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Diva Renée Fleming Makes Broadway Debut As Diva in ‘Living On Love’ – Review

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Sometimes, what happens in Williamstown really oughta stay in Williamstown. That Berkshires burg with its annual summer-theater festival has been sending shows to Broadway left (The Elephant Man, a hit earlier this season) and right (The Visit, opening later this week). Last year’s The Bridges of Madison County started off at Williamstown, a siren call to stars looking for a summer fling or producers angling for a cheap tryout in country surroundings. So the Broadway lure… Read

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Broadway Box Office Lays Post-Easter Egg, Off 12%; Brits On B’Way Faring Royally

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Queen Elizabeth enjoyed her best week yet, and Henry VIII and his cronies couldn’t ax for anything more, showing a boost of nearly $266K even as Broadway took a sharp dive after spring break. France, on the other hand, was a split decision, with An American In Paris at the Nederlander Organization’s Palace Theatre gaining $323K on the wave of great notices, while the Vanessa Hudgens vehicle Gigi, at the Nederlanders’ Neil Simon, sputtered to a stall of $530K, down an… Read

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Hot ‘Hamilton’ Star To Madonna: No Selfie For Madame Rudeness

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Every Broadway actor (not to mention theatergoer) endures the modern-day scourge of mobile phones that go off in the middle of a solo and the distraction of Tinkerbell lights as people in the audience simply must check email and text during the performance. But few get the chance to bite back. On Saturday night, Lin-Manuel Miranda, author and star of Hamilton, the season’s hottest ticket, got some revolutionary revenge. And the object of his ire wasn’t just any old… Read

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‘Fun Home,’ Intimate And Powerful, Defies Broadway’s Demand For Spectacle – Review

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A fathers’s suicide and a daughter’s sexual awakening may not be typical themes for a Broadway musical (OK, there’s no such thing as a typical theme for a Broadway musical). But Fun Home, the thoroughly engrossing, poignant show that has moved uptown after a brilliant run at the Public Theater, is neither depressing nor prurient. Quite the opposite: The staging by director Sam Gold (Read

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Kenneth Branagh Theater Company Launches in London With Richard Madden, Lily James, Judi Dench

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Sir Kenneth Branagh, who just directed the hit live-action film version of Cinderella, is launching his own theater company in London with some of his film’s stars and others in the UK theatrical firmament, including Dame Judi Dench, his publicist confirmed. The Kenneth Branagh Theater Company will put on a season of shows at the Garrick Theater in London’s West End beginning this fall, under the rubric Plays At The Garrick. The troupe will include Rob Brydon and Cinderell… Read

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Helen Hayes Theatre Sold For $24.7M, Adding Fourth Nonprofit To Broadway’s Bazaar

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UPDATE SATURDAY MORNING: Adds information from Second Stage, plus press release, below story. Second Stage theater confirmed Saturday Deadline’s exclusive report that its purchase of the Helen Hayes Theatre was completed yesterday. Second Stage said that renovation of the theater will begin next year, under the direction of architect and designer David Rockwell. The company plans to present its first season at the Tony-eligible house in the 2017-2018 season. A major… Read

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Israeli Helmers Join Call On Locarno Fest To Drop ‘Israel Film Focus'; Tessa Ross Quits National Theatre: Global Briefs

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More than 200 filmmakers and industry professionals have signed a petition calling on the Locarno Film Festival to drop a planned Israel Film Focus, organised in partnership with the state-backed Israel Film Fund. Ken Loach, Mira Nair, Sally El Hosaini as well as Israeli filmmakers Simone Bitton, Eyal Sivan and Rachel Leah Jones were among the signatories, who expressed, “our deep concern with the fact that the Locarno festival is choosing to partner with the Israel Film… Read

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Ken Watanabe Is A Puzzlement In Stunning ‘King And I’ Revival; Peter Sarsgaard’s ‘Hamlet’ – Review

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We don’t have an American troupe comparable to the U.K.’s National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company to officially carry the dual burden of fostering new work while reinvestigating the classic repertory. But increasingly Lincoln Center Theatre acts like a serious candidate for the mantle. Its two smaller houses, the Mitzi Newhouse below ground and the tiny Claire Tow above, consistently show off some of the best new work by young and established playwrights from Ayad… Read

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‘Finding Neverland’ Musical With Kelsey Grammer Believes In Audiences, Not Critics: The Video Review

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Perhaps taking a cue from colleague Marc Platt – who defied critics’ expectations by turning the widely dissed Wicked into one of Broadway’s biggest all-time moneymakers – Harvey Weinstein stayed the course with Finding Neverland, the musical adaptation of the 2004 Miramax movie about the creation of Peter Pan that has finally arrived on Broadway. As I say in my video review above, the resulting production stars Glee‘s Matthew Morrison as Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie… Read

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‘Ferguson’ Play To Offer YouTube Viewing After L.A. Premiere

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UPDATE, Thursday, 9:40 AM: The producers behind a play based on grand jury transcripts from Ferguson will offer the premiere staging of the play on YouTube following its performance. The play is a stage reading of those transcripts from the police shooting of Michael Brown and will be performed at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles for four nights starting April 26th. They have already held a stage reading of excerpts of the testimony in Atlas Performing Arts Center in… Read

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From The Ridiculous To The Sublime: ‘Amazing Grace’ Follows ‘Honeymoon In Vegas’ On Broadway

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With producers lined up three deep for any available Broadway house, no show closing leaves a theater empty for long. The departure of Honeymoon In Vegas from the Nederlander Theatre opens the way for Amazing Grace, a new musical about the story behind the hymn, with performances beginning June 25 and an official opening on July 16. The show, which was well received in Chicago last year, features music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron… Read

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Kelsey Grammer Hooks The Crowd In ‘Peter Pan’ Prequel ‘Finding Neverland': Broadway Review

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Finding Neverland flies. Occasionally it even soars. The miracle is that the darned thing not only got off the ground, but that this musical prequel to the Peter Pan story arrives on Broadway much improved after a storied, bumpy tour of the hinterlands, with its intermittent charms intact, many of its missteps gone or at least minimized, and a ready appeal to family audiences that could insure a hit if only producer Harvey Weinstein honored his promise to keep ticket… Read