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Fox Acquires Stage Musical ‘F****ing Identical Twins’ For Chernin Entertainment

Fing Identical Twins

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to turn the musical stage show F***ing Identical Twins into a movie, with Chernin Entertainment producing. The stage show, written by Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson, and composed by Karl St. Lucy, is a subversive musical spin on The Parent Trap. Two business adversaries who realize they’re identical twin brothers decide to switch places to reunite their divorced parents in order to become a family again. Sharp and Jackson… Read


Tony Awards Presenters: Keri Russell, Chita Rivera, Common, Andrew Lloyd Webber & More

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2ND UPDATE, 8 AM: Here’s the final group of presenters announced for the Tony Awards, which CBS airs live in the East at 8 PM Sunday: Christian Borle, Common, Josh Groban, Nikki M. James, Bebe Neuwirth, Chita Rivera, Keri Russell, Meg Ryan, Aaron Tveit, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mary Elizabeth Winstead UPDATED, June 6: Uzo Aduba, Claire Danes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Earl Jones, Daniel Dae Kim, Diane Lane, Angela… Read


‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Part 2’ Offers A Darker Brew – First Preview Report

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Things took a dark turn Thursday night in the West End, as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Part 2 put aside the whizz-bang effects of Tuesday night’s first chapter, preferring instead to torture and terrorize its cast of characters as it built to its climax. It was classic Potter M.O., really: Rowling rarely held back when it came to taking each book down a darker path than the last, teaching her characters harsh lessons about a cruel world. And while that translated… Read

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‘Front Page’ Revival Adds Holland Taylor, Dylan Baker & Robert Morse To Ink-Stained Cast

Holland Taylor

A starry list of stage and screen vets, several with marquee-quality drawing power from roles on popular TV shows, have joined the cast of The Front Page, the Scott Rudin-mounted revival with already-announced headliners Nathan Lane, John Slattery, Jefferson Mays and Sherie Rene Scott. Fresh to the bill are Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) and Robert Morse (Mad Men), along with Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, The Americans) and Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann… Read

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Deaf West’s Tony Nominated ‘Spring Awakening’ Offered “A Window On The Soul” – Deadline Q&A

Spring Awakening - Deaf West cast

We have five senses but only rarely do we experience the gift of having them heightened to a point of ecstasy. A Broadway musical, with its controlled delirium of sight and sound, can do that. A Broadway musical enhanced by, say, a particularly skilled interpreter of American Sign Language, adds not just the experience of the musical to deaf theatergoers, but also a sensual uptick for the rest of us — a conjugation of language and movement that transcends dance. You’ll… Read


‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Wows West End Audience – First Preview Report

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

No-spoilers alert: J.K. Rowling, your secrets are safe here. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the two-part sequel that starts 19 years after the final chapter in the franchise finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, began two months of sold-out previews Tuesday night at London’s Palace Theatre before its July 30th opening. In a video message released Monday, Rowling implored theatergoers to keep the play’s secrets: “Let audiences enjoy Cursed Child with all the… Read


Drama Desk Awards: ‘The Humans’ & ‘Shuffle Along’ Lead Winners

Shuffle Along: Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Joshua Henry, Brandon Victor Dixon

The Humans won the Best Play award and Shuffle Along took the top musical prize at the 61st Drama Desk Awards, which were unveiled last night at the Town Hall with Michael Urie serving as host. The final major award before Sunday’s Tony Awards did not feature record-setting Tony nominee Hamilton, which was up for Drama Desk honors last year when it was off-Broadway. The wins mirrored the New York Drama Critics' Circle honors last month for Stephen Karam's The Humans and Sh… Read

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Supergirl’s Mom Laura Benanti On Tony Nominations, Type-Casting And Cheating On Her “Husband” – Deadline Q&A


Who is Laura Benanti? Who isn’t she? might be the better question: Segueing from Nashville‘s rising C&W starlet-turned-victim Sadie Stone to Supergirl’s doomed-but-wise mom Alura Zor-El, not to mention playing Captain Georg von Trapp’s ill-fated fiancée Ilsa on The Sound Of Music Live, garnering most of that show’s best reviews (even if Carrie Underwood’s Maria got the Captain) would cover only the last couple of TV seasons for someone who considers herself first and… Read


From ‘House Of Cards’ To ‘The Humans’ – Tony Nominee Reed Birney Knows The Dark Side: Deadline Q&A

Reed Birney

Before he hit 25 Reed Birney was already a Broadway star in a hit show that wasn’t even a musical. In 1977 Albert Innaurato’s blue-collar Philly with a gay-twist comedy Gemini had moved uptown to the Little Theatre, where it settled into a long run on the strength of a crass and unavoidable TV spot (“I’ll just pick!”) and the hint of hipness, reassuringly danger-free. At the center of it all was Birney’s Randy Hastings, all-purpose lust object. I was about the same age at… Read


Broadway Powerhouse Key Brand Entertainment Raises Curtain On New Name, Mission

John Gore and Glenn Close

Key Brand Entertainment, a global powerhouse that develops, produces and markets live theater through Broadway Across America, Group Sales Box Office and several other companies, has renamed itself The John Gore Organization, Inc. Since Gore, a Tony Award-winning British producer, purchased the company from Live Nation in 2008, revenues have grown from $100 million in 2008 to $600 million in 2016. He now becomes chairman and CEO. Lauren Reid will assume corporate… Read


‘Hamilton’s Good Wife Stands By Her Ham: Deadline Q&A With Phillipa Soo

Phillipa Soo

When Hamilton ended its Public Theater run in the spring of 2015, there was a lot of pressure to open immediately on Broadway. After all, it was already a runaway hit, with several sold-out extensions downtown; why waste lucrative weeks? But author, composer, lyricist and star Lin-Manuel Miranda wanted to buy some time to fix a few things he felt he hadn’t quite got right. One of them was the role of Eliza, the upper class Schuyler sister who will marry the near-penniless… Read

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‘American Psycho’ Will Close On Broadway Before The Tony Awards At $8.8M Loss

American Psycho

UPDATE Friday 1:30 P.M.: Adds producers’ statement of capitalization at $8.8 million, below. EARLIER: At once shocking in its finality and completely expected, American Psycho will play its last Broadway performance on Sunday, June 5 at the Shubert Organization’s Schoenfeld Theatre, one week before the Tony Awards, the producers announced Thursday. Closing at a total loss of its capitalization, which the producers told Deadline was $8.8 million, the Duncan… Read