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James Corden On The Fruits Of ‘Carpool Karaoke’, The Internet And Those Emmy Nominations – AwardsLine

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Stepping in for Craig Ferguson as the host of CBSThe Late Late Show just 18 short months ago, Tony-winning actor James Corden was almost totally unknown stateside, with only the support of Les Moonves and a hearty supply of pluck at his disposal. But a Tony-winning turn on Broadway in 2012, in One Man, Two Guvnors, preceded by the British sitcom Gavin & Stacey, which he co-wrote and starred in, was enough evidence for those in the know to give Corden his shot. Flash… Read

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‘Strangers On A Train’ Gets A Redo In Leslye Headland’s ‘The Layover’

Annie Parisse and Adam Rothenberg in 'The Layover' by Leslye Headland.

It’s boom time for ’50s mistress of intrigue Patricia Highsmith: Her roman à clef The Price Of Salt was most recently filmed as the acclaimed Cate Blanchett vehicle Carol, as The Talented Mr Ripley was, earlier, for Matt Damon. Now her Dostoevskian novel Strangers On A Train, concerned with the moral and practical possibilities of a perfect crime, has been retooled (following, of course, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 film version) and updated by Leslye Headland. She’s a writer… Read

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Double Emmy Nominee Derek McLane on ‘Hairspray Live’, Lady Gaga And ‘The Wiz!’

Derek McLane design for the 2016 Academy Awards.

When I sat down early this week with Derek McLane, nominated for his sets for both the 2016 Academy Awards and NBC's presentation of The Wiz Live!, I took out my camera to shoot some candids as we conversed. McLane suggested we switch places, explaining that the overstuffed bookshelves behind me would be much more interesting than the blank wall behind him. There may be no better illustration of the difference between a writer and a set designer than this. McLane is among… Read

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Jennifer Holliday Is The Latest Dreamgirl To Sign On For ‘Color Purple’ Stint On Broadway

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Jennifer Holliday, who claimed instant stardom as Effie White in the 1981 premiere of Dreamgirls, will take over the role of chanteuse Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple beginning October 4. The Tony and Grammy winner will replace Heather Headley, who took over from the celebrated revival’s original Shug, Jennifer Hudson (who, co-incidentally, played Effie in the 2006 film adaptation of Dreamgirls). Headley’s final performance will be October 2. “I was… Read

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‘Finding Neverland’ Ascends To Heaviside Layer; ‘Wicked’ Off $204K – Broadway B.O.

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Finding Neverland, whose well-chronicled journey from 2004 Miramax meller to Harvey Weinstein-produced Broadway musical provided as much entertainment off-stage as on, closed up shop on Sunday after 598 performances (including previews) at the Nederlander Organization’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The send-off came with a $91.7K bump, to $720.6K, yet still fell short by more than 50 percent of its gross potential, another indication that the Peter Pan prequel won’t have come… Read

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‘Harry Potter’, ‘Hamilton’ Tackle ‘Plague’ Of Scalpers As Tickets Still Sell For $8K

The London cast of  "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" at the Palace Theatre.

When price is no object, wealthy patrons and expense-account execs will always find a way to secure a pair for Broadway’s Hamilton and London’s Harry Potter And The Cursed Child while ordinary stiffs vie for affordable seats through those shows’ lotteries. The two biggest stage blockbusters of the young century have provided booming business for ticket scalpers on both sides of the Atlantic. Now, however, the producers of those shows are making unprecedented moves to… Read

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Broadway’s ‘Rebecca’ Melodrama Heads To Trial After Latest Court Ruling

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It’s not exactly the unending Jarndyce v. Jarndyce of Dickens’ Bleak House, but the five-years-and-counting saga of the Broadway-bound musical Rebecca saw another court ruling today that appears to send the case to trial, possibly as soon as this fall. The decision was good news for producing partners Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza, and not so good for veteran press agent Marc Thibodeau, whom the producers claim sabotaged the show. The New York State Supreme Court’s… Read

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Broadway Box Office: ‘The Humans’ Evolve To $600K; Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Paramour’ Lounges Lyrically At 55% Of Potential

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Producer Scott Rudin’s big gamble — moving Tony winner The Humans from the intimate Helen Hayes to the larger Gerald Schoenfeld — kicked off on a high note with its first $600K week since opening last spring. The Stephen Karam drama, with more Tony Awards than stars, posted sales of $603.8K when the number of seats available per performance bumped to 1,035 from 600. That was 62 percent of gross potential, with just over 87 percent of the seats at the Shubert Organization… Read

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Move Over, Jersey Boys: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Next Up To Make Broadway Musical Bow; Gary Lennon Writing

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Pat Benatar in concert at the Hart Theatre at The Egg, Albany, America - 29 Apr 2015

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EXCLUSIVE: Gary Lennon has signed on to write the book for a new untitled stage musical informed by the professional and personal accomplishments of rock stars Pat Benatar and her guitarist/husband Neil Giraldo. The musical, which will be produced by Jamie Cesa (Pippin and Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking), has its eye on a 2017 Broadway run. Lennon is the Emmy-nominated writer-producer and Peabody- and PGA Award-winning writer whose credits include the Starz series Power… Read

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Norman Twain Dies; ‘Lean On Me’ Producer Who Staged Broadway’s Legendary 1969 ‘Hamlet’ Was 85

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Norman Twain, a prolific Broadway producer of the 1960s and ’70s whose Hollywood credits later included 1989’s Lean on Me starring Morgan Freeman, died August 6 following a brief illness. He was 85. A producer whose Broadway and off-Broadway career included stagings of plays by John Osborne, Anthony Creighton and John Guare, Twain moved to California in the 1970s. In addition to Lean on Me, he was an associate producer of 1984’s The Hotel New Hampshire and the 1975 TV… Read

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Broadway Box Office Dips; ‘Hamilton’ & ‘Aladdin’ Among Trend-Buckers

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Aladdin, the new musical, music by Alan Menken, lyrrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, Canada, starring: Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), James Monroe Iglehart (Genie), Courtney Reed (Jasmine), Brian Gonzales (Babkak), Brandon O'Neill (Kassim), Jonathan Schwartz (Omar), Clifton Davis (Sultan), Don Darryl Rivera (Iago), Merwin Foard (standby Jafar/Sultan), Michael James Scott (standby Genie/Babkak) and Jonathan Freeman (Jafar) directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

Broadway box office for Week 11 ending August 7 was down 5.6% from the previous week to $24.1M, a drop in keeping with a trimmer roster (two productions — Fully Committed and Motown the Musical — had exited by the previous week). In all, attendance for the 25 shows was 225,907, a 6% fall of about 15,000 from the previous week. Tourists were a boon to some shows, with both Aladdin (at the New Amsterdam) and Wicked (at the Gershwin) tacking on an extra, ninth performance… Read

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‘Frozen’ Musical Switches Gears With Director & Choreographer Change

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Disney Theatrical Productions and Thomas Schumacher Honored at the Theatre Developement Fund's 2016 Gala, New York, America - 14 Mar 2016

Alex Timbers has exited as director of Frozen, the in-the-works musical based on the wildly successful Disney animated movie. The move comes after an Actors Equity casting notice posted yesterday for a fall development lab for the project in New York that listed Timbers as director. It also listed Christopher Gattelli as choreographer, confirming another switch that had been rumored meaning original Billy Elliot choreographer Peter Darling is also out. No new director has… Read