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Disney Confirms Michael Grandage & Christopher Oram For Broadway ‘Frozen’

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Confirming reports earlier this week, Disney Theatrical Productions this morning said that Tony- and Olivier Award-winning director Michael Grandage and Tony- and Olivier Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram are taking over the reins of Frozen. The new show, based on Disney's Oscar-winning animated musical film, will open at Broadway's St. James Theatre in spring 2018, following extensive renovations to the Jujamcyn Theatres house. Prior to that, Froz… Read

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Nathan Lane, John Slattery Are ‘Front Page’ News At Broadway Box Office

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Six shows in previews bulked up the new Broadway season and all of them drew audience interest across a wide range of genres, from seasonal songfest (Holiday Inn) to modern classic (The Cherry Orchard) and new work (Heisenberg, The Encounter, Oh, Hello). Leading the pack was a revival of The Front Page, with an all-star crew headed up by Nathan Lane and John Slattery, coming on like gangbusters. The Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur melocomedy, staged by Jack O’Brien, played… Read

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Disney Mum On New Director, Designer For Broadway ‘Frozen’

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Disney Theatrical Productions declined this morning to confirm a report that Tony winner Michael Grandage (Red, Frost/Nixon) has been handed the reins to its Broadway adaptation of the blockbuster animated flick Frozen. Also untouched was the info that Christopher Oram, Grandage’s frequent collaborator, is re-designing the show. In August, DTP abruptly parted ways with director Alex Timbers (Rocky The Musical, Disney’s Peter And The Starcatcher) and designer Bob Crowley (A… Read

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How Do You Top The Beatles? For Abramorama, It’s With Sondheim – New York Film Festival

From "Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened"

Indie distributor Abramorama just launched Ron Howard’s Beatles doc The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years. Heading into the New York Film Fest season, the company has acquired distribution rights to Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, the Scott Rudin and Eli Bush exec produced documentary about a legendary flop and one of Broadway’s most beloved musical fiascos, Merrily We Roll Along. The film is produced by Atlas Media Corp. with Allright… Read

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Disney Channel’s Veronica Dunne Set For Broadway Debut As Roxie Hart in ‘Chicago’

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EXCLUSIVE: She plays Marisa on Disney Channel's K.C. Undercover, and now Veronica Dunne will make her Broadway debut as femme fatale Roxie Hart in the record-breaking revival of Chicago for six weeks beginning October 17 at the Ambassador Theatre. Dunne recently wrapped production on Lionsgate’s The Ninth Passenger with Jesse Metcalfe. In the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, she’ll replace Dylis Croman; the show also stars Lana Gordon as Velma Kelly, Jason Danieley as… Read

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Angela Lansbury Nixes Broadway Return In ‘Chalk Garden’ Revival

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Angela Lansbury revealed this morning that she won’t be returning to Broadway next season after all. The five-time Tony winner said in June that she would head a revival of Enid Bagnold’s 1955 mysterious comedy The Chalk Garden, with Scott Rudin and Andrew Bryan producing. No other details were forthcoming at the time, though Rudin told Deadline that Lansbury’s devotion to the project was the reason for revisiting the play. Lansbury today said that the rigors of a seven… Read

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Sex, Pianos And Politics Prominent In New Shows From Richard Nelson & Nilo Cruz – Review

Amy Warren, Jay O. Sanders, Lynn Hawley and Maryann Plunkett in 'What Did You Expect?"

Pianos, heard but unseen, play central roles in family-centered dramas by distinctive American writers getting world premieres with crystalline, luminous productions. Richard Nelson’s What Did You Expect? at the Public Theater, and Nilo Cruz’s Bathing In Moonlight, at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey couldn’t be less alike and yet both revolve, in their ways, around the instrument that comfortably symbolizes American aspiration and familyhood — much as it did… Read

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Broadway In Mourning, But Box Office Rebounds With A Little Help From Lewis Black

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Broadway mourned the death last week of Edward Albee and will salute the playwright by dimming the marquee lights on Wednesday at 7:45 PM for one minute. Albee’s Broadway legacy is unlike any other, so powerful was his impact on the theater and theatergoers for more than half a century. At the same time, it was a good week for the Street as folks returned to shows and the season began to rev up. Helping things along was grumpy comedian Lewis Black, performing Black To The… Read

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Hello, Bette! ‘Dolly’ Revival Sets $9M Broadway Sales Record

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EXCLUSIVE: As the song goes — “World, take me back!” Bette Midler is returning to Broadway in a musical revival, and any doubts about the Divine diva’s drawing power was put to rest Saturday, when tickets went on sale for Hello, Dolly! The show, which will co-star David Hyde Pierce, banked $9.08 million, a  record not only for the Shubert Theatre, where the Jerry Zaks-led revival is slated to begin previews March 15, but for all of Broadway for first-day ticket… Read

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‘The Humans’ Recoups $3.8M For Producers Scott Rudin & Barry Diller

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EXCLUSIVE: Film and stage producer Scott Rudin is nothing if not a gambler — he has no fewer than three major productions in the Broadway season just getting underway. Now one of his riskiest (if not costliest) bets has paid off: The Humans, the Stephen Karam drama Rudin signed before its off-Broadway production had even opened, has recouped its $3.8 million capitalization for lead producers Rudin and Barry Diller after just 26 weeks on Broadway. That includes the… Read

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‘Terms of Endearment’ Will Open On N.Y. Stage (10 Years Late, But Who’s Counting?)

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EXCLUSIVE: Dan Gordon’s stage adaptation of the five-Oscar-winning 1983 weeper and the Larry McMurtry novel that spawned it will make its U.S. debut starting October 29 at the adventurous off-Broadway complex 59E59 Theaters. That’s a decade after Terms of Endearment first was announced as a Broadway-bound co-production of the Hartford Stage Company and Houston’s Alley Theater that was to have starred Dallas doyenne Linda Gray. That production was canceled at the last… Read

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‘Something Rotten!’ Sets Broadway Closing Date

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Something Rotten!, a broad musical comedy that combined a Shakespeare-era story with a contemporary sensibility that appealed to some theatergoers but left others, including some critics, cold, will close January 1, 2017 after 742 performances at the St. James Theatre. The show was nominated for 10 Tony Awards; co-star Christian Borle won as featured actor in a musical for his performance as a preening, rock star-styled William Shakespeare opposite Brian d’Arcy James… Read