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New York State Legislature OKs Ticket Resale Disclosures Favored By Broadway League

UPDATED with statement from StubHub: The New York State Legislature today passed legislation and adopted consumer disclosures in the ticket resale market that requires ticket broker sites to, among other things, disclose all fees and surcharges prior to accepting payment. The legislation was hailed today by the Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry. "A lack of oversight has led to a confusing and opaque ticket buying environment where… Read

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Bruce Springsteen On Broadway Denounces Border Policy: “Disgracefully Inhumane And Un-American”

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Bruce Springsteen broke from his Springsteen on Broadway set list last night, adding both “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and an excoriation of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance border policy that has been separating children from their parents. “I never believed that people come to my shows, or rock shows to be told anything,” the Boss, who recently won a Special Tony Award for his Broadway show. “But I do believe that they come to be reminded of things. To be reminded… Read

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Kenya Barris & Pharrell Williams Team For ‘Juneteenth’ Stage Musical

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Black-ish creator Kenya Barris will team with Grammy-winning producer Pharrell Williams on a stage musical inspired by Juneteenth, the African American holiday tradition celebrating the final day of United States slavery. The subject was the focus of a 2017 Black-ish episode titled "Juneteenth: The Musical." For the planned stage musical, Barris will write the libretto with Peter Saji (Black-ish), while Williams will write and compose the music and produce under his… Read

Box Office

Michael Jackson Musical Slated For Broadway Run In 2020

The Michael Jackson estate and Columbia Stage are developing a musical based on the King of Pop’s catalog, adding one more jukebox show to the Broadway boards. Lynn Nottage, a Pulitzer Prize winner for her plays Ruined and Sweat, will write the show’s book. The choreography and direction will be handled by Christopher Wheeldon, a Tony Award winner for An American in Paris. The project adds to a growing roster of jukebox musicals hitting Broadway of late. The past season… Read

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‘Othello’ Review: Chukwudi Iwuji, Corey Stoll & No Gimmicks In Central Park

For this summer’s first Free Shakespeare in the Park presentation (opening tonight), director Ruben Santiago-Hudson delivers an Othello that does its best to put the focus on the killer and his doomed Desdemona, but that weasel of all weasels Iago just won’t be ignored. That’s partly because Corey Stoll (The Strain, Homeland) plays the ultimate conniver with such a convivial air that turning away isn’t much of an option. Much like the gimmick-free production itself… Read

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‘Henry IV’ Review: Tom Hanks & Hamish Linklater Give Charismatic Pulse To Shakespeare Classic

For the average theatergoer, going to a production of a William Shakespeare play can either be an enlightening night of poetic culture or it can feel like homework. The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of Henry IVhelmed by Tony Award-winning Daniel Sullivan, lands somewhere in the middle of that spectrum, but leans towards enlightening and fun, thanks to its impressive cast of star power that is fronted by Academy Award-winning Tom HanksScandal‘s Joe Morto… Read

Box Office

Tony Season Mojo Helps Power Broadway Box Office To Slight Gain

While Broadway grosses for the week ending June 10 did not directly benefit from the Tony Awards (which were held June 10), the clear path for established titles saw many post week-to-week gains and boost overall box office receipts. Total grosses came in at $39,211,500, up 6% from the previous week, according to figures from the Broadway League. Bruce Springsteen, who took two bows at last night’s Tonys, accepting a special honor and then performing (after a foul-mouthed… Read

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Tony Awards Review: Theater Geek Culture Is Celebrated During Lively, Emotional And Politically Lite Ceremony – Except De Niro

After last year’s Kevin Spacey-hosted Tony Awards, the annual award show honoring the best of Broadway needed a palette cleanser for obvious reasons. With Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban as hosts, they certainly reset vibe of the 72nd annual Tonys with a positive energy and humor as they let their theater geek flag fly, making the telecast a celebratory night that was heavy on love and support of the theater community — and one very blunt politically-charged moment… Read

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Parkland Students’ Tony Awards Performance Melts Radio City Crowd

Students from Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took the Radio City Musical Hall stage to deliver a rendition of “Seasons of Love” from Rent that brought the audience to tears and drew a thunderous ovation. (Watch full video below.) Seeingng a full-tilt performance at the Tony Awards from students who survived the February 14 shooting at the school had audience members on the edge of their seats. CBS cameras caught many of the celebrities in the… Read

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Bruce Springsteen Delivers Concise Tony Award Speech: “Thank You For Making Me Feel So Welcome On The Block”

If you blinked, you might have missed it, but Bruce Springsteen did amble onstage and accept a special Tony Award recognizing the commercial powerhouse that he has been presenting in recent months, Springsteen on Broadway. The musician got a brief and businesslike introduction by Billy Joel, who noted that an original 8-week run has now been extended to what will be well north of 200 performances by the time the show wraps in December. “The Boss is working hard,” Joel… Read

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Tony Awards: Hosts Sara Bareilles & Josh Groban Celebrate The Losers In Opening Number

UPDATED with video. True to form, hosts Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban opened the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York with an original piano duet. As they played their grand pianos side-by-side (watch above), it seemed like a lovely duet and then it quickly turned into a jaunty tune that honored those who wouldn’t be winning tonight. In other words, the losers. The two sang that they are perfectly suited to host tonight’s ceremony because “neither… Read

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How To Watch The Tony Awards On TV & Online

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The 72nd annual Tony Awards honoring the year’s best on Broadway are set for Sunday at Radio City Music Hall in New York, airing on CBS and hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. Here’s how to catch all the action. The three-hour CBS broadcast will air live on the East Coast at 8 PM ET, but is tape delayed in the West so will air at 8 PM PT. Live streaming will also be available in select markets via the CBS All Access subscription service. CBS, of course, has aired… Read