the Alley We now know the participating shows for this year…

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Broadway Grosses: Yes, Your Majesty! The Audience Has Masses Bowing Down to Dame Helen Mirren by Ryan McPhee

Citizens don’t exactly vote on a monarchy, but they have chosen their queen of Broadway. Dame Helen Mirren, who was recently crowned a Audience Choice Award winner, has th…

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Doctor Zhivago Star Tom Hewitt & More Set for Josh Young-Led Amazing Grace on Broadway by Imogen Lloyd Webber

As the saying goes, one door closes, another opens... Tom Hewitt, who starred in the recent short-lived production of Doctor Zhivago, has been tapped for the role of Captain Newton in Amazi…

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Broadway Grosses: Fun Home, Something Rotten! & More Climb Charts After Tony Nominations by Ryan McPhee

After receiving 12 Tony nominations last week, Fun Home can continue celebrating. As buzz over the Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron musical continues to grow, so does the show'…

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Hamilton's Schuyler Sisters - Easter Bonnet 2015 by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Jasmine Cephas Jones, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Phillipa Soo from Hamilton performed their backstage warmup from Hamilton the musical at the 29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

People's Choice vs. Critic's Choice for "It Shoulda Been You" and "Something Rotten" by Broadway & Me

The average Broadway theatergoer sees four shows a year, according to the Broadway League. The average theater reviewer routinely sees more shows than that in a week. Which may be one reason…

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Youngest Jean Valjean Ever in Broadway's Les Miserables - Easter Bonnet 2015 by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Opting to skew younger in casting, Les Misérables set out to find a new Jean Valjean and landed with a star-in-the-making performance of "The Confrontation" by 13-year-old Joshua Colley, wh…

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Family Day OUT Event Welcomes LGBT Families and Allies to Aladdin and Lion King On Broadway by Adam Hetrick

Playbill will celebrate its second annual Playbill Pride initiative with Family Day OUT, a June 13 event that invites LGBT families and allies to attend special performances of Disney's …

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Director Julie Taymor Steers A 'Grounded' Portrait Of A Drone Pilot by Audie Cornish

The political, one-woman play starring Anne Hathaway seems to be the opposite of what Taymor — the creative force behind Broadway's The Lion King and Spider-Man musical — is known for.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Broadway Grosses: An American in Paris Feels the Love Before Tony Nods; John Cameron Mitchell Dewigs by Ryan McPhee

Something tells us this is more than “Beginner’s Luck.” In the week preceding the Tony Award nominations, An American in Paris leapt to the top five grossing shows, making …

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A Chat With Anne Hathaway and Julie Taymor About Grounded at the Public Theater by TheaterMania

Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables, Twelfth Night) is now in performances of George Brant's solo drama Grounded at the Public Theater. She teams up with Tony Award-winning d…

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Avenue Q Pokes Fun at The Lion King in Easter Bonnet Competition

The 29th Annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition raised a new all-time record $4,711,386 in six weeks of nightly curtain-call appeals. This year's Outs…

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

STAGE TUBE: Watch AVENUE Q Cast Parody 'Circle of Life' in 2015 Easter Bonnet Performance! by Stage Tube

The 29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition bwaybonnets raised a remarkable 4,711,386, making this the third year in a row the event set a new fundraising record. First place went to the cast …

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview Tony And Grammy Winner HEATHER HEADLEY by Michael J. Roberts

SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview Tony And Grammy Winner HEATHER HEADLEY from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo. TONY and GRAMMY AWARD winner HEATHER HEADLEY discusses her incredible career including he…

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Disney Wins Lawsuit Against Regional Production Featuring Spider-Man by BroadwayWorld

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Lancaster, Pa.'s American Music Theatre has agreed not to proceed with their planned production -- BROADWAY NOW amp FOREVER --which would have featured asp…

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Reed Kelly, Ryan Steele - National Tours at Easter Bonnet 2015 by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

A bright, upbeat celebration of the 21 national touring productions, which raised $2.2 million this spring, was choreographed by Charlie Williams and featured 16 inspiring dancers, including…

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Avenue Q Hilariously Spoofs The Lion King - Easter Bonnet 2015 by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Winning the best presentation award was the company of Avenue Q, which lamented The Lion King’s perennial status as the winner of the presentation award. In "Bonnet of Life," the Avenue Q …

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Filichia Features: The debut of THE LION KING, JR. by Peter Filichia

Spencer Lau was quite proud of his pride of lions, his cackle of hyenas and every other group of animals he’d put on stage. For Lau — the music director at Woodruff School in Seabroo…

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Helen Mirren, Matthew Morrison, Lin-Manuel Miranda - Easter Bonnet Highlights 2015 by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

The generosity of the American theatre community shined brightly as six weeks of spring fundraising raised another record-breaking grand total for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Backstage at the Easter Bonnet Competition 2015 by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Enjoy a backstage peek at the incredibly artistry behind the 29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition, with Jess LeProtto from Broadway's On The Town, Fabi Aguirre from Les Misérables and Rick…

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Lion King Heads West! by Craig Dalglish

It’s taken 18 years, but finally Disney’s The Lion King is heading to Perth. Following sell out seasons in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, the blockbuster Disney musical will open at the…

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Tony Winner Heather Headley to Rap, Cast Spells & More in MUNY’s Into the Woods by Lindsay Champion

Heather Headley is casting spells in Missouri! The Tony and Grammy winner will play the Witch in Into the Woods at the MUNY in St. Louis from July 21 through 27. Directed by Gary Griffin (Br…

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