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Peter Neufeld, Broadway Manager Turned AIDS Activist, Dead At 78

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UPDATE, FRIDAY 6:30 AM: Adds quote from Neufeld’s column, below: Peter Neufeld, a Broadway general manager and producer who with business partner R. Tyler Gatchell sailed through the ’70s and ’80s on New York productions of several Andrew Lloyd Webber shows, has died. Neufeld was 78 when he died Jan. 27 at the Actors Fund home in Englewood, N.J. after a years-long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He leaves a legacy that includes some two decades of AIDS activism and… Read

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‘Wolf Hall’ Dueling Debuts Pit Big-Bucks Broadway Versus Free TV

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EXCLUSIVE: These days, theater buffs can choose between two versions of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into The Woods — Rob Marshall’s big-screen extravaganza with tons of stars and the Roundabout Theatre Company’s off-Broadway presentation of loosey-goosey Fiasco’s stripped-down, story-theater version with no stars at all, at the Laura Pels. But that’s small beer compared to the coming showdown between the dueling productions of Wolf Hall, each offering lavish takes… Read

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Rosemary Harris On ‘The Holocaust’, Tom Stoppard & Liz Taylor: Conversations With Jeremy Gerard

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UPDATE, JANUARY 27: Rosemary Harris clarifies that she said “misty-eyed” not “mystified” regarding the film Tea With Mussolini and seeing the role go to Judi Dench. It’s corrected, below. EXCLUSIVE: In November I began these conversations with artists who have deep roots on both coasts with Bradley Cooper, receiving parallel plaudits for his leading roles in American Sniper, on screen, and The Elephant Man, on Broadway. It seems apt to conclude it with Rosemary Harris, 47… Read

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Broadway Shows Return But Jasmine, Simba Get Extra Snow Day

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2nd UPDATE, 11:15 A.M.: The nearly sold-out Jake Gyllenhaal/Ruth Wilson 70-minute two-hander Constellations also has jumped on the inclement-weather discount bandwagon. At Tuesday’s 7 P.M. and Wednesday’s 2 P.M. matinee, select seats will be available for $100 when you say the secret passwords “Winter Weather Discount” at the box office, or via TelechargeOffers.com by using code CLSNW15, or by calling 212-947-8844. UPDATE, 10:15 A.M.: Shows are beginning to promote “snow… Read

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Alessandro Nivola On ‘Selma’, ‘Violent Year’ And Bradley Cooper: Conversations With Jeremy Gerard

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EXCLUSIVE: It's tempting to say that Alessandro Nivola lives a charmed life, and that might be true if he weren't working so hard. He's Zelig in plain sight: At this moment in time you can see him in Selma as Justice Department civil rights lawyer John Doar, who would become the lead prosecutor in the government's case against the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. And you can see him on the other side of the mirror, as a mobbed-up oil… Read

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Broadway Takes Snow Day, Canceling Monday Performances

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With a major snowstorm bearing down on the Northeast and New York City in a general state of freak-out, the Broadway League announced that all performances Monday night — typically a quiet night, with most shows dark anyway — have been canceled. The city has already imposed an 11 PM travel ban, which would have made it impossible for intrepid suburbanites to get home from the theater. League executive director Charlotte St. Martin said a decision about Tuesday night’s… Read

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Peter Schneider Acquires Broadway Rights For ‘Water For Elephants’

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Former Disney producer Peter Schneider and producing partner Elisabetta di Mambro, in association with Broadway Across America and Mehr! Entertainment, have acquired the worldwide rights to adapt Sara Gruen's best-seller Water For Elephants as a stage musical. The novel, published by Algonquin Books, has sold  over 10 million copies worldwide. Here’s their description of the story: In this Depression-era novel, young Jacob Jankowski’s life is dramatically changed when he… Read

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‘Rush’, ‘The Audience’ Author Peter Morgan On Truth In Storytelling: Conversations With Jeremy Gerard

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EXCLUSIVE: Who owns history? In the run-up to the Oscars, the critiques playing out in the press over the "accuracy" of events portrayed in Selma, American Sniper and The Imitation Game have never had a more powerful purchase on the public conversation. Few contemporary writers have tangled with the issue as consistently —  and entertainingly — as two-time Oscar nominee Peter Morgan. He might recreate the days-long encounter between a British interlocutor and a paranoid… Read

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Bradley Cooper & ‘The Elephant Man’ Head To London: It’s Official

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It’s a go for London. As I reported earlier this month, Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and the rest of The Elephant Man cast will re-unite in London for a 12-week run beginning in the spring. It’s now confirmed that Scott Ellis’ production of Bernard Pomerance’s classic play will have its first preview at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on May 19 and a final performance on August 8. “Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone… Read

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Harvey Weinstein, Press Agent Rick Miramontez “Part Ways” In Latest ‘Finding Neverland’ Bump

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UPDATE 9:54 P.M.: Miramontez responds, and Weinstein responds, too, below. EXCLUSIVE: From: Office, HW Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 4:40 PM To: Rick Miramontez Subject: From Harvey Weinstein Dear Rick, Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers. I totally understand, there is a lot of pressure out there. You are a terrific guy, but the world of Broadway is tough. I personally will miss you — you are courageous and smart and definitely impressed me. All my… Read

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Marshall Brickman’s Roy Rogers Musical Sets Creative Team Topped By Des McAnuff

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The happy trails to Broadway may have turned into a long and winding road but writer Marshall Brickman’s biotuner project about cowboy and cowgirl marrieds Roy Rogers and Dale Evans is back on track with a fleshed out creative team. Brickman (Annie Hall, Jersey Boys, etc.) and producer Larry Spangler have signed eight-Oscar winner Alan Menken to compose the  music for Happy Trails, with Disney specialist Glenn Slater (ABC’s GalavantTangled, Broadway’s The Little… Read