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Bono Joins Lupita Nyong’o & ‘Eclipsed’ Cast On Behalf Of Kidnapped Girls

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U2 frontman and human rights activist Bono took to the stage of Broadway’s Golden Theater on Saturday afternoon following the matinee of Eclipsed. He lead an emotion-packed dedication of the performance to the abducted and still-missing 219 schoolgirls of Chibok, Northern Nigeria, taken in April 2014 by the terrorist group Boko Haram, and to abducted girls all around the world. Surrounded by the cast of Danai Gurira’s ferocious drama about women in civil-war torn Liberia… Read

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‘Waitress’ Is Looking Hit-like, Dramas Rising At Jumpy Broadway Box Office

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Patrons are finding the new Sara Bareilles musical Waitress tasty enough to recommend, and Broadway’s cloudy dramas saw some welcome sunshine during Week 49 of the 2015-2016 season. Both trends reinforce the one unchanging truth of the business, which is that enthusiastic word of mouth trumps your social media, your mega ad buys, your prayers… The rush to the 2016 Tony eligibility finish line ended with Thursday’s opening of Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical… Read

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Arts Endowment, Key Brand’s Miles Wilkin Set To Get Special Tony Awards

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Key Brand Entertainment  chief operating officer and executive vice-president Miles Wilkin will receive the 2016 Special Tony Awards, the group’s administration committee announced today. Conceived during the Kennedy Administration and signed into being by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 29, 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency that partners with state arts agencies, other federal agencies and private… Read

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Ben Platt Stars In ‘Dear Evan Hansen’: Suicide Is Never Painless – Off-Broadway Review

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Film director Robert Altman’s son Mike was a teenager when he wrote the lyric (to Johnny Mandel’s melody) that became the theme of M*A*S*H. You remember it: The game of life is hard to play I’m gonna lose it anyway The losing card I’ll some day lay So this is all I have to say:       That suicide is painless… That adolescent fantasy of self-annihilation takes a definitive drubbing in Dear Evan Hansen, the exquisite new musical that opened Sunday at off-Broadway’s Second… Read

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Scott Rudin’s ‘Shuffle Along’ Ruled A New Musical, Setting Up A Likely ‘Hamilton’ Showdown At Tony Time

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Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed was declared a new musical today at a meeting of the Tony Administration committee. The ruling means that when the committee of 48 Tony  Awards nominators meets on Monday to determine the nominees for this year’s awards, the Scott Rudin production will be eligible for nomination in the Best Musical category, facing Pulitzer Prize-winner Hamilton, which is considered all but a shoo-in for… Read

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As Broadway Braces For Tony Races, ‘Shuffle Along’ Gets Key Ruling: Gerard & Roth

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UPDATED 9:30 AM: The Tony administration Committee this morning declared Shuffle Along to be a new musical. Read about it here. EXCLUSIVE: Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres majority owner and president Jordan Roth talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred. GERARD: This morning will see the final meeting of the committee that considers producers’ requests for deviations from Tony rules regarding categories for… Read

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Eubie Blake Smiles As Audra McDonald Leads A Constellation Of Stars In ‘Shuffle Along’ – Broadway Review

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UPDATE Friday morning: Eubie Blake was 95 years old when Eubie! opened on Broadway in 1978. Julianne Boyd, who conceived and directed the show, writes: [The show] featured most of the songs from Shuffle Along plus others written by Eubie. We did a birthday party at a Shubert theater (forget which one — they donated it) to celebrate his 100th birthday 5 years later. He was in frail health and died a few days later. Some historians say he was actually born in 1887 (making… Read

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Christopher McDonald Segues From ‘Good Wife’ Judge To ‘Wetlands’ & Broadway’s ‘Front Page’ Revival

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EXCLUSIVE: Veteran villain Christopher McDonald, a familiar face this season as vindictive Judge John Schakowsky on CBS’ finalizing series The Good Wife, has landed a couple of plums — one on screen, the other on Broadway. He’s filming now writer-director Emanuele Della Valle’s Wetlands, described as a noirish film starring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. The story revolves around Babel “Babs” Johnson, who is attempting to rebuild his life in bleak Atlantic City and win back… Read

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George Takei Pledges Allegiance To “Most Diverse” Broadway Over Hollywood’s “Gross Stereotypes”

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EXCLUSIVE: The Star Trek icon Mr. Sulu and the real-life social activist who played him will mark the eve of the cut-off date for Tony eligibility by saluting Broadway’s most diverse season ever. George Takei adds, in this year of #OscarsSoWhite, a Bronx cheer to Hollywood in general and the treatment of Asian Americans at February’s Academy Awards show in particular. Here, exclusively, is Takei’s post on his widely read and disseminated (and sometimes ghost-written)… Read

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Jessica Lange & Gabriel Byrne Lead A Spectral ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ – Broadway Review

Gabriel Byrne & Jessica Lange in Long Day's Journey Into Night

It can be a challenge, making the contemporary case for Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. It’s as long as its title warns, for one thing. It’s repetitious and maudlin and dated; attempts to update it only make it a greater slog. I’d seen three of the five previous Broadway productions of the play; each had its attributes, none adding up an entirely successful evening, until now. The revival that opened tonight at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s American… Read

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‘Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson: George Washington Shlepped Here – Deadline Q&A

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EXCLUSIVE: Picture the beleaguered General’s tent on a day when the war is going poorly and the prospects couldn’t be worse. An ambitious young man arrives; for his first personal encounter with the legendary leader. This is pretty much how the Alexander Hamilton/George Washington thing begins in Hamilton: Washington: It's alright, you want to fight, you've got a hunger – I was just like you when I was younger. Head full of fantasies of dyin' like a martyr? Hamilton: Yes… Read

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‘Tuck Everlasting – The Musical’ Won’t Grow Up; Won’t Crow, Either: Broadway Review

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Immortality, like Krazy Glue, styrofoam and the two-party system, seems like a great idea — until you find your fingers stuck together under a mountain of landfill with Donald Trump running for President. The premise of Natalie Babbitt’s 1975 YA novel was that in an earlier century, a rural New Hampshire family of Tucks drank from a spring whose waters set them in time forever: Ma and Pa Tuck in mid-parenthood; Miles and Jesse Tuck as older and younger brother… Read