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Jeff Daniels Pleads The Finch: Broadway’s Atticus On ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, Aaron Sorkin, Film Icons & White Saviors: Deadline Q&A

Jeff Daniels can sense the moments during performances of Broadway’s To Kill A Mockingbird when audiences jump aboard for the Aaron Sorkin ride, when fans of maybe The Newsroom or The West Wing recognize that Atticus or Scout or Calpurnia is about to “roll out a Sorkin,” to launch into one of those trademark ten-sentence runs (the key for an actor, Daniels confides, is that “it’s all one thought”). The new Atticus Finch says he feels theatergoers signing on for the rides… Read

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Sara Bareilles Set For ‘Waitress’ Broadway Return; Gavin Creel Will Co-Star In Limited Engagement

Sara Bareilles, Broadway’s Waitress composer and lyricist, will return to the starring role for a limited engagement in January, launching the hit musical production’s third year. Though the Tony- and Grammy-nominated Bareilles wrote the show’s music, she did not originate the role of the pie-baking Jenna (that was Jessie Mueller), but Bareilles has taken the Waitress center stage at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for two previous and very popular stints. The first was in… Read

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‘Network’ Broadway Review: Bryan Cranston Goes Suitably Mad

Bryan Cranston’s blistering performance as Network‘s mad-as-hell prophet of the airwaves – now ranting from Broadway’s Belasco Theatre – is all the proof anyone could need that an actor can demolish any and all associations to a role that audiences carry to their seats. I’m not referring to our memories of Peter Finch’s instant classic performance of raving newsman Howard Beale in Sidney Lumet’s 1976 masterwork. The ghost Cranston battles is his own, and even if by now he… Read

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Faye Dunaway Announces Return To Broadway As Katharine Hepburn

Faye Dunaway is coming back to Broadway. And she’ll be playing Katharine Hepburn. In a brief and surprise announcement, producer Ben Feldman dropped the news that Dunaway, after an absence of more than 35 years from the Broadway stage, will play Hepburn in the Broadway premiere next summer of playwright Matthew Lombardo’s one-woman-play Tea at Five. The play, in a new version by Lombardo written for this production, will be directed by the Tony-nominated John Tillinger. Te… Read

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Broadway’s ‘Torch Song’ Sets Closing Date; Michael Urie To Tour

Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song will end its Broadway run on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Hayes Theater before embarking on a national tour next fall with star Michael Urie reprising his Broadway role. The tour launches next fall at Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre, with Urie as Arnold Beckoff. Torch Song, which opened to mostly good reviews on November 1 but has done middling box office, will have played 26 preview performances and 77 regular… Read

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Kanye West Apologizes For His “Lack Of Etiquette” During ‘The Cher Show’

Kanye West is making headlines again — but this time it’s not for weird late night rants, his MAGA cap, or his insightful thoughts on slavery. It’s for causing a small disruption during the new Broadway musical The Cher Show. The disruption wasn’t that big of a deal. West — or Ye, as he now likes to be called — was spotted in the audience on his phone during the openinig night of the musical about the life and career of the icon. Even so, it wasn’t at the level of Madonna… Read

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New York Stage & Film Gala Reunites ‘thirtysomething’ Cast Ken Olin, Patricia Wettig & Timothy Busfield

This weekend’s New York Stage and Film winter gala will have a decided thirtysomething aura. In addition to the previously announced honorees (and real-life marrieds) Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig, their former co-star Timothy Busfield will be among the event’s directors. Among the presenters and performers at the gala will be Jon Robin Baitz, John Gallagher Jr., Josh Radnor and Duncan Shiek. The fundraising event will also honor longtime New York Stage and Film artistic… Read

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‘The Cher Show’ Review: Powerhouse Performances, Skimpy Story – Broadway

Believing in life after love turns out to be a surer bet than pinning your hopes on jukebox musicals, no matter how fabulous the subject. The Cher Show, opening tonight at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre, might not disappoint anyone likely to applaud a Bob Mackie-designed Oscar gown, but neither does it do any boundary-pushing. So very un-Cher. With a pedigree promising much, much more – book by Rick Elice (Peter and the Starcatcher, Jersey Boys), direction by Jason Moore (A… Read

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Broadway Box Office Settles After Thanksgiving Feast; ‘Network’, ‘Mockingbird’ Add To $38M Total

Broadway box office fell back to earth last week following the previous week’s best-Thanksgiving-ever skyrocket numbers. With two additional shows on board raising the number of productions to 38, total attendance held virtually the same at 299,411 tickets sold, while receipts of $37,805,785 were down 12% from the big $43M holiday haul. Look to average ticket prices for the fall: Thanksgiving week saw an average seat going for $144, while the Broadway season’s Week 27… Read

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‘King Kong’s Leading Man: Broadway’s Eric William Morris Talks Growling Apes, Snarling Critics & Life As A Squip

When Broadway’s King Kong opened earlier this month, critics did their best to one-up Beauty on how to kill a Beast. Big, hairy gloom might have settled over the cast following the show’s Nov. 8 opening, particularly after the publication of a New York Times pan that was unorthodox, if not downright bizarre. In place of a traditional review, Times critics Ben Brantley and Jesse Green published their back and forth conversation, taking turns lobbing brickbats. (“Ugh,” said… Read

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‘When We Were Kings’ Docu Producer Developing Ali-Foreman Musical

David Sonenberg, producer of the Oscar-winning 1996 doc When We Were Kings, is developing a musical based on the film that chronicled 1974’s famous Rumble in the Jungle boxing match in Zaire between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. A workshop for the musical is planned for the spring, Sonenberg announced today, with the intent of a full stage production the following year. The book for the musical, adapted from the film, is written by Shelley Marcus. The songs used are… Read

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Shin Lim Conjures Magic For Broadway’s ‘The Illusionists’: Review

Magic is back on Broadway for the fourth holiday season, as the Vegas-style revue The Illusionists – Magic Of The Holidays returns for its annual razzle dazzle. Joining the five-magician touring show this time around is America’s Got Talent 2018 winner Shin Lim, whose close-up style remains a thing of elegant beauty whether or not you’ve already seen it on TV. The limited engagement – playing at Broadway's Marquis Theatre through Sunday, December 30 – is a new installment… Read