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Towering John Lithgow Dominates ‘Delicate Balance’ Revival On Broadway

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A storm rages at the center of the Broadway revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. Although camouflaged in the elegant, comfortable mufti of the affluent upper classes, it's leveling everyone in its wake while leaving the building intact, like a neutron bomb. Its name is John Lithgow. Don't be fooled by the Fair Isle sweater vest, the plaid trousers and tattersall shirt, the leather elbow patches. Don't get comfortable. Devastation looms like the unnamed terror… Read

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Mike Nichols, Accidental Legend, Was “Stunned, Paralyzed” By ‘Virginia Woolf’

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UPDATES with a few more quotes, below. Mike Nichols, one of the funniest wiseacres ever to walk the planet, never planned to write an autobiography. So a few months ago he agreed to be interviewed--in a Broadway theater, of course, and before an invited audience--by fellow director Jack O'Brien. It was for an HBO documentary, just after the announcement that Nichols would direct Meryl Streep in an HBO film adaptation of Terrence McNally's play Master Class, about the… Read

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Mike Nichols’ Death: Hollywood Reacts To Loss Of A Legend

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Film and theater icon Mike Nichols passed away on Wednesday night at age 83 and reactions are starting to come in from Hollywood. We'll update this throughout the day: Meryl Streep was working with Nichols on an adaptation of Master Class, Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play about Maria Callas, for HBO for premiere in early 2015. She sent the statement below to Deadline: "An inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom… Read

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Hugh Jackman Invites 11,136 More Dates To His Broadway Cabin On ‘The River’

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While some critics found Jez Butterworth's Broadway import a mystery wrapped inside an enigma wrapped inside an onion, few had anything but raves for the Wolverine's performance as an avocational fisherman with a thing for sea trout, single women and the poetry of Ted Hughes and William Butler Yeats. That's made The River one of the hottest tickets in town, especially in the scarcity market created by a limited run inane of the Theater District's smallest venues, the… Read

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Shubert Organization Jumps 500% In Off-Broadway Holdings

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The Shubert Organization, with 17 houses Broadway's biggest landlord, increased its off-Broadway presence from one stage to six after closing the deal to take over New World Stages. The five-theater complex, a former movieplex that had been run by Dodger Theatricals after a $23 million conversion beginning in 2001, is on West 50th Street at the fringe of the core Broadway Theater District. Shubert also built and operates the Little Shubert Theatre on West 42nd Street. New… Read

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Elaine Stritch Tribute: Broadway Elite Pack The House To Salute Icon

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UPDATE Tuesday morning with a few more details and photos. The roster of stars and other bold-face names who took the stage at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Monday afternoon to remember Elaine Stritch was almost as brilliant as the audience that negotiated a chilly November rain to bid farewell to the stage legend, who died in July at age 89. Johnnie Planco escorted Rosemary Harris. Barbara Barrie, Stritch's colleague from the original cast of Company, was with her… Read

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Broadway Box Office: Alan Alda & Candice Bergen Spike ‘Love Letters’

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Hawkeye Pierce and Murphy Brown — who knew? In a somewhat slumpy mood last week, the Broadway box office had a bit of good news for the latest Love Letters pairing of Alan Alda and Candice Bergen, lifting the revival almost $90,000 to $483,280 at the Brooks Atkinson, a relatively healthy 62% of gross potential for a show with minimum weekly running costs. Three-quarters of the 1,068 seats were filled. Elsewhere, Bradley Cooper continued to draw customers to the anti-freak… Read

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Smoldering Hugh Jackman Adds Cabin Fever To Broadway’s Mysterious ‘The River’: Review

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UPDATE, Monday AM with Butterworth film credits. What you want to know is this: Hugh Jackman is electrifying in The River, a concentrated, mysterious fish tale of a play. Seeing him onstage in one of Broadway's most intimate theaters confers a sense of privilege upon the audience something akin to having Mick Jagger show up at your cocktail party just to shoot the breeze. You may not believe your luck. Forget the fact that he is too old by a decade or more to be playing a… Read

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Vegas ‘Duck Dynasty’s A Real Crap Shoot; Allison Williams In ‘Finding Neverland’?

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Here are two bold predictions about what will not be coming to Broadway anytime soon: Duck Dynasty: The Musical, and Allison Williams as Peter Pan in Finding Neverland. Anything else you read about either show is speculation. Kindly unknot your knickers. First, the Duck decoy: The New York Times did a rather extraordinary favor on Thursday for the producers of a Las Vegas revue based on A&E's Duck Dynasty franchise. The Times put this very silly story on page A1 and, in… Read

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Tony Awards Say Nathan Lane Outranks Co-Stars In ‘It’s Only A Play’

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UPDATE: Adds more decisions by the Tony Awards Administration Committee. Although seven names get top billing in the hit Broadway revival of It's Only A Play, the folks who run the Tony Awards decided Thursday afternoon that, come April, only Nathan Lane will be eligible for consideration in the prestigious Best Performance By A Leading Actor In A Play category. Translation: Matthew Broderick, the other half of the dynamic duo that has helped make the show one of the… Read

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Matthew Broderick Extends Smashing ‘Play’ Stay

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EXCLUSIVE: The Broadway revival that reunited Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane for Terrence McNally's off-stage comedy It's Only A Play was originally slated to run through January 4. But with house records at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre falling nearly every week since the show began performances in August, and an average ticket price of better than $160, the show has been extended at least through the spring. That's entailed not only a costly move next door to the… Read

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Stars Align As Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman Pump Up Broadway Box Office

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It's starting to shape up as one of the starriest — and priciest — seasons in memory for that eternal invalid, the Broadway play. With the addition of Bradley Cooper headlining The Elephant Man, Hugh Jackman navigating The River and Glenn Close & John Lithgow heading toward opening night in A Delicate Balance, Broadway currently boasts 11 plays — seven revivals and four new shows — running among 35 on offer. Half of them are SRO and ringing up numbers at — and in several… Read

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