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Confirmed – Jimmy Buffett’s Broadway-Bound ‘Margaritaville’ Musical Sets La Jolla Tryout

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As Deadline reported a few weeks back, a new musical built around the songs and fuzzy logic of singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett will start it its day-boat voyage to Broadway in 2017. The plan was confirmed today, with a tryout slated for May and June 2017 at the La Jolla Playhouse — no surprise since the show’s director Christopher Ashley is also the nonprofit’s a.d. It will tell the story of a part-time singer, part-time bartender and fulltime good ol' boy named Tully who… Read

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Emigre Artists Are Rewarded – To The Tune of $250K – By Vilcek Foundation

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A small private foundation focusing on the contributions of artists and scientists who have moved to the U.S. from abroad announced today prizes totaling $250,000 to theater artists who also are immigrants. The Vilcek Foundation awards spotlight a different artistic discipline each year. The $100,000 2016 Vilcek Prize in Theatre, presented to an immigrant artist with a record of major achievement, is awarded to Blanka Zizka, artistic director of the Wilma Theatre, a… Read

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‘Grease Live’ Takes Director Thomas Kail From Rapping Revolutionaries To Jivin’ Juveniles

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EXCLUSIVE: Success rewards some artists with an opportunity to shoot the moon, take a risk, do something completely unexpected. Direct Grease Live for example. “It was an easy decision,” Thomas Kail says about switching gears from Hamilton, Broadway’s rap-suffused blockbuster about nation creation, to that show about Danny and Sandy, the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds, capri pants, leather jackets and, y’know, scoring. Says Kail, “I just think of it as going from 1758 to… Read

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Neal Brennan’s ‘3 Mics’ Moves To New York With Get Lifted Backing

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Get Lifted partners John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius have come aboard to produce 3 Mics, a one-man show written and performed by Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan that will be playing at the Lynn Redgrave Theater beginning next month. The veteran stand-up comic is making his New York theatrical debut in the off-Broadway show, which begins performances February 23 with the official run set for March 3-13. official open. Drew Barr, who directed War Horse… Read

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Cush Jumbo Will Play Kate In All-Female Central Park ‘Taming Of The Shrew’

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Shakespeare’s battle-of-the-sexes comedy The Taming Of The Shrew has been a reliable crowd-pleaser over the decades of free Shakespeare in Central Park (among the most memorable were Meryl Streep and the late Raul Julia in 1978, and Tracy Ullman and Morgan Freeman in 1990). The production that will launch the coming summer season of the Public Theater’s annual stand at the Delacorte Theater should be no exception. Expect a few unexpected twists, however: When Petruchio… Read

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Cate Blanchett Will Make Her Broadway Debut In Chekhov Comedy

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Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, who teamed up at New York’s City Center for a powerful revival of Uncle Vanya four years ago, will make their Broadway debuts next winter in The Present, a new version of another Chekhov play, Platonov, by Vanya adapter Andrew Upton. The Sydney Theatre Company production, which opened to wide acclaim last summer, is staged by John Crowley, whose film Brooklyn is up for three Oscars including Best Movie. Sydney Theatre Co. will… Read

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Are Broadway’s Shuberts Horse-Trading (Again) To Expand Their Neigh…borhood?

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UPDATE with more details: The Shubert Organization declined to comment yesterday for Deadline’s exclusive story about its recently purchased warehouse on West 48th Street and any plans for the adjacent stable, which may soon be vacant. The Shuberts do, however, have a storied history when it comes to stable-to-theater conversions. The Winter Garden, one of the district’s best houses and currently home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new hit School Of Rock—The Musical, is a case… Read

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Timothy Olyphant Set To Star In Kenneth Lonergan’s Off-Broadway World Premiere ‘Hold On To Me Darling’

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Returning to the stage for the first time in two decades, Justified six-season star and Emmy nominee Timothy Olyphant will headline the Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere of Oscar nominee Kenneth Lonergan’s Hold On To Me Darling. Performances are set to begin February 24, with opening night April 3 at the Atlantic’s Chelsea mainstage, the Linda Gross Theater. The Atlantic describes Hold On To Me this way: “On learning of his mother's death, world famous country and… Read

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Kit Harington Returning To West End As ‘Doctor Faustus’ In Contemporary Update

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While he maintains that Jon Snow is indeed dead, Game Of ThronesKit Harington is prepping for a return to the living theater — and a deal with the devil. He’ll play Doctor Faustus at London’s Duke of York Theatre from April 9 with tickets on sale from today. Baz Bamigboye at the Daily Mail was first with the news which Harington’s publicist confirmed to Deadline. Olivier Award winner Jamie Lloyd is helming this take on Christopher Marlowe’s classic which transports the… Read

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‘Hamilton’ Will Play The Hollywood Pantages in 2017, With ‘The Book Of Mormon’ Returning

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Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rap-infused musical about the American Revolution and the first Treasury secretary, will have a run beginning in the late summer of 2017 at the Hollywood Pantages. The theater is operated by the Nederlander Organization, which also owns the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway, where the show has become this season’s juggernaut. In anticipation of a hit, the four-month-plus Hollywood run is scheduled from August 11 through the end of the… Read

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Recalling Dick Cavett’s ‘Rocky Horror’, BroadwayCon’s Up ‘Periscope’ & Facing The Mad Crowd – Roth & Gerard

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EXCLUSIVE: Each week Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres majority owner and president Jordan Roth have an email conversation about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred. ROTH: This weekend, thousands of theater lovers from all over the world will converge at the New York Hilton for the first-ever BroadwayCon. I’ll be there doing a special Saturday edition of #MakingMondays, the interactive artists’ salon I host on Periscope and… Read

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Claire Danes, Hank Azaria Board Public Theater’s ‘Dry Powder’ World Premiere

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Hot on the heels of the much-lauded film The Big Short comes Dry Powder, Sarah Burgess’ new play about finance and the U.S. economy that will star Homeland‘s Claire Danes and Hank Azaria (The Simpsons) along with the previously announced John Krasinski (The Office) and Sanjit De Silva (After Party). Thomas Kail (Hamilton) will direct the show, slated to begin performances at the Public Theater on March 1. The Public describes it as “a deliciously funny new drama about the… Read