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Stuart Thompson Dies: ‘Proof’, ‘On Golden Pond’ Broadway Producer Was 62

Stuart Thompson, the prolific, multiple Tony-winning theatrical producer and manager behind such landmark stage productions as On Golden Pond, Proof and The Book of Mormon, died Thursday of complications from esophageal cancer at his home in New York. He was 62. Thompson’s death was confirmed by his husband Joe Baker. "In this very small community, Stuart was always a huge figure," said Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino, producers of The Book of Mormon. "He was a wonderful… Read

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Brings #Ham4Ham Live Performance For ‘Hamilton’ Opening Night In L.A.

A swarm of Hamilton fans gathered in front of the Pantages Theatre on closed-down Hollywood Boulevard hoping to snag $10 tickets to opening night of the Tony-winning hip-hop-infused historical Broadway musical — and to catch the first and only live #Ham4Ham lottery performance  in L.A. hosted by the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. The pre-show #Ham4Ham live performances started in New York when Miranda would bring out special guests and perform to crowds waiting for… Read

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Michael Moore Leads Audience In Trump Tower Protest After His Broadway Show

Donald Trump’s comments about the violence at the Charlottesville rally and his inability to condemn neo-Nazis involved has caused a deluge of criticism from many on social media, and now filmmaker Michael Moore is taking it to the streets. Earlier this evening after his one-man Broadway show The Terms of My Surrender, he invited the audience to join him in a protest at Trump Tower in New York. Moore teased the field trip in a tweet earlier in the day along with a special… Read

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‘Groundhog Day’ Ending Broadway Run Next Month

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day, the Broadway musical based on the stellar 1993 romantic comedy starring Bill Murray, is ending its Broadway run on Sunday, September 17, producers said today. It will have played 176 performances and 32 previews. An 18-month national tour is in the works for next year, and a London production is also in the offing. The musical — book by Danny Rubin, music and lyrcis by Tim Minchin — opened at the August Wilson Theatre on April 17 this year. It landed seven… Read

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Joshua Jackson To Make Broadway Debut As ‘Children Of A Lesser God’ Sets Dates

Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson is moving to Broadway with Children Of A Lesser God, the first Main Stem revival of the Tony Award-winning Mark Medoff play since its 1980 premiere. Jackson, co-star and fellow newcomer Lauren Ridloff and director Kenny Leon will follow the production they originally mounted at the Berkshire Theater Group's Fitzpatrick Main Stage this summer. The play will begin performances at Studio 54 on March 22, 2018, with opening night set for April 11. Producer Hal… Read

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Broadway Grosses Dip But ‘Phantom’ Flies To $1.1M And ‘Come From Away’ Lands At $1.3M

The Broadway box office did the August droop, slipping just over $1 million from the previous week. The opening of Michael Moore’s almost-solo show The Terms of My Surrender, at the Shubert Organization’s Belasco Theatre, stopped traffic and divided critics (thumbs down from the Times; thumbs up from the Daily News), filling 87 per cent of theater’s 1,008 seat across eight performances (including 4 previews). In a gesture of solidarity, Bill Murray visited Groundhog Day… Read

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Curse Broken, Canadian Troupe Soulpepper Finds Success In New York’s Competitive Summer Climate

EXCLUSIVE: New York isn’t always kind to theater strangers from away, especially in the summer, when local festivals produced by Lincoln Center and other venues tend to big-foot outsiders angling for critical valuation and sufficient box office appeal at least to cover the costs, which can be high. So I was dubious when Toronto’s 20-year-old company Soulpepper announced a monthlong residency offering 10 different shows at the Signature Theatre’s three-stage complex on… Read

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Hollywood’s Curve-Crazy Costumer Bob Mackie Returns To NYC For ‘When Pigs Fly’ Revival

EXCLUSIVE: Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly, a campy, politically charged musical revue that was a two-year off-Broadway hit in the late 1990s, will be revived this fall with a Hollywood star on board, if not on the boards: Cher, Liza, Carol  and Barbie favorite Bob Mackie will design the clothes for the show that was conceived by Crabtree and Mark Waldrop, with book and lyrics by Mark Waldrop and music by Dick Gallagher. I’m told that producer Joshua Goodman, whose… Read

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Michael Moore Holds Forth; ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ Soars With (Mostly) New Cast: Broadway Reviews

“Montreal!” the confident co-ed from Sarah Lawrence responded when Michael Moore asked, “What is the capital of Canada?” This was a bit from the Oscar-winning docu-provocateur’s Broadway debut, The Terms of My Surrender, which opened Thursday at the Belasco Theatre. The point of the audience-participation exercise was to demonstrate that the dumbest Canadian is better educated than the smartest U.S. citizen, and the only surprise – variations of the gambit having been a… Read

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Downsized Global Hit ‘Jersey Boys’ Heads To Off-Broadway

Jersey Boys, an 11-year blockbuster on Broadway, 2014 Clint Eastwood-helmed film and global stage hit, is returning to New York this fall. The show, which ran for more than 4,600 performances at Jujamcyn Theatres’ August Wilson Theatre, closed in January. Lead producers Dodger Theatricals is bringing the show back to a smaller venue, the Shubert Organization’s New World Stages complex, in November. Dates and casting will be announced later. The biomusical about Franki… Read

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Broadway’s ‘Bandstand’ Will Shutter After Disappointing Run

Bandstand, a late entry in the Broadway season that earned choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler his second consecutive Tony Award following last year’s for Hamilton, will close September 17 at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre. It will have played 24 previews and 166 regular performances. Blankenbuehler also directed the show, about a WWII veteran and musician who returns home to Cleveland and, unable to find work, assembles a jazz band composed of fellow soldiers and the widow of… Read

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Barbara Cook Dies: Broadway Will Dim Lights For ‘Music Man’ & ‘Candide’ Star

SECOND UPDATE, Wednesday: Adding a rare video of Cook singing Janis Ian’s “Stars,” a song and interpretation that speaks volumes about this incomparable talent. Although the song falls outside her usual Broadway ken, it is her story, and this cover captures so much about the star. UPDATE, 1:45 PM: The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed Wednesday, August 9th at exactly 7:45pm for one minute, in memory of Barbara Cook. "Barbara Cook was an unforgettable talent… Read