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‘Be More Chill’ Composer Joe Iconis’ New Musical Sets Off-Broadway Premiere; ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Actress To Star

EXCLUSIVE: New musical Broadway Bounty Hunter from Be More Chill composer Joe Iconis will get its New York premiere Off Broadway this summer with Orange is the New Black actress Annie Golden reprising her critically acclaimed lead performance. The new musical will begin previews Tuesday, July 9 at Greenwich House Theater in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, with an opening night of Tuesday, July 23. The 10-week limited engagement will run through Sunday, Sept. 15, say… Read

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Broadway’s ‘Network’ Announces Third And Final Extension

Broadway’s Network starring Bryan Cranston as newsman on the verge of a nervous breakdown Howard Beale has extended its run for the second and final time: The play will now run through Saturday, June 8 at the Belasco Theatre. The limited engagement, which opened Dec. 6, had initially been set to close March 17, then extended to April 28. Producers of the Ivo van Hove-directed play say the latest extension will be the final one. In addition to Cranston, Network, based on… Read

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Broadway’s ‘Be More Chill’ Breaks A House Record As Overall Box Office Hits $31M

Update, with amended Lyceum house record stats Be More Chill arrived on Broadway to a big welcome, beginning previews and breaking the seven-performance house record at the Lyceum Theatre with a gross of $738,384, a virtual sell-out with 98% of seats filled for those first seven previews. The strong performance – the Lyceum’s previous seven-performance record of $584,033 was set by Patrick Stewart’s Macbeth back in 2008 – reflected an overall good week on Broadway. (And… Read

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Broadway’s ‘Oklahoma!’ Will Feature Acclaimed Off Broadway Cast

Director Daniel Fish’s acclaimed headed-to-Broadway production of Oklahoma! will arrive at the Circle in the Square Theatre with its much-praised Off Broadway cast largely intact, producer Eva Price announced today. "I am delighted to welcome this incredible cast to Broadway," Price said in a statement. "This is a group of performers rich with talent and humility. Individually, they bring incredible depth and authenticity to these iconic characters. Together, they form an… Read

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New Play By ‘The Americans’ Writer Among Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off Broadway Plans

A new play by The Americans writer Hilary Bettis is among a trio of new works announced for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2019-2020 Off Broadway season. The world premiere of Bettis’ 72 Miles to Go… is set for a winter 2020 bow at the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre, the company’s artistic director/CEO Todd Haimes announced today. The Off Broadway season will also include the world premiere of a Roundabout commission ...what the end will be by Jiréh Breon Holder; and… Read

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‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Review: Tom Sturridge & Jake Gyllenhaal Deliver Powerhouse Performances Off Broadway

In the Public Theater’s double bill Sea Wall/A Life, Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal deliver scorching performances that can stand alongside anything on the New York stage so far this season. The pair – also currently co-starring in Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw – might owe their fame to movies, but here again they stake their claim on the stage. None of which will come as a surprise to anyone who saw Gyllenhaal in his previous collaboration with playwright Nick Payne (Conste… Read

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Actors’ Equity Disputes Strike’s Impact On Michael Jackson Musical’s Canceled Chicago Staging – Update

Update, with Equity statement Actors’ Equity isn’t shouldering the blame for the cancellation of a pre-Broadway engagement of the new Michael Jackson jukebox musical, saying any delays caused by the recent Equity strike were “modest.” “It's incredibly disappointing that the actors and stage managers who are currently working to develop this project were not informed about a major production change before a public media announcement was made,” said Brandon Lorenz… Read

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Broadway Box Office Warms A Bit: Receipts For Week 37 Hit $28M

Broadway had a slight rebound last week, warming up a tad from the previous week’s chilly winter numbers. In all, the 27 productions combined averaged a small 4% uptick, grossing $27,661,258 for Broadway’s Week 37 (ending Feb. 10). Attendance was up about 5% to 249,720, a solid 93% of capacity. Average ticket price of $111 – compared to $118 at this time last year – kept receipts at about 78% of potential. Mean Girls, for example, filled 94% of seats at the August Wilson… Read

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Actors’ Equity Reaches Development Deal With Broadway Producers; Strike Over

Update with League statement Actors' Equity Association and Broadway producers have reached what Equity is calling a “historic” agreement on a profit-sharing contract model for union members participating in early stage production development. With the agreement, Equity has removed the Broadway League, the producers’ trade association, from its DO NOT WORK list, ending the 33-day strike that precluded union members (actors and stage managers) from participating in the… Read

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‘Beetlejuice’ Musical Announces Full Broadway Cast Of 25

Still more of last fall’s pre-Broadway Beetlejuice cast will be making the move to Broadway when the new musical begins previews next month: Jill Abramovitz, Kelvin Moon Loh, Danny Rutigliano and Dana Steingold were confirmed in principal roles in a full-cast announcement today. The production also released a new cast photo. See it below. The newly-announced cast members join the previously confirmed Alex Brightman (in the title role), Sophia Anne Caruso, Kerry Butler… Read

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‘Beetlejuice’ Sets Broadway Cast: Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso To Star

Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso and four other principal stars of the pre-Broadway run of Beetlejuice will repeat their roles when the new musical begins previews March 28 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre, Deadline confirms. Reprising their roles from last fall’s Washington, D.C. engagement are Brightman, Caruso, Kerry Butler, Rob McClure, Leslie Kritzer and Adam Dannheisser. As previously announced, Beetlejuice opens April 25. Directed by Alex Timbers, with a score… Read

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‘Hercules’ Musical Based On Disney Film Set For Shakespeare In The Park Staging

A new adaptation of Hercules based on Disney’s 1997 animated film and featuring additional music by Alan Menken and David Zippel, a new book by Glow writer Kristoffer Diaz and choreography by Be More Chill choreographer Chase Brock will conclude this summer’s season of the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare In The Park, the Public announced today. Hercules will close out the season at the Delacorte theater in Central Park following productions of Much Ado About Nothing… Read