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Michael Feinstein Links With 54 Below, Returning To New York Cabaret Scene

Michael Feinstein

Feinstein, the one-time assistant to lyricist Ira Gershwin and impresario of his own high-end club at the tony Upper East Side Regency Hotel, has settled on a new perch in the Theater District. Actually, grotto is more apt than perch, as Feinstein has joined forces with 54 Below, the cabaret and restaurant below Studio 54 that has become a favorite hangout for Broadway stars, would-be stars, star-struck fans and Patti LuPone. Feinstein lost his lease at the Regency in… Read


Zachary Levi Replaces Josh Radnor in Broadway’s ‘She Loves Me’ Revival

Zachary Levi

The Chuck and Tangled star has taken over the lead role of Georg opposite the Amalia of Tony winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy) in a revival of the 1963 romantic musical about shop clerks in love. The show, scheduled for a limited run in the spring, also stars René Auberjonois, Gavin Creel, Michael McGrath and Jane Krakowski; Scott Ellis is directing, with choreography by Warren Carlyle and musical direction by Paul Gemignani. The Roundabout earlier announced Josh Radnor (How I… Read


Stephen Colbert Gifts ‘An American In Paris’ With His First ‘Late Show’ Broadway Plug

Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Once a staple of bedtime talk shows, Broadway in recent decades usually has taken a back seat to Hollywood. But while it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing fewer movie stars anytime soon, the Gotham return of NBC’s The Tonight Show and Broadway fan Jimmy Fallon — not to mention the ever-growing population of screen stars onstage — has seen an uptick in appearances on the guest couch. Stephen Colbert, also a big fan of live theater, announced Monday that the song-and-dance heavy… Read


Broadway Box Office Wilts Overall, While Ballet’s Misty Copeland Leaps In Debut

Misty Copeland Life in Motion movie

Broadway box office wilted by about 3% to $21.7M during last week’s dog days, with only a few shows breezing through the summer heat. The arrival of ballet star Misty Copeland to On The Town, in her Broadway debut, sent the show’s box office leaping over its previous week by $519K for a total of $914K. That’s still just about 51% of gross $1.8M potential but a big show of confidence for the star. Hamilton continued its winning streak, boosting its take by $92K to $1.5M… Read


Broadway-Bound ‘SpongeBob Musical’ From Aerosmith, John Legend Won’t Be ‘Lion King’ Knockoff: Director


Jukebox musical meets superhero adventure (porifera branch) in Nickelodeon’s Broadway-bound show The SpongeBob Musical, which has set its Chicago tryout run for late next spring. Original material for the show is being contributed by an all-star roster of rockers and rappers including Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry as well as Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They… Read

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Broadway Follies: Gerard & Roth On Donald Trump, Bill De Blasio And The New Season

"Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals And Curtain Call

Jeremy Gerard has covered the shifting fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since it became a formidable competitor to the larger Shubert and Nederlander organizations in the late 1980s. In 2013 producer Jordan Roth became Jujamcyn's majority owner and the Street's youngest power broker. In this weekly email conversation they talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred. GERARD: Your predecessor at the Jujamcyn helm, Rocco Landesman, was… Read


Kevin Bacon Returns To Stage For ‘Rear Window’ With Broadway In View

The Bacon Brothers In Concert At The Orleans In Las Vegas

Testing the waters for a Broadway return after 13 years, actor and rocker Kevin Bacon (X Men, Cop Car) is heading to Hartford this fall to take on an iconic James Stewart role in the world premiere of Rear Window. Adapted for the stage by playwright/actor Keith Reddin and directed by Hartford Stage chief Darko Tresnjak, the show is slated to run from October 22 through November 15. Producers Charlie Lyons, Jay Russell and Jeff Steen are attached. Bacon last appeared on… Read


Forest Whitaker Plans 2016 Broadway Debut In O’Neill’s ‘Hughie’

Forest Whitaker

The Oscar winner will take on the lead role in a revival of the 1941 drama staged by British director Michael Grandage (Red, Frost/Nixon). Whitaker (Southpaw, The Last King Of Scotland, Bird, etc.) will play Erie Smith, the role created by Jason Robards Jr. in its 1964 Broadway premiere, over a decade after the Nobel Prize laureate’s death. Set during the pre-dawn hours in a grim hotel on Manhattan’s West Side, Hughie is a two-hander — essentially a monologue — about the… Read


NY Times To Daily News: Drop Dead! Elected Boobs Are Times Square’s True Pandering Panhandlers

Times Square's Desnudas

UPDATE Saturday morning: In a lead editorial titled “Shirtless Bodies In Pointless War,” the New York Times this morning took aim at the beleaguered Daily News with a New York Post-style headline (echoing that tabloid’s famous “Headless Body In Topless Bar” banner from decades back). “The News, horrified at the rampant shirtlessness, put these frightening women on Page 1 for four straight days. (Its usual spot for breasts is Page 3),” the Times mocked, referring to the… Read

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Sara Bareilles’ ‘Waitress’ Musical, Broadway Bound With Tony Winner Jessie Mueller, Opens Outta Town


The musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 indie beaut Waitress, with songs by Sara Bareilles and Tony-winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) in the title role, opened Thursday in its Broadway tryout at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Slated to begin performances in March 2016 at the Nederlander-owned  Brooks Atkinson Theatre, the show is staged by Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin). Advance word has been good, making the… Read


Michael Emerson & Sally Field Will Lead All-Star Reading Of Oscar Wilde Docu-Drama Banned By Kremlin

Michael Emerson

What Moscow rejects, Manhattan embraces: Moisés Kaufman’s celebrated 1997 docuplay Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde, recently canceled by the Kremlin during pre-production, will be presented in October by a star-driven cast as a fundraiser in New York. Emmy-winner Michael Emerson (Lost, Person Of Interest) and Oscar winner Field (Norma Rae) will be joined by Jonathan Groff (HBO’s Looking and currently on Broadway in Hamilton), Michael C. Hall (Showtime’s De… Read

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Nicholas Hytner’s London Theatre Co. Gets New Digs To “Galvanize” Talent


A site at London's Tower Bridge that’s been earmarked for a cultural venue of national importance for more than 20 years has finally found an occupant. The History Boys and One Man, Two Guvnors director Nicholas Hytner and longtime collaborator Nick Starr's London Theatre Company is due to take up residence in what will be the city’s largest commercial theater outside of the West End at the One Tower Bridge development. The planned 900-seat venue is expected to open in… Read