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Samantha Bee Vs. The Guys On Late Night, Plus: The Coming Tony Awards Wars? – Gerard & Roth

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EXCLUSIVE: Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres majority owner and president Jordan Roth talk about the state of the industry (and whatever else might be on their minds), the only stipulation being no holds barred. GERARD: This week saw the debut of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, after a campaign that I thought was as long-winded and self-important as the Presidential nominees that the former Daily Show star and her colleagues have been dining on since forever… Read

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Scott Rudin & Aaron Sorkin Will Bring ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ To Broadway

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Producer Scott Rudin this morning announced plans to bring Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird to Broadway during the 2017-2018 season. Aaron Sorkin, who scripted Rudin’s The Social Network and Steve Jobs films, is adapting the novel. The play will be staged by Bartlett Sher, director of this season’s acclaimed revival of Fiddler On The Roof. No other details were announced. Mockingbird has had previous stage incarnations, though none at… Read

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Disney Theatricals Sets Broadway Timeline For Fresh ‘Frozen’ Musical In 2018

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Disney Theatrical Productions chief Thomas Schumacher made it official today: Frozen, the musical based on the Mouse’s blockbuster, Oscar-winning animated film from 2013, will come to Broadway in the spring of 2018 at a theater to be announced. Presumably, it will join Aladdin, at Disney’s Broadway flagship, the New Amsterdam Theatre, and The Lion King, which is at the Nederlander Organization’s Minskoff Theatre; both shows are long runs and among the highest-grossing… Read

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Broadway Box Office Slips Again; ‘Blackbird’ & ‘The Humans’ Return New Dramas To The Boards

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Performance schedules were back to normal on Broadway last week — and so was the ongoing winter slowdown, as most shows continued to slide, perhaps with people staying away from matinees on Super Bowl Sunday. Finding Neverland, the Peter Pan origin musical at the Nederlander Organization’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, took the biggest hit, falling $167.5K from the week before. Other shows dropping more than $100K were Fiddler On The Roof, at the Shubert Organization’s Broadway… Read

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Producer Marc Platt On Oscars Diversity, ‘Bridge Of Spies’ & Making ‘Grease’ Live

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EXCLUSIVE: If Marc Platt is fretting over the long-shot odds of Bridge Of Spies winning the top Oscar, you wouldn’t know it from the tone of his voice during a phone conversation on Super Bowl Sunday. We were doing a postmortem on last week’s successful presentation of Grease Live, which he produced for Paramount and Fox, when he mentioned the Spielberg film. That gave me an opening to steer the chat, however briefly, into Oscar territory. The Revenant, Spotlight and The B… Read

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Confirmed – Jimmy Buffett’s Broadway-Bound ‘Margaritaville’ Musical Sets La Jolla Tryout

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As Deadline reported a few weeks back, a new musical built around the songs and fuzzy logic of singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett will start it its day-boat voyage to Broadway in 2017. The plan was confirmed today, with a tryout slated for May and June 2017 at the La Jolla Playhouse — no surprise since the show’s director Christopher Ashley is also the nonprofit’s a.d. It will tell the story of a part-time singer, part-time bartender and fulltime good ol' boy named Tully who… Read

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James Corden Set To Host Tony Awards

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Affable Late Late Show host and Tony winner James Corden will lead the 70th annual Tony Awards, which CBS will telecast live from New York’s Beacon Theatre on June 12 from 8-11 PM. This will be Corden's first time hosting the Tonys; he won the best actor in a play Tony in 2012 for his performance in One Man, Two Guvnors. "I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony awards,” Corden said in the announcement Tuesday morning from co-producers The Broadway League and the… Read

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More Shows, Less Dough Hits Broadway Box Office Lull But ‘Hamilton’ Leads With $1.7M

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The week that ended Sunday on Broadway had to improve over the week before, when the Street went dark on a blizzard-flattened Saturday, so there’s even less reason than usual for week-on-week comparisons. And Week 36 one year ago saw five performances knocked out due to the weather, so same-week, year-on-year comparisons aren’t useful either. So let’s put the two seasons up against each other so far. And the news is: no news. Broadway habits run deep, January/February is… Read

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Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson, Pinter People Ban Critics, And Forest Whitaker’s Broadway Debut: Roth & Gerard

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EXCLUSIVE: Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres majority owner and president Jordan Roth talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred. ROTH: So Joseph Fiennes is playing Michael Jackson. While the Internet was justifiably pouncing on the news, I recalled a piece that Katori Hall had written. I just saw Katori on Monday night at the extraordinary benefit performance for the Arthur Miller Foundation. Katori, Ayad Akhtar and… Read

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Cate Blanchett Will Make Her Broadway Debut In Chekhov Comedy

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Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, who teamed up at New York’s City Center for a powerful revival of Uncle Vanya four years ago, will make their Broadway debuts next winter in The Present, a new version of another Chekhov play, Platonov, by Vanya adapter Andrew Upton. The Sydney Theatre Company production, which opened to wide acclaim last summer, is staged by John Crowley, whose film Brooklyn is up for three Oscars including Best Movie. Sydney Theatre Co. will… Read

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Are Broadway’s Shuberts Horse-Trading (Again) To Expand Their Neigh…borhood?

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UPDATE with more details: The Shubert Organization declined to comment yesterday for Deadline’s exclusive story about its recently purchased warehouse on West 48th Street and any plans for the adjacent stable, which may soon be vacant. The Shuberts do, however, have a storied history when it comes to stable-to-theater conversions. The Winter Garden, one of the district’s best houses and currently home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new hit School Of Rock—The Musical, is a case… Read

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Snow Socks Broadway Box Office With 61 Performances Canceled

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The blizzard of 2016 dumped more than two feet of snow on the Broadway theater district, and while producers had hoped to forge ahead, city authorities had other plans, shutting down transportation at mid-afternoon on Saturday. As a result, all matinee and evening performances were officially canceled just an hour before the 2 PM curtain, leaving long lines of hopefuls outside hit shows stranded in the swirling icy cold. In all, 61 performances were struck, with some… Read