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Broadway Box Office Dips 5%, Hangs On SRO ‘Hamilton’ As ‘Lion King’, ‘Wicked’ Top $2 Million

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The dog days of summer have been sparked by July’s rare Broadway arrival of a new show with hit written all over it: Still in previews before its August 6 official bow, Hamilton continues to rock the box office at the Nederlander-owned Richard Rodgers Theatre. For the week ending Sunday, the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical registered $1.3 million in sales, up $14K from the previous week, with an average ticket price of $140.21. That take represented 112% of the musical’s $1.2… Read

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‘New York Story’ Review: Colin Quinn & Jerry Seinfeld Go Easy On P.C. Plague

Colin Quinn

Colin Quinn and Jerry Seinfeld have been griping a lot lately about political correctness, fretting over some restrictive new world order of comedy in which funny folks just can’t speak their minds about race or gays or women without over-sensitive eggheads getting all riled up. Seems likely they were trying to gin up a little outrage over their latest stage collaboration, the likably grumpy Colin Quinn: The New York Story, a fast-moving comic monologue at the Cherry Lane… Read

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‘American Psycho’ Musical Sets Broadway Dates With Benjamin Walker Starring

Benjamin Walker

The Shubert Organization, with 17 houses Broadway’s biggest landlord, has landed one major catch for next season: Duncan Sheik’s musical adaptation of American Psycho. Producers Act 4 Entertainment (David Johnson & Jesse Singer), Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, “in cooperation with Edward R. Pressman,” said Thursday that the show will begin previews on February 19, 2016 and open March 21 at a Shubert theater to be determined. Rehearsals are slated to begin January 11… Read

Broadway To Dim Lights Friday For Theodore Bikel

Theodore Bikel

Broadway’s marquees will go dark for one minute on Friday at 7:45 P.M. in honor of Theodore Bikel, the actor, folk singer and union activist who died earlier this week. Bikel was best known as a replacement for Zero Mostel in Fiddler On The Roof who extended his Broadway appearance into a run in touring and international productions that resulted in a record-setting 2,000-plus performances as Tevye,  the impoverished  God-conversing milkman with a cranky wife and five… Read

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‘Amazing Grace’ On Broadway Sinks Soaring Song In Soggy Tale – Review

"Amazing Grace"

Surefire stories don’t write themselves. That’s the take-away from Amazing Grace, the epically bad show that opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre. The timing certainly couldn’t be better, as Americans continue to grapple with the legacy of slavery as if there were two sides to the argument. But the show has an impossible standard against which it must be measured, and that is, of course, the song that is its subject. If you’re going to make a musical about one of… Read

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Broadway Follies: Gerard & Roth On Cell Phones, Patti LuPone And ‘Hamilton’

Patti LuPone

Jeremy Gerard has covered the evolving fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since it became a formidable competitor to the larger Shubert and Nederlander organizations in the late 1980s. In 2013 producer Jordan Roth became Jujamcyn's majority owner and the Street's youngest power broker. In this ongoing conversation they talk about the state of the industry — the only stipulation being no holds barred. GERARD: Bells are ringing, to hat-tip the great Betty Comden and Adolph… Read

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Jim Parsons’ ‘Act Of God’ Recoups $2.9M Broadway Production Costs

Jim Parsons

As the old saying goes, Jesus saves, Moses invests, God recoups. Even on Broadway, where 80% of shows fail. The Deity had an inside edge with the Big Bang Theory star as His stand-in at Studio 54 for the limited run, which began performances on May 7 and is slated to close on August 2. Lead producer Jeffrey Finn announced Wednesday that the show recouped its $2.9 million capitalization in just 10 weeks, becoming the first Broadway production of the 2015-16 season to… Read

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Jane Krakowski, René Auberjonois & Gavin Creel Join Broadway ‘She Loves Me’ Revival

Jane Krakowski

Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock) will return to Roundabout Theatre Company for its 50th anniversary season to co-star on Broadway in a revival of She Loves Me with René Auberjonois (Benson, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Gavin Creel (Hair, The Book Of Mormon) along with previously announced stars Laura Benanti and Josh Radnor. The 1963 musical will be directed by Scott Ellis, choreographed by Warren Carlyle and have musical direction by Paul Gemignani… Read

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Marlo Thomas Takes Lead In Off-Broadway Comedy ‘Clever Little Lies’

Marlo Thomas

Producers Joan Raffe, Jhett Tolentino, and Douglas Denoff announced today that That Girl will continue as the lead in the new off-Broadway comedy by Tony winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis). The show was seen earlier at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey and Guild Hall in East Hampton, Long Island. The director is George Street artistic director David Saint. It’s slated to begin previews on September 18th, with opening night on October 14. The limited engagement is… Read

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Broadway Box Office Steady; Penn & Teller Pull $1M Out Of The Hat

Penn & Teller

Penn & Teller haven’t been on Broadway since 1991, and their limited-run return is getting lots of love from audiences and critics of the anti-b.s.-crusading illusionists. In the first of their six weeks at the Nederlander-run Marquis Theatre, they took in $1 million for seven previews and one performance. That’s 62% of gross potential ($1.7 million) and translates into 79% of the theater’s 1,634 seats across all performances, with an average paid price of $114.64. Watch… Read

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Broadway Will Dim Lights Wednesday For Roger Rees Following His Death At 71

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UPDATED with more details, Broadway to dim lights: Roger Rees, who won Olivier and Tony awards in the early 1980s for his performance as the title character in The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby, died Friday in New York of cancer. The Welsh-born actor, widely known for his recurring roles on Cheers and The West Wing, was 71. He had worked until just weeks ago, when declining health forced him to withdraw from his final role opposite Chita Rivera on Broadway in… Read

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Penn & Teller & Patti LuPone Take Sleight of Hand To New Heights; Mystery Phone Charger Apologizes – N.Y. Stage

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UPDATE Monday morning with opening-night information: Penn & Teller’s summer run at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre officially opened Sunday night, July 12. PREVIOUSLY, July 10: Penn & Teller have taken a break from Las Vegas and car commercials for a six-week run at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre, and welcome home. It’s been a 15-year dry spell without them, and since a spell is what the Mutt & Jeff of magicians cast, the term seems right. Accompanied by pianist extraordinaire… Read