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Broadway Follies: Gerard & Roth On ‘Amazing Grace’, Long Shots And ‘Significant Other’

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Jeremy Gerard has covered the evolving fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since it became a formidable competitor to the larger Shubert and Nederlander organizations in the late 1980s. In 2013 producer Jordan Roth became Jujamcyn's majority owner and the Street's youngest power broker. In this ongoing conversation they talk about the state of the industry — the only stipulation being no holds barred. GERARD: Shortly before I left for vacation, Amazing Grace opened at the… Read

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Michael Shannon Will Star With Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne In Broadway’s ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Revival

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Todd Haimes’ Roundabout Theatre Company has signed the Oscar nominee and New York stage veteran to star as James Tyrone Jr., son of aging former matinee idol James Tyrone, played by Gabriel Byrne, in its revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day's Journey Into Night. Shannon (the upcoming 99 Homes and Freeheld) will co-star opposite Byrne and Jessica Lange as his wife, the drug-addicted Mary Tyrone, in the O’Neill masterpiece, first presented in 1956. Shannon, a regular on HBO… Read

Broadway Oxygen Sells For $450 Per Square Foot In Nederlander Deal

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The mammoth Dream Hotel project underway at the border of the Broadway theater district and the Garment Center just got a little mammother with an expensive infusion of Nederlander Organization air. Translation: Nederlander, Deadline has confirmed, has sold just shy of 20,000 square feet of air above the Neil Simon Theatre for $8.9 million to a consortium that’s developing a mixed-use building  at 560 Seventh Avenue, between 40th and 41st Streets. That’s $450 per square… Read

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Fox Stalks Broadway Henhouse, Naming Isaac Robert Hurwitz Senior VP For Theater

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UPDATE, 12:10 P.M.: Adds quote from Kevin McCollum, below. After a two-year courtship, Fox Stage Productions has officially hired New York Music Theatre Festival founder Isaac Robert Hurwitz as SVP, reporting to Bob Cohen, who oversees the division of 20th Century Fox. Hurwitz will pursue development and production of plays and musicals based on the Fox film catalog. He’s been consulting with the division since it was established in June 2013. "Isaac is a uniquely… Read

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Broadway Box Office Dips 5%, Hangs On SRO ‘Hamilton’ As ‘Lion King’, ‘Wicked’ Top $2 Million

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The dog days of summer have been sparked by July’s rare Broadway arrival of a new show with hit written all over it: Still in previews before its August 6 official bow, Hamilton continues to rock the box office at the Nederlander-owned Richard Rodgers Theatre. For the week ending Sunday, the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical registered $1.3 million in sales, up $14K from the previous week, with an average ticket price of $140.21. That take represented 112% of the musical’s $1.2… Read

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‘American Psycho’ Musical Sets Broadway Dates With Benjamin Walker Starring

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The Shubert Organization, with 17 houses Broadway’s biggest landlord, has landed one major catch for next season: Duncan Sheik’s musical adaptation of American Psycho. Producers Act 4 Entertainment (David Johnson & Jesse Singer), Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, “in cooperation with Edward R. Pressman,” said Thursday that the show will begin previews on February 19, 2016 and open March 21 at a Shubert theater to be determined. Rehearsals are slated to begin January 11… Read

Broadway To Dim Lights Friday For Theodore Bikel

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Broadway’s marquees will go dark for one minute on Friday at 7:45 P.M. in honor of Theodore Bikel, the actor, folk singer and union activist who died earlier this week. Bikel was best known as a replacement for Zero Mostel in Fiddler On The Roof who extended his Broadway appearance into a run in touring and international productions that resulted in a record-setting 2,000-plus performances as Tevye,  the impoverished  God-conversing milkman with a cranky wife and five… Read

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‘The King Of Comedy’ Broadway Play Nabs Award-Winning Writers

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Hedwig & The Angry Inch composer/lyricist Stephen Trask and Rock Of Ages author Chris D'Arienzo have signed on for the Broadway musical adaption of Arnon Milchan's The King Of Comedy for New Regency. The 1982 movie, directed by Martin Scorsese and produced by New Regency, starred Jerry Lewis as a talk show host who is kidnapped by a desperate comedian stalker (Robert De Niro) who wants his own fame. "We are very excited to have Stephen and Chris on board to bring this… Read

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Remembering Theodore Bikel – Greater Than Zero

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To a Jew growing up in New York in the 1950s and ’60s, Theodore Bikel was bigger than Zero Mostel, bigger than Peter, Paul & Mary, bigger than Yul Brynner. He was Broadway, Greenwich Village and Hollywood turned out in one very good-looking package, with lefty-unionist credentials an added plus. Yes, he replaced the iconic Mostel in Fiddler On The Roof, playing Tevye, the milkman with five daughters, more than 2,000 times on Broadway and on tour around the world. Before… Read

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Broadway Box Office Up As ‘Hamilton’ Scores With Audiences – And The White House

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Hamilton not only lived up to the hype for President Barack Obama (that’s per a White House spokesman) but at the box office too, filling the Nederlander treasury with a stately gross of $1.3 million for seven previews. With an average paid admission of $138.94 and total attendance of 9,273 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre – including the seats filled by Obama and family Saturday afternoon – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s buzzy hip-hop bio of Alexander Hamilton was SRO at 100.3%… Read

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Obama Takes In ‘Hamilton’ Matinee On Broadway

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Broadway got very presidential Saturday afternoon when President Barack Obama took in the Street’s buzziest musical "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop bio of Alexander Hamilton. Accompanied by daughters Malia and Sasha, and sister Maya Soetoro-Ng and her husband Konrad Ng, Obama joins the tuner’s political party of recent attendees: wife Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Dick Cheney beat POTUS to the punch at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Following a morning stroll… Read

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‘Amazing Grace’ On Broadway Sinks Soaring Song In Soggy Tale – Review

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Surefire stories don’t write themselves. That’s the take-away from Amazing Grace, the epically bad show that opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre. The timing certainly couldn’t be better, as Americans continue to grapple with the legacy of slavery as if there were two sides to the argument. But the show has an impossible standard against which it must be measured, and that is, of course, the song that is its subject. If you’re going to make a musical about one of… Read