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‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ Review: Broadway’s Last Days Of Disco

Anyone who worked as hard for her money – and for a professional respect that came too late – as Donna Summer did deserves so much more than this. A jukebox musical that could undo all the genre rehab delivered by superior shows built around Carole King and, if you want to stretch the definition a bit to include Lazarus, David Bowie, Broadway’s Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, opening tonight, is as unimaginative as its title. With the saving graces of really fine vocal… Read

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Chita Rivera & Andrew Lloyd Webber To Score Lifetime Achievement Tony Awards

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Two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera and prolific Broadway composer-producer Andrew Lloyd Webber have been selected to receive Special Tony Awards at this year’s ceremony. The honors will recognize their lifetime achievement in the theater. The Tony Awards Administration Committee unveiled the news today and the pair will be honored during the 72nd annual Tony Awards, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, on June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Rivera, a trained… Read

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‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Review: Broadway’s Perfectly Enchanted Evening (Or Two)

Like any magic worth an incantation, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, opening on Broadway at the Lyric Theater tonight, depends on unspoiled illusions, a delight in life’s wonders and the skills to present it all as if no one had ever even considered its combinations before, much less pulled them off. I won’t spoil any illusions – the production itself handles the rest. Cursed Child is a marvel, a shape-shifting play that effortlessly incorporates music and… Read

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Nyle DiMarco Went From ‘America’s Next Top Model’ To Broadway Producer: How ‘Children Of A Lesser God’ Paved The Way

When Nyle DiMarco won the Mirror Ball Trophy on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars in 2016, he was following in the ballroom steps of deaf actress Marlee Matlin, who danced (but didn’t win) on the show back in 2008. It was DiMarco’s second reality TV show victory in as many years: He’d already taken the top honor on The CW’s America’s Next Top Model, the show’s first deaf contestant. And now once again, DiMarco’s life and career has intersected with Matlin’s. The… Read

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Josh Stamberg To Portray Arthur Miller In Boston Premiere Of New Play ‘Fall’; Escape Artists Producing

Josh Stamberg (The Affair, Parenthood) will take on the role of playwright Arthur Miller in Fall, a new play written by Bernard Weinraub, the former film reporter for The New York Times, and produced by Todd Black and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists, the film production company behind such movies as Southpaw and The Pursuit of Happyness. A co-presentation with Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, where the play will have its world premiere in a May 18-June 16 engagement, Fal… Read

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Bette Midler Returning To Broadway’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’ For Production’s End Run

Bette Midler is heading back where she belongs, returning to Broadway’s Hello, Dolly! for the final six weeks of the hit Tony-winning show that won her a Tony of her own. Bernadette Peters, who took over the role after Midler’s departure, will end her run as previously scheduled on July 15, with Midler taking the stage July 17 through the show’s closing on August 25. Producer Scott Rudin made the announcement today, and tickets for Midler’s return go on sale Saturday… Read

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‘My Fair Lady’ Broadway Review: Lauren Ambrose’s Eliza Brings Fair Fight To Professor Henry Higgins

While Carousel spins its gorgeous melodies and troublesome social politics in Midtown Manhattan, My Fair Lady, its lighter-hearted companion in the Big Book of treasured musicals toting outdated notions, has opened some 20 blocks north in a sumptuous Lincoln Center Theater production, its cast of 37 led by a tempestuous Lauren Ambrose and, in his Broadway debut, Harry Hadden-Paton, best known stateside for a Prince Charming turn on Downton Abbey but here making a right… Read

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Andrew Lloyd Webber To Be Honored At American Theatre Wing 2018 Gala

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Andrew Lloyd Webber will be honored at the American Theatre Wing’s 2018 annual gala in September, the organization, which co-presents the Tony Awards, announced today. "There was only one way we could follow up last year's centennial blow-out, and that was by paying tribute to one of the great, unstoppable forces shaping both the theatrical landscape and popular culture over the past half-century: Andrew Lloyd Webber," said Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of the… Read

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Tony Awards Watch: ‘The Band’s Visit’ Delivered A Personal Reckoning (And A Broadway Catchphrase) To Ari’el Stachel

Do you know Chet Baker? Among its other achievements, Broadway’s acclaimed musical The Band’s Visit has handed the theater community its best pick-up line in ages. Repeated with faux-debonnaire panache and minor variations to great comic effect by actor Ari'el Stachel in the supporting role of Haled, the self-styled ladies man and trumpet player in the tale’s Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, the show’s unplanned catchphrase – equal parts earnestness and desperation… Read

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Broadway’s ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Angels In America’ Among Drama League Award Nominees – Complete List

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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, Angels in America, the Denzel Washington-starrer The Iceman Cometh and the Tina Fey-penned Mean Girls were among the Broadway productions scoring nominations for this year’s New York Drama League awards. The 2018 Broadway and Off-Broadway nominees were announced in the categories of Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical… Read

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Sara Bareilles And Josh Groban Set To Host 72nd Annual Tony Awards

Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will host the 72nd Annual Tony Awards live from New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the awards producers announced today. The awards are set for Sunday, June 10, 8 pm ET/delayed PT, on CBS. Both Bareilles and Groban will be first-time hosts the show, each coming off recent Broadway successes. Bareilles starred in the hit Waitress, which she also composed the music and lyrics for, earning her first Tony Award nomination. She more… Read

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‘American Idol’ Alum Diana DeGarmo & Ace Young Join Planned Off-Broadway Musical

Exclusive: Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, former American Idol contestants and real-life couple, have signed on to star in Hit Her With The Skates, the musical that premiered at New Jersey’s Hamilton Stage last season and is eying an Off Broadway production for the fall. The musical by Christine Rea and Rick Briskin, directed by Michael Schiralli, had a sold-out run at the Rahway, New Jersey theater last season, getting a boost of attention from critics and ticket… Read