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Jake Gyllenhaal & Taran Killam Serenade Ellen Greene In ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ -Review

Little Shop of Horrors/Jake Gyllenhaal, Tarran Killam

UPDATE Thursday AM with more performance information: Judy Garland at the Palace had nothing on the crowd that roared when Ellen Greene made her entrance Wednesday night on stage at New York’s City Center for the first of just three performances in a staged concert of Little Shop Of Horrors (Thursday’s matinee and evening shows are nearly sold out). It felt like Homecoming, Sunday church in Harlem and the Governor’s Ball all rolled into two joyfully cathartic hours, part… Read

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Duncan Sheik’s ‘Spring Awakening’ Heads For Fall Broadway Reprise, May Set Stage For ‘American Psycho’

Spring Awakening

UPDATE, 10:50 AM: News of the move that will bring a revival of Spring Awakening to Broadway in the fall renewed talk about Duncan Sheik’s new musical-in-waiting, American Psycho, based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel about New York in the throes of ’80s greed. Telsey & Co. has been casting that show, which had its premiere last year in the U.K., for Broadway, with plans to begin rehearsals in January, 2016 and previews mid-February in anticipation of a mid-March opening… Read

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Broadway Follies: AIDS Changed Theater, The Supremes Changed Everything & Staging A Living

Ian McKellen

Jeremy Gerard has covered the evolving 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. Here they talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred. ROTH: Everything is different now. As the President said, our union became a little more perfect… Read

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‘It Shoulda Been You’ With Tyne Daly Posts Broadway Closing Notice

It Shoulda Been You: Lisa Howard & Tyne Daly

No surprise, a musical about the run-up to a wedding fraught with all sorts of incompatibilities, will shutter after the Sunday, August 9 matinee. The show, by Brian Hargrove (book and lyrics) and Barbara Anselmi (music), is staged by David Hyde Pierce and stars Daly and Harriet Harris as warring mothers-in-law-to-be. The cast includes Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Lisa Howard in a star-making role as the bride’s put-upon sister, along with Edward Hibbert, Montego… Read

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Jessica Hecht, Adam Kantor Cast In ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ Broadway Revival

Hecht, Jessica[5]

Bartlett Sher’s production has its Golde and Motel The Tailor. Joining Danny Burstein’s talkative Tevye the milkman will be Jessica Hecht (Breaking Bad) as his no-nonsense wife Golde and Adam Kantor (The Last Five Years) as Motel (rhymes with dawdle), the impoverished tailor in love with Tzeitel (rhymes with bridal), one of Tevye and Golde’s five daughters. The roles were played in the 1964 Broadway premiere by Zero Mostel, Maria Karnilova and Austin Pendleton, yes Austin… Read

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Patti LuPone, Michael Urie Put On A ‘Show’ At Lincoln Center – Review

"Show For Days" Opening Night with cst, author Douglas Carter beane and director Jerry Zaks

The life of a drama critic inevitably includes a confrontation with an angry playwright who insists that every character and situation in his or her very bad play is a 100-percent-guaranteed-true facsimile of real people and events in said playwright’s life. So it is with Shows For Days, Douglas Carter Beane’s self-portrait of the artist as a boy irresistibly attracted to the glamour and thrill of community theater. This is a familiar meme — think of Nicholas Nickleby’s… Read

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Broadway Box Office: Kid Stuff Conquers As Family-Aimed Shows Bring Big Bucks

David Hyde Pierce, Tyne Daly

As producers ramp up efforts to grow the international audience (the latest effort is aimed at Brazilians who prefer Bergdorf’s, Bendel’s and Bloomingdale’s to Broadway), shows aimed at families are showing growth at the early summer box office. Six of seven G-rated shows currently running posted B.O. improvement last week, which was relatively quiet on the Street as Helen Mirren wrapped her huge hit The Audience at the Shuberts’ Schoenfeld and newcomer Amazing Grace got… Read

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William Finn’s Must-See ‘Brain’, Death By Magazine, ‘Significant Other’ – NY Stages

William Finn

You’d think things would calm down on New York stages after the Tony Awards. You would be wrong. Let’s get down to business: If you’re in the city this weekend and have only one show to see, it must be A New Brain, the season’s first entry in City Center’s summer Encores! Off-Center series. If William Finn’s landmark musical Falsettos begins with the song “Four Jews In A Room Bitching,” A New Brain, his roman a clef about surviving brain surgery, starts with what might be… Read

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Michael Riedel’s ‘Razzle Dazzle: The Battle For Broadway’ – Exclusive First Look

Razzle Dazzle, Michael Riedel

UPDATE, Friday morning: Riedel responded to Frank Rich’s assertion that he had not been interviewed for Razzle Dazzle: “Frank is being disingenuous. He wasn’t interviewed because he turned me down.” EXCLUSIVE: It doesn’t go on sale until October, but I’ve read an advance copy of the New York Post Broadway columnist’s 400-page tale of Broadway, from the British invasion of the 1970s and ’80s (think Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom Of The Opera, Les Misérable… Read

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With Banners Flying, Broadway Cheers Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Broadway Pride

Broadway’s twitterati over the sexual rainbow responded to news of this morning’s Supreme Court ruling with all the fervor of an 11 o’clock number that brings down the house and prompts a standing ovation. Here’s a sampling (refresh for updates): Neil Patrick Harris: It’s a new day. Thank you Supreme Court. Thank you Justice Kennedy. Your opinion is profound, in more ways than you may know. #huzzah Alan Cumming: Holy sh*t SCOTUS!! What an amazing day and what a great step… Read

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Camp David Peace Talks Target Broadway Debut

Lawrence Wright, Alex Gibney

Going Clear author Lawrence Wright’s Camp David, a day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David meeting where Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign a still-durable peace treaty, has a couple of Broadway producers attached. Based on Wright’s  Thirteen Days in September and staged by D.C. star director Molly Smith, the drama is planned for the 2016/2017 season under the wings of lead producers Steve Traxler and… Read

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Broadway Follies: On Hal Prince, The Tony Awards & Art V. Commerce

Prince Of Broadway

UPDATE Wednesday morning, adding link to N.Y. Times column below.  Earlier: Jeremy Gerard has covered the evolving 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. Here they talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred. GERARD: Last week I… Read