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Robert De Niro’s Doo-Wop ‘Bronx Tale’ Sings Familiar Tune On Broadway – Review

Bobby Conte Thornton (center) and Nick Cordero (right) and the cast of 'A Bronx Tale' on Broadway.

An old-fashioned party line connects Belmont Avenue in the Bronx with Times Square, where a gaggle of Broadway talent has been phoning it in for the musical version of Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale. Seasoned with street-corner harmonies recalling the plaintive crooning of such local sensations as Dion and the Belmonts, and generously plumped with ingredients from older, better shows, an easy-going familiarity suffuses A Bronx Tale, along with the comforting glaze of… Read

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‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Snatches Broadway’s Lyric Theatre

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Anthony Boyle (Draco), Alex Price (Scorpius), Poppy Miller (Ginny), Jamie Parker (Harry), Sam Clemmett (Albus), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione) and Paul Thornley (Ron) during the curtain call
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UPDATE 7:45 P.M.: The mystery of the Putsch Of Paramour is solved: Cirque Du Soleil’s $25 million Broadway venture at Ambassador Theatre Group’s Lyric Theatre has been vanquished by Harry Potter as the Wizarding World heads for the Great White Way. The London smash Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will move into the Lyric in 2018, after extensive renovations to reduce Broadway’s ungainliest barn into a more intimate space.. “Exciting,” Cursed Child producer Colin… Read

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‘Hamilton’ World Dominance Continues With Questlove, Regina Spektor ‘Mixtape’ Launch

Andra Day sings 'Burn' from "The Hamilton Mixtape."

The Richard Rodgers Theatre, home for the foreseeable future to the blockbuster musical Hamilton, was packed Thursday afternoon with fans and press to hear live performances of songs from the show by some of music’s biggest stars. The brief event was a promotion for Friday’s release of The Hamilton Mixtape, which likely will become as big a seller as the show’s Grammy-winning original Broadway cast album. The Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove, who produced the cast… Read

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Broadway Shocker: Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Paramour’ To Close At Lyric

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UPDATE, 1:30 PM with more information throughout: Paramour, the first show developed by the Montreal-based behemoth Cirque du Soleil specifically for Broadway, will shutter April 16 at the Lyric Theatre, exactly a year after it began previews. The theater then will undergo renovations, according to the announcement Thursday by the Ambassador Theatre Group, which took over the house in May 2013. The announcement was one of the more curious of this early Broadway season… Read

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Scott Rudin, Barry Diller Set Closing Date For Tony Winner ‘The Humans’

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Stephen Karam’s one-act drama The Humans will conclude the New York leg of its remarkable journey on January 15, a week shy of its one-year anniversary on Broadway. Producers Scott Rudin and Barry Diller said Thursday that a national tour of the play, about a Thanksgiving dinner in New York’s Chinatown that encompasses grief and reckoning in a post-9/11 word, will begin a national tour in November 2017 at Seattle Repertory Theatre, before moving on to engagements in… Read

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‘Hamilton’s $998 Top Yields $3M Week, $300 Average Ticket Price At Holiday Broadway B.O.

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UPDATE, 3:30 P.M.: Fixes total b.o. figures in second paragraph, showing it was indeed a record week. With its seasonal top price of $998, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s historico-musico rap blockbuster Hamilton registered $3.26 million in ticket sales last week, the first of the expected Thanksgiving-to-New Year’s Times Square gold rush. Disney’s pair — The Lion King and Aladdin — both broke the $2 million barrier, at $2.5 million and $2.04 million, respectively. Also in the $2M… Read

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Fritz Weaver Dies; Patrician Star Of Stage And Screen Was 90

Rosemary Harris and Fritz Weaver in the NBC mini-series 'Holocaust.'

Fritz Weaver, an actor who transmitted an air of patrician assurance in roles that took him from a regular presence in Golden Age television dramas to Broadway stardom, prominent characters in films including Fail-Safe in 1964, and an Emmy nomination for NBC’s acclaimed 1978 drama series Holocaust, died Saturday at home in Manhattan. He was 90. In that mini-series, Weaver played Dr. Josef Weiss, a Jewish doctor sent first to the Warsaw ghetto and then to the… Read

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Suicide Kills As ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Looks Hit-ish At Broadway Box Office

Jennifer Laura Thompson, Ben Platt in the off-Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen.

Following its sold-out and critically acclaimed run last spring at off-Broadway’s Second Stage, Dear Evan Hansen took off in its first week of Broadway previews. The musical — about the impact of a teen’s suicide and a note mistaken for his last words, on another troubled boy — played seven performances the Shubert Organization’s Music Box Theatre and rang up $804K in sales. Nearly all 984 seats were filled at each preview, scoring 91 per cent of its gross potential at an… Read

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‘Hamilton’ Star On Message To Pence: “There’s Nothing To Apologize For”

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Hamilton star Brandon Victor Dixon has no intention of apologizing (as requested by Donald Trump) for his curtain call message to Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Saturday night following the performance of the multi-Tony Award-winning show. Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in Hamilton, appeared on CBS This Morning Monday saying “there’s nothing to apologize for.” Dixon said that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda assisted in crafting the Dixon's post-show remarks with… Read

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Sutton Foster’s Gritty ‘Sweet Charity’ Does Fellini Proud – Review

Emily Padgett, Sutton Foster and Asmeret Ghebremichael

If your heart doesn’t break a little for Charity Hope Valentine, you might consider a transplant. As embodied in (another) career-making performance by Sutton Foster, this taxi dancer who dreams of manly rescue holds on to her wide-eyed optimism no matter how many brutish Joes kick her back to reality. There’s more than a glimmer of Giulietta Masina in Foster’s indomitable aspect, a reminder of the down-but-not-out title character of Federico Fellini’s Nights Of… Read

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Donald Trump Still Doesn’t Like ‘SNL’, Alec Baldwin Responds “U Try 2 B Pres” – UPDATE

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Update Alec Baldwin has responded – in kind – to Donald Trump’s anti-SNL twitter blast, reminding the President-elect that “Election is over” and “There is no more equal time. Now u try 2 b Pres + ppl respond. That’s pretty much it.” But Baldwin’s schooling of the next president didn’t end there. In a biting series of tweets (read them below), he advised Trump to focus on jobs, our global reputation and improving the lives “of as many Americans as possible.” Oh, and he… Read

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Donald Trump Versus ‘Hamilton’: Gerard & Roth On The Dynamic Duel, Pence’s Fox Response and Theater’s “Safe Space”

Vice President-elect Mike Pence, top center, leaves the Richard Rodgers Theatre after a performance of "Hamilton" in New York, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres president Jordan Roth talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred. GERARD: Vice President-elect Mike Pence was in town on business this week and did what most visitors do on a trip to New York — he took in a Broadway show. He chose Hamilton and, according to reports, bought tickets rather than pull strings for comps. Pence might have picked Something Rotten! Or Waitress or even C… Read